The British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) Breeders’ Sale held yesterday at Ballymena Mart on behalf of Derek Frew, Kellswater Road, Antrim, N. Ireland saw pedigree and commercial breeders turn out in force for this second annual weaned calf sale.
Prices were led by the smart May 2011 born bull calf, Frewstown Gargantuan, which came under the hammer at 3,400gns. This one is by the senior herd sire, Mereside Topman, a son of the French bull Imperial, and out of the homebred dam, Frewstown Unbelievable. He sold for export to Andrew Ewing, Dumbretton Farms, Annan,
The first lot in the catalogue, the six month-old bull calf, Frewstown Gosmarty, also caught the eye when selling at 2,000gns. September 2011 born, this one is sired by the Wilodge Vantastic son, Carmorn Cantona, and is out of Frewstown Smartypants.
Cantona was purchased at Dungannon for 6,000gns in March 2009 from breeder Francis McAuley, Toomebridge. Frewstown Gosmarty sold to Tom Wilson, Randalstown.
Realising 1,900gns was the May 2011 born Frewstown Goodun which sold to Adrian Daley, Dungannon. This was another Carmorn Cantona son, but this time out of Frewstown Ceight.
There was good demand for the bull calves right through the catalogue with only one failing to meet its reserve. 13 sold to return an average of £1,457 with the overall sale clearance rate at 95%.
Leading the heifer calf prices was the 10 month-old Frewstown Goldencow which registered a final bid of 1,650gns. With Mereside Topman on both sides of this young prospect, she was snapped up by William Martin, Ballymena. Overall, heifer calves met with a 100% clearance to average £1,444.
13 bull calves £1,457
6 heifer calves £1,444