Limousin bulls sold to a high of 8,000gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s sale, Stirling this week (5 May).
Sale leader was Grahams Highgold, an AI son of the French-bred Tigris and out of Ulala, dam of the 9,000gns Grahams Chelsea and 7,000gns Grahams Edith. This September 2012-born bull was consigned by Mr and Mrs R and J Graham, Bridge of Allan, Stirling.
Carrying polled genetics and with a Beef Value of LM+44, the second prizewinning Grahams Highgold was purchased by noted commercial producer Peter Alexander, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie.
A good show of bulls met a strong demand from commercial producers. Overall 46 bulls sold, up by 13 on the year, to average £4247 – an increase of over £500 on the 2013 trade.
Selling for the day’s second top price of 7,800gns was the pre-sale champion Goldies Hustler from Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries.
Born in October 2012, he is by the 22,000gns Hartlaw Excaliber and is out of the Goldies Terence daughter Goldies Divaqueen. He sold to Mountquhanie Farms, Cupar, Fife, carrying a Beef Value of LM+57 – the highest in the catalogue.
Local breeder Andrew Burnett, Upper Spittalton, Blair Drummond, Stirling made a top price of 6800gns when selling Spittalton Harbro to TW Oliver, who runs the Cawfield herd at Cawfields Farm, Haltwhistle, Northumberland. June 2012 born, Spittalton Harbro, is by Hargill Blaze and is out of the Middledale Shergar daughter Spittalton Bertha.
The first bull in the ring, Fedneyhouse Harley from TJ Adams, Banbridge, Co Down, N. Ireland, made 6000gns. Born in April 2012 this bull is by the 22,000gns Guards Boomer, whose progeny has sold up to 38,000gns. He is out of the French cow Napolie, a Faignant daughter. Fedneyhouse Harley was bought by Lochty Farm Ltd, Arncroach, Anstruther.
Also making 6,000gns Ian Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw when selling Maraiscote Hugo to R and J Greenlaw, Balgairn Farm, Dinnet, Aberdeenshire. Another son of the herd’s noted stock bull Virginia Andy, this May 2012 born bull is out of the Normande Urquhart daughter Maraiscote Calypso.
Following his judging stint at Carlisle, Martin Irvine, Braehead Farm, Drummuir, Banff, was back in selling action at Stirling when making 6000gns for Anside Hornet. A heifer’s calf, the August 2012 born Hornet is by the 22,000gns Broadmeadows Cannon son Derriaghy Enfield and is out of Anside Elma. Purchasing this bull was JA Wallace and Sons, High Glentriplock, Whauphill, Newton Stewart.
Commanding a fourth 6,000gns bid was Donald MacGregor, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow, when selling Dyke Hurricane. By Cloughhead Delboy, a Genial grandson, he is out of Dyke Cava, an Ardbrack Taketime daughter, and dam of the 10,000gns Dyke Galaxy. He sold with a Beef Value of LM+36 to Messrs Fisher, Logiealmond, Perth.
A small offering of seventeen heifers was topped at 5,000gns for the April 2012-born heifer, Windsole Henrietta, from William Lawson, Rahalloch, Windsole, Auchterarder. The purchaser was David Orr, Crossgates, Fife for his Keirsbeath Herd. This Millington Dominator daughter is out of Windsole Utopia, by Greensons Gigolo and is maternal sister to Windsole Caroline who was Junior Champion and Reserve Female Champion at the 2008 Royal Highland Show.
The offering from Andrew Burnett’s Spittalton Herd, Blair Drummond, Stirling peaked at 2,600gns twice. The first to make this was Spittalton Hello, by Lodge Equal and out of the Hargill Blaze-sired Spittalton Eugene. She was sold in-calf to Maraiscote Gigolo to Christopher Dick. Andrew Waugh from Kilnstown Farms paid the same money to secure the April 2013-born Spittalton Ingot. By Ampertaine Commander, she is out of Spittalton Flourish, again by Hargill Blaze.
Averages: 46 Bulls, £4,247.
Auctioneer: United Auctions