Scottish beef breeder Gary Patterson, from Keith, set a new record price for a British Limousin bull sold for export when Aultside Hulk made 55,000gns at the Society’s sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on the weekend (3 May).
The December 2012 born bull, an embryo calf, is by the 50,000gns sire Wilodge Cerberus and is out of Spittalton Flush, the champion Limousin female that was purchased at a BLCS sale at Stirling for 2,000gns.
Hulk won the reserve champion ticket in the pre-sale show before being knocked down to the Ardlea herd of Dan Tynan, Mountraith, Co Laois, Eire.
Intermediate and junior bulls were highly sought-after, with 34 junior bulls averaging £7,422.
Second best price of 38,000gns went to the reserve junior male champion Foxhillfarm Irishlad from Devon-based breeders Michael and Melanie Alford. By the 22,000gns Guards Boomer, a Rocky son, Irishlad is out of the 35,000gns Bankdale Elizabeth, which was purchased by the Alfords in July 2011 at the Bankdale Dispersal Sale of Gordon Wilson. Born in January 2013 Irishlad was backed by excellent performance figures, boasting a beef value of 45. He was purchased in a two-way split by BT Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries, and Jonathan Watson, Bowsden, Berwick upon Tweed.
Following with a bid of 28,000gns was the reserve intermediate champion Ampertaine Hotshot from James McKay, Maghera, Co Derry. This September 2012 born calf is one of the first bulls sold sired by the 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin and is out of a Sympa sired cow, Ampertaine Angelina. Purchasing the bull was Procters Farm, Slaidburn, near Clitheroe.
John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, made 18,000gns when selling his second prize-winner Roxburgh Hoodoo. This December 2012 born calf is by the prolific Wilodge Vantastic and is the first bull sold bred from the 30,000gns Haltcliffe Emerald, purchased from the Haltcliffe herd during the sale held at the 2011 National Open Day. Purchasing this bull was Peter Alexander, Blairgowrie, Perth, for his commercial enterprise of some 1,000 Limousin cross cows.
Ronald and David Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling, sold their young February 2013 born bull, Ronick Inspire, for 13,500gns. Inspire is by the herd’s stock bull – the 17,000gns Rathconville Eugene, a Rocky son, and is out of the Ronick Luke sired Ronick Ucinda. Purchaser was the Coachhouse herd of Messrs Heald and Co, Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Just shy of this at 13,000gns was Haltcliffe Hitec from Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe, Cumbria. Hitec is sired by Volcano the noted show calf producer from Richardsons of Ghyll House. Born in December 2012 he is out of the Haltcliffe Vermount sired Haltcliffe Elle. Buying this bull was L and E Fowlie, Guise, Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Averages: 40 senior bulls, £4526.80; 40 intermediate bulls, £7091.60; 34 junior bulls, £7422.50, total 114 bulls, £6290.36 – up £397 on the year and representing a clearance rate of 74%.
Topping the female section was Redpath Gerty from Redpath Farms, Kelso, Roxburghshire. Sired by the Mas Du Clo son Lennon Breezer she is out of a homebred dam and carries a beef value of +32. She sold to A Peart and Son, Bishop Auckland, Co.Durham.with her heifer calf Redpaths Jilly, sired by Goldies Garcon, at foot.
Messrs Peart also purchased two other top priced Redpaths consignments. First of these was Redpaths Countess at 2,100gns and the second was Redpaths Eternity at 2,000gns.
Averages: Three cows served and/or suckling, £2835.00; three served heifers, £1785.00; seven maiden heifers, £1342.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington