Northern Irish breeders claimed top prices at the British Limousin Society sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on the weekend (13 February), with prices peaking at 20,000gns.
Leading trade was Ballyrobin Joop from Joan Gilliland, Co Antrim. Born in July 2014 he is sired by Lowerfrydd Empire and is out of Ballyrobin Frenchy, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter. Purchaser was Messrs Ridley, Wigton, Cumbria, for their Haltcliffe herd.
Overall 97 bulls averaged £5,610.44 – up £71 on the year and representing a clearance rate of 74%, with 11 bulls selling in excess of 10,000gns.
Achieving the second highest price of 19,000gns was Michael and Jack Loughran with their homebred reserve junior champion Millgate Jukebox, from Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
Sired by the Sympa son Millgate Derry he is out of the Norman Ely daughter Millgate Hopeful and sold to J and JF Nimmo, Wishaw, Lanarkshire.
Just shy of this and selling for 18,000gns was Cloughhead Jerry, from GL Hutton, Keswick, Cumbria. Born in May 2014 he is sired by Gultime and is out of the Cloughhead Billy daughter Cloughhead Gemini. He was the pick of Bob and Kay Adam, Forfar, Angus.
Brian McAuley, Antrim, made 17,000gns when selling his September 2014-born bull Larkhill Julius to Messrs Logan, Kelso, Roxburghshire. Sired by Hightown Dalglish, he is out of the Ironstone Brandy daughter Larkhilll Grace.
Four lots traded hands at 14,000gns.
The first of these was the intermediate and supreme champion and Plumtree Fantastic son Gunnerfleet Jacob, consigned by Ian Handley, Ingleton, Lancashire. Buyer was H Annett and Son, Morpeth, Northumberland.
Next was the reserve intermediate champion Dinmore Jumbo, from Paul Dawes, Dinmore Manor, Hereford. Sired by Diamant he is out of the Wilodge Vantastic daughter Dinmore Caprice, which has bred progeny that has sold to 22,000gns. He sold with a Beef Value of LM+37 to Gary Howells, Llandysul, Dyfed.
Also at 14,000gns was the second prize winner Goldies Jazz, from Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries. Sired by the Rossignol son Haltcliffe Doctor he is out of the Goldies Terence daughter Goldies Bertha and boasts a Beef Value of LM+48, within the top 1% of the breed. Buyer was JW and ME Fieldson, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
Last at this money was a consignment from the same stable as the last lot; the first prize Goldies Joker. Sired by the Ampertaine Commander son Ampertaine Gigolo he is out of the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Goldies Flair and also boasts massive Beef Value of LM+62, within the top 1% of the breed. Buyer was Morris Brothers, Craven Arms, Shropshire.
Three more lots sold for five-figure sums.
Selling for 12,000gns to Simon Stephen and Co, Nairn, was Killydun Jr, from the Quinn brothers, Kilrea. Sired by Cloughhead Umpire, he is out of the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Craigatoke Hayley and is within the top 10% for Beef Value.
At 11,000gns it was back with the Gunnerfleet stable with the August 2014 born bull Gunnerfleet Jimmy, sired by Gunnerfleet Eros and out of the Tunnelby Monkeytricks daughter Gunnerfleet Opion. Buyer was M and W Richardson, Cockermouth, Cumbria.
The final 10,000gns bid went to the second prize winner Coachhouse Justus, from Messrs Heald and Co,
Sired by the Mas Du Clo son Rachels Ferrari he is out of the Haltcliffe Picasso daughter Coachhouse Britanny and has a Beef Value of LM+41. Buyer was R Dunlop, Girvan, Ayrshire.
Leading female trade at 7,500gns was Roxburgh Ideal, from John Elliot, Kelso.
This October 2013 born heifer is sired by the Wilodge Tonka son Wilodge Vantastic and is out of Wilodge Amethyst. She sold in calf to the 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin, due in May and was bought by W Richardson and Son, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria.
Averages: 97 bulls, £5,610.44; 64 females, £2,059.10.
(Harrison and Hetherington).