An entry from Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, lit up Limousin trade on Monday (20 October), when it secured the headline price of 14,000gns.
Headline hitter was the intermediate and supreme champion Elrick Inferno, born in April 2013, is by the 22,000gns AI sire Hartlaw Excaliber, a Wilodge Tonka son, who won the male championship at the 2011 National Limousin Show. Inferno’s dam is Elrick Centrefold, a Ryedale Paragon daughter. With a huge beef value of LM+58, he sold to the Keirsbeath Herd of David Orr, Crossgates, Fife, and will be used across the herd’s 50 pedigree cows. The intention is also there to take semen from the bull in due course. In total, Mr Massie’s three bulls grossed £24,990.
Averages were down by almost £445 on the year despite the fact eight more bulls sold, with 55 bulls levelling at £4,717 to represent a 65% clearance.
Commenting, British Limousin Cattle Society chief executive Iain Kerr said: “Following on from Carlisle two days earlier this was another solid Limousin sale trade. At both sales we have seen the number of bulls sold on the year increase, which for a back-end trade is really positive.”
Next best at 11,000gns was Spittalton Imperial, from Andrew Burnett, Blair Drummond, Stirling. By the 100,000gns AI sire, Haltcliffe Vermount, and out of Spittalton Bramble, the Dyfri Tanner daughter, this April 2013-born bull sold to Northamptonshire commercial producers LD Carr, Rushden.
The third bull at the five-figure mark of 10,000gns was Maraiscote Ivan from Ian Nimmo, Newmains, Wishaw. By the Irish-bred herd sire Virginia Andy and out of the Tyddyn Mei-sired dam Maraiscote Aster, this May 2013-born bull was purchased in a split deal by Tommy Lang, Rosewell, Mid-Lothian, and JW Gibb, Biggar, South Lanarkshire.
The Nimmo family also achieved the day’s fourth highest price of 9,000gns with his overall reserve champion Maraiscote IHawk, by the noted Goldies Comet and out of Maraiscote Davina, whose full brother Maraiscote Hawk, sold for 13,000gns in October 2013. Buyer was Balfour Estate, Shapinsay, Orkney.
The junior champion Homebyres Inch made 7,500gns in what was an impressive sale debut from first-time consignors AF Thomson and Son, Athelstaneford, North Berwick. Bred by Messrs J Logan, Humebyres, Kelso, this one is by Homebyres Gregory and out of the Ronick Hawk daughter Homebyres Catriona. He was snapped up by Fodderletter Farms, Mid Fodderletter, Ballindalloch.
Female trade peaked at 4,800gns for a small show of females. Sale topper was the overall champion Goldies Black Honeydew from Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries. This October 2012-born heifer is another by Hartlaw Excaliber, the sire of the top price bull, and is out of the Ampertaine Bravo cow Goldies Flake. She sold AI’d to Bailea Black BMW to Messrs Richardson.
Averages: 55 bulls, 4, 717.36 (2013: 47 bulls, 5,162); 14 females, £2,257.50.