Another strong Limousin trade was seen in the pedigree ring at Borderway on Friday (15 June) as 28 bulls met an 86% clearance and averages lifted on the year to above £4,000.
Six bulls made 5,000gns or more and five made under 3,000gns, with £120,000 changing hands in just shy of five hours.
Commercial bidding was a key feature of the sale. Last year’s trade saw a higher top price of 6,200gns, showing the consistency of demand this time around, albeit for a slightly smaller yarding of bulls.
Leading at 5,800gns was Haltcliffe Norse from local breeder Craig Ridley, Wigton, with a winning bid from neighbouring Messrs Pearson, Caldbeck, Wigton.
Norse is by a Haltcliffe Vermont called Gentry and out of a Cloughhead Umpire daughter.
Next at 5,600gns was Goldies Nintendo from Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries and Galloway. Nintendo is another Umpire son and out of Goldie Favourite. He caught the eye of Messrs Thwaite and Son, Lartington, Barnard Castle.
At 5,500gns came an offering from the Arradfoot herd of Thor Atkinson, Newland, Ulverston. Arradfoot Newyork is an exceptionally long, January 2017-born sire by Goldies Comet and out of Wilodge Iona, and was knocked down to DE and AM Hodgson, Shap, Penrith.
Averages: 24 (-6) bulls, £4,073.13 (+£413.53); two cow-calf outfits, £2,677; nine served and maiden heifers, £1,995. (Harrison and Hetherington)