Black Lim pipped at post by red sire…
A BLACK Limousin bull hotly tipped to make the leading bid at last weekends production sale from the Brockhurst herd was pipped at the post by a son of the Canadian-bred red sire Greensons Finlay.
A rarity for Limousin sales to be held in the south, the on-farm fixture was hosted by Doug Mash at Chesham, Bucks, with guest consignments from the Cambs-based Fenrose herd and Herts-based Sheelin herd.
"So many sales are held in the north we decided to stage something here for southern breeders, particularly as we no longer have Banbury," said Mr Mash.
Sittingbourne, Kent buyers L Stevens and Son paid the top price of 2900gns for Brockhurst Northampton, a July 1997-bred bull whose sire once had the highest EBV in the breed. He was bred out of a Talent daughter from the Uplands herd.
The young black bull in the sale was described by Mr Mash as "a bit of an accident."
"Hes grown exceptionally well and weighed 450kg at 290 days."
The year-old Brockhurst Black Ohtobered is by Willowcrest Black Calibre and out of a Fenrose cow by the Canadian sire Titan. He heads north at 2800gns to join Keith Redpaths rapidly expanding herd of black Limousins in Berwickshire.
A fair trade for young bulls levelled 19 Brockhurst entries at £1384; the average for in-calf heifers at £983 was disappointing, commented Mr Mash.
Averages: Brockhurst – four cows £1535; nine served heifers £983; 10 maiden heifers £981; 19 bulls £1348 and four FOT calves £1483. Fenrose – 14 head £1446. Sheelin – six head £1583. (Harrison and Hetherington).