French find captivates bidders

5 November 1999

French find captivates bidders

A BULL sired by Jim Goldies latest French "find" stirred the crowd into action and took Limousin bidding to 15,000gns on the second day of Perth Bull Sales.

Goldies Onyx, from his herd in Dumfriesshire, was among the first progeny of the imported Lascard to be offered for sale. Despite his sustained success in the breed over many years, Mr Goldie reckons Lascard is one of the best bulls he has ever had. A half-share in another son was sold for 10,000gns at Carlisle a week earlier.

This time it was an April-born entry out of a cow by Epatant – another Goldie import – that collected the junior championship and went on to draw the breeds leading bid from David Baillie who runs 200 commercial suckler cows alongside his 35-strong Calla herd in Lanarkshire. Under-bidder was Perthshire-based John MacGregor who came back minutes later with a 5500gns call to secure Goldies Oklahoma, also by Lascard.

Trade was selective as the ringside quickly dismissed all but the best bulls. It saw 70 lots booked down to average £3141 – a rise of £328 on the year.

Leading primestock showman Mr Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow sorted out the show classes pulling forward Redpath Farms (Chirnside, Berwickshire) Redpaths Optic as champion. This Gaulois son was a first prize winner at the Royal Highland Show and had a Beef Value of 23. Buyers at 9000gns were Millington Grange Estates, York.

Standing alongside to collect the reserve ticket was Westpit Omaha from the father and son team of James and Andrew Gammie of Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire. By Carse Impact he was reserve junior champion at the Royal Highland this summer and realised 9000gns to R Cursiter and Son, Orkney.

Herd sire Ronick Jalopy continues to breed well for Aberdeenshire-based John and Margaret Penny. His son, Shannas Omar, out of a Crownhead Glenlivet dam, attracted the attention of leading Northumberland suckled calf producers Ian and David Robertson who gave 5200gns for him. And at the same price North Yorks breeders Peter and Ann Lang of Helmsley sold their Ronick Iceman sired Ryedale Oliver to D and R Cornthwaite, Lockerbie (United Auctions). &#42

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