Limousin sires impress with strength in depth
A FIVE-hour judging stint by Banffshire farm manager Douglas Barr gave commercial and pedigree cattlemen ample opportunity to assess the quality of a huge entry of Limousin sires at the breed societys premier spring fixture at Carlisle.
And emerging as the senior champion was a bull with tremendous crossing potential – Matthew Jones Bailea Mihriz. This bulls huge hindquarter development was further testament to the burgeoning success of Mr Jones herd sire Greensons Gigolo.
Reserve senior ticket went to Goldies Marvellous, a stylish son of Epatant from Jim Goldie that had earlier beaten Bailea Manx, another bull from the Joness stable – by imported sire Imposant – that had been hotly tipped for supreme honours.
Cumbria breeders Matt and Craig Ridley picked up several tickets with their Haltcliffe bulls. Best win was the intermediate championship with a clean-gutted, modern type by Haltcliffe Jordan and out of the imported dam Azalee, a cow bred in the famous herd of M Chastanet. Another out of the same mould, an Igolo son from the Nattress familys Greenwell herd in Co Durham, was reserve.
Broadmeadows Cannon, a legend in his own lifetime, produced a winner for Stirlingshire-based Ian Callion with Lodge Niknak. He took the junior title ahead of another Igolo son from the Nattresss in reserve.
The Joness Bailea herd from mid-Wales, no newcomers to top awards with Gigolo sons, also won tickets with an imported French bull and with the Imposant son. But it was Bailea Mihriz (Gigolo) that clinched the overall championship.
Commenting on his champion, Mr Barr described him as: "An impressive bull, well fleshed, clean all through and with great muscle. " Reserve spot went to Lodge Niknak. (Harrison and Hetherington).
• For auction results, at this event, see page 35. *