Limousins make £300 more this spring in NI
LIMOUSIN bulls are enjoying a remarkable run of spring sales, with the latest in Northern Ireland returning an average up £300 on last year.
A capacity crowd with cash to spend took the bull average to £2583 at the British Limousin Cattle Societys show and sale at Portadown last week.
The top price of 3400gns was paid for a first prizewinner from Co Londonderry breeder William Crowes Kilmaconnell herd.
Kilmaconnell Littlelad, a son of the 1996 Balmoral champion Mereside Filipo, won his class under judge Mr Billy Brown, Banbridge, and was sold to I Gray, Co Fermanagh.
A fleshy son of Triomphe, Hollybank Lotus, made 3200gns for owner William Scott,Lisburn. Bred out of a Hampton Valiant cow and with a 500-dayweight of 779kg, he went toFergus Kelly, Co Londonderry.
Scoring well on BLUP with a well above average beef value of +35 – good enough to achieve Gold Star status – was Newry vendor Peter Murphys Carrickaldreen Legend. By Gagnant and out of a Crownhead Fivestar dam, he made 3050gns after taking the reserve junior championship.
Hillfarm Larry, by the 1994 Royal Highland champion Filip, earned 3050gns for owners M and D McPolin, Newry. Another Gold Star bull with a Beef Value of +37, he went to J and G McMullan, Coleraine.
Keen breed supporters Hazel and Judith McCracken secured their first supreme ticketafter a long journey from Newtownards. Their smart Duc son, Seaview Lustre, made 2900gns to William Galway, Co Down. (Automart)