Record May Stirling average of £4056
- Record top price at May Stirling Sale
- Averages up by £276
- 96% clearance
- Three more bulls sold on the year
- Twenty bulls at 4000gns or more
- Sale grosses £180,333
Taking the sale top price of 10,000gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s May Sale at United Auctions’ Stirling Market was Dyke Frosty from JR MacGregor (Dyke) Ltd, Dyke Farm, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow. Earlier in the day, this October 2010 born bull had placed Overall Reserve Champion at the pre-sale show in front of the judge Andrew Proctor, who himself runs the Swarland pedigree herd at Swarland Old Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland. The 10,000gns top price is a record mark for a Limousin at Stirling in May and is a joint all-breeds record at this same fixture.
Dyke Frosty, with a Beef Value of LM+35, is a Drumduff Champ son and is out of the Haltcliffe President sired Dyke Violet. Drumduff Champ is a Haltcliffe Underwriter son that the MacGregors bought privately. In February, Dyke Fugitive, a bull from the first crop of calves by Drumduff Champ sold for 11,000gns at Stirling. The Dyke herd, comprising of approximately 55 breeding females, continues to be a prolific title winner at Stirling (Perth) bull sales and featuring regularly in the top prices. Buying the top price Limousin, and the top price bull across all the beef breeds on the day, was the noted commercial producer and pedigree breeder John Thomson, Hilton of Beath Farm, Kelty, Dunfermline, Fife who runs the Beath herd.
The MacGregors also sold Dyke Firefly for 5000gns to Martin J Bignal, Smaladh, Bridgend, Isle of Islay. This August 2010 bull is by Ronick Hawk and out of the Ardbrack Taketime daughter Dyke Dahlia.
In all 44 bulls of the 46 forward sold to average a very solid £4056 which is a record breed average at this fast establishing Stirling May Sale. The average was up by £276 on the year with three more bulls sold at what auctioneer David Leggatt described as a “first class working sale with a terrific clearance”. Stirling brought to a close three official Limousin sales held over the May 5th – 7th weekend at Carlisle, Ballymena and Stirling respectively which had seen over 200 bulls sold and featuring record averages and top clearances.
Carrying on from one of the major themes at recent Limousin Society sales, Wilodge Vantastic breeding was again to the fore in the leading prices. At 6500gns was the Vantastic son Glenturk Freestyle from Messrs BG & L Allan, Glenturk, Wigtown, Newton Stewart. This July 2010 born bull is out of the Grahams Rocksolid daughter Glenturk Betty and had a high Beef Value of LM+40. This bull was snapped up by James Black, Tangy, Campbelltown, Argyll.
Taking the pre-sale show Championship was Grahams Fanfaron from Robert and Jean Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. This son of the 30,000gns Millgate Clinker is out of the French cow Noix, a Laps daughter, and has a beef value of LM+26. Continuing the solid trade on the day, he sold for 6200gns to W Kerr, Middleton Farm, Newton Mearns, Glasgow. In all the Grahams herd sold four bulls on the day to gross £18,480.
Another bull making 6200gns was Overton Frodo from the herd of regular consignor Mr R Aitken, Overton Farm, Fintry, Glasgow. Frodo’s breeding saw him sired by the French bred bull Ulm and out of the 1996 born cow Lumbylaw Milkmaid. This September born bull was sold to JN Lambie, Loanhead of Duchally, Auchterarder, Perthshire. Rounding off a good day, the Overton herd also sold Overton Fulton for 5600gns to J Kay & Son, Hartside, Oxton, Berwickshire. October 2010 born, Fulton is a Sarkley Topknot son and is out of the Sympa sired Overton Brive.
One of the biggest beef values in the catalogue was the LM+43 of Goldies Frontman from BT Goldie, Townfoot Farm, Mouswald, Dumfries. November 2010 born, Frontman is by the bull Haltcliffe Bill (the sire of the May 2012 Carlisle Junior Champion Tweeddale Goldie) and is out of the Goldies Terence sired Goldies Abigail. Goldies Frontman was bought, for 5200gns, by TL Stirling, Auchterblair Farm, Carrbridge, Inverness-shire. A further Haltcliffe Bill son, Goldies Format sold for 4500gns to C McRury Woodhead Farm, Newburgh, Fife. Confirming a solid day for the Goldies herd, the Ampertaine Bravo sired Goldies Fizz made 4800gns when selling to JH Anderson, Cloy, Fortrose, Ross-shire. Another October 2010 born bull, Fizz is out of the Goldies Terence sired Goldies Divaqueen and carried a big Beef Value of LM+44.
Forty eight hours earlier, Mr J Burnett & Sons, Upper Spittalton, Blair Drummond, Stirling had enjoyed a top day’s trading at Carlisle when selling two bulls to 12,000gns and 8200gns respectively. At Stirling he continued this good run when selling Spittalton Fenton to 5000gns. A December 2010 bull, Fenton is by Hargill Blaze and is out of the Clarkton Sirocco dam Spittalton Amy. The purchaser was John W McEwen, Mount Farm, Balfron, Glasgow. Further bulls from Spittalton sold for 4000gns, 3500gns and 2600gns respectively.
Late in the bull catalogue was Windsole George who made 5000gns for breeder and vendor Mr W Lawson, Rahalloch, Windsole, Auchterarder. Windsole George is by Dylans Daf, an Objat son, and is out of Windsole Aster. Purchasing this January 2011 bull was Q Limond, Barskelly Farm, Crosshill, Maybole, Ayrshire. The Windsole herd also topped the small offering of females when the September 2010 born heifer Windsole Fifi made 2600gns. Fifi, by Salomon and out of Windsole Rosemary, was purchased by J McCulloch, South Mid Frew, Thornhill, Stirling.
Other Leading Prices
- Lot 179, 4900gns Westhall Black Final to SG Bull Stud, Knocknagael Farm, Essick Road, Inverness
- Lot 156, 4500gns Emslies Black Fossil to IA Torrance, Starchmill, Bridgend, Isle of Islay
- Lot 161, 4500gns Ronick Flaunt to Carmichael West Mains, Carmichael, Biggar, Lanarkshire
44 Bulls £4056 (+£276)
5 Females £1869