Wilodge Flawless opens the Sale at 27,000gns
Sale grosses £414,000
Goldies Farah from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries made 28,000gns to lead the much-anticipated British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) Breeders’ Sale at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart on Saturday 30th June 2012.
July 2010 born, Goldies Farah is by Ampertaine Bravo, the Sympa son purchased jointly at Carlisle in November 2007 by the Goldies & Marlepark Herds for 24,000gns when he stood Supreme Champion. Goldies Farah is out of the Goldies Terence-sired Goldies Bertha. With a Beef Value of LM+44, and scanned in calf to Hartlaw Excaliber, this heifer was purchased by Mr NBJ Layton for his Lyonshall pedigree herd based at Park Gate Farm, Lyonshall, Hereford.
The production sale featured offerings from the Wilodge, Lodge, Haltcliffe, Goldies and Glenrock herds respectively. Between them, these high-profile herds offered purchasers a catalogue of quality animals featuring some of the top bloodlines and genetics in the BLCS herdbook. Four animals in all made four figures or over with 23 animals in total making 5,000gns or more. Animals were purchased by new and established breeders from all four corners of the United Kingdom with Southern Irish buyers also featuring prominently. Overall the sale grossed a mighty £414,750 or £4,557 per head for the 91 lots sold.
The very first lot in the ring, Wilodge Flawless, made 27,000gns for C Williams, T/S DA Williams, Lodge Hill Farm, Park Lane, Shifnal, Shropshire.
An embryo calf, Wilodge Flawless is December 2010 born. Sired by Objat, she is out of the much-admired Wilodge Diamante, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter. Carrying a top 1% Beef Value of LM+55, this heifer was purchased for the Poolehall herd of Mr & Mrs N Matthews, Applecross Farm, Alveley, Nr Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The Matthews previously dispersed their Pyebrook herd when planning to move and farm abroad. However, a change of direction saw them stay in the UK and establish a new pedigree herd. At the sale they purchased three animals in all from the Wilodge offering including the Wilodge Cerberus-sired Wilodge Goldrush at 8000gns, and the Glenrock Ventura-sired Wilodge Fanelle at 7000gns. Speaking afterwards, Mr Matthews said: “I am absolutely delighted with these purchases to further establish the Poolehall herd. Each of them offers a combination of quality in themselves, combined with a depth of breeding, and top performance figures.”
Purchaser of the top price Goldies Farah, Mr NBJ Layton also took home the 6,000gns maiden heifer Goldies Gentian as well as a further two animals from the Wilodge consignment. At 10,000gns was the January 2011 born Wilodge Goldenmoment. Again an embryo calf, and carrying a Beef Value of LM+32, this heifer is by the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus and is out of the noted cow Sarkley Bellola, a Cloughhead Lord daughter and mother of the 30,000gns Wilodge Dallaglio. Earlier, Mr Layton had purchased Wilodge Glitzy for 6,500gns. A June 2011 born embryo calf with a Beef Value of LM+44, Glitzy is by the prolific Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the Toubib-sired Wilodge Amethyst. Speaking after the sale, Nick Layton said: “Out of very good cow families, these choice females are the nucleus of a new joint venture with Dai Walters from Spring 2013 based at Usk in Monmouthshire. Together with the Lyonshall females, which we have gradually been expanding since 2005 using top AI bulls, the aim is to establish a 100-strong, high-health breeding herd of pedigree Limousins.”
The second lot into the ring, Wilodge Gracie, secured a final bid of 8,000gns by M Jones, The Granary, Hall Barns, Walton, Telford, Shropshire. Born in January 2011, Wilodge Gracie is by Wilodge Cerberus and is out of the Sympa daughter, Hazelhead Annie. She was snapped up with a Beef Value of LM+44. For 14 lots sold, the Wilodge consignment averaged £7,155 for what were all maiden heifers.
Selling at 10,500gns was Goldies Flojo from Bruce Goldie. August 2010 born, Goldies Flojo is another by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the milky Domino daughter Goldies Tara. This heifer, which carries a Beef Value of LM+32, was sold for export when purchased by G Morrisey, Grangeford, Bennekerry, Co Carlow, Eire.
A few lots later, the Haltcliffe Doctor-sired heifer Goldies Gaynor, who is out of the Ampertaine Bravo-sired dam Goldies Dame, also headed for Eire when purchased for 9,000gns by Eddie Lynch, Drumbannow, Loughduff, Co. Cavan. The first daughter of the 15,000gns Haltcliffe Doctor, a Rossignol son, to be offered for sale, the April 2011 born maiden heifer Goldies Gaynor carries a Beef Value of LM+38. Mr Lynch had earlier forked out 7,000gns for the maiden heifer Haltcliffe Franc, by Cloughhead Umpire and out of Haltcliffe Amethyst.
A young bull, Goldies Globe, and the first son of Haltcliffe Doctor forward for sale, realised 6,800gns. A heifer’s calf (out of Goldies Dream), he went under the hammer with a Beef Value of LM+44 to WA Wardman Ltd, Thurshwood Farm, Yearby, Redcar, Cleveland.
Joint top price in the Haltcliffe offering from Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe, Hesket New Market, Cumbria was 7,000gns for each of two heifers. The Cloughhead Umpire-sired Haltcliffe Groovy, a May 2011 born heifer out of the Penyrheol Sam daughter Haltcliffe Veronica, was purchased by J Tennant Ltd, Manor House Farm, Fraisthorpe, Nr Bridlington, Yorks for their Lisset pedigree herd. Three lots earlier, Messrs Tennant also secured the 5,000gns Haltcliffe Garland, by the same sire, but this time out of the Sympa daughter, Haltcliffe Acapulco. The other animal at 7,000gns was the aforementioned Haltcliffe Franc who was knocked down to Mr Lynch, Republic of Ireland.
Two further heifers from the Ridleys sold for 6,000gns each: the first was Haltcliffe Febe, an October 2010 born Sympa daughter and out of the Cloughhead Umpire daughter Haltcliffe Daffodil when bought by L McEldowney, 39 Slaughtneil Road, Maghera, Co.Derry, N.Ireland for his Carntogher herd; the second being Haltcliffe Goa, an April 2011 born Cloughhead Ernie daughter and out of the Sympa daughter Haltcliffe Bali when going under the hammer to the Roxburgh prefix of J Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso. Overall, 23 maiden heifers from Haltcliffe averaged £3,830.
Leading the way in the Lodge consignment from Ian &Wendy Callion, Bolfornought Farm, Stirling was Lodge Diamond at 6,000gns. A Rocky-sired 2008 born cow, sold with her Ronick Gains-sired heifer calf at foot, Diamond is out of Lodge Redlady. This outfit was purchased by TC Altham, Mill Bank, Sellet Mill, Whittington, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancs for the Lunevalley pedigree herd.
Purchasing nine lots in all at the sale was Will Ketley of Toppesfield Hall Ltd, Yeldham Road, Toppesfield, Halstead, Essex for his establishing Toppesfield prefix. Purchases included the 4,400gns Lodge Flute, an October 2010 born maiden heifer by Attila and out of Lodge Piccolo, as well as the 4,300gns maiden, Haltcliffe Francis, by Cloughhead Umpire and out of Haltcliffe Breeze. These will join a further 10 maiden heifers and young bull purchased at Carlisle last month, as well as the 8,000gns Champion bull, Edwards Franklin, purchased at Newark in April. With the stated aim of increasing the pedigree herd to around 100 breeding females in due course, Mr Ketley’s new pedigree purchases will run alongside a commercial suckler herd numbering around 300 Limousin-cross cows.
A young consignment from Mr & Mrs S Illingworth, Howgillside, Lockerbie saw a top price of 3,200gns paid for Glenrock Galaxy by DW Youngson, Dorbshill, Ellon who runs the Ythanvale pedigree herd. Mr Youngson had earlier purchased the 5,000gns Lodge Celia, by the French-bred sire Avril, and out of Lodge Annabelle who was sold with her Procters Cavalier-sired heifer calf at foot and scanned back in calf to the French bull Attila. Glenrock Galaxy is by the Irish-bred sire Castleview Deloitte and is out of the Bremore Artist daughter, Glenrock Dubai. The Illingworths’ 12 yearling heifers averaged £2,520 apiece.
14 maiden heifers £7155.00
8 cows served and/or suckling £4396.87
14 maiden heifers £2962.50
23 maiden heifers £3830.22
5 served heifers £9177.00
8 maiden (red) heifers £5748.75
4 maiden (black) heifers £2782.50
2 cows served and/or suckling £4725.00
1 young bull £7140.00
12 yearling heifers £2520.00