Following on from the Limousin bull sale, Friday 8th June also featured an official British Limousin Cattle Society Breeders’ Summer Sale of females and youngstock at Borderway Market, Carlisle.
The sale featured consignments from ten herds in all and saw a total clearance of the 80 females offered for sale. A further seven young bulls completed the sale. Continued demand for Limousin females was again apparent with purchasers consisting of breeders, new establishing herds, and commercial producers.
Leading the way at 7,200gns was the stylish maiden heifer Norman Gentle from ES & E Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, Carlisle. March 2011 born, Norman Gentle is by the Haltcliffe Ullswater son Glangwden Bigboy and is out of the homebred Greenwell Major daughter Norman Butterly. Purchasing this heifer was Charlie Boden, Boden & Davies, for the Sportsmans pedigree Herd based at Mellor Hall Farm, Mellor, Nr Stockport, Cheshire. The top price heifer was one of three significant purchases made on the day for Boden & Davies’ Sportsmans Herd as they went on to buy Ironstone Faragh and Ironstone Freestyle from Smiths of Bloxham for 3800gns, and 3000gns respectively.
In all, the Norman Herd sold 13 maiden heifers on the day to average just under £3,000. Comprising of 130 cows, the Norman Herd sold a batch of females in February followed by a production sale of heifers here. The sire of Norman Gentle, Glangwden Bigboy, was purchased for the Norman Herd at Carlisle for 6,500gns. The third top sale price of 4,200gns also went to Messrs Norman and was paid for Norman Groovy, another Bigboy daughter. This June 2011 born heifer is out of Norman Ali, a daughter of the herd’s noted stock bull Heathmount Trojan. With a Beef Value of LM+37, Norman Groovy was purchased by Messrs Hunter, Juries House, Glanton, Alnwick, Northumberland, for their establishing Juries pedigree herd.
At 3,300gns was the April 2011 born Norman Gabriel. This heifer is a daughter of Heathmount Trojan and is out of the Dyfri Maestro-sired Norman Trinkett who features Broadmeadows Cannon on the dam line. Purchasing this animal for export to theRepublicofIrelandwas MD Davis, Castlebrock, Ballinenee, Co Longford.
The second top price in the females came from an offering of eight cows with calves at foot from John R McKeen, Hartlaw Farm, Silloth, Wigton. This was in the shape of the 4,300gns paid for Hartlaw Colette who was sold with her December 2011 born heifer calf at foot. Hartlaw Colette is a five-year-old cow who is French bred being by Satan and out of Union. Her calf at foot, Hartlaw Gabrielle, is by Carmorn Dauphin. Purchasing this outfit was JR McCann, Cunnoquhie Mill, Letham, Cupar, Fife who runs the Millfields pedigree Herd.
The largest consignment of maiden heifers, eighteen in all, was put forward by Smiths of Bloxham, Newlands Farm,Milton Road, Bloxham, Banbury. Leading their trade was Ironstone Faragh at 3,800gns. This heifer, November 2010 born, is by the herd’s prolific sire Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the Jockey daughter Tweedside Ultimo. Faragh was one of the purchases for Boden & Davies’ Sportsmans Herd. At 3,200gns was another Wilodge Vantastic daughter, Ironstone Frolic. Again November 2010 born, Frolic, who carried a Beef Value of LM+33, is out the French-bred Toscanne. She was purchased by HJ & A Francis & Son, Penllwyn, Llanfyllin, Powys. This was one of four purchases on the day by HJ & A Francis & Son who run the Cain pedigree Herd.
Also at 3,200gns was the October 2010 born Ironstone Fanciful. By Teddy, this heifer is out of the Wilodge Vantastic-sired Ironstone Candy. The purchaser was the Parker pedigree Herd of TP Atkinson, Meadow View, Newland, Nr Ulverston, Cumbria.
5 Maiden Heifers £1827.00
8 Cows suckling calves £2638.13
18 Maiden Heifers £2444.17
13 Maiden Heifers £2948.08
15 Maiden Heifers £1848.00
11 Maiden Heifers £1737.27
3 Cows suckling calves £3290.00
4 Maiden Heifers £1575.00
7 Youngstock Bulls £1249.50
Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington Limited