Following on from the Red Ladies Derby Sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Friday 13th December, was the British Limousin Cattle Society’s show and sale of Weaned Calves.
The pre-sale show, judged by the Red Ladies judge Mark Phillips, Mains of Minnydow, Springholm, Castle Douglas, saw one class judged for the bull calves and heifer calves respectively. The winner of the Bull Calf class was Foxhillfarm Impressive from Mr & Mrs M Alford, Foxhill Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon. An embryo calf, Foxhillfarm Impressive is by Hartlaw Excaliber the Male Champion at the 2011 National Limousin Show. January 2013 born, he is out of Bankdale Chanel a maternal sister to the multi title winning Foxhillfarm Gracie. Commenting, Mark Phillips said; “This is a big, powerful bull calf with excellent muscling and very good on his legs. Foxhillfarm Impressive backed up his first prize when going on to take the top price of 7000gns in the Weaned Calf Sale when being snapped up by ES & E Norman, Little Orton Farm, Carlisle for their Norman pedigree herd.
The second top price in the bull calves was the 5200gns paid for the April born Barrons Indiana from Willie Barron, Morrow Edge Farm, Burnhope, Co. Durham. This calf is by the herd’s prolific stock sire the 20,000gns Ampertaine Commander and is out of the Sarkley Volvo daughter Barrons Classy. Barrons Indiana was bought by L Guy & Son, Home Farm, Gilmonby, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham. In 2012 another Ampertaine Commander son, Barrons Harness, won the Bull Calf class for Mr Barron at the corresponding sale and made 6,000gns.
Selling at 4800gns was the third prized Dylans Irnbru from GJ Morris, Mwche Farm, Lanstephan, Carmarthen. Another calf to feature breeding and performance, Dylans Irnbru is by Sympa out of the Wilodge Vantastic daughter Dylans Fanta and carres a Beef Value of LM+40. This calf heads to the Kinniside herd of George & Ann Marrs, Cathow Farm, Kinniside, Cleator, Cumbria
Winning the Heifer Calf class was D&L Graham, Mains Of Burnbank Farm, Blairdrummond, Stirling with Burnbank Isabella. Entirely homebred this April 2013 born calf is by the Lino sired Burnbank Frank and is out of Burnbank Eclipse, an Ionesco daughter. Commenting Burnbank Isableea Mark Phillips said; “Just a youngster, this is a super little heifer, very stylish and well balanced.” Backing up the judge’s placement Isabella made the top price in the heifer section, and second top overall in the calves, when selling for 5,200gns to HC.&.LA MacGillivray, Home Farm, Barcaldine, Oban, Argyll. The previous lot Burnbank Ida, also from the Grahams, sold for 3,100gns. February born this heifer is also by Burnbank Frank and is out of the 2006 born Burnbank Britney.
20 weaned bull calves £2622.38
34 weaned heifer calves £1974.93