- Five animals at five figures and over
The Sassy Lassies Sale from the Emslies Herd of Mr Harry Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire saw a strong trade throughout led by the 16,500gns paid for the in-calf heifer Emslies Guerlain.
Held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Saturday 18th January, this British Limousin Cattle Society Breeders’ Sale kicked off the 2014 pedigree Limousin trade in some style with a real depth of quality, bloodlines and prices throughout the catalogue. The sale, marking the first Production Sale from the herd since its foundation in 2003, saw a huge crowd in attendance with new and established breeders from all over the UK competing for the quality lots on offer. The sale grossed £390,705 with 26 cows and heifers served and/or suckling averaging a tremendous £6,021 and five lots in all breaching the five figure mark.
Sale leader at 16,500gns was the October 2011-born Emslies Guerlain, a Sympa daughter and out of the herd’s noted French cow Ubonie. Combining muscle, power, thickness and breed character, this heifer is a maternal sister to the 37,000gns Emslies Frenchman. Buying the top price, which also had a Beef Value of LM+37, was Drew Hyslop for his Newshot pedigree herd at Myrtle Cottage, School Brae, Haugh-of-Urr, Castle Douglas. Emslies Guerlain’s service details showed she had been AI’d to Salomon and then having run with the 18,000gns junior herd sire Dinmore Goldcrest.
Emslies Duchess (LM+30) made 15,000gns when selling in a half share to Mr WD Wight, Whitrighill Farm, Melrose, Roxburghshire along with WJ & M Mash Ltd, Torrington Farm, Grove Lane, Chesham, Bucks for their Monkeypuzzle and Brockhurst herds respectively. A 2008-born embryo calf by the French sire Salomon and out of the 2009 Royal Welsh Show Limousin and Interbreed Champion, Ballymoney Veronica, she was sold with her June 2013-born bull calf at foot, Emslies Ironman (by Bailea Bullion) and back in calf to Dinmore Goldcrest.
Also at 15,000gns was Emslies Ieryl (LM+34) when selling to Aileen Ritchie, Tamara, Burnside, Whitecairns, Aberdeen. This April 2013-born maiden heifer is sired by the 28,000gns Procters Cavalier and is out of Emslies Eryl, who was shown at foot with the title-winning Ballymoney Veronica at the Royal Welsh in 2009, and whose first calf, Emslies Hendreron, took the 15,000gns top price at Stirling in October 2013.
Going under the hammer at the 12,000gns mark to the Garyvaughan Herd of Mr CV Lewis, Buttington New Hall, Buttington, Welshpool, Powys was Emslies Farah (LM+35). Born in February 2010, she is by Procters Cavalier and is out of Ballymoney Sarah and was sold with her first calf at foot, Emslies Integrity, a May 2013 born young bull who is by the homebred sire Emslies Colossus. She was sold having run with the 37,000gns Emslies Frenchman.
At the same money was Emslies Gillian when knocked down to JL Woodward, Rieton Close, Thorpe Saint Andrews, Norwich. An in-calf heifer by the French-bred Ulm and out of the Ionesco daughter, Kaprico Chrysanthemum, the March 2011-born Gillian (LM+35) was sold AI’d to Emslies Colossus and having run with Dinmore Goldcrest.
Emslies Black Galaxy made 9,500gns when selling to the Harestone Herd of Neil Barclay, South Road, Insch, Aberdeenshire. This rising three-year-old in-calf heifer is by Bailea Black BMW and is out of Emslies Curlywurly. With a Beef Value of LM+48, Galaxy was Junior Female Champion at the Stars of the Future in 2011, and was sold having run with the Colossus son, Emslies Foreman. The Harestone Herd also acquired one of the frozen embryos at the 1,000gns mark pairing up Ballymoney Veronica with the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus.
Another with a final bid of 9,500gns was Emslies Glitzy when purchased by TP Atkinson, Meadow View, Newland, Ulverston, Cumbria for the Arradfoot Herd. By the Objat son, Emslies Colossus, and out of the 20,000gns Wilodge Ritzy, this was another in-calf heifer with pedigree as well as performance (LM+38) to her name. July 2011-born, she was sold in-calf to either Ronick Hawk or Dinmore Goldcrest.
Realising a combined price of 9,000gns was the cow and calf unit Emslies Eyecandy (6,000gns) and her bull calf Emslies Icarus (3,000gns). Eyecandy is by Procters Cavalier and is out of the Sympa daughter, Emslies Alison, and sold in-calf to Emslies Colossus to the Deunawd Herd of Mr W Owen, Braich-Y-Saint, Cricceth. Mr G Jones, Ty Hen Newydd, Llanerchymedd, Gwynedd then purchased the Colossus-sired, May 2013-born bull calf Emslies Icarus (LM+48) for his Esceifiog prefix.
Sold as a half share for 9,000gns was the maiden heifer Emslies Heledd on behalf of A & GE Redhead & Son, Bowsden Moor Farm, Berwick upon Tweed together with J Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, Roxburghshire. April 2012-born, Heledd has an outstanding Beef Value of LM+58 being a daughter of Emslies Colossus and out of the Oxygene-sired Emslies Elin.
Securing 7,200gns was another cow and calf outfit comprising Emslies Adultress (3,000gns) and Emslies Intoxicate (4,200gns). Sired by Louxor and out of Ballymoney Mistrale, the 2005-born Adultress heads to Mr K Watret, Northfield Park, Annan, Dumfriesshire whilst the Derriaghy Enfield-sired heifer calf, Intoxicate, finds new owners in Mr & Mrs MJ Alford, Foxhill Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon.
Cows with calves at foot continued their sharp trade with Emslies Carly (Ronick Hawk x Shannas Poppy) making 3,500gns to JP Clark, Kinnahaird Farm, Contin, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire and Emslies Inferno (by Procters Cavalier) making 2,000gns to TC Altham, Sellet Mill, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancs. The very first lot in the ring, Emslies Dollybird (Milbrook Vintage x Ronick Telma) had already been snapped up by the Kinnahaird prefix of JP Clark along with her Procters Cavalier-sired heifer calf, Emslies Iollybird, to realise 5,300gns with the same buyer also purchasing the 4,500gns Emslies Cocochanel (Omer x Lesion).
At 5,500gns was the April 2011-born Emslies Ginntonic, a daughter of Procters Cavalier and out of Emslies Baileys. With a Beef Value of LM+30, she heads to DA & SM Miller, Crookdake Mill, Wigton, Cumbria having been AI’d to Saphir and run with Dinmore Goldcrest.
A Morton, Lochend Farm, Denny, Stirlingshire purchased Emslies Gwenfair at 5,200gns. This December 2011-born in-calf heifer is by the homebred Emslies Colossus and is out of the Hartsideanew Argos daughter, Emslies Dyfi. Sold in-calf to either Ronick Hawk or Dinmore Goldcrest, she carries a Beef Value of LM+45 putting her squarely in the top 1% of the Limousin breed.
Embryo calves reached a top of 4,000gns when sold suckling their recipient dams. This was for the June 2013-born bull calf, Emslies Infinity, sired by the Neuf son, Bolide, and out of the 2010 Red Ladies Champion and 14,000gns sale leader, Whinfellpark Ena. With a Beef Value of LM+48, Emslies Infinity was bought by RP Crawford, High Thorn Farm, Selside, Kendal.
Other Leading Prices:
– Emslies Baileys 5,000gns to Seagrave & Stevenson, Checker Leazes Farm, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham
– Emslies Gabby 5,000gns to Messrs Boyling, Crabwell Farm, Parkgate Road, Chester, Cheshire
– Emslies Gypsy 5,000gns to L Graham, Mid Lodge, Abercairney, Crieff, Perthshire
26 Cows served and/or suckling £6,021.35
31 in-calf Heifers £4,985.81
9 Maiden Heifers £3,896.67
7 Weaned Calves £3,360.00
6 Embryo Calves £3,500.00
Auctioneer: Harrison & Hetherington