Having been under bidder on the 13,000gns Limousin bull Mereside Hannibal at Carlisle last month, suckled calf producers Andrew and Karen  Nicholson, Swinside End Farm, Cockermouth, have purchased Mereside Helterskelter from Roger, Duncan and James Hazard, Skillington, Grantham, Lincolnshire, in a private deal for £10,000.

The October 2012-born Carmorn Copilot son, Helterskelter is out of the French bred Tarentelle, a Gabin daughter, who was purchased privately as a new line, she has already produced a bull sold privately as well as suckling a very good full brother to Helterskelter.

Mereside Helterskelter
Mereside Helterskelter

Speaking of his purchase Andrew Nicholson said: “Helterskelter has everything I need in a bull; he’s got a tremendous top and end with great plates and loin, plus the added style I look for when producing suckled show calves.”

Recent success has seen the Mereside herd topping Carlisle in May last year at 40,000gns and taking a Carlisle championship in February with Mereside Hallmark, which went on to sell for 18,000gns.

Adding his thoughts to the sale, James Hazard commented: “We’re delighted Andrew and Karen Nicholson returned to the herd to purchase a bull having missed out on Mereside Hannibal at Carlisle in February. Helterskelter’s mixture of UK fashion and French lines on the dam side means he’s packed full of muscle and we hope he breeds well for Andrew and Karen.”