- Four Foxhillfarm bulls gross £101,850
- 117 bulls average £5728
- 84% clearance rate
- Two bulls make 29,000gns and over
- 36 bulls make 6,000gns and over
- Sale grosses £670,176
Foxhillfarm Jasper from Michael & Melanie Alford, Foxhillfarm, Cullompton, Devon made 35,000gns and led the British Limousin Cattle Society’s May Show & Sale of Bulls held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Saturday 2nd May.
Underpinning the commercial confidence in the Limousin breed the sale saw a strong demand right across the catalogue that resulted in an 84% clearance of bulls and an average of £5728. Three more bulls were sold on the year with two bulls making 29,000gns and over and 32 in all making 6000gns and over.
The top price bull, Foxhillfarm Jasper, is an embryo calf, is by the Wilodge Vantastic son Loosebeare Fantastic and is out of the herd’s noted cow Bankdale Alice. He was one of a terrific pen of four embryo calves from the Alfords, all the same way bred, who made 35,000gns, 29,000gns, 19,000gns, and 14,000gns to gross 97,000gns on the day. Along the way Foxhillfarm Jasper was crowned Junior & Overall Supreme Champion at the pre-sale show whilst Foxhillfarm Jupiter (29,000gns) was placed Reserve Overall. Foxhillfarm Justthejob (14,000ngs) stood second in his class to the Supreme Champion with Foxhillfarm Jackflash (19,000ns) standing second in his class to the Reserve Supreme Champion. Just for good measure, in the small sale of females the Alfords also had the top price at 9000gns with Bankdale Chanel who is by Sarkley Volt and again out of Bankdale Alice. A remarkable sale and according to Melanie Alford ‘a day you can only dream about’! Presiding over the pre-sale show was judge for the day Mr Eric Norman who runs the noted Norman Herd at Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, Carlisle.
In what is perhaps a first within the breed Foxhillfarm Jasper is the third Supreme Champion at Carlisle out of the same cow, Bankdale Alice, and following previous wins for Foxhillfarm Impecabull and Bankdale Exfactor respectively. Bankdale Alice was purchased for 15,000gns at the Bankdale Dispersal Sale at Carlisle in July 2011 of Gordon Wilson, Bankdale Farm, Wreay, Carlisle, Cumbria. She is also the mother of the grand slam ‘major’ show winning heifer Foxhillfarm Gracie.
Foxhillfarm Jasper was purchased by Messrs Jenkinson for their Whinfellpark pedigree herd at Clifton Moor, Clifton, Penrith. In a unique arrangement the Alfords have entered, and will show, the bull at the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire, and Royal Welsh Shows through the summer with the bull going to Whinfellpark thereafter.
Purchasing Foxhillfarm Jupiter at 29,000gns was Stuart Fotheringham for his pedigree Ballinloan herd at Dunkeld, Perth. Foxhillfarm Jackflash at 19,000gns was bought by the commercial producer EA Davies, Pantmaenog, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire. Foxhillfarm Justthejob went north ad to the Knock pedigree herd of AG Howie, West Knock, Stuartfield, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
OTHER LEADING PRICES
- 16,000gns Culnagechan Instructor to A Neachell & Son, Shrubbery Farm, Walsall
- 16,000gns Ampertaine Inferno to J H Neale, Wilkey Down, Cornwall
- 13,000gns Lenagh IQ to KD Harryman, Keskadale Farm, Keswick
- 10,000gns Gunnerfleet Impressive to RS & BA Harker, Overthwaite Farm, Carnforth
- 10,000gns Mereside Intense to D C & KL Hutchinson, Old Spital Farm, Stainmore Barnard Castle
- 41 Senior Bulls £4873.54
- 48 Intermediate Bulls £5265.31
- 28 Junior Bulls £7771.88
- 117 Bulls £5727.88
- 6 Females £3867.50