Hilltown Livestock Mart was host to the first NI Limousin Cattle Club sale of Unhaltered and Haltered Females on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August.
The evening sale was extremely well supported with car parks full to the brim and the sale rings packed full of breeders both from commercial and pedigree backgrounds. There was steady trade with a clearance rate of 68%. In all 29 females sold to an average of £1725.
Hitting the top price of 3,500gns was Ashmara Jasmine bred by Neill Martin, Dromore. July 2014 born this heifer is sired by Haltcliffe Dancer and is out of the dam Winnington Eden. Catching the eye with both style and presence Ashmara Jasmine was purchased by Richard Mobery, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone.
Following with the second best price of 3350gns was Lynderg Imelda bred by Jim Quail, Banbridge. This April 2013 born heifer is sired by the noted Guards Boomer and is out of home bred Lynderg Elisa who carries Ocean bloodlines. Sold as Ai’d to Balnacraig Randall, and holding a Beef Value of LM +27, Lynderg Imelda now heads to pedigree breeder George McCage, Corgary.
The third top price of 2,600gns went to Larkhill Janice bred by Brian McAuley, Antrim. This November 2014 born heifer is sired by the Wilodge Vantastic son Goldies Hallmark. She is out of the homebred dam Larkhill Grace whose bloodlines include Nenuphar, Emue, Bailea Umandy and Ravanelle. With a beef value of LM+28 this young female now heads to new owner J Campbell, Carnlough.
At 2,300gns was Jim Quail’s homebred Lynderg Joanne. May 2014 born Joanne is one of the first daughters to be sold from the Quail’s herd stockbull Lynderg Hero who was Male Champion at two Royal Balmoral Shows and once at the Royal Highland Show along with many other show accolades. With a Beef Value of LM+38 Lynderg Joanne now heads to pedigree breeder P Megarry, Crumlin.
A great atmosphere at the sale led NI Limousin Club President Jim Scott to say: “This is the first time we have tried this sale for NI Club members and it was attended very well by the whole community. I am delighted that this new venture has showcased Limousin breeding in this area and I hope that it will perhaps open the door for more potential Limousin breeders to start up their own pedigree herd. We are already making plans for next year’s event and hope that it goes from strength to strength.”
29 females sold to an average of £1725