- Same way bred Grahams Lizzie sells for 16,000gns
- Aultside Lambrini makes 9800gns
- Open flush from Poolehall Iris goes for 5000gns
Following on immediately at the close of the 2016 National Limousin Show, on Friday 29th July at Borderway Mart, was the ‘Sale of Champions’, an optional sale open to any animals that had placed first to third in their respective pedigree classes.
Leading the way at 40,000gns, the highest sale price in the UK in the year to date, was the young bull Grahams Lorenzo from Mr & Mrs R & J Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge Of Allan, Stirling. Earlier in the day Grahams Lorenzo had won his class and had placed as Reserve Junior Male Champion in front of the judge Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries.
An embryo calf by the noted Claragh Franco, and out of the home-bred Grahams Coffey, the May 2015 born Lorenzo had previously won the Marks & Spencer Interbreed Beefbreeder title at this summer’s Royal Highland Show as well as numerous local show titles. Purchasing the bull was the noted fifty cow Wilodge herd at Lodge Hill Farm, Park Lane, Shifnal, Shropshire. Commenting after the sale, Paul Tippets said: “We first saw Grahams Lorenzo at the Highland Show and were very impressed with him. He’s a young bull with power, presence and style. He has a tremendous head, body, backend and legs and has an excellent temperament. He’s an exciting bull with a lot of potential and we also like his back breeding and particularly on the dam line. ”
The second top price was the 16,000gns paid for the heifer, Grahams Lizzie, which was another embryo calf from the Grahams herd and the same way bred as the top price bull. This heifer had also secured a first prize ticket in the third class of the day. Purchasing this 21st May 2015 born calf was Jonathan Watson for his Tweeddale Limousin herd at Bowsden Moor, Bowsden, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland.
From the very first show class of the day the second prize heifer, Aultside Lambrini made 9800gns. This September 2015 born calf was bred and exhibited by Garry Patterson, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith. Sired by the Vantastic son Loosebeare Fantastic and out of Spittalton Flush, a Hargill Blaze daughter, Aultside Lambrini was purchased by John Richardson, who farms the developing Mystyle herd at Ghyll House near Appleby.
Another young bull from the Grahams herd, Grahams Lamont, made 5000gns when selling to the Lagas pedigree herd of Michael Cursiter, Laga Farms Ltd, Arwick, Evie, Orkney. A second prize winner behind the Reserve Junior Male Champion, Grahams Lamont is by Claragh Franco the same sire as the day’s top price bull. May 2015 born this young bull is out of the French bred cow Cavaliere who also bred the 17,000gns Grahams Gayla.
Shown in the commercial classes the shapely pedigree heifer Randerston Jasmine from Stewart and Lindsay Bett, Castleton Farm, Airth, Stirling also made 5000gns. By Emslies Galileo, and out of Randerston Gilly, this August 2014 heifer was purchased by J Neill, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Co.Down, N.Ireland. This heifer came to Carlisle with a strong show record behind her including being the Champion Pure Bred Animal and Lightweight Heifer Champion at the 2015 Scottish Winter Fair Livescot event.
In an imaginative piece of sale marketing Dougie McBeath and Sarah Jane Jessop, Lower Greenyards Farm, Bannockburn, Stirling offered an open flush from their multi title winning and National Limousin Show Female Intermediate Champion, Poolehall Iris. This October born 2013 heifer is an embryo calf by Haltcliffe Ben and is out of the 27,000gns Wilodge Flawless. Purchasing the open flush at 5000gns was Ian Handley who runs the pedigree Gunnerfleet herd at Gunnerfleet Farm, Chapel Le Dale, Ingleton, Lancashire.