- 93 Bulls sold (up by 8 on the year) for £6104
- Clearance rate of 70% (up by 3% on the year)
- 11 Bulls make 10,000gns or more
Foxhillfarm Lordofthering, the pre-sale show Overall Supreme and Junior Champion, swept all before him when selling to the sale top price of 35,000gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Autumn Show and Sale of bulls at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Saturday 15th October.
Bred by Michael and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon, Lordofthering is an embryo calf by Guards Boomer and out of the prolific Bankdale Alice whose progeny have now sold to 350,000gns. This bull arrived at Carlisle with a big reputation having been a prolific show winner over the 2016 summer season. Multiple honours included being: Junior and Male Champion at the Royal Highland; Reserve Junior Champion at the Royal Welsh; and Junior Champion and Reserve Male Champion at the 2016 National Limousin Show.
At the pre-sale show at Carlisle Foxhillfarm Lordofthering had been placed Junior Champion and Supreme Overall Champion by the judge Charlie Boden of the noted Sportsmans Herd at Mellor Hall Farm, Stockport. Purchasing the top price was the Swalesmoor Herd at Kedzlie Farms Ltd, Kedzlie Farm, Lauderdale, Galashields.
Commenting on his Champion Charlie Boden said: “This was a standout bull who had both presence and style. He had a tremendous backend, great top, was clean, had really good length, good legs and walked well. He’s a modern Limousin, very balanced from front to back, and a true breeder’s bull.”
The sale saw the number of bulls sold on the year up by eight and with an increased clearance rate with 70% of the 132 bulls selling. Trade at the sale was very much led by commercial buyers who readily went to five figures for their choice of the quality bulls on offer. Eleven bulls in all made five figures and over. Averages were understandably down on the year with last year’s sale having featured the world record breaking 140,000gns Trueman Jagger.
From the Junior Bull section, which averaged over £7100, the second top price of 17,000gns came in the shape of Westpit Landlord from Andrew Gammie, Drumforber, Aberdeenshire. This shapely May 2015 born calf is the first bull offered at sale by the stock sire Jalex Itsallgoood, a Swarland Eddie son. Landlord is out of the Fieldson Alfy daughter Westpit Finella. Westpit Landlord was sold to an undisclosed buyer.
From the same class Swarland Larry made 14,000gns when selling for A&D Proctor, Swarland Old Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland. Larry is one of the first sons to be offered at sale by the 23,000gns stock bull Fairywater Haig purchased in 2014. A heifer’s calf, Swarland Larry was purchased by the noted commercial breeders Elgan and Emily Jones, Coedmore Hall, Cellan, Lampeter, Dyfed.
Three bulls made 12,000gns. The first of these was Anside Loki from Anside Pedigree Livestock, Brahead Farm, Banffshire. The March 2015 born Loki is the first calf at sale out of the herd sire Powerful Irish. With plenty of breeding behind him, Anside Loki is out of Anside Veronica the dam of the 30,000gns Anside Flint. In the pre-sale show this calf had stood as the Champion of the Senior Section. Off to a pedigree herd, Anside Loki was bought by Eric and Elaine Norman, who run the Norman pedigree herd at Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, Carlisle, Cumbria.
Also at the 12,000gns mark was McParlands Liteforever from James McParland, Beleeks, Newry, Northern Ireland. Sired by Elite Forever Brill, this May 2015 born calf is out of Brockhurst Eternity a Grahams Samson daughter out of the noted show cow Reseda. Liteforever had himself arrived at Carlisle with a list of show wins in Northern Ireland behind him. Buyer of this bull was TW Bell & Son Ltd, Hilltop Farm, St John-in-the-Vale, Keswick, Cumbria.
The final bull to make 12,000gns was Arradfoot Lasvegas from Thor Atkinson, Meadow View, Newland, Nr Ulverston. Lasvegas, who stood second in his class to the Reserve Overall Champion, is by the Irish bred bull Newtown Freeman and is out of Gunnerfleet Fortunas. The shapely June 2015 born Arradfoot Lasvegas was purchased by GL, JS & A Howells, who run the Shadog pedigree herd at Pentrecwrt, Llandysul, Dyfed.
Another from the Junior section was the 11,000gns sale of Broadhead Lothario from first time vendors Turner Farms Ltd, Honley, Holmfirth. The June 2015 born Lothario is sired by the renowned Rossignol and out of Haltcliffe Fifi, sired by Greenwell Major. A bull bred for shape, he was purchased by the noted commercial producers J Lee & Sons, Agars Hill Farm, Whitfield, Hexham, Northumberland.
Five further bulls also hit the five figure barrier, all making 10,000gns with two coming from the same vendor. Stuart Fotheringham of the Ballinloan herd, Dunkeld, Perth had a tremendous day’s trading with both bulls entered selling for 10,000gns. Both were sired by the herds senior stock bull Ampertaine Foreman and are out of Nebo Dynamite daughters. Firstly, Ballinloan Lazer who had won a first prize at the Royal Highland Show this year and also a first and Interbreed Championship at Perth Show, sold to J & J Bannatyne, Drumalbin Farm, Carmichael, Biggar, Lanarkshire for their Whitecastle herd. The second Ballinloan bull at the same money was Ballinloan Lethal, who had also picked up a first prize at the Royal Highland Show this year. Winner of class seventeen in the pre-sale show at Carlisle, he went on to be sold to D Baillie, Calla, Carnwath, Lanark, Lanarkshire to join their pedigree Calla herd.
The pre-sale show’s Reserve Overall Championship was awarded to Ampertaine Lieutenant from the prolific herd of WJ & J McKay, Upperlands, Maghera, Co Derry. First in class fifteen, Lieutenant was hot on the heels of the champion Foxhillfarm Lordofthering, following him through as Reserve Junior Champion and then being placed as Reserve Overall Champion of the show. Sired by the fashionable homebred sire Ampertaine Gigolo and out of the Sympa sired dam Ampertaine Hyacinth, Ampertaine Lieutenant was purchased by JH Neale & Son, Boyton, Launceton, Cornwall for their Nealford herd of pedigree females. This represented their second recent bull purchase from the Ampertaine herd.
The last of the four bulls making 10,000gns was Reddings Laird, from vendors NP Wilson, Moffat, Dumfries. This January 2015 born bull came from the senior section, sired by the homebred stockbull Reddings Elvis, who’s progeny include Reddings Hero who made 8,500gns at Carlisle in February 2014. Out of the Newhouse Castoff sired dam Reddings Fiona, this powerful bull was purchased by G&W Halliday, Tundergarth, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
OTHER LEADING PRICES
- 140 Norman Legacy 9,500gns L Forster & Son, West Nubbock Farm, Hexham, Northumberland
- 172 Gunnerfleet Longbull 9,000gns Denis Cadzow & Co Ltd, Duncrahill Farm House, Pencaitland, Tranent, East Lothian
- 195 Procters Laval 9,000gns R & A White & Son, Two Thorns Fields Farm, Snake Road, Bamford, Hope Valley
- 210 Haltcliffe Lineker 9,000gns JA Wood & Sons, Kinnerton Hall Farm, Ratlinghope, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
- 256 Kinniside Login 9,000gns T & J Leslie, Quoymore House, Balfour, Orkney
- 108 Pabo Legend 8,000gns CG Simpson & Sons, Square House Farm, Quebec, Durham, Co.Durham
- 247 Sarkley Laird 8,000gns RR Jones & Son, Glynhafren Farm, Old Hall, Llanidloes, Powys
- 279 Knock Lionelmessi 8,000gns Andrew Paton & Co, Craig Farm, Straiton, Maybole, Ayrshire
22 Senior Bulls £5584.09
35 Intermediate Bulls £5349.00
36 Junior Bulls £7156.04
93 Bulls Overall £6104.11
Video of the top twelve priced bulls can be viewed HERE
Video of the Championship judging can be viewed HERE