- Averages up on the year by £393 to £4945 for 40 bulls
- Clearance rate of 67%
- 14 bulls at 5500gns or more
- Allanfauld Ludo lifts Overall Championship
The May 2015 born Goldies Lancelot from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries made 8500gns to lead the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Sale held at the Stirling Bull Sales on Monday 17th October 2016.
Lancelot is from the first crop of calves by the herd’s stock sire Foxhillfarm Irishlad offered at sale. He is out of the remarkable and prolific dam Goldies Vitality, described as the ‘backbone of the herd’, and the dam of many leading bulls including Goldies Comet and Goldies Goldfinger. This is the second year in a row that the Goldies herd has led the October Stirling Sale, following on from the 13,500gns Goldies Jogger in 2015, with both bulls being out of Goldies Vitality. Goldies Lancelot was purchased by Messrs Richardson, Derrycoose Road, Annaghmore, Portadown.
In the pre-sale show judged by Johnny Aiken who runs the Carnew herd at Dromara, Dromore, NI, Goldies Lancelot had placed as Overall Reserve Supreme Champion and Reserve Junior Champion. Further Goldies bulls sold for 6000gns and 4000gns respectively. The Goldies herd also topped the offering of females later in the day when the Goldies Fantastic sired heifer Goldies Jackie, November 2014 born, made 5000gns.
Taking the second top bull price of 8200gns was Spittalton Lewis from local breeder Andrew Burnett, Upper Spittalton, Blair Drummond, Stirling. From a big team of bulls the March 2015 born Spittalton Lewis is by Maraiscote Gigolo, a Goldies Comet son, and is out of the Dyfri Tanner sired Spittalton Erica. He was purchased by JA Lambie & Sons, Auchterarder, Perthshire. In all seven Spittalton bulls sold to gross 37,400gns with further prices attained including bulls at 7200gns and 6500gns. On the previous evening at the Scottish Limousin Club AGM and Prizegiving, the Spittalton herd had picked up the award for the best Limousin herd in Scotland.
The sale, driven by commercial producers, saw forty bulls average £4945 up by £393 on the year and with a 67% clearance. Fourteen bulls in all made 5500gns or more. Over seventy two hours 133 Limousin bulls sold between the sales at Stirling and Carlisle respectively which is six more than on the corresponding 2015 sales.
The third top price was the 7200gns Spittalton Liam from Andrew Burnett. This March 2015 born calf is by the Objat son Dinmore Hitman and is out of the homebred Spittalton Faith. Sporting some good performance figures, Spittalton Liam, who had a Beef Value of LM+45, was purchased by MJ Agnew, Little Airies, Kirkcolm, Stranraer.
Lifting the Overall Supreme Championship at the pre-sale show, and also the Junior Championship, was Allanfauld Ludo from Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, Glasgow. The May 2015 born Ludo is the first bull calf offered at sale sired by Knockcroghery Hero who was purchased at the Irish Premier Bull Sale in 2014. Knockcroghery Hero unfortunately injured himself in 2016 but his stamp on the herd has been evident with this bull and also many of the progeny at the herd’s major sale held in September. Prolific sellers this was the herd’s fourth recent Supreme Championship at the Stirling Limousin Sales. Come sale time Allanfauld Ludo was sold for 7000gns to WJ & P MacKenzie, Hilton Farm, Tain, Ross-shire.
Commenting on his Champion, the pre-sale judge Johnny Aiken said: “This bull was very much my type. He is long, good on his legs, has a great top, lovely fleshing, and a good end. He just had that quality and is a bull that would suit both a pedigree and a commercial job.”
Also at 7000gns was Anside Looper from Mr & Mrs S Irvine, Braehead Farm, Drummuir. This April 2015 born calf had stood second in his class to the Supreme Champion. Looper is amongst the first sons presented at sale by the herd’s stock sire Powerful Irish and is out of Normande Bouquet. At Carlisle two days earlier a Powerful Irish son from the Irvines had been Senior Champion and sold for 12,000gns. Purchasing Anside Looper was A&M Robertson, Ballycurrie Farm, Rothesay, Isle of Bute.
Another from the team of Andrew Burnett, this time Spittalton Loader, made 6500gns when selling to M&A Lennie, Seaview, Sanday, Orkney. March 2015 born and with a Beef Value of LM+46, Spittalton Loader is a Netherhall Gallant son and is out of another Dyfri Tanner sired cow, Spittalton Beth.
Also at 6500gns was Ballinloan Lorenzo from Stuart Fotheringham, Ballinloan, Dunkeld, Perth. The third youngest bull in the catalogue, the June 2015 Lorenzo is another by the increasingly prolific herd sire Ampertaine Foreman and out of the cow Ballinloan Gertrude, a Millgate Caesar daughter. Buying this young bull with a Beef Value of LM+41, and one of the few to go south on the day, was P Kemp, Derwent House, Consett, Co Durham. Again at Carlisle on the Saturday, Stuart Fotheringham sold two further Ampertaine Foreman sons for 10,000gns respectively.
From the same class as the Champion Bruce Goldie sold the black coated Goldies Black Lark for 6200gns. This polled calf is by the Vantastic son Goldies Fortress and is out Goldies Dutchess and Ampertaine Bravo daughter. Figures were very much a feature of the day and this Goldies bull carried a big Beef Value of LM+57. Goldies Black Lark was bought by G Johnstone & Son, Orton Hall, Great Orton, Carlisle.
Coming in at 6000gns was Grahams Leopard from local breeders Mr & Mrs R&J Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Stirling. This March 2015 born bull is by a past Paris Show Champion, Diabolo, and is out of Grahams Coffee a dam whose progeny have sold to 40,000gns and 27,000gns respectively. This calf was bought by noted commercial producer Peter Alexander, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie.
The Intermediate Champion came in the shape of Whinfellpark Legacy from the 100 cow herd of Messrs Jenkinson, Clifton Moor, Clifton, Penrith. March 2015 born, Legacy is by the herd’s 120,000gns stock sire Dolcorsllwyn Fabio and is out of Whinfellpark Genevieve. Buyer of this bull was JJB Galbraith & Son, Upper Kinneil, Linlithgow, West Lothian.
Messrs Jenkinson also had the first prize winner in Class 4, Whinfellpark Lifeline, who made the same price of 5800gns when selling to GM Swanson, Quarryside, Castletown, Caithness. April 2015 born, Lifeline is by Lowerffrydd Empire and is out of the Ultimatum daughter Whinfellpark Blossom.
Standing second in his class to the Overall Reserve Supreme Champion was Glenway Leo from Ian & Avril Murray, Hetton Law, Lowick, Berwick on Tweed. This bull was sold for 5800gns to C McMillan, Ardbeg Farm, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay. Glenway Leo is by the AI sire Loosebeare Fantastic and is out of the Killerton Travis daughter Lourie Diva.
40 Bulls £4945
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Video of the judging and the top twelve priced animals can be viewed HERE