• 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.

Foxhillfarm Lordofthering - Overall Champion - 35,000gns
Foxhillfarm Lordofthering – Overall Champion – 35,000gns

Purchasing the top price was the Swalesmoor Herd at Kedzlie Farms Ltd, Ledzlie 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 judge, Charlie Boden, in action at Carlisle
The judge, Charlie Boden, in action at Carlisle

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.

Westpit Landlord - 17,000gns
Westpit Landlord – 17,000gns

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.

Swarland Larry - 14,000gns
Swarland Larry – 14,000gns

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, 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 June 2015 born Arradfoot Lasvegas was purchased by GL, JS  & A Howells, who run the Shadog pedigree herd at Pentrecwrt, Llandysul, Dyfed.

Full report and pics to follow….


Lot   Price            Purchaser

255   14,000gns    E Jones & Daughter, Coedmor Hall, Cellan, Lampeter, Dyfed

153   12,000gns    ES & E Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, Carlisle, Cumbria

1st in class 5 and Senior Champion

222   12,000gns    TW Bell & Son Ltd, Hilltop Farm, St John-in-the-Vale, Keswick, Cumbria

4th in class 11

269   12,000gns    GL, JS  & A Howells, Shadog, Pentrecwrt, Llandysul, Dyfed

2nd in class 15

268   11,000gns    J Lee & Sons, Agars Hill Farm, Whitfield, Hexham, Northumberland

111   10,000gns    G & W Halliday, Crawthat, Tundergarth, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire

2nd in class 2

136   10,000gns    J & J Bannatyne, Drumalbin Farm, Carmichael, Biggar, Lanarkshire

3rd in class 4

259   10,000gns    JH Neale & Son, Wilkie Down Farm, Boyton, Launceton, Cornwall

1st in class 15, Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion

288   10,000gns    D Baillie, Calla, Carnwath, Lanark, Lanarkshire

1st in class 17

140   9,500gns      L Forster & Son, West Nubbock Farm, Hexham, Northumberland

4th in class 4

172   9,000gns      Denis Cadzow & Co Ltd, Duncrahill Farm House, Pencaitland, Tranent, East Lothian

2nd in class 7

195   9,000gns      R & A White & Son, Two Thorns Fields Farm, Snake Road, Bamford, Hope Valley

1st in class 9 and Intermediate Champion


210   9,000gns      JA Wood & Sons, Kinnerton Hall Farm, Ratlinghope, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

2nd in class 10

256   9,000gns      T & J Leslie, Quoymore House, Balfour, Orkney

3rd in class 14

108   8,000gns      CG Simpson & Sons, Square House Farm, Quebec, Durham, Co.Durham

1st in class 2 and Reserve Senior Champion

247   8,000gns      RR Jones & Son, Glynhafren Farm, Old Hall, Llanidloes, Powys

1st in class 13

279   8,000gns      Andrew Paton & Co, Craig Farm, Straiton, Maybole, Ayrshire

2nd in class 16