A strong year of pedigree Limousin sales closed with a robust trade at the Red Ladies Derby and Weaned Calf Show and Sale held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 14th December 2018

Leading the way, for the third year in a row was the Grahams herd of Robert and Jean Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. The herd sold the September 2017 born Grahams Nicki to a sale topping price of 20,000gns. The leading price followed on from earlier in the day when the stylish heifer lifted the Red Ladies Sale pre-show Supreme Championship under the watchful eye of Sarah Priestley of the Brontemoor Herd, Brampton, Cumbria.

Grahams Nicki, 20,000gns

Grahams Nicki is the first granddaughter to be offered for sale from the herds prolific cow Grahams Coffee. By Ampertaine Gigolo she is out of Grahams Lulu, who is the only daughter from the Grahams Coffee Claragh Franco mating to be retained by the Grahams herd. Nicki came to the Red Ladies Derby having won the Senior Female and Reserve Overall Senior Champion at the 2018 Stars of the Future event at Stirling back in November. This much-admired heifer, very pleasing on the eye, backed up with a powerful pedigree and figures to match was secured by S G Perkins, Haywood Farm, Radstock, Avon for his growing Hartmoor herd.

Next up at 17,000gns was the pre-sale show Reserve Champion in the shape of Proctors Nellgwyn from Proctors Farms Ltd, Slaidburn, Clitheroe. This September 2017 born heifer, by Ampertaine Foreman out of the Haltcliffe DJ daughter Proctors Gwen, was another purchase for the Perkins family and will be heading down to Avon with Grahams Nicki.

In the bull section of the Weaned Calf sale, Aultside Overdrive from Garry Patterson, Keith made 16,000gns when being bought by Ian Handley for his Gunnerfleet pedigree herd at Ingleton, Lancashire. The eight-month-old stylish calf, who was tapped out as the best bull calf in the pre-sale show earlier in the day, is an embryo calf by the renowned Ronick Hawk and out of Spittalton Flush, who has bred bulls to 65,000gns and heifers to 18,000gns.

Aultside Overdrive – 16,000gns

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