The below has been emailed to all members:
Re: Limousin Spring Sales
With the Carlisle, Stirling, Brecon & Ballymena sales just around the corner, I am emailing all Members with specific information on the individual sales as below. The Society, its auctioneers and our regional Clubs have been working closely together so that sales can still go ahead under different formats as the Covid-19 situation dictates.
Most of the sales are being run as private (non-Society) sales with the Society publicising a ‘virtual’ catalogue on www.limousin.co.uk and through its Facebook page. Many breeders are also marketing stock themselves either through their own website or social media – please direct message us on Facebook if you wish us to share your post. We also have a new Limousin Herd Catalogue function through www.taurusdata.co.uk allowing herds to create lists of animals for sale and then advertise them by region on the ‘Breeding Stock for Sale’ button on the Taurus homepage (more details below).
• Carlisle 1 – 5 May
Online Timed Auction under Society, Livestock Auctioneers Association & NBA Private Sale T&Cs.
The catalogue is available on www.limousin.co.uk for the Society’s Carlisle May Sale of 117 Bulls & 51 Females. This is a easy-to-use online timed auction with bidding opening Friday 1st May and closing Tuesday 5th May at noon. Prospective buyers can drill down into individual animal pedigrees, performance figures and see pictures and videos where available. Please note, prospective buyers will need to follow a simple registration process before they can bid. Full details on the Limousin website or on handh.auctionmarts.com. For any enquiries, please speak to H&H’s experienced team of Heather Pritchard (01228 406230), James Little (07872 840685) or Grant Anderson (07872 129274).
• Stirling 4 May
Catalogue (73 Bulls) available for viewing on www.limousin.co.uk
United Auctions are marketing Members’ bulls directly rather than holding the usual live sale in May. UA is drawing on the depth of knowledge and experience of its team to talk to prospective buyers with passion and understanding to directly convey the value and style of each bull. To further reassure both buyer and seller, these private sales will be on the basis of Breed Society rules, sale guarantees and the offer of insurance by NFU Mutual. Please contact UA’s pedigree cattle team: Raymond Kennedy 07545 207927, John Roberts 07885 580778, David Brown 07768 152628, Ross Fotheringham 07387 090081 or Murray Rainnie 07595 413340.
• Ballymena 18 or 23 May – to be confirmed
The original sale date of 4 May has been postponed to either 18 or 23 May (subject to confirmation). The auctioneers, JA McClelland & Sons, are hoping to conduct a live auction of the 65 Bulls & 33 Females catalogued. Whilst maintaining social distancing rules, the market is working hard to incorporate a veterinary inspection, and for buyers to be able to both view and purchase stock. Vendors will be kept informed as the situation develops subject to breeding sales being allowed to go ahead, of course. The catalogue will be available for viewing on www.limousin.co.uk in due course. For enquiries, please contact auctioneers JA McClelland on 028 2563 3470.
• Brecon 9 May
Private sale. Virtual catalogue (31 Bulls & 3 Females) available for viewing in due course on www.limousin.co.uk. McCartneys auctioneers are running a Private Sales Register for pedigree and commercial stock available for viewing on www.mccartneys.co.uk. For enquiries, please call McCartneys 01905 769770.
• Skipton 13-14 May
North East Limousin Club Sale – online timed auction. Please look out for catalogue and further updates on www.limousin.co.uk. For enquiries, please contact auctioneers CCM www.ccmauctions.com.
• Whitland 25 May
South Wales & Mid-West Club Sale. Please look out for further updates. For enquiries, please contact auctioneers JJ Morris 01994 240665 or email@example.com.
The following catalogues and information remain online for those still interested in locating a bull in the Midlands or South West regions.
• Melton 18 April
Private sale. 36 Bulls 72 Females. Virtual catalogue available for viewing on www.limousin.co.uk.
• Exeter 24 April
Private sale. 56 Bulls & 36 Females. Virtual catalogue available for viewing on www.limousin.co.uk.
Create a Limousin Herd Catalogue/Brochure on Taurus
Further to our recent email, a new Herd Brochure facility has been launched on Taurus. This enables you to put together your own herd brochure in the style of a sale catalogue. Its purpose is to provide information for prospective buyers that you can pull together for any animals at any time. The function can be accessed by logging in to www.taurusdata.co.uk in the usual manner. From ‘My Page’ click on the ‘Create Herd Brochure’ button and follow the step-by-step guide from there. For assistance in using this feature or the catalogue information it presents, please contact the Limousin Society (BLCS) office on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02476 696500.
Please note that all private sales are by agreement between the vendor and purchaser direct. They are not conducted under the auspices of the BLCS and no such warranty is given. The use by all parties of the National Beef Association Terms & Conditions for a private sale is recommended. Details can be found here. All information is as supplied by, or on behalf of the breeder. The responsibility for the accuracy of the information therefore rests solely with the breeder and not with the British Limousin Cattle Society Ltd.
As you will understand, the sales situation is fluid and the above information may change so please keep a close eye on the Limousin website and Facebook page for further updates.
Interim Breed Secretary