On Saturday 16th October, a crowd of pedigree and commercial breeders made their way to Borderway Mart, Carlisle, for the October Autumn sale, where 125 bulls went under the hammer with an exceptional trade. Spirits were high, with everyone excited to be back in Borderway, and show and sale attracted with a large crowd. Across the board, bulls averaged £7332.09, an increase of over £983.09 on the same sale in 2019. 19 of the top-class bulls on offer made five figures, 14 of which exceeded 12,000gns.
Topping the trade was Maraiscote Reagan, who went under the hammer for 28,000gns. Brought forward by Mr J Nimmo, Lanark, Reagan was crowned overall and intermediate champion in the show, which was held on Friday and judged by Harry Parker, who is the current Chairman of the Society. Sired by the 50,000gns Bassingfield Machoman, the current stock bull at Maraiscote, Reagan is out of the homebred cow, Gabby. This April2020-born bull displays myostatin of F94L and Q204X and a beef value of LM49, placing him in the top one percent of the national herd. Reagan has shown promise from a young age, winning the ‘Best bull calf born in 2020’ class in the Scottish Limousin Club herd competition. Reagan caught the eye of the Garyvaughan herd, and heads to Welshpool, Mid Wales with C V Lewis & Sons. Purchaser Colin commented “We picked Reagan out in the pens before the show. He stood out to us with great width and confirmation, which we feel will complement our three existing stock bulls, and we hope he will take our herd to the next level of progression. We are looking forward to see what he brings within the herd.”
Next in the trade stakes was Pabo Randy, knocked down for 21,000gns. Travelling up from Anglesey with vendor W P Hughes of the Pabo herd, Randy was placed second in a strong class of junior bulls. Sired by the renowned AI sire Netherall Jackpot, who has a French dominated pedigree, Randy is out of homebred cow Icemaiden. July20-born Randy has two copies of the NT821 myostatin gene and a beef value of LM41, placing him in the top 10% of the breed. Randy was purchased in shared ownership between Mr Smith Jackson, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, for his Hightown herd and J and J White, Barnard Castle, for his Rigg herd. Breeder Llyr Hughes commented “I am pleased to see Randy is going to a good home to produce sweet, correct calves. Icemaiden is a consistent breeder within the herd, and I would like to wish both breeders every success with Randy.”
Hot on their heels at 17,000gns, was Whinfellpark Rhapsody from Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith, Cumbria. Judge Harry Parker placed Rhaposdy third in another strong class of junior bulls at the pre-sale show. This April2020-born Gunnerfleet Lion son is out of the homebred cow, Whinfellpark Iva, a daughter of the 100,000gns Dolcorsllwyn Fabio. Rhapsody has a myostatin status of F94L and Q204X and a beef value of LM37 and struck the right note with the Cletwr herd, heading to Wales with Mr C Jones, Llanarth, Dyfed.
Another highflyer from the Nimmo family’s Maraiscote herd, was the reserve junior male champion Maraiscote Ribbery who went under the hammer for 16,000gns. Sired by the herds stock bull, Bassingfield Machoman, Ribery is out of the homebred cow, Maraiscote Firtree. Displaying a beef value of LM53, this May2020-born bull is in the top one percent of the herd, and he has myostatin of F94L and Q204X. Ribery has had a successful season in the showring, with the reserve male champion at the Royal Highland and overall junior and reserve junior interbreed champion at the Great Yorkshire titles under his belt. Ribbery caught the attention of Mr Massie, who took him home to his Elrick herd in Aberdeen.
Selling at 16,000gns was Shaws Rover, from M and F Burns, Ayrshire. This June2020-born Goldies Jackpot sired bull is out of the homebred cow, Shaws Marabella. Rover carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene and was placed second in his class of junior bulls. Heading South to Buckinghamshire, Rover was snapped up by Messrs Mash of the Brockhurst herd.
Going under the hammer for 14,000gns was Grahams Rebel, from R and J Graham, Stirling. The May2020-born Rebel is a Gunnerfleet Lion son, out of Grahams Melody, who was the Limousin champion at the Royal Welsh and Great Yorkshire shows in 2018. Melody also bred Grahams Rooney, who sold for 28,000gns in May this year. Rebel has myostatin of F94L and Q204X as well as a beef value of LM61, placing him in the top one percent of the breed. After being placed first in his junior class, Rebel caught the eye of Mr Morrison, Aberdeenshire and he now calls the Deveronvale herd home.
Knocked down at 13,000gns was Goldies Rocket from Bruce Goldie, Dumfries. The March2020-born Rocket is sired by Goldies Juggler and out of the homebred cow, Goldies Joyeuse, who also bred the 18,000gns Goldies Pamela, top price at the Red Ladies sale in 2018. Rocket was placed first in his class and carries myostatin of F94L and Q204X as well as a beef value of LM48, placing him in the top 1% of the breed. Rocket stood out for the Page Bros, who are taking him back to Northampton for their Elkington herd.
Loosebeare Reece is next in the ranks, also going under the hammer for 13,000gns. Travelling up from Crediton, Devon with breeders E W Quick, Reece was placed first in his class. Sired by Agadolgan Emperor who was purchased by the herd in 2010 for 17,000gns and out of the homebred cow, Loosebeare Malina, Reece carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene and has a beef value of LM44, placing him in the top 10% of the breed. Reece heads to the Fairywater herd with Andrew Ewing, Annan.
The first of six bulls to score 12,000gns was Eniver Rocky, travelling with M McKeefry from over the water in County Derry. Rocky was crowned senior champion in Friday’s show, after being placed first in his senior class. The February2020-born Rocky is sired by Plumtree Fantastic and out of the homebred cow Eviver Isabelle. Carrying two copies of the Q204X myostatin gene and with a beef value of LM37 Rocky caught the eye of Morgan and Price of the Tyrosser herd, he now calls Builth Wells home.
Heading up from Shropshire with the Gould family, of the Woodmarsh herd and going under the hammer for 12,000gns was Woodmarsh Royalmint. Sired by Wildoge Cerberus he is bred out of Wilodge Naturelle, who won first prize at the Red Ladies Day in 2018 and was purchased by Woodmarsh for 12,000gns. Placed first in his class, Royalmint also carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene. Heading up to Scotland, Royalmint was purchased by Aileen Ritchie for her Ritchies herd.
Another bull from the above mentioned Goldies stable, is Goldies Rolo who sold for 12,000gns. The April2020-born Rolo is sired by Carrickmore Maximus who was the National Limousin champion at Tullamore in 2018. He went on to be sold for a record price 38,000 euros in Roscrea later that year, purchased jointly for 38,000 euros. Rolo is out of the homebred cow Goldies Flair, who has bred progeny to 19,000gns and carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene with a beef value of LM49, placing him in the top one percent of the breed. Purchased by IR and DE Jones for their Corwen based commercial herd, he now calls North Wales home.
The fourth bull to achieve 12,000gns was also from Bruce Goldie, Goldies Retail, sired by Kaprio Monarch and is out of Goldies Jemma, a Goldies Fairytale daughter, who also bred the renowned Goldies Juggler and the 21,000gns Goldies James. Carrying myostatin of F94L and NT821, he also has a beef value of LM53. Retail was also purchased by Messrs Mash, also joining the Brockhurst herd.
Next to achieve 12,000gns, was Wedderburn Robroy, brought forward by J K Hunter. Sired by Westpit Ollie, who was purchased privately from the Wespit herd, Robroy is out of the homebred cow Eliza. Robroy carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene and a beef value of LM35. Now calling the Oddacres herd home, he was purchased by A J Mason, Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Also going under the hammer for 12,000gns was Pabo Romeo from W P Hughes, Anglesey. July2020-born Romeo is sired by Netherhall Jackpot, who has a French dominated pedigree and out of a homebred cow, Pabo Icemaiden. Romeo displays a beef value of LM43 and myostatin of F94L and NT821. Romeo gained a red rosette in a large class of junior bulls and was later purchased by W D Wright & Son of the Hunthills herd, Dumfries.
Hot on their heels at 11,500gns was Maraiscote Raspution who was crowned junior champion and reserve overall male champion. The May2020-born Raspution is sired by the 50,000gns Bassingfield Machoman and is out of the homebred cow, Maraiscote Intrigue. Carring two copies of the F94L gene, Raspution also has a beef value of LM47. Purchased by the Ramrig herd, Raspution heads to the Scottish borders with G and A Hamilton.
Reserve senior champion, Broadhead Reggie sold for 11,000gns after a successful session in the show ring. The January2020-born Reggie comes from Turners Farm, Holmfirth, is sired by the 16,000gns Huntershall Nutcracker and is out of the homebred cow Broadhead Isabella. Reggie carries myostatin of NT821 and Q204X. Heading to the Bullandcave herd based in Lancashire, Reggie was purchased by Mr Nelson.
The first of three bulls to sell for 10,000gns came from J W and M C Fieldson, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Fieldson Rake is a March2020-born Fieldson Jammy sired bull, out of the homebred cow Fieldson Drake. Rake was placed third in his class and carries F94L and NT821 myostatin. He heads to Bishops Auckland, County Durham with I M Maughan for their commercial herd.
Another bull from the aforementioned Maraiscote stable is Maraiscote Rocky, who went under the hammer for 10,000gns. Sired by their stock bull, Bassingfield Machoman and out of Maraiscote Diva. Rocky was placed second in his class and carries myostatin of F94L and Q204X. April2020-born Rocky was snapped up by the Monzie herd, based in Crieff, Perthshire.
The final bull to see five figures selling for 10,000gns was Thorninghurst Rudimental, from S Gilleard, Doncaster. The May2020-born Rudimental is a son of Ampertaine Elgin and out of Homebyres Linity. Carrying myostatin of F94L and Q204X, Rudimental has a beef value of LM42, placing him in the top 10% of the breed. Rudimental struck the right note with J A Wood, Shrewsbury, who purchased him for their commercial herd.
Next up, Lowflan Razor went under the hammer for 9,000gns. Brought forward from I Wilson and C Wood, Ulverston, Razor was placed second in his class. Sired by Tallyrock Nick and out of Bolshaws Melody, Razor carries myostatin of F94L and NT821 and he has a beef value of LM36. Razor was purchased by G and W Halliday, Lockerbie for their commercial herd.
Drumhilla Rambo also achieved 9,000gns, after being placed first in his class and reserve intermediate champion. Rambo travelled from over the water from Drumhilla Farm, Newtownards. Sired by 35,000gns Ampertaine Majestic, and is out of Glentock Northernstar, who was purchased for 15,000gns at Red Ladies in 2017. Rambo carries myostatin of F94L and NT821. Heading back over the water to County Down with the Damview herd, Rambo was purchased by P McKeag.
Goldies Rocky was the next bull to make 9,000gns, from Bruce Goldie, Dumfries. Sired by Ampertaine Majestic, Rocky is out of homebred cow, Goldies Natural. Rocky carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene and an impressive beef value of LM60. After being placed second in his class, Rock was purchased by M Cameron and heads North to Fort William.
Collielaw Rambo also went under the hammer for 9,000gns, after travelling down from Carluke, Lanarkshire with R and M Struthers. Sired by Whinfellpark Neilson, a son of the 30,000gns Lowerffrydd Empire and out of Collielaw Nancy. Rambo carries myostatin of F94L and Q204X and was placed second in his class. Rambo heads North to Orkney with his new owner Mr W S L Muir of the Corrigall herd.
The hammer was knocked down at 8,500gns for Garyvaughan Ping, brought forward from C V Lewis, Welshpool. Ping carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene and was placed second in his class. Sired by Derrygulliane Kingbull and put of the homebred cow, Garyvaughan Ipsy, a daughter of 30,000gns Garnedd Gower. Purchased by A & J N Story, he heads to Kirklinton, Carlisle.
Adding to a successful run from C V Lewis, Welshpool was Garyvaughan Present, who went under the hammer for 8,000gns. Sired by Srathearnred Nidge, Present is out of homebred cow, Garyvaughan Ledance. December-19 born Present carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene. Purchased by S G Benson he now calls Ulverston, Cumbria home.
The highest price bull from the Anside pen was knocked down at 8,000gns. Brought forward from Mr and Mrs Irvine, Anside Ramage was placed second in Fridays Show. April2020-born Ramage is sired by Goldies Fortress and is out of hombred cow, Anside Gale. Ramage carries myostatin of F94L and Q204X. Ramage caught the eye of P R Walker and Son, Driffield to join the Rossellie herd.
Senior Bulls – £5899.09
Intermediate Bulls – £7348.62
Junior Bulls – £8568.00
Overall – £7332.09
Limousin Bull Sale (top 19 prices 12k – 19k) at Borderway Mart on Saturday 16th October 2021