70 bulls averaged £7,579 (+£250 on 2021)

16 bulls sold for 10,000gns or over

Average prices:

Seniors £6,962

Intermediates £7,870

Juniors £8,018

On Saturday the 15th October 2022 the final British Limousin Carlisle Bull sale of the year took place with 70 bulls going under the hammer. Trade was up £250 on last year achieving an average of £7,579. 16 bulls achieved 10,000gns or over showing a consistent demand in Pedigree Limousin bulls.

Auctioneer for the day Mr James Little said “Trade defied pre-sale forecasts with the levels of cast cows along with the current economic climate being seen as a large obstacle. Despite fewer bulls being sold on the year the average achieved, which saw a lift of £250, can only be viewed as a success. Commercial and pedigree producers alike continue to view the Limousin as the number one terminal sire in the UK with the Premier sales in Borderway providing them the quality and quantity they desire.”

Tomschoice Snoopdog 20,000gns

Placed first in his class was Lot 35 Tomschoice Snoopdog, who was brought forward by J M and S P Cooper, he rapped the right notes to a number of bidders and sold for 20,000gns. Born March 2021, Snoopdog is sired by the ­homebred bull Tomschoice Oriflamme and out of the home bred cow Tomschoice Jessyj. He won Male Champion Northern Limousin Extravaganza 2022, Breed and Interbreed Champion Otley Show 2022. With a Beef Value of LM46 which is in the top 10% of the breed and double F94L myostatin, Snoopdog goes home to G P Vaughan, Dolcorsllwyn, Powys.

Ampertaine Shanghi 20,000gns

Lot 99 Ampertaine Shanghi caught the eye of the Pedigree Limousin herd Hatcliffe owned by Haltcliffe, Haltcliffe Farm, Cumbria, whose final bid also landed on 20,000gns. Brought forward by James McKay, 88 Kilrea Road, Co Derry, this April 2021-born bull is sired by Whinfellpark Lomu who has Lowerffrydd Empire, Objat and Wilodge Cerberus in his back pedigree. Shanghi was placed second in his class and is out of the homebred cow Ampertaine Origin. He has a Beef Value of LM34 and double F94L myostatin genes.  

Mr Bill Ferguson of Strattons Pedigree Limousins judged the pre-sale show. Commenting, he said that he was presented with a tremendous exhibit of Limousin bulls. “The excellent quality provided a challenging task to judge. The Overall Champion of the day is an outstanding example of the breed, exhibiting length, power and shape”.

Overall Male Champion Spittalton Stag 19,000gns

Overall Male Champion for the day was Lot 82 Spittalton Stag presented by J Burnett & Sons, Upper Spittalton Farm, Stirling, who sold for 19,000gns. Stag is sired by Ampertaine Opportunity, which the herd purchased for 40,000gns in a syndicate with Goldies Limousins and Newhouse Limousins. Stag has a Beef Value of LM47, which is in the top 10% of the breed and is out of the home bred cow Spittalton Nayla, who is sired by Trueman Jagger. Stag goes home to R Simpson and Son, Mains of Creuchies, Perthsire.

Wedderburn Stormzy 18,000gns

Next up was Lot 147 Wedderburn Stormzy from J K Hunter, Wedderburn, Aberdeenshire, who sold for 18,000gns. He is a May 2021-born bull, with a Beef Value of LM45 which is in the top 10% of the breed and double F94L myostatin. This embryo calf is sired by Goldies Novelty who won Reserve Overall Champion and sold for 16,000gns in Carlisle February 2019 and out of the homebred cow Wedderburn Hannah. Thor Atkinson Steel Fabrication, Plumpton, Cumbria went on to purchase Stormzy, he will go on to make his mark within their Pedigree Limousin herd Arradfoot, who have had a very successful 2022 showing year.

Pabo Spiceupyourlife 16,000gns

First in his class was Lot 158 Pabo Spiceupyourlife who was exhibited by consistent vendors of the sale W P Hughes & Son, Fferam Gyd, Anglesey. People of the world watched via livestream as Spiceupyourlife sold for 16,000gns. Born May 2021, he has double F94L myostatin traits and is sired by the homebred bull Pabo Oldspice and out of the homebred cow Pabo Izy. He goes home to Garrowby Farm, Estate Office, North Yorkshire of the Garrowby Pedigree Limousin herd.

Lomond Superstar 15,000gns

Selling for 15,000gns was Lot 27 Lomond Superstar brought for sale by Andrew Orr, Lomondmuid Farm, Kinross. Superstar has earnt his name with a successful summer achieving Champion at West Fife Show and Reserve Champion at Kinross Show. He is sired by the noted AI bull Ampertaine Magnum and out of the home bred cow Lomond Lush, who was placed 2nd in Best Cow in the 2021 Scottish Herd Competition. Born February 2021, Superstar now calls Northumberland home heading to Renton Highlaws ltd,of the Highlaws Pedigree Limousin herd.

Ampertaine Spark 15,000gns

Electricity flowed through the sale ring as Lot 93 Ampertaine Spark sold for 15,000gns, brought forward by James McKay, Co Derry. He is sired by the homebred bull Ampertaine Foreman and out of the home bred cow Ampertaine Irishluck, who goes back to Ampertaine Elgin. He has double F94L myostatin and a Beef Value of LM37 which is in the top 25% of the breed. A familiar face to the Limousin Carlisle sales, Woods of Kinnerton Farm took Spark home to Kinnerton Hall Farm, Shropshire.

Reserve Overall Male Champion Goldies Statesman 12,000gns

Reserve Overall Male Champion and the first of four bulls to sell at 12,000gns was Lot 90 Goldies Statesman from Bruce T Goldie, Townfoot, Dumfries. This April 2021-born bull has double F94L myostatin and a Beef Value of LM45 which is in the top 10% of the breed. Statesman is sired by Carrickmore Maximus and out of the home bred cow Goldies Olive, who goes back to Wilodge LJ. Statesman will now govern the Archies Pedigree Limousin herd, going home to McKenna Bros, 35-39 Main Street, County Londonderry.

Reddings Supreme 12,000gns

Taking Lot 142 Reddings Supreme home at 12,000 gns was M & U Campbell, Glenstockadale, Stranraer. N P Wilson, Reddings, Dumfries, who presented Surpeme, purchased his sire Scorboro Magnum for 9,000gns at Carlisle in 2017. The dam Reddings Nigella is a homebred cow with a back pedigree packed full of noted blood lines. This May 2021-born bull has double F94L myostatin and an impressive Beef Value of LM53, placing him in the top 1% of the breed.

Aultside Samurai 12,000gns

Next selling for 12,000gns and placing first in his class was Lot 145 Aultside Samurai exhibited by Garry Patterson, Upper Forgie, Keith. Born May 2021, Samurai has double F94L myostatin and is sired by the prolific Broadmeadows Cannon. He is out of the successful cow Spittalton Flush who goes back to Hargill Blaze. Denis Cadzow & Co Ltd, Duncrahill Farm House, East Lothian of the Duncrahill Pedigree Limousin herd took Samurai home.

Junior Male Champion Grahams Sterling 12,000gns

Junior Male Champion Lot 170 Grahams Sterling sold for 12,000gns, presented by R & J Graham, Airthey Kerse Dairy Farm, Stirling. Having previously won first prize Junior Bull at the National Limousin Show 2022, Sterling has earnt his weight in gold. This July 2021-born bull has a Beef Value of LM45. He is sired by the renowned 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin and out of the homebred cow Grahams Niaomi, who goes back to Claragh Franco. Sterling travels home North to Mark Meldrum, Shenval Farms, Ballindalloch.

A further five bulls sold for 10,000gns and over:

Trueman Stevie 11,000gns

Lot 101 Trueman Stevie sold for 11,000gns – presented by H Savage & Sons, 70 Skerriff Road, Co Down, purchased by T Common, Low Ardley, Northumberland of the Lowardley Pedigree Limousin herd.

Loosebeare Seth 10,000gns

Lot 19 Loosebeare Seth sold of 10,000gns – presented by E W Quick and Sons, Loosebeare Manor, Devon, purchased by Claire Ferris, 1 Killaughey Road South, County Down of the Damview Pedigree Limousin herd.

Trueman Skinner 10,000gns

Lot 57 Trueman Skinner sold for 10,000gns – presented by H Savage & Sons, 70 Skerriff Road, Co Down, purchased by F McMullan, 11 Cloughs Road, Co Antrim of the Lyttle Pedigree Limousin herd.

Lot 115 Maraiscote Sherlock sold for 10,000gns – presented by J Nimmo, Bogside Farm, North Lanarkshire, purchased by Redpath Farms, 12 Bowmont Court, Roxburghshire of the Redpaths Pedigree Limousin herd.

Trueman Samba 10,000gns

Lot 153 Trueman Samba sold for 10,000gns – presented by H Savage & Sons, 70 Skerriff Road, Co Down, purchased by A & F Watson, Low Cote Farm, North Yorkshire.

Auctioneers Harrison and Heatherington.

Written by Jen Tyson.

Issued by the British Limousin Cattle Society Ltd.