• Sale Average £7182, up an incredible £2086 on 2022!
  • 38 bulls sold, a clearance of 83%
  • Five bulls sell at over £10,000

The May sale season is underway and demand for Limousin bulls was red hot at the Stirling Multibreed sale on Monday 1st May.   Following on from strong pedigree sales across the board in February, this sale average was up by a huge 41% on the year, settling at £7182/head.   Clearance for 38 bulls sold was 83%, with five bulls making over 10,000gns and a top price of 14,000gns.

Alice Swift, Limousin Society CEO commented “It was pleasing to see Limousin-bred cattle driving the day’s commercial trade and even more so that this knocked on into the pedigree ring as buyers continue to seek out bulls that produce well for this market”

 “Thanks must therefore go to commercial buyers.  Their continued loyalty and support for the breed is heart-warming and Limousin breeders were rewarded with a fantastic trade and clearance”. 

At 14,000gns, Lot 558 Anside Santa for Mr & Mrs S Irvine, Keith lead the way for the day.  Born Dec21 by the homebred Anside Orton and out of a Powerful Irish daughter, Santa was Reserve Champion in the pre-sale show the previous day.  With a Beef Value in the Top 1% of the breed and Myostatin F94L/F94L, Santa headed home with Wilson Peters of Monzie Farms, Crieff. 

Reserve Champion 14,000gns Anside Santa from Mr & Mr S Irvine

In the hot seat for the pre-sale show was judge Henry Fieldson of the Fieldsons Limousin herd in Lincolnshire.  Commenting on his show, Mr Fieldson said “Firstly I would like to thank the British Limousin Cattle Society for inviting me to judge here today, it has been a real honour.  I would also like to thank all staff at United Auctions for their hospitality in hosting us.   The bull I have chosen as my Champion is a long, clean bull which was full of style and breed character.  My Reserve Champion was a very powerful bull with great width and huge weight for his age.  I would like to wish all vendors the best of luck for tomorrow’s sale”

Judge Henry Fieldson of the Fieldsons pedigree herd, Lincolnshire

At 22 months of age, Lot 508 Goldies Saint was next up to the plate from Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries.   First in his class, with a Beef Value in to the Top 10% of the breed and Myostatin F94L/F94L, he is by Ampertaine Opportunity out of Goldies Joyeuse, full sister to Goldies Olympia and Owain who both sold for 30,000gns at a memorable Carlisle sale in February 2020.  Saint sold for 12,000gns to LD Carr and Partner, Rushden, Northamptonshire.

12,000gns Goldies Saint from Mr B Goldie

In further success for the Irvine family, Darren Irvine of the newly-established Drakemyers herd sold Lot 561 Drakemyers Titan, a young Jan22-born bull for 10,500gns to WSL Muir, Stromness, Orkney.   Standing second to the Reserve Champion in his class, Titan has Myostatin F94L/Q204X and is by the renowned Ampertaine Magnum out of an Anside-bred cow that goes back to the herd’s successful stock sire, Powerful Irish.

10,500gns Drakemyers Titan from Mr D Irvine

The Overall Champion in the pre-sale Show was Lot 548 Corsairtly Solitaire from Messrs R&K Davidson from Keith, Banffshire.  By the herd’s Northern Ireland-bred stock sire, Deerpark Pluto, and out of a Dyke Luke-bred cow, this Nov21-born bull has a Beef Value in the Top 25% of the breed, Myostatin F94L/F94L and sold for 10,000gns.  

Solitaire was purchased by Messrs Campbell, Allt-Na-Craik, Lochgoilhead.

Overall Champion 10,000gns Corsairtly Solitaire from Messrs R&K Davidson

From the Newhouse stable of Messrs RM Adam & Son and also at 10,000gns came Lot 517 Newhouse Scotty.  A black-coated, heterozygous-polled bull by the herd’s own Newhouse Overfinlarg and a cow bred by Greenhaugh Forester, he is born Sept21.  With a Beef Value and a range of further traits in the Top 1% of the breed and Myostatin F94L/NT821, Scotty was beamed up to Huntlyhill Farms, Lanark at 10,000gns. 

Newhouse Scotty from Messrs RM Adam & Son

Leading the day’s trade for the Ronick herd of Mr R Dick was the first-prize Lot 523 Ronick Sugardaddy selling for 9,500gns to R Forrest Ltd, Duns.   This is an Oct21-born bull with a Beef Value in the Top 10% of the breed and Myostatin F94L/Q204X.  He is by the herd’s stock sire Millgate Ohboy out of Ronick Nestle, bred by Lynderg James. 

9,500gns Ronick Sugardaddy from Mr R Dick

Also at 9,500gns came a further first-prize bull, Lot 525 Maraiscote Stig from Mr J Nimmo, Wishaw, Lanarkshire.   Born Oct21, he is by the herd’s well-known sire Bassingfield Machoman out of Maraiscote Mistique, bred by Macschoice Chris.  With a Beef Value in the Top 1% of the breed and Myostatin F94L/Q204X, Stig headed home to Mr G McCormick, Claggan, Islay.

Next in line was Lot 503 Dyke Strike from Messrs JR MacGregor, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow.   By Goldies Lordoftherings and out of Dyke Beatrice, who goes back to Ryedale Paragon, Strike is a May21-born bull with Myostatin F94L/F94L and a range of calving traits in the Top 25% of the breed.  He sold for 8,500gns to NA McCulloch, Ardwell, Stranraer.

8,500gns Dyke Strike from Messrs JR MacGregor

Also through the ring at 8,500gns was locally-bred Lot 518 Spittalton Sultan for Mr J Burnett, Blair Drummond.   He didn’t have far to travel to the Thorntonhall home of Mr J King, South Hill of Dripps.  Bred by renowned sire Wilodge Cerberus out of a Haltcliffe Vermount daughter, Spittalton Lapple, Sultan has a Beef Value in the Top 10% of the breed with Myostatin F94L/F94L.

A second bull through the ring for the Maraiscote herd of Mr J Nimmo was Lot 501 Maraiscote Squatter, selling for 8,000gns.  Second in his class to Goldies Saint (above), this Apr21-born bull is by the Irish bull Sliabh Felim Mourinho out of a Bassingfield Machoman-bred daughter, Maraicote Otter.  With a Beef Value in the Top 10% of the breed and Myostatin F94L/F94L, Squatter has taken up residence with Messrs WR Raehead, Linnhead Farm, Uplawmoor.

8,000gns Maraiscote Squatter from Mr J Nimmo

Testament to the demand for Limousin bulls at this sale, a further 17 bull sold at values between 5,000gns to 7,500 gns.  A thoroughly solid trade driven by commercial buyers with confidence in the breed to produce easy calved progeny with length, muscle and growth.

Other leading prices:

Lot 5337500gnsTweeddale Select to Messrs OFJ Adam, Highholm, Dunfermline
Lot 5387500gnsStrawfrank Scapa to Mr S Graham, Crieff
Lot 5407500gnsCorsairtly Spencer to Messrs J&J Wylie, Knockhouse, Dunfermline
Lot 5417500gnsGlenrock Shangalang to Messrs J&R Stanger, Sandwick, Orkney
Lot 5457200gnsAllanfauld Simba to Mr WSL Muir, Stromness, Orkney
Lot 5627200gnsDrakemyers TNT to Scottish Govt Bull Stud, Inverness
Lot 5367000gnsAnside Shadow to Mr J Lyon, Kingarth, Islay
Lot 5437000gnsGlenrock Soprano to Scottish Govt Bull Stud, Inverness