50th Anniversary Show & Sale in N.I.

Pre-sale Show 11am Sale 1pm
Entries open Monday 23 May 2022 and close Friday 10 June 2022
Auctioneer: James Little, Harrison & Hetherington
Venue: Ballymena Livestock Market, Woodside Road, Ballymena, Co Antrim


The sale is open to all Northern Ireland members of the British Limousin Cattle Society and all entries must be entered and registered within the Society Herdbook. The sale is a one-off opportunity to market animals which are a true celebration of the breed, that will not be available in any other sale.

Entries to include Elite Females with a small selection of Elite Bulls. Calves male or female, under 12 months old on the day of the sale, may also be entered. Animals must have been continually resident in their holding of origin in Northern Ireland for at least 30 days immediately prior to the date of the Sale. All entries will be subject to a selection process, carried out by a panel to meet the criteria of the sale.

TAURUS ON-LINE ENTRIES – Entries will open on 23 May and you may enter animals for this sale online at www.taurusdata.co.uk. If you would prefer to place your entries by telephone, please call the Society office on 02476 696500.
When entering animals, the Society recommends that vendors complete the Herd Health Declaration accurately. This information will then appear within the catalogue under each animal entered. Where a member has chosen not to complete the Herd Health Declaration, it will simply say ‘No Herd Health Declaration’.

ENTRY FEE – All invoicing for sale entries will be made by the Society following the acceptance of the entry and will be collected by direct debit in the usual way. An entry fee of £25 + VAT will be charged per entry on behalf of the Society.

HERD HEALTH POLICY – The principal aim is to standardise herd health declarations and information presented in order to provide both members and customers alike with clear, accurate herd health information at the point of sale and within the given sale catalogue. As such it is attractive and informative for customers and aims to further raise the level of buyer confidence.

DNA SIRE VERIFICATION – All animals entered must be Sire parentage verified and Myostatin tested, through the Society, before the inspection. Any entries that have not been Sire parentage and Myostatin tested will not be eligible to go forward to the sale.

TB PRE-MOVEMENT TESTING – All animals over the age of 41 days moving out of herds from a one-year TB testing interval must be pre-movement tested within 30 days prior to the sale to be eligible for export.

PRE-SALE INSPECTION – All animals must be available for inspection prior to the sale. A Veterinary Officer will examine all animals forward for general health and genetic defect, particularly teeth, eyes, testicles, warts, udders and locomotion. An appointed Society Inspector will check general conformation, locomotion, breed characteristics and temperament. Any animal discovered with a genetic fault, disease or disorder will be REJECTED. Animals will be placed in a crush for this inspection – as required by the Veterinary Officer. The Veterinary inspection will form an integral part of the pre-sale inspection procedure.
Please note – All animals are subject to a pre-sale inspection to provide a minimum standard and animals are sold with all patent defects, and any subsequent claim after the fall of the hammer is against the vendor and not the British Limousin Cattle Society.

RECORDED WEIGHTS & MEASUREMENTS – All animals will be weighed and bulls’ testicles measured by BLCS officials as an integral part of the pre-sale inspection procedure. Official weights and testicular circumference (in kgs and cms) will be displayed above each pen.

ESTIMATED BREEDING VALUES (EBV’s) – All animals entered in Limousin Sales will have weights and EBV’s published provided they have one adjusted weight.
ALL ANIMALS entered for the sale, MUST BE ADEQUATELY TRAINED TO LEAD BY HALTER and MUST BE PARADED FOR INSPECTION – unless exempted by the Stewards at the time and place to be notified. Evidence of faults of temperament, vices etc., may lead to disqualification.

IDENTIFICATION MARKS – All cattle entered for the sale will have their ear tags examined as an integral part of the pre-sale inspection procedure. Any cattle found to have faulty, incorrect or illegible tags will be REJECTED from the sale. Vendors are therefore urged, in their own best interest, to examine the ear tags of sale cattle before the animal(s) leave their farm, so faulty marks can be rectified in accordance with the required Society procedures.

The sale will be held under the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Auction Sale Rules and subject to recommended Conditions of Sale of the National Beef Association.