A packed ringside of buyers ensured a 100 per cent clearance of the 72 females forward at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s sale held on the evening of Friday, February 15, at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. This traditional fixture preceded the sale of Limousin bulls the following day.
The year on year demand for pedigree Limousin females continued unabated as pedigree and commercial breeders competed for the lots resulting in an overall gross of £158,040.
Leading the sale was the 6,500gns paid for the in-calf heifer Grahams Nicky from R & J Graham, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. This June 2017-born heifer is an embryo calf by the 35,000gns Foxhillfarm Jasper and is out of the herd’s prolific female Grahams Coffee. Sold in-calf to Ampertaine Gigolo, Grahams Nicky was purchased by MacParlim Genetics, Beleeks, Newry, for their McParlands herd.
Ian Handley, Gunnerfleet Farm, Ingleton, Lancashire, kicked off what was to be a strong weekend of trading for him, with both bulls and females, by taking the next four top female prices.
Selling at 6,000gns was the maiden heifer Gunnerfleet Nigen. An embryo calf, Nigen is by Ballinloan Jaegerbomb and is out of the Dolcorsllwyn Brynmor sired Gunnerfleet Imogen. Gunnerfleet Nigen was one of four purchases on the evening by Mr N R Barclay, South Road, Insch, Aberdeenshire, for his Harestone herd. Two lots later the same buyer snapped up Gunnerfleet Neaster for 5,000gns. A natural calf, Neaster is by the 17,000gns Maraiscote Graffiti and is out of Gunnerfleet Easter.
Ballinloan Jaegerbomb was again the sire when Ian Handley sold Gunnerfleet Nation for 4,600gns to the Harestone herd. A natural calf, and August 2017 born, Gunnerfleet Nation is out of Gunnerfleet Jination, a Gunnerfleet Eros daughter.
Making 4,000gns was Gunnerfleet Nou who sold to Mike Watson & Son, Harwood, Barnard Castle, County Durham. Once more by the 24,000gns Ballinloan Jaegerbomb, this October 2017-born heifer is out of Gunnerfleet Jou and is the first granddaughter of Ellora, the mother of the noted Gunnerfleet Hicks, to be offered for sale.
Averages: 72 females £2,195.