DESPITE Covid-19 restrictions, buyers travelled from far and wide to choose their favourite from the first British Limousin Cattle Society bull sale of the Spring.
Held at Dungannon Farmers’ Market, the 32 bulls forward averaged 3570gns, having keen interest from commercial and pedigree buyers alike. Average sale figures have increased year on year by £837 for bulls and £695 for females. The sale saw nine bulls exceeding 4000gns with high demand for Limousin genetics.
Northern Irish Council representative David Hamill commented: “I was delighted to see such a successful sale with a great atmosphere, despite the Covid restrictions. It was promising to see things heading back to normality.
“It was great to see buyers putting their confidence in the Limousin genetics. Appreciation must go to the auctioneers for all their hard work and the vendors for supporting the BLCS sale.”
Top price of 6800gns was given for Bernish Pirlo bred by Kieran McCrory, County Tyrone. Born May 2019, this Wilodge Cerberus son was out of dam Bernish Julifortune, an Ampertaine Elgin daughter. Mr McCrory described this as “a unique opportunity to purchase a bull with a proven pedigree!”. Pirlo boasts two sets of the F94L myostatin gene, and a beef value of 46. Two full brothers have sold in Carlisle, Bernish Memphis making 22,000gns and Bernish Platini for 7,500gns.
For just a 15 cow herd, this member has had great success. Last year Pirlo’s full sister, Bernish Princess Juli, won the Rising Stars Competition sweeping the pedigree, junior, supreme champion.
Pirlo caught the eye of his purchaser during the viewing slot prior to the sale, and was tapped down to Clive Richardson, Annaghmore, County Armagh.
The second-highest price was 4700gns, given for Ballyrobin Poser bred by Joan Gilliland, County Antrim. Poser has a myostatin of F94L and Q204X and a beef value of 34. May 2019 born Poser is sired by Ampertaine Elgin and out of Ballyrobin Frenchy, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter. Dam, Frenchy, has bred bulls to the value of 20,000gns. He headed home with Mr V Ferguson, Dungannon.
Next up was Deerpark Poseidon, a July 19 born bull fetching 4200gns. Poseidon, bred by C & R Mullholland, is an Ampertaine Abracadabra son, out of Deerpark Masie, who goes back to Ampertaine Elgin. Poseidon displays two sets of the F94L myostatin gene and a beef value of 38. This bull was purchased by F McKendry, Ballymena.
Hot on his heels, also reaching 4200gns, was McParlands Power from McParlim Genetics. Born July 2019, he is sired by homebred bull McParlands Nasper and out of Cowporation Jilonka, an Ampertaine Foreman daughter. Displaying two sets of the F94L myostatin gene, Power was picked up by Mr P Hughes, Newry.
Third to make 4200gns was October 2019 born Rathkeeland PeakyBlinders, presented by the Crawford Brothers. This lad displays two sets of the F94L myostatin gene. Sired by Powerful Irish and out of Curraghree Beyonce, a Grahams Samson daughter, Peakyblinder now calls County Tyrone home with S Hayes, Dungannon.
Two young bulls commanded a price of 4100gns. First up, presented by K and S Williamson, was Blackwater Phantommenace, a June 2019 born Lodge Hamlet son. Dam, Redlands Imogen, is by the French-bred Eldorado. Displaying myostatin of F94L and NT821, he also has a beef value of 24. Phantommenace was purchased by Mr L Selfridge, Maghera, of the Clonmore herd.
Second making 4100gns was October 2019 born Carnew Prospect, presented by J & J Aiken of the Carnew herd. Boasting a beef value of 43, he also has myostatin of F94L and NT821. This young lad is by the homebred bull Carnew Lionheart and out of dam Carnew Holly, who goes back to Bahut. Prospect goes home with Mr Mitchell, Cookstown.
Strabane Mills Ltd was the sole sponsors of the BLCS Spring Sale, a well-established family business with 90 years’ experience of producing quality feeds. The top priced bull and female breeders received a voucher for 10 bags of the specialised product feed and second highest bull would also receive five bags. Sales representative Sam Ritchie attended the sale.
Leading the way in the female section at 5600gns was Rathkeeland Phillipa, exhibited by Crawford Brothers, Maguiresbridge. This in-calf heifer is sired by renowned Sauvignon and out of Maybouy Madonna, a Gleneagle Idol daughter.
Described by her breeder as an “exceptional big, square show heifer with great plates,” Phillipa is in calf to Haltcliffe Nijinsky. This promising heifer heads home with Mr P Stewart, Garvagh, of the Culnaman herd.
Hot on her heels was Johnstown Rosie, the youngest female in the sale, presented by Christopher Johnston. The April 2020 born heifer was sired by Ampertaine Magnum and out of Ashmara Classygirl, who goes back to Rocky.
Rosie boasts myostatin of F94L and NT821. Rosie now calls County Down home with Trevor Shields, Kilkeel.
Next up was Carnew Robyn, selling for 3000gns. Presented by J & J Aiken, this heifer, January 2020, sold to Mr G McCague, Newry, of the Bridgeview herd. Robyn is an Ampertaine Commander daughter and out of Carnew Melody, a Wilodge Goldcard daughter.
Averages: 31 bulls, £3,570.