WITH a top price of 13,500gns, JR MacGregor, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow, led a good commercial trade for Limousin bulls at Stirling on Monday, February 3, at United Auctions with its Reserve Senior Champion, Dyke Olympian. Taking him home were J&A Galloway, Biggar, Lanark. Capping a great day’s trading, Dyke sold all its run of seven bulls to average an impressive £7,455.
Judge Robert McNee, Tealing, Dundee, said it was overall a good show of bulls with strength in length, locomotion, loin and good tops. Very commercially minded and running an upland farm, the McNees hang all their own cattle – mostly through ABP Perth – so Robert was looking for easy-fleshing bulls with a bit of cover to get the maximum carcase return. At home, the McNees run 100 Luings, 60 Limousins and 12 Simmental cows alongside a flock of 900 Cheviot ewes.
The day’s leading price, Dyke Olympian, is an April 2018-born son of the 12,000gns Goldies Lordoftherings purchased when standing Supreme Champion at Stirling in February 2017. The 13,500gns Dyke Olympian, described by the judge as “tall, long and very correct,” is out of the milky, fifteen-year-old cow Dyke Amazon, which has bred show calves to £7,000 and is full sister to the 7,000gns Dyke Triumph. He carries a Beef Value of LM+53 placing him in the top one per cent of the Limousin breed for growth and performance.
Second leading price was the 10,000gns Reserve Junior Champion, Newhouse Or-iental, when selling to Cloquhat Farms, Bridge of Cally, Blairgowrie. This black-coated bull was consigned by Messrs RM Adam & Son, Newhouse of Glamis, Forfar with the herd also enjoying a solid trade that saw their six bulls gross £38,036.
Oriental was born in July 2018 and is by Westhall Jammy, which sired the leading price at the corresponding fixture last year (Westhall Norris 11,500gns), and is out of Newhouse Lazykay. Another with an exceptional Beef Value (LM+52), the judge described him as having tremendous length, top and depth of flesh.
Continuing the good run from Donald MacGregor’s 50-cow Dyke herd were two bulls at the 9,000gns mark. The first of these was the Supreme Champion, Dyke Outlaw, born in April 2018 and weighing 1,090kg. He is sired by Netherhall Gilbert, purchased at Carlisle and a good breeder in the herd with sons to date averaging £7,000, and is out of the Goldies Comet daughter Dyke Jemma. The judge liked Outlaw’s size, overall correctness and balance of flesh and the bull heads now to JW Kay & Co, Straiton, Ayr.
Another at 9,000gns was the fifth prizewinner Dyke Ovation (LM+56) when selling to Messrs Renwick, Sanquhar, Dumfries. By the Goldies Fantastic son, Goldies Lordoftherings, he is out of the Ryedale Paragon daughter Dyke Viva, still going strong at 15 years of age. Also from Dyke when going under the hammer for 6,000gns to Messrs D&E Campbell, Isle of Tiree, was Dyke Ozzie, again by the Lordoftherings sire but this time out of the Haltcliffe President-sired dam Dyke Dazzler.
The third bull at 9,000gns was the much-admired second prizewinner Ringway Odeon from PJ Henshall, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie. An AI son of the Irish-bred Elite Icecream, by Amperttaine Elgin, and out of the Haltcliffe Vermount-sired dam, Ringway Fallon, this June 2018-born bull was bought by Cobbleheugh Farms, Dinnet, Aberdeenshire.
Averages: 59 bulls £4,730.34 (+£130).