FRIDAY, May 7, saw a fierce interest in Borderway Mart at the Limousin Cattle Society May sale of females. Eighty-one females were forward, with a clearance rate of 88 per cent and an average of £2,894.15.
Breed Secretary Will Ketley commented: “Sales like today’s reassure us of the confidence in Limousin females and I hope this solid, consistent trade will continue.”
Topping the trade at 12,000gns was Huntershall Retha, who made the short trip from Southerfield, Wigton, with breeder Steven Nixon. Retha was a feminine January-2020 born embryo calf with style and shape. Daughter of Gunnerfleet Hicks, who needs no introduction, and out of Allanfauld Jolene, who was purchased in 2014 and is one of the best breeding cows within the Huntershall herd.
Retha displays myostatin of F94L and Q204X. Two full sisters have been bred this season within the herd, which breeder Mr Nixon hopes will follow in Retha’s footsteps. Catching the eye of Mr J Nelson, of the newly established Bullandcave herd, they find their new home in Clapham, Lancaster.
Norman Rora was next in line at 8000gns, brought forward by Norman Farming Company. Daughter of Gunnerfleet Lion, who was sold for 22,000gns at Carlisle in February 2017 and out of homebred cow Norman Innocent.
This March-2020 born heifer was snapped up in shares by the show judge Mr MacGregor of the Allanfauld herd, Kilsyth, Lanarkshire, and the Harestone herd, Mr N Barclay, Banchory, Kincardineshire.
Hot on her heels was Goldies Primrose from BT Goldie selling for 8000gns. A July-2019 born embryo calf, sired by Goldies Juggler and out of Goldies Goldilocks, who has bred Goldies Novelty, which sold for 16,000gns.
Primrose displays two sets of the F94L ‘profit gene’ and has a short journey home to Lockerbie with J Common
& Son of the Crossdykes herd.
Woodmarsh Pimms was next in the hot seat at 7500gns after a keen bidding frenzy. Brought forward by M & JC Gould from Shrewsbury, this March-2019 born embryo calf displays two sets of the F94L myostatin gene.
Sired by Ampertaine Gigolo and out of Foxhillfarm Martini, Pimms is a full sister to Foxhillfarm Irishlad, who was purchased by the Goldies herd for 38,000gns. Pimms was the chosen tipple for Ian Millar of the Millars herd, now calling Inverurie home.
Keen interest was shown for Upperffrydd Pippa, who made her way from Caersws, Powys, with young breeder Tomos Evans. This August-2019 born embryo calf displays myostatin of F94L and NT821.
Sired by 150,000gns Trueman Jagger and out of Foxhillfarm Joslyn, daughter of Loosebeare Fantastic, she was purchased by the Arradfoot herd, TP Atkinson, Ulverston, Cumbria.
Gunnerfleet Pocks was hot on her heels at 5800gns, brought forward from Garrowby Farms, York. This October-2019 born Ampertaine Magnum daughter is out of Gunnerfleet Oroa, a granddaughter of Dolcorsllwyn Brynmor. Pocks carries myostatin of NT821 and Q204X. Pocks caught the eye of Mr T Shields, County Down, of the Glenmarshal herd.
Homebyres Patsi achieved 5200gns when she was put under the hammer by breeders Messrs Logan, Kelso. Sired by homebred bull Homebyres Master, an Ampertaine Elgin son, and out of Homebyres Molly, an Ojat great-grandaughter. Patsi has a Beef Value of LM35, which is in the top 25 per cent of the breed, and carries myostatin of F94L and Q204X. She travels home with purchaser J Knaggs, Arlington, County Durham, of the Jorica herd.
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