FRIDAY October 15 saw a fierce trade at Borderway Mart at the Limousin Cattle Society October sale of females.
The 87 females on offer drew a large crowd for the evening sale, which included the dispersal of the Breconside herd, a consignment offered from the Westpit herd and a presentation of all calved females from the Barrons herd.
The sale saw a terrific trade, Breed Secretary Will Ketley commented, “Sales like today reassure us of the confidence in Limousin females and alongside a consistent female sale in May, this solid trade is rewarding our breeders when they offer their quality stock for sale.”
James Little, auctioneer of the sale from Harrison and Hetherington, said “A large crowd of buyers from across the UK descended on Borderway. The quality of cattle ensured high interest on the internet, which transferred into the sale ring, where the trade exceeded the vendors expectations.”
The top price of the evening was from Peter and Merlin Dernie, Breconside Farming Partners, Moffat of the Breconside herd who were holding a dispersal sale. The Breconside herd’s stock bull, Gunnerfleet Nato topped the trade at 18,000gns.
Nato is a January 2017-born bull sired by Gunnerfleet Hicks, a son of the 32,000gns Dolcorsllywn Brynmor. Out of the homebred cow, Gunnerfleet Ilocks, who has also bred the renowned AI sire Gunnfleet Lion, a full brother to Nato. Nato displays myostatin of NT821 and F94L.
Originally purchased by the Dernie family from Carlisle in May 2018 for 15,000gns, Nato is a proven stock bull, many of his progeny were sold ahead of him in the sale. After a keen bidding frenzy, Nato was purchased by J E Carruthers, Rochester, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where he will reside with their Redesdale herd.
Next in the trade and top price of the Barrons consignment from Willy Barron, who held a sale of all calved females from his herd, based in Burnhope, Durham. Barrons Mylassy went under the hammer with a bang for the 15,000gns, whilst her bull calf at foot, Barrons Stan, sold separately for 4,500gns.
Sired by 40,000gns Mereside Godolphin, Mylassy is out of Barrons Classy, a daughter of Sarkley Volvo. A third calver, who has bred calves to £7,800, Mylassy was shown successfully as a maiden heifer with two championship titles under her belt. A beef value of LM37 places this cow in the top 25% of the breed. Sold PD’d in calf to Huntershall Nutcracker. Mylassy caught the eye of the Lissett herd, now calling Bridlington, East Yorkshire home with J H Tennent. Barrons Stan,
Mylassy’s bull calf who was sold separately, is a January 2021-born son of the 38,000 euro Carrickmore Maximus, who was National Limousin Champion at Tullamore in 2018. Stan was snapped up by the Ridley family, Haltcliffe, Wigton.
Hot on their heels was Breconside Olympia, from the Breconside herd, achieving 14,000gns and her heifer calf Rosetta, selling for 9,000gns. Olympia is a March 2018-born daughter of the Irish bred Elite Icecream and out of Breconside Jane who was sold for 6,500gns earlier in the sale.
Olympia is a first time calver who displays two sets of the F94L myostatin gene and a beef value of LM39, placing her in the top 25% of the breed. Olympia went under the hammer PD’d in calf to the aforementioned Gunnerfleet Nato and Olympia caught the eye of Andrew Ewing’s Fairywater herd, heading to Annan.
Olympia’s stylish September2020-born daughter Breconside Rosetta sold for 9,000gns. Rosetta is sired by 18,000gns Gunnerfleet Nato. This striking heifer displays myostatin of F94L/NT821. Rosetta heads over the water to the Damview herd with Mr McKeag, Newtownards, Co Down.
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