THE outstanding year for British Limousin Cattle Society sales moved into its final period when all roads led to Borderway Mart, Carlisle, for the 41st autumn show and sale of pedigree bulls.
Against the backdrop of a challenging summer for suckler producers and uncertainty about what the new year will bring, commercial buyers were still out in force. Underpinning a remarkably vibrant trade this reflects just how high confidence in the breeds fit in the market place is. In a sale that was dominated by commercial types, 13 bulls made five figures or more, one of which hailed from Northern Ireland.
Achieving 11,000gns was Ampertaine Norseman, from WJ and James McKay, Maghera, who at this price led the trade for intermediate bulls. The April 2017 born bull is by the 38,000gns Ampertaine Foreman and out of Ampertaine Fantasia, herself a full sister to Ampertaine Gigolo. Norseman has great all-round figures for calving value, gestation length, muscle and milk.
Other Northern Ireland based breeders also did well. Selling for 8,000gns was Ballyrobin Neptune, from Joan Gilliland, Antrim. This February 2017 born bull is by Lowerffrydd Empire and out of the home bred dam Ballyrobin Frenchy, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter. Neptune was purchased by P R Walker and Son, Driffield, East Yorkshire.
The hammer also went down at 8,000gns for Gorrycam Notorious, from Stephen Reel, Cullyhanna, County Down. This May 2017 born bull is by Cloughhead Lord and out of the dam Gorrycam Hazel, a Nenuphar daughter. Notorious was purchased by Michael Phillips, County Sligo.
Selling for 5,500gns was Pointhouse Nintynine, from Michael Diamond, Garvagh. This June 2017 born bull is by Plumtree Fantastic, a Wilodge Vantastic son and out of the dam Ampertaine Ingrid. Nintynine took the honours in the Final of the Bank of Ireland and NISA Junior Beef Bull Championship at Randox Antrim Show in July. He was purchased by GN and VE Dunn, Okehampton, Devon.
Making 5,000gns was Ampertaine Navy, from WJ & J McKay, Maghera. This June 2017 born bull is by Ampertaine Gigolo and out of Ampertaine Favourite, a Wilodge Fantastic daughter.
He returns to Northern Ireland having been purchased by Connor & Ryan Mulholland, Aghalee, Co Armagh.