ON August 20, a crowd of new and established breeders made their way to Borderway Mart, Carlisle, to see the dispersal sale from the Procters herd on behalf of Procters Farm, Woodhouse Lane, Slaidburn, Clitheroe.
In addition, a production sale was held on behalf of the Haltcliffe, Hesket New Market, Wigton, Cumbria.
This highly anticipated sale had high demand after the online promotion and on farm viewing of the top-class cattle on offer. Purchases were secured both in the mart, by phone and online.
The British Limousin Cattle Society Breeders’ Sale had a catalogue entry of 113 pedigree Limousin cattle and saw a strong clearance across the two herds.
It was a momentous day for the British Limousin Cattle Society when the renowned Procters herd dispersed after the prefix was established 25 years ago in 1996. Procters Farm is a hill farm with 750 acres of disadvantaged land sitting at 650 feet above sea level.
At Procters they always sought to buy the best genetics on offer. Gary Swindlehurst, herdsman at Procters, commented: “Our aim has been to breed cattle with character, maternal traits and to meet market demands. We wish all purchasers the very best of luck and sincerely hope Procters cattle go on to breed for you.” The bloodlines spoke for themselves throughout the sale with eight lots exceeding 10,000gns.
Top price of the day, 16,000gns, was scored twice. First by Procters Rdiamante, an embryo calf and recipient outfit. Rdiamante, a September 2020 born daughter of 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount and out of 15,000gns Objat daughter Glenrock Diamante. This heifer was sold alongside a recipient cow who has been pd’d in calf to 65,000gns Aultside Meanmachine. This promising heifer is a favourite of Glenrock Diamante’s progeny. Rdiamante was a jewel the Anside herd couldn’t resist, where she goes home to Mr & Mrs S Irvine, Drummuir, Banffshire.
Also reaching 16,000gns was Procters Jewellery and her heifer calf at foot, Procters Silver. Jewellery, an October 2014 born daughter of Glenrock Highwayman, is out of Glenrock Diamante, purchased by the herd in 2014 for 15,000gns. Jewellery is sold in calf to Carrickmore Maximus. Silver, the May 2021 born heifer calf at foot, is sired by Carrickmore Maximus, who was National Limousin Champion at Tullamore in 2018, the youngest ever winner of this title. He went on to be sold for a record price in Roscrea later that year, purchased jointly for 38,000 euros.
This smart outfit dazzled Mrs S Field, Burnley, where she now calls the Cornfield herd home.
Going under the hammer for 13,000gns was Procters Janita with Procters Sjanita at foot. As seen on the front page of the catalogue, this mother and daughter duo has real style! Procters Janita is an April 2014 born Ampertaine Foreman daughter, sold in calf to Westpit Omaha. Out of Procters Fanita, the dams’ bloodlines go back to 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount. Heifer calf at foot, Sjanita, is a May 2021 born Ampertaine Majestic daughter. This heifer is one of the herd’s favourites, born in 2021, oozing potential.