Autumn 2012 Limousin sale review

A run of four British Limousin Cattle Society Collective sales held in the October-November 2012 period saw 219 bulls traded with record autumn averages set at Carlisle and Stirling.

At Carlisle in October, the Intermediate Champion, Iveagh Gilkes, realised the second top price of 20,000gns. April 2011-born, this very stylish bull is by the Sympa son, Haltcliffe Underwriter. Wilodge Vantastic, the former Semenstore bestseller, featured strongly in the sale with bulls up to 18,000gns.  There are several sons available on www.semenstore.co.uk including Milbrook Dartangan,  Ironstone Comander and Goldies Comet. The 17,000gns Junior Male & Overall Champion Maraiscote Graffiti is by Goldies Comet when sold with a Beef Value of LM+45. At 12,000gns was Maraiscote Gizmo, once more by Goldies Comet. Realising 11,500gns was Maraiscote General sired by Virginia Andy. Heading to Orkney was the 8,500gns Goldies Grandprix, the first calf born to the 15,000gns Haltcliffe Doctor, when consigned by Bruce Goldie who secured the same price for his homozygous black and polled Limousin bull, Goldies Black Globetrotter, a three-quarter brother to the 30,000gns Goldies Forever. Next at 14,000gns was Brims Gains sired by the noted Wilodge Tonka. Kaprico Germander made 10,000gns, by the Sympa and out of Kaprico Erica, who carries Wilodge Tonka bloodlines.  Also at the 10,000gns mark was Emslies Black Gambler who is by the 25,000gns Bailea Black BMW. 

At the Stirling Sale in October, leading the way at 14,000gns, a new Limousin centre record top price, was Burnbank Gigolo by the AI sire Rainbow Simon having figures to match with a Beef Value of LM+50. At 10,000gns was Dyke Galaxy, a first prize winner by Goldies Comet. The Junior Champion, Maraiscote Galaxy sold for 9,000gns being another by the 23,000gns stock bull Goldies Comet. Selling at 8,500gns was Maraiscote Gatsby by Virginia Andy, a previous Highland Show Champion. Fedneyhouse Granite made 8,500gns, another upstanding first prize winning bull by the noted Ulm. 

Ballymena in November saw a top price of 3,100gns for the Senior Champion and Overall Reserve Male Champion Culnagechan General Lee sired by the noted Rainbow Simon. 

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