Claragh Franco Sired Norman Infusion wins Supreme Championship at Carlisle

Claragh Franco bulls make 22,000 & 20,000gns

Bolide sired Spittalton Ionesco wins Supreme Championship at Stirling

Goldies Comet, Lowerffrydd Empire, Plumtree Fantastic and Ampertaine Foreman sons all feature

Claragh Franco sired sons led the way at the February 2015 BLCS Sale at Carlisle for Eric & Elaine Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, Carlisle who sold bulls at 22,000gns and 20,000gns respectively and seven in all to gross 68,000gns.

At 22,000gns was Norman Inventor.  This October 2013-born bull is by Claragh Franco and is out of the Heathmount Trojan daughter Norman Crystal. Inventor went for export when sold to Michael Phillips, Doon West, Gurteen, Co. Sligo, Eire.

At 20,000gns was the Norman’s Junior Champion & Overall Supreme Champion Norman Infusion, another by Claragh Franco, who was purchased himself for 24,000gns in May 2011 when Junior Champion at Carlisle.  This was the first Supreme Championship for the Norman Herd of 120 breeding females which is run by Eric & Elaine together with their sons Craig & Michael. Purchasing the Champion at Carlisle was James Tennant Ltd who run 150 suckler cows alongside the 20-strong Lissett pedigree herd at Manor House Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, East Yorkshire.  Commenting, Nick Tennant said: “This was a typical modern Limousin, a good mover with a great second thigh, and whose sire is breeding very consistently.”

The judge Eric Gethin was also quick to praise his Champion and said: “When this bull came into the ring he just caught your eye with his terrific presence and style and he was very much my type of bull.  He’s got length and scope, has good legs and moves well, and is very well muscled but not extreme. Just an outstanding Limousin bull.”

The Normans’ third Claragh Franco son, Norman Ionesco, sold for 7,500gns to Messrs Dowson & Sartin, Battle Hill Farm, Lartington, Barnard Castle, Co Durham. 

Claragh Franco semen is available on Semenstore at £70 per straw.   

The Intermediate Champion and Reserve Overall at Carlisle, Maraiscote Ingemar, made 9,000gns for Ian Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw, Lanark. Maraiscote Ingemar is by the prolific sire, Goldies Comet, and is out of the Virginia Andy daughter Maraiscote Duchess.  This bull was purchased by SJ Smith, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.  

Meanwhile at the Limousin Society’s February 2015 Sale at Stirling, Maraiscote Idol, also by Goldies Comet (with a Beef Value of LM+46) topped the sale when making 10,500gns and selling to the commercial producer H MacKay, Wester Tomloan, Ardclach, Nairn.  Also by Comet, Maraiscote Iggypop made 8000gns when selling to pedigree breeder and commercial producer Mr J Thomson, Hilton of Beath Farm, Kelty, Fife.

Goldies Comet semen is available on for £40 per straw.

Making 9,000gns at the Society’s sale in Stirling was the Overall Supreme Champion Spittalton Ionesco from Andrew Burnett, Upper Spittalton Farm, Blair Drummond, Stirling.  The Champion bull is by the French AI sire Bolide was purchased by LD Carr, Upper Higham, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire.  Speaking of his Champion, the judge Alistair MacNab (of the Alagils herd) said:  “I was looking for bulls to meet the market and carrying length, width, having good growth potential, and good locomotion.  This bull just fitted the bill and had plenty of style and breed character.  He is a bull that could easily do the job both pedigree wise and commercially”.  

Bolide semen is available on for £30 per straw.

Back at Carlisle Whinfellpark Impressive from Messrs Jenkinson, Clifton Moor, Penrith sold for 8,000gns to RP & DL Hutchinson Ltd, Greenhill Farm, Balderton, Newark, Notts for their Beaconsfield Herd. Having stood Senior Male Champion at Stars of the Future Show in November 2014, Impressive is by Lowerffrydd Empire (an Objat son) and is out of the Dinmore Bandit-sired Whinfellpark Eileen.

Lowerffrydd Empire semen is available on for £30 per straw.

Also at Carlisle Gunnerfleet Imortal from Ian Handley, Gunnerfleet Farm, Ingleton Lancs made 7500gns.  This bull is by Plumtree Fantastic and is out of Gunnerfleet Oster, a Muirhouse Lagonda daughter. New owners are D Cadzow & Co Ltd, Duncrahill Farm House, Pencaitland, Tranent, E. Lothian. 

Plumtree Fantastic semen is available on for £20 per straw.

Redpath Farms, Bowmont Court, Heiton, Kelso sold Redpaths Indigo for 6,000gns, at Stirling market, to J&J Wylie, Knockhouse Farm, Crossford, Dunfermline. This May 2013 born bull, by the noted Ampertaine Foreman (a Wilodge Cerberus son), and is out of Redpaths Classy, a Roundhill Ufestin daughter, and carries a Beef Value of LM+42.

Ampertaine Foreman semen is available on for £30 per straw.

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