LOWERFFRYDD EMPIRE SON TOPS EARLY SPRING SALES AT 20,000GNS AS SEMENSTORE BULLS FEATURE STRONGLY

Ballyrobin Joop from Joan Gilliland, Co Antrim, made 20,000gns and lead a strong trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Early Spring Sale held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Saturday 13th February 2016.  Throughout the early Spring sales bulls with semen available through the on-line www.semenstore.co.uk again featured strongly.

 

The top price bull, Ballyrobin Joop is by the AI sire Lowerffrydd Empire and is out of Ballyrobin Frenchy, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter.  Purchasing the top price for their noted 120 cow Haltcliffe pedigree herd was Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton.  Commenting afterwards, Craig Ridley said:  “He’s a very long, clean, modern Limousin bull.  He moves extremely well and will bring some new bloodlines to the Haltcliffe herd”.  The 30,000gns Lowerffrydd Empire is available on Semenstore at £30 per straw.

Ballyrobin Joop

At the close of the sale 97 bulls had sold, up by six on the year, to average £5610 up by £71 on the corresponding sale.  The clearance rate was a very healthy 74% of the bulls forward with eleven at 10,000gns or more and 35 in all at 5,000gns or more. 

The Supreme Champion animal at the pre-sale show was Gunnerfleet Jacob from Ian Handley, Gunnerfleet Farm, Chapel Le Dale, Ingleton, Lancashire.  Having stood first in Class Six he went on to lift the Intermediate Championship before being given the tap as the Overall Champion.  Gunnerfleet Jacob is by the herd’s £40,000 stock bull Plumtree Fantastic and is out of Gunnerfleet Gunas who goes back to Ballyburton Una the ‘best cow line’ in the herd.  The judge on the day James Cooper was quick to praise his Champion and said:  “The Champion bull moved extremely well.  He had a good head, tremendous top line, and had width over his backend without being too extreme.  There was plenty of class and style in him and he really was a worthy Champion.”  Come sale time and the Champion animal was purchased for 14,000gns by H Annett & Son for their Widdrington pedigree herd at  Widdrington Farm, Widdrington, Morpeth, Northumberland.

Plumtree Fantastic is available on Semenstore for £20 per straw with a £40 royalty applying for pedigree calves registered.

Standing Reserve Intermediate Champion to the Champion and also making 14,000gns was Dinmore Jumbo from Paul Dawes, Dinmore Manor, Hereford.  A first prize winner in Class 8, the June 2014 born Jumbo was the first calf offered at sale by the herd’s senior stock bull Diamant a previous Interbreed Supreme Champion at the Royal Welsh Show.   Purchasing this bull was Gary Howells for his Shadog pedigree herd at Shadog, Pentrecwrt, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire.

Diamant is available on Semenstore for £30 per straw with a £50 royalty applying for pedigree calves registered.

Another bull to sell at 14,000gns was Goldies Jazz from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries.  This July 2014 calf had stood second in his class to the Junior Champion and was snapped up by Michael Fieldson for the Fieldsons pedigree herd at Poplar Farm, Corringham, Gainsborough, Lincs.  Goldies Jazz is by the Rossignol sired Haltcliffe Doctor and is out of the Goldies Terence daughter Goldies Bertha whose progeny have previously sold for 28,000gns.

Haltcliffe Doctor is available on Semenstore for £20 per straw with a £40 royalty applying for pedigree calves registered.

From the same pen the first prize winning junior bull in class 14, Goldies Joker, also made 14,000gns.  Goldies Joker is by Ampertaine Gigolo the sire of the world record bull Trueman Jagger.  Carrying some terrific performance figures for growth he was sold with a mighty beef value of LM+62 to Messrs Morris Bros, Whitcott Evan Farm, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire, for their Whitcott pedigree herd. 

Ampertaine Gigolo is available on Semenstore for £35 per straw with a £40 royalty applying for pedigree calves registered.

The first prize winner in Class 7 was Maraiscote Junior from Ian Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Wishaw, Lanark.  Another by the herd’s prolific stock bull Goldies Comet, Maraiscote Junior is out of the Virgina Andy daughter Maraiscote Gazelle.  He was sold for 8200gns to WI Suddes & Sons, South Farm, Cornsay, Durham, Co. Durham for their Cornsay pedigree herd. 

Meanwhile at Stirling Maraiscote Jasper, the Reserve Intermediate Champion, made 5200gns when selling to Liam Muir, Orkney.   At the same price was the first prize winner from class three Maraiscote Jinsky.  Jinsky is by Virginia Andy and out is out of the Comet daughter Maraiscote Gabby.  This April 2014 bull was bought by Dunlossit Farm, Knocklearach Farm, Isle of Islay.

Goldies Comet is available on Semenstore for £40 per straw with a £50 royalty applying for pedigree calves registered.

Virginia Andy is available on Semenstore for £20 per straw with a £40 royalty applying for pedigree calves registered.

Semenstore bulls continued to feature at Carlisle.  Eniver Jazzman, an Ampertaine Foreman son from M McKeefry, Co Derry, sold for 7500gns to PW Greed, Columbjohn Farm, Rewe, Exeter, Devon.   Another Ampertaine Foreman son, Ballinloan Jukebox from Stuart Fotherigham, Perthshire, sold for 6500gns to M Cameron, Strone Farm, Banavie, Fort William, Inverness-shire.   From the same pen another Foreman son, Ballinloan Jumbo also sold for 6500gns to M/s Fleming, Mosstower Farm, Kelso, Roxburghshire. 


Ampertaine Foreman is available on Semenstore for £40 per straw with a £40 royalty applying for pedigree calves registered.

Culnagechan Jurassic, an Iveagh Gilkes son from Derek Hume sold for 7000gns J Leiper & Sons, Black Heddon, Ponteland, Newcastle on Tyne.

Iveagh Gilkes is available on Semenstore for £25 per straw with a £40 royalty applying for pedigree calves registered.

 

 

 

 

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