May 2012 sales review

A run of four British Limousin Cattle Society Collective sales held within one week in May 2012 saw close-on 250 bulls sold.

Setting an all-breeds centre record May average of £6,718 for 122 bulls, the CARLISLE trade was topped by the 48,000gns Culnagechan Falcon from Derek Hume, Randalstown, Northern Ireland - a record price for a Limousin bull sold by a Northern Irish breeder. The November 2010 born Culnagechan Falcon is by Ampertaine Commander who himself was the May Champion at Carlisle in 2009.

The prolific breeding of Wilodge Vantastic was again very much to the fore with four Vantastic sons winning first prize tickets in the pre-sale show and many featuring in the quoted prices. The Vantastic son attaining the top price come sale day was Glenrock Fortune who sold for 16,000gns for breeder S&H Illingworth, Howgillside, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie. Another from the Illingworths, Glenrock Flip, by the 24,000gns Ampertaine Bravo made 7,500gns.

At 10,000gns was Emslies Black Flatout from H Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire when sired by the 25,000gns Bailea BMW, a Requin son.

On the Friday evening, a high-quality offering of frozen embryos from the Wilodge Herd of Miss C Williams, Lodge Hill Farm, Park Lane, Shifnal, Shropshire was led by a bid of 3,500gns for the mating of Wilodge Tonka and the herd's renowned cow Ravenelle.

Taking the sale top price of 10,000gns at STIRLING Market was Dyke Frosty from JR MacGregor (Dyke) Ltd, Dyke Farm, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow. Earlier in the day, this October 2010 born bull had placed Overall Reserve Champion at the pre-sale show. The 10,000gns top price is a record mark for a Limousin at Stirling in May and is a joint all-breeds record at this same fixture.

Dyke Frosty, with a Beef Value of LM+35, is a son of Drumduff Champ, a Haltcliffe Underwriter son that the MacGregors bought privately. In February, Dyke Fugitive, a bull from the first crop of calves by the same sire sold for 11,000gns at Stirling.

At the 6,200gns mark was Overton Frodo from Mr R Aitken, Overton Farm, Fintry, Glasgow. Frodo's breeding saw him sired by the French-bred bull Ulm. Rounding off a good day, the Overton herd also sold Overton Fulton, by Sarkley Topknot, for 5,600gns.

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