Rainbow Simon son wins Supreme Championship at Carlisle as Spring Sales feature Semenstore bulls

The Spring Limousin Sales held in February 2011 at Stirling, Dungannon & Carlisle saw a total of 240 bulls sold to gross just under £1 Million.  Once again bulls available through Semenstore featured prominently.

Commenting on this latest sale round, BLCS Chief Executive Iain Kerr said: “To sell 240 bulls in the month at a healthy average of over £4,100 is a very solid performance. The Limousin breed is all about easy calving, easy fleshing, feed efficiency and profitable carcases with high killing out percentages. It has the versatility to do every job and offers all-round marketing flexibility which are real bonuses for the commercial producer. These are the qualities that have seen the breed set all-breeds record sales grosses in the last two consecutive years and what continues to drive demand in a challenging economic time for the industry.”

The opening sales of the year followed hard on the heels of the record breaking 2010 year where Limousin sales grossed £6.36 Million.  

A bull about to be launched on Semenstore is Guards Boomer from Paul Brown, Loughgilly, Co Armagh.  This May 2006 born bull is a Rocky son and is out of the Ferry daughter Ardbrack Special.  Purchased at Carlisle in February 2008 for 22,000gns, Guards Boomer was subsequently crowned as the 2009 Royal Ulster Show Champion.  

At the Carlisle February 2011 sale the Guards Boomer sired Rathconville Equator made 10,000gns when selling to DA & MA Teasdale, Grindon Hill, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Northumberland.  May 2009 born, this bull is out of the Irish-bred dam Reask Lady. The five figure price was a culmination of a great week’s trade for Mr Brown, who had also secured both the Championship as well as the top price of 8,000gns for another Guards Boomer son, the May 2009 born Rathconville Esquire, at the BLCS’s Dungannon Sale held on 14th February.  The 8000gns price constituted a record for a bull sold in Northern Ireland at a BLCS Collective Sale.  It was also the second Overall Championship in a row at Dungannon for breeder Paul Brown following Rathconville Eduardo, the first calf by Guards Boomer offered for sale, who made 4,000gns in November 2010.

The Intermediate & Overall Champion at Carlisle was Loosebeare Easyrider, consigned by EW Quick & Sons, Loosebeare Manor, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon. This bull is by the prolific Rainbow Simon, who has bred bulls up to 20,000gns with 23 sons sold at Carlisle to date to average £8,270. Carrying a Beef Value of LM+37, Easyrider is out of the Goldies Ovation-sired Loosebeare Tosha. This was the Quicks’ second Carlisle Championship having previously won it in 2002 with Loosebeare Superman. Commenting, Judge Daf Griffiths said: “My Champion was a big, long, strong bull with a very good top on him. A true-to-type Limousin bull with good breed character, he was very clean and not too heavily boned and very much a bull for both the pedigree and commercial market”.

Looseberae Easyrider made 7000gns when selling to James Alexander, Randalstown, Northern Ireland.

AK&C Stafford, Houghton-Le-Spring, Tyne & Wear sold the first prize winning Kaprico Eravelle for 8,500gns to the Tomschoice pedigree herd of JM & SP Cooper, Dacre, Harrogate, Yorkshire. Full of breeding, this July 2009 born bull is by the noted Wilodge Tonka, a prolific Semenstore seller, and is out of the Greensons Gigolo-sired Kaprico Ravelle. Kaprico Eravelle, carrying a Beef Value of LM+36, is a full brother to the Staffords’ Kaprico Davelle who was Supreme Champion at Carlisle in October 2009 and who sold for 18,000gns. Later in the day, the Staffords sold Kaprico Enigma for 6,400gns to Nilston Rigg Farms, Hexham. September 2009 born, Kaprico Enigma is by the 29,000gns Ampertaine Abracadabra and is out of the 2006 Royal Show Supreme Champion Kaprico Ultimate.

Leading the way at the Society’s Dungannon sale in March was two sons of Ampertaine Abracadabra who both made 4200gns.  Joint trade leaders at this price were Eniver Eoin and Culnagechan Engineer respectively. Judge John Adams, Fedney House, Shot Lane, Banbridge praised both leading prices in terms of their width, shape and muscle. Overall Male and Intermediate Champion was Eniver Eoin, an August 2009 born bull consigned by Mr M McKeefry, Carhill Road, Garvagh, Coleraine. A powerful Ampertaine Abracadabra son and out of the homebred Ronick Hawk daughter, Eniver Alice, he carried a Beef Value of LM+41 placing him squarely in the Top 1% of performance-recorded Limousins. Purchasers were Messrs M & I Robinson, Ballyleany, Richhill.

Also fetching the same price of 4,200gns was the Reserve Overall Male and Junior Male Champion Culnagechan Engineer bought forward by Mr D Hume, Maghereagh Road, Randalstown. Another AI son of the prolific 29,000gns Ampertaine Abracadabra, this September 2009 born bull is out of Kype Viva, a Waverbank Nassau daughter. A strong Beef Value (LM+29) combined with good calving figures (LM0C) Culnagechan Engineer was purchased by D McCann, Castlewellan.

See www.limousin.co.uk for full sale reports.

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