·     Fairywater Haig and Gunnerfleet Hicks sons sell to 22,000gns

·     Fairywater Haig; Gunnerfleet Hicks; Goldies Comet; Lowerffrydd Empire; and Mereside Godolphin all feature in the top prices


Sires available on featured throughout the ‘flying trade’ enjoyed at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s February Sale held at Borderway Mart on Saturday 18th February.  

Sixteen bulls made five figures and over with 53 in all making 5000gns and more.  Underlining the strong demand, averages on the year were up by £1058 to a mighty £6668 for the 114 bulls sold. The clearance rate was an exceptional 91% with the 114 bulls sold being out of the 125 forward. 

Featuring at the top end of the prices was the 23,000gns sire Fairywater Haig (available on Semenstore).    Lifting the Junior Male Championship was Swarland Likelylad from A&D Proctor, Swarland Old Hall, Swarland, Morpeth. September 2015 born this calf is Fairywater Haig and is out of Swarland Fanciful Purchasing this bull was the Harestone pedigree herd of Neil Barclay, South Road, Insch, Aberdeenshire. 


The purchase of Fairywater Haig at Carlisle back in February 2014 was looked at as a considerable investment by the Proctor family but that investment is now reaping its reward in the 40 cow pedigree herd (run alongside 80 commercial cows) with his first three sons at sale having averaged 16,000gns.  The 22,000gns was the best sale price to date for a herd that has recently won the 2016 Most Improved Limousin Herd award.  Commenting Andrew Proctor said: “Fairywater Haig calves are small when they are born and then just take off at six to eight months.  Likelylad has always been a good calf and he’s got a tremendous top line, is very good over his plates, and has great balance.”


The Proctor’s  were back in the prices when another Fairywater Haig son, this time Swarland Leon, made 12,000gns.  A heifer’s calf, Leon is out of Swarland Helen who is a half-sister to Swarland Hansy who has produced bulls at 14,000gns.  Picking up this bull for their pedigree Hudscales herd was WR & JM Cowx & Son, Hudscales, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, Cumbria


Fairywater Haig semen is presently available on Semenstore for £15.00 per straw.  Click on the link for full details


The Reserve Junior Male Champion Gunnerfleet Lion (and first prize in class 14) also made 22,000gns for vendors J Handley, Gunnerfleet Farm, Ingleton, Lancs.  An embryo calf, Gunnerfleet Lion is by Gunnerfleet Hicks and is out of Gunnerfleet Ilocks whose dam line is quoted as having grossed the herd over £500,000.  Gunnerfleet Lion was purchased by the 120 cow pedigree Whinfellpark herd of Messrs Jenkinson, Clifton Moor, Clifton, Penrith, Cumbria.  Whinfellpark stockman Craig Douglas commented, "We are very pleased to have secured Gunnerfleet Lion as we think his width, shape and overall power will complement the females in the Whinfellpark herd."


Gunnerfleet Hicks semen is presently available on Semenstore for £100.00 per straw.  Click on the link for full details

The Reserve Overall Supreme and Reserve Intermediate Champion, Maraiscote Lothario, from the 150 cow herd of Mr J Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire.  This bull made 19,000gns when selling to the noted commercial producer, G Cameron, Newton Cottage, Acharrade, Argyll.  July 2015 born, Maraiscote Lothario is a son of the herd’s prolific stock sire Goldies Comet (who has sold sons in the herd up to 30,000gns) and is out of the Virginia Andy daughter Maraiscote Genie.  In July 2016 Maraiscote Lothario had stood second in his class to Foxhillfarm Luisvuitton at the National Limousin Show also in Carlisle.


Goldies Comet semen is presently available on Semenstore for £40.00 per straw.  Click on the link for full details


Following on from a strong sale at the Stirling Limousin Sale a fortnight ago, the Homebyres herd of Messrs John Logan, Humebyres, Kelso, made 14,500gns when selling their first prize winner in class seven to the Rhiwllech pedigree herd of  Messrs Howells, Gelli Farm, Cymmer, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan.  The July 2015 born Homebyres Lockett is by the 30,000gns AI sire Lowerffrydd Empire and is out of the Kaprico Davelle daughter Homebyres Freesia.


Lowerffrydd Empire semen is presently available on Semenstore for £30.00 per straw.  Click on the link for full details


Mereside Leo from RM Hazard & Sons secured a price of 13,000gns for their third prize winner Mereside Leo.  August 2015 born Mereside Leo is got by AI and is by Mereside Godolphin who the Hazards bred and sold for 40,000gns in May 2013 at Carlisle.  Out of the Haltcliffe Dancer sired Mereside Hougie, Mereside Leo was purchased by James Cooper for the Tomschoice pedigree herd at Hilltop Farm, Dacre, North Yorkshire.


In the sale of females held on the Friday evening, 17th February, the top price of 5,800gns was paid for Barrons Maisey from Willie Barron, Morrow Edge Farm, Durham.  This February 2016 born maiden heifer is another by the herd’s stock bull Mereside Godolphin and is out of Barrons Hansy.  Paying the top price was W Richardson, Ghyll House, Dufton, Appleby-In-Westmorland, Cumbria for their Mystyle pedigree herd. 


Mereside Godolphin semen is presently available on Semenstore for £30.00 per straw.  Click on the link for full details






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