104 bulls average £7540, up £871 on the year

Semenstore sired bulls fill five of the six top prices

Progeny sired by Limousin bulls available on Semenstore filled five of the top six prices and featured throughout a storming trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s early spring sale held at Borderway Mart on Saturday 17th February.  The sale again saw buyers looking for excellent calving ease and all-round performance figures.  

Wilodge Cerberus

Taking the 65,000gns top price was Aultside Meanmachine from Garry Patterson, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith. This bull came to Carlisle in top form, visually, and in terms of his breeding credentials, carrying good calving figures and two copies of the F94L ‘profit gene’. No stranger to success, Meanmachine won the Senior Limousin Championship and Overall Senior Continental Championship at Stirling’s Stars of the Future Calf Show held in the backend of last year and which had added to his pre-sale attraction.  An embryo calf he is by Wilodge Cerberus and is out of Spittalton Flush. The August 2016 born bull is a full brother to the 55,000gns Aultside Hulk, the Intermediate Champion and top priced Limousin bull at Carlisle back in May 2014.  He is also a full brother to the 18,000gns Aultside Mystique, who had stood the Reserve Female Champion at aforementioned Stars of the Future Show in 2017. Aultside Meanmachine was shared between the Haltcliffe and Procters herds respectively.

In front of a sizeable crowd the day earlier Colin Phillips, who runs the noted Powerhouse herd at The Batch, Sarnesfield, Weobley, Herefordshire had placed Meanmachine as his Junior Champion and then Overall Supreme Champion in the pre-sale show. Commenting on his Champion Colin said: “Amid a fine display of Limousins, as soon as he walked in the ring he caught my eye, he showed so correctly every time I looked at him. With super width and meat in all the right places, he was perfect on his legs, demonstrating great mobility. He is an outstanding Limousin, a credit to the breeder and a clear choice for Champion”. 

Wilodge Cerberus semen is available on Semenstore for £50.00 per straw.  Please click HERE for full details.

Ampertaine Gigolo

An internet bid of 30,000gns secured Ian Handley’s Gunnerfleet Mongo, from his Gunnerfleet herd based at Ingleton, Lancashire.  A first prize junior bull on the day, and an embryo calf, Mongo is bred from the herd’s top cow Gunnerfleet Ilocks.  Gunnerfleet Mongo, born September 2016, is by the AI sire Ampertaine Gigolo.  This second top priced bull was knocked down to pedigree breeders A Renton & H Redden, Berwick upon Tweed for their Meadowrig herd.  Speaking about his purchase from his home in Spain, Anthony Renton said “I was very impressed with the bull's growth and width, and being heavily muscled he will complement the cows at Meadowrig very well. 

The Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Overall Champion Westpit MacGregor from A & J Gammie, Drumforber, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, made 15,000gns. The youngest bull in the catalogue was knocked down to T W Oliver who runs the Cawfield Herd at Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Another sired by Ampertaine Gigolo but this time bred out of the Fieldson Alfy daughter Westpit Florence, one of the herd’s top cows. MacGregor, who won Reserve Junior Male Champion at Stirling’s Stars of the Future 2017 at 12 months old, carried a beef value of LM+51 which places him well into the top 1% of the breed.

Ampertaine Gigolo semen is available on Semenstore for £35.00 per straw.  Please click HERE for full details.

Plumtree Fantastic

Selling at 28,000gns was the junior class winner Lenagh Morpheus from Mark Stewart, Randalstown, Co Antrim. The September 2016 born embryo calf is bred from the Broadmeadows Cannon sired Lenagh Chanel and is by the AI sire Plumtree Fantastic, a bull that has bred numerous five-figure sales for his owner Ian Handley. Lenagh Morpheus was purchased by the noted Wilodge Herd, Shifnal, Shropshire.

Plumtree Fantastic semen is available on Semenstore for £30.00 per straw. Please click HERE for full details.

Fairywater Haig

Co-Tyrone based Kieran McCroy received 22,000gns for his September 2016 born embryo calf Bernish Memphis. Memphis is bred from the show heifer Bernish Julifortune, an Ampertain Elgin daughter who was the Female Champion at the NI calf show in 2015 and a winner at Balmoral Show in the same year. He is by the 23,000gns Fairywater Haig and sold in a two-way split  to A H and K J Booth, Hardwick Hall Farm, Sheffield for their Sevengun Herd and along with G J Lee & C M Lloyd, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire. 

Fairywater Haig semen is available on Semenstore for £40.00 per straw. Please click HERE for full details.

Dylans Irnbru

Making 14,000gns was Kinniside Mejestic  from G and A E Marrs and Sons, Cathow Farm, Cleator, Cumbria. This bull, who stood second in his class to the Supreme Champion, is by Dylans Irnbru and out of Kinniside Gracious, one of the herd’s best milking cows. He was bought for the Widdrington herd of H and H Annett, Morpeth, Northumberland.   Hudscales Marshal from A& W Cowx, Hesket New Market, Wigton, Cumbria made 8000gns when selling to WB & SA Steele, Wasdale, Seascale, Cumbria.  This October 2016 bull is another sired by Dylans Irnbru.

Dylans Irnbru is available on Semenstore for £20.00 per straw.  Please click HERE for full details.

Foxhillfarm Jupiter

The Intermediate Champion came in the shape of Ballinloan Messi from Stuart Fotheringham, Ballinloan, Dunkeld, Perthshire.  This bull, who again carried tremendous performance figures, sold for 12,000gns when purchased by Richard Jones for his Montgomery herd at Llwynobin Farm, Montgomery, Powys.   The July 2016 born Ballinloan Messi is one of the first calves to be offered for sale sired by the herd’s 29,000gns Foxhillfarm Jupiter and is out of Ballinloan Glitter, a Millgate Caesar daughter.  Another strong day of trading for the Ballinloan herd saw Ballinloan Mickle sell for 10,000gns to John Galbraith & Son, Upper Kinneil, Linlithgow.  Standing third in the same class as the Intermediate Champion this bull is another son of Foxhillfarm Jupiter and is out of Ballinloan Gucci.

Foxhillfarm Jupiter semen is available on Semenstore for £30.00 per straw.  Please click HERE for full details.

Ampertaine Foreman

At 12,000gns was Eniver Maybe from Michael McKeefry, Garvagh, Coleraine, Co Londonderry.  By the prolific AI sire Ampertaine Foreman, and out of the Ronick Hawk daughter Eniver Alice, this was another bull with good calving figures and a Beef Value of LM+48.  Buying this July 2016 born bull was Andrew Clark and family for their Mayfields pedigree herd at Hangram Lane Farm, Ringinglow, Sheffield.   Eagleside Mustang from Thomas Illingworth, Howgillside, Lockerbie, Dumfries made 10,000gns when being purchased by J Thompson for their Hartsideanew herd at Townfoot, Melmerby, Penrith, Cumbria.  The first prize bull in class eleven, Eagleside Mustang is another by Ampertaine Gigolo and is out of Glenrock Jewel.

Ampertaine Foreman semen is available on Semenstore for £60.00 per straw.  Please click HERE for full details.

Foxhillfarm Irishlad

A first prize winner in class nine of the strong Intermediate section was Goldies Muskateer from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries.  This July 2016 born bull is by Foxhillfarm Irishlad and is out of Goldies Honeycombe.  Carrying a huge Beef Value of LM+65 this bull was sold for 10,000gns to the Longhirst pedigree herd of JE Jordon & Son, Longhirst, Morpeth, Northumberland.

Foxhillfarm Irishlad semen is available on Semenstore for £18.00 per straw.  Please click on HERE for full details.


One of the youngest bulls in the catalogue, Scorboro Masai made 8500gns when selling for JCG Bloom, Decoy Farm, Driffield, East Yorkshire.  This November 2016 born bull is by Fenomen and out of Scorboro Eccles.  Purchaser was Denis Cadzow & Co, Pencaitland, Tranent, East Lothian.

Fenomen semen is available on Semenstore for £50.00 per straw.  Please click HERE for full details.


36 Senior Bulls                            £5670.00

40 Intermediate Bulls              £6916.88

28 Junior Bulls                          £10833.75      

104 Bull Overall                        £7539.81 (+£871.39)

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