Semenstore sires feature strongly throughout the May 2014 Sales 

Garry Patterson from Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith sold his December 2012-born bull, Aultside Hulk, for 55,000gns and led the trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s 2014 May Sale held on Saturday 3rd May at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle.   

Come sale time Aultside Hulk quickly went up through the bidding gears to reach 55,000gns before being knocked down to the Ardlea herd of Dan Tynan, Beechhill Farm, Doon, Mountraith, Co Laois, Eire.  Doing the bidding was farm manager Kevin Bohan who is also the current President of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society.  Commenting on his purchase Mr Bohan said: “The bull is really classy, he’s got style, length, width, four good legs and walked very well.  We liked his pedigree, with some new bloodlines for the herd, and were looking for a bull that would be easy calving and easy fleshing.”  Upon arriving in Eire the bull will be put to cows but the plan is also to have semen collected from him.  Aultside Hulk, an embryo calf, is by the 50,000gns sire Wilodge Cerberus who is available on Semenstore at £40 per straw.

Christine Williams, Lodge Hill Farm, Park Lane, Shifnal, Shropshire made 12,000gns when selling the stylish first prize winner Wilodge HRH to Cornwall and the Trefrawl pedigree herd of PR&MA Hooper, Trefrawl Farm, Lanreath, Looe, Cornwall.  November 2012 born and a first prize winner from class nine, Wilodge HRH is a three quarter brother to the prolific Wilodge Vantastic.  He is sired by Hartlaw Excaliber, the 2011 National Show Male Champion, and is out of the herd’s note cow Ravanelle.  

At United Auctions’ Stirling Limousin Sale held on Monday May 5th, Goldies Hustler  from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries took the pre-sale Championship and sold for 7,800gns to Mountquhanie Farms, Cupar, Fife.  Another by Hartlaw Excaliber, he carried a Beef Value of LM+57 the highest in the catalogue.  The sale continued a good run of prices for the herd with Hartlaw Excaliber sired sons, with three at the Carlisle sale having sold for 9000gns, 7000gns, and 5000gns respectively. Hartlaw Excaliber semen is available on Semenstore for £20 per straw.

Also at the 12,000gns mark was Stephen Illingworth, Howgillside, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie with Glenrock Ideal.  Another first prize winner, from class fourteen, Glenrock Icon was sired by the 23,000gns Goldies Comet and is another son out of the herd’s prolific Glenrock Spangle.  

Goldies Comet semen is available on Semenstore for £20 per straw.

Garyvaughan Hidget, bred and sold by CV & EM Lewis & Sons, Buttington, Welshpool, Powys made 11,000gns when being purchased by Wm Reed & Sons, West Biggins Farm, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham.  November 2012 born Hidget is by the herd’s 35,000gns stock bull Plumtree Deus.  Plumtree Deus  semen is available on Semenstore for £25 per straw.

Following an excellent run of bulls in February by the same sire, Eric and Elaine Norman, Little Orton Farm, Carlisle sold Norman Harvest for 8500gns to WP Hughes and Sons, Fferam Uchaf, Llanddeusant, Holyhead. Norman Harvest is by the herd’s stock bull Claragh Franco. Claragh  Franco  semen is available on Semenstore for £70 per straw.

Ian Handley,   Gunnerfleet Farm,  Chapel Le Dale, Ingleton,  Lancashire sold Gunnerfleet Harold, for 8000gns to RR Hughes, Fron Isaf, Gaerwen.  This bull is by the £40,000 Plumtree Fantastic, a son of the prolific Wilodge Vantastic.   Plumtree Fantastic  semen is available on Semenstore for £20 per straw.

Back at the Stirling sale, Ian Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw made 6000gns when selling Maraiscote Hugo to R&J Greenlaw, Balgairn Farm, Dinnet, Aberdeenshire.  Another son of the herd’s noted stock bull Virginia Andy, the May 2012 born Hugo is out of the Normande Urquhart daughter Maraiscote Calypso.  A past Royal Highland Show Champion, Virginia Andy semen is available on Semenstore for £20 per straw.

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