The British Limousin Cattle Society’s premier female sale
- the Red Ladies Derby - held on Friday 3rd November at Borderway
Mart, Carlisle saw the demand for quality Limousin females continue
with the keen interest resulting in a high clearance rate and strong
averages for all classes of females.
Ballinloan Alexis - 8,000 guineas
Bidding was brisk and this was reflected in the fact that 17 more
females were sold on the year. In total, 51 maiden heifers averaged £2101
with 5 cows in calf or with calf at foot averaging £5544 apiece
to bring a total sales gross to over £170,000. Export
interest was again in evidence with buyers purchasing from Southern
The sale itself featured a top of 8,000gns for the April 2005
born Ballinloan Alexis brought forward by Stuart Fotheringham,
Dunkeld, Perthshire. The Reserve Show Champion and Nenuphar daughter
out of the homebred dam, Ballinloan Tigra, this very shapey heifer
topped the sale at 8,000gns when selling to James G Porter, Apple
Tree House, Craighall Farm, Forgandenny, Perth.
Hitting the 7,000gns mark was the Show Champion, Eves Viola, put
up by judge Mrs Mary Cormack, Abotts Close Farm, Sutton Rd, Thirsk,
N Yorks which went under the hammer to Smiths of Bloxham, Newlands
Farm, Milton Road, Bloxham, Banbury, Oxon.
Bred by Messrs JW & DN Eve, Stubbsgill Farm, Westnewton, Wigton,
Cumbria this served heifer featured Loosebeare Ricky and Lumbylaw
Recruit bloodlines and was sold in calf to Nouvelle Prospect. Mrs
Cormack was naturally delighted with her choice of Champion and
said, “I just love the cleanness of this animal. She
is well fleshed and well shown. It’s the job of a heifer
to grow into a cow and I think she will do that very well.” The
Eves herd has approximately 30 breeding females and this March
2004 born heifer presented them with their first Red Ladies Champion
Smiths of Bloxham continued to build their Ironstone pedigree
Limousin herd with the purchase for 5,500gns of Cockshirebeck Abbie,
exhibited by Mrs JA Richardson, Whitehead Brow, Mealsgate, Wigton,
Cumbria. Another first prizewinner, Sympa breeding was again to
the fore with this June 2006 born heifer out of the dam Lumbylaw
The red ticket winning Bankdale Amber from Mr G Wilson’s
Bankdale Farm, Wreay, Carlisle holding also hit the 7,000gns mark
when purchased by Cairns & Burton, Hall Farm, Tollerton, Notts
for their newly established pedigree herd. With a Beef Value of
LM25, this rising 15 month old heifer was sired by the prolific
bull Sympa and was out of the French dam Princesse.
Haltcliffe Vivian from Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe, Hesket New Market,
Wigton, Cumbria was sold for 4,800gns. Once more by Sympa and this
time out of the homebred dam Haltcliffe Tulip, this served heifer
heads to GM Roberts, Myfyrian Isaf, Gaerwen, Anglesey.
An Ionesco daughter and out of Scorboro Ormolu, Confluence Vimto
was the next leading price at 4,400gns when selling to an undisclosed
buyer. Bred by A & GJ Ogg, College Farm, Alkborough, Scunthorpe,
Lincs this stylish heifer sported a Beef Value of LM41 and was
the first to be offered at auction from the Confluence prefix,
being rewarded with a first in her class.
A member of the Great Yorkshire Show Junior Interbreed winning
team, Spage Vanilla, was offered for auction by William Campbell,
48 Ballyvaddy Rd, Carnlough, Ballymena, N Ireland. Another class
winner, she was purchased for 4,000gns by AE & MM Hughes, Brychyni,
Llangbi, Pwllheli, Gwynedd who were convinced by the breeding combination
of Milbrook R2K, the 2006 Royal Highland Limousin Male Champion,
and Newmill Sharon.
A super cow and calf outfit from Messrs G&P Blood, Woodhouse
Green Farm, Clay Lane, Endon, Staffs went under the hammer for
a combined price of 7,200gns. The 2001 born third calver, Woodhouse
Sugar, is by Jockey and out of Woodhouse Megan and was bought by
A Sayer Jnr, 1 Cresswell Old Lane, Cresswell, Staffs for 3,700gns.
Her 10 month old heifer calf, Woodhouse Beth, sired by Goldies
Oswald made 3,500gns when selling to Mr B Mairs, 194 Hillhead Road,
Ballyclare, Co.Antrim, N.Ireland.
A good day’s trading continued for the Woodhouse prefix
as they sold two further lots at 3,200gns. Purchaser of Woodhouse
Shona, a Marron daughter and out of Jencra Gemma was KI Jones,
Bryn Ddaenen, Padog, Betws-y-Coed. Her nine month old heifer calf,
Woodhouse Beauty, sired by Sympa made a further 1,000gns. Heading
to A & E Park, Harley Rigg, Kirkmahoe, Dumfries is Woodhouse
Ursula, a Goldies Oswald sired heifer and out of Woodhouse Ringlet.
She was sold in calf to Sympa for 3,200gns.
5 Cows served and/or suckling £5,544.00
1 Heifer with calf at foot £1,470.00
16 Served Heifers £2,329.69
51 Maiden Heifers £2,101.03
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