Limousin bull Fieldson Alfy, owned by David Kelly, Nether Hall Farm
Ltd, Monsergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancashire has been selected
for inclusion in the MLC/ Signet sponsored Young Bull Promotion Scheme.
The general aim of the scheme is to promote the use of genetically
superior bulls across herds within a breed.
Fieldson Alfy sold at Carlisle’s
October Limousin SaleFieldson Alfy, bred and sold by JW Fieldson, Poplar Farm, Corringham,
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was purchased at Carlisle’s October
Limousin Sale for the top price of 37,000gns. A March 2005
born bull, Fieldson Alfy was sired by Gunnerfleet Plunas, a Tunnelby
Monkeytricks son that the Fieldsons purchased from Carlisle in 2000
for 7000gns. Out of Eden Natasha, Alfy features the prolific
Broadmeadows Cannon on both sides of his pedigree and carries an
excellent Beef Value of LM+33.
for the top price of 37,000gns.
In the traits for Muscle Score and Muscle Depth respectively, Alfy
ranks in the top 1% of recorded Limousin cattle. His 400-day
growth EBV of 63 also places him easily in the breed’s top10%
for that trait.
At the time of sale, October Carlisle Show judge Brian Jones of
the noted pedigree Bailea herd, Heol Senni, Sennybridge, Brecon,
had awarded the Supreme Championship to Fieldson Alfy and was full
of praise for the bull’s qualities . “He is a
terrific bull, just like a Limousin should be. A tremendous
carcase animal with a great top and back end, he is also ultra clean. Really
he had no faults and pedigree or commercial this is a bull whose
progeny should be top earners,” he said.
The YBPS sees the selection of a promising young bull to a set
criteria and the distribution of at least 100 straws of semen, free
of charge, to at least 20 herds. All participating herds must
be a member of the Beefbreeder service operated by Signet.
The two principal aims of the scheme are; to promote rapid genetic
improvement via reduced generation intervals and improved selection
differentials and secondly, to improve the accuracy of EBVs by increasing
the connectedness (related animals) amongst herds. To be considered
for selection, bulls must ideally be in the top 1% of the breed
for both Beef Value and Calving value as calculated in the BLUP
evaluations at the time of selection. Bulls must be under
30 months old on the date of submission and must have 200 and 400
day weights and scans recorded to be considered.
The Society is responsible for arranging collection and distribution
of the semen. All BLCS members who are performance recording
are eligible to apply for an allocation of straws.
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