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Carlisle: Friday December 18


18 bull calves average £2,432
41 heifer calves make £1,814 apiece
Sale grosses £118,000+
Averages up £764 (males) & £427 (females)

The British Limousin Cattle Society’s Annual Weaned Calf Sale held at the conclusion of the Red Ladies Derby at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 18th December 2009 saw a 7,500gns top price and averages up for both heifer and bull calves. All of the calves entered were born in 2009.

Leading the sale at 7,500gns was the rising nine-month-old bull calf, Ardbrack Euros, consigned by Martin Gethin, Cnwc Y Morfol, Letterston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Sired by Nexen, a Sersia AI bull, bred by the Broussot Herd in France, Ardbrack Euros is out of the Nenuphar sired Ardbrack Upmarket. He was purchased by noted breeders Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe, Hesket New Market, Cumbria who liked the combination of Nenuphar and Ardbrack Taketime breeding combined with something different in terms of the new bloodlines in the shape of Nexen. Ardbrack Taketime, a former Beefbreeder Champion at the Royal Highland, was purchased jointly for 11,000gns by the Dyke and Allanfauld Herds at Carlisle in February 2004. He is by the French sire Imperial and out of a Broadmeadows Cannon daughter. Martin Gethin established the Ardbrack herd, which currently comprises of 20 females, in 1984 with two Cockleshell Harvest daughters purchased privately, including Harvest Violet. Harvest Violet is the granddam of Ardbrack Taketime and features on the dam line of Ardbrack Euros.

Michael Loughran, Mill Rd, Dungate, Dunamore, N Ireland paid the next highest figure of 5,500gns for Norman Ely, the Champion bull calf from the Limousin Young Breeders Show held the previous evening. Norman Ely is sired by Saphir and is out of the Heathmount Trojan daughter, Norman Betrys. Carrying a Beef Value of LM+25 and February 2009 born, this was the second year running that Messrs Norman of Little Orton, Cumbria had taken the YLBC Calf Show Championship following in the 4,000gns Norman Drover’s footsteps from 2008.

Next leading bull calf was the 4,000gns Nebo Earl, brought out my MLL Thomas, Bryn Farm, Nebo, Llanwrst, Conwy. Sired by the prolific Ulm and out of Fedneyhouse Tinsel, he combined both Dauphin and Mas du Clo breeding with a Beef Value of LM+34 to convince new owner Michael Burns, Craignell Farm, New Galloway, Castle Douglas for his Shaws pedigree herd.

With eleven female entries, the Hafodlas herd of AH & GW Roberts, Hafod Las, Ysbyty Ifan, Betws-Y-Coed enjoyed an excellent day’s trading securing eight of the twelve leading prices. Both joint top prices in the heifer calf section went to Hafodlas animals at the 5,000gns mark. Hafodlas Esyllt was the first at this figure when selling to GD Roberts, Braich Trigwr Mawe, Carmell, Caernarfon. March 2009 born, she is by Bailea Spunkie and out of the Hafodlas Llion daughter, Hafodlas Sonia. Also at 5,000gns was the rising 11-month-old Hafodlas Edith, also by Bailea Spunkie but this time out of the Saphir daughter, Hafodlas Volly when going under the hammer to SG Roberts, Greenfield Terrace, Pontyberem, Carmarthen.

18 Bull Calves £2,432.50 (+£764)
41 Heifer Calves £1,814.46 (+£427)



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