Ampertaine Opportunity tops Limousin bull trade at Carlisle at 40,000gns

A syndicate of three herds made the top bid of 40,000gns at this year’s British Limousin Cattle Society Autumn Bull Show & Sale.

The sale was held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Saturday, October 19 and saw a total of 83 bulls go under the hammer to an average of £5,826 – up £246 on the year with a clearance rate of 64%.

Representing his fourth overall championship at Carlisle, it was the Junior and Supreme Champion Ampertaine Opportunity (pictured top) from W.J. & J. McKay, Maghera, which led the trade at 40,000gns when purchased jointly for three pedigree herds – Newhouse, Spittalton & Goldies.

The May 2018 born bull came with a wealth of homebreeding on both sides being by Ampertaine Gigolo, an Ampertaine Commander son, and out of Ampertaine Juliet, a muscly daughter of Ampertaine Elgin.

Purchasers said they were sold by his size, shape and good locomotion. At the pre-sale show held on the Friday, judge John Lynch of Dovea Genetics, Republic of Ireland had put him up as his Overall Champion.

Nine bulls made three figures with 20 bulls in the 5,000-8,000 bracket. More than 50 bulls sold between 2,000gns and 5,000gns with an excellent choice of stock sires for all budgets.

Against the backdrop of continuing low industry prices for finished cattle and the uncertainty around Brexit, it was a pleasing result for the Limousin breed.

A spokesman for the society explained: “Trade for Limousin stores this autumn had remained pretty robust, and was reflected here with a decent demand for bulls with shape and performance heading to predominantly commercial buyers.”

At 26,000gns was Foxhillfarm Ourbest (pictured above) by Foxhillfarm Lordofthering and out of Corranhill Krystal by the Sympa son Haltcliffe Dancer from Devon breeders Mr. & Mrs. M. Alford.

A first-prizewinning bull from the intermediate section and born in April 2018, he was purchased by Gordon Cameron, Newton Cottage, Acharrade, Argyll for his commercial herd.

Another red ticket winner from the same section was the 12,000gns Calogale Oxide from GJ Lee & CM Lloyd, Ger-Y-Coed, Four Roads, Kidwelly, Carms when knocked down to Donal Moloney, Roo West, Ardnacrusha, Republic of Ireland.

An April 2018-born embryo calf, he is by Trueman Jagger and out of Calogale Izzy and had stood Male Champion & Overall Reserve Champion at the 2019 Royal Welsh.

Averages

  • 24 senior bulls: £4,861;
  • 32 intermediate bulls: £5,952;
  • 28 junior bulls: £6,489;
  • Overall 83 bulls: £5,826.

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington.