An August-2018-born maiden heifer, sired by a home-bred Plumtree Fantastic son, Sarkley Jaguar, and out of the Powerhouse Elite daughter, Sarkley Jilisha, pushed up to 20,000gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Red Ladies Derby.
There was a clearance rate in excess of 70% recorded at the sale, which was held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Friday, December 13th.
Sarkley Odelisha was sold by H Pennie & Son, Gwern-Yr-Ychain, Llandyssil, Montgomery, Powys to the Corries, Crossnamuckley Road, Newtonards, Northern Ireland for their Drumhilla prefix.
The vendors described her as “one of the best heifers bred in the Sarkley herd with a power-packed pedigree containing Heros, Domino, Vantastic, Sympa, Objat, Jockey and Rocky”.
She was tapped out as reserve overall champion in the pre-sale show under judge Annabel Mason, who commented on the entry’s “shape, power and presence”.
8,500gns and under
At 8,500gns was Annanview Olala, consigned by Kevin Watret, Northfield Park, Annan with his first prize-winning April 2018-born embryo calf by Kilcor Iceman and out of the 12,000gns Tweeddale Harika by Goldies Fandango.
Hitting 8,000gns was Smithy Olympia who sold as a half share; she had won best 2018-born heifer in the 2018 South-West Limousin Club Herd Competition and is another embryo calf by Plumtree Fantastic and out of Smithy Lacey – by Dinmore Goldcrest.
The day’s overall champion, Breconside Ora, by the Requin son, Netherhall Jackpot, and out of the Wilodge Vantastic daughter, Breconside Framble also sold in a half share for 6,800gns.
The hammer fell at 6,200gns for March-2018-born Grahams Orla, an April-2018-born daughter of Claragh Gustav and out of the daughter of the German-bred polled bull Hinz, Grahams Jade.
Weaned calf sale
Leading the weaned calf sale was the 9,000gns Foxhillfarm Priceless, on behalf of Mr & Mrs M Alford, Foxhill Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon.
The first prize-winning January 2019-born embryo calf by Objat and out of the 125,000gns cow Glenrock Illusion was secured by Nugent Estate & Farm Ltd, Portaferry, Newtownards, Co. Down.Judge Annabel Mason described her as “smart, correct and very square”.
Following hot on her heels at 8,500gns was a second prize-winning heifer calf, Shaws Perrie, from Michael Burns, Glenside Farm, Kirkmichael, Maybole, Ayrshire.
The January born entry is by Powerhouse Italic and out of Shaws Hottie (by Ampertaine Domino) whose mother – Shaws Elegance – bred the 6,000gns Shaws Josie at the corresponding sale in 2014.
DM Howells’ Rhiwllech Pauline found a new home at 5,500gns; the January-born entry is by the Jacot son, Requin, and out of the Ampertaine Foreman daughter, Rhiwllech Molly.She was knocked down to Mr. Callion, Dromore, Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
Climbing to 5,000gns was another entry from AK & JK Smith, this time in the form of the bull calf Smithy Pluto who had stood second in his class; he is out of Jacot-bred Mereside Lorenzo and the Ampertaine Elgin-sired, Goldies Mand.
- 3 cows - served and/or suckling - £3,097.50;
- 32 heifers - served or maiden - £3,863.67;
- Clearance rate - 74%.
- 20 bull calves - £2,583.00;
- 29 heifer calves - £2,634.05;
- Clearance rate - 70%.
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