Leading the hotly anticipated dispersal sale of the Homebyres Limousin herd at 26,000gns, respectively, was a cow and calf pairing.
A four-year-old second-calver, Homebyres Lovely was sold at Borderway Mart on Saturday, November 30th, with her bull calf, Homebyres Prodigy.
Got by the 38,000gns AI sire Ampertaine Foreman, Homebyres Lovely is out of Homebyres Beauty who bred the 17,000gns Homebyres Ericson and who goes back further to the prolific Broadmeadows Dainsi, who bred the 15,000gns Homebyres Drummie.
Having run with Homebyres Iveson and AI’d to Goldies Nelson, she found a new home at 17,000gns.
Her seven-month-old bull calf, Homebyres Prodigy, sired by Fieldson Alfy, was purchased for 9,000gns.
67 cows served and/or suckling averaged a tremendous £5,155 with served and maiden heifers levelling at £4,245 and £4,208, respectively.
Overall, the sale grossed £534,660 for the Homebyres herd which was established in 1984.
John Logan said: “The Limousin breed seemed the obvious choice when we decided to establish our pedigree Homebyres beef herd back in 1984 with the purchase of the first of several maiden heifers.”
“We have never regretted that decision with the breed rightfully going on to become the most popular in the UK.”
Maiden heifers were led by the 14,000gns Homebyres Nicity, a two-year-old daughter of Larkhill Julius and out of Homebyres Duplicity who bred the 13,000gns Homebyres Fellboy.
Two further maiden heifers reached 10,000gns - Once more featuring the top-priced Homebyres Lovely breeding was Homebyres Oddyssey, an AI daughter of Lowerffrydd Empire and out of Homebyres Lovely.
At the same figure was Homebyres Olive, again sired by Larkhill Julius and this time out of Homebyres Echinacea, being a full sister to the 10,000gns Homebyres Newman.
Seven-year-old Homebyres Hillie, by Lowerffrydd Empire and out of Homebyres Frillie, made 8,800gns – she sold with her April-born bull calf, Homebyres Pace by Ampertaine Magnum, at foot and back in-calf to either Homebyres Iveson or to the French AI sire Fenomen.
Homebyres Honesty, by the same sire and out of the Broadmeadows Dainsi daughter, Homebyres Udainsi, sold with her Ampertaine Elgin-sired bull calf at foot, Homebyres Paxton, and in calf to either Westpit Highlander or Goldies Nelson.
Homebyres Mirtel (Ampertaine Forman x Homebyres Damsel) was acquired for 7,000gns who was also sold with an Elgin son at foot, Homebyres Preston, with the dam back in-calf to the same sire.
Also, at 8,500gns was Homebyres Lady, Cloughhead Umpire, and Homebyres Poldark, by Westpit Highlander.
At the end of the auction, seven-year-old Westpit Highlander, by Netherhall Doubleoseven and out of Greenwell Dakota, by Vagabond, parted ways at 8,000gns.
7,800gns was forked out for Homebyres Jelossie who went under the hammer with her April-born heifer calf, Homebyres Pelosie by Ampertaine Magnum, at foot.
Jelossie is five-years-old and by the Procters Commander son, Haltcliffe Eubank, and out of the Dolcorsllwyn Brynmor-sired Homebyres Flossie.
- 67 cows and heifers served and/or suckling: £5,155.97;
- 7 in-calf heifers: £4,245;
- 25 maiden heifers: £4,208.40;
- 4 embryo calves with recipients: £4,200;
- 2 stock bulls: £5,880;
- 6 young bulls: £5,145.
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