Hitting 40,000gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s autumn bull show and sale on Saturday, October 19th was May-2018-born Ampertaine Opportunity.
James McKay’s junior and supreme champion was purchased jointly by three herds – Newhouse, Spittalton and Goldies at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
This bull had “size, shape and good locomotion for such a powerful bull” according to his purchasers.
He came with a wealth of home-breeding on both sides being by Ampertaine Gigolo, an Ampertaine Commander son, and out of Ampertaine Juliet, a muscly daughter of Ampertaine Elgin.
At the pre-sale show, held on the Friday, judge John Lynch of Dovea Genetics, had tapped him out as his champion describing him as his “stand-out bull, functionally correct and with a super body and back end”.
At 26,000gns was Mike & Melanie Alford’s Foxhillfarm Ourbest by Foxhillfarm Lordofthering and out of Corranhill Krystal by the Sympa son, Haltcliffe Dancer.
A first-prizewinning bull from the intermediate section and born in April 2018, he was purchased by G Cameron for his commercial herd at Acharrade, Argyll.
Other leading prices
- 12,000gns - Calogale Oxide GJ Lee & CM Lloyd to Donal Moloney, Roo West, Ardnacrusha, RO;
- 11,500gns - Maraiscote Oxford Ian Nimmo to Robert Neill, Upper Nisbet Farm, Jedburgh;
- 11,000gns - Whinfellpark Oz Messrs Jenkinson to Thorndean Farms, Cowbeech, Hailsham;
- 11,000gns - Brontemoor Oasis JM & SM Priestley to R&J Johnston, Hewan, Shapinsay, Orkney;
- 10,500gns - Barrons Oslo Willie Barron to CV & E Lewis, Buttington, Welshpool;
- 10,000gns - Cairness Onside W&D Moir to W Walker & Son, Camregan, Girvan, Ayrshire;
- 10,000gns - McParlands Ozzy MacParlim Genetics to A Bunting & Son, Midtown Farm, New Abbey, Dumfries.
A total of 83 bulls went under the hammer to an average of £5,826 - up £246 on the year with a clearance rate of 64%.
- 24 senior bulls - £4861;
- 32 intermediate bulls - £5952;
- 28 junior bulls - £6489;
- Overall 83 bulls - £5826.
Image source: British Limousin Cattle Society \ website