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Erne Gemma fetches top price of 5,000gns at Ballymena Limousin Sale

The British Limousin Cattle Society Autumn show and sale held at Ballymena on Saturday 10th November 2012 realised a working trade with bulls selling to a top price of 3100gns and females to a top price of 5,000gns. Most purchases sold to local commercial and pedigree breeders with the top priced female heading to mainland UK.

Top price in the bulls was the 3,100gns paid for the Senior Champion and Overall Reserve Male Champion Culnagechan General Lee bred by Mr D Hume, Randalstown. A March born bull, Culnagechan General Lee is sired by the noted Rainbow Simon and is out of Glenrock Vivien, a Glenrock Spartacus daughter. This stylish bull has a Beef Value of LM+38 and was sold to commercial breeder Mr Edward Martin, Downpatrick.

Overall Male Champion and Intermediate Champion, Eniver Gypsy bred by Mr M McKeefry , Garvagh made the second top price of 3000gns. This April born bull was sired by Ampertaine Brigadeer, a Sympa son, and is out of the dam Oxtown Nellie. Holding a Beef Value of LM+31 this bull was purchased by Mr B O’Loughlin, Maghera.

Third top priced bull of 2,600 gns went to Junior Reserve Champion Aghadolgan Grant bred by Mr R A G Savage, Coleraine. This July born bull is sired by Sympa and out of dam Cronshill Upopsi and was sold to Mr S Cairns, Cross.

Erne Gemma
Erne Gemma

Taking the top price of the day at 5,000gns was Erne Gemma bred by Mr R Crawford, Maguiresbridge. Judge John Allen, Strabane, put this stylish heifer forward earlier in the day as his Overall Champion and Female Champion. This February 2011 born heifer is sired by the prolific show winning bull Sauvignon and is out of the Grahams Samson sired dam Curraghree Beyonce, a full sister to the multi award winning Champion Cow in Northern Ireland this year Curraghree Amazing. Holding a Beef Value of LM+23 this heifer was sold to England and to Mr D Boyling who runs the Crabwell pedigree herd at Crabwell Farm, Mollington, Chester.

Second priced female went to Overall Female Reserve Champion Beachmount Gucci bred by Messrs K & C Knox, Irvinestown. This August born female had a Beef Value of LM+32 and was sired by Sympa out of a homebred dam Beachmount Delta a Nenuphar daughter. Beachmount Gucci was sold to Mr K & J Beattie, Finvoy for 2,800gns.

Third priced female at 2050 gns went to Bloomhill Felicity, bred by Mr S N Shanks, Tandragee. This heifer is a Wilodge Tonka daughter out of dam Brilliance and now heads to her new home at pedigree breeder Mr S Magill, Newry.

AVERAGES
20 Bulls £2300
14 Females £1958

 

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