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Exceptional Limousin fetches amazing price at breed society's sale.

The second highest price paid for a Limousin bull in the United Kingdom, 30,000gns, was the lead price in a strong day's trading at the British Limousin Cattle Society's October bull sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Saturday, October 18.

129 bulls, an increase of seven on the year, sold to an average of pounds 3,510.65, again up pounds 320 on the corresponding sale. Nineteen bulls sold for 6,000gns or more with three at 12,000gns or more. The clearance rate of bulls sold was 61pc of the 210 forward.

Wilodge Tonka, a January 2002 born calf, bred and sold by DA Williams, Lodge Hill Farm, took the spectacular top price when selling to the 200-head pedigree herd of Paul Dawes, Kipperknowle Farm, Dinmore Manor, Herefordshire.

This exceptional bull had been the young star of the summer show circuit having won the breed's junior championships at both the Royal and Royal Welsh shows along with the junior interbreed titles and the Marks & Spencer Beefbreeder titles at the same shows. Tonka was sired by the William's French stock bull, Oxygene and is out of the proven Wilodge Meclaire.

Perthshire farmer Peter Alexander, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie, paid the second top price of 15,000gns for the bull Graham's Trooper.

The bull, bred and sold by Robert Graham, Airthrey Kerse, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, is to be used exclusively on the Alexander's commercial herd of Limousin females and was selected with a view to breeding female replacements in a closed herd. This April 2002 born bull was sired by Grahams Poncho and is out of the French bred cow Habitude.

The third five figure price was paid to Mr and Mrs D Hill, Whitewall, Great Asby, Appleby, Cumbria. Their April 2002 born bull, Raysonhall Treker, the pre-sale show's overall reserve champion, made 12,000gns when selling to the pedigree herd of Jack Neale, Wilkie Down, Launceston, Cornwall. Treker was sired by Haltcliffe Novel and is out of Hartside Oona. Two bulls sold at 9,500gns. The first was Tomschoice Tom, a March 2002 born bull from Jamie Cooper, Hill Top Farm, Dacre, Harrogate. This Saunders Logo sired bull was purchased by breeder Chris Jerman for his Glangwden herd in Trefeglwys, Caersws, Powys. Fleethill Talisman from Michael Gray, Great Cellws, Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells, made the same price when selling to Mr J Irving, Brahead, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie. Averages: 32 senior bulls pounds 3,387.89; 61 intermediate bulls pounds 3,525.39; 36 junior bulls pounds 3,594.79; 129 Bulls pounds 3,510.65.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2003
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