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Good news for Limousin breeders.

The trade for Limousin bulls remained strong at Perth with an average of pounds 3,872.27, up pounds 327 on the year, for the 66 lots sold.

The clearance rate of bulls forward was just under 70pc, up on the previous year.

Sixteen bulls made 5,000gns or more as buyers readily bid on bulls with width, good shape and conformation. On Monday, pre-sale show judge Michael Massie, of Mains of Elrick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, had placed Goldies Thunderbolt from Jim Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries as his junior and overall show champion.

His conviction was followed by the market when this classy April 2002-born calf made the day's lead price of 12,000gns. An embryo calf, Goldies Thunderbolt, was sired by the French bull Genial and is out of a French dam, Doudonne sired by Bill.

Sold with a top 1pc beef value of LM+33, Thunderbolt went into Northern Ireland when purchased by Harry McGaffin, of 80 Lisnaree Road, Banbridge.

G D Clark, of Mill Hill Farm, Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Hartlepool, offered the powerful Castleden Thor, who had the highest performance figures in the catalogue.

This February 2002-born bull is a son of Castleden Regent by Bapton Javelin and is out of the Greensons Gigolo-sired cow Castleden Nan.

With strong figures right across the traits, this bull carried a beef value LM+39 and made 9,000gns when selling to Messrs Stewart of Kininmonth, Cupar, Fife. Cumbrian breeder Doug Edgar, of Fellside Ousby, Penrith made 5,800gns for Shire Sergeant.

This bull is a son of Shire Milton whose sons have sold to 12,000gns.

Out of the Filip-sired Shire Jane this December 2001-born bull was bought by N&M McLellan, of Kilchiaran Farm, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay.
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Title Annotation:Farming
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2003
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