A herd of 50 Limousin bloodlines will be for sale at the Borderway Centre in Carlisle on Friday, March 28, in a unique chance for breeders to buy bulls and heifers from the Dutch-run Cowporation.
Harrison and Hetherington is handling the sale of the herd, built up and bred by Teus Dekker of the Cowporation, based in the Netherlands.
The herd is being dispersed because of issues in the Dutch market and lack of grazing facilities due to wet weather.
The sale will see buyers have the chance to buy some of the very best French, Dutch and UK Limousin bloodlines.
The Cowporation is recognised as one of the best breeders in Europe and has sourced stock for the elite herd from private sales and auctions across the UK and France.
Harrison and Hetherington’s David Pritchard said: “We are expecting both national and international interest, as the Cowporation Dispersal Sale brings together some of the very best Limousin bloodlines in Europe and is a rare opportunity for breeders to add some elite genetics to their herds.” Teus Dekker of Cowporation said: “Due to the situation and the characteristics of the Dutch market, which offers too little opportunities to trade elite Limousins, it is with regret that we had to decide to disperse our Limousin herd.
“Moreover, Cowporation is based in a region where we are only able to let Limousins graze in the pastures for approximately two months annually due to wet circumstances of the Dutch Polders.
“The Cowporation herd is, in a sense, unique, as we have always strived to buy animals with a proven breeding record and have selected animals with the most wanted carcass characteristics. Many that have visited us have proclaimed that the Cowporation herd may be among the best in Europe.”
The Cowporation sale includes a number of top-ranked in-calf females, some of which were originally bought at Carlisle. All animals in the sale have been certified IBR free, Lepto Free, BVD free, Johne’s status A, and TB tested through the Dutch national health organisation’s GD certificate scheme.
Highlights of the sale include Trueman Grazia, who topped the Harrison and Hetherington 2012 Red Ladies sale at 14,000gns. She is now in calf to the noted sire Ampertaine Foreman, who achieved the second highest price of 38,000gns at the legendary Carlisle bull sale in October 2012.
Nebo Favourite, also purchased for the herd at the 2012 Red Ladies Sale, will also go under the hammer with her Ampertaine Commander-sired calf Cowporation Iris at foot.
Breiz-Izel, described by judges as the prototype Limousin cow, is being offered in-calf to Ampertaine Gigolo. A Dutch national champion and a champion in Brittany in France, this is one of Cowporation’s best breeding cows, who come from the Cesar bloodline.
Other females in the sale include the progeny of Ampertaine, Cloughhead, Burnbank, Saunders and Hudscales. There are also a number of cows in-calf to Gorrycam Hunter, Ampertaine Gigolo or Wilodge Gatsby. Cowporation bought the Ampertaine maiden heifers on offer as a full year’s crop from champion breeder James McKay, who runs the Ampertaine herd in Northern Ireland.
The quality young Limousin bulls in the sale including Gorrycam Hunter, who won his junior class at Carlisle last October and was bought at the sale for 28,000gns. Ironstone Gandi, a full brother of the noted Ironstone Dumandy, purchased in a private sale from the Smiths of Bloxham’s Ironstone herd and the well-shaped Wilodge Gatsby, who has Rainbow Simon blood.