Gary Patterson from Moray, Scotland, had a day to remember when selling his December 2012-born bull Aultside Hulk for 55,000gns and leading the trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s 2014 May Sale at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart in Carlisle.
Making it all the more special, this was Gary’s first time with a Limousin bull entered at Carlisle and only the second Limousin bull he has ever offered at a Society sale.
Setting a few records along the way, Aultside Hulk sold to the Republic of Ireland and becomes the highest priced British Limousin bull to have been exported from the United Kingdom.
The 55,000gns price also equals the record, set by Grahams Samson back in 2003, for a Scottish Limousin bred bull sold at auction.
In the pre-sale show, Aultside Hulk had won the Intermediate Championship before going on to be placed as Reserve Overall Supreme Champion by the judge Martin Irvine of the noted Anside herd, Braehead Farm, Drummuir, Banffshire.
Come sale time Aultside Hulk quickly went up through the bidding gears to reach 55,000gns before being knocked down to the Ardlea herd of Dan Tynan, Beechhill Farm, Doon, Mountraith, Co Laois, Eire. The Ardlea herd is the largest pedigree Limousin herd in Eire comprising of some 110 cows with the farm also having 50 recipients and 100 commercial cows.
Doing the bidding was farm manager Kevin Bohan who is also the current president of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society. Mr Bohan said: “The bull is really classy, he’s got style, length, width, four good legs and walked very well. We liked his pedigree, with some new bloodlines for the herd, and were looking for a bull that would be easy calving and easy fleshing.”
Upon arriving in Ireland the bull will be put to cows but the plan is also to have semen collected from him.
Aultside Hulk, an embryo calf, is by the 50,000gns sire Wilodge Cerberus and is out of Spittalton Flush a champion Limousin female purchased at a BLCS sale at Stirling for 2000gns. He was shown at the Stars of the Future Show also held at Stirling in 2013 where he placed Reserve Overall Senior Champion.
Remarkably the Aultside herd only presently comprises of three pedigree cows which are farmed, with Gary’s father, along with 180 commercial cows. The herd’s first bull at sale made 7000gns at Stirling in February this year.
Speaking after the sale Gary Patterson said: “The 55,000gns price is way beyond my wildest expectation in coming to Carlisle. It’s unbelievable really and especially to do so with the high standard of bulls put forward by the breeders at the sale.”
With beef producers continuing to work within a challenging industry, the increased number of bulls sold on the year and the increased averages were points quickly picked up the BLCS chief executive Iain Kerr.
He said: “Beef farmers are looking for added value, market relevant cattle that are efficient in costs of production and above all leave profit. The double-barrelled Limousin breed is a top terminal sire producing first quality calves and high quality breeding female replacements.
“The breed is scoring heavily in producing cattle with the carcases, conformation, and weights required by the market place, but with less costs in terms of inputs. Putting less in and getting more out is profit for farmers.”
The sale saw 114 bulls sell in all, up by 14% on the previous year. Averages were also up by £397 to £6290 for the bulls sold. Three bulls made over 25,000gns with seventeen in all selling at five figures and over. After a cautious start to the sale, the Intermediate and Junior sections sold tremendously well with 34 junior bulls averaging £7422. The sale had a very healthy gross of £717,101.
Another remarkable bull sale debut at Carlisle saw a team of four bulls, all embryo calves, from the Foxhillfarm herd of Michael & Melanie Alford, Foxhill Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon, make a gross of 75,500gns with prices of 38,000gns, 14,000, 12, 500gns and 11,000gns respectively, and the Overall Supreme Championship for good measure.
Leading the way from this mightily impressive team was the day’s second top price of 38,000gns paid for the Reserve Junior Male Champion, Foxhillfarm Irishlad. By the 22,000gns Guards Boomer, a Rocky son, Irishlad is out of the 35,000gns Bankdale Elizabeth which was purchased by the Alfords in July 2011 at the Bankdale Dispersal Sale of Gordon Wilson.
January 2013 born and with excellent performance figures, Foxhillfarm Irishlad was purchased jointly by the Goldies herd of BT Goldie, Townfoot Farm, Mouswald, Dumfries, along with the Tweeddale herd of Jonathan Watson, Bowsden Moor, Bowsden, Berwick.
The Junior Male Champion and Overall Supreme Champion from the Alfords was Foxhillfarm Impecabull who made 14,000gns when selling, again jointly, to the Elrick herd of Michael Massie, Mains of Elrick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, along with the Clury herd of Walter Cruikshank, Clury Farm, Dulnain Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey. Impecabull is a son of the 42,000gns Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the 15,000gns Bankdale Alice. He is a full brother to the 38,000gns Bankdale Exfactor and the 35,000gns Bankdale Elizabeth. Again January 2013 born Foxhillfarm Impecabull arrived at Carlisle with a host of show titles behind him from events in the South West of England all the way up to Stirling’s Stars of the Future.
Achieving another top price and a Championship rosette at Carlisle was James McKay, Maghera, Co Derry who made 28,000gns when selling his much admired Reserve Intermediate Champion Ampertaine Hotshot.
A first prize winner in the Intermediate section, this September 2012 born calf is one of the first bulls sold sired by the 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin and is the first Elgin son sold by the herd out of a Sympa sired cow, Ampertaine Angelina.
Purchasing the bull was Procters Farm, Woodhouse Lane, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, for the herd which comprises of 70 cows along with 30 recipients.