Ten years after establishing the Emslies pedigree Limousin herd, Harry Emslie and partner Lynwen Evans are offering a selection of cattle with the looks, pedigrees, performance, milk and muscle the herd is noted for.
The Emslies herd, from Aberdeenshire, was put together with the express purpose of producing top-class cattle and no expense was spared from the early days, with foundation animals from the Wilodge, Pennys, Heathlands and Ronick herds.
The Ballymoney herd, purchased privately as a whole from Ireland, later built on these quality foundations.
The Sassy Lassies sale will feature a range of ages of cows with calves at foot, in-calf heifers, maiden heifers and ET-bred calves.
It also includes the complete ‘G’ group of heifers and the majority of the ‘H’ heifers in the herd. Just three ‘H’ heifers have been retained at Kinknockie, Aberdeenshire.
A quantity of frozen embryos and semen will also be available at the Harrison and Hetherington sale next Saturday.
The classy line-up includes red, black and polled daughters and granddaughters of the Emslies herd’s noted cow families - Pennys Tess, Wilodge Ritzy, Ronick Telma, Ballymoney Veronica and Heathlands Sweetheart. Many of those on offer have powerful EBV figures, including Emslies Heledd, the top female in the UK Limousin herd book at LM+58.
Mr Emslie said: “Since we set up the herd, we’ve had a clear goal in mind – to breed commercially relevant and viable cattle with a depth of breeding behind that makes them suitable for pedigree and commercial customers.
“We sell to customers across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern and Southern Ireland.
“The foundation females are still part of the herd today because we’re focused on longevity, rather than fashion.
“Until now, we’ve rarely sold females from these lines, but to mark our 10th anniversary, we’ve decided to offer some of their descendants, which is what makes the Sassy Lassies sale so special.”
The Emslies herd uses sires including Dinmore Goldcrest and Bailea Black BMW, plus Emslies Colossus – the No 1-figured bull in the UK Limousin herd book with a beef value of LM+62. The selection and breeding programme focuses on the five Fs – feet, functionality, fertility, femininity and figures.
The success of this strategy is apparent in the herd’s performance, both in the ring and at market.
The top price for an Emslies Limousin was 37,000gns paid for Emslies Frenchman, which was the first UK Limousin to be sold to the USA for 30 years. Emslies Horny was supreme champion at Carlisle in October.
Emslies Limousins are exhibited at all the major royal shows. In 2009, Ballymoney Veronica, shown with Emslies Eryl at foot (many of the catalogued females go back to her) won the interbreed championship at the Royal Welsh, and Emslies Fuzzy, granddaughter of one of the foundation females Wilodge Ritzy, remained unbeaten as a junior heifer in 2011.
David Pritchard, operations director for Harrison and Hetherington, said: “We’re expecting buyers from all over the UK and beyond forthe Sassy Lassies sale.
“This is a great opportunity to snap up some top-rated quality bloodstock from Limousin lines that rarely come to market.”
Saturday’s sale comprises:
30 cows (29 calves).
31 in-calf heifers.
17 maiden and yearling heifers (including all the ‘G’ heifer crop).
8 recipient calves.
Frozen embryos and semen.
All breeding age females on offer have been vet checked and confirmed to breed. All animals will be pre-movement tested for TB and will be eligible for direct export to Northern Ireland.
Part of the SAC health scheme, the herd is BVD vaccinated and Johnnes monitored with all breeding age females having been tested negative for Johnnes.