Ampertaine Sherry is a 22,000gn Limousin golden daughter at Ballymena

For this one-off event, lots representing the best of modern and classic bloodlines have been pre-selected and catalogued.

Twenty-two lots then went under the hammer of invited auctioneer James Little, in front of a packed sale ring attended by buyers from across the UK and Ireland. New sales records were also achieved by Limousin bulls and females at the official sales in Northern Ireland.

Leading the trade at 22,000gns and setting a new cattle sale record at the center was Ampertaine Sherry, a November 2021 born heifer calf from the famous WJ and James Mackay, Maghera, Co Londonderry herd. Sherry, which attracted a lot of pre-sale interest, is by the prolific Ampertaine Elgin and out of the terrific young homebred cow Ampertaine Orchid. Sherry also includes Elgin Rossignol and Vantastic. Bidding for this young heifer quickly rose with the final nod going to Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch, Co Down.

Overall Champion Jalex Resta 12,000gns

Three animals followed at 12,000 grams. First in the ring was Jalex Resta, the overall champion from the pre-sale show earlier in the day. From September 2020 this strong heifer showing muscle and plates and carrying the myostatin genotype double Q204X was from James Alexander, Randalstown, Co Antrim. By Trueman Natkingcole and out of a Haltcliffe Hesta dam, Resta was first in his class at the Balmoral Show in May this year and was part of a champion group of three and five. Resta also home with Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch.

Second in the ring at 12,000gns was Ronick Sopretty, a heifer from Trevor Shields, Kilkeel, Co Down. Born in April 2021 and carrying the double Q204X myostatin genotype, Sopretty Westpit is sired by Nando and dam Ronick Maho. Sopretty was bought as a foot calf for 7,800gns with her dam at the Ronick production sale on 31st July 2021. As a result of serious tendering, the final tap again went to Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch.

The last lot to go through the ring and sell for 12,000gns was Bernish Tinajodi home bred by Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecross, Co Tyrone. Born in June 2022 and of proven pedigree, this heifer calf is sired by Foxhillfarm Ourbest and out of the dam Bernish Jodifortune, an Amperten Elgin daughter. Tinajodi was bought by Mark McKinstry, Crumlin, Co Antrim.

Also selling for five figures at 11,000gns, Ashmara Sheba was pre-sale reserve overall champion of show and house, bred by Neil Martin, Dromara, Co Down. Born in September 2021 and carrying the double myostatin genotype Q204X, Sheba is a full sister to Charlotte’s Sapphire, who sold for 16,000gns at the BLCS 50th Anniversary National Sale at Carlisle at the end of July. By Elite Forever Brill and out of an Irish Roundhill Kmelodie1595 dam, this heifer goes to A and A Bunting in Dumfries, Scotland.

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With a small batch of bulls selected for the sale, Millgate Speedy, bred by Michael Loughran, Dunamore, Co Tyrone, sold for 11,000gns. Born in April 2021, Speedy is sired by Norman Ely, who was purchased by the Millgate herd at the Red Ladies Day sale in December 2010 and is out of the home-bred Millgate Nifty dam. It carries both sets of myostatin genes, F94L and NT821. Speedy was bought by fellow James Alexander, Randalstown, Co Antrim.

Ballyrobin Salvatore was the first animal in the sale ring and he started things in style reaching 10,000gns.

Home bred by Joan Gilliland, Antrim, Joe Antrim, this is by a January 2021 born bull Gunnerfleet Lion and a homebred Ballyrobin Estee dam and won second place in the best cow family category in the club’s 2021 breeding herd competition. Gunnerfleet Lion has been used extensively among the Ballyrobin herd and consistently produces outstanding animals.

The first Lion son Ballyrobin Redbull sold to the Droit breeding herd was a record price of 10,600gns at the Dungannon Farmers Mart in February this year. Salvatore was bought by John Kingham of Tateetra and Rathmore Farms, Dundalk, Co Louth.

Reserve overall champion Ashmara Sheba 11,000gns

Bernish Sportsman was also sold for 10,000 gr. Home bred by Kieran McCrory, Sixmilecross, Co Tyrone, the April 2021 born bull is the first Foxhillfarm Ourbest son to be offered for sale in the UK.

The athlete’s dam is a daughter of Bernish Jodifortune Ampertene Elgin and a full sister to Bernish Memphis, who sold for 22,000gns at Carlisle in February 2018. Now it goes to Brynglass Farm in Gwynedd, bought by George Evans.

The NI Limousin Cattle Club would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to making this event a celebration of the breed.

Special thanks to Judge Craig Ridley, Auctioneer James Little of H and H, Compere Margaret McQuiston, Sponsor Bank of Ireland, British Limousin Cattle Society and Ballymena Livestock Market.

Ballyrobin Salvatore 10,000gns

Women: 25 forward/19 sold, 76% clearance and £7563 average

Bulls: 7 forwards/3 sold, clearance 43% and average £10,850

Bernish Sportsman 10,000gns
Bernish Tinajodi 12,000gns
Millgate Speedy 11,000gns
Ronick Sopretty 12,000gns

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