With the main round of autumn bull sales just a few days away it has come to the time for a few previews to appear here on Farming Eye.
First up in the running order is this weekend’s Limousin sale at Carlisle, which has an entry of 276 bulls, plenty large enough for an autumn sale you’d think, particularly with one auctioneer recently telling Farming Eye there’s no bull trade this autumn and any number of suckler men prepared to wait out the winter before buying any new bulls.
However, there will of course be a trade for the best of the Lims at Carlisle this Saturday, the question I suspect will be over the middle ground bulls.
Right then on with the action and first up in the selection this time around is Aldan Gringo (lot 14). This Vantastic son is out of Sarkley Bimelia and goes back to Cannon and Heros on his dam’s side. He’s got no figures, but he should be a decent enough bull in the flesh.
Second pick is another from the same class Millington Galliant (lot 21). Sired by Mas Du Clo he’s out of Brockhurst Option, dam of a number of top cattle from Millington, including 28,000gns Millington Davina. He sells with a beef value of +41.
The very next bull in, Alagils Gatsby (lot 22), is next to get a mark by him. This Milgate Caesar son is out of Alagils Ainsi and is full brother to 12,000gns bull Alagils Gershwin from the May sale. His dam goes back to some strong Broadmeadows breeding and he sells with a beef value of +35.
In to the third class of bulls now and Procters General (lot 27) is one of a strong team from Procters Farm which feature 72,000gns Haltcliffe DJ as the sire. General is out of Procters Divine, a Greenwell Ronick daughter and has a decent beef value of +44 and Nenuphar and Hawk in his back pedigree.
Moving on from him the next of interest is Coachhouse Gerald (lot 31). This Bailea Ulsterman son is out of Coachhouse Amy, a Haltcliffe Picasso daughter. He has no figures, but does carry an impressive show record, having been junior interbreed champion at Newark and Notts, interbreed at Lincoln and junior Lim champion at East of England.
The first black bull in the catalogue is in the same class in the form of Emslies Black Gambler (lot 33). This son of 25,000gns bull Bailea Black BMW is out of Emslies Cocochanel, an Omer daughter and has a beef value of +42. He was junior interbreed bull champion at Turriff.
On to the fourth class of bulls and the first in the class, Gritstone Glenfiddich (lot 38) is worth a look. Sired by the ever fashionable Vantastic he is out of Sarkley Bellola, making him a full ET brother to 30,000gns bull Wilode Dallaglio. He has a beef value of +33 and if he’s anything like his brother will be a serious muscle machine. The Gritstone team have two other bulls forward, Gritstone Garrison (lot 42) and Gritstone General (lot 49) and if they live up to their breeding (Objat and Greensons Gigolo) they should also be decent bulls.
Class five is an interesting one, with nothing making the ears prick up particularly, although if you liked the Highland champion, Haffodlas Domino then you may want to take a look at Emslies Black Giggsy (lot 59), as his dam is a maternal sister to him. He has a beef value of +42. The other of note here is another from Procters, Procters Genesis (lot 54), a DJ out of a Vermount dam.
If you’re looking for the best of breeding then Bernish Greg carries some impressive lines (lot 68). He’s by Vermount and out of Bernish Direne, a Vantastic daughter which goes back to Cannon on her dams side, with his dam being from the same family as Carmorn Voney. This one has a beef value of +25.
Into class seven now and the first in this class to make mention of is Lisbeg Gladiator (lot 79). Another Vantastic son – there are plenty of them about – he is out of Carmorn Vicky, a Kype Spartacus daughter.
Then in the same class come the first two bulls from Malcolm Reid and family, Reids Galaxy (lot 81) and Reids Gucci (lot 82). These ET brothers are by 50,000gns sire Cerberus and out of Sarkley Dalola, sharing a grand dam with Wilodge Dallaglio. Galaxy is probably the pick of the two, having been junior interbreed champion at last year’s Stars of the Future Show and male champion at Stirling Show this year.
And the best of Wilodge breeding is on offer in the next choice, with this being Wilodge Geezer (lot 100). This Milbrook Tanko son is out of the much admired Wilodge Diamante, herself a Vantastic daughter. She is of course dam of 27,000gns Wilodge Flawless, while Geezer comes with a beef value of +46.
Anyone looking for high figures will be showing a keen interest in Bruce Goldies bull Goldies Grandprix (lot 109). A son of Haltcliffe Doctor he has a beef value of +52 and is out of Goldies Dove, an Ampertaine Bravo daughter and goes back to Goldies Terence on her dams side.
But, going even better on the figures is Netherhall Godzilla (lot 130), with a beef value of +55. This Objat son is out of Ardlea Danna, a Tistou daughter.
The Northern Irish contingent of bulls should be as strong as ever this time round and two of the more fancied ones will go head to head in the next class, with Claragh Gizmo from John and Paul Rainey (lot 139), a pick that should fill the eye. This son of Vantastic is out of Haltcliffe Avon and is of course a full brother to 24,000gns Claragh Gizmo and 11,500gns Claragh Fantastic. His ET brother Gustav sells two lots later.
The other in this class sure to excite is Amptertain Goldcard (lot 140). This Sympa son is out of Ampertaine Duchess, a Fieldson Alfy daughter and was male champion at the inaugural NI championships in July, He has a beef value of +35.
Moving through the classes the next pick if Garyvaughan Gordan (lot 154), one of several from the Lewis family by 35,000gns bull Plumtree Deus. He is out of Garyvaughan Dinky, a Nouvelle Prospect daughter and was a first prize winner at this year’s Royal Welsh.
A little after that comes Ampertaine Guardsman (lot 182) a son of Vermount out of Ampertaine Vanity, a Procters Rocco daughter. Vanity is also dam to 13,000gns bull Ampertaine Cedric and has a beef value of +28.
If black’s your colour of choice then Dolcorsllwyn Black Goliath (lot 208) could be worth a peek. Sired by Tamarvalley Boscastle, sire of many Stirling toppers for the Adam family, he is out of Dolcorsllwyn Veronica, a Goldies Oswald daughter. He has a beef value of +34.
Onwards we go and in class 18 Barney and Stephen O’Kane have a bull forward in the shape of Carmorn Gallardo (lot 212). This Ampertaine Eliminator son is out of Carmorn Bethany, a Grahams Unbeatable son and was male champion at Balmoral this time round.
Another black of interest will be Goldies Black Globetrotter (lot 219), this Edwards Sirloin son is out of Goldies Toronto, dam of 12,000gns Goldies Black Denver and has a beef value of +45 and is homozygous black and polled.
A few lots later is Glenrock Grandslam (lot 230), this Ampertaine Commander son is out of one of the most consistent cows in the Glenrock herd, Spangle, a Kype Interrogate daughter. He is maternal sister to Glenrock Fantastic, reserve junior at the Highland and 16,000gns Glenrock Fortune, as well as 10,000gns Glenrock Eagle and 20,000gns Glenrock Bianca. He has a beef value of +33.
A getting towards the end of these bulls comes Dinmore Goldcrest (lot 247). This son of Ronick Hawk is out of Dinmore Elle, the Royal Welsh champion in 2010 and herself a Vantastic daughter. He has a strong beef value of +46 and should be a decent prospect. His full ET brother sells immediately after him.
Another from the Wilodge string should be good too and is the last of the picks. This is Wilodge Granville (lot 259). Sired by Vantastic this one is an ET full brother to the aforementioned Wilodge Diamante and comes with a beef value of +41.
So, there you have it, that’s the Farming Eye take on things, let us have your comments as usual and we’ll have some previews for Stirling in the next few days too……