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21,000gns top but only 50% clearance at Carlisle

DESPITE A centre record autumn average being set and 15 more sold on the year, nearly half the bulls left the ring unsold at last weekend's show and sale of Limousins at Carlisle.

The senior champion, Proctors General, sold for the top price of 21,000gns
The senior champion, Proctors General, sold for the top price of 21,000gns

In all, from 196 forward, 109 bulls levelled out at £6307.71, an increase of £378 on the 2011 event, with 17 lots breaking the five-figure barrier. Trade peaked early in the day, when the senior champion was knocked down at 21,000gns.

That was Procters General, a 21-month-old son of the 72,000gns Haltcliffe DJ, from Procters Farm, Woodhouse Lane, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, brought out by manager Gary Swindlehurst and selling in a three-way split to Yorkshire buyers Paul Walker, Wilfholme, Watton, Driffield; Jim Bloom, Decoy Farm, Scorborough, Driffield; and Mark Woolhouse, Staveley Wold, North Dalton, Driffield.

Reaching the second top price of 20,000gns and securing a best ever price for its seller, was Iveagh Gilkes, from Alistair Graham, Madden Road, Tandragee, Co Armagh.

A son of the 10,000gns Haltcliffe Underwriter, he was bought privately in April, from Stephen Magill, Poyntzpass, Newry. He sold in a two-way split to Northern Ireland buyers Derek Hume, Randalstown, Co Antrim, and J Henry, Hollybank, Antrim.

Crossdykes Goliath, from Allan and Billy Common's 22-cow herd at Crossdykes, Lockerbie, was the first of two bulls to hit the 18,000gns mark.

This son of the Carlisle-bought Culnagechan Bullseye was knocked down to to Cogent Breeding, Lea Lane, Aldford, Chester.

Making the same money was Dinmore Goldcrest, from Paul Dawes, Kipperknowle, Dinmore Manor Estate, Hereford, by the Broadmeadows Cannon son, Ronick Hawk. He was knocked down at 18,000gns to Harry Emslie, Kinknockie, Peterhead, Aberdeen.

See this week's The Scottish Farmer for full report, prize list and pictures of the leading prices, out October 27.

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