First to hit the 8000gns mark was Stuart Fotheringham's Ballinloan Gambler, a rising two-year-old bull that stood second in his class, from Ballinloan, Dunkeld. He is by Nebo Dynamite, a bull bought privately through Keith Redpath's UK Sire Services, at Kelso, which has since bred a Ballinloan junior champion that sold for 7500gns. Gambler is out of Mereside Nymph, an Imprudent daughter bought at the Annanwater dispersal, and sold north to Orkney, purchased by Terry Coghill, Muce, Birsay.
The second 8000gns sale also came with some of UK Sire Services assistance and was consigned by Mr Redpath. This was Redpaths General, a 20-month-old bull by Lennon Breezer, a bull owned by Southern Ireland breeder, Peter McDonnell, which came to the stud to have semen taken from him and ended up being used in Keith's 10-cow herd based at Spylaw. Placed reserve junior at the pre-sale show, this bull was brought out by Natalie Cormack and is out of Grahams Charity, a Utah daughter bought at Carlisle, for 2500gns. General sold for pedigree and commercial use with JD Lindsay, Cairnleith, Kirriemuir, Angus.
See this week's The Scottish Farmer, out February 9, for a full report on the Limousin sale at Stirling, including the prizelist and photos of the sale leaders.