World Limousin cattle records were well and truly blown out of the water when a 14-month-old heifer from Christine Williams and Paul Tippetts, sold for 250,000gns at a joint herd sale at Carlisle.

Wilodge Poshspice an ET calf from the Shropshire-based herd from Shifnal, doubled the previous best of 125,000gns paid for the Illingworth family’s Glenrock Illusion, sold at the herd dispersal in 2014.

The result of a frozen embryo, bought privately from Will Smith of the Milbrook herd from Co Meath, she is bred from the top show cow, Milbrook Gingerspice, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter that boasts no fewer than 32 championships, and 18 inter-breed titles to include three at Balmoral, in just three years.

Sired by Ampertaine Elgin, Poshspice is also a full ET sister to the 25,000gns Grahams Malibu, along with the show winning, Grahams Melody and Grahams Michael, sold by Robert Graham.

Poshspice sold in a two-way split to Charlie Boden of the Sportsmans herd from Mellor, Stockport and Allan Jenkinson, buying for the Whinfellpark herd from Penrith. Northern Ireland breeder, Trevor Shields, who owns the successful pig business, Glenmarshal Sires was the second last bidder.

Wilodge Poshspice sold for a world record price of 250,000gns

Wilodge Poshspice sold for a world record price of 250,000gns

Wilodge Poshspice sold for a world Limousin record price of 250,000gns

Wilodge Option an ET sister of Poshspice born a year earlier, made 10,000gns, selling up to Laurencekirk with Andrew Gammie, buying for the Westpit herd. She sold 12 weeks in calf, carrying her second to Ironstone Oliver – a 10,000gns purchase at Carlisle in October, 2019.

Shropshire-based breeder, Mick Gould, who is better known for his Woodmarsh Holstein herd from Bowmere Heath, Shrewsbury, was another to splash the cash, forking out 25,000gns for the August 2018-born heifer, Wilodge Onhigh. Another ET-bred animal, she is the result of a flush from the Ironstone Brandy daughter Wilodge Heaven which in turn was bred from top breeding show heifer, Wilodge Diamante, by Wilodge Vantastic. The sire is Powerful Irish while the service sire again was Ironstone Oliver.

Woodmarsh also went to 14,000gns for Wilodge Romance, a yearling heifer and full sister to the dam of the previous lot, Wilodge Heaven.

The joint sale of pedigree Limousins to include entries from Doug Mash's Brockhurst herd from Buckinghamshire, saw Wilodge sell another five lots at five figure prices of which all bar one were from the same female line, with two of those purchased by Dougie McBeath and Sarah Jane-Jessop buying for their Springsett herd from Stirling.

Dearest at 20,000gns was the two-year-old ET heifer, Wilodge Posh Gem. A grand-daughter of Wilodge Diamante, she is bred from the Powerful Irish-sired Wilodge Littlegem and sired by the 40,000gns Grahams Lorenzo. She sold 10 weeks in calf to Ironstone Oliver.

The couple also went to 10,000gns for her maternal ET sister, Wilodge Optimiss, a September 2018-born ET heifer by the French sire Objat and again due to Oliver.

Another ET bred from Wilodge Littlegem, Wilodge Opulent, made 20,000gns, selling to Tequin Jones, Nebo, Llanrwst, Gwynedd. This November 2018-born entry is again by Grahams Lorenzo and sold 12 weeks in calf to Oliver.

Much of the same breeding was behind the 17,000gns Wilodge Princess, a November 2019-born ET bred from Wilodge Diamante and sired by Lorenzo.

ET heifers bred from Wilodge Littlegem and sired by Lorenzo, proved extremely popular with another at 7500gns and two at 6500gns. Dearest was Wilodge Opal, a November 2018-born entry which again sold 12 weeks in calf to Oliver. She sold across the Irish Sea with Messrs McLoughlin, Ballygar, Galway.

Her full ET sister from the same flush, Wilodge Onica, made 6500gns selling to Messrs Evans and Sons, Caersws, Powys, and again due to Oliver.

Matching that price tag was the two-year-old heifer Wilodge Prizegem, which sold 10 weeks due to Oliver when purchased by Messrs Garbutt, Billinghay, Lincoln.

Another two Wilodge heifers made 6500gns sales with the first bred from the same female family. Wilodge Porsche, a 14-month-old ET heifer bred from Wilodge Heaven, is by Whinfellpark Lomu and sold down to Wales with Messrs Jones, Pentir, Bangor, who also went to 6200gns for Wilodge Peaches, a similarly aged ET bred from Wilodge Gem and sired by Lomu.

Aberdeenshire-based pedigree Angus breeders, Neil and Mark Wattie, Tough, Alford, went to 6500gns for another bred from Wilodge Gem. Wilodge Platinum is a 14-month-old Lomu daughter.

A complete change of genetics, attracted an 11,000gns bid from G and S Gilleard, Thorninghurst, Thorne, Doncaster, for Wilodge Lida, a six-year-old cow by Gerrygullinane Glen, bred from the Oxygene daughter Wilodge Cida which in turn was bred from Nouvelle Nida.

A smaller consignment of maiden heifers and young bulls from Doug Mash's Brockhurst herd was topped at 15,000gns by Brockhurst Prudence, a March 2019-born entry by Procters Mitsubishi, purchased by Stuart Perkins, buying for the Hartmoor herd from Terry Hill, Radstoick, Bath. Her dam, Brockhurst Misty, is by Ardglasson Highland.

Top price for Doug Mashs Brockhurst consignment was 15,000gns paid for Brockhurst Prudence

Top price for Doug Mash's Brockhurst consignment was 15,000gns paid for Brockhurst Prudence

Brockhurst Prudence made 15,000gns

Allan Miller of Miller Farms, Midmar, Inverurie, then went to 11,000gns for the two-year-old heifer Brockhurst Princess, a Newroddige Jetset-sired entry bred from the Wilodge Vantastic daughter, Brockhurst Heavenly that stood inter-breed champion at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2016 and is a full sister to Aileen Ritchie's Brockhurst Howzat, purchased for 24,000gns.

Just behind, on 10,000gns, Messrs Wilson, Corby Hill, Carlisle, bought Brockhurst Paige, a 23-month-old entry by Mitsubishi, bred from the Netherhall Chancer-sired cow, Brockhurst Highlife which in turn was bred from Fenrose Victoria.

Other heifers selling north of the Border included Brockhurst Pure, a May 2019-born entry by Newroddige Jetset out of Brockhurst Julie, purchased by Andrew Ewing, Annan at 4000gns.

Clive Knox, Cragside, Hume, Kelso, went to the same money for Brockhurst Peacelily, a two-year-old by Mitsubishi, out of Brockhurst Nettle.

Averages: Wilodge herd – 13 cows and heifers served and or suckling, £4652.31; 14 served heifers, £9480.00; 15 maiden heifers, £23,758.00. Brockhurst – 14 maiden heifers, £4777.50; four young bulls, £2310.00.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.