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The backstory and buyers of the 180,000gns bull

The purchasers of Limousin bull, Graiggoch Rambo, who sold 180,000gns over the weekend, have revealed why they forked out the record-breaking sum for the November-2020-born male.

Messrs Jenkinson of the Whinfellpark herd, Penrith and Boden and Davies Ltd of the Sportsmans herd, Stockport, Cheshire, purchased the bull in a two-way syndicate.

He goes back to some “classic” bloodlines, including Broadmeadows Cannon, Broadmeadows Ainsi, Ronick Gains and Wilodge Vantastic, being an Ampertaine Elgin, son out of Sarkley Glorianne (dam).

Speaking on behalf of the partnership following the sale, Iain Scott, farm manager at Whinfellpark, said:

“Possibly the best bull we have ever seen offered for sale at Carlisle. His breeding line is exceptional. He has width, depth of muscle, as well as being correct on his feet and legs.”

“With all the previous attributes, he still retains his breed character through his head. Rambo will be going straight to stud to have semen taken,” Scott concluded.

First-time vendor Gerwyn Jones, Conwy, sold the bull for the record sum at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s annual May bull sale at Borderway Mart on Saturday, May 7th, 2022.

Following the sale, he said:

“The events of the weekend are only just sinking in. After working with experienced breeders for a long time, I knew Rambo was something special, which was confirmed by the interest and offers received at home prior to the sale.”

“Due to the attention he was attracting, I was concerned it may deter underbidders. Thankfully this was not the case. I am delighted that my first pedigree registered Limousin has sold so amazingly well.”

In an intriguing back story, Gerwyn Jones was offered the opportunity to flush a cow to a bull of his choice as a ‘thank you’ for work carried out in the Sarkley herd of EH Pennie and Son, Powys.

A spokesperson for the British Limousin Cattle Society said: “One embryo implanted from this flush led to Graiggoch Rambo. The saying goes, ‘perhaps a small deed, by sincere intention, is made great,’ and there can surely be no better example.”

Judge’s remarks

Before the sale, judge, Patrick Greaney of the Whiskey Limousin herd said he “is the best bull I have ever seen”.

“I slept well the night before the judging, but I didn’t sleep well once I had seen him! I knew an incredible sale would be coming,” he admitted.

On Friday at the pre-sale show, he placed Graiggoch Rambo as intermediate and overall champion.

The judge described him as “100% correct with power throughout, a super top and without the coarseness that can sometimes come with this”.

“Trade was reflective of the continued demand for the breed across both pedigree and commercial sectors. I like to be validated in everything I do, and this came today from the purchaser and underbidder of Graiggoch Rambo”

Summary:

  • Bull clearance rate: 90%;
  • Bull sale average: £10,651;
  • 23 senior bulls average: £8,861;
  • 38 intermediate bulls average: £13,188;
  • 23 junior bulls average: £8,249;
  • 21 bulls sell over £10,000gns.
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