Bulls from the Ampertaine herd have found strong favour in the sales ring over the years. Here are some of the Ampertaine bulls making an impact on the breed
October 2011-born Gigolo is sired by the homebred 20,000gns bull Ampertaine Commander and is out of Ampertaine Crystal, herself a daughter of the noted Ronick Gains and a maternal sister to 24,000gns Ampertaine Bravo. A half share was sold privately to the Corporation herd, Holland, for an undisclosed five figure sum.
He carries many of the attributes of his father and has a beef value of +44, putting him in the top 1% of the breed. He is also within the top 1% of the breed for both muscle depth and 400-day growth, so combines a strong pedigree with both performance and visual appeal.
Sold to Teus Dekker of Dutch Limousin breeders Cowporation. Gustav is a three quarter brother to 38,000gns Ampertaine Foreman.
Topping the prices for the herd to date is Ampertaine Foreman at 38,000gns. Sired by 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus he is out of Ampertaine Bathsheba, a Sympa daughter and was reserve overall champion at Carlisle in February 2012 when he was sold.
Another son of Glenrock Ventura, Elgin sold for 32,000gns in May 2011 and is out of Ampertaine Carla, a Samy daughter.
Abracadabra is sired by Sympa and is out of Ampertaine Penny, a Stockdales Muscular daughter. He was reserve overall champion at Carlisle in February 2007 and sold for 29,000gns. He has since gone on to sire a number of high priced bulls and heifers.
Ampertaine Hotshot was sold at Carlisle in May 2014 for 28,000gns. This September 2012-born bull is by the Glenrock Ventura son Ampertaine Elgin and is out of the Sympa daughter Ampertaine Angelina. This family has been synonymous with high priced bulls including the 29,000gns Ampertaine Abracadabra, the 11,000gns Ampertaine Hallmark and the 7200gns Ampertaine Colorado. Hotshot carries a beef value of +36 and sold to Procters Farm.
This son of Sympa is out of Kype Ultra, a Cloughhead Lord daughter and sold at Carlisle in November 2007 for 24,000gns. He was male champion at Balmoral in 2007, All Ireland champion in July 2007 and Carlisle sale champion in November 2007. Bravo’s progeny to date include daughters sold to a top of 28,000gns.
Sold for 20,000gns having been champion at Carlisle in May 2009, Commander is a son of Glenrock Ventura out of Ampertaine Annabella, herself a Sympa daughter.
This son of the 32,000gns homebred bull Ampertaine Elgin, stood third in his class in the pre-sale show and is out of the prolific dam Kype Tiffany who has had progeny sell up to 14,000gns. December 2013 born Ampertaine Inferno was purchased by Jack Neale and Son for their Nealford pedigree herd at Wilkie Down, Boyton, Launceston, Cornwall.
Sired by the legendary Sympa, Director is a out of Ampertaine Vanessa, a Nenuphar daughter and sold in October 2009 for 15,000gns.
A 14,000gns son of homebred sire Ampertaine Abracadabra, Fieldmarshall is out of Kype Tiffany, a Cloughhead Lord daughter.
Sold in October 2008 for 13,000gns Cedric is by Sympa again and is out of Ampertaine Vanity, a Procters Rocco daughter.
This son of the homebred Ampertaine Elgin made 13,000gns in October 2014 when selling to the Turville herd of H B and L J Lear, Creslow Manor, Whitchurch, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Impact, a maternal brother to the 20,000gns Ampertaine Commander, is out of the Sympa cow Ampertaine Annabella.
May 2013-born Ampertaine Interest also sold for 13,000gns in October 2014. This bull is by the Glenrock Ventura-sired Ampertaine Elgin and is out of Ampertaine Finesse, an Ampertaine Abracadabra daughter. This third-prize bull was purchased by E H Pennie and Son for their Sarkley pedigree herd at Gwern-Yr-Ychain, Llandyssil, Montgomery, Powys.
Coolcat is another by Abracadabra and is out of Kype Tiffany, a Cloughhead Lord daughter. He sold in May 2009 for 12,000gns.
By the homebred bull Ampertaine Abracadabra, Domino is a full brother to the 12,000gns Coolcat and sold privately to Genus.
Sired by Sympa he is out of Ampertaine Sandy, a Stockdales Muscular daughter, he is three quarter brother to the 29,000gns Ampertaine Abracadabra, who was Carlisle male junior champion in May 2007. Hallmark was purchased by noted commercial show calf breeders, Messrs McArthur Brothers, Nairnshire, Scotland.
This son of the homebred sire Ampertaine Abracadabra is out of Ampertaine Tennessee, a Shire Milton daughter and sold in February 2009 for 10,500gns.
Fieldmaster, a son of Ampertaine Commander is out of Stonecircle Vita, a Nenuphar daughter. He sold privately for £10,000.
A first prize winner at Carlisle in February 2013 Garcia is by Plumtree Deus and is out of the Procters Rocco daughter Ampertaine Vera, one of the herd’s proven lines. He sold for 9500gns.
This 8500gns son of Sympa is out of Ampertaine Veronica, a Procters Rocco daughter and sold in October 2009.
Hollywood is by the 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin and carries +7.0 for muscle depth. His dam is the Cloughhead Umpire daughter Ampertaine Esmia, she is maternal sister to the 4800gns Ampertaine Baron who won overall champion at Dungannon, February 2008. He sold in February 2014 to Dovea Genetics, County Tipperary.
Ampertaine Invader sold for 8000gns in October 2014. This June 2013 bull, out of the Fieldson Alfy-sired Ampertaine Duchess, is a maternal brother to the 6500gns Ampertaine Goldcard. Invader was Reserve Junior Champion when sold at Carlisle and was bought by noted commercial producers D R Owen and Son, Sandilands Farm, Tywyn, Gwynedd.
Out of the Jockey daughter Ampertaine Uptowngirl, Colorado is by Homebyres Visitor and sold in Carlisle May 2008 for 7200gns.
Sired by Sympa and out of Kype Tanya, Bailey again combines the breeding of Sympa and Lord and sold for 7000gns in May 2008.
Bermuda is a son of Bailea Spunkie out of Shannas Shirley, a Ronick Jalopy daughter and sold privately for £6600.
Goldcard sold at Carlisle in October 2012 for 6500gns having been overall champion at the Northern Irish Limousin Derby in the summer of 2012. He is by Sympa out of the Fieldson Alfy daughter Ampertaine Duchess.
A full brother to 12000gns Ampertaine Coolcat, Explorer is by Abracadabra and out of Kype Tiffany and sold in May 2011 for 6500gns.
This bull once again combines the breeding of Sympa and Cloughhead Lord, being a Sympa son out of Kype Signet. He sold for 6000gns in February 2010 and is a brother to Ampertaine Brigadeer.
Another sold in October 2012, Goldwing is by Bailea Bullion and is out of Ampertaine Babette, a Homebyres Visitor daughter. He sold for 6000gns.
This son of 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus is out of Ampertaine Vanity, a Procters Rocco daughter and sold privately for £6000.
Sired by Sympa, Event is out of Luttrellstown Hazel, a Filsdaida daughter and sold privately for £6000.
A son of Bailea Bullion, Ferrari combines Requin and Sympa in his breeding, being out of the Ampertaine Abracadabra daughter Ampertaine Candice. He sold in October 2011 for 5000gns.
Sympa son Escort is out of Stonecircle Vita, a Nenuphar daughterand sold for 5000gns in October 2010.
Having taken the overall championship at the Dungannon sale in February 2008 this Bailea Spunkie son is out of Kype Sky, a Cloughhead Lord daughter and sold for 4600gns.
Brigadeer is a son of Sympa out of Kype Signet, another Cloughhead Lord daughter and was sold privately to AI Services Northern Ireland.
Eliminator is a son of Glenrock Ventura out of Ampertaine Beauty, a Sympa daughter and was sold privately to the McAuley family for the Carmorn herd.