The first female sale from the Ampertaine herd saw an excellent demand for heifers from the heart of the herd and carrying a depth of leading breeding.

Heading up the prices and leading the sale which was held jointly withthe Goldies and Haltcliffe herds was a 12,500gns bid for Ampertaine Isadora.

This Ampertaine Elgin daughter carries a wealth of breeding, being out of Ampertaine Anastasia, a Sympa daughter which is full brother to the noted 29,000gns Ampertaine Abracadabra. She sold back to Northern Ireland with Messrs Mulholland Bros, Craigavaon, Armagh.

Ampertaine Isadora

Ampertaine Isadora

Selling for 6000gns was Ampertaine Ikea, an Ampertaine Foreman daughter out of Ampertaine Vicky, a Ronick Jalopy daughter. She is from the same family as the 38,000gns Ampertaine Foreman and 20,000gns Ampertaine Commander and was knocked down in a two-way split to John O’Kane, Garvagh, and Decaln O’Kane, Maghera.

Making 5500gns was Ampertaine Inky, an Elgin daughter out of Ampertaine Eclipse, a Sympa daughter, with this one bought by R and A White and Son, Bamford.

And following her at 4800gns was Ampertaine Iris, a Loosebeare Fantastic daughter out of Ampertaine Dancer, a Salomon daughter. She was sold to D and V Hill, Great Asby.

Just behind that at 4500gns was Ampertaine Imeria, an Elgin daughter out of Ampertaine Florence, a Fantastic daughter. Taking her home was R A Savage, Drumahoe.

Following her at the same money was Ampertaine Ingrid, an Ampertaine Foreman daughter out of Ampertaine Cream, an Abracadbra daughter, with her new owner being M Diamond, Garth.

A further three then sold at 4200gns. The first of these was Ampertaine Irishgirl, an Elgin daughter out of the Cerberus daughter Ampertaine Gem. This one found a new home in Wales with Gareth Lee.

We then sold Ampertaine Ibiza at 3800gns, with this Ampertaine Foreman daughter out of the Homebyres Visitor daughter Ampertaine Beatrice and going back to the noted Kype Tiffany. She was bought by D and V Hill, Great Asby.

Close after that at 3700gns was Ampertaine Igola, an Ampertaine Commander daughter out of Ampertaine Crystal, a Ronick Gains daughter, making her a full brother to Ampertaine Gigolo, a bull sold privately to the Cowporation herd, Holland. She sold to the Hutchinson family, Forest in Teesdale.

Then selling at 3600gns was the Loosebeare Fantastic daughter Ampertaine Irene. She is out of Ampertaine Alexandra, another Hawk daughter and was bought by R A Savage, Drumahoe.

And making 3500gns was Ampertaine Irish. This is another Loosebeare Fantastic sired heifer and is out of the Sympa daughter Ampertaine Carmel. She was knocked down to Adam Neachell, Walsall.

We would like to thank all buyers for their continued support and wish them the very best of luck with their purchases.

The Ampertaine herd hit the high spots in Carlisle again in May when selling Ampertaine Inferno at 16,000gns for pedigree use.

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.

Bulls from the Ampertaine herd were in strong demand at the October bull sale at Carlisle, with a top price of 13,000gns paid for the May 2013-born Ampertaine Interest. This calf 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.

Another son of the homebred Ampertaine Elgin, Ampertaine Impact, also made 13,000gns 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. June 2013-born, Ampertaine Impact stood second in the second last class of juniors in the pre-sale show.

amp impact


A Loosebeare Fantastic son, Ampertaine Invader then sold at 8000gns. This June 2013 bull, out of the Fieldson Alfy-sired Ampertaine Duchess, is a maternal brother to the 6500gns Ampertaine Goldcard. Winner of the second last class of bulls, Ampertaine Invader went on to place as Reserve Junior Champion. Purchaser of this bull was noted commercial producer D R Owen and Son, Sandilands Farm, Tywyn, Gwynedd.

We then sold Ampertaine Interrogate at 6000gns. This one is also by Loosebeare Fantastic and out of Ampertaine Eugenie, a Glenrock Ventura daughter and heads north to Orkney with R and J Johnston, Shapinsay. Ampertaine bulls also picked up the Carlisle Three Award for the best three homebred bulls.

The Ampetaine certainly enjoyed a successful few days in Carlisle for the official May sale of Limousins under judge Martin Irvine of the Anside herd. Having won his class, Ampertaine Hotshot then went on to take the reserve intermediate championship. 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.

Ampertaine Hotshot

Ampertaine Hotshot

We then sold the second placed Ampertaine Hydro, a September 2012-born Bailea Bullion son out of the Cockleshell Olympus daughter Ampertaine Utopia. With a beef value of +32, this one is half brother to Ampertaine Goldwing who sold for 6600gns in Carlisle in October 2012. Buyer here was F and M P Allinson, Barnard Castle, co Durham.

At 6500gns was the first place Ampertaine Horby, a Cloughhead Ernie son out of the Clpughhead Lord daughter Kype Unigold. This one carries a beef value of +38 and found a new home with Peter Alexander, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

Our youngest bull in the team and second to youngest bull in the catalogue Ampertaine Icon found a new home when selling at 4200gns to J Brown and Sons, Workington, Cumbria. This is a Carmorn Copilot son out of the Sympa daughter Ampertaine Barbie, herself a full sister to the 8500gns Ampertaine Dictator.

We’d like to wish all the buyers of Ampertaine bulls from Carlisle the very best with their purchases and we look forward to hearing how their progeny perform in the future.

We had another successful trip across the water to Carlisle Bull Sales in February and were pleased all five bulls found new homes.

Leading trade for us at 8500gns was second prize Ampertaine Hollywood, he is by 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 to Dovea Genetics, County Tipperary.

Then at 5000gns was Ampertaine Hitman, another Elgin son is out of Ampertaine Vanity, a Procters Rocco daughter. Vanity is proving to be a super breeding cow with her last four sons averaging £7000, including Ampertaine Cedric who was intermediate champion Carlisle, October 2008 and sold for 13,000gns. He also stood second in the show and was purchased by John and Margaret Penny for their Shannas herd, Peterhead.

Just behind at 4800gns was Ampertaine Hasselhoff, sired by Wilodge Cerberus he is out of the Glenrock Ventura daughter Ampertaine Emma, a full sister to the 20,000gns Ampertaine Commander. He carries a beef value of +41, with +5.9 for muscle depth, buyer here was Robert McAllister, Bushmills, County Antrim.

The Ampertaine Abracadabra son Ampertaine Harrier sold at 3200gns to Messrs Donaldson, Huby, York. His dam is Ampertaine Alexandra, a Ronick Hawk daughter.

Ampertaine Hotrod stood third in the show and was knocked down at 2600gns to Messrs Land, Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon. He is by Ampertaine Commander and out of the Vantastic daughter Ampertaine Fiona, he is maternal brother to Ampertaine Fieldmaster who sold privately for £10,000.

October saw the Ampertaine herd back in action at the Autumn Limousin sale at Carlisle and it was another successful trip across the water, with Ampertaine Hallmark winning his class in the pre-sale show and selling for 11,000gns.

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. We’d like to wish them the very best with their purchase.


A number of bulls and females have sold to new homes in June, including four females sold to breeders and a bull sold to repeat buyer and noted show calf breeder Vincent McMullan.

Vincent’s pick was Ampertaine Goldfinger, a son of Baillie Bullion out of Ampertaine Alice, a Cloughhead Lord daughter. He joins current herd sire Ampertaine Valhalla who has produced many high priced calves for the herd.

Ampertaine Goldfinger

Ampertaine Goldfinger

A brace of bulls also sold to commercial buyers this month, with Ampertaine Houston bought by Sylvia Miller, Castledawson. This one is by Plumtree Deus and out of the Homebyres Visitor daughter Ampertaine Dixie. Staying locally was Ampertaine Hunter when he sold to William Paul, Magherafelt. Hunter is sired by Sympa and is out of the Jockey daughter Ampertaine Uptowngirl.

Taking two in-calf females this month was Michael Donaghy of the Cornonagh herd when he bought Ampertaine Gleam and Ampertaine Cheryl. Gleam, a Wilodge Tonka daughter is out Ampertaine Barbie, a Sympa daughter, and Cheryl is sired by Bailea Spunkie and is out of Ampertaine Tanya.

And two exceptionally strong females, Ampertaine Ecstasy and Ampertaine Havana, have sold to the Scottish Borders to join Gordon Brooke at Earlston. Ecstasy is a Rocky daughter out of a Cloughhead Lord daughter, while Havana is her June 2012-born daughter by Ampertaine Elgin.




Proven breeding cows were the choice of Michael Diamond when he came to the Ampertaine herd this month to source new females for his Pointhouse herd.  Michael chose to superb cows to join his herd in the form of Ampertaine Eclair and Ampertaine Utopia.

A 2003-born cow Utopia is by Cockleshell Olympus and is out of a Knysna Gary daughter, while Eclair is sired by homebred bull Ampertaine Abracadabra and is out of a Columbjohn Drake daughter. Both these two sold in calf to 38,000gns Ampertaine Foreman.

Once again we’ve enjoyed a good demand for bulls from the herd to go and work in pedigree and commercial herds, with six bulls sold this month to herds across Northern Ireland.

First to go was Ampertaine Hercules, a January 2012-born Ampertaine Elgin son out of Kype Sharon, a Cloughhead Lord daughter. He sold to Ian McIlveen for his Carncombe herd at Kells, Ballymena.

Commercial buyers then took a further five bulls, with Ampertaine Godric, a Haltcliffe Vermount son, selling to Neil McTamney, Co Londonderry.

Ampertaine Harrison, a son of the legendary sire Sympa then sold to Co Antrim-based Pat McAtasney, while Ampertaine Hawii a Wilodge Cerberus son sold to fellow Co Antrim commercial breeder James Anderson. The last of the bulls sold this month was Ampertaine Hank. He is sired by Cloughhead Umpire and also heads to Co Antrim with Renwick Gibson.


March was a busy month for bull sales from the farm and adding to the sale list was the sale in a half share of one of our young bulls, Ampertaine Gigolo, to Dutch Limousin breeders Cowporation, for an undisclosed substantial five figure price.

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.

Ampertaine Gigolo

Ampertaine Gigolo

Gigolo had been a stand-out bull from early on and had been ear-marked as a potential entry for the main Limousin sale at Carlisle in May. He’s one of the better bulls we’ve bred in recent years and always had the potential to make a pedigree stock bull. 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.

Gigolo will now enter stud for semen collection with semen to be marketed jointly by the McKay family and Cowporation and the intention being for semen to be available worldwide as soon as possible.

Ampertaine Gigolo rear web FE

Speaking on behalf of Cowporation Teus Dekker said he had seen Gigolo on a recent trip to Northern Ireland and had been impressed with him from the minute he saw him. “He’s an excellent example of the Limousin breed and combines muscle, power and excellent locomotion. He will be a great fit with many of our cows in Holland.

“Ampertaine Gigolo has everything you would want in a Limousin bull. An enormous width right from the back through to his front, power and strength with exceptional breed character and style,” he added.