A chill in the weather this month hasn’t deterred the buyers, with another three bulls sold to local herds.

Taking Ampertaine Gizmo was Eric Shannon, Desertmartin. Gizmo is sired by Sympa and is out of the Baillea Spunkie daughter Ampertaine Carina.

Then we sold Ampertaine Globe,  a Sympa son out of a Cloughhead Lord daughter, to Brendan Gormley, Claudy. And also selling in March was Ampertaine Garrison. This son of Wilodge Tonka is out of Ampertaine Elsa, a Sympa daughter, and sold to Alan Shaw’s Curranlough pedigree herd.

We had a visit this month from Teus Dekker of Dutch Limousin breeders Cowporation. He bought two bulls, Ampertaine Huntsman, the first son of 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin to be sold, as well as Ampertaine Gustav, a three quarter brother to 38,000gns Ampertaine Foreman.Teus also purchased Ampertaine Halfpenny, an Ampertaine Elgin daughter out of Ampertaine Debutant, a Sympa daughter.

Ampertaine Gustav

Ampertaine Gustav

Also buying this month was Kenneth Haslett, Dungiven, buying Ampertaine Grenade, a son of the legendary Sympa out of Ampertaine Vanessa, a Nenuphar daughter.

Once again bulls from Ampertaine were well sought after at the early spring Limousin sale at Carlisle, with the first prize winner Ampertaine Garcia selling for 9500gns.

Sired by the 32,000gns Plumtree Deus, he is out of the Procters Rocco daughter Ampertaine Vera, one of the herd’s proven lines and sold to the Eve family, Wigton.

The turn of the year brought a flurry of buyers to the Ampertaine herd for new stock bulls, with a total of four bulls selling this month.

Leading the way was Ampertaine Gallant, sired by Baillea Bullion he is out of Ampertaine Clarabelle, an Abracadabra daughter and was bought by Stephen McGeown for the Carabay herd, Downpatrick.

Next to sell was Ampertaine Gambit, a Cloughhead Umpire son out of a Cloughhead Lord daughter. He was bought by William Lyttle, Cookstown.

Following that we sold Ampertaine Gino to John Haslett, Dungiven. Gino is a son of 35,000gns bull Plumtree Deus and out of a Pelletstown Ken daughter.

And the last bull sold this month was Ampertaine Giovani which sold to Thomas Taylor, Ballymoney. He is sired by  50,000gns bull Wilodge Cerberus and is out of a Nenuphar daughter.

This month was another good one for private bull sales, with a brace of bulls sold to Northern Irish producers. First to sell was Amptertaine Gladiator, a son of Baillea Bullion out of Ampertaine Essence, an Apertaine Abracadabra daughter. He sold to Dale Robinson, Glenarm, Co Antrim, to join existing herd sire Ampertaine Darcy.

The second bull to sell this month was Ampertaine Grandure, another by Bullion and out of another Abracadabra daughter, Ampertaine Eileen. Grandure, sold to Stephen Arbuthnot for the Goteade pedigree herd.

A repeat customer was back again this month, buying another Ampertaine bull to join an expanding team of Ampertaine sires in a commercial herd. Local suckler farmer Walter Fleming, Magherafelt, bought Ampertaine Gryffindor, a son of Haltcliffe Vermount.

As well as a successful day at the Carlisle sale we also sold Ampertaine Guardsman at home recently, with this son of Haltcliffe Vermount out of Ampertaine Vanity, a Procters Rocco daughter selling to top show calf producer Hugh McAlister, Co Antrim.

The October Limousin sale at Carlisle saw a brace of Ampertaine bulls sell for decent money, with  Ampertaine Goldcard selling at 6500gns. This one is by Sympa out of the Fieldson Alfy daughter Ampertaine Duchess and carries a beef value of +6.5.

Also making similar money was Ampertaine Goldwing when selling for 6000gns. By Bailea Bullion, he is out of the Homebyres Visitor daughter Ampertaine Babette who is half sister to the 7200gns Ampertaine Colorado.

August has seen a number of repeat customers returning to the Ampertaine herd to buy bulls, with George Caldwell of Magherafelt buying Ampertaine Gunner, a Cloughhead Umpire son to complement Ampertaine Factor and Ampertaine Enzo which he already owns.

A couple of Northern Irish pedigree breeders have visited the Ampertaine herd in the last few weeks to buy females, with Stephen McGeown of the Garabay herd, Downpatrick, buying Ampertaine Gessica, Gaga, Ursula and Tipsy.

Meanwhile, Patsy Bradley of the Moneysharvin herd has bought Ampertaine Rosena. We wish both buyers the best with their new foundation females and look forward to hearing how they breed in the future.