Currently the breeding policy at Ampertaine is AI use only, with no stock sires used in the herd. We believe using AI gives us access to the best Limousin genetics available, while also helping maintain the herd’s health status, as no animals are brought in to the herd.
Calving ease coupled with strong muscling and structural correctness are essential for our sires, with many of our commercial bulls being used locally in small herds where full time attention isn’t possible.
Undoubtedly the leading sire of his generation, Sympa has been used extensively in the Ampertaine herd and has left a number of high quality males and females.
Sons sold to date include Ampertaine Abracadabra, sold for 29,000gns to Messrs Ewing, Smyth and Rafferty; Ampertaine Bravo, sold for 24,00gns to Bruce Goldie and Ampertaine Director sold for 15,000gns to Elgin Jones.
A number of high quality daughters have also been retained in the herd and continue to breed well, including Ampertaine Bathsheba, dam of 38,000gns bull Ampertaine Foreman.
Sired by the legendary Broadmeadows Cannon, Muscular has been used in the herd to great effect, particularly in the herd’s formative years. He has left a number of great females, including Ampertaine Penny, dam of 29,000gns bull Ampertaine Abracadabra.
This Heros son has been used selectively within the herd with the aim of breeding quality females to complement the Lord daughters purchased from the Kype herd in 2002. Daughters retained include Ampertaine Alice and Ampertaine Alison.
A son of Sebastien, Drake has been used on select cows within the Ampertaine herd and has left a number of top quality females, including Ampertaine Melody, grand dam of 15,00gns bull Ampertaine Director.
This 55,000gns bull has been used extensively in recent years, with our first son offered at auction being Ampertaine Foreman, sold for 38,000gns in May 2012. Cerberus is by 30,000gns sire Wilodge Tonka and is sire to a number of other exciting young up and coming bulls and heifers in the Ampertaine herd.
A son of Petunia, Umpire has been used in the Ampertaine herd in recent years with great success and we look forward to his daughters continuing to breed well for us in the coming years.
This bull by Glenrock Spartacus has left a number of good bulls and heifers for us, with two of his sons being among our leading sellers in the shape of Ampertaine Commander sold for 20,000gns and Ampertaine Elgin sold for 32,000gns.
Again used selectively in recent years 35,000gns sire Deus is by Cloughhead Umpire and has left us a number of exciting prospects for the coming years.
Sired by Glenrock Ventura, Elgin sold for 32,000gns to the Haltcliffe herd of the Ridley family. We have since used him ourselves and we have a number of high quality calves coming through by Elgin.
Sold for 29,000gns, Abracadabra is another of the homebred sires used by AI and is a son of Sympa. He has bred well for us and his females are among the best here at Ampertaine.
Commander, a son of Glenrock Ventura, was sold for 20,000gns and has subsequently been used in the Ampertaine herd to great effect.
A new AI sire to the herd in 2012, Fantastic is a son of 42,000gns sire Wilodge Vantastic and was bred by the Quick family in Devon. He impressed us for his sheer muscle and power and we are eagerly anticipating his first calves.
This 72,000gns son of Cloughhead Umpire is out of French cow Radio he has been used in 2012 and we are hopeful he will deliver some top drawer calves for us.
A son of the great muscle breeder Objat, Ernie has been used for the first time in 2012 and we are hopeful he will leave some great bulls ideally suited to both commercial and pedigree producers.