Glenrock herd sale sets new Limousin record 

The Glenrock herd sale proved to be a record breaking day and one beyond the wildest hopes and expectations of the Illingworth family when the maiden heifer Glenrock Illusion sold for a new Limousin world breed record price of 125,000gns (£131,500).

World record priced Limousin, Glenrock Illusion

World record priced Limousin, Glenrock Illusion

In taking the world Limousin price record Illusion also surpassed previous UK and European record all-breed bovine price records.

Having offered the herd for sale as a means of financing the purchase of the family’s tenanted farm, Howgillside, which has been their home for 20 years, the record breaking sale was said Stephen Illingworth beyond all expectations.

“While we always knew Glenrock Illusion was a very special heifer, to sell her for a record price like this was way beyond our wildest expectations and was very much the icing on the cake for what was a great sale throughout.

“From the day she was born Illusion was something special and has just got better and better.  This year she has had the profile in the showring which has helped to showcase her.  She has so much style and presence, size and length, width along the back and is full of character and femininity.  She’s a very special heifer with the pedigree behind her as well.”

Illusion is a daughter of the 23,000gns sire Goldies Comet and is out of the herd’s matriarch Glenrock Spangle, herself a Kype Interrogate daughter. Spangle has an exceptional breeding record, with her progeny having grossed £109,000 prior to the sale and her progeny in the sale grossing £257,000 to take her lifetime earnings to £366,000.

“We were very humbled by the size of the crowd at the sale and so many bidders helped the sale on for which we are very grateful.  Showing has given the herd profile and I hope also that the quality and consistency of animals that we have brought forward regularly to sale and that have gone on and done well helped also.  There is proven breeding in the cattle and a depth of pedigree.”

“As a farming family, the greatest pleasure you get is looking at your cattle at home.  The fact that so many people think as much of your cattle is really very humbling.”

Having come to the sale with an impressive show record, which included being junior champion at the Highland this year as well as reserve junior interbreed at the same show and interbreed winner at Cumberland, Illusion sold to join the Alford family’s Foxhillfarm herd at Cullompton, Devon, with a half share subsequently sold to Danny Sawrij for the Swalesmoor herd at Kedzlie Farms, Kedzlie, Blainslie, Lauderdale, Galashiels.

With trade strong throughout the sale it was a 24,000gns bid which was the next best of the day when Glenrock Impulse, Illusion’s January 2013-born full sister sold in another two-way split. This one sold to Neil Barclay for his Harestone herd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, with a half share in this heifer also taken by Danny Sawrij.

Following her at 16,000gns was Glenrock Campari, another Spangle daughter. Sired by the noted Cloughhead Lord she sold with her heifer calf, Glenrock Jackie, at foot, with this one being sired by Comet too. Buying this outfit was Procters Farm, Clitheroe, under the management of Gary Swindlehurst.

Glenrock Campari, 16,000gns

Glenrock Campari, 16,000gns

And after that at 15,000gns was Glenrock Diamante. Sired by the leading French AI sire Objat daughter, she also heads to Clitheroe with Procters Farm and is out of the Festin daughter Glenrock Rupee and has a beef value of +42. Her heifer calf Glenrock Imp, a Glenrock Spartacus daughter also sold to Procters Farm netting a 9000gns bid.

Also making 15,000gns was another Illusion sibling, this time the herd’s junior stock sire Glenrock Humdinger. This Sympa son out of the great breeding Spangle has just sold to Messrs Raine, Middleton-in-Teesdale, with a beef value of +40 for the Towler herd, Stanhope Gate.

Glenrock Humdinger, 15,000gns

Glenrock Humdinger, 15,000gns

Spangle was behind the next best price too, when the Green family, Northern Ireland paid 14,000gns for Glenrock Inclusive, a Bremore Artist daughter out of Spangle. This heifer had been destined for the herd’s 2015 show team prior to the sale.

The November 2012-born embryo calf Glenrock Heroine was purchased for 12,000gns by Ian and Wendy Callion for their Lodge pedigree herd at Bolfornought Farm, Stirling.  This heifer was yet another out of Glenrock Spangle and was sired by Bremore Artist.

Messrs Atkinson, Newland, Ulverston, then paid 11,00gns for Glenrock Horizon. This is a Comet daughter out of Glenrock Eternal, an Artist daughter.

Another heading across the water to Northern Ireland was the former show heifer Glenrock Elusive when selling at 10,000gns. She’s by Wilodge Vantastic and out of the Glenrock Spartacus daughter Glenrock Caprice. She went with her Mistic Gucci heifer calf, Glenrock Joyous, at foot and heads to W Bradley, Magherafelt.

Young bull Glenrock Icon, a full brother to the 125,000gns heifer Illusion then netted a 9000gns bid when selling to Doug Edgar for the Shire herd. He has a beef value of +35 and is by Goldies Comet and out of Spangle.

And at 8000gns was Glenrock Harmony, a Sympa out of the 15,000gns Glenrock Diamante, an Objat daughter. She found a new home with J R McKeen, Garvagh.

August 2013-born heifer calf Glenrock India, a Swarland Eddie daughter out of Glenrock Fantasia, herself a Bremore Artist daughter then sold at 7500gns. She sold to R J Armstrong, Milburn, Penrith.

Close behind her and selling at 7000gns was Glenrock Honeysuckle, a Castleview Deloitte daughter out of Glenrock Cellest. Honelysuckle was another former show heifer, having been junior champion at Stars of the Future 2012 and junior female champion at the Limousin Grand Prix at Black Isle Show 2013. She sold to T Moffat, Hillhead Farm, Biggar.

Selling at the same price was Glenrock Idaho, a Bremore Artist daughter out of the matriarch Spangle. This December 2013-born ET calf sold to Messrs Bunting, New Abbey, Dumfries.

Taking a 7000gns call early in the sale was the 2007-born cow Glenrock Cellest. This Ronick Hawk daughter is out of the Crownhead Busby daughter Glenrock Juniper. She sold to Andrew Ewing, with her heifer calf, Glenrock Ingenue, then making 6000gns.

Another of the herd sires then sold at 6200gns, with this being the Irish bred Mistic Gucci. Sired by Wilodge Cerberus he is out of Bremore Victoria, a Nenuphar daughter and sold with a beef value of +50 to J F Teague, Balerno.

Ronick Hawk daughter Glenrock Babylon also sold at this price when heading to Northern Ireland with M McKena, Maghera. This one is out of Glenrock Unite, a Cloughhead Lord daughter.

Taking a 6000gns call was Towler Cloudy, a Vivaldi daughter out of the Romeo daughter Towler Utopia which goes back to Glencrock Juniper. She headed to the South West with, A M C Eddy, Hayle, Cornwall.

Three more then sold at 6000gns, with the first of these being Glenrock Francine, a Bremore Artist daughter out of Glenrock Arianna, a Lord daughter. She sold to T C Altham, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Then came a full brother to the former show heifer Glenrock Fantastic, the ET bred bull calf Glenrock Imperial. Also selling at 6000gns and with a beef value of +31, he went to Mike Potter, Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

A heifer from Thomas’ Eagleside herd, Eagleside Ingenue then sold at the same money. This Goldies Comet daughter is out of Towler Cindy, a Cloughhead Umpire daughter and sold to John Logan for the Homebyres herd, Kelso.

Spangle breeding was back in favour again at 5800gns when another of the ET calves, Glenrock Inferno, sold to D McLaren, Kinross. This is another full brother to Illusion, being a Goldies Comet son out of Spangle.

And at 5500gns was Glenrock Imogen. This is a Castleview Deloitte daughter out of Caprice and sold to A M C Eddy, Hayle, Cornwall. Glenrock Escada then sold at 5000gns, with this being a Bremore Artist daughter out of Glenrock Ballard and in-calf to Bailea Black BMW. She was knocked down to M Surphlis, Lasnaskea, Northern Ireland.

Another Glenrock Caprice daughter, Glenrock Fantasia, then went at 5000gns. This is a Bremore Artist daughter and sold in-calf to either Loosebeare Fantastic, Glenrock Humdinger or Mistic Gucci and was bought by L Brierley, Cumnock, Ayrshire.

A final 5000gns sale was achieved for Glenrock Ivor, an Artist son out of Elusive, the Vantastic daughter which sold earlier in the sale for 10,000gns. This one was the pick of A C Watts, Llanddew, Brecon.

We would like to thank all those people who helped the sale be the outstanding success it was, including the superb team who helped prepare the cattle both ahead of the sale and on the day. 

Glenrock team

Averages; 32 cows served or suckling £6811.87, six ET calves £6685, four in-calf heifers £3386.25, 15 maiden and yearling heifers £15,155, five bulls £7812 (Harrison and Hetherington).