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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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World record price paid for cow at Carlisle auction

The world record price paid for a Limousin animal has been smashed in Carlisle.

World record cow photo
Glenrock Illusion

A 1,000-strong crowd gasped in astonishment as bidding for a young heifer belonging to a Lockerbie breeder stormed past 100,000 guineas.

The January 2013 born animal, being sold by renowned breeders the Illingworth family of Howgillside, Eaglesfield, was snapped up by Mike and Melanie Alford from Devon for 125,000 gns.

They later sold a half-share in the animal – named Glenrock Illusion – to Devon & Kedzlie Farms Ltd. Of Lauderdale, Galashiels.

The £131,250 figure is also an all breeds UK and European record for a bovine animal.

This beat the 120,000 gns price paid for Limousin bull Dolcorsllwyn Fabio in 2012 by Penrith breeder, Allan Jenkinson, for his Whinfellpark herd.

The British Limousin Cattle Society Breeders’ sale at Borderway Mart, was brought about to help fund the purchase of the Illingworth’s Howgillside Farm, which they currently rent. Glenrock Illusion has stolen several show successes this season including Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Interbreed Champion at the Royal Highland Show, as well as the Perth Limousin Grand Prix Championship earlier this month.

Overall, the sale grossed in excess of £500,000.

Selling top animals for breeding is big business in the world of agriculture.

Just last week the second highest price paid for a sheep in the UK was for a ram lamb at the Scottish National Texel sale at Lanark, which grossed a record breaking £1.5m.

Heather Pritchard, pedigree manager of leading Carlisle livestock auctioneer’s, Harrison & Hetherington, described the atmosphere around the ring as “electrifying”.

“It was a tremendous day and we are delighted for the Illingworths. They are a lovely family.”

He continued: “As a company, it was a privilege to sell such a high quality herd, and that we were able to achieve the accolade of a new world record price for the breed for the family.”

Originally hailing from Yorkshire, the Stephen Illingworth’s father, started out in 1992 with just two pedigree Limousins. The family moved to the Borders in 1995.

Glenrock Illusion’s mother, Glenrock Spangle is the only cow from the pedigree herd who was not sold at Carlisle on Saturday. She will be kept to help the family build up another Limousin herd.

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