COOKSTOWN — It was the first purebred Limousin bull sale that just about anyone can remember.
Twenty-four bulls sold on average for $7,300 at the Fully Loaded Limousin Bull Sale managed by Billy Elmhirst’s Indian River Cattle Company at the Cookstown auction barn on March 24.
The top-selling bull sold for $34,500 to Wulf Limousin Farm in Minnesota. The bull’s “genetics are pretty current,” Elmhirst said. “ He’s homozygous polled and the homozygous coat colour is black.”
Homozygous is a gene type and in this case guarantees the bull has no chance of showing horns and all offspring will have the market-preferred black coat.
The second-best selling bull fetched $13,500 and caused a flurry of bidding. “There was quite a bit of phone action,” said Elmhirst, who spent much of his time taking bids from the ring in front of more than 100 people. “There were six of us on the phones.”
That bull sold to partners in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Elmhirst was pleased with the sale. “It was excellent,” he said.