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Honeymoor Favourite son sells for 10,000gns in Carlisle

This month saw a first place rosette at the May Carlisle Sales with Mereside Intense, a Honeymoor Favourite son. This one is out of Mereside Elegance, a Vermont daughter and is from the same family as the 40,000gns Mereside Goldolphin. Taking this one home was D C and K L Hutchinson, Barnard Castle, Co Durham. 


March 2015: Mereside Jester joins Cogent sire line up 

We’re delighted to announce the private sale of Mereside Jester to Cogent. Jester is a son of French sire Armstrong and is out of Mereside Dawnmarie, an Alaska daughter and dam of the 40,000gns bull Mereside Goldolphin.



Jester’s dam, Mereside Dawnmarie. 

January 2014-born Jester carries an impressive set of performance figures to back up his exceptional pedigree, carrying a gestation length EBV in the top 1% of the breed coupled with a 200-day growth figure of +36, putting him in the top 10% of the breed. 

On top of this he has a muscle figure of +5.2, again in the top 10% of the breed and an overall calving value of +7, in the top 1% of the Limousin population.

Speaking about the purchase, Cogent beef sire analyst Boomer Birch says Jester was a standout choice for the company‚Ä™s Signature range of beef bulls. “Jester is the complete package, combining excellent figures with a great pedigree and an exceptional female line.”

“Jester will be an easy choice for many herds due to his top end gestation figures and calving ease figures inside the top 25% of the Limousin breed. This, coupled with his excellent muscle and growth data make him a true curve bender, combining easy calving and relatively low birth weights with growth and muscle figures which will result in easily born, quick growing calves,” he explained.

Armstrong calves have been short gestation and easily born and Jester has always been good from an early age, showing a superb top and correctness.


Having been under bidder on the  13,000gns Mereside Hannibal at the spring Limousin show and sale at  Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last month, suckled calf producers Karen and  Andrew  Nicholson, Swinside End Farm, Cockermouth, have been to the farm and purchased Mereside Helterskelter privately for £10,000.

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The October 2012-born Carmorn Copilot son is out of Tarentelle, a Gabin  daughter, who was purchased privately from France as a new line. This  dam has already produced a bull sold privately to another commercial  herd and is currently suckling a good full brother to Helterskelter.

Speaking of his purchase Andrew Nicholson said: “Helterskelter has everything I  need in a bull. He’s got a tremendous top and end with great plates and  loin, plus the added style I look for when producing suckled show  calves.”

We’re delighted Andrew returned to the herd to purchase a bull having missed  out on Mereside Hannibal at Carlisle in February. His mixture of UK  fashion and French lines on the dam side means he’s packed full of  muscle. We hope he breeds well for Andrew and Karen and we look forward  to seeing how his progeny perform in the sale ring.

Along with these sales we’re delighted to have sold three heifers with calves at foot to local commercial producer David Scarborough. Included in  this lot was Mereside Flame and Mereside Fern, both were suckling  Ampertaine Elgin calves. Then joining them was Mereside Farina suckling a Honeymoor Favourite calf.

Then on the bull front, two bulls have been sold to repeat local commercial  producers J B Dodds, who regularly sell quality fat cattle at Newark,  while Sezincote Farms, Glos, bought the smart and stylish Mereside  Hamish, a rising 15 month old Plumtree Fantastic son out of Millington  Decision, a Marron daughter out of Brockhurst Option.

Then yet another repeat customer has returned to Mereside in the form of  Graton Brothers, Derbyshire, who bought the 12-month old Bolide son,  Mereside Ibis. This one is out of the same dam as Mereside Grant who  sold to France and Mereside Gentry who sold to Robert Wright. Another  Bolide son, Mereside Handyman, sold to commercial producer W and J E  Vickers, Lutterworth, Leics.

A big thank you to all our purchasers recently and we wish all our buyers the best with their bulls and females.


February has been a strong month for us so far with sales off the farm remaining keen, but the triumph for us has to be our trip to Carlisle with two bulls, Mereside Hallmark and Mereside Hannibal. Mereside Hallmark kicked things off for us by winning his class under judge Jonathan Watson of the Tweedale herd, before going on to take the intermediate and overall championship.


Hallmark is by the Objat son Dormeur and is out of the Vagabond daughter Mereside Enabel and went on to sell for 18,000gns to Gascoine Farms, Nottinghamshire.

Next up for us was Mereside Hannibal, an Ampertaine Commander out of the Wheatsheaf Laird daughter Mereside Primrose. He also won his class and then went on to sell for 13,000gns to Pitcher Farms for the Cockleshell herd.

We’d like to wish both buyers the very best with their purchases and we look forward to hearing how they perform in the future.


Having not sold bulls in Carlisle for some years it was fantastic to return to Borderway Mart with two bulls and not only take a first place in the judging, but then go on to sell for the top price of the day at 40,000gns for Mereside Godolphin.

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This October 2011-born son of the 35,000gns Plumtree Deus is out of the Alaska daughter Mereside Dawnmarie who goes back to the great Tankerlsey Trixie line. Godolphin was also won the best bull calf award in last year’s East Midlands Herd Competition under judge Brian Jones of the Bailea herd. After spirited bidding, he was finally knocked down at 40,000gns to Willie Barron for his Barrons herd, Durham.

Also in our selling pen was Mereside Globe, an October 2011-born Ampertaine commander son out of the Objat daughter Mereside Clover. With a beef value of +31, he sold to Messrs Evans Betws-y-Coed.

We’d like to wish both buyers the very best with their purchases and look forward to hearing how their progeny perform in the future.

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The December 2011-born Mereside Gentry, a Bolide son has been sold this month to the small pedigree herd of Robert Wright, Cambridgeshire. Gentry is out of Mereside Annette, an Obus daughter out of Ginette. We look forward to hearing how he breeds in the future for Mr Wright and wish him all the best with him.


Selling for 6000gns at the Newark Livestock Limousin Day this month was the Plumtree Deus son Mereside Gravel. Out of Mereside Expresso, a Bloomben daughter, he sold to J and R Sims Brothers, Derbyshire.

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April has been a pretty strong month for sales of both males and females off farm and kicking off proceedings were three cows and calves sold privately to a commercial customer, while the Bolide son, Mereside Goblin out of the Tourbillon daughter Mereside Amy, sold to a recently established pedigree herd near Reddich. Other bulls to have been sold privately this month are Mereside Gulfstream, Mereside Gforce, Mereside Goldfinch, Mereside Gizmo and Mereside George.

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It seems Mereside breeding is doing well at a commercial level as Mereside bred steers have topped Newark Livestock Market on two occasions. The first, a steer from R B Ingamells sold for 282.5p/kg to level at £1737, while the second from T A Lyon, sold for 291.5p/kg grossing £1790. Well done to both vendors.

We’ve had some feedback from a Limousin breeder in Norway saying he’s impressed with calves on the ground by our imported French sire Bolide, here’s a couple of shots he sent us of Bolide sired calves (looks like they’ve had their fair share of rain too). To see more take a look at his website at

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Bolide calf in Norway

We’ve had a strong month so far in terms of semen sales, selling semen from the homebred Mereside Favori, an Urvile son out of the Ondit daughter Asie, along with our imported stock sire Bolide, who is breeding consistently well in the herd and is by Neuf and is out of Unibelle.


The February 2011-born Cidre son, Mereside Glenfiddich, has sold this month to a repeat commercial customer. Glenfiddich is out of the Mereside Tobius daughter Mereside Alecia.

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It’s been a strong month for sales of heifers with calves at foot and maiden heifers selling privately off farm with two heifers and calves averaging £3000 and three maiden heifers averaging £2050, all of which were sold to a repeat commercial customer.


We welcomed herd competition judge Brian Jones of the noted Bailea herd to our herd in October and were delighted to give him the guided tour as he judged the eastern region herd competition. Impressed with what he saw, the Mereside herd won the large section of the competition and then went on to be awarded the overall champion herd of the region.

Along with that we won the best cow and calf section with Mereside Celine and her calf Mereside Genial who is scheduled for Carlisle next May, as well as the award for the best young bull which was won with Mereside Godolphin, an October 2011-born son of Plumtree Deus out of the Alaska daughter Mereside Dawnmarie. Our Ampertaine commander sired heifer Mereside Goldilocks, who is out of the Remix daughter Donzy also stood third in the competition.


We’re pleased to announce the sale of Mereside Golddigger, a February 2011-born Cidre son out of the Malibu daughter Mereside Umoselle for £6000 to repeat customer John Blaxell, Norfolk. John run’s a successful commercial herd alongside a few pedigree cows and is always pleased with how Mereside bulls go on and breed for him, so we wish him all the best with this one.

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We’re delighted to announce the private sale of Mereside Grant to a consortium of leading French Limousin breeders.

In what is just the second bull of UK breeding to be sold back to France, Mereside Grant combines pedigree and performance, carrying household names such as Objat, Dauphin and Genial in his pedigree and having a beef value of +33, placing him within the top 10% of UK Limousins.

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Grant is sired by Dormeur, a bull imported from France as a weaned calf and used extensively on heifers in the Mereside herd. Dormeur was selected for his easy calving traits, combined with excellent breed character and muscle development. All traits he has passed on to his offspring.

His dam is the homebred cow Mereside Annette, a daughter of Obus, the 2002 Paris Show muscle champion. She is out of French cow Ginette, a dam which is leaving a lasting impression on the Mereside herd, with a number of retained females in the herd.

February 2011-born Mereside Grant was sold following a visit to the Mereside herd by a group of French breeders and has been bought by seven well known French herds, namely; Gaec de Cancerles, Earl Moury, Richard Bournazel, Gaec Delmond, Nicolas Jammet, Gaec Les Chauvets and Regis Recoulin. He is now destined for export to France in the coming weeks and on arrival he will head straight to an AI stud for semen collection. Future plans include showing him at the 2012 French National Limousin Show.

A spokesman for the French consortium said they had been impressed by a number of female lines in the Mereside herd and felt Mereside Grant was an ideal bull to produce the type of cattle demanded by the French market. "We believe Mereside Grant is the perfect bull to produce the thick beefy type of cattle required in France. He has good muscle through his top and his ends and isn't excessive in his bone either. He shows strong breed character in his head and importantly he is from a good female line. His mother is a good cow which is suckling another very good bull calf this year.''

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We’re pleased to announce the arrival of new herd sire Honeymoor Favourite to the sire line up at Mereside. This October 2010-born son of Haltcliffe Braveheart was purchased in Carlisle this month for 30,000gns having stood first in his class. He is out of the Adagio daughter Overthwaite Dancer who is out of a Sympa daughter who goes back to Unique. He was purchased for his extreme muscling and depth of rear end and will compliment the female type at Mereside.

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Over the last couple of years we have been experimenting with AI from various different sires and are really pleased with their progress. Some of them are an introduction of outcross pedigrees for the herd, others go back to sires we have successfully used in the past.

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Mereside Fennel by Cidre out of Mereside Caramel

Mereside Fifi by Urville out of Mereside Bronwyn

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Mereside Flare by Usted out of Mereside Clover

Mereside Falley by Milbrook Dartangan out of Mereside Valley 

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Mereside Fusspot by Cidre out of Mereside Cora

Mereside Easter by Boomben out of Mereside Vosh

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Mereside Emoselle by Bloomben out of Mereside Amoselle

Mereside Elania by Aramis out of Mereside Sania


We’re pleased to announce we have won the regional section of the herd competition this year which was judged by Richard Bartle of the Dinmore herd. Having made the final we will now be judged noted breeder and current Hon BLCS President Sam Coleman. The winning herd will be announced at a dinner held in Carlisle on Friday 14th October ahead of the bull sales.


Due to us taking part in this year’s Beef expo event as one of the hosts for the farm tours, we were fortunate enough to be featured in the latest Limousin magazine. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you can read the article here.

Note the article is divided in two parts, please click on the images below to view.




Leading the female trade was the 4500gns Mereside Atilla, a 2005 born fourth calver, who was sold with her November 2010 born heifer calf at foot, Mereside Flojo, sired by the 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount. Mereside Atilla is by the French sire Obus and is out of the Mereside Crackerjack granddaughter, Mereside Mgreta and was sold in-calf again to Haltcliffe Vermount to Mr W Smith, Grantham.



February was a particularly pleasing month for us in terms of private bull sales off the farm. Mereside Evolution, a November 2009-born son of Haltcliffe Vermount out of the Obus daughter Mereside Binky sold for £4500, while the Mereside Excalibur, a December 2009-born full French-bred bull buy Urville out of Voile, an Ionesco daughter, sold for £4000. We also sold two October 2009-born bulls at £3500 a piece, the first of which was Mereside Enzo, a son of Objat out of the Mereside Tobius daughter Mereside Chinker. The second at this money was Mereside Explorer, a Tehix son out of the Obus daughter Mereside Appleblossom. All four bulls have been sold to local commercial beef producers and we wish them the very best with their purchases.

Yet again the Mereside herd triumphed in the East Midlands Limousin Club erd competition which for 2010 was judged by Peter Kirton of the Ashledge herd, Worcestershire. Not only did we win the Large Herd’s section of the competition but we were also given the title of the Best Overall Herd. In other sections of the competition we stood second in the best bull and progeny section with Cidre; second in the best bull between 8 and 12 months of age with Mereside Energise; second in the cow and calf section with Mereside Torenia and her calf Fernando; second in the in-calf heifer section with Mereside Celine and second in the heifer up to 12 months of age with Mereside Emoselle.

The 2011 NBA Beef Expo event will be coming to Mereside on the first day of the event (25th May). We're delighted to be a part of this event,  which for 2011 is being held at Newark Showground. We welcome as many of you as possible to come to the farm for the tour. We'll be providing a  guided tour of our pedigree enterprise while detailing our management  ethos behind our extensive breeding programme. For more information on  the event or to book tickets for the tour please contact Euan Emslie on  01430 441870 or the NBA Head Office on 01434 601005 or visit

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In an attempt to further enhance the female genetics in the herd, we have recently purchased some new French bloodlines. Three in-calf cows Asie, by Ondit and in-calf to Urville; Bouigie, by Objat and in-calf to Urville and Valentine, by Tenor and in-calf to Tastevin, are now on the farm along with two cows with calves at foot: Bloom, by Renoir and Ursone, by Mas Du Clo, who both have heifer calves at foot.

These genetics will make a great addition to the herd and we look forward to seeing how they progress and breed over the forthcoming years. 

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BLOOM and her heifer calf FINA



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Our recently purchased new French sire Bolide has now been added on to Semen Store with semen available for £30 a straw with a £50 royalty charge.

By Neuf out of Unibelle and with Ionesco and Highlander on his dam side, this bull impressed us greatly for his superb length, loin and hindquarter. He was purchased last year having won the muscle class at Brive Show in France. He is suitable for both commercial and pedigree herds.  

Having gone live on the Semen Store site on the 25th June he went to number 1 on the 12th July and  hasn’t been out of the best sellers since then.

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Having proven his worth to us over the years as a sire of great females with tremendous breed character, we have sold our imported French sire Vagabond in a private deal to David Duffin, Twinoaks.



Although Mereside Daytona was destined for sale in Carlisle, we couldn’t refuse the offer of £9000 off farm for him from Messrs Heald of the Coachhouse herd, Nottinghamshire. By Objat he is out of the Obus daughter Mereside Binky.

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Leading the way for us at the Newark Livestock Market Limousin sale in April was Mereside Dubai, a son of Alaska out of the Obus daughter Mereside Anabel. Having stood male champion on the day he later sold for the second highest price of the day, 4500gns to Messrs Williams, Cullompton, Devon.

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We would like to wish buyer David Burns the very best of luck with his recently purchased in-calf heifer Mereside Carol. By Vagabond, she is out of Mereside Uhu and was sold privately off the farm.


Trade for top end commercial cattle was flying for our cattle this month with our recent batch of 40 killing bulls averaging 190p/kg and selling to a top of 217p/kg at just 12 months old at Newark Livestock market. This is the fifth week on the run, we have topped the sale!