Plumtree Limousins

Hall Farm was purchased in 2006 as a run-down free range chicken farm. Since then I have worked hard to build a bespoke cattle unit with excellent housing and handling facilities making it a self managed, contained unit, as well as a new house for myself. The Plumtree Limousin herd was established in 2007 with the purchase of the Sympa daughter Bankdale Amber at the Society’s Red Ladies Sale in Carlisle for 7000gns. For me, Amber oozed breed character, femininity and, coupled with her great shape she was a stand out from day one and has since gone on to be an integral part of the herd today.

It’s been a fairy tale start from here on. Amber’s first calf, Plumtree Deus by Cloughhead Umpire, was born in May 2008 and stood reserve senior champion at the February Bull Sales in Carlisle 2010 and was sold for 35,000gns to C V Lewis and Sons, Welshpool, for their Garyvaughan herd.

Amber is out of the French cow, Princesse, who has bred consistently well in the Bankdale herd. She is the mother of Bankdale Alice who bred Bankdale Exfactor who sold in Carlisle in May 2011 for 38,000gns and another daughter of Alice, Amber’s full sister Bankdale Erin, who sold for a world record female price of 65,000gns. 

Other foundation purchases in the herd have included Sarkley Atalie, Sarkely Amelia and Sarkley Barbette, who were all purchased in 2007 at the Sarkley production sale in Carlisle and two further heifers, Ronick Bulay and Ronick Canita, were purchased in 2008 at the Ronick production sale.

In 2008, two heifers were bought at Newark Livestock Market, Millington Cadbury and Millington Concerto, who are both by Mas Du Clo. Later that year, Sloughpool Tasmine was purchased at Bristol for 5000gns. She is by Strathallan Diplomat out of a Broadmeadows Cannon daughter.  

The herd continued to grow in 2011 with the purchase of more heifers from the Sarkley herd, this time, Sarkley Elegant and Sarkley Elludy.

Along with the purchase of top quality females with proven and successful breeding behind them, the herd undertakes an extensive flushing programme, namely from our top brood cows, Bankdale Amber and Sarkley Atallie. Only AI is used in the herd with no plans as yet to secure a stock bull. Currently the bulls used are Cloughhead Umpire, Wilodge Vantastic, Haltcliffe Vermount, Mas Du Clo and the homebred Plumtree Deus.

The aim at Hall Farm is to have a nucleus herd of up to 20 females capable of producing top quality heifers and males for sale in to pedigree herds.

The herd is a member of the Bio Best health scheme and is BVD accredited. The herd is also performance recorded.

I hope you enjoy browsing the site and look forward to seeing you at sales in the future or on the farm.

Paul Cairns