Welsh farmer’s huge Rambo bull sells for ‘world record’ price, enough to buy a house


A Welsh breeder has raked in a world record price for a ‘special’ bull described as one of the best to ever come to market. Gerwyn Jones, of Graig Goch Farm, Nebo, in Conwy, saw bids flying for Graiggoch Rambo at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s May bull sale in Cumbria.

He said he was “delighted” when the hammer fell to 180,000gns (£189,000) – the highest price ever paid for a Limousin bull, reports NorthWalesLive. The proceeds are enough to buy a house in the local town of Gerwyn, Llanrwst, where properties averaged £187,157 last year, according to Rightmove. However, the proceeds are likely to be reinvested in breeding stock.

Remarkably, this was Gerwyn’s first Limousin pedigree and his first foray into Borderway Mart, Carlisle. After the sale, he said, “Weekend events are just beginning.

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“After working for a long time with experienced breeders, I knew Rambo was something special, which was confirmed by the interest and offers received at home before the sale. Due to the attention he attracted, I feared it would deter underbids, luckily it didn’t.I’m delighted that my first Limousin registered pedigree sold so well.

The new world record price broke the previous mark of 140,000 gns held by Trueman Jagger since 2015. Rambo was purchased in a bilateral syndicate by MM. Jenkinson of the Whinfellpark herd, Penrith, and Boden & Davies of the Sportsmans herd, Stockport. Commenting on behalf of the syndicate, Iain Scott, farm manager at Whinfellpark, said: “He was probably the best bull we have ever seen offered for sale in Carlisle.

“His lineage is exceptional. He has width, muscle depth and is correct on his feet and legs. With all the previous attributes, he still retains his purebred character in his head. Rambo will go straight to stud to have his semen sampled.

Sale champion Graiggoch Rambo is pictured (left) alongside Reserve Champion of the Day Goldies Relish

Rambo, a bull born in November 2020, is a son of Ampertaine Elgin and Sarkley Glorianne. In an intriguing story, Gerwyn was offered the opportunity to give a cow to a bull of his choice as a thank you for the work done on the Sarkley herd of EH Pennie & Son, Montgomery, Powys.

An embryo implanted from this lead leads to Graiggoch Rambo. The Limousin Cattle Society said, “The saying goes ‘…perhaps a small act, by sincere intention, becomes great’, and there certainly cannot be a better example.”

At the pre-sale show, Rambo was ranked Intermediate and Overall Champion. Judge Pat Greaney insisted he was the “best bull I have ever seen”.

Pat said: “It’s 100% correct with power all over the place, a great top and without the coarseness that can sometimes come with it. I slept well the night before the judgment, but I didn’t sleep well after I saw it! I knew an amazing sale was coming.

The junior men's champion was 19,000 gns Pabo Superspice of WP Hughes & Son, Llanbabo, Anglesey
The junior men’s champion was 19,000 gns Pabo Superspice of WP Hughes & Son, Llanbabo, Anglesey

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