February 12, 2018 Maerdy Morwr finds a new home in Aberdeenshire

Flintshire Vet and renowned Charolais breeder Esmor Evans is delighted to announce that he has recently sold the 18-month-old, Charolais bull Maerdy Morwr from the farm gate for the impressive sum of £25,000. This is the thirteenth bull to have been sold for £25,000 or more from the Maerdy herd.

Maerdy Morwr is a son of the home-bred Maerdy Dynamite who has sired more than 170 offspring in Esmor’s Flintshire based herd since 2011. His dam Maerdy Fee is sired by the French-bred Victorieux who was imported by Mr Evans in 2006, who has eight bulls forward for the Stirling on the 20 February.

David Stubbs of AJR Farms purchased Morwr for his Ellon-based, 39 strong Newlogie Charolais herd. Mr Stubbs who is new to pedigree Charolais breeding, only joined the society in August of last year after purchasing the Logiestate herd of M Bruce and Partners. Maerdy Morwr, picked out by renowned stockmen Andrew & James Reid, is a very correct bull with tremendous presence and breed character who brings new bloodlines to the herd.

The farm is keen to expand their Charolais enterprise and more new additions have come in the way of the recent purchase of three animals from France, most notably Nobel, a young bull by 2016 Paris champion Hatenon. Picked from an impressive pen of calves, including a brother who won at Moulins 2017, Nobel is showing great potential and with his different breeding will undoubtedly have a big influence on the herd in the future.



February 9, 2018 Challenges ahead; time to think about your forward Beef strategy.

By David Mackenzie, Harbro

The press is full of debate about the challenges facing not only the UK as a whole post-Brexit, but specifically the challenges which may arise for UK agriculture once current trade agreements are changed. Without doubt this has the potential to cause great change – some say for the better, whist others fear agriculture could suffer without the EU support mechanisms and tariff protections.

The truth is that nobody knows what the outcome will be, and in the context of climate change and world population growth, perhaps Brexit will not even be the dominant force for change in the years ahead.

With this background how can beef producers possibly know the right way forward for their genetics?

The reality is that the choice of bull made today is a statement of the direction of that beef business for the next number of years. The type of genetics chosen today will in many cases be a key driver towards the sort of beef herd you have in 10 years’ time.

The three pillars of farm performance: Genetics, Nutrition, Management

Looking forward, the recurrent theme which seems to come through in all scenarios seems to be a drive towards greater technical efficiency. Whether it is from a reduction in post–Brexit support, reductions in tariffs which help restrict beef imports to the UK or long-term global demand for nutrients, all roads appear to lead to the conclusion that we need to ‘maximise outputs from given inputs’.

Genetics: Starting at the beginning of the supply chain the single most important factor that determines the profitability of the whole herd, is using the best available genetics. With less labour and time available Breeders are striving towards shorter calving periods and aiming towards more consistency in batch sizes at weaning. Responding to the requirements of the finisher, the aim is to achieve less days to market and more weight off farm at a younger age. With supply chains in many cases becoming more integrated, and with performance data being more readily available, the focus on genetics is going to be stronger than ever. And with farms becoming larger, understanding the role of genetics in whole-chain efficiency will become paramount.

Nutrition: It is absolutely clear that nutrition is key to achieving the potential of genetics. Exciting new science is demonstrating the opportunity to change the way genes are expressed through nutrition, and that this might even be possible before conception! There is clear opportunity for further useful research to be carried out in this area but we should be aware of the scope to improve current efficiency through improved feeding. One of the most striking recent examples has been the improved output of heifers by applying the correct balance of protein and starch at a young age. This has led to significant extra output and value from increased carcass weight.

In the past few years Harbro have worked with producers to improve health through nutrition and as a result we have developed a clear message of getting the rumen right is fundamental to overall health.

Management: The finishing landscape is changing. The pressures being placed on processors for a more efficient supply of uniform, quality product is resulting in much closer collaborations between the large finishers and abattoirs. With a greater focus on a more consistent supply of the appropriate animals, finishers themselves are looking to source more of the ideal animals for their system. These changes will inevitably drive a new focus on management which is likely to lead to more streamlined systems relying on detailed production data.

The beef industry may have much to learn in this regard from the unsubsidised pig and poultry industries which have driven output and efficiency in a large part through tackling variation in production. Eliminating the loss from ‘bottom-third’ performers is possibly the quickest way towards improving efficiency and profitability, and this is where many in the beef industry are focusing their attention.

The reality is that much of this variation can be tackled even before bulling by planning for a tight calving pattern. A more consistent group of calves makes management so much easier, and translates to an easier managed breeding herd as replacements come through. Proper pre-bulling nutrition, bull management and health surveillance set the best foundations for bulling success. Only bulling heifers over a six week period has ensured that only the most fertile animals are joining the herd and this has been a successful improvement to many breeders.

Harbro are investing heavily in supporting a profitable beef industry. We have developed a strategic partnership with Glasgow Vet School to take a lead on understanding the interaction between nutrition, rumen health and performance data. As profit drives our decisions the Charolais breed has always been recognised for delivering a fast growing efficient animal and this is why the breed was brought into the UK industry over 50 years ago and will have an even bigger role to play in the future.

Whilst challenges are undoubtedly ahead it is quite clear that the UK has the farmers, the genetics, the science and the management skills to compete. To do that, however, we need to plan and make the right decisions now.

Picture attached: Alan Meston, Stonehaven Aberdeenshire, a great example of a data driven Beef finisher which has put Charolais at the centre of his business strategy.


February 9, 2018 Charolais sell to 5,800gns at Welshpool

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a top bid of 5,800gns in Welshpool on Thursday 8 February, at the breed’s official spring sale, where 16 bulls sold to an average of £3622.50 and an improvement of 8% on last year’s clearance rate.

Leading the way at 5,800gns was Gareth Jones’ reserve champion from Cwmtirmynach, Bala. The May-2016 born Esgob Morgan who was snapped up by Edward Bros, Oswestry, Shropshire, is a son of Alwent Goldbar and the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur daughter, Esgob Glain.

Esgob Morgan the reserve champion from Mr G M Jones sold for 5800 gns

Next in the trade stakes and purchased at 4,800gns by RW Owen, Garn Solbenmaen, Gwynedd for was Trefaldwyn Magnus, who had been tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show for breeder and exhibitor Arwel Owen, Welshpool, Powys. The 17-month-old Magnus boosts an impressive pedigree, being sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar and out of the 11,000gns Royal Welsh Show female champion Trefaldwyn Fancygirl, a daughter of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister.

Trefaldwyn Magnus sold for 4800 gns from Mr R A Owen

Just behind at 4,600gns was a yellow-ticket-winner from Mrs Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton, Wiltshire, the
Wesley Forceful son Foxacre Miletus. The May-2016 born Miletus is out of the Three Counties reserve junior heifer champion Foxacre Galante and goes home to work in Knighton, Powys for RP Morgan and Son.

Foxacre Miletus sold for 4600 gns from Mrs A Orr-Ewing

Two bulls sold for 4,500gns apiece and both were offered for sale by the aforementioned Arwel Owen. The first, Caenest Morgan who was bred by J and E Evans, Dryffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd had also been awarded a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show. This 14-month-old who caught the eye of TT Jones and Co, Llanbrynmair, Powys, is by the proven high performing, short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of Trefaldwyn Eternity who in-turn is sired by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger.

Caenest Morgan sold for 4500 gns from Mr R A Owen

Minutes later Mr Owen’s secured another bid of 4,500gns, this time for the home-bred November-2016 born Trefaldwyn Max who is also sired by Blelack Digger. His dam is the Goldies Eddy daughter Trefaldwyn Ice and the NPTC Group, Newtown, Powys were his winning bidders.

Trefaldwyn Max sold for 4500 gns from Mr R A Owen

Next, the 22-month-old Montgomery Meic commanded a 3,500gns bid from Gipsy Hall Farms, Wilmcote, Warwickshire. Meic who stood third in his class in the morning’s show is sired by the 9,000gns Balmyle Harlequin, out of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister daughter Montgomery Iarll and was bred and exhibited by Gareth Roberts and Jones, Welshpool, Powys.

The next highest priced at 3,200gns was Gwenog Musketeer, consigned by J S & P L Howells, Llanwenog, Dyfed. This August-2016 born son of the 12,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Thrunton Classic and the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding daughter Gwenog Trali went home with TA and ME Jones, Llanbrynmair, Powys.

A trio of bulls were knocked down at 3,000gns a piece, with the first coming from Highfields Park Farm, Withyham, Sussex. The 20-month-old, blue-ticket winning Chameran Marek who was purchased by WF Palmer and Sons, Truro, Cornwall, is sired by the 12,000gns Cumberland Show champion of champions Sandelford Harrison and out of Edenhurst Fleur – another Dingle Hofmeister daughter.

Matching the 3,000gns price tag was the September-2016 born Wissington Mickey. Mickey, an entry from Jenny and John Rix, Nayland, Essex who was exhibited by Darren Knox was purchased by DWR Reynolds and Son, Knighton, Powys, is by the aforementioned Blelack Digger and out of the home-bred Gretnahouse Ferdinand-sired Wissington Jolly.

Also hitting the 3,000gns price tag was Esmor Evans’ 14-month-old Maerdy Mario from Mold, Flintshire. Maerdy Gwlan is out of French-bred Begonia daughter Maerdy Poem and sired by the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior champion Blelack Fabulous. The Williams’ of Holt, were the successful bidder and take him home to their Wrexham-based unit.

The only female of the sale was a 2-year-old entry from Mr R J Butler, Rudford, Gloucestershire. Commanding a bid of 2,100gns from C Wardle, Sandbach, Cheshire was the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Carrigbeg Ladyjane who sells served to Davally Illusion.

Averages: 16 bulls: £3,622.50; one heifer: £2,100
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Peter Heath, Hartfield, east Sussex

First Prize Winners Charolais Welshpool February 8th 2018

Show Results
Class One – Bulls born on or between 03/03/2016 – 14/04/2016
1st – Ann Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Maecenas – s. Wesley Forceful
2nd – Ann Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Marcellus – s. Wesley Forceful
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Meic – s. Balmyle Harlequin
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 03/05/2016 – 30/06/2016
1st – Gareth Jones – Esgob Morgan – s. Alwent Goldbar
2nd – Highfields Park Farm – Chameran Marek – s. Sandelford Harrison
3rd – Ann Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Miletus – s. Wesley Forceful

Class Three – Bulls born on or between 09/07/2016 – 15/09/2016
1st – Peter Howells – Pedr Mysterio – s. Newroddige Imp
2nd – Arwel Owen – Trefaldwyn Magnus – s. Brampton Nacodar
3rd – James & Belinda Kimber – Beanhill Major – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
Class Four – Bulls born on or after 02/10/2016
1st – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Murray – s. Blelack Fabulous
2nd – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Myrddin – s. Vald’or-ra
3rd – Arwel Owen – Caenest Morgan – s. Blelack Digger
Class Five – Females
1st – Robert Butler – Carrigbeg Minty – s. Doonally Nicefor
2nd – Robert Butler – Carrigbeg Ladyjane – s. Burradon Talisman

Esmor Evans – Maerdy Murray – s. Blelack Fabulous
Reserve Champion
Gareth Jones – Esgob Morgan – s. Alwent Goldbar


January 30, 2018 Polled for profit

It was a fine day last summer when we visited the JordanCastle herd of polled Charolais in Wellow, managed by Sydney Carr and his daughter Laura. Alongside their pure Charolais herd which they run on a commercial basis, they host school visits in their purpose-built education facility and entertain guests in their three holiday cottages set in the idyllic Nottinghamshire countryside.

The education enterprise is the brain child of Laura, who feels strongly about the benefits of teaching children how their food is produced. It was set up in partnership with the Higher Level and now Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme which enables them to offer free visits to schools. They also offer visits to other organisations whether it be farming or local interest groups.

Sydney is the third generation to farm at Jordan Castle Farm after his grandfather and uncle purchased the farm in 1939 and both he and his daughter Laura were born in the farmhouse. The 270-acre holding consists of 50% grazing and 50% arable which supports the winter feeding needs of the cattle with the remainder sold as milling wheat. The 200 cattle are fed hay and 1kg of barley per day in the winter and when brought in, are kept in their management groups sorted by age with the spring and autumn calvers kept apart.

Charolais cattle are renowned for their good temperament and this herd is a shining example. The Carrs have culled any cattle that show any signs of bad disposition and the result is a herd that are quiet, friendly and easy to manage. This is of paramount importance in this low maintenance system as the main day-to-day work is undertaken by Sydney while Laura is away working during the week. Sydney’s motto is “decent cattle, decent feed, it all comes down to management”.

Easier management was the reason why Sydney was initially drawn to polled Charolais with their reputation for being easier calving. He said, “It has paid off from the start. I have only had to assist one calving in the past year”.

Sydney joined the polled society, as it was then, in 1987 after purchasing his first polled Charolais bull in 1982 from Ralph Needham’s Cockerington herd. These days, the farm’s 75 breeding females produce stores to sell at nearby Newark in the Spring and Autumn, whilst heifers are kept for replacements and pedigree sales. The herd averaged £1100 for their 17-18 month old steers and heifers sold through Newark in 2016. Laura said “When we finish cattle they usually attain a U-grade and average £1250. Currently I am exploring the benefits of selling some of our animals as meat direct to the consumer”.

Stock bulls are selected for style and temperament and their latest addition Cockerington Justice has turned out to be the quietest they have had. There are three bulls running with the herd at present; the homebred JordanCastle Heathcliff and Alwent Impact are also earning their keep. Sydney comments, “We hope to keep one of Heathcliff’s sons for breeding in the future. Unusually we purchased Impact from Steve Nesbitt at just 13-months-old, but he has been a great success. We tend to work our bulls for six years, and bring in fresh bloodlines for our replacements”.

Calving is in the Spring and Autumn and is spread over a few weeks for ease of management. All the herds females were born on farm with the exception of one purchased from the Needhams at the same time as Cockerington Justice. Laura remarked, “Cockerington Jodie was a very nice Christmas present!”

Heifers are calved down at approximately two years nine months and are routinely still calving at 12 years old with the oldest mother this season being 16.

The Carr’s breeding bulls are usually sold at about 20-22 months and Sydney commented “People want to purchase bulls that are ready to work and by that age they can see what they’re getting. We advertise through our website, Sell My Livestock and the Newark Market newsletter. We also have lots of repeat customers who like our easy-calving, good-tempered bulls”.

On the day of our visit, James and his mum Serena Underwood of Gillingham, Dorset were visiting to look at the 22-month-old JordanCastle Lionheart. The Underwoods established their Pennymore herd in March last year, with the purchase of five cows and calves from the Cockerington herd. They obviously liked the look of Lionheart as he subsequently travelled to his new home in Dorset at the end of July. James recently commented “I chose him for his nice nature and good EBV’s. I am just starting out with Charolais and he has proved to be a lovely quiet bull who I move everyday and he has never given me any problems. He’s running with my eleven breeding females at the moment, and the five cows who I put him to first are due to calve in June and July. Working full time, I have chosen to calve in the long days of the summer months. I am looking to put him with some sucklers once he has his first calves on the ground.”

To find out more about the JordanCastle herd, visit their website or find them on Facebook and Instagram: Jordan Castle Polled Charolais

January 4, 2018 Charolais International Congress 2018

The British Charolais Cattle Society are pleased to announce the details of the 2018 International Charolais Congress, which will take place in Sweden from Saturday 29 June to Saturday 7 July 2018.

The tour begins in Stockholm and includes farm, company and cultural visits throughout South Sweden. It finishes in Ystad with exit through Copenhagen airport.

Details of the post tour to Norway from Sunday 8 to Tuesday 10 July will follow shortly.

The last date for registration is 15 February and payment must be received by 1 March.

The cost of the Congress is listed in Swedish Krona and does not include international flights.  Field Farm Tours Ltd would be happy to quote for flights from your preferred airport as well as process your registration, sending one invoice in GBP that then provides financial protection for all monies paid to Field Farm Tours Ltd under the CAA’s ATOL Scheme. An indication of the Congress cost (the GBP equivalent cost will be determined at the time of the payment): SEK 25,000pp = GBP £2,300pp based on sharing a double/twin occupancy room. If you prefer a single occupancy room then an additional supplement of SEK 4,500pp is also due (approx. GBP £420pp).

Click on the links below for more information on the tour

Sweden 2018 Tour Invitation

Sweden Tour Booking Form

World Charolais Congress 2018 Post Tour NorwayNCH Post tour Norway

If you would like to book, please contact Caroline Cree at Field Farm Tours for more information on: Tel: 01636 616060 or Email:

December 15, 2017 Oakchurch Farm herd wins AHDB Beef & Lamb Progressive Herd award for the Charolais cattle breed

The Oakchurch herd, owned by Jeremy Price from Herefordshire, has been recognised by AHDB Beef & Lamb as the most progressive herd of Charolais cattle based on the herd’s genetic merit and improvement in 2017.


Jeremy’s parents had kept the Charolais breed before which inspired him to set up Oakchurch in 2007. The herd is comprised of 20 cows with females kept as replacements and bulls sold for breeding.

In order to monitor performance, Jeremy started recording as soon as he set up the herd. Jeremy said: “I find if you enter accurate data you get useful information back. We have a good trade for cattle from home and sell privately to herds based on good data. People want an idea of what they are buying and performance recording really helps with that.”

Jeremy focuses on growth rates and says calving ease is essential with the commercial producer in mind. “No commercial farmer wants to be getting out of bed at night to calve a cow. We aim for cows that give birth unassisted, have a short gestation period, don’t suffer losses and produce calves with good growth rates and conformation. We are also aiming for a bit more fat depth.”

Carried out by the breeding company, Jeremy uses artificial insemination (AI) on his cows to out-source genetics to improve certain traits where possible. “At the moment, when choosing bulls, I am focusing on calving ease, growth rates and fat depth,” explains Jeremy. “When it comes to cows, we look at their pedigree, figures, and conformation.”

Over the last 10 years, Jeremy has used Blelack Digger who was a top bull for calving traits. “He really helped move the breed forward and commercial producers love him,” says Jeremy. He now keeps two stock bulls. Balthayock Jupiter has top figures with balanced traits, he has nice conformation, easy calving with a short gestation. “I have just bought Balthayok Marksmen who has good figures and will add fat depth to the cattle. Just over a year ago I imported semen from Palgrove Justice from Australia and used the semen via AI with the aim of producing easy doing cattle with added fat depth. The first calves by him have just been born so it will be interesting to see how they get on,” says Jeremy.

“It’s nice to have won the award for a second time. We want to carry on improving the breed so it is good to see we are still making good progress.”

November 23, 2017 Pedigree Calf Fair Beef Expo Northern Ireland

This year’s Pedigree Calf Fair was held at Balmoral showground on Saturday 18 November and Councilman Neil Blyth from Elwick, Cleveland travelled over the water to judge the Charolais classes.

Senior Champion Hollywell Mojito and Reserve Senior Champion Currins Maddie with sponsor MSD Bovipast RSP and judge Neil Blyth

Senior Champion Hollywell Mojito and Reserve Senior Champion Currins Maddie with sponsor MSD Bovipast RSP and judge Neil Blyth

The senior championship was won by the 14-month-old Hollywell Mojito from John and Sandra Middleton, Upper Creevagh, Co Derry. Mojito is sired by the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and out of the Doonally Nicefor-sired Hollywell Harriet. Placing in reserve was an entry from Josh Armstrong, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh. Currins Maddie is a November-2016-born son of Goldstar Echo and Drumlone Jasmine who goes back to Doonally New.

Junior Champion Brigadoon Newman

Junior Champion Brigadoon Newman

Both the champion and reserve in the junior section were won by the Connolly family, Ballynahinch, Co Down. Their champion was the seven-month-old Brigadoon Newman who is out of the Royal Captain-sired Brigadoon Icequeen and their reserve Brigadoon Nova is out of Brigadoon Felicity who is sired by the 18,000gns Sackville Claudius. Both entries are sired by the 10,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion, Goldies Icon.

Reserve Junior Champion Brigadoon Nova

Reserve Junior Champion Brigadoon Nova

Class Results

Class 31 – Bull, born on or between 01/09/16 & 31/12/16
1st – J&S Middleton – Hollywell Mojito – s. Thrunton Fairfax
2nd – S&D Bothwell – Killadeas Matador – s. Blelack Digger
3rd – R McWilliams – Stranagone Makemyday – s. Stranagone Jones

Class 32 – Heifer, born on or between 01/09/16 & 31/12/16
1st – J Armstrong – Currins Maddie – s. Goldstar Echo
2nd – A Richardson – Hillviewfarm Margaret – s. Blelack Digger

Class 33 – Bull, born on or between 01/01/17 & 31/03/17
1st – N&G Matchett – Birches Nutcracker – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
2nd – S Bradley – Slievemore Native – s. Thrunton Bonjovi
3rd – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Notorious – s. Goldies Icon

Class 34 – Heifer, born on or between 01/01/17 & 31/03/17
1st – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nevada – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nyoka – s. Goldies Icon
3rd – Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Nancy ET – s. Major

Class 35 – Bull Calf, born after 01/04/17
1st – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Newman – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – S&D Bothwell – Killadeas National – s. Gwenog Braveheart
3rd – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nemesis – s. Brampton Petition

Class 36 – Heifer Calf, born after 01/04/17
1st – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nova – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – N&G Matchett – Birches Nancy – s. Doonally New
3rd – A Richardson – Hillviewfarm Naughtygirl – s. Blelack Digger

November 18, 2017 Mountain Tops Carlisle Charolais

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 5,500gns and an average of £3,304, for the 15 bulls sold at Borderway Mart for the breeds last official sale of the year on Friday 17 November. The clearance rate was up by 18% on the year, continuing the trend that has been consistent throughout every one of this year’s Society sales.

Whitecliffe Mountain - 5,500gns - Top price & Reserve Supreme Champion

Whitecliffe Mountain – 5,500gns – Top price & Reserve Supreme Champion

The trade topper at 5,500gns was the reserve supreme and reserve male champion from breeders Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire. The 18-month-old Whitecliffe Mountain is sired by the home-bred Whitecliffe Highlight and out of Whitecliffe Harriete, who goes back to the 38,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Goldies Champion and was purchased by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire. A delighted Jane said that “He was a great calf out of Whitecliffe Highlight who is producing progeny perfect for meeting todays market specifications. His homebred sons have sold to 6,200gns this year through the ring, are selling just as well from home and he is producing well on other farms too through AI sales. We also use him on our sucklers and his first commercial progeny sold this spring at just over 12 months old. One went to ABP at 12 months and nine days, with a dead weight of 446kg and making a total of £1498, while another sold live at 800kg, five days younger for £1450”.

Bassett Magnet - 5,400gns

Bassett Magnet – 5,400gns

Next and selling for 5,400gns to PL Heard, Okehampton, Devon, was the February-2016-born, yellow ticket winner Bassett Magnet, from Jean Atkinson, Malton, North Yorkshire. His sire is Bassett Inspector and his dam Bassett Dolly is sired by the Northumberland-bred Thrunton Troubadore.

Glenbuck Mint - 5,200gns - Supreme Champion

Glenbuck Mint – 5,200gns – Supreme Champion

Following on at 5,200gns was Glenbuck Mint ET who had been selected by Judge Eimear McGovern as the day’s supreme and male champion. The 22-year-old Eimear travelled over from Clogher, Co Tyrone, with a film crew who have been filming the McGovern family throughout the year for the up-coming TV show Rare Breed – A Farming Year, which will be aired on UTV and TV3 in Northern Ireland from January, and will also available on ITV player. She commented “I feel very honoured to be asked to judge here today and chose Mint as Champion for his power, shape and locomotion”. The 19-month-old Major-sired Mint, whose dam Yambo Hanora who goes back to Doonally New was snapped up by AJ Ewing, Annan, Dumfriesshire, from breeders and exhibitors Robin and Damien O’Mullan, Rasharkin, Co Antrim.

Holstead Lottie - 3,800gns - Reserve Female Champion

Holstead Lottie – 3,800gns – Reserve Female Champion

Heading up the female section at 3,800gns was the reserve female champion from Fred, June and Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire. The September-2015-born Holtstead Lottie, is sired by Balthayock Hamish and out of the Royal Show senior male champion Gretnahouse Archangel-sired Thrunton Debutante. She was purchased in-calf by David Hazell, Bicester, Oxfordshire.

Also in the money for the Andrews family was a cow and calf outfit selling for 3,700gns to JR Germany, Coltishall, Norfolk, having been placed second in their class earlier at the pre-sale show. Mother Holtstead Imagine, who was crowned breed junior champion at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2014, is a 2013-born daughter of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and Holstead Veronique, who goes back to 10,500gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Gretnahouse Noel, and her 3-month-old daughter Holtstead Nigella is sired by Goldies Eddy.

As an added feature of the sale there were drafts from three Charolais herds. The first was the Gretnahouse herd of Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, whose heifers took the fancy of aforementioned David Hazell from Bicester, who managed to bag four out of the five on offer. The highest priced at 2,400gns, was the June-2016-born Gretnahouse Mulona, whose breeding includes the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and the homebred Gretnahouse Fulona who in-turn is sired by the 25,000gns Perth senior champion Thrunton Camelot.

Then D Smith and sons, Mauchline, Ayrshire offered four cow and calf pairs. The top priced at 2,200gns was a mother and daughter set, Lawersbridge Hope and Lawersbridge Nettle. Hope is a daughter of herd sire Smithston Elite and Redheughs Essex who goes back to the Northern Ireland National Charolais Show reserve male champion Glencoe Vision, while her daughter Nettle is sired by the Dumfries Show male champion Lawersbridge Iceberg. Both travel on to Balerno, Mid Lothian with purchasers Messrs Wardlaw.

Finally, there was a major reduction from the Ashby herd of David and Carol Noton, Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Their top priced was Ashby Lucy, who is an October-2015 born daughter of Blelack Digger and the Clyth Diplomat-sired Ashby Hyacinth, she also purchased by David Hazell, this time for 2,500gns.

Averages: 15 Bulls £3,304; two cow and calves £3,203; two heifers £2,730; five Gretnahouse heifers £2,331; four Lawersbridge cow and calves £2,021; five Ashby cow and calves £2,079; one Ashby cow £1,890, three Ashby heifers £1,820.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

completed sale catalogue

Show Results

Supreme & Male Champion
R and Damien O’Mullan – Glenbuck Mint ET – s. Major
Reserve Supreme & Reserve Male Champion
M & J Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Mountain – s. Whitecliffe Highlight

Female Champion
D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Heidi – s. Blelack Digger
Reserve Female Champion
F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Lottie – s. Balthayock Hamish

Class One – Bulls born on or between 30/05/15 and 10/01/16
1st – MR McCornick – McCornick Morpheus – s. Thrunton Hermes
2nd – W Richardson & Sons – Laverock Logo – s. Cottage Devon
3rd – Hackleton Farms – Hackleton Manwell – s. Thrunton Doubletop

Class Two – Bulls born on or between 28/01/2016 and 31/03/16
1st – Jenny & John Rix – Wissington Mercedes – s. Thrunton Hammerstein
2nd – JD Leavesley – Tutbury Mecedes – s. Esgob Ferrari
3rd – Jean Atkinson – Bassett Magnet – s. Bassett Inspector

Class Three – Bulls born on or between 01/04/16 and 22/04/16
1st – R and Damien O’Mullan – Glenbuck Mint ET – s. Major
2nd – Ouston Farms – Ravensworth Max – s. Doonally New
3rd – JHC Campbell & Son – Thrunton Midas – s. Thrunton Gladiator

Class Four – Bulls born on or after 24/04/16
1st – M & J Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Mountain – s. Whitecliffe Highlight
2nd – JD Leavesley – Tutbury Matlock – s. Esgob Ferrari
3rd – Jean Atkinson – Bassett Monsoon – s. Bassett Inspector

Class Five – Cows served and/or suckling
1st – D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Heidi – s. Blelack Digger
2nd F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Imagine – s. Newhouse Bigal

Class Six – Served/Maiden Heifers
1st – F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Lottie – s. Balthayock Hamish
2nd – D Smith & Son – Lawersbridge Lulu – s. Lawersbridge Ferocious

November 13, 2017 Stars of the Future 2017 Results

Reserve Continental Senior Champion - Falleninch Mars

Reserve Continental Senior Champion – Falleninch Mars

Reserve Continental Senior Champion, Charolais Senior Champion & Charolais Senior Male Champion
Andrew Hornall – Falleninch Mars – s. Fairway Jefferson

Formakin Narvana

Reserve Continental Junior Champion – Formakin Narvana

Reserve Continental Junior Champion, Charolais Junior Champion & Charolais Junior Female Champion
McMurrich Partnership – Formakin Nirvana – s. Cyrano

Allanfauld Napoleon

Reserve Junior Champion – Allanfauld Napoleon

Reserve Charolais Junior Champion & Charolais Junior Male Champion
A MacGregor Ltd – Allanfauld Napoleon – s. Dingle Hofmeister

Reserve Charolais Junior Female Champion
J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Neena – s. Goldies Decider

Reserve Charolais Junior Male Champion
Mr DM Lyle – Loganbar Northwest – s. Westcarse Jumbo

Reserve Senior Champion - Blackford Monarch

Reserve Senior Champion – Blackford Monarch

Reserve Charolais Senior Champion
J & J Graham – Blackford Monarch – s. Clyth Diplomat

Charolais Senior Female Champion
G Russell – Lesliepark Molly – s. Barnsford Ferny

Reserve Charolais Senior Female Champion
J Morris – Olrig Minny – s. Blelack Blackberet

Class 16 – Charolais Heifers born 1st March to 4th May 2017
1st – Mr T Atkinson – Balbithan Nabraska – s. Davally Illusion
2nd – J & E Wight – Midshield Nadia – s. Blelack Jerrylee
3rd – MR McCornick – McCornick Nutella – s. Balmyle Jupiter

Class 15 – Charolais Heifers born 2nd January to 12th February 2017
1st – McMurrich Partnership – Formakin Nirvana – s. Cyrano
2nd – J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Neena – s. Goldies Decider
3rd – RA Milne – Elgin Nancy – s. Woodpark Elgin

Class 14 – Charolais Bulls born 1st Jan to 18th May 2017
1st – A MacGregor Ltd – Allanfauld Napoleon – s. Dingle Hofmeister
2nd – Mr DM Lyle – Loganbar Northwest – s. Westcarse Jumbo
3rd – RA Milne – Elgin Neuer – s. Woodpark Elgin

Class 13 – Charolais Heifers born 24th October to 24th December 2016
1st – J Morris – Olrig Minny – s. Blelack Blackberet
2nd – Mr G Russell – Lesliepark Maggie – s. Mandela Dillon1
3rd – DM Lyle – Loganbar Muriel – s. Westcarse Jumbo

Class 12 – Charolais Heifers born 2nd July to 21st Sept 2016
1st – G Russell – Lesliepark Molly – s. Barnsford Ferny
2nd – Mr DM Lyle – Loganbar Madame – s. Bostonia Invincible
3rd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Marie – s. Kilbline 1 Intigator

Class 11 – Charolais Bulls born 8th October to 25th December 2016
1st – J & J Graham – Blackford Monarch – s. Clyth Diplomat
2nd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Mover – s. Blelack Giggsey
3rd – J Morris Esq – Olrig Montblanc – s. Blelack Blackberet

Class 10 – Charolais Bulls born 20th July to 2nd Sept 2016
1st – Andrew Hornall – Falleninch Mars – s. Fairway Jefferson
2nd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Morgan – s. Kilbline 1 Intigator
3rd – Mr D Thornley – Dooley Matador – s. Davally Igolo

November 11, 2017 Charolais averages and clearance rates continue to rise

A combination of pedigree and commercial interest saw a flying trade of Charolais bulls at Welshpool on Thursday 9 November. Bidding peaked at 7,200gns, while 13 lots traded at 5,000gns and above. The 43 bulls sold averaged £4444.19, an increase on last year of £588 and clearance rates were also up on the year by an incredible 31% to 84%, proving that the demand for Charolais bulls is on the rise.

Society CEO Peter Phythian commented, “We are delighted that Charolais trade is going from strength to strength, with every Society sale this year improving on numbers sold and average prices. The commercial producers were out in force today looking to secure a Charolais bull so that they can capitalise on the recent trend in the store markets where Charolais sired suckler calves are topping the markets on weight for age”.

Top Price & Reserve Champion Cliftonpark Madoc - 7,200gns

Top Price & Reserve Champion Cliftonpark Madoc – 7,200gns

The sale leader at 7,200gns was the reserve champion Cliftonpark Madoc from Mrs JM Robinson, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. The March-2016-born Madoc is sired by the French bred Rosanna Fameux and out of the homebred dam Cliftonpark Irish, who goes back to the 10,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Thrunton Bravado. He was purchased by Messrs P and M Davies, Sennybridge, Powys.

Moelfre Maestro - 7,000gns

Moelfre Maestro – 7,000gns

Close behind at 7,000gns and the first of three to sell for breeder and exhibitor Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Dyfed – whose sales averaged £6,300 – was the 18-month-old Moelfre Maestro. Maestro who was purchased by E Jones, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, is the first bull to sell by the 12,500gns Balmyle Impression, whose daughters have been retained, while the dam is the Gretnahouse Vigorous-sired Moelfre Dollar.

Moelfre Major - 6400gns

Moelfre Major – 6400gns

Also in the money for Mr Thomas was the yellow-ticket winner and April-2016-born Moelfre Major. Another son of herd sire Impression, this time out of Moelfre Ianna who in-turn is sired by the 16,000gns Royal Welsh show reserve male champion Anside Foreman, he was purchased by B Bayliss and Co, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire for 6,400gns.

Esgob Magnumgold - 6,800gns

Esgob Magnumgold – 6,800gns

Securing 6,800gns was the April-2016-born Esgob Magnumgold, who was one of three bulls to top his class in the pre-sale show, for breeder and consigner Gareth Jones, Bala, Gwynedd, who went on to sell all three for an average price of £6,055. Staying local when snapped up by J Roberts, Bala, Gwynedd, Magnumgold is sired by Alwent Goldbar and his dam Esgob Gold is a former Royal Welsh Show junior female champion by the 26,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Anside Excalibur.

Esgob Mint - 5,500gns

Esgob Mint – 5,500gns

Mr Jones next highest priced offering was the red-ticket-winning Esgob Mint, who is out of another Anside Excalibur daughter, Esgob Impulse and sired by Goldies Eddy. IW Roberts, Dolwyddelan, Conwy was the purchaser of this 17-month-old at 5,500gns.

Hendy Majestic - 6,000gns

Hendy Majestic – 6,000gns

Four bulls were knocked down at 6,000gns a piece, with the first coming from JAW Rees, Llanidloes, Powys. TJ and DA Stephens, Neath, West Glamorgan, were the last men in on the March-2016-born Hendy Majestic, who is sired by Tullygarley Rollerball and out of Hendy Topsy who goes back to Balthayock Matthew.

Champion Seawell Merlo - 6,000gns

Champion Seawell Merlo – 6,000gns

Another to bring 6,000gns when chapped down to TN Lightfoot, Callington, Cornwall, was Peter and Sheelagh Donger’s supreme champion Seawell Merlo. The 19-month-old Merlo is a son of the French bred Maerdy Flambeau and Seawell Creative who in-turn is sired by the renowned Irish AI bull Doonally New.

Maerdy Myfanwy - 6,000gns

Maerdy Myfanwy – 6,000gns

Also selling for a 6,000gns ticket price was the April-2016-born Maerdy Myfanwy who was snapped up by DT Edwards and Co, Trecastle, Powys. The breeding here includes sire the French bred Maerdy Gouverneur and dam Maerdy Glorious, a daughter of the Irish National Show champion Baladin. Myfanwy placed second in his class for breeder and exhibitor, Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans, who had a successful show also securing first and third places for his other entries.

Maerdy Morlo - 6,000gns

Maerdy Morlo – 6,000gns

Equalling the 6,000gns price tag for Mr Evans was the 17-month-old, yellow ticket winner, Maerdy Morlo, who was purchased by Simon and Suzanne Frost, owners of his sire Vexour Freddy. Simon who runs a 125-spring-calving suckler herd in Bakewell, Derbyshire, did his homework before visiting the sale and selects his bulls very carefully on EBV’s as well as looks commented that, “He has an undoubtedly superior carcase and he has out-scanned his intermediate figures”. Morlo’s dam Maerdy Gwin is sired by the proven high performing short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger.

Caylers Maverick - 5,600gns

Caylers Maverick – 5,600gns

Commanding a 5,600gns bid from Tynybryn Farms, Tregynon, Powys, was the April-2016-born Caylers Maverick. Sired by the Irish bred Rosanne Jupiter and out of the Maerdy Uniroyal sired Caylers Ella, Maverick was bred and exhibited by the Barker family of Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.

Teme Magnum - 5,500gns

Teme Magnum – 5,500gns

Next in the trade stakes at 5,500gns was a 16-month-old bull offered by the Corbett family, Felindre, Powys, and purchased by Messrs Evans, Pwllhelli, Gwynedd. Teme Magnum who had been tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show, boasts some top-class pedigree breeding behind him. His sire is the 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Barnsford Ferny, while his dam Pedr Indigo – who can count breed champion awards at both the Shropshire and Oswestry show amongst her many ring successes – is sired by the 12,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Thrunton Classic.

The females on offer met with a ready trade, with all six finding new homes and averaging £2,826.25. Leading the bids at 4,000gns was the female champion from Gerwyn Jones, Nebo, Conwy.
The March-2015-born Graiggoch Lucy, is a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat and the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando sired Thrunton Starband. She was purchased by Kevin Thomas who was in the mood to spend after doing so well with his bull sales earlier in the day.

The 18-month-old reserve female champion from EH Pennie and Son, Montgomery, Powys was next in the trade stakes at 3,100gns. Sarkley Marianna who was purchased by T Rich, Mold, Flintshire, is sired by Lisnagre Hansome and out of Sarkley Brianna who goes back to Roundhill Rocky.

Finishing off the female trade and trading for 2,700gns apiece, were a pair of two-year-old Anside Excalibur daughters, bred and exhibited by the aforementioned Gareth Jones. Esgob Lollypop and Esgob Lea who sold served to the 12,000gns Caylers Hustler, both took the fancy of Mr D Owen and went on home with him to Aberdovey, Gwynedd.

Averages: 43 bulls: £4,444.19; six heifers: £2,826.25
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: James Kimber, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Completed sale catalogue

Show Results

Supreme Champion
PM & SM Donger – Seawell Merlo – s. Maerdy Flambeau

Reserve Supreme Champion
Mrs JM Robinson – Cliftonpark Madoc – s. Rosanna Fameux

Female Champion
Mr G Jones – Graiggoch Lucy ET – s. Clyth Diplomat

Reserve Female Champion
EH Pennie & Son – Sarkley Marianna – s. Lisnagre Hansome

Class One – Bulls born between 15/12/15 – 26/2/16
1 – JC Bostock & Son – Roundshill Magnificent – s. Allanfauld Vagabond
2 – Caylers Charolais – Caylers McCarthy – s. Thrunton Goldeneye
3 – PM & SM Donger – Seawell Marillion – s. Coolnaslee Ivanhoe

Class Two – Bulls born between 02/03/16 – 27/03/16
1 – PM & SM Donger – Seawell Merlo – s. Maerdy Flambeau
2 – Mrs JM Robinson – Cliftonpark Madoc – s. Rosanna Fameux
3 – G Jones & Son – Tynddol Moses – s. Alwent Goldbar

Class Three – Bulls born between 02/04/16 – 14/04/16
1 – Mr GM Jones – Esgob Magnumgold – s. Alwent Goldbar
2 – PM & SM Donger – Seawell Muir – s. Alsnow Euro
3 – Mrs A Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Memnon – s. Wesley Forceful

Class Four – Bulls born between 15/04/16 – 28/04/16
1 – Mr GM Jones – Esgob Marlon – s. Oldstone Egbert
2 – Mr DE Evans – Maerdy Fyfanwy – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
3 – Mr KJ Thomas – Moelfre Major – s. Balmyle Impression

Class Five – Bulls born between 01/05/16 – 20/05/16
1 – PM & SM Donger – Seawell Mann – s. Culla Highflyer
2 – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Major – s. Balmyle Harlequin
3 – C & R Currell – Solo Master – s. Nibheath Thoroid

Class Six – Bulls born between 26/05/16 – 30/06/16
1 – Mr GM Jones – Esgob Mint – s. Goldies Eddy
2 – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Magnum – s. Barnsford Ferny
3 – DE Evans – Maerdy Morlo – s. Vexour Freddy

Class Seven – Bulls born between 17/07/16 – 22/09/16
1 – DE Evans – Maerdy Midleson – s. Maerdy Heracles
2 – RA Owen – Trefaldwyn Monacle – s. Goldies Eddy
3 – RA Owen – Trefaldwyn Merlot – s. Goldies Eddy

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