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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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
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, Charolais Senior Champion & Charolais Senior Male Champion
Andrew Hornall – Falleninch Mars – s. Fairway Jefferson
Reserve Continental Junior Champion, Charolais Junior Champion & Charolais Junior Female Champion
McMurrich Partnership – Formakin Nirvana – s. Cyrano
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 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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
PM & SM Donger – Seawell Merlo – s. Maerdy Flambeau
Reserve Supreme Champion
Mrs JM Robinson – Cliftonpark Madoc – s. Rosanna Fameux
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
November 4, 2017 Dungannon 3 November 2017
Record breaking Charolais female trade at Dungannon
A bumper show of Charolais backed by soaring demand produced a record breaking trade at Dungannon on Friday 3 November, at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club Autumn sale. Bidding peaked at 8,000gns in both the male and female sections and 26 bulls sold to an average of £3,428.65. The 8,000gns secured for the trade topping female Battleford Lola is a Charolais sale centre record.
Leading the bids for the bulls at 8,000gns was the May-2016-born Mountjoy Morgan, who had been tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show for breeder and consigner Caldwell McAskie, Mountjoy, Co Tyrone. Morgan is sired by the Royal Welsh reserve male champion Montgomery Ianto and is out of the homebred dam Mountjoy Ultra who goes back to Gaer Positive. He goes on to work in Derryhouse, Co Armagh for Messrs McGinnity.
The supreme, male and senior champion Coolnaslee Martin was next in the trade stakes at 6,000gns. He was exhibited by herd manager Stuart Wilson on behalf of his owner and new custodian of the Coolnaslee herd Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry, son of the late Gilbert Crawford. The 17-month-old Martin was snapped up by Seamus Conroy, Tassagh, Co Armagh, and his breeding includes his sire, the 10,000gns Carlisle intermediate champion Ratoary Icebreaker, who is rated amongst the top five percent of the breed for calving ease and dam Coolnaslee Gina who in turn is sired by the Balmoral Show supreme champion Goldies Carnival.
Another entry from Mr Crawford sold for 4,400gns. Coolnaslee Max a June-2016-born son of Ratoary Icebreaker and the Goldies Carnival sired Coolnaslee Honor was purchased by S Windrum, Ballygowan, Co Down.
Commanding a 5,200gns bid from the Rogers Family, Ballynahinch, Co Down, was the reserve senior male champion Sandelford Mason from breeder and exhibitor George Henderson, Revallagh, Co Antrim. The 17-month-old Mason is sired by the 13,000gns Stirling reserve intermediate champion Conval Frank and out of Sandelford Fern, a daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Usher.
Liam Johnston Mountain herd from Tempo, Co Fermanagh was behind the next transaction, when Mountain Magnificent was purchased by Messrs McKeagney, Maghera, Co Derry for 5,000gns. Magnificent who was tapped out third in his class at the pre-sale show, is a 16-month-old son of the Ballymena Show champion Derrygiff Jester and the Oscar sired Derrygiff Clare.
The next highest price of 4,200gns was bid by James Watson, Portadown, Co Armagh for one of the youngest lots of the sale. The 12-month old Brogher Major who stood second in his class earlier in the day for consigner Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh, comes from show-winning breeding, being sired by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and bred out of the Fintona Show class winner Brogher Gigi who goes back to the 55,000gns Balmoral Show interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo.
Just behind at 4,100gns was the February-2016-born Cunnsallagh Mick from Vincent G Cunningham, Dromore, Co Down. This son of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat and homebred, Pirate sired Cunnsallagh Hermoine attracted a bid from Liam Mullan, Coleraine, Co Tyrone.
Staying local when snapped up by Robert O’Neill, Dunloy, Co Antrim was a yellow ticket winning entry from John Currie, Ballymena, Co Antrim. Tullygarley Marco, a June-2016-born by Davally Illusion and out of the Blakestown Endorse sired Tullygarley Harriet was sold for 3,600gns.
An 18-month-old son of the 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi, bred out of Ballymather Ivy, a Coolnaslee Asprey daughter, was next in the trade stakes at 3,100gns. Ballymather Matrix from Ian Rea, Nutts Corner, Co Antrim was purchased by WJ McClenaghan, Drumreagh, Co Down.
The star of the female section was the two-year-old female champion Battleford Lola ET, who broke the sale centre record for Charolais females when she was knocked down at 8,000gns. This entry from Bartley Finnegan, Moy, Co Tyrone, who is sold in-calf to Blelack Immaculate, will be travelling across the water with her new owner Blair Duffton from Huntly, Aberdeenshire. She is sired by the Black Isle Show champion Lochend Apache and her dam Blelack Usp is sired by the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Royal Show junior male champion Thrunton Socrates.
Attracting a bid of 5,000gns when she was purchased by Clare Ferris, Millisle, Co Down, was the 19-month-old class winner Hillviewfarm Margo from Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh. Margo who is sired by the renowned easy calving and popular Blelack Digger is out of Hillviewfarm Gina who goes back to the 14,000gns Royal Ulster Show junior male champion Killadeas Jack.
The next three entries were all consigned by Robin and Agnes Todd, Corbet, Co Down. Firstly, selling for 2,600gns was the blue-ticket-winning Cappagh Lydia, sold served to Alwent Goldbar, the April-2015-born Lydia, by the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and out of the 14,000gns Goldies Usher daughter Cappagh Esther, caught the eye of David Adams, Portglenone, Co Antrim.
Matching the 2,600gns price tag for the Todd family was the 25-month-old Cappagh Lois, this time going home to Teer, Co Down, with Phelim and Bronagh Caragher. The Blelack Goldenboy sired Lois, whose dam Cappagh Dawn is sired by 15,000gns Carlisle Supreme champion Burradon Talisman ,collected a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show and is sold served to the aforementioned Conval Frank.
Mr and Mrs Todd went on to secure 2,500gns for another 25-month-old Goldenboy daughter, this time out of the Burradon Talisman sired Cappagh Divine. Cappagh Lily who is in-calf to Davally Illusion was purchased by Stephen McGuinness, Greysteel, Co Derry.
The final lot to make 2,500gns was Drumlone Marina, who had placed second in her class for breeder and exhibitor Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh. Micheal McVeigh, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was the man with his hand in the air when the hammer when down on this January-2016-born, Pirate sired daughter of the Irish-born Doon Eleonora, who in turn is sired by the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action.
Averages 26 bulls £3,428.65, 14 heifers £2902.50 Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart Sponsor: Excel Roofing and Cladding Judge: Robert McWilliams, Maghera, Co Derry
Supreme Champion, Overall Male Champion & Senior Champion
Mr Crawford – Coolnaslee Martin – s. Ratoary Icebreaker
Reserve Supreme Champion, Reserve Overall Male Champion & Junior Champion
S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Magnet – s. Blackford Dynamite
Reserve Senior Champion
G Henderson – Sandelford Mason – s. Conval Frank
Reserve Junior Champion
O Kerrigan & J Conn – Altnacree Macho – s. Lochend Apache
B Finnegan – Battleford Lola ET – s. Lochend Apache
Reserve Female Champion
B McAllister & Son – Burnside Miedi – s. Brampton Nacodar
Class One – Bulls born between 15/11/15 – 08/04/16
1st – PJ & S O’Kane – Mccaldrick Miller – s. Prime Isac ET
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Mork – s. Goldies Icon
3rd – I Rea – Ballymaher Magnum – s. Thrunton Bonjovi
Class Two – Bulls born between 22/04/16 – 30/05/16
1st – Caldwell McAskie – Mountjoy Morgan – s. Montgomery Ianto
2nd – A Armstrong – Tanhill Monty ET – s. Elgin Davinci
3rd – KS Brady – Derrygiff Matt – s. Pirate
Class Two – Bulls born between 01/06/16 – 17/06/16
1st – Mr Crawford – Coolnaslee Martin – s. Ratoary Icebreaker
2nd – G Henderson – Sandelford Mason – s. Conval Frank
3rd – JK Currie – Tullygarley Marco – s. Davally Illusion
Class Three – Bulls born between 22/06/16 – 18/07/16
1st – P Goodwin – Rocknacrieve Milo – s. Tonaghmore Augusto
2nd – Mr G Henderson – Sandelford Mac – s. Conval Frank
3rd – L Johnston – Mountain Magnificent – s. Derrygiff Jester
Class Five – Bulls born between 22/07/16 – 22/08/16
1st – O Kerrigan & J Conn – Altnacree Macho – s. Lochend Apache
2nd – Devine Brothers – Brownhill Mickyjoebadger – s. Thrunton Voldemort
3rd – Mr & Mrs JA Watson – Cornascriebe Maurice – s. Thrunton Flying Scotsman
Class Six – Bulls born between 04/09/16 – 26/10/16
1st – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Magnet – s. Blackford Dynamite
2nd – T Phair – Brogher Major – s. Wesley Equinox
3rd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Material – s Gwenog Braveheart
Class Seven – Females born 17/04/15 – 27/10/15
1st – B Finnegan – Battleford Lola ET – s. Lochend Apache
2nd – Mr RS & Mrs A Todd – Cappagh Lydia – s. Thrunton Fairfax
3rd – Mr RS & Mrs A Todd – Cappagh Lois – s. Blelack Goldenboy
Class Eight – Females born between 07/11/15 – 12/02/16
1st – B McAllister & Son – Burnside Miedi – s. Brampton Nacodar
2nd – KC Veitch – Drumlone Marina – s. s. Pirate
3rd – A&O Quigley – Ardmachree Lala – s. Goldies Eddy
Class Nine – Female born between 13/03/16 – 07/08/16
1st – LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Margo – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – HC Stubbs & AA Burleigh – Derryharney Molly – s. Davally Illusion
3rd – KC Veitch – Drumlone Miranda – s. Doonally New
October 23, 2017 Demand for Charolais increases dramatically at Stirling
Tuesday 24 October saw a flying trade for Charolais bulls with 85 sold, averaging £6,079 (£405 up on the year for two more) and a whopping 19% increase on last year’s clearance rate to 82%. Prices peaked at 12,000gns twice and seven were sold for 10,000gns and above with a further 14 making over 8,000gns.
Society chief Peter Phythian commented that “We can attribute the demand for Charolais bulls to the success we are seeing in the suckler and store markets. The breed’s focus has been on improving calving ease and this combined with quicker finishing times and higher prices for Charolais sired progeny across the country, has seen both our averages and clearance rates increase at every Society sale this year”.
The first of the 12,000gns bulls was an entry from Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire. The 17-month-old Maerdy Magestic is sired by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion and Highland Show beef breeder continental champion Maerdy Grenadier, and goes back on the home-bred dams side to the French bred Victorieux. His new owners are Colin and Fiona Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire.
The second to hit the 12,000gns mark was the youngest and final lot of the sale. Sportsmans Monarch who was tapped out first in his class at previous days show, is a son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion, Barnsford Ferny and Sportsmans Honeydew who in turn is sired by 45,000gns Stirling junior champion, Maerdy Express. The 15-month-old Monarch was bred and exhibited by Boden and Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire, and heads over the water to work for John McGrath in Dromore, Co Tyrone. This is the first ever stock-bull purchase for John, who has previously served on the BCCS council, is a former Chairman of the Northern Ireland Charolais club and established his Drumconnis Charolais herd in 1993. When asked why he was tempted to purchase a bull after using AI for the past 24 years, John said “I was attracted by the character and power of this bull and I feel that his breeding will be a great asset to my herd of 20 breeding females. He has a good top-line, nice definition and I also took his EBV’s into account”.
Next in the trade stakes at 11,500gns was a blue ticket winner from WK & P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who caught the eye of Iain and Dorothy Goldie, Cummertrees, Dumfries-shire. The May-2016-born, 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator sired Glenericht Majestic, is bred out of the Royal Highland Show class winner Glenericht Gem, who goes back to the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion and Caithness show supreme champion, Clyth Diplomat.
Adding to the Drysdale’s celebrations, they were also awarded the senior championship in the pre-sale show and secured a bid of 8,500gns for the 20-month-old Glenericht Matrix. The breeding here includes sire Highland Show reserve M&S junior beef interbreed champion, Glenericht Hollywood and the 12,000gns Coolnaslee Adversary sired dam, Elrick Fern and he was purchased by Mr A McArthur, Balfron Station, Glasgow.
Commanding a 10,500gns bid from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, was the Blelack Blackberet sired and April-2016-born Tweeddale Matador. Matador whose dam Tweeddale Icemaiden ET is by the proven high performing, short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger, was the highest priced offering from Jonathan and Jane Watson, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, who went on to sell a total of six averaging £6,877.50.
The Watson’s next highest priced lot at 9,000gns was Tweeddale Maximum, who had placed second in his class the previous day. Again, born in April 2016 and sired by Blelack Blackberet but this time out of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister daughter Graywood Ebony ET, he heads down to Caynham, Shropshire to work for Evans, Corfield and Son, Ashford Carbonell, Ludlow.
Three bulls then came under the hammer for 10,000gns, with the first being offered by James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire. Kersknowe Matador, an 18-month-old son of the 20,000gns Stirling supreme champion and Stars of the Future senior interbreed champion Inverlochy Fencer, out of the Kersknowe Topmodel sired Kersknowe Dido was purchased by Ellis Mutch, Forglen, Banff.
Matching the 10,000gns price-tag and selling to J Irvine and Son, Tomintoul, Banffshire, was the 17-month-old red ticket winner Balthayock Maestro, from David and Nick Walter, Perth, Perthshire, who also sold a total of six which averaged £6,650. Maestro is the by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion and Highland Show beef breeder continental champion Maerdy Grenadier, while the dam is Balthayock Glory ET, a cow by the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian.
Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Blairgowrie, Perthshire were the next to offer a 10,000gns bull. The May-2016-born Mornity Mushroom who is sired by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and out of Mornity Icicle who goes back to the 12,000gns Elrick Frenchman, was snapped up by James Anderson and Son, Lauder, Berwickshire.
Messrs Millar, Tealing, by Dundee, then went to 9,500gns for another lot from the aforementioned James Jeffrey. The 19-month-old blue ticket holder Kersknowe Matthew is bred from Kersknowe Iceberg, an Inverlochy Fencer daughter and sired by Jurieshouse Hero.
The first of two to secure a bid of 9,000gns was the April-2016-born Gretnahouse Macbook from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire. The sire here is the proven super easy calving and 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, while the dam is the Maerdy Padirac sired Gretnahouse Edwinesse ET and Mr G Mackie, Crieff, Perthshire was the purchaser.
Also bidding to 9,000gns were Mr RJ Brown and Sons, Stenton, East Lothian, this time for son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and the 12,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker ET daughter, Ugie Halfpenny. Elgin Mojo who was born in May of last year, was bred and exhibited by Roy Milne & Sons, Elgin, Morayshire.
Just behind on 8,500gns was an entry from J Burnett and Sons, Blair Drummond, Stirlingshire. Spittalton Massie ET who was purchased by Mr Mitchell, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch is a 17-month-old by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight and out of the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin sired Elrick Idelle.
Matching the 8,500gns price tag and this time purchased by Mr Fraser, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, was the Supreme and Junior Champion Elrick Malt from Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. The 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless is the sire of the May-2016-born Malt and his dam Elrick Florida goes back to the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin.
The previous afternoon’s Charolais female sale topped at 5,000gns for the 22-month-old reserve female champion from Hamish Goldie. Goldies Lullaby, who is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman and out of Goldies Bonney who goes back to Thrunton Trademark sold to DP Daniel, Launceston, Cornwall, who went on to purchase three more including another lot from Mr Goldie. Goldies Model ET, a 17-month-old who had been tapped out second in her class in the pre-sale show, is a daughter of the 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost ET and the 10,000gns Perth intermediate champion Killadeas Legend sired Goldies Champagne and secured a bid of 3,500gns.
JA and MF McMillan, Brechin, Angus were also in the money when their two-year-old, blue-ticket winner Dunesk Lady sold for 3,800gns. The Balthayock Hamish sired Lady is out of the Angus & Fettercairn Shows champion Dunesk Glory, who is herself a Blelack Digger daughter. Lady placed second in her class at the Stars of the Future show in 2015 and sold served by Davally Illusion to R McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian.
Earlier in the day Mr D Sawrij, Galashiels, Selkirkshire had secured the female championship with the two-year-old Swalesmoor Lois, who went on to secure a bid of 3,000gns from RO Williams, Barmouth, Gwymedd. Lois is by the 22,000gns Yorkshire Show male champion Balmyle Headline and out of the home-bred Swalesmoor Iris who goes back to Balmyle Greylag.
The only cow and calf of the sale, exhibited by the above noted McMillan family sold as a spilt lot for a total of 3,650gns. Dunesk Glory who sells served to Balthayock Hamish, is a Blelack Digger daughter and caught the eye of J Hamilton, Linlithgow, West Lothian. While RF Miller, Braco, Dunblane purchased her eight-month-old, Davally Illusion ET sired calf Dunesk Northstar.
An added feature of the sale was the major reduction of the Baillieston Charolais herd which was founded in the Orkney Islands in 1978 and has grown from the initial purchase of three maiden heifers from the Sway herd, to 60 breeding females today. The Baillieston herd was awarded the Harman Charolais Genetick Improvement Award in 2011 and has claimed the supreme championship at the Orkney show no fewer than seven times.
The top price was claimed by a maiden heifer which sold for 4,200gns. The 18-month-old Baillieston Madge who is sired by Blelack Digger and out of a home-bred dam going back to Balthayock Gunfire, was purchased by the aforementioned Boden and Davies Ltd.
The 14 cow and calf lots peaked at 4,000gns for the three-year-old Baillieston Jill and her April-born son Baillieston Norman who sold to separate homes. Baillieston Jill is a daughter of Balthayock Gunfire ET and Baillieston Colleen, who in turn is sired by the 17,000gns Mowbraypark Umpire, was purchased by C Mitchell, St Andrews, Fife, while her Blelack Digger-sired son Norman went home with Aldie Farm Partnership, Edderton.
At 3,200gns and going to DA Anderson, Eddleston, Peebles, who bought a total of four was the cow and calf pair, Baillieston Henrietta and her bull calf Baillieston Nevin. The five-year-old Henrietta is by the 15,000gns Maerdy Deiniol and her June-born calf Nevin is another sired by Digger.
Close behind at 3,100gns was a mother and daughter pair. The Maerdy Deiniol-sired and six-year-old Baillieston Gwin and her June-born daughter Baillieston Natasha by the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Hasse were purchased by RL Riddle and Son, Hexham, Northumberland.
Averages: 85 bulls £6079.00; 14 heifers £2,760.00, one cow and calf £3,833.00
Baillieston Averages: 14 cows and calves £2,823.75; five dry cows £1680.00; eight in-calf heifers £2165.63; seven maiden heifers £2,100.00
Auctioneers: United Auctions
WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Matrix – s. Glenericht Hollywood
Reserve Senior Champion
Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd – Mornity Moboy – s. Maerdy Hwre
WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maverick – s. Goldies Icon
Reserve Intermediate Champion
David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Mungo – s. Maerdy Grenadier
Supreme & Junior Champion
Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Malt – s. Thrunton Fearless
Reserve Supreme & Reserve Junior Champion
Esmor Evans – Maerdy Morellis – s. Maerdy Heracles
Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Lois – s. Balmyle Headline
Reserve Female Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lullaby – Gretnahouse Heman
Champion Group of Three
WD & JA Connolly
Class One – Bulls born on or between 01/11/2015 – 31/01/2016
1st – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Matrix – s. Glenericht Hollywood
2nd – BM Robinson Jnr – Shamleys Match – s. Rosanne Fameux
3rd – Martin R McCornick – Mccornick Morpheus – s. Thrunton Hermes
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 01/02/2016 – 04/03/2016
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Mozard – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – WP Bruce Ltd – Balmyle Muffin – s. Balthayock Diplomat
3rd – WP Bruce Ltd – Balmyle Moonlight – s. Blelack Forester
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 05/03/2016 – 24/03/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Magnum – s. Allanfauld Gambler
2nd – Mr J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Matthew – s. Jurieshouse Hero
3rd – J & E Campbell – Thrunton Matrix – s. Blelack Imperalist
Class Four – Bulls born on or between 25/03/2016 – 03/04/2016
1st – Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd – Mornity Moboy – s. Maerdy Hwre
2nd – Mr DE Evans – Maerdy Montgomery – Blelack Fabulous
3rd – Mr AG Houston – Gretnahouse Macbook – s. Wesley Equinox
Class Five – Bulls born on or between 04/04/2016 – 09/04/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Mighty – s. Elrick Impeccable
2nd – Harold Stubbs & Alan Burleigh – Derryharney Myboy – s. Hillviewfarm Perfect
3rd – Mr J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Michael – s. Inverlochy Fencer
Class Six – Bulls born on or between 10/04/2016 – 22/04/2016
1st – Mr JH Christie – Westcarse Mac – s. Mortimers Highlandfling
2nd – J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Maximum – Blelack Blackberet
3rd – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Majestic – Balthayock Imp
Class Seven – Bulls born on or between 23/04/2016 – 03/05/2016
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maverick – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Mungo – s. Maerdy Grenadier
3rd – BM Robinson Jnr – Shamleys Minstrel – s. Rosanna Fameux
Class Eight – Bulls born on or between 04/05/2016 – 12/05/2016
1st – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Maestro – s. Maerdy Grenadier
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Magic – s. Goldies Icon
3rd – Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Marquis – s. Balmyle Headline
Class Nine – Bulls born on or between 13/05/2016 – 23/05/2016
1st – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Moyness – s. Woodpark Elgin
2nd – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Magnum – s. Woodpark Elgin
3rd – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Master – s. Mortimers Infinity
Class Ten – Bulls born on or between 24/05/2016 – 03/06/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Malt – s. Thrunton Fearless
2nd – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Majestic – s. Caylers Gladiator
3rd – Mr DE Evans – Maerdy Mariano – s. Maerdy Grenadier
Class Eleven – Bulls born on or between 04/06/2016 – 12/06/2016
1st – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Morellis – s. Maerdy Heracles
2nd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Merlin – s. Barnsford Ferny
3rd – DA & SM Miller – Crookdake Masterclass – s. Balthayock Hamish
Class Twelve – Bulls born after 13/06/2016
1st – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Monarch – s. Barnsford Ferny
2nd – JH Wilson & Sons – Ballinlare Midas – s. Burradon Goodfellow
3rd – Mr H Goldie – Goldies Mccoist – s. Gretnahouse Heman
Class Thirteen – Heifers born on or between 04/03/2015 – 08/12/2015
1st – Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Lois – s. Balmyle Headline
2nd – JA & MF McMillan – Dunesk Lady – s. Balthayock Hamish
3rd – RM Adam & Son – Newhouse Lilac – s. Oakchurch Icarus
Class Fourteen – Heifers born on or after 09/12/2015
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lullaby – s. Gretnahouse Heman
2nd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Model ET – s. Goldies Uppermost
3rd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lola – s. Gretnahouse Heman
October 14, 2017 Faith in Charolais sees record breaking prices
The Sedgemoor ring was filled to bursting for the dispersal of the Balbithan Charolais cattle and emotional goodbye to one of the breeds most renowned herds, on Thursday 12 October. The prices peaked at a sale centre record of 17,500gns and a new Charolais record average of £8550.65 for the 23 cows and calves sold, with cattle making their way to new homes in all four corners of the UK.
Andrew and Beth White established the Dorset based herd in 1987 with the purchase of just four females from the Warninglid and Cullum herds. In 1991 Herd manager Jane Haw joined the team and their combined passion has seen the herd become one of the most well-known in the country, securing numerous breed and interbreed titles including three Burke Trophy successes. The herd is most recognised for the powerful and graceful females who have dominated the show ring but its bulls have also shared the limelight, most notably Balbithan Vespasian who sold for 26,000gns at Perth in 2006 and who has gone to become a very successful sire for the Balthayock and Blelack herd, producing sons which have regularly featured at the Perth and Carlisle sales and have sold to 22,000gns.
The day’s sale topper at 17,500gns was the seven year old and successful show cow Balbithan Faith, who counts amongst her many accolades the reserve supreme championship title at the Royal Cornwall Show, the reserve female championships at the Devon and Royal Three Counties Shows and red tickets at the Royal Bath and West and Royal Berkshire Shows. Faith who is sired by the 12,000gns Devon County Show male champion Newhouse Benson and is out of the homebred Balbithan Una who goes back to the 13,000gns Perth junior champion Simpsons Gregg, was accompanied by her April-born Goldies Eddy sired bull calf Balbithan Nelson.
Faith’s has been a consistently good breeder with two of her previous calves having gone on to secure show successes themselves including her 2016-born son Balbithan Mercedes, who sold for 7,500gns at Carlisle in May after being awarded reserve male champion at the Royal Cornwall show last year. The pair were purchased by Mark Switsun, Dunvant, Glamorgan who also went on to secure the National Show class winning and Balthayock Hamish sired maiden heifer Balbithan Mowlem for 5,500gns.
Next in the trade stakes was another of the Balbithan’s renowned show cows sold with her bull calf at foot. Balbithan Iona who has twice been crowned the Charolais National Show champion and secured a total of 10 interbreed titles including as part of the 2016 Burke Trophy championship pair, was knocked down at 15,000gns to a Devon breeder, who purchased a total of six lots. The 2013-born Iona’s breeding includes the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie and the home-bred 10,000gns Inverlochy Topsire sired Balbithan Dixie. She was sold with her five-month-old Goldies Eddy sired son, Balbithan Nairn.
Two cow and calf outfits secured a total of 14,200gns and both were sold as split lots. The first was mother and son Balbithan Gilly and Balbithan Napoleon. Balbithan Gilly who is a full sister to the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian, is no stranger to the show-ring herself and has also bred show winning daughters. The 2001-born Gilly is sired by the aforementioned Chunal Dougie and is out of Balbithan Tilly, who is in-turn sired by Balthayock Nougat. She was purchased at the top cow price of 9,000gns by Jonathan Crawford, son of the late Gilbert Crawford and new custodian of the Coolnaslee herd in Maghera, Co Derry. Her February-born son Napoleon who secured a bid of 5,200gns and is sired by Balthayock Hamish is going back to Throop, Dorset with Jane’s son Ben Trim.
The other cow and calf outfit to fetch a total price of 14,200gns was the mother and daughter pair Balbithan Georgia and Balbithan Nabraska. The cow Georgia was purchased for 5,400gns by JJ McGuigan, who is also based in Maghera, Northern Ireland. She is sired by Chunal Dougie and is bred from notable line of female show winners, her dam Balbithan Arizona was awarded the reserve heifer championship at the Newbury show and her grand-dam Balbithan Nadia was a Royal Show supreme champion and reserve Burke Trophy winner. Completing the pair and securing the UK record price of 8,800gns for a seven-month-old female Charolais calf was Georgia’s daughter Nabraska. Thor Atkinson, Ulverston, Cumbria was the man with his hand in the air as the hammer went down on this Davally Illusion sired heifer.
Stock bulls were sold next, averaged £5103 for five and two bulls shared the top price of 6,000gns apiece. First up was the 23-month-old Goldies Lawson who was purchased by the Balbithan herd in May at Carlisle where he was awarded the intermediate and reserve male championships. He heads down to work in St Austell, Cornwall with David and Bernadette Stacey, is sired by Goldies Formidable and his dam Goldies Violin who goes back to Thrunton Trademark has bred bulls to 26,000gns.
JH Davies, Citrea, Abbergavenny purchased the other 6,000gns bull, the homebred Balbithan Mackenzie who is a February-2016-born son of the 11,500gns Loganbar Goran bred out of Balbithan Hyacinth, a Newhouse Benson daughter. Another show goer, he won his classes at this year’s Charolais National and Royal Welsh shows, was awarded the junior championship at the Royal Three Counties show and the male and reserve breed championships at the Royal Bath and West.
Leading the heifers at 9,500gns was another purchased on behalf of Ben Trim. The January-2015-born Balbithan Lupin is a daughter of Goldies Eddy and Balbithan Daisy and was the reserve breed champion at this year’s Royal Three Counties Show.
Minutes earlier, the two-year-old Balbithan Louisianna was knocked down with a bid of 7,500gns from the aforementioned Thor Atkinson who purchased a total of four. Louisianna is out of the above-named Balbithan Georgia, sired by Goldies Eddy and is due to calf in January to Wesley Furnish.
Averages: 23 cows and calves £8550.65; four in-calf cows £4121.25; six in-calf heifers £6790; 10 maiden heifers £4557; five bulls £5103.
Auctioneers: Auctioneers: Greenslade Taylor Hunt and Harrison & Hetherington Ltd
October 5, 2017 New Zealand Charolais Tour
Charolais Breeders NZ are holding a 4WD tour in Southland, New Zealand from 5th-8th March 2018.
Get a feel for the working high-country farms and in the south, see the transition from the rock and the tawny brown of the high country as it gives way quite suddenly to the lush gree bountiful pastures of Southland.
South-drive hire is avaliable or it can be arranged for you to travel with someone else.
For more information please click on the links below or contact Lindy Lawrence at Charolais Breeders NZ office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 18, 2017 Tutbury Charolais Disperse at Welshpool
Wednesday 13 September sadly saw the dispersal of the Tutbury Charolais herd from Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, due to a change in farming policy. The herd was established by JD Leavesley just two years ago when he purchased the majority of the Newroddige herd which was founded in 2004 with the purchase of five females. The herd has had numerous successes in the show ring including eight breed championships and three interbreed championships in their two seasons of showing.
The sale topper at 7,200gns was a mother and daughter pair who sold as a split lot. Catching the eye of J Conn, Strabone, Co Tyrone, the February-2014-born Newroddige Jody who was recently crowned supreme champion at the Bakewell Show and awarded reserve supreme beef animal at the Staffordshire County Show in June. Jody is sired by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger and out of Newroddige Delightful and goes back to the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding. She was accompanied by her nine-month-old heifer calf Tutbury Matilda who is sired by the French bred Unico SC who travels home to Ellon, Aberdeenshire with AJR Farms.
Next in the trade stakes was another pair, this time purchased as a set by MA and V Roberts, Botwnnog, Gwynedd. Dam Newroddige Jewfull is an April-2014-born daughter of the popular AI sire Alwent Goldbar and out of Newroddige Graceful who goes back to Maerdy Estyn. Her eight-month-old male calf Tutbry Navigator is another sired by Unico SC.
The very next lot sold for a combined price of 4,300gns, another mother and daughter pair who again went on to different homes. Newroddige Jazmin, a 2014 born daughter of sire Alwent Goldbar and dam Newroddige Chloe who is out of the Three Counties supreme champion Thrunton Versailles and sired by Oldstone Egbert, was purchased by AK Watkins, Kentchurch, Herefordshire. The afore mentioned AJR Farms of Aberdeenshire were the purchasers of her eight-month-old heifer calf Tutbury Noellla who is also sired by Unico SC.
Two pairs were sold for a total of 3,700gns a piece starting with the first lot of the day. Newroddige Isabelle and her September-born heifer calf Tutbury Marybelle were sold on to different homes. The 2013-born who Isabelle is sired by the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and out of the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Newroddiige Aquila was purchased by BJ Mould, Dunston, Staffordshire, while her 10,000gns Esgob Ferrari sired calf Marybelle was snapped up by ER Hollingsworth, Middleton, Manchester.
The dam from second split pair to sell at 3,700gns was purchased by Mr P Weston, Ashbourne Derbyshire – Newroddige Farris, a 2010 born twin, sired by the 9,000gns Royal Show senior male champion Gretnahouse Archangel who sells served to the 12,000gns Elrick Legend. While Charlotte Boden, Bostock, Cheshire was the purchaser of her October-born heifer calf Tutbury Melissa, another sired by the French born Unico SC.
Following on at a combined price of 3,300gns, was the mother and daughter pair Newroddige Jessica and Tutbury Nikita. Jessica, an April-2014-born daughter of Alwent Goldbar and the Gretnahouse Archangel sired Newroddige Effie was purchased by DP and M Jones, Minsterley, Shropshire and the Unico SC sired Nikita went home with T Rich, Mold, Flintshire.
Also commanding a price of 3,300gns, this time from R Davies, Llangyneeryn, Carmarthenshire, was the Gretnahouse Archangel daughter and 2010-born Newroddige Fatimer with her three-week-old Elrick Legend sired heifer calf Tutbury Nellie.
The heifers topped at 2,500gns and 2,100gns with two more purchases by AJR Farms. The January-2015-born Newroddige Linda was the highest priced and sold in calf to Balthayock Impression. She was shown in 2016 and crowned junior champion at the Ashby show and reserve breed champion at Bakewell and is sired by the 10,000gns Welshpool supreme champions Esgob Ferrari. The 20-month-old Tutbury Maisie, was AJR Farms final purchase at 2,100gns. Again, sired by Esgob Ferrari, she is out of Newrodige Finesse who goes back to Newroddige Banjo.
Averages: 25 females and calves: £3085.32; four dry cows: £1929.38; 19 heifers: £1565.10; one calf: £1785.00
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
September 1, 2017 Balbithan Dispersal Sale Thursday 12 October 2017
The dispersal sale of the Balbithan Charolais Herd on behalf of Mr & Mrs a White will take place at Sedgemoor Livestock Market on Thursday 12 October at 1pm
28 Cows in calf &/or with calves at foot, 5 Bulls, 7 Incalf heifers & 9 Maiden Heifers
For more information please contact Sally Mitchell at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01305 268786