What has been an unpredictable and unprecedented year; COVID-19 has certainly created many challenges to the farming industry, and with restrictions still heavily in place it was not possible to hold our normal pre-sale show. Despite this, it did not deter breeders from entering the sale nor the purchasers from bidding; and the demand to buy Charolais bulls continues to rise.
25 bulls sold to average £3878.70, up £262.76 on the year with a 66% clearance.
David Thornley of the Dooley herd from Hartshorne, Derbyshire, who is an avid supporter of the Welshpool sale, once again secured the top price of the day with Dooley Pringo, selling for 6,000gns. This 15-month-old lad is sired by the 31,000gns bull Whitecliffe Highlight, his dam Balnuith Honesty, is a daughter of the well-known, easy calving Blelack Digger. Pringo went under the hammer to H Edwards, A’I Gwmni, Bwlch-Y-Mawn, Corwen.
From the same stable, Dooley Polo seized the second top price of the day selling for 5,200gns. This bull is a son of Balmyle Nathan, his dam Dooley Jazzy is by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite. This 14-month-old bull heads off to Hereford and was purchased by D J Cleland of Glebe Farm.
Three bulls went under the hammer at 5,000gns. First up was Wissington Philippo, bred by Mrs J Rix, Wissington Grove Farm, Essex. Sired by Davally Igolo who is in the top 1% for calving ease direct. His dam Wissington Hazel is sired by Goldies Cassanova. This 19-month-old bull was purchased by P Edwards & Co of Tredomen Farm, Mid Glamorgan.
Next to be knocked down at 5,000gns was Esgob Prince, bred by G M Jones of Gwynedd. Born in May 2019, this bull is sired by the 12,000gns bull Caylers Hustler and out of a Anside Excalibur daughter Esgob Hiphop. A C & DT Hughes secured the winning bid, and Prince heads to his new home at Brychyni, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.
I Davies of Bedlwyn, Tredegyr Newydd secured the last to reach 5,000gns, when the hammer went down for the last time for Belan Persistance, this stylish bull is bred by Mr J S Abel of Hendreaur, Cwmbelan, Powys. This lad, also born in May 2019 is sired by Tweeddale Marcus, and out of Belan Lily, a daughter of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax.
Another from the Dooley stable went on to reach 4,800gns, this time it was Dooley Purdy, one of the last bulls through the ring and also from the same breeding as Dooley Pringo. This August-2019 born bull caught the eye of Meistri Williams and heads off to Parcybryncelyn, Ynys Mon.
The gavel came down three times at 4,500gns, with the first being offered for sale from by Mrs J Rix, Wissington Grove Farm, Essex. Wissington Pavarotti, also sired by Davally Igolo and out of Wissington Fancy, a Thrunton Aristocrat daughter. This 20-month-old lad was snapped up by J&R Vaughan-Jones of Caethle, Gwynedd.
The second to sell at 4,500gns was Seawell Panther, bred by P M & S M Donger of Seawell Grounds, Towcester, Northamptonshire. This April-2019 born lad is sired by the 13,000gns bull Balthayock Jonathan, his dam Seawell Icassia is a daughter of the 20,000gns Maerdy Flambeau. B & M James captured the bid and Panther will start his work at Upper Black Hill, Powys.
The hammer went down to T & M Lewis of The Lands, Llandrindod Wells, who take home Sportsmans Punch after securing their bid of 4,500gns. This July-2019 born bull is a son of the 26,000gns bull Goldies Jerry, his dam Sportsmans Isis is a daughter of the Royal Welsh 2013 Supreme Champion Barnsford Ferny, who sold at Stirling for 70,000gns in 2011.
Seawell Pretender was not far behind, banging down at 4,200gns, another bull presented by P M & S M Donger of Seawell Grounds, Towcester, Northamptonshire. This 19-month-old lad is also sired by the 13,000gns bull Balthayock Jonathan and out of Seawell Gita, a daughter of Seawell Compact. Pretender also heads off to A C & DT Hughes, Brychyni, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, their second purchase of the day.
Montgomery Pedr, bred by Roberts & Jones of Parc, Llangadfan, Powys. A son of Gretnahouse Jugular, out of Montgomery Iarll, a daughter of the famous Dingle Hofmeister who sold for 30,000gns in 1994. Born in June-2019, Pedr sold for 4,000gns to R E Griffiths and heads off to his new home at Llywn-Y-Mafon, Criccieth, Gwynedd.
HERE’S A FEW MORE PICTURES FROM THE DAY
November 9, 2020 PRINCE AND PHEONIX RISE TO THE TOP AT 6,200GNS AT THE DUNGANNON SALE ON THE 6TH NOVEMBER 2020. FEMALES REACHED A TOP PRICE OF 4,600GNS
With what normally would have been a packed ringside, the current COVID-19 restrictions meant a limited number of purchasers were permitted in the Mart. However, this did not discourage buyers from attending the sale or registering to bid via the on-line auction. Even in these unprecedented times it was clear to see the demand to buy Charolais cattle is still going strong.
Bidding peaked for the bulls at 6,200gns, with 15 bulls selling to average £3,647, up £370.24 on the previous year. The females went on to peak at 4,600gns, with 6 heifers selling to an average of £3,867.50, up by £1727.35 on the previous year, with a 67% clearance.
Two bulls secured the top price of 6,200gns. First to go under the hammer was Glencoe Phoenix, bred by Mr P & Mrs V McDonald of 73 Seavers Road, Ballinliss, Killeavy, Newry. This April 2019 born bull is sired by Indurain and out of Glencoe Magic, a daughter of Plexus. This lad was purchased by D Kennedy of 12 Tullynagin Road, Armagh.
Next to secure 6,200gns was the July 2019 born Fymore Prince, bred by Mr S McCaughey of 3A Derryclooney Road, Augher, Co. Tyrone. A son of Killimor In Time, his dam Fymore Jewel is a daughter of 18,000gns bull Fury Action. This bull sold to R Ward of 11 Slievebane Road, Omagh.
Will Short, of Wood Park, Omagh received the third top price of the day with Woodpark Pistol, this 15-month-old bull is fully parent verified to Blelack Marmaduke and Woodpark Jessie J, a daughter of Deeside Gulliver who is in the top 1% for calving ease direct. Woodpark Pistol went under the hammer at 4,300gns selling to A Semple of 67 Magheramore Road, Co Londonderry.
Selling at 4,000gns was Killadeas Paul, bred by S & D Bothwell, St Angelo, Ballina Mallard, Co. Fermanagh. An April 2019 born bull, sired by the 11,000gns bull Battleford Laser. His dam Killadeas Ginny is by the 16,000gns bull Blackford Dynamite. This lad was purchased by C Clarke of 16 Chapel Road, Co. Armagh.
Not far behind at 3,900gns was Carnview Phoenix, bred by Mr J J Mcguigan, 31 Slaughtneil Road, Maghera, Co. Londonderry. Sired by the famous Davally Illusion and out of Balbithan Georgia, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Chunal Dougie. This 18-month-old bull was purchased by P Mullan of 6 Liscall Road, Co. Londonderry.
The gavel came down at 3,700gns for Tullygarley Phantom, bred by Mr J K Currie, 153 Whitesides Road, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Born in June 2019, this bull is sire verified to the famous 14,000gns bull Westcarse Houdini and out of Tullygarley Indie, a daughter of Tullygarley Gordon. This lad was purchased by J McHenry of Knockmore House, Stranocum.
Topping the days trade for the females was Bessiebell Olympic, bred by Mr J Smyth of 12 Milltown Road, Magheracolton, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone. Sired by Goldies Eddy and out of Bessiebell Incredible, a Goldies Unbeatable daughter. This March 2018 born, in-calf heifer peaked at 4,600gns and was purchased by Dreamteam Charolais, Co Donegal
Two then followed at 4,300gns. Killadeas Ouch was the first female to go under the hammer at 4,300gns. Born in September 2018, this in-calf heifer is bred by S & D Bothwell, St Angelo, Ballina Mallard, Co. Fermanagh. Her sire is the 11,000gns bull Battleford Laser, out of Killadeas Imogen, a daughter of the 16,000gns bull Blackford Dynamite. This heifer sold to S Kingham of Cullaville, Co, Monaghan.
Brogher Oelly was next to sell at 4,300gns. PD’d in calf, this November 2018 born heifer is bred by Mr T Phair, 35 Killybracken Road, Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Sired by Balbithan Vespasian and out of Brogher Elly, a daughter of Private. This heifer was purchased by B Baxter of Keel Park, Co Fermanagh.
October 20, 2020 Westcarse Milly Topped at 13,000gns – Westcarse Dispersal- Stirling – 18th October 2020
The Westcarse herd was founded in 1984, and over the years they have continued to breed exceptional cattle. This was evident in the quality of the herd they put forward for their dispersal on Sunday.
Peter Phythian, the Society chief executive said “its always sad to see great breeders like John and Diane retire from the breed, but it gives new breeders a fantastic opportunity to purchase some elite females as foundation cows and I am sure we will see many Westcarse bloodlines winning shows over the years to come”
Born in January 2016, Westcarse Milly sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Ivy, a daughter of Mortimers Vanquish and who goes back to Brampton Embark. Milly was PD’d in calf to Nuthampstead Judas prior to the sale and sold with her bull calf at foot for a whopping 13,000gns. This unit was purchased by R & N Barclay of Harestone Farm, South Road, Aberdeenshire.
Two units went under the hammer at 8500gns. First up was Westcarse Molly, born in April 2016. Also sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Vanilla, a daughter of Oscar. Molly is 7 weeks in calf and sold with her heifer calf at foot to Brailes Livestock of Isalyn, Upper Brailes, Oxfordshire.
Next to secure the bid of 8500gns was Westcarse Peaches, born in April 2019 and sired by Nuthampstead Judas, and out of Westcarse Milly, who sold moments before at 13,000gns. Peaches was purchased by A & JJ Forrest of Hillend, Roberton, Lanark.
The hammer went down at 6800gns for Westcarse Naomi, born in May 2017, sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Greta, a daughter of Kersknowe Clansman. PD’d in calf to Nuthampstead Judas, Naomi was sold with her bull calf at foot to Sean Mitchell, Grassknop, Skelton, Penrith.
Westcarse Poppy a maiden heifer, born in February 2019, sired by Nuthampstead Judas and out of Westcarse Candace, who kicked off the sale, selling for 5200gns, a daughter of Farleycopse Turbo. Poppy sold for 6500gns to S F Mackay of Knockaneorn Clunas, Nairn.
Securing 6200gns was Westcarse Priscilla, a maiden heifer born in February 2019, sired by Nuthampstead Judas and out of Westcarse Julia, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Mortimers Echo. This heifer was purchased by A J Ewing, of Drumbetton Farm, Dumfries.
The last of the girls to secure a 6000gns sum was Westcarse Margaret, born in January 2016, sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Val, a daughter of Mowbraypark Orlando. PD’d 6 weeks in calf to Nuthampstead Judas. This cow sold with her bull calf at foot to J Irvine & Son of Inverlochy Farm, Banffshire.
The last to enter the sale ring was their stock bull Nuthampstead Judas, born in December 2014 and bred by G P Barker. This bull was purchased in 2016 for 9000gns and has gone on to produce quality bulls and females in the Westcarse herd. He’s sired by the 10,000gns bull Thrunton Goldeneye and out of Nuthampstead Gem, a daughter of Thrunton Dominator. Judas sold for 6000gns to J & S Middleton of Woodhead of Laithers, Aberdeenshire.
21 cows and calves averaged at £5045
Four cows averaged £3307.50
Five in-calf heifers averaged at £3717
Eight Maiden heifers averaged at £4869.38
October 20, 2020 Primate is top of the tree for the Charolais at Stirling! – Stirling Bull Sales – 18th October 2020
With the current COVID-19 situation still on-going and the challenges this continues to bring to the farming industry, it was not possible to have the normal and much anticipated pre-sale show at the autumn Stirling bull sales. Fortunately, the sale was still able to proceed and it was clear to see that Charolais bulls were once again in high demand. 43 bulls sold, selling to an average of £6627, up by £1068 on the previous year, with a clearance of 60%.
Peter Phythian, the Society chief executive said “ despite these difficult and challenging times to run our bull sale, buyers came out in force and showed the demand Charolais have in the store market which reflected in our sale today, with averages up over £1,000 a bull on last Octobers sale.” Read more…
Topping the day’s trade at 20,000gns was the 18-month-old Gretnahouse Primate from Alasdair Houston, of Gretna House Farms, Mossknowe House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Sire verified to the easy calving Westcarse Jimmy, purchased by Alasdair back in 2016, who’s sons have previously sold for up to 11,000gns. Gretnahouse Primates dam is Gretnahouse Iugesse, sired by the well-known trait leader for calving ease direct Blelack Digger. This lad was destined to be a breeder’s bull and went under the hammer to Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire.
Selling at 16,000gns, the second top price of the day went to Glenericht Pablo, bred by W K & P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This 18-month-old lad is fully parent verified to Glenericht Limpet and Glenericht Juicygirl, a daughter of Balthayock Graduate who they purchased back in to 2013. This lad sold to J Wight & Sons of Carwood Farm, Lanarkshire.
Third top price of the day was the 10,000gns bull Thrunton Paramount, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons, Thrunton Farm, Thrunton, Northumberland. At 18-months old and sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, out of Thrunton Lucinda, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad was purchased by Rettie
Thrunton Performer and from the same stable, sold for 8,800gns, this March 2019 born lad is also sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of Thrunton Floret, a daughter from the easy calving Balmyle Dickler. Purchased by W Barbour, Carsegowan Farm, Dumfries.
Next to secure 8,800gns was Glenericht Parker, April 2019 born, and another bred by W K & P Drysdale, also sired by Glenericht Limpet, his dam Glenericht Hayley is a daughter of the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat. This lad sold to W S Paterson of Golland, Kinross.
On a roll, April 2019 born Thrunton Platinum went under the hammer for 8,000gns, this time sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator, a trait leader for calving ease and out of Thrunton Hoopla, a daughter of Thrunton Doubletop. Purchased by W Milne of Ernan, Waterside Road, Strathdon.
Also selling for 8,000gns was Balmyle Panther, bred by W P Bruce Ltd, Balmyle, Meigle,Perthshire. This 17-month-old bull is fully parent verified and sired by Balthayock Minstrel and out of Balmyle Dorothea, a daughter of Sackville Adonis. Purchased by W & W Dawsons & Sons of Whinbrae, Aberdeenshire.
Goldies Premier hammered down at 7,200gns, bred by Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire. This 19-month-old bull is sired by the easy calving Balthayock Marquis and out of Goldies Lilac, a daughter from the 15,000gns bull Gretnahouse Heman. Purchased by Coghill.
The gavel came down five times at 7,000gns, first was Bombax Pirate, bred by C Smeaton & Sons, Cotton of Ovenstone, Inverarity, Angus. This 21-month-old bull is sired by the famous, easy calving Westcarse Houdini, out of Mornity Marilyn, a daughter of the 15,000gns Maerdy HWRE. This lad sold to Easter Tulloch Ltd of Kincardineshire.
March 2019 born Gretnahouse Pointer followed; bred by Alasdair Houston from Gretna House Farms, Mossknowe House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Sired by the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator and out of Gretnahouse Lannabel, her sire Wesley Equinox is a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad was purchased by R McNee Ltd of Woodend farm, West Lothian.
Also selling for 7,000gns was Thrunton Pathos, another from the J H C Campbell stable. This 18-month old bull is fully parent verified and sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of Thrunton Linnet, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator, a trait leader for calving ease direct. Purchased by J & W Kellas of Raws Farm, Keith.
Next to follow at 7,000gns was the 17-month-old bull Glenericht President, another bred by W K & P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This 17-month-old bull is parent verified to Glenericht Limpet and Glenericht Idyll, a daughter of Blelack Digger who is a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad sold to A J Beaton of 3 Gesto, Isle of Skye.
Marwood Pascal, born in May-2019 and bred by RA & J Blyth, Middleton House Farm, Elwick, Hartlepool, Cleveland was the last to hammer down at 7,000gns. Sired by the 16,000gns bull Balthayock Lineup, his dam Marwood Iona, is a daughter of the 55,000gns bull Sportsmans Columbo. Purchased by W F & H Logan of Maxwelston, Ayrshire.
Not far behind at 6,800gns came Bassett Piper, bred by Miss J Atkinson and sold by Brailes Livestock, Isalyn, Main Street, Upper Brailes, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Sired by Whitecliffe Highlight. His dam Bassett Hifi is a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Harestone Domino. This lad went to Ross Farms & Co LTD, Wester Middleton, Midlothian.
Two lots traded at 6500gns. First up was Glenernan Piper, bred by W & N Milne, Ernan, Waterside, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. This 21-month-old bull is sire verified to the 17,000gns Elgin Jagger and out of Glenernan Linda, a daughter of Glenernan Highlander. Purchased by Ellis & Keir of Cairncoullie, Aberdeenshire.
Next to secure 6500gns was Coolnaslee Parker, bred by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Sired by the 12,000gns bull Maerdy Maesmor, his dam Coolnaslee Lyra is a daughter of the 12,000gns bull Maerdy Fiend. Purchased by C A Smith of Wester Coull, Aberdeenshire.
Coming in at 6200gns was Elrick Pele, bred by Mr M J Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. At 17-months old, this bull is sire verified to the easy calving Maerdy Gouverneur, and out of Elrick Juniper, a daughter of Thrunton Fearless. Purchased by D Findlay & Sons of Pirnhall farm, Stirling.
Three further lots traded at 6000gns.
First of the three was the 21-month-old Glenernan Pele, another bred by W & N Milne, also sired by the 17,000gns bull Elgin Jagger and out of Corskellie Jinni, a daughter of Dingle Hofmeister. Purchased by Kincraigie Farms, By Banchory, Aberdeen.
Second to secure 6000gns was February 2019 born Newlogie Perejacquemin, bred by AJR Farms, Milton Of Collieston, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. A Newlogie Nobel son, out of Newlogie Naya, a daughter of the French bull Berry Mic. This lad went to C Smith of Broomhill, Dunecht.
Last of the three to hit the 6000gns mark was Lochend Poldark, bred by Mr & Mrs J W Millar, Lochend Farm, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. This April 2019 born bull is sire verified to the easy calving Gretnahouse Ming and out of Lochend Lightning, a daughter of Oldstone Egbert. Purchased by E & L Munro, Rogiehill, Aberdeen.
Kersknowe Padre, bred by Mr J Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso, Roxburgshire secured the bid of 5800gns. Born in April 2019 and sired by Kersknowe Jake and out of Kersknowe Mistress, a daughter of the 16,000gns bull Burradon Insomniac, this bull was purchased by R McCarlie Ltd, Wester Hassockrigg Farm, Lanarkshire.
Also, to secure a bid of 5800gns was Tweeddale Perfectpitch, bred by J Watson & Co, Bowsden Moor Farm, Bowsden, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. This June 2019 born bull, sired by Blelack Blackberet and out of a Blelack Digger daughter Tweeddale Icemaiden. This bull was purchased by Walker.
Two bulls went under the hammer at 5500gns, both bred by Major D F W H & N R Walter, of Garden House, Balthayock, Perth, Perthshire. First to go under the hammer was Balthayock Pluto, born in May 2019 and sired by the easy calving Balthayock Meteor, his dam Balthayock Highness is a daughter of Swalesmoor Cracker. Purchased by R Atkinson of Rose Tree farm.
Balthayock Pioneer followed at 5500gns, also born in May 2019, sired by the easing calving, 11,000gns bull Gretnahouse Lunar, his dam Balthayock Inga is another daughter of Swalesmoor Cracker, this one selling to Evans Corfield & Son of Big Huntingdon, Ludlow.
A further two bulls reached 5200gns. Tweeddale Pegasus, an April 2019 born lad and another from J Watson & Co. Sired by the 23,000gns bull Goldies Jasper and out of Tweeddale Icemaiden, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. Purchased by G & A Milne of Standing Stones, Banchory.
Also securing the bid of 5200gns and from the same stable was Tweeddale Paddy, born in the same month and also sired by the 23,000gns bull Goldies Jasper, out of Tweeddale Ironlady another daughter of Blelack Digger, this time selling to J Farquhar of Kinaldie, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.
October 8, 2020 British Charolais Commercial Virtual Calf & Charolais Youth Stock Judging Competition. Sponsored by Breedr & in partnership with AHDB
Virtual Commercial Calf Competition 2020 – Results
|1. Best individual female calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020
|2. Best individual female calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020
|SI & Linda Evans
|3. Best individual male calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020
|4. Best individual male calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020
|5. Best group of 5-9 calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020
|6. Best group of 10 or more calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020
|7. Individual Champion
Charolais Youth Virtual Stock judging results. Thank you to our master judge Michael Atkinson who placed the animals XBYA.
The Senior class winner with a score of 46 and the closest to guessing the weight is Lois Scott.
2nd – Tom Brown – 46 points
3rd – Sarah Johnston – 46 points
The winner of the intermediate class with a score of 41 is Alex Frost
2nd – James Morrison – 25 points
And with a score of 45 the winner of the junior class is Kerr Brooke
2nd – Gwion Rhys Jones-Howells – 40
3rd – Thomas Goldie – 37
Congratulations to all the winners, a Charolais jacket is on its way to you.
Thank you to all the competitors, our judges Matthew Milne, David Connolly, Will Owen, David Thornley, Jeremy Price & Mike Atkinson and sponsors Breedr and AHDB who have all helped to make our Virtual Commercial Calf & Stockjudging competition such a great success. Here’s hoping we will be back out on the road for more live Charolais Youth events in 2021.Congratulations to all the winners, a Charolais jacket is on its way to you.
October 2, 2020 Wissington Primo tops the Carlisle Charolais lots
A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 3,500gns at Carlisle’s Borderway Autumn pedigree sale on Friday 2 October with four finding new homes to average £3,019.
The top priced lot, securing the 3,500gns bid, who came all the way from Colchester, Essex was Jenny and John Rix’s Wissington Primo. A 17 month-old bull who is sire verified as by stock bull Gretnahouse Juror, who bred almost 80 progeny into the herd, his dam is the Thrunton Hammerstein daughter Wissington Luscious. Purchased by JH Stawhorn and Son, Lockerbie, Dumfrieshire, this is a bull with impressive figures behind him. Placing in the top one percent of the national herd for calving ease with a score of +18.8, he also features in the top five percent for gestation length, growth figures, terminal index and self replacing index scores and carries one copy of the Q204X myostatin variant in his genes.
Minutes earlier, the first Charolais lot of the sale was knocked down at 3,000gns. A September 2018-born born entry from Jonathan Wood, Shap, Cumbria. Forcebeck Outlaw who has a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-1, is sire verified to the homebred Forcebeck Mac and bred out of Gretnahouse Jillona, who goes back to the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator. Another with impressive figures, featuring in the top 10 percent of the breed for 200 day weight, 600 day weight, TI and SRI he was snapped up by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire, who also went on to purchase the other two Charolais bulls sold.
Selling for 2,800gns and 2,200gns respectively his other two purchases were Rob Tremayne’s Marne Perth, from Helston, Cornwall and Paul & Harry Stobart’s Kirklinton Private from Carlisle, Cumbria. Marne Perth, a bull with a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-1, is an 18 month-old who has been fully parentage verified by DNA. The 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Barnsford Ferny is the sire here and his dam is the Devon County show reserve female champion Marne Mirage, whose sire was the Royal Cornwall show supreme champion Marne Gucci.
The final lot Kirklinton Private, who also possesses on copy of Q204X, is an April 2019-born bull who is fully parentage verified to his sire Major and dam the Balbithan Egypt-sired Kerling Ivy.
Averages: 4 bulls 3,018.75
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
September 24, 2020 Pentervin Herd Sale
A long established member is offering their farms for sale with or without an opportunity to purchase a herd or part herd of excellent Pedigree Polled Charolais – a very rare opportunity.
The Pentervin herd has been established over 32 years and currently have excellent market all from home for 40 plus young bulls annually. In the last six years bulls have been sold as well as all over the UK – into Holland, Germany, and Ireland. Semen sales to many more countries throughout the world – most recently USA. No females have been sold for breeding ever from this herd.
September 23, 2020 Charbron Charolais top at 6,500gns
Due to the sad and sudden death of the well-known Charolais breeder Mike Brown of Barons Cross Charolais Stud, the family presented a major reduction of the herd for sale at Welshpool on Tuesday 23 September.
The Charbron herd which was established in late 1970 has gained national success, winning championships throughout the UK show circuit and commanding high prices at the Perth, Carlisle and Welshpool sales.
The sale topped at 6,500gns and the seven cow and calf outfits on offer averaged £4,005.
Selling for the top price of the day at 6,500gns to JS Vance, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, were the cow and calf pair Charbron Lady and Charbron Regent. The five year-old Lady is fully parentage verified to her sire, the 70,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny and her dam Charbron Duchess, a daughter of the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman. Her two month-old son Charbron Regent, who is also fully parentage verified and carries a myostatin status of F94L-2, Q204X-1 is sired by Hurcott Ivanhoe.
Next in the trade stakes and being knocked down at 5,000gns was another cow and calf outfit, this time selling to J Rich, Mold, Flintshire. Charbron Luscious was the cow. Sired by the homebred Charbron Heredity, a 12,000gns Royal Welsh show reserve supreme champion, she is bred out of the Royal Welsh show junior male champion Caylers Supreme daughter Charbron Amazing and this five year-old, who is also fully parentage verified carries two copies of the Q204X myostatin variant in her genetics. She was sold along with her four month-old, fully parentage verified heifer calf Charbron Radiant, whose is sired by Whitecliffe Harlequin.
Not far behind at 4,000gns were the next pair, Charbron Investment and her bull calf Charbron Remarkable. Investment is a seven year-old daughter of the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Unbeatable and the Burradon Talisman-sired Charbron Fortune and was sold PD’d to the aforementioned Hurcott Ivanhoe. Her five month-old son Remarkable who has a myostatin status of F94L-1 , Q204X-1, is sired by Hurcott Ivanhoe and the pair have gone home with Llanllwyda, Tywyn, Gwynedd.
The top priced single female was Charbron Perfect, a January 2019-born heifer who was snapped up by the Corbett family, Knighton, Powys. Her dam is the Charbron Heredity daughter Charbron Luscious, and the sire here is Charbron Lordship. She is fully parentage verified and carries one copy of Q204X.
Leading the prices for the small consignment of bulls at 2,120gns and selling to DT Roberts, Llanfechain, Powys, was the 18-month old Charbron Perfection. A son of the homebred Charbron Lordship, his dam is the Goldies Unbeatable daughter Charbron Luxuriant, who had sold earlier in the sale along with her heifer calf at foot for 3,300gns.
Averages: seven cow and calves £4,005.00; one cow £2730.00; eight heifers £1715.44; four bulls £1593.38
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
August 26, 2020 British Charolais Commercial Virtual Calf & Charolais Youth Stock Judging Competition
Sponsored by Breedr & in Partnership with AHDB #shoutaboutthesire
Entries for all classes are now open and close at midnight on Friday 11/09/2020
- Best individual female calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020 – Master Judge: Matthew Milne
- Best individual female calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020 – Master Judge: David Connolly
- Best individual male calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020 – Master Judge: Will Owen
- Best individual male calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020 – Master Judge: David Thornley
- Best group of 5-9 calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020 – Master Judge: Jeremy Price
- Best group of 10 or more calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020 – Master Judge: TBC
- Individual Champion – Master Judge: Mike Atkinson
All entries must be currently owned by the exhibiting member, sired by registered or previously registered pedigree Charolais bulls. And the sire must be registered on the passport of the entry for mainland animals or with AFBI for Northern Ireland entries
Exhibitors to send their name and contact details along with the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- For animals entered into the individual classes: the ear tag number, tag number of the sire and four pictures (front, back side and a head shot clearly showing the ear tag)
- For groups: one picture or a twenty second video clip of the group and the tag number of the sire/sires
Photos must be taken by the exhibitor and must not include people so that the competition can be held anonymously
The Charolais Youth stock judging element of the competition will be open to competitors aged between 8-26 years. All competitors must provide their name, DOB and email address. The individual championship will be judged. The standard stock judging rules apply the class will consist of four animals (ABXY) which will be placed in order of preference by the competitors. Prizes will be awarded for the winner of each of the junior (8-14), intermediate (15-18) & senior (19-26) sections. In the event of a tie, the winner will the competitor who most closely estimates the weight of the bull.
On Monday 28 September, the pictures of the top four animals and the guess the weight bull, will be posted on our website and Facebook page and judging will open for the young judges. Stock judging competitors will have until midnight on Thursday 1 October to place their animals via the competition entry form.
The winners will be announced though-out the day on Friday 2 October with reasons from the master judge.
Any pictures submitted to the competition may be used by the Society for future promotion
- Charolais jacket for each winner of classes 1 – 4
- Charolais jacket for each stock judging section winner
- A £500 Charolais bull voucher to each of the winners of classes 5, 6 & 7
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With only 23 per cent of sires currently registered on passports, AHDB Beef & Lamb is urging farmers to start recording to improve profitability and boost competitiveness. Find out about the benefits of recording the sire of your animals when registering your cattle @ https://ahdb.org.uk/shout-about-the-sire
August 11, 2020 British Charolais Society 2020 Autumn Sales
It’s time to start thinking about the Autumn sales which are set to go ahead at moment – subject to changes on restrictions.
Entry deadlines are fast approaching and don’t forget that any animal you are entering must be DNA tested, the DNA test must be in progress before the closing date and that the DNA tests must be completed before the sale catalogue goes to print. So, if you are planning to enter animals into any of the Autumn sales it’s best to get in touch with us ASAP to check their DNA tests are being processed/completed.
This information is subject to change if government guidelines on restrictions change so we will keep you informed of any updates as we have them.
Vet Inspections will be taking place at all sales, but there are some other variations between sales that you will need to know about:
Welshpool Sale – Thursday 19th November
|Sale Date||Entry Closing Date||Show Information||Online sale
if live sale is cancelled
|Closed||No Show, will be a parade||No||
|Dungannon||Friday 6 November||Closed||No Show||Yes||
|Welshpool||Thursday 19 November||Friday 2 October||No Show, will be a parade||Yes||