December 4, 2013 Charolais feature strongly at Allams 90th Christmas Show & sale
Well over 1,000 attended the recent Fatstock show in the Kings Hall Complex Balmoral Belfast. This multi breed extravaganza or Christmas Special is the highlight in the calendar for all the breeders who want to see stock displayed at their very best. Offering 27 classes for beef breeds and a prize fund of £9,000 along with twelve silver cups for the breed champions and the coveted Allams cup for the Supreme Champion in Show. Animals are prepared for months in order to have them reach their potential just in time for the show. The judges this year were John Currie Kilmarnock Scotland and the Housewife’s Choice competition was judged by butcher and beef farmer well known Tom McMaster.
For Northern Ireland charolais we had success with Alan Veitch Drumlone Lisbellaw exhibiting in the Calf Spectacular sponsored by Norbrooke; winning his class and going on to take the Calf Spectacular Championship across all the breeds with a calf that has been out on the local show circuit this summer. Sired by a charolais and bred from a BB x Lim cow this seven month calf is a very classy young animal with lots of potential selling at £2,300
Beating off very stiff opposition was Declan & Fergal McKenna Clogher who won the Reserve Supreme Championship with a Baby Charolais Calf called Pip who had taken the Charolais Championship earlier in the day. Pip is sired by Fury Action out of a Limousin dam weighing 600 kgs and selling to Omagh meats for £2,300 Alan Farlow Garvagh won the reserve Championship in the Charolais section with a 690 kgs animal which sold to McKee’s Maghera for £2,150
Next highlight in NI Charolais Calendar is the Export show & sale in Dungannon on Friday 7th March
December 2, 2013 South East Charolais Calf Show
November 27, 2013 Charolais dominated the Winter Fair carcase competition
Charolais secured the supreme championship and picked up a fistful of red tickets at Premier Meat Exhibition’s carcase awards staged at Scotbeef on Saturday 23 November and organised by the Scottish National Fat Stock Club.
The winning carcase was a Charolais cross heifer from Wilson Peters, Crieff. She weighed in at 384kg, graded U +4L and killed out at 63.5%.
The popular Young Livestock Producers (YLP) classes were cleaned up by Charolais cross entries. The overall champion was a Charolais cross steer from Isla King, Crossrigg, Hutton with an entry kiling out at 415.8kg, U +3 and 65.2%.
The YLP entry awarded the Premio Speciale Italiani prize for the carcase best suited to the Italian market went to James Young, Girvan Mains with his Charolais cross heifer killing out at 360.9kg, U +3 and 63.8%
Heading one of the heifer classes was a Charolais cross killing out at 402kg, –U 4L and 62.1 KO% from James Hunter, Luckenburn.
Earlier in the week the cattle had been judged in the ring at Caledonian Marts, Stirling. John Thompson, Smallburn, Longhorsley headed a heifer class with a Charolais cross which went on to kill out at 389.2kg, U+3 and 65.1%, whilst the best beef bred prime cow award went to a Charolais cross from Emslie Partners, Little Barras, Laurencekirk. She killed out at 531kg, E3 and 62.8%.
November 20, 2013 Charolais is King on McConnell Suckler Farm in Clogher Valley
Sean McGovern Charolais club committee member visited the farm of Paul McConnell & family situated on an elevated site overlooking the Clogher Valley, the uplands provide good grazing in summer for dry cows and heifers; they have an intensive farming system taking four cuts of silage this season. The McConnell farm is over 200 acres, carrying between 250 – 300 Limousin x cows. Paul is joined by his son Ryan who left school to work in the family business; Ryan has a great interest and is very enthusiastic about the future of the industry with world demand for beef increasing. All calves are reared to 9 – 10 months old and sold locally as weanlings, they use Charolais primarily because at point of sale the Charolais calf weighs and pays that extra. They usually keeps 6-7 bulls with the herd having bought another Charolais bull at a club sale in Dungannon recently; using Limousin bulls on heifers and Charolais bulls on cows. Why Charolais? They use the Charolais breed on 90% of the herd for early growth and power.
The cows calve all year round and are wintered in an extensive range of up to date slatted houses with bedded areas for calves with creep access. Nutrition is monitored and a high energy creep feed offered to enhance growth. This combination of good sized Limousin cross cows with a Charolais bull is providing the McConnell’s with good growth and conformation, well-muscled calves that the customer is eager to purchase.
When asked about how he buys a Charolais bull, Paul said, ‘He will look for a bull with width depth and good shape’ to produce well balanced and growthy calves. It is also important to have strong cows to produce calves with good birth weights and to have as many unassisted births as possible to help reduce the herd management. When they go to the sales the Charolais cross weanlings gives much better returns so they recommend that commercial breeders should seriously consider using Charolais bulls that produce calves with good growth & maximum weight gain. At the end of the day, processors reap the benefits when finishing Charolais cross cattle as they finish up to three weeks earlier than other continental crosses.
Export Charolais Show & Sale Dungannon Farmers Mart Friday 7th March 2014
Charolais Show & Sale Ballymena Livestock Mart Friday 25th April 2014
Charolais Show & Sale Dungannon Farmers Mart Monday 26th May 2014
Charolais Show & Sale Dungannon Farmers Mart Monday 7th November 2014
November 19, 2013 Charolais at H&H Borderway Agri Expo
November 19, 2013 Charolais reigns supreme at Stars of the Future
Charolais reigned supreme at Stars of the Future in Stirling on 16 November by taking the top two Continental interbreed slots; Glenericht Hilary secured the supreme senior award and Falleninch Isabella the junior title.
Interbreed judge Arwel Owen, Welshpool described the pair as ‘a testament of good genetics’. “Despite being a Charolais breeder, I could not get past the correctness of these two heifers,” he said. Hilary has a tremendous powerful front end and had her sire’s presence and character, while Isabella was the most correct and sweetest heifer I have seen for a very, very long time. She had width combined with true breed character. I am sure we will see these animals again in future.”
The 15 month old Glenericht Hilary was bred and exhibited by Allen and Peter Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perth. Sired by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat and out of Mornity Bonnie going back to Balnuith Universe, she was no newcomer to the ring having stood in reserve slot at Perth and Kirriemuir earlier this season. On Saturday after heading her class she took the senior Charolais breed title before going all the way to the top of the Continental senior section.
Standing below Hilary in reserve senior female place was Glenlivet Hooray, a 15 month old heifer from Mike Durno, Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Sired by the 12,000gns Thrunton Explosive, she was out of Kelton Bonnie, an Ugie Upperhand daughter.
The senior Charolais male title went to Inverlochy Hamish from father and son team, John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch. A 13 month old by Maerdy Eryr, he was out of a homebred dam going back to their Inverlochy Resolve. Beaten in to reserve senior male place was Retties Haribo from Richard and Carol Rettie, Forestmill, Alloa. A 15 month old, he was by the 10,000gns, Chunal Dougie and out of Redheughs Anthem.
Falleninch Isabella, took the junior Charolais breed championship before leading the interbreed Continental junior section. Bred and exhibited by Andrew Hornall, Stirling, this 10 month old was by Dereskit Fernando and out of the homebred Falleninch Daniella, a Gower Armani daughter.
Standing below Isabella in overall reserve breed place was Loganbar Improver, the junior male champion from Murray Lyle, Midcambushinnie, Dunblane. A nine month old, he was by Harviestoun Festival and out of Harviestoun Foxylady by Ravensworth Unwin.
Murray Lyle also took the reserve junior Charolais female title with Loganbar Isacc, an eight month old Wesley Fixture daughter and out of Loganbar Elysee. The reserve junior Charolais male award went to the six month old Stranagone Ilikeyou from Robert McWilliams, Maghera, Derry. A Dereskit Fernando son, he was out of Falleninch Fanna by Prime Colombo.
Class 46: Bulls born 3rd August to 28th August 2012
1, Richard and Carol Rettie’s Retties Haribro, by Chunal Dougie
2, C Wight’s Carwood Hotspur, by Kelton Trident
3, R McAskie’s Strathisla Harley, by Goldies Banker
Class 47: Heifers born 19th July to 30th August 2012
1, Allen and Peter Drysdale’s Glenericht Hilary, by Clyth Diplomat
2, Michael Durno’s Glenlivet Hooray, by Thrunton Explosive
3, J Wight’s Midlock Hope, by Kelton Trident
Class 48: Bulls born 12th September to 24th November 2012
1, John and Raymond Irvine’s Inverlochy Hamish, by Maerdy Eryr
2, John and Raymond Irvine’s Ballindalloch Hagar, by Maerdy Eryr
3, Allen and Peter Drysdale’s Glenericht Hollywood, by Balnuith Valour
Class 49: Heifers born 28th September to 19th November 2012
1, John and Raymond Irvine’s Ballindalloch Hilda, by Lochend Apache
2, John and Raymond Irvine’s Ballindalloch Hester, by Balmyle Bollinger
3, Michael Durno’s Glenlivet Hopeful, by Thrunton Explosive
Class 50: Bulls born 3rd February to 5th May 2013
1, Murray Lyle’s Loganbar Improver, by Harviestoun Festival
2, R McWilliam’s Stranagone Ilikeyou, by Dereskit Fernando
3, Ballathie Estate’s Ballathie Iniesta, by Balthayock Empire
Class 51: Heifers born 14th January to 10th March 2013
1, Andrew Hornall’s Falleninch Isbella by Dereskit Fernando
2, Murray Lyle’s Loganbar Isacc, by Wesley Fixture
3, Ballathie Estate’s Ballathie Imogen, by Balthayock Empire
Class 52: Heifers born 24th March to 15th May
1, Richard and Carol Rettie’s Retties Image, by Chunal Dougie
2, C Wight’s Dundas Indigo, by Elgin Davinci
3, Strathisla Farms’ Cardean Innocent, by Blelack Colonel
November 19, 2013 Carlisle Charolais bulls peak at 7,000gns
Charolais were in demand with bulls leading the trade at 7,000gns while females peaked at 4,600gns on Friday 22 November at the breed society’s official show and sale in Carlisle.
Topping the sale at 7,000gns from the Campbell family, Thrunton Alnwick was Thrunton Highclass TI +54, SRI +45, a 20 month old by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and out of Thrunton Bombshell, a Burradon Talisman daughter. He was awarded reserve overall male champion before selling to JH Strawhorn and Son, Lockerbie.
Next in the ring at 6,000gns was the overall male champion from Jean Atkinson, Malton. Bassett Hallmark was a 20 month old by the 10,000gns Harestone Domino and out of Bassett Doodle. The winning bid came from PR Sawyer and Son, York.
A second 6,000gns call was made, this time by from Messrs Evans and Corfield, Ludlow for the first prize Eoinrua Harty, a 19 month old from A Ewing, Annan. He was a Burradon Talisman son and out of Ratoary Amarillo.
Jim and Carol Warnock, Biggar sold Dreva Hasslehoff TI +34, SRI +32, a 20 month old for 5,400gns. Sired by Lochend Apache and out of Dreva Diane, he was purchased by AC Austin, Dumfries.
Next at 4,000gns was the first prize Crookdake Haribo TI +38, SRI +28 from DA and SM Miller, Wigton. An 18 month old, he was by the 10,000gns Mullaghbane Ulliot, out of Mullaghbane Vicky and sold to Andrew Lloyd, Hainford, Norfolk.
Sharing a 4,000gns bid was the 17 month old Maerdy Handyman TI +50 SRI +45 from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans to G Sordy and Sons, Alnwick. Sired by Kelton Trident, he was out of Maerdy Epil.
Two female entries shared the leading 4,600gns bid. First in the ring was Gretnahouse Geigg TI +67 SRI +63 from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green. This in calf two year old was by Blelack Digger, out of a homebred dam and sold to J Preece and Sons, Cheltenham.
Seaville Gina TI+45, SRI +38, a 21 month old in calf heifer from RE and KM Jackson, Wigton sold for 4,600gns to A McCornick, Dumfries. A Newhouse Bigal daughter, she was out of the homebred Seaville Abbie.
The overall Cracker female champion was Midas Heather from Roger Coppinger, Wem selling for 3,900gns to the judge Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool. This 17 month old was by Oldstone Egbert and out of Burnaston Racheal.
Averages 18 bulls £4,007.50; 5 cows and calves £3,255; 5 heifers £3,906
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington
November 5, 2013 Dungannon Charolais females peak at 6,100gns, bulls to 4,700gns
Charolais met a solid demand with the top 6,100gns bid going to a heifer while bulls peaked at 4,700gns in Dungannon on Friday 1 November at the breed’s NI Club show and sale.
“The day’s trends echo the fact that Charolais remains the top terminal beef sire in NI, as commercial men continue to witness the higher values and faster growth of Charolais cross cattle than any other breed, combined with modern British Charolais improved calving genetics. Premiums achieved at this autumn’s sales of store and suckled calves reflect just that,” commented the society’s David Benson.
Sale leader at 6,100gns was Corrick Honey TI +26, SRI +25, a 19 month old heifer by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a Coolnaslee bred dam. Bred and exhibited by Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, Tyrone, she was awarded the overall supreme and champion female titles before selling to Robin and Agnes Todd, Banbridge, Co Down.
Heading the bulls at 4,700gns was the junior male champion, Parkview Hustler from Stephen Heenan, Downpatrick, Down to an auctioneers client. An 18 month old by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Doonally New.
Next at 4,300gns was the reserve male champion, Coolnaslee Harper from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Down to M Armstrong, Coleraine, Derry. A 21 month old Sportsmans Columbo son, and out of an Allanfauld Superscot sired homebred dam, he was full brother to the Royal Welsh female champion, Coolnaslee Gigi.
A bid of 4,000gns secured the 19 month old Bushmills Harley for Eric Lindsay, Strabane, Tyrone. Bred and exhibited by Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills, Antrim, he was by Lissadoair Eden, out of a homebred dam and earlier in the day was awarded the male championship. The same vendor offered Bushmills Houdini, another 19 month old Eden son and out of a homebred dam for 3,400gns to WE Burrows, Ballynahinch.
Three entries shared a 3,800gns bid. First to go was Altnaveigh Hawkwing, a 19 month old from S and R Thompson, Newry, County Down to John McBride, Plumbridge, Tyrone. Sired by Thrunton Voldemort, he was out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Maerdy Impeccable. Another 19 month old from the Thompsons, this time Altnaveigh Harbour by Bova Sylvain made 2,900gns to J Kelly, Downpatrick,Co Down.
Rossavalley Hill, the next entry in the ring sold for 3,800gns to Owen McDevitt, Limavady, Derry. Bred and exhibited by P Quigley, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, the first prize Hill was an 18 month old by Sportsmans Columbo and out of a Devenish bred dam.
The final 3,8000gns call was made by Edward Martin, Downpatrick, Co Down for Ballyoak Hercules TI +24, SRI +29, a first prize 15 month old Burradon Talisman son, and out of a Killadeas dam from S and A McKenna, Clogher, Tyrone.
John Erskine, Killylea, Armagh offered his highest entry at 3,500gns to Noel Rutherford, Hillsborough, Co Down. The 18 month old Dartonhall Harvey was by Corrie Alan and out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable.
The day’s second 3,500gns call was made by Cyril Brown, Newtownbutler, Fermanagh for Corcreevy Hamlet, a 16 month old by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger and out of a Balmyle bred dam from Desmond Orr, Fivemiletown, Tyrone.
A bid of 3,200gns secured Innisrush Harry from J Whyte and Sons, Portglenone, Antrim to James MacArthur, Limavady. A 21 month old, he was by the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat and out of a Balmyle bred dam going back to Dingle Hofmeister.
Kilgort Hercules, a 16 month old by Tonaghmore Augusto and out of a Toberlane bred dam from A O’Kane, Ballykelly, Derry made 3,200gns to Adrian Richardson, Lisnaskea, Fermanagh.
Two lots shared a 3000gns bid. The 18 month old Kilbridefarm Stuart sired Ramrad Henry from RDA Morrow, Coleraine, Derry sold to O Cairns, Ballygawley, Tyrone. The second 3,000gns bid came from Will Gordon, Portglenone for Fymore Hercules, a 17 month old by Goldies Champion and out of a homebred dam from Sean McCaughey, Augher, Tyrone.
Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw, Fermanagh offered the 19 month old Oldstone Egbert sired Drumlone Highflyer TI +21, SRI +26 at 2,900gns to David Clarke, Maguiresbridge, Fermanagh.
In the female section, Mr Veitch’s 20 month old heifer, Drumlone Helga TI +31, SRI +29 attracted the second highest call of 3,300gns from C and V Boyd, Drumquin, Tyrone. An Anneskeagh Sandman daughter and out of a Thrunton bred dam, earlier in the day she secured the reserve female title.
Last in the catalogue but not least was Palace Helena, a 15 month old maiden from Malachy Connolly, Ballynahinch, Down at 3,200gns to FG McGarrigle, Belleek, Fermanagh. A Doon Ultimate daughter, she was out of a homebred dam by Fury Action.
Two year old twin heifers by Sportsmans Columbo and out of a homebred Moorlough dam going back to Derryharney Outstanding were in the money for James McBride, Strabane, Tyrone. First to go was Moorlough Grace TI +25, SRI +27 at 2,700gns to Niall Daly, Omagh, Tyrone followed by Moorlough Gorgie TI +29, SRI +32 at 2,500gns to Owen Kerrigan, Donemana, Tyrone.
A second 2,500gns call was made by Andrew Hillan, Broughshane, Antrim for Lisnadill Hettie, a 17 month old Thrunton Unstopable daughter and out of a homebred dam from George King, Lisnadill, Armagh.
Averages: 30 bulls £3,143; 10 females £2,851
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
October 28, 2013 Welshpool Charolais peak at 9,800gns
Welshpool Charolais peak at 9,800gns
New centre record ave £4,080 for 77 bulls sold; £0.54m grossed
British Charolais bulls met a flying trade from a packed ringside in Welshpool on Thursday 7 November at the breed society’s autumn sale where prices peaked at 9,800gns and 77 entries sold through the ring to achieve a new beef breed centre record average of £4,080 with 79% clearance. The seven hour sale which grossed £0.54 million included three herd drafts and the Trefonnen dispersal.
“An electric atmosphere prevailed throughout as bull after bull went through the ring sold to commercial men who were aware of the rewards for Charolais cross store and suckled calves at the autumn sales and it clearly reflected the momentum towards returning to modern Charolais as the herd’s terminal sire,” commented the society’s David Benson.
Sale leader at 9,800gns was Caylers Hugo TI +45, SRI +45, a 20 month old Thrunton Alpha son and out of a Balthayock Marius sired homebred dam from David and Louise Barker’s 30 cow herd based at Nuthampstead, Royston. Hugo went to join Allan Currie’s 180 suckler cow herd based near Ayr. Mr Currie is a repeat bull buyer from the Caylers herd and said Hugo is a genuine, very well balanced with length, strength and good locomotion.”
The Barkers were enjoying their best ever day in four years of trading at Welshpool and making the eight hour return journey with their three entries. Earlier in the day, they secured 6,000gns for Caylers Hawthorn TI +40, SRI +28, a 21 month old by their former stock bull, the 10,000gns Thrunton Dominator and out of a homebred heifer by Maerdy Uniroyal. The buyer was Messrs Heard, Okehampton, Devon. The Barkers final entry at 4,800gns was Caylers Hectors TI +54, SRI +48, a 19 month old first prize winner by Dominator selling to P Weston, Ashbourne.
The day’s second highest 9,000gns call went to the reserve junior champion, Maerdy Hughos TI +45, SRI +43, a 17 month old by the 13,000gns Kelton Trident and out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Padirac. Sold to B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen, he was one of 12 entries to come under the hammer sold from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold.
Mr Evans was again in the prizes when his 18 month old Maerdy Holster TI +53, SRI +46, secured the intermediate championship before selling for 8,000gns to EI Lewis and Sons, Forge, Machynlleth. Another Trident son, he was out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Alcazar.
Two more entries shared an 8,000gns bid. First to go was Esgob Hari TI +35, SRI +35, an 18 month old Anside Excalibur son and out of a Thrunton Virginian sired homebred dam. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala, he went home with DT Richards, Llangynwyd, Maesteg. Another Excalibur son from the same stable, this time the 19 month old Esgob Huw TI +36, SRI +30 commanded a 5,200gns price tag from A Williams, LLanefydd, Denbigh.
The final 8,000gns call was made by GR Davies, Cwmtirmynach, Bala for Pedr Hermit TI +41, SRI +44, a 16 month old by the 12,000gns Thrunton Classic and out of a homebred dam by Derryharney Outstanding from father and son team, John and Peter Howells, Llanwenog, Llanybyther.
At 6,800gns the Howells offered their junior champion Gwenog Hogan TI +47, SRI +46 another 16 month old Classic son and out of a homebred dam by Blelack Tycoon. The buyer was EM Gittins, Menai Bridge, Anglesey.
Three more entries commanded a 6,000gns price tag. First in the ring was Trefaldwyn Hilton TI +36, SRI +32, a 21 month old Brampton Nacodar son and out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Perth supremo, Mowbraypark Orlando. Secured by JT Davies, Llangedwyn, Oswestry, and bred and exhibited by Arwel Owen, Foel , Welshpool, 24 hours earlier Hilton was awarded the senior and overall male championship by judge, Graham Robinson who described him as an ‘exemplary modern British Charolais’. “Hilton was very correct, he had length, a good top line and excellent locomotion. He caught my eye as soon as he came in the ring, he followed all the way through and had the edge in the final line up,” he said.
Towards the end of the day, Arwel Owen secured another 6,000gns call this time for Trefaldwyn Hublot TI +60, SRI +57, a 17 month old Blelack Digger son and out of a homebred dam. The buyer was R Williams, Llangwnnadl, Pwellhi.
The final 6,000gns bid went to Montgomery Huw TI +70, SRI +60, a 16 month old Blelack Digger son and out of a Tullygarley Attaboy sired homebred dam. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Roberts, Llangadfan, Welshpool, the buyer was R Richards, Adfa, Newtown.
Digger sons were in demand throughout with the 10 forward selling to average £4,505. They included Gareth Roberts reserve intermediate champion, Montgomery Hublot TI +77, SRI +65, the highest performance recorded entry in the catalogue. An 18 month old, he went home with DW Jones, Heasley Mill, South Molton.
Jarka Robinson, Tenbury Wells sold her highest entry at 5,000gns to GH Williams and Son, Penegoes, Machynlleth. Her 17 month old Cliftonpark Headboy was by the 10,000gns Thrunton Bravado and out of a homebred dam going back to Moyness Topnotch.
The collective female trade was led at 4,400gns for a cow and calf pair from ML Impey, Ledbury to Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton, Swindon. Hamilton Avalon TI +39, SRI +30 was an eight year old Turney bred Mortimer Josh daughter sold in calf to Alwent Goldbar, whilst her seven month old heifer, Congress Inchantress was by Burradon Talisman.
Next at 4,000gns was the two year old Maerdy Grandgirl, a Blelack Digger daughter from Esmor Evans to B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen.
Bidding peaked at 7,400gns for a split cow and calf pair when Gaenor and Roy Hughes dispersed their Trefonnen herd. Trefonnen Fergie TI +32, SRI +29, a three year old Okapibb daughter and out of a homebred dam by Ptiprince, she was sold in calf to Goldies Eddy for 4,200gns to Irish Charolais Cattle Society president Michael McGuirk, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland. Fergie’s 10 month old son, Trefonnen Ivanhoe TI +40, SRI +34, sired by Cottage Devon went to T and A Tudor, Llanerfyl, Welshpool.
Next at 6,000gns was Trefonnen Evasion TI +46, SRI +35, a four year old by Doonally New and out of a Dynod bred dam by Coolnaslee Monarch. She was offered with Trefonnen Ivory, her four month old bull by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger. The pair sold to Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Llanstephan.
Three lots were each bid to 5,000gns. First was Trefonnen Veronica TI +39, SRI +38, a seven year old by Doonally Nicefor, out of a homebred dam by Moyness Maharajah and sold in calf to Blelack Digger. The buyer was Neil Barclay, Harestone, Crathes, Banchory.
Trefonnen Fabrujais TI +12, SRI +11, a three year old by Suzeringie and offered with her two month old heifer, Trefonnen Isabelle, an Okapibb made 5,000gns to Michael and Betty Graham, Ireby, Wigton.
The final 5,000gns call was made by B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen for Trefonnen Galaxy TI +31, SRI +29, a Thrunton Voldemort daughter and sold in calf to Blelack Digger.
Next at 4,800gns was Trefonnen Gigi TI +47, SRI +31, a two year old Doonally New sired heifer, in calf to Blelack Digger, and sold to G Jones and Sons, Bala. Another Doonally New daughter, this time the nine year old Trefonnen Violet TI +48, SRI +36 offered with her month old heifer, Trefonnen Iris by Clyth Diplomat made 4,600gns to RA Elias, Garn Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd.
Trefonnen Harriette TI +34, SRI +32, a 13 month heifer by Thrunton Voldemort secured a 3,600gns bid from MA Swistun, Llanforlais, Gower. Trefonnen Vanity TI +38, SRI +37, a seven year old Loganbar Herdsman daughter sold in calf to Maerdy Rock and accompanied by Trefonnen Icarus, her four month old bull by Clyth Diplomat made 3,500gns to A Platt, Weston, Shrewsbury.
Trefonnen Isostar TI +36, SRI +29, a 10 month old Maerdy Rock son and out of a Moyness Maharajah sired homebred dam made 3,100gns to G Williams, Pont Robert, Meiford.
Leading Griff Morris’s draft at 4,000gns was Cargriff Glitzy TI +66, SRI +60, a two year old Blelack Digger daughter and out of a homebred dam by Mowbraypark Paramount. She went over the water with John McGrath, Drumore, Tyrone.
Next at 3,000gns was cow and calf pair Cargriff Flower TI +25, SRI +25, a three year old Goldies Champion daughter going back to Paramount, and her seven month old heifer, Cargriff Iris, by Digger. They sold to HG Evans, Gawsworth, Macclesfield.
Newroddige Charolais reduction
The draft from Danny Wyllie and Pete Mallaber’s Newroddige Charolais herd was led at 5,400gns by a cow and calf pair. Newroddige Caprice TI +28, SRI +24, a six year old by the homebred Newroddige Accentor and out of a Maerdy bred cow was offered with Newroddige Iceberg, her five month old bull calf by Gretnahouse Archangel. The buyer was RA Elias.
Irish breeder, W Foster, Ballyconnell, Cavan invested 4,200gns in the seven year old Newroddige Brittany TI +23, SRI +23, a Joyau Del daughter offered with her seven month old heifer, Newroddige Imagine by the 10,000gns Esgob Ferrari.
A bid of 3,400gns secured a cow and calf pair for MIE Hughes, Caergybi, Ynys Mon. The eight year old Newroddige Athene TI +31, SRI +19 was by Simpsons Gregg and out of an Alwent bred dam, whilst her five month old bull calf, Newroddige Ivanhoe was by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger.
Two lots commanded a 3,000gns call. First was the cow and calf pair Newroddige Dove, a five year old Suzeringie daughter sold with her five month old bull calf, Newroddige Invader by Esgob Ferrari. The buyer was DW Morris, Llanllechid, Bangor. Newroddige Gail TI +38, SRI +41, a two year old Maerdy Estyn daughter sold in calf to Alwent Goldbar made 3,000gns to D Morgan, Talybont.
Gwenog and Pedr reduction
Prices peaked at 5,000gns for the Howells family, John, Anne, Peter and Helen when they reduced a portion of their Gwenog and Pedr herds. Their sale leader was Gwenog Ellann TI +33, SRI +33, a four year old Blelack Tycoon daughter and out of a homebred dam by Derryharney Outstanding. She was offered with her Thrunton Classic sired five month old calf, Gwenog Ilena. The buyer was RA Elias.
Next at 3,800gns was Pedr Amethys TI +34, SRI +31, an eight year old Mowbraypark Paramount daughter offered with Pedr Indigo, her 10 month old heifer by Classic. The buyer was Melita Corbett & Daughters, Felindre, Knighton. A bid of 3,100gns secured Pedr Geronimo TI +32, SRI +33, an April 2011 born Classic son for SJ Smith, Castle Caereinion, Welshpool.
Averages: 77 bulls £4,080
Collectives: 3 cows and calves £3,010; 11 heifers £2,453
Trefonnen: 6 cows and calves £5,512; 3 in calf heifers £4,305; 6 maiden heifers £2,555; 1 bull calf £3255
Cargriff draft: 5 females £2,688
Newroddige: 11 cows and calves £3,040; 5 heifers £2,457
Gwenog and Pedr: 9 cows and calves £2,567; 7 heifers £1,560; 1 bull £3,255; 2 bull calves £1,680
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
October 23, 2013 Stirling Bull Sales 22/23 October
Stirling Charolais peak at 22,000gns; 92 bulls average £6,578
Charolais lead multi-breed week: highest number of bulls sold + highest average price
British Charolais met a strong commercial demand from a packed ringside in Stirling on Wednesday 23 October where prices peaked at 22,000gns and 92 entries sold through the ring to average £6,578 at the breed society’s autumn sale. Charolais once again remained dominant during the week’s multi-beef breed fixtures, by recording the highest number of bulls sold and highest average price.
“Bulls with length, quality conformation and good EBV data met a ready trade throughout with a further 14 lots booked through the final auctioneer’s sale sheet bringing the total clearance to 75% with 106 lots sold, a significant increase on the year,” commented the society’s chairman, Alasdair Houston. “Despite a further year on year reduction in suckler cow numbers, this week’s trend provides further evidence of the momentum swing back to Charolais as the top terminal beef sire. More producers are recognising the higher values and faster growth of Charolais cross cattle than any other breed, combined with modern British Charolais improved calving genetics. Look at this autumn’s sales of store and suckled calves and see the premium.”
Sale leader at 22,000gns was the much admired Balmyle Headline TI +56, SRI +53, an 18 month old by the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret and out of Balmyle Uptowngirl, who goes back to renowned lines on both sides – the 28,000gns Perth champion Brampton Nacador and to Dingle Hofmeister. Bred and exhibited by Perthshire based Bill Bruce, Balmyle, Meigle, he went to join Swalesmoor Charolais’ 40 cow herd, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie. “He was the sole bull in the catalogue for us – we liked his style, shape, size and breeding,” commented herd manager, Iain Campbell.
Another entry from the same breeder, this time the 18 month old Balmyle Hamish TI +58, SRI +53 by the Royal Highland champion, Balmyle Eclipse and going back to Dingle Hofmeister, made 8,000gns to W Duncan, Insch, Aberdeen.
Next at 17,000gns was the 18 month old Elrick Highlander TI +49, SRI +41 from Michael Massie, Auchnagatt, Ellon to John Wight and Sons, Crawford, Biggar to run with the family’s Midlock pedigree herd. Sired by the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin, he was out of a homebred dam by Blelack Roger.
Three lots shared a 15,000gns price tag. First to go was Mowbraypark Hercules TI +41, SRI +36, a 19 month old Klibreck Ecosse son and out of a Bassingbourn bred cow that goes back to Mowbraypark Paramount and the highly celebrated Gigi. Bred and exhibited by Mike and Margaret Atkinson, Kirkby Malzeard, Ripon, the buyer was JAC Campbell, Scrabster, Thurso.
Next at 15,000gns was Gretnahouse Heman, a 19 month old among the breed’s top Breedplan values and the highest in the catalogue at TI +86, SRI +77. Bred by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, he was by Blelack Digger, out of Gretnahouse Beauty, a member of his 70 cow herd and going back to the noted Balmyle Paradise. He went to join Hamish Goldie’s 70 cow herd at Ruthwell, Dumfries. “We’ve bought him on the strength of his dam and grand damlines which we are aware have proved to be consistent high performers,” said Mr Goldie.
Another 19 month old Blelack Digger son from Alasdair Houston, this time Gretnahouse Hasty TI +65, SRI +60 made 8,000gns to Courance Farms, Lockebie whilst minutes before, the same purchaser invested 9,000gns in Gretnahouse Hero TI +71, SRI +66, a 19 month old within the breed’s top 1% by Balthayock Adonis and out of a Moncur General sired homebred dam.
Hamish Goldie recouped his entire 15,000gns spend within two hours when the first class prize winner, the 17 month old Goldies Hotspur TI +66, SRI +64 was knocked down sold to Russell, Mary and William Mill, who run 40 pedigree cows and 200 sucklers at Westfield , Thurso. “We liked his shape, length and accompanying good Breedplan data in particular eye muscle area which at +6.9 is within the breed’s top 1%,” said Mr Mill whose weaned calves consistently arrive within the day’s top 10% of prices at Quoybrae sales. A Goldies Elation son, and out of a homebred dam going back to Goldies Vicechancellor, 24 hours earlier he had been awarded the junior championship.
Later in the day Mr Goldie offered the 16 month old Goldies Hardy TI +60, SRI +60 for 8,000gns to Ross Farms, Gorebridge. Sired by the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet, he was out of a homebred damline going back to the 14,000gns Goldies Banker.
Two lots were bid to 14,000gns. First was the intermediate and overall supreme champion, the 18 month old Culford Hector TI +26, SRI +31, a Holstead Cracker son and out of Culford Cherry. He went to join David Renwick’s 130 cow suckler herd, Dundonnell, Ross-shire. “This bull stood out as soon as he came in to the ring, he was very correct,” he said. Event judge, John Jeffrey, Kersknowe was of a similar opinion when the previous day he gave Hector the intermediate title, before going on to award him the supreme championship. “He is very correct, very long and well fleshed throughout, and he first caught my eye when he came in to his class. Hector was a clear winner in the intermediate section and without doubt, carried that through to the top.”
For his exhibitors, Darren and Donna Knox, winning the Stirling silverware came as a surprise despite Hector’s success on this season’s show ring including winning the Royal Norfolk and National Charolais Show at The NEC. “A big thanks to all those who encouraged us to make this our first ever 700 mile round trip to Stirling, however we never expected he would take the supreme title. We’re thoroughly delighted,” explained Darren, farm manager to a mixed arable beef finisher unit at March, Cambridge who established the couple’s six cow Drumshane herd five years ago with a heifer from Donna as a 30th birthday present. Culford Cherry was introduced to the herd last year when she and the two week old Hector were secured as a cow and calf pair in Newark for 2,300gns from Stephen Flack, Suffolk.
The day’s second 14,000gns bid was made by J Hepburn, Hawick for Elgin Highlander TI +44, SRI +42 bred and exhibited by the Milne family, James, Matthew and Sam, and parents Roy and Kirsty, Llanbryde, Elgin. Sired by the 10,000gns Thrunton Alpha, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Harestone Tyrol and half-sister to Elgin Catherine, this year’s Royal Highland champion.
Earlier on, the Milnes offered their 21 month old Elgin Hallmark TI +39, SRI +42 for 9,000gns to B Teasdale, Copley, Bishop Auckland. Sired by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger, he was out of a homebred dam by Harestone Tyrol.
Mike Brown, Barons Cross Charolais Stud, Aymestrey, Worcester was enjoying his best ever day at Stirling in 40 years of breeding Charolais. His sale leader at 12,000gns was Charbron Heredity TI +39, SRI +39, a 19 month old by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable and out of a homebred dam going back to Burradon Talisman. With four top awards from the show season to his name, he was knocked down sold to B Buchan, New Aberdour, Fraserburgh.
Next from Barons Cross’s 16 cow herd at 9,000gns to E Corfield and Son, Bishops Castle was the reserve junior champion, Charbron Honourable TI +36, SRI +39. A 16 month old Balthayock Matthew son, he was out of a homebred dam by Barnsley Piquet and he claimed the reserve supreme championship at Burwarton Show on his only other trip out.
Mr Brown’s final entry at 7,500gns was the 15 month old Charbron Harvest TI +42, SRI +44, another Balthayock Matthew son, out of a Burradon Talisman sired dam and accompanied by a string of tickets. The buyer was P and M Davies, Sennybridge.
Father and son team, Graeme and Graeme Mather, Fern, Brechin went to 11,000gns for the first in class, Dunesk Hero TI +59, SRI +56, a Blelack Digger sired 18 month old and out of a homebred dam by Moyness Statesman from neighbours, Jimmy and Margaret McMillan, Farnell, Brechin.
The day’s second 11,000gns call came from HR Dalrymple, Ballantrae, Girvan for Cretlevane Hurricane, a 17 month old by the 7,000gns Thrunton Einstein and out of a homebred dam by Billingley Siralex from A McArthur, Balfron Station, Glasgow.
Another Goldies Banker son in the money at 10,500gns was Carscreugh Hernando TI +46, SRI +50, a 19 month old with a string of this show season’s titles to his name. Bred and exhibited by AK Brooke, Glenluce, Newton Stewart, the buyer was Easter Tulloch Ltd, Laurencekirk.
A bid of 10,000gns secured Blelack Highlander TI +66, SRI +60, for Alex Bayne and Son, Auchterader, Perth. Bred and exhibited father and son team, Neil and Graeme Massie, Aboyne, this 18 month old was by the 15,000gns Goldie Dynamite and out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Perth supremo, Thrunton Socrates.
Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold offered his highest entry Maerdy Harrypotter TI +55, SRI +50 at 9,500gns to K Mallarkey, Ythan Bank, Ellon. A 15 month old Kelton Trident son, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Royal Welsh interbreed champion, Maerdy Beauty. Harrypotter together with two of his stable mates by Trident won the champion group of three.
Next at 9,000gns was the 18 month old Thrunton Hawkwind TI +62, SRI +57, a son of the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler and out of a Mortimers Politician sired homebred dam. Bred and exhibited by the Campbell family, Colin and sons Ian and John, Thrunton, Alnwick, he was knocked down sold to Balbirnie Home Farm, Freuchie, Fife.
Balthayock Homer TI +49, SRI +55, an 18 month old from David Walter, Balthayock, Perth changed hands for 7,500gns to A Miller and Sons, Thurso. Sired by the 8,000gns Ugie Echo, he was out of a homebred dam by the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian.
Major Walter secured a second 7,500gns bid in a split call from G D Pate and Sons, Humbie, and Aikeyside Farming, Haddington, East Lothian. Balthayock Horace TI +32, SRI +38 was another Echo son and out of a homebred dam going back to Balmyle Thunderbird.
Four entries shared a 7,000gns bid. First to go was the 19 month old Bonnykelly Herdsman TI +48, SRI +51 from Graeme Leggat, New Pitsligo, Fraserburgh. A Newhouse Challenger son, he was out of a dam by Ravensworth Osbert and returned to Aberdeenshire with George Wordie, Glass, Huntly.
Next at 7,000gns was Derryharney Happyharry TI +40, SRI +35, an 18 month old Shanlieve Rudie son and out of a homebred dam by the 10,000gns Perth supremo Thrunton Bonjovi. Bred and exhibited by Harold Stubbs and A Burleigh, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, Happyharry was knocked down sold to J Leiper and Sons, Ponteland, Newcastle.
A bid of 7,000gns secured John Jeffrey’s Kersknowe Hallmark TI +52, SRI +40, an 18 month old Sackville Dynamite son for near neighbours, J Morton and Son, Melrose.
Last but not least at 7,000gns was the supreme female champion, Vexour Galina TI +64, SRI +66, a two year old from Jan Boomaars, Woldingham. A Dingle Hofmeister daughter and out of a homebred dam going back to the 120 cow herd’s foundation animal, she went to join John Erskine’s Dartonhall herd, Killylea, County Armargh.
“The much improved trade for Charolais females came after a day’s trading for bulls which gave all the signs they would prove to be excellent investments for breeders either establishing new herds or further developing their established pedigree enterprises,” commented the society’s chief executive, David Benson.
Next at 4,800gns was Newhouse Gigi TI +40, SRI +33, a rising two year old Silver Joss daughter and out of a homebred dam by the 32,000gns Perth Junior champion Solitude Attaboy. She sold to S Middleton, Creevagh, County Derry.
A draft from D and M Campbell’s Caithness herd was led at 4,200gns by Caithness Georgie TI +27, SRI +30, two and a half year old heifer by Harviestoun Casino and out of a homebred dam by Moncur General. She went to Orkney with D Taylor, South Ronaldsay.
Two Casino sired heifers shared a 4,000gns bid. First was Caithness Fifi TI +40, SRI +38 sold in calf to Caithness Garth. The buyer was Clive Richardson, Portadown, County Armagh. Minutes later, Caithness Gipsy commanded a 4,000gns bid from P and H Bainbridge, Caldwell, Richmond.
Averages: 92 bulls £6,578; 9 females £4,142
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Prize Winner Line ups
Leading sires with a minimum of 3 bulls sold to qualify
|Sire||Number sold||Range (gns)||Average (£)|
|1||Blelack Digger||5||3,500 – 15,000||8,925|
|2||Maerdy Dublin||3||3,500 – 17,000||8,400|
|3||Balmyle Bollinger||3||4,250 – 9,000||6,667|
|4||Kelton Trident||3||4,000 – 9,500||6,650|
|5||Balmyle Eclipse||4||5,200 – 8,000||6,615|
|6||Ugie Echo||3||3,000 – 7,500||6,300|
|7||Maerdy Blackout||3||3,200 – 8,000||5,845|
|8||Maerdy Deiniol||5||3,500 – 6,500||4,998|
|9||Gwenog Banjo||4||2,600 – 6,000||4,620|
|10||Thrunton Voldemort||4||3,500 – 4,000||4,462|
Top 10 leading herds with a minimum of 3 bulls sold to qualify
|Breeder/Prefix Number Range (gns) Average (£)sold|
|1||A G Houston / Gretnahouse||3||8,000 – 15,000||11,200|
|2||W P Bruce Ltd / Balmyle||4||5,200 – 22,000||10,946|
|3||R A Milne / Elgin||3||6,200 – 14,000||10,200|
|4||Barons Cross / Charbron||3||7,500 – 12,000||9,975|
|5||M J Massie / Elrick||3||3,500 – 17,000||8,400|
|6||H Goldie / Goldies||5||2,800 – 15,000||7,245|
|7||D F W H & N R Walter / Balthayock||3||3,000 – 7,500||6,300|
|8||N F Massie / Blelack||4||3,500 – 10,000||6,274|
|9||H C Stubbs & A Burleigh / Derryharney||3||4,800 – 7,000||6,055|
|10||D E Evans / Maerdy||6||3,000 – 9,500||5,775|
Breakdown of bulls sold according to their terminal index
Number sold Range (gns) Average price (£)
Top 25% 71 2,400-22,000 6,455
Mid range 22 2,800-12,000 5,708
Bottom 25% 5 2,500-14000 6,520
Breakdown of bulls sold according to their calving ease direct
Number sold Range (gns) Average price (£)
Top 25% 26 2,600-15,000 5,911
Mid range 53 2,400-22,000 5,948
Bottom 25% 21 2,500-14000 6,230