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July 30, 2018 Clogher Show Bank of Ireland NI National Charolais Championship

Charolais Reign Supreme at The 100th Clogher Valley Show
Charolais Breeders pulled out all of the stops for the inaugural Bank of Ireland – NI National Charolais Championship at the 100th Clogher Valley Show. They came from across the province, putting on a tremendous show demonstrating the quality breeding on offer and the reason why Charolais are topping the market.

The event was sponsored by Bank of Ireland, and Richard Primrose was on hand for the day along with other colleagues. He said “On behalf of Bank of Ireland UK, I would like to thank the NI Charolais club and the organisers of Clogher Valley Show for hosting a very successful NI Charolais Championship. There was a superb range of Charolais cattle of all ages on display. It was excellent to see so many cattle from breeders across the whole of Northern Ireland taking part. Bank of Ireland UK are proud to support one of most popular and important breeds to the Northern Ireland Beef industry”.

The competition boasted with over 60 entries ranging from calves through to senior males and females.

There was no stopping Brownhill Mo on the day, showed by the Devine Brothers! The in-calf heifer swept all before her, winning the Senior Heifer Class, Senior Female champion and then taking the Overall Supreme Charolais Championship. Not content with the Charolais Championship, she then took on the other breeds and was awarded Beef Interbreed Supreme Champion.

Later in the day, Mo went on to compete for the prestigious title of Clogher Show Champion of Champions, were she stood alongside the Dairy cow from the McLean family and the commercial champion of the day which was the Charolais cross bullock, “Paddington” sired by Deeside Gulliver exhibited by Nigel and Sandra Cochrane.

It was a dream can come true day for brothers Thomas and Richie from Ballymagorry, Strabane when Mo took the title, her second “Champion of Champions” in the month. Having already taken the Reserve Charolais Championship at Balmoral and a range of championships at local shows. This smart heifer has been on a winning streak across the show circuit and has the pedigree to support it, sired 12000 gns Maerdy Fiend, with homebred mother Indigo and grandmother Foxy both gathering top ribbons during their show careers.
Taking Charolais Reserve Supreme Champion was Brigadoon Nevada, the homebred heifer, exhibited by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch. Sired by their stock bull “Icon” who has been stamping his mark on the herd since his purchase at Stirling Bull sales from the Goldies family three years ago. This stylish yearling also scooped second reserve in the Beef Interbreed Champion of Champions.

Charolais Judge for the day was David Barker of the Cayler herd from Hertfordshire. David is a well-known breeder & judge. He said it was a privilege to travel to Northern Ireland to judge the national Charolais show and he had a fantastic experience. “The Irish hospitality was unbelievable and a credit to all the Northern Ireland Charolais club and the show organisers”. He went on to say that “the exhibitors produced a great show of cattle and were a credit to all involved. The champion was an exceptional heifer with tremendous breed character, size, presence and style. The reserve champion was a young stylish heifer who was very correct, well balanced and has a great future ahead of her”.

The Connolly family claimed a host of accolades at the one-day event, with a 17 strong team out on the day including Reserve Senior Female with Brigadoon Lady a first calving heifer with her bull calf at foot. She was sired by Brigadoon Himself and is a grand-daughter of Brampton Petition. Lady was Reserve Junior Female Champion at the calf championships in 2015. The Connolly family were also awarded Senior Male Champion with their new stock bull, Maxamus purchased at the Stirling Bull sales in February this year. Fresh from the field, this young bull has been running with the cows at the Brigadoon herd since his first appearance in Northern Ireland at Balmoral show.

The Junior Bull Championship and also overall Male Champion was awarded to Killadeas Norman, bred by S & D Bothwell, Ballinamallard. He is sired by their stock bull Gwenog Braveheart and homebred Dainty both of whom have bred many prize winners and sale toppers for the Bothwell family.

Brigadoon Nebulus bred by WD & JA Connolly, another Goldies Icon son took the Reserve spots for the Junior Bull Championship and Overall Male Championship. His mother Heather, also a homebred cow was a successful show heifer for the Connolly family.
Birches Oliva bred by MR & Mrs N Matchett claimed the Reserve Junior female championship an Ainside Foreman daughter will have a bright future.

The award for Champion pairs went to the Connolly family who exhibited their 3 year old first calving heifers Brigadoon Lady & Lolly with their bull calves at foot. Standing in reserve was also from the Brigadoon herd with their yearling heifers Nevada and Nyoko.
Success continued in the Interbreed classes for the Charolais breed when Nigel & Gail Matchett were awarded the Champion Heifer spot with the first placed heifer Birches Nancy, sired by Doonally New. Meanwhile in the Interbreed mixed pairs, it was the Bothwell family who were awarded the Champion ribbons with the Connolly family in Reserve.

It was a hugely successful day for the Charolais breed, not just in the Bank of Ireland UK National Championship, but also the Commercial & Interbreed classes. David Connolly, Club Chairman commended “On behalf on the club I would like to thank our sponsors Bank of Ireland for their financial support and attendance at the National Show, it’s great to see their interest in our breeding standards and the beef industry. We are also indebted to the British Charolais Society for their continued help and support to the NI club. Thanks, must also go to the management and staff of Clogher Valley show for hosting the championship and to the press for coverage of the Bank of Ireland NI National Charolais Championship. The 100th Clogher Show has been a huge success and is certainly one of the best organised shows on the circuit. To our secretary Eilis Kelly, the committee members who have helped with the planning and all those who helped on the day – thank you. And of course, a huge thank you to our breeders, they put on a tremendous display of the finest Charolais cattle and without them it would not be possible to show case our breed at this level.

In the ring with David was Kevin Reavey who was shadowing the judge as part of the Youth Judging programme. Kevin took top spot at British Charolais National Junior Stock judging competition earlier in the month, and alongside team mate Alan Burleigh they clinched the top pair position. The pair will now travel to France representing the British Charolais Society.

Bank of Ireland NI National Charolais Championship Results.
JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION
Brigadoon Nevada, bred by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down Sire: Goldies Icon
Dam: Brigadoon Jadore.
RESERVE JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION
Birches Oliva, bred by MR & Mrs N Matchett, Birches, Co Armagh Sire: Ainside Foreman
Dam: Cloncarrish Ivy.
SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION
Brownhill Mo, bred by Devine Bros, Strabane, Co Tyrone Sire: Maerdy Fiend
Dam: Brownhill indigo.
RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION
Brigadoon Lady, bred by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch Co Down Sire: Brigadoon Himself
Dam: Brigadoon Elite.
JUNIOR MALE CHAMPION
Killadeas Norman, bred by S & D Bothwell, Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh Sire: Gwenog
Braveheart Dam: Killadeas Dainty.
RESERVE JUNIOR MALE CHAMPION
Brigadoon Nebulus bred by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Sown
Sire: Goldies Icon Dam: Brigadoon Heather.
SENIOR MALE CHAMPION
Newhouse Maxamus owned by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down,
Sire: Maerdy Hearthrob Dam: Newhouse Geisha.
OVERALL FEMALE
Brownhill Mo, bred by Devine Bros, Strabane, Co Tyrone Sire: Maerdy Fiend
Dam: Brownhill indigo.
OVERALL RESERVE FEMALE
Brigadoon Nevada, bred by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down Sire: Goldies Icon
Dam: Brigadoon Jadore.
OVERALL MALE
Killadeas Norman, bred by S & D Bothwell, Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh Sire: Gwenog
Braveheart Dam: Killadeas Dainty.
OVERALL RESERVE MALE
Newhouse Maxamus owned by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down,
Sire: Maerdy Hearthrob Dam: Newhouse Geisha.
PAIRS CHAMPION
WD & JA CONNOLLY
RESERVE PAIRS CHAMPION
WD & JA Connolly
SUPREME CHAMPION
Brownhill Mo, bred by Devine Bros, Strabane, Co Tyrone Sire: Maerdy Fiend
Dam: Brownhill indigo.
RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION
Brigadoon Nevada, bred by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down Sire: Goldies Icon
Dam: Brigadoon Jadore.

CLASS 171 FEMALES BORN
1. Mr & Mrs N Matchett – Birches Olivia – s. Anside Foreman
2. Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Oonagh – s. Stranagone Jones
3. Sean McGovern – Rotary Ohana – s. Indurain
CLASS 172 FEMALES BORN ON OR BETWEEN 1 SEPTEMBER & 31 DECEMBER 2017
1. Mr H C Stubbs & AA Burleigh – Derryharney Nibby – s. Montgomery Lanto
2. Adrian Richardson – Hillview Nani – s. Goldies Icon
3. E Johnston & Sons – Gallion Nancy – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
CLASS 173 FEMALE BORN ON OR BETWEEN 1 MAY & 31ST AUGUST 2017
1. Mr & Mrs N Matchett – Birches Nancy – s. Doonally New
2. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nigella – s. Goldies Icon
3. E Johnston & Sons – Gallion Niceo – s. Alwent Goldbar
Class 174 FEMALES BORN ON OR BETWEEN 1 JANUARY & 30 APRIL 2017
1. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nevada – s. Goldies Icon
2. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nyoka – s. Goldies Icon
Class 175 FEMALE BORN ON OR BETWEEN 1 JULY TO 31 DECEMBER 2017
1. Devine Bros – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend
2. Miss Leanne Titterington – Goldstar Matilda – s. Goldstar Echo
3. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maiden – s. Goldies Icon
CLASS 176 FEMALE BORN ON OR AFTER 1 JANUARY & 30 JUNE 2016
1. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Milan – s. Goldies Icon
2. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Marigold – s. Goldies Icon
CLASS 177 FEMALE BORN ON OR AFTER 31 DECEMBER 2015
1. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lady – s. Brigadoon Himself
2. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lolly – s. Brigadoon himself
3. Sean McGovern – Ferryfield Josey – s. Calla Eddie
CLASS 178 BULL BORN 2018
1. S & D Bothwell – Kiladeas Oliver – s. Battleford Laser
2. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Oskar – s. Wesley Equinox
3. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Ollie – s. Wesley Equinox
CLASS 180 BULL BORN ON OR AFTER 1 MAY & 30 AUGUST 2017
1. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nebulus – s. Goldies Icon
2. S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Norman – s. Blelack Blackberet
3. Malachy Connolly – Palace Natural – s. Derryolam Impeccable
CLASS 181 BULL BORN ON OR BETWEEN 1 JANUARY AND 30 APRIL 2017
1. S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Norman – s. Gwenog Braveheart
2. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Notorious – s. Goldies Icon
3. WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Neptune – s. Goldies Icon
CLASS 182 BULL BORN 2016
1. WD & JA Connolly – Newhouse Maximus – s. Maerdy Heartthrob

Richie Devine with the Supreme Champion Brownhill Mo with Richard Primrose, BOI

SUPREME CHAMPION, FEMALE CHAMPION, SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION
Brownhill Mo, bred by Devine Bros, Strabane, Co Tyrone
Sire: Maerdy Fiend Dam: Brownhill indigo.

Junior Female & Reserve Supreme Champion Brigadoon Nevada for Mr WD & JA Connolly with Richard Primrose, BOI

JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION, RESERVE FEMALE CHAMPION & RESERVE SUPREME CHAMPION
Brigadoon Nevada, bred by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down
Sire: Goldies Icon Dam: Brigadoon Jadore.

Reserve Junior Female Champion Birches Olivia from Gail Matchett with Richard Primrose, BOI

RESERVE JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION
Birches Oliva, bred by MR & Mrs N Matchett, Birches, Co Armagh
Sire: Anside Foreman Dam: Cloncarrish Ivy.

Reserve Senior Female Champion Brigadoon Lady for Mr WD & JA Connolly with Richard Primrose, BOI

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION
Brigadoon Lady, bred by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch Co Down
Sire: Brigadoon Himself Dam: Brigadoon Elite.

David Bothwell & Family with the Junior Male Champion & Male Champion Killadeas Norman with Richard Primrose, BOI

JUNIOR MALE CHAMPION & MALE CHAMPION
Killadeas Norman, bred by S & D Bothwell, Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh
Sire: Gwenog Braveheart Dam: Killadeas Dainty.

Reserve Male Champion Brigadoon Nebulus for Mr WD & JA Connolly with Richard Primrose, BOI

RESERVE JUNIOR MALE CHAMPION
Brigadoon Nebulus bred by WD & JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Sown
Sire: Goldies Icon Dam: Brigadoon Heather.

Senior Male Champion & Reserve Male Champion Newhouose Maxamus owned by WD JA Connolly pictured with David Connolly & Richard Primrose Bank of Ireland

 


July 26, 2018 Royal Welsh Show 2018

Heifer, born on or between 01/04/17 – 31/07/17
1 – Teme Nude – Mrs SM Corbett
2 – Caerddaniel Nice – Mr RO Williams & Son
3 – Llwyngwathen Nina – Mr S James & Miss G Davies

Heifer, born on or between 01/01/17 – 31/03/17
1 – Carddaniel Nannette – RO Williams & Son
2 – Balbithan Nebraska – Thor Atkinson
3 – Balbithan Neve – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters

Heifer, born on or between 01/04/16 – 31/12/16
1 – Teme Magnolia – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters
2 – Caerddaniel Maggiemay – Mr RO Williams & Son
3 – Brynffanigl Marian – RT & DM Roberts

Cow born in 2015
1 – Balbithan Louisiana – Thor Atkinson

Balbithan Louisanna

Cow born on or before 31 December 2014
1 – Shraden Highlight – Charlotte Boden

Shraden Highlight

Bull, born on or between 01/04/17 – 31/07/17
1 – Castellmawr Nelso – A & M Williams
2 – Castellmawr Noah – A & M Williams
3 – Westpit Nevada – Andrew Gammie –

Supreme champion
Teme Magnolia – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters

Teme Magnolia

Reserve supreme champion
Caerddaniel Nanette – RO Williams & Son

Male champion
Castellmawr Nelson – A & M Williams

Castellmawr Nelson

Reserve male Champion
Castellmawr Noah – A & M Williams

Castellmawr Noah

Female Champion
Teme Magnolia – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters

Reserve champion
Caerddaniel Nanette – RO Williams & Son

Junior Female Champion
Caerddaniel Nanette – RO Williams & Son

Reserve champion
Balbithan Nabraska – Thor Atkinson’s

Balbithan Nabraska

Reserve Junior Interbreed Heifer Champion
Caerddaniel Nannette – RO Williams & Son

Caerddaniel Nannette

Best Pair
RO Williams & Son

Teme Magnolia and Caerddaniel Nannette

Caerddaniel Maggiemay and Caerddaniel Nanette

Castellmawr Nelson and Castellmawr Noah

    

 


July 12, 2018 National Charolais Show at the Great Yorkshire Show 2018

Judge: Andrew Hornall

Female born on or between 01/05/17 – 31/7/17
1 – Ellerton Nettle – Mr A Brown
2 – Sportsmans Nicole – Boden & Davies Ltd
3 – Sportsmans Nakeeta – Boden & Davies Ltd

Ellerton Nettle

Ellerton Nettle

Heifer born on or between 01/03/17 – 30 /04/17
1 – Balbithan Nabraska – Mr T Atkinson
2 – Bassett Nadia – Brailes Livestock
3 – Tweeddale Noleen – Mr T Watson

Balbithan Nabraska

Female born on or between 01/01/17 – 28/02/17
1 – Silvermere Narnia – Miss MT Hanson
2 – Balmyle Nigella – WP Bruce Ltd
3 – Balbithan Nancy – Mr DH Knox

Silvermere Narnia

Silvermere Narnia

Female born on or between 01/07/16 – 31/12/16
1 – Dooley Medith – Mr D Thornley
2 – Lesliepatk Maggie – Mr G Russell
3 – Holtstead Matilda – F, J & EC Andrews

Dooley Medith

Female born on or between 01/01/16 – 31/06/16
1 – Sportsmans Maisie – Boden & Davies Ltd
2 – Teme Magnolia – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters
3 – Dooley Marriot – Mr D Thornley

Sportsmans Maisie

Sportsmans Maisie

Female born on or before 31 December 2015
1- Rogans Jojo – Mr J Wainwright
2 – Westcarse Iola – Mr DR & Mrs B Stacey
3 – Monaduffhouse Ingotgold – J, P & J Goldie

Rogans Jojo

 

Bulls born on or between 01/05/17 – 31/07/17
1 – Dooley Nemo – Mr D Thornley
2 – Tweeddale Notorious – Mr J Watson
3 – Marwood Navigator – RA & J Blyth

Dooley Nemo

Cooley nemo

Bulls born on or between 01/03/17 – 30/04/17
1- Brampton Nutella – Mr GW Turner
2 – Marwood Nutcracker – RA & J Blyth
3 – Brampton Northbound – Mr GW Turner

 

Brampton Nutella

Brampton Nutella

Bull born on or between 01/01/17 – 28/02/17
1 – Tweeddale Napoleon – Mr J Watson
2 – Scotby Nightstar – Mr P Stobart
3 – Sackville Napoleon – BA & PA Heath

Tweeddale Napoleon

Tweeddale Napoleon

Bull born on or before 31 December 2015
1 – Barnsford Jubilant – Mr B Harman

Barnsford Jubilant

Barnsford Jubilant

Supreme, female and Interbreed Champion
Sportsmans Maisie – Boden & Davies Ltd

Reserve female Champion
Rogans Jojo – Mr J Wainwright

Reserve supreme champion
Rogans Jojo – Mr J Wainwright

Male and junior male Champion
Dooley Nemo- Mr D Thornley

Reserve male and reserve male junior champion
Tweeddale Napoleon – Mr J Watson

Junior champion
Silvermere Narnia – Miss MT Hanson

Reserve junior champion
Dooley Nemo – Mr D Thornley

Junior female Champion
Silvermere Narnia – Miss MT Hanson

Reserve junior female champion
Dooley Merdith – Mr D Thornley

Pairs champion
Dooley – Mr D Thornley

Reserve pairs champion
Tweeddale – Mr J Watson

Overall champ Sportsmans Maisie and Reserve  Rogans Jojo Presentation

Male champion Dooley Nemo and reserve male champion Tweeddale Napoleon

Junior male champion Dooley Nemo and reserve junior male champion Tweeddale Napoleon

Junior female champion Silvermere Narnia and reserve junior female champion Dooley Medith

Junior champion Silvermere Narnia and reserve junior champion Dooley Nemo

Female champion Sportsmans Maisie and reserve female champion Rogans Jojo

The pairs champion from Mr D Thornley

 

 


June 29, 2018 Urgent need for beef farmers to safeguard their business from uncertainty

Despite huge uncertainty in the agricultural sector, beef farmers must start to make decisions now in order to protect their business in what is likely to be a more volatile future marketplace.

This was the message from Peter Phythian, chief executive of the British Charolais Society, speaking at this year’s National Beef Association’s Beef Expo which was held on Friday May 25 at Halls Shrewsbury Livestock Auction Centre.

“Its time to focus on what we know and can do constructively to ensure the beef industry remains viable and successful in the future,” he said.

“That requires a focus on efficiencies –and choosing the right genetics that will maximise returns.

“As an industry we need to embrace data collation, value the significant gains from using EBV’s, Genomics and fully understand the impact of different breeds on business profitability.

“We recognise this new approach to future beef production, and as a Society work with producers to develop new ways in which to improve their business. As an example, we recently announced a change in our DNA testing which we believe will lead to greater efficiencies and improved breeding.

“We need to work smarter not harder. The Beef Expo attracts many national and international visitors – from every level within the industry and, as farmers, we need to instil confidence in, and promote, our ability to produce world class beef.

“This will require farmers to illustrate their business knowledge and success – in turn requiring the use of recognised systems and information.

“Just as an example, in Northern Ireland (Greenmount College), the progeny of an elite bull (Top 1% for 400-day growth, muscle and beef value) was compared to a bull with average EBVs. On average, the cattle were 30kg deadweight heavier at slaughter, and took 74 days less to reach slaughter weights. With current prices, this difference is worth over £200.

“Over a typical herd, that’s a significant income – and easily achieved by selecting the best bulls.

“We also need to keep up to date with research and new developments, it has been proven by the upturn in store and finished prices across the country that Charolais crosses achieve better performance and higher financial returns– so consider this in your bull selection,” he added.

“This applies to dairy farmers, looking to gain extra income from beef calves. Charolais cross calves can be a much needed, and important, income stream into a dairy business. Many dairy farmers now recognise the ‘modern’ Charolais offers an easy calving option with a valuable calf, and we’re seeing considerable interest from this sector for current breeding programmes.

“We work with many other industry organisations to improve farm profitability. This is very much at the core of the Society and I strongly believe that the Charolais breed has a bright and successful future.”

10 Charolais facts

  • Charolais genetics arrived in Britain in 1959 smuggled in a thermos flask.
  • The breed was known in the UK as Charolais until the British Charolais Cattle Society was officially established on the 27th July 1962.
  • By the late 1960s, the industry realised that as few as 50 Charolais bulls would be required to service at any one time the entire number of MMB and private AI stations.
  • The first ever Charolais bull calf to be born in Britain was recorded on 1 January 1967.
  • Charolais was not introduced as a beef terminal sire on any significant commercial scale until the late 1960s.
  • Charolais won the Burke Trophy, the Royal Show’s interbreed beef award for pairs, on a record 17 occasions.
  • The price record 100,000gns Charolais bull, Vexour Garth was sold at Stirling in October 2012, by his breeder Jan Boomaars and was purchased by the Livestock Capital Partnership, USA.
  • In 2011, Allanfauld Fizz, a 19-month-old purebred heifer was the first ever pedigree Charolais to secure the Royal Smithfield championship.
  • The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) recorded a 10%premium price for Charolais store cattle above other continental crosses in 2012.
  • A breed record sale average of £7,653 was set at the February 2012 Stirling sale

 


June 25, 2018 Highland Show 2018

FEMALE born on or between 1st April and 31st July 2017

1 – Bassett Nadia – Brailes Livestock

2 – Ballindalloch Nadine – Mr John Irvine & Son

3 – Balthayock Nessie – Major DFWH & NR Walter

Bassett-Nadia

FEMALE born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2017

1 – Elgin Nancy – Mr RA Milne & Sons

2 – Silvermere Narnia – Miss Michelle Hanson

3 – Loganbar Nadia – Mr DM Lyle & Sons

Elgin-Nancy

Silvermere Narnia

FEMALE born on or between 24th June and 31st December 2016

1 – Alsnow Melissa – AJR Farms

2 – Inverlochy Marie – Mr John Irvine & Son

3 – Barnsford Marquise – T & S Gatherer

Alsnow Melissa

FEMALE born on or between 1st January and 23rd June 2016

1 – Harestone Matilda – R & N Barclay

2 – Wissington Mocha – Mrs J Rix

3 – Lourie Mabel – Mr Robert Aitken

Harestone-Matilda

FEMALE born on or between 1st January and 31st December 2015

1 – Newroddige Linda – AJR Farms

2 – Battleford Lola – Mr Blair Duffton

3 – Lagavaich Lucy – Mr Gary Wright

Newroddige-Linda

Battleford-Lola

Battleford-Lola

FEMALE, in Milk or in Calf, born on or before 31st December 2014

1 – Inverlochy Ingris – Mr John Irvine & Son

2 – Edenhurst Joujou – Miss Abbie Anderson

3 – Olrig Jadore – Mr Andrew Morris

BULL born on or between 1st April and 30th June 2017

1 – Tweeddale Notorious – Redhead & Watson

2 – Forglen Nero – Mr Eric A Mutch

3 – Westpit Nashville ET – A & J Gammie

Tweeddale Notorious

BULL born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2017

1 – Elgin Neuer – Mr RA Milne & Sons

2 – Firhills Nimrod – Mr DH Muirhead

3 – Tweeddale Napoleon – Redhead & Watson

BULL born on or before 31st December 2015

1 – Harestone Jaquard – R & N Barclay

2 – Balthayock Loyalist – Major DFWH & NR Walter

3 – Stranagone Jones – Mr Robert McWilliams

Champion and best bull, breeder of best bull

Harestone Jaquard – R & N Barclay

Harestone Jaquard

Reserve Champion

Inverlochy Ingris – Mr John Irvine & Son

Inverlochy Ingris

Reserve Bull and junior champion and best junior bull

Elgin Neuer – Mr RA Milne & Sons

Elgin Neuer

Best Female

Inverlochy Ingris – Mr John Irvine & Son

Inverlochy Ingris

Reserve Female

Edenhurst Joujou – Miss Abbie Anderson

Edenhurst Joujou

Reserve Junior Animal and best junior female

Elgin Nancy – Mr RA Milne & Sons

Elgin Nancy

Reserve Junior Bull

Firhills Nimrod – Mr DH Muirhead

Reserve Junior Female

Silvermere Narnia – Miss Michelle Hanson

Best Animal of opposite sex to Champion and best animal bred by exhibitor

Inverlochy Ingris – Mr John Irvine & Son

Inverlochy Ingris

Best Pair of Charolais cattle owned and bred by exhibitor entered in the show classes

Elgin Neuer and Nancy – Mr RA Milne & Sons

Elgin Nancy and Silvermere Narnia

Elgin Neuer and Elgin Nancy

Reserve Pair of Charolais cattle owned and bred by exhibitor entered in the show classes

Firhills Maisie and Nimrod – Mr DH Muirhead

Interbreed team champions

Harestone Matilda, Battleford Lola, Inverlochy Ingris and Harestone Jaquard

Junior Interbreed Champion Presentation Elgin Neuer – Mr RA Milne & Sons

Harestone Jaquard and Elgin Neuer

Champion female Inverlochy Ingris and reserve champion female Edenhurst Joujou

 


June 19, 2018 Mornity Nero heads over to Ireland for semen collection


Robert Young of the Mornity herd was delighted to inform us that he has sold the 15-month-old Mornity Nero, in a private deal to Elite Pedigree Genetics of Northern Ireland for an undisclosed five figure sum.

Robert said “Mornity Nero is the best bull bred by the herd to date, boasting great length, shape, confirmation and power together with great Breedplan figures. His dam Mornity Brechin was one of the best breeders in the herd.”

Nero boasts an impressive pedigree with his 14,000gns sire Westcarse Houdini’s line including the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo and the 28,000gns Farleycopse Turbo, while his dam’s pedigree includes Balthayock Upright, the renowned 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and multiple show champion Newhouse Count.

The Mornity Charolais herd, consisting 20 breeding females, was founded by Roberts father Graham Young and grandfather Jack Nicoll in 1990 and has produced a host of champions across their local Perthshire shows and most notably a Royal Highland Show reserve female champion. More recently, the introduction of jointly owned herd sire Houdini, together with a careful female breeding replacement policy, has seen bull sales take off over the past two years. Since February 2016 Houdini’s sons have sold to 10,000gns no less than three times and averaged an impressive £7,000 for 14 sold.

New owner Bartley Finnegan, who has purchased Mornity Nero for semen collection for his Elite Pedgree Genetics business commented, “I have been watching Westcarse Houdini sons being sold at Society sales and liked what I saw. This sire is producing modern easy calving Charolais bulls, which is what my customers are looking for. Houdini is consistently breeding quality progeny into both the Mornity and Elgin Charolais herds with over eighty calves on the ground showing he is producing the goods.

“I extensively researched Nero and his bloodline before going to look at him and choose him primarily for his Length, width and power. He comes from a very consistent breeding line, with generations of easy calving on the sire side and power and growth coming from his dam’s side. His Breedplan figure are impressive with a top 10% calving score of +11, while crucially there is no sacrifice on growth with his 200, 400 and 600 day weights scoring in the top 20% of the breed. He will be a great asset to my business and semen will be available throughout the UK mainland, Northern Ireland and for export to ROI”


June 18, 2018 Carlisle Charolais Summer Sale


The Charolais Cattle Summer Sale on Friday 15 June at Carlisle saw a small show of only 3 bulls forward but did achieve a 100% clearance rate with top price of 3,600gns and an average of £2733.

Leading the sale was Messrs Campbell’s Thrunton Mercedes from Alnwick, Northumberland. This 2-year-old bull was sired by the 14,000gns Stirling junior champion Blelack Imperialist and out of Thrunton Heartbreaker, a Blelack Digger daughter and was purchased on the day by Messrs McClanachan from Dumfries.

Next in the price rankings was Richard and Carol Rettie’s November 2016-born bull Retties Magic. Sired by 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and out of the East Lothian-bred Redheughs Cumbria who goes back to the National Show reserve male champion Glencoe Vision, he was purchased by Messrs Duff from Wigton.

The final bull to sell was the 15-month-old Crookdake Naylor from Messrs Miller’s Waverton based herd.  This son of Hallbankgate Jackpot and the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Unbeatable Crookdake Damaris, was purchased by Messrs Mounsey from Penrith.

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington
Averages: 3 Bulls, £2733.33


June 5, 2018 Magnum hits top price at Swatragh

The ring was packed to the rafters at Swatragh Mart, for the inaugural Northern Ireland Charolais club sale evening on Friday 1 June, where 11 bulls sold to an average of £2,711 and a clearance of 79%.

Supreme Champion Woodpark Magnum owned by Will Short. Pictured with handler Richie Devine Gary Henderson (judge) Louise Conn (Swatragh Mart)

Supreme Champion Woodpark Magnum owned by Will Short with handler Richie Devine

Leading the bull bids at 4,000gns was the pre-sale show supreme and male champion from Will Short, Beragh, Co Tyrone. Champion Woodpark Magnum, who is a 16-month-old son of Deeside Gulliver and the homebred 19,000gns Doune and Dunblane champion Corrie Alan-sired Woodpark Hattie, was purchased by Noel McIlwaine, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone.

Following on at 3,300gns was the 13,000gns Royal Highland Show class winner Allanfauld Hustler son Ramrad Norman whose dam Ramrad Hayley goes back to Kilbridefarm Stuart. This January 2017-born lad consigned by Douglas Morrow, Coleraine, Co Derry, caught the eye of Wilbert McLenaghan, Limavady, Co Derry.

Securing 2,900gns for breeder and exhibitors Michael and Gerard McShane, Articarvin, Co Tyrone, was the 17-month-old Altnaderog Nero. Nero, who is out of the southern Irish-bred dam Deeleview Isabelle, who goes back to Pirate, and is sired by the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend went on to Ballynahinch, Co Down, to work for Mervin Murphy.

Next to go, this time consigned by Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Crummy, Co Fermanagh, was Melvin Nathan, who earlier in the day had been tapped out third in his class by judge Gary Henderson. This 15-month-old, sired by Whitecliffe James and out of the Dartonhall Givenchy daughter Melvin Janet, was knocked down sold for 2,700gns to JP and James McKeagney, Maghera, Co Derry.

Reserve Supreme Champion Lurgancot Narcos owned by Rory McKeever. Pictured with Eimear McGovern Gary Henderson (Judge) Louise Conn (Swatragh Mart)

Reserve Supreme Champion Lurgancot Narcos owned by Rory McKeever. Handler Eimear McGovern

The very next lot to sell was the reserve supreme and reserve male champion Lurgancot Narcos who was purchased by David Thompson, Goshaden, Co Derry at 2,600gns. Rory McKeever, Kilmore, Co Armagh was the consigner of the February 2017-born Narcos, who is bred out of the Cottage Devon-sired Lurgancot Helga and by the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie.

Next in the trade stakes was a blue-ticket winner and 16-month-old from the aforementioned Will Short, who is again sired by Deeside Gulliver but this time out of Annagh Connie, another Corrie Alan daughter. Woodpark Maverick sold to Michael McNally, Portadown, Co Armagh for 2,400gns.

Just behind at 2,300gns was the class winner Fury Nevada. Sired by the Irish-bred Crossmolina Euro and bred out of the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action daughter Fury Diamond, the March 2017-born Nevada was bred and exhibited by Pat Hackett, Clogher, Co Tyrone and purchased by Alan Farlow, Garvagh, Co Derry.

Just a few lots earlier, a 16-month-old entry from Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh, was sold in a 2,200gns deal to Eamon Caldwell, Claudy, Co Derry. Drumlone Nobleman, who placed second in his class at the pre-sale show is a son of the Southern Irish-bred Goldstar Gentleman and the Texan-sired Drumlone Isla.

A trio of bulls were knocked down at 2,000gns a piece with the first coming from Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down. Royaldowns Mercedes is sired by Rowandale Dancer who has bred over 30 progeny into the herd since 2016, while his dam is Royaldowns Daisy, a Allanfauld Velocity daughter and the 19-month-old caught the eye of William McCann, Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Also commanding a 2,000gns bid and from the same home, but this time from Richard Fulton, Dungiven, Co Derry, was the very next lot, Royaldowns Mascott. The October 2016-born
Mascott boasts an impressive pedigree being sired by the proven easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger, while his dam is Royaldowns Icemaiden, a daughter of the 55,000gns Royal Show supreme champion Thrunton Voldemort.

Matching the 2,000gns price tag was Robert McWilliams’ Stranagone Memorable from Maghera, Co Derry. The man behind the money on this 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman son, was E Irwin, Coleraine, Co Derry. The 18-month-old Memorable’s dam Stranagone Jo, is a first-time calving daughter of Blelack Digger.

Top Price Cow & Calf Carnview Henrietta ET & Carnview Noah from James McGuigan – 4,160gns

Two sets of cows and calves were exhibited by James McGuigan, Maghera, Co Derry and the first set was purchased for a total of 4,160gns by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. Mother, Carnview Henrietta ET, a five-year-old daughter of the 55,000gns Balmoral Interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo and the 10,800gns Beechdale Uplift-sired Coolnaslee Antonia, was purchased along with her six-month-old bull calf Carnview Noah, who is sired by Whitecliffe James.

Mr McGuigan’s other cow and calf outfit were sold as a spilt lot. The six-year-old Carnview Honey ET, who is bred the same way as Henrietta, secured 1,200gns from Patsy Bradley, Maghera, Co Derry, and her six-month-old bull calf Carnview Nobby, who is sired by Davally Illusion, was purchased for 800gns by B McKeever, Kilmore, Co Armagh.

The top priced heifer at 1,365gns was the day’s reserve female champion Royaldowns Missy, another by the aforementioned Blelack Digger, she is out of Royaldowns Jenna who in turn is sired by the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie. The 19-month-old Missy was bred and exhibited by Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down and moves down to the South with purchaser Anthony Rabbett, Muff, Co Dongal.

Female Champion Royaldowns Millie with Mervyn McKeown

The only other heifer on offer was another from Mervyn McKeown who had been crowned female champion in the pre-sale show and this time purchased by Michael J Quinn, Dunamore for 1,200gns. Royaldowns Millie, is a June 2016-born daughter of Rowandale Dancer and the Omagh Show champion Roundhill Ohoh-sired Royaldowns Carolanhe.

Averages: 11 bulls £2,711, two cows and calves £3,234, two heifers £1,347
Auctioneers and Sponsors: Swatragh Livestock Market
Judge: Gary Henderson, Bushmills, Co Antrim


May 21, 2018 Charolais put on 5 Star Performance at Balmoral Show

There was no doubting the quality on show for the Charolais breed this year.  They took the most sought-after title of the week in the Beef rings – clinching the prestigious title of “Supreme Champions” in Interbreed Group of Five.

The group was led by Drumshane Mademoiselle, who had taken the title of Supreme Charolais Champion earlier in the week, also taking 2nd Reserve in the Interbreed Championship.  Mademoiselle is no stranger at the top of the class, as she took the Junior Championship accolades at the Royal Highland and the Yorkshire show last year.  B & G Feeney from Enniscrone, Co Sligo didn’t hesitate in purchasing her from the Knox family who are originally from Co Fermanagh but now farm in Essex. She was 2 years old in March and is sired by Inverlocky Gurka and Knox’s homebred cow Drumshane Freesia; stockman Darragh McManus for the Bostonia made sure that Mademoiselle was the crowning glory for the Bostonia team who had a superb day across the Charolais classes.

The Charolais reserve champion from the Devine Brothers Brownhill Mo, stood alongside Mademoiselle in the Group of 5. Brownhill Mo, is a July 2016 born daughter of Brownhill Indigo and sired by Maerdy Fiend. Also in the line-up was home-bred Stranagone Jones, exhibited by Robert McWilliams, sired by Blelack Digger.  Making up the group of five was Bessiebell Millie and Bessiebell Molly sired by Newhouse Bigal exhibited by B & G Feeney; purchased from Jack Smyth after taking the Junior Championship honours at last year’s Balmoral show. The Group of Five was judged by Kay Adam, Newhouse of Glamis.

The Charolais breed also took the Reserve Supreme Championship spot in the Group of Three, with Molly and Millie coming together with Newhouse Maxamus newly purchased stockbull, sired by Maerdy Heartthrob for the Brigadoon herd of W D & J A Connolly. The Group of Three was judged by Sharon Bothwell.

The Junior Champion for the day was Brigadoon Nyoka a Goldies Icon daughter bred and exhibited by WD and JA Connolly, having been awarded Junior Female champion, reserve junior female was Gallion Niceone exhibited by Edgar Johnston & Sons, sired by Alwent Goldbar.

It was double honours for Jonathan Crawford in the Male Championship ring taking both the Male Champion and Reserve positions with Coolnaslee Nolan ET sired by Blathayock Justice and Coolnaslee Norton sired by Rotary Icebreaker respectively.  With Nolan taking the Overall Reserve Junior Championship position.

Judge in the Charolais section was Tracey Nicoll who manages the Balthayock Charolais herd in Perthshire, with husband David.  The Balthayock herd is synonymous with the breed and has had significant success across the years, David and Tracey also have their own Dounreay herd.  Tracey was one of 50 ladies invited to judge at the prestigious 150th Royal Ulster Agricultural Society show held for the 6th year at Balmoral Park. Exhibitors from across Northern Ireland put on a bumper display on the day, with entries up on last year.  Alongside many of the regular faces, the NI Club welcomed Andrew McCammond and his daughter Tammy and Leanne Titterington who showed for the first time.  The Bostonia herd also went on to take 3rd prize in the Best Beef Stand awards across all breeds.

There was a huge level of interest in the Charolais breed across the four days of the show, with commentators complimenting the high levels of quality across the classes, with many breeders spending significant time as ringside and in the cattle lines.  The club also attracted much discussion at the breed stand where a superb Charolais Beef display from the Corrie family.

Young breeders also took to the lawns in the Young Showmanship classes with Co Mayo breeders Shannon and Aidan Kinahan and first-time shower Tammy McCammond putting on a great show with their young animals and being placed in the short lead.

The club is indebted to the British Charolais Society the section sponsor and the RUAS; their staff and many committees and sub groups, as well as the farming press for all their hard work in rolling out the Balmoral Showcase.

Full Results

Interbreed Classes

Coolnaslee Nolan

Class 664 – Beef Recorded Bull, continental breed, born on or after 01/01/2017
2nd – Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Nolan ET – s. Balthayock Justice

Class 666 – Beef Recorded Heifer, continental breed, born on or after 01/06/2016
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maiden – s. Goldies Icon

Breed & Female Champion Drumshane Mademoiselle

Beef Champion of Champions
3rd – Brendan Feeney – Drumshane Mademoiselle – s. Inverlochy Gurkha

Reserve Champion Interbreed continental group of three

Reserve Champion Interbreed Beef Group of Three
Charolais – Newhouse Maximus, Bessiebell Millie ET & Bessiebell Molly

Champion Interbreed Team of Five
Charolais – Stranagone Jones, Brownhill Mo, Drumshane Mademoiselle, Bessiebell Millie ET & Bessiebell Molly

Charolais Classes

Supreme & Reserve Champions Drumshane Mademoiselle & Brownhill Mo

Breed Champion, Female Champion & Best Heifer from classes 593 – 595
Brendan Feeney – Drumshane Mademoiselle – s. Inverlochy Gurkha
Reserve Breed Champion, Reserve Female Champion & Reserve Best Heifer from classes 593 – 595
Martin Devine – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend

Junior Heifer Champion Brigadoon Nyoka with David Connolly & Reserve Junior Heifer Champion Gallion Niceone with Edgar Johnston

Junior Breed Champion & Junior Female Champion
WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nyoka – s. Goldies Icon
Reserve Junior Female Champion
Edgar Johnston & Sons – Gallion Niceone – s. Alwent Goldbar

Male Champion, Junior Male Champion & Reserve Junior Breed Champion Coolnaslee Nolan with Reserve Male & Reserve Junior Male Champion Coolnaslee Norton

Male Champion, Junior Male Champion & Reserve Junior Breed Champion
Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Nolan ET – s. Balthayock Justice
Reserve Male Champion & Reserve Junior Male Champion
Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Norton – s. Ratoary Icebreaker

Junior Champion Brigadoon Nyoka & Reserve Coolnaslee Nolan ET

Best Cow or Cow Heifer
WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lolly – s. Brigadoon Himself
Reserve Best Cow or Cow Heifer
Patrick Gallagher – Rumsden Donegal – s. Corrie Alan

Best Bull Exhibited by a Northern Ireland Charolais Club Member
Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Nolan ET – s. Balthayock Justice

Best Animal Exhibited by a Northern Ireland Charolais Club Member
Martin Devine – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend

Brownhill Mo – Reserve Supreme & Reserve Female Champion owned by Devine Bros

Best Homebred Animal Exhibited by a Northern Ireland Charolais Club Member
Martin Devine – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend

Class 591 – Cow, born before 01/01/2015, in calf or milk having had at least one calf
1st – Patrick Gallagher – Rumsden Donegal – s. Corrie Alan

Brigadoon Lolly

Class 592 – Cow or Heifer, in milk or in calf born in 2015
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lolly – s. Brigadoon Himself
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lady – s. Brigadoon Himself

Class 593 – Heifer, born on or between 01/01/2016 – 30/06/2016
1st – Brendan Feeney – Drumshane Mademoiselle – s. Inverlochy Gurkha
2nd – Brendan Feeney – Bessiebell Millie ET – s. Newhouse Bigal
3rd – Jonathan Crawford – Balbithan Millie – s. Loganbar Goran

Class 594 – Heifer, born on or between 01/07/2016 – 31/12/2016
1st – Martin Devine – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend
2nd – Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Maid – s. Maerdy Fiend
3rd – Leanne Titterington – Goldstar Matilda – s. Goldstar Echo

Brigadoon Nyoka – Junior Champion

Class 595 – Heifer, born on or after 01/01/2017
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nyoka – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – Edgar Johnston & Sons – Gallion Niceone – s. Alwent Goldbar
3rd – Barney & Steven O’Kane – Gallaran Nicole – s. Rumsden Fawkes

Class 596 – Bull, born on or before 01/01/2017
1st – Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Jones – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Newhouse Maximus – s. Maerdy Hearthrob

Brigadoon Notorious

Class 597 – Bull, born on or between 01/01/2017 – 31/03/2017
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Notorious – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Numberone – s. Stranagone Jones

Coolnaslee Norton

Class 598 – Bull, born on or after 01/04/2017
1st – Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Nolan ET – s. Balthayock Justice
2nd – Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Norton – s. Ratoary Icebreaker
3rd – Patrick Gallagher – Brigadoon Newman – s. Goldies Icon

Group of Three
1st – Brendan Feeney
2nd –  WD & JA Connolly
3rd – Jonathan Crawford


May 14, 2018 Neptune amongst the stars at Carlisle

There was a good trade for Charolais at Carlisle on Saturday 12 May where bidding peaked at 13,000gns, five lots traded at five figure sums and 60 bulls sold to an average of £5,384 – £226 up on the year – with a clearance rate of 80%.

Leading the bids at 13,000gns was a yellow ticket winner from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, who also had the day’s leading average of £10,150 for his three bulls. The 13-month-old Balmyle Neptune, who is sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar and out of Balmyle Image, who goes back to the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat, was purchased by Will Palmer and Son, Truro, Cornwall.

Balmyle Neptune at 13,000gns

Mr Bruce’s other top price offering was the February 2017-born Balmyle Nugget who had been tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show and took the fancy of Mark Ross who paid 11,000gns to take him home to Gorebridge, Midlothian. Nugget’s dam Balmyle Juliet is a daughter of the 20,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Balmyle Magnate, while his sire is the 31,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight.

Balmyle Nugget at 11,000gns

A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 10,000gns and the first was the class winner Elgin Marvel, a son of the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and the 15,000gns Royal Highland Show reserve supreme champion Edenhurst Cognac-sired Elgin Isobelle. The 18-month-old Marvel was purchased by AJ MacGregor, Lockerbie, Dumfries-shire and offered for sale by breeders Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Elgin.

Elgin Marvel at 10,000gns

The second to sell at the 10,000gns price tag was the reserve supreme and intermediate champion from Archie Macgregor (Allanfauld) Ltd, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Allanfauld Napoleon, who was awarded reserve champion at Stars of the Future Calf Show in November, is a January 2017-born son of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and out of the home-bred Allanfauld Empress, a daughter of the French-bred Harestone Tyrol. DG McKenzie were the successful bidders and take him home to their Aberdeenshire-based unit.

Allanfauld Napoleon at 10,000gns

Charles McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was the next to purchase a 10,000gns lot. Mornity Nimbus, a 13-month-old from Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Alyth, Perthshire, is by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and his dam is the Balnuith Universe-sired Mornity Dilly.

Mornity Nimbus at 10,000gns

The blue-ticket winner Caylers Merlin, was the first of three to be knocked down at 9,000gns. The Barker family, Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, were the consigners of the December 2016-born Merlin, whose breeding includes the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend and Caylers Juniper, a 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye daughter. J Nelson, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was the successful bidder.

Caylers Merlin at 9,000gns

The Barker family had another successful day on the back of their solid trade at Welshpool a fortnight ago and this time traded five lots which averaged £5,775. Their other top priced lot was purchased by J Brown, Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries-shire for 6,000gns. Caylers Nelson, a 13-month-old is sired by the Irish-born Rosanne Jupiter and out of Caylers Gytha who goes back to Thrunton Dominator.

The next 9,000gns lot was presented by Jonathan Watson & Co, Bowsden, Northumberland, who also had a good day selling a total of three to average £6,755. Tweeddale Nenuphar who stood second in his class at the previous day’s show is out of the Tattenhall Impeccable daughter Lakenheath Ellen and is sired by the 14,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Goldies Decider. The 16-month-old Nenuphar, was purchased by A Wallace and Co, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

Tweeddale Nenuphar at 9,000gns

Also making 9,000gns when he was knocked down to father and son Roger and Rodney Gregory, Truro, Cornwall was the supreme and junior champion from Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire. Sportsmans Neptune, is a January 2017-born son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny and Sportsmans Heartbeat, a 45,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Express daughter.

Sportsmans Neptune at 9,000gns

The youngest bull lot to sell was the reserve junior champion Silvermere Nolimit from Cornish breeder Michelle Hanson. Nolimit boasts an impressive pedigree being sired by the 16,000gns Royal Welsh Show reserve supreme male champion Anside Foreman, while his dam Rumsden Gamble was a Royal Cornwall Show and National Show supreme champion. This 13-month-old was knocked down to MPB Ashton, Welshpool, Powys for 8,500gns.

Silvermere Nolimit at 8,500gns

Earlier in the sale H Garside and Son, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, paid 7,500gns for Brogher Masterpiece, a November 2016-born, yellow ticket winner offered for sale by Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh. Masterpiece is sired by the proven short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of the Lyonsdemesne Tzar-sired Brogher Fiona.

Brogher Masterpiece at 7,000gns

Also selling for 7,500gns, this time jointly purchased by Stirlingshire breeders, John Christie and Iain Millar, was the 17-month-old Gretnahouse Ming. A son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and Blelack Digger daughter Gretnahouse Iusilla, he was bred and exhibited by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire.

Two animals sold for the next highest price of 7,000gns and the first was another from Mr Houston. Gretnahouse Major, who is sired by the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator who also bred the 25,000gns Gretnahouse Lord, placed second in his class at the pre-sale show. His dam Gretnahouse Hayesse is a Wesley Equinox daughter and the November 2016-born Major was purchased by A Smellie, Peebles, Roxburghshire.

Gretnahouse Major at 7,000gns

Another to bring 7,000gns when chapped down to George and Sheena Coghill, Birsay, Orkney was Ian and Dorothy Goldie’s reserve senior champion and July 2016-born Solwayfirth Mailman from Cummertrees, Dumfries-shire. Solwayfirth Hannibal is the sire here and his dam Solwayfirth Foxy is by the aforementioned Dingle Hofmeister.

Solwayfirth Mailman at 7,000gns

The Goldies went on to sell three more and averaged £5,381 for the bunch. Their other top priced lot was the November 2016-born class winner Solwayfirth Milo, a son of home-bred couple Solwayfirth Javelin and Solwayfirth Jaylo, who was purchased by the Clints Farming Partnership, Heriot, Midlothian for 6,000gns.

Solwayfirth Milo at 6,000gns

Another from Northumberland breeders Jonathan and Jane Watson was next highest priced at 6,500gns. This time bred out of Blelack Digger daughter Tweeddale Icecream and sired by Balthayock Darcy, the 17-month-old Tweeddale Manwell goes home to work in Crocketford, Dumfries-shire, for the Glenkiln Farm Partnership.

The star of the female section was the 15-month-old Crookdake Nightingale from David and Sharon Miller, Waveton, Cumbria, who not only secured the top price of 4,000gns but was also crowned female champion. Nightingale is by the French-bred Vald’or-Ra and out of Crookdake Diamond, herself sired by the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Royal Highland show junior champion Goldies Unbeatable. She was knocked down to Pembrokeshire breeders DR and RL Bowen of Molleston who went on to purchase two more female lots.

Crookdake Nightingale at 4,000gns

Their next purchase at 2,900gns was the reserve female champion Holtstead Misshalfpenny, whose dam is the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Holtstead Halfpenny and she is sired by Wesley Equinox. The 27-month-old Misshalfpenny was bred and consigned by Fred, June and Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.

One of Hamish Goldie’s females, Goldies Melissa also caught the eye of the Bowen family. Balthayock Influence is the sire of this 24-month-old and her dam Goldies Angelina goes back to the above-mentioned Goldies Unbeatable.

Also amongst the top priced females at 3,000gns was another entry from the Watson family of Bowsden, Northumberland. Tweeddale Missholly, a 16-month-old by Tweeddale Justthejob and out of the Blelack Blackberet-sired Tweeddale Jemdeholly was purchased by Tom Story, Canonbie, Dumfries-shire.

Averages: 60 bulls £5,383.88; three served heifers £2572.50; 13 maiden heifers £2245.38

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

Judge: Allen Drysdale

 


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