April 2012

April 25, 2012 Holsworthy Charolais bull peak at 5,000gns


from left, Lisa and Will Palmer with their champion, Trenestrall Fossil; judge, Charlie MacLean, South West Charolais Club president, Peter Scott and chairman, Redvers Williams

Charolais bulls sold to a top of 5,000gns at Holsworthy on Wednesday 25 April at the South West Clubs annual show and sale.

Sale leader at 5,000gns was Balbithan Flint TI +50, SRI +51, a 16 month old by the homebred Balbithan Bilbo and out of a homebred dam, both of which went back to Inverlochy lines.

Bred and exhibited by Mr and Mrs Andrew White, Worth Matravers, he sold to RL Toop, Yelverton.

Next at 4,500gns, Furrydance Fieldmarshal TI +40, SRI +37, a two year old from CR, IE and A-M White, Helston, Sired by Maerdy Naser and out of a Billingley dam, he travelled to Wales with AG Powell, Knighton.

First lot in the ring at 4,000gns was the rising two year old, Lovistone Freddie TI +43, SRI +39, a Gower Blingbling son and out of a homebred dam going back to Ballindalloch UFO. Bred and exhibited by Brian Nancekivell, Okehampton, he sold to B Clarke, Higher Aston, Exeter.

Two Bailea Ulysse sons came under the hammer sold from Brian Jones, Heol Senni, Brecon. First to go at 3,600gns was the 20 month old Bailea Falstaff to RT Barrow, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, while his stable mate, Bailea Filip, a 21 month old made 3,000gns to P and J Horton, Dulverton.

A bid of 3,300gns secured Polgoda Golden TI +45, SRI +44 for R Toms, Cheriton Bishop, Exeter. Bred and exhibited by DR and B Stacey, St Austell, this 13 month old was by the 7,000gns Ravensworth Damien and out of a Penhargard bred dam.

Averages: 10 bulls £3,543.75

April 20, 2012 Two bulls share the top spot at Ballymena at 4,000gns

Charolais bulls went to 4,000gns twice with an overall average of £3,027.50 at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official April show and sale at Ballymena on Friday 20 April.

Killadeas Fearless

Supreme Champion Killadeas Fearless exhibited by David Bothwell with judge Sandra Cochrane and Michael Stewart representing sponsor Moore Concrete, Ballymena

First to be knocked down at 4,000gns was the 20 month old pre-sale supreme champion Killadeas Fearless TI +20, SRI +20, also taking home the Simpson Trophy. By the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding and out of a home-bred dam by Oldstone Egbert this entry from S and D Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, County Fermanagh was purchased by D Rainey, Ballymoney, County Antrim.

The pre-sale reserve supreme champion, Coolnaslee Foremost from G Crawford, Maghera, County Derry also sold for 4,000gns. By the 9,000gns Goldies Carnival and out of Mullagh Sylvia, this 17 month old was secured by a bid from R Workman, Larne, County Antrim.

Kilturk Frank by Anneskeagh Ulysses and out of Rossharbour Augusta went for a call of 3,400gns. Bred by P Grue, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh this 17 month old was acquired by J Gilfillan, Limavady, County Derry.

A call of 3,100gns won 15 month old Cargin Gallant ET for Glencrew Farms, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. This one was bred by M Murphy, Newry, County Down and was by Oldstone Egbert and out of Monksland Claire.

Female trade saw only one lot entered with 14 month old Rowandale Gem from D McKay, Ballymena, County Antrim selling for 1,200gns. Out of Rowandale Drake and a home-bred dam, she was knocked down sold to P O’Neill, Toomebridge, County Antrim.

Averages: 9 bulls, £3,027.50. 1 yearling heifer £1,260.

Auctioneers: Ballymena Livestock Mart

April 19, 2012 New Charolais records established at Welshpool

Top 10,500gns and average £4,701 for 56 lots traded, 84% clearance

Charolais established two new centre records in Welshpool on Thursday 19 April peaking at a new spring top price of 10,500gns and a new all beef breeds average of £4,701, up £995 on the year, for 56 lots sold and 84% clearance at the breed society’s official spring fixture. The day’s trading included 19 lots at selling at 5,000gns or more.

“The day’s solid trade was driven by commercial men who travelled from throughout Wales and beyond to buy a new Charolais bull confident that he will leave high performance calves that will go on to command premiums over all other Continental cattle, which according to AHDB data stands at a significant average 10%,” commented the society’s president, John Wight. “Furthermore, this

Welshpool12 Midas Furious 10,500gns
Sale Leader Midas Furious at 10,500gns

Sale leader at 10,500gns was Midas Furious TI +45, SRI +49, a 19 month old first class prize winner by Shamley Vaguero and out of a homebred heifer from father and son team, Roger and Andrew Coppinger who run a 15 cow herd at Edstaston, Wem and were enjoying their first ever five figure price in 25 years of breeding pedigree Charolais. “We’re delighted at the achievement and to be able to breed what the market wants,” said Mr Coppinger after Furious was secured by commercial producer, Dilwyn Lewis, Merthyr Cynog, Brecon to run with his 50 cow suckler herd. “We came to buy a bull with shape accompanied by high EBVs for growth and ease of calving, and this one ticked all the boxes,” said Mr Lewis.

Next at 10,000gns was the day’s champion, Esgob Ferrari TI +30, SRI +37 bred and exhibited by Gareth Jones, Cwymtirmynach, Bala who was adding to his countless string of successes achieved in Welshpool during the last quarter of a century. Judge, Mike Atkinson commented: “Breeders offered a tremendous line up of quality bulls, however Ferrari was a clear winner; he demonstrated real power and was very correct with a good top line, muscle, locomotion and head.” Ferrari was a 22 month old, out of a homebred dam going back to Maerdy Orateur and another son of the 18,000gns Thrunton Virginian who has sired over 25 sons from Mr Jones’ 30 cow herd selling to average 6,500gns. He was purchased as a new herd sire for Newroddige herd, Edingale, Tamworth.

Father and son team, Bob and Rhion Roberts, Ucha, Abergele offered their best ever in Welshpool at 8,200gns with the catalogue’s final entry, Brynffanigl General TI +45, SRI +43, a 14 month old by the 17,000gns Alsnow Almighty and out of a homebred dam going back to Dingle Hofmeister. A first class prize winner, he was knocked down sold to HW Lloyd, Abergele.

Three lots shared a 6,500gns bid. First to go was Pennal Franco TI +46, SRI +31, an 18 month old Doonally son and out of a homebred dam going back to Gretnahouse Noel. Bred and exhibited by Alwyn Rees, Pennal, Machynlleth, he was secured by EM Gittins, Menai Bridge, Anglesey.

Next at 6,500gns was Wesley Fagin TI +49, SRI +52, from Griff Morris, Llanstephan, Carmarthen to PR Bufton, Llandewi, Llandrindod Wells. Sired by Balmyle Dingle, he was out of a Wesley dam by Balthayock Aesop. Later in the day the same vendor offered his homebred Cargriff Goldstandard TI +51, SRI +51, for 6,200gns to T and A Tudor, Llanerfyl, Welshpool. This 14 month old was by the 10,000gns Thrunton Aramis and out of a Kelton bred dam by the 20,000gns Balmyle Magnate.

The day’s third 6,500gns call was made by E Jones, Landeiniolen, Caernarfon for Caylers Fugitive TI +36, SRI +45. This first prize winning 16 month old bred and exhibited by the Barker family, Nuthampstead, Royston, was by Caylers Bombadier and out of a homebred dam by Okapibb.

A total of four lots shared a 6,200gns bid. Leading the way was the reserve champion, Solo Furgus TI +43, SRI +31 from C and R Currell, Eastharptree, Bristol. This 22 month old was by Newroddige Bonanza and out of a Maerdy Impeccable sired homebred dam. The buyer was W Lees, Burnaston, Derby.

The next two 6,200gns bids went to entries from Roger Everall, Shrawardine, Shrewsbury. The 19 month old, Shraden Followtheleader TI +38, SRI +26, by the homebred Shraden Calypso and out of a Shraden dam by Loganbar Herdsman, sold to P and D Jones, Maesmaw, Welshpool. Later, Shraden Fearless TI +38, SRI + 31, a 17 month old Shraden Osram son and out of a Balthayock Matthew sired homebred dam made 6,200gns to SG Morgan, Talybont on Usk, Brecon. Next best for Mr Everall at 5,000gns was Shraden Ftse TI +48, SRI +34, another Calypso son and out of an Osram sired dam. The buyer was ILW Evans, Aberhosan, Machynlleth.

Leading entry at 6,000gns from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold was Maerdy Firebug TI +51, SRI +51, a 17 month old Lincolnshire Duke son and out of a homebred dam by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort. He went home with JW Hammond and Sons, Llanyre, Llandrindod Wells. Mr Evans’ next best at 5,000gns to PJ Davies, Sennybridge, was the two year old Maerdy Fulham TI +17, SRI +10 by T-Unisson and out of a homebred dam.

Congress Francois TI 38, SRI +36, a 19 month old Turbo son from ML Impey, Little Hereford, Ludlow was secured for 5,800gns to WL Williams, Blackmill, Bridgend.

Next were two entries by Goldies Champion from the Roberts and Jones partnership, Llangadfan, Welshpool. First at 5,600gns was Montgomery France TI +32, SRI +31, an 18 month old who was first in his class and whose homebred dam went back to Tullygarley Attaboy. He was knocked down sold to AP Augustus, Cynghordy, Llandovery. Minutes earlier, the 19 month old Montgomery Falcon TI +39, SRI +39 made 5,500gns to Cnewr Estates, Sennybridge.

Trefaldwyn Ferguson TI +46, SRI +42, an 18 month old by Balmyle Addition and out of a homebred dam by Major, made 5,400gns to J and B Vaughan, Llanerfyl, Welshpool. He was bred and exhibited by Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool who also offered Trefaldwyn Gemini TI +60, SRI +53 at 5,000gns to the Williams Brothers, Margam, Port Talbot. The 15 month old Gemini was a Blelack Digger son and out of a homebred dam by Major.

Deunawd Fernando TI +33, SRI +32, a 21 month old by Allanfauld Chieftain and out of an Esgob bred dam was offered at 5,000gns by Wil Owen, Criccieth and returned home with near neighbor RG Owen, Criccieth.

Averages: 56 bulls £4,701.56

April 8, 2012 Balmoral Show 2012

Balmoral 2012 – Cornascriebe Flo ‘Reserve Champion of Champions’

Cornascriebe Flo Reserve Champion of Champions at Balmoral

Charolais Champion at Balmoral Cornascriebe Flo exhibited by Mrs J A Watson

Mr & Mrs JA Watson & Son Portadown Armagh had a champion start to the showing season with their heifer ‘Cornascriebe Flo’ creaming off a range of awards at Balmoral Show. Cornascriebe Flo is a daughter of Thrunton Voldemort with a homebred dam Cornascriebe Barbara, this heifer has been coming up through the showing ranks for the past two years.

In the Charolais Specials ‘Cornascriebe Flo’ won the John Curry Perpetual Cup, The Orage Perpetual Trophy and the coveted Bardin Challenge Trophy; along with two special prizes. She took the overall Supreme Championship in the Charolais section and participated in the winning Interbreed Group of 3, the Interbreed pairs, and was placed the Reserve Champion of Champions at Balmoral 2012

The reserve Charolais champion was Rumsden Fawkes who had earlier won the senior bull class, this bull was bred by Rupert Taylor Limited sired by Thrunton Voldemort with a homebred dam Rumsden Avalon exhibited by the well known Bob Temple and owned by Paddy Gallagher Maghera Londonderry. Rumsden Fawkes won the Breeders Perpetual Challenge Cup and a special prize for the reserve champion in show.

In the Group of three the Charolais breed took first place with Rumsden Fawkes Cornascriebe Flo and Coolnaslee Diane. The Interbreed Pairs were equally successful with Cornascriebe Flo and Rumsden Fawkes taking first place.

The Interbreed Junior Championship was won by Gilberts Crawford’s heifer Coolnaslee Gracious. Topped off by Cornascriebe Flo being placed the Reserve Champion of Champions.

Club Chairman JK Currie commented ‘that he was very pleased with the turn out of cattle and the quality and depth displayed by the Charolais exhibited’ It is a special year for the Charolais Club, after recently celebrating 40 years since it’s formation the club committee have a lot of preparations to get in place as they prepare to welcome over 200 delegates on the World Congress Tour to Northern Ireland in mid June, these delegates will be attending the NI National Charolais Show in Fintona on 16th June and visiting the Killadeas and Coolnaslee herds. Whilst based in Fermanagh they will travel to the north coast to Bushmills Distillery and the Giants Causeway as well as boating on Lough Erne and visiting Belleek Pottery and shopping in Enniskillen.

The judge this year was Mr Ian Campbell The Old House Eaglesfield Lockerbie and Mr Randall Hayes was the chief steward.

Charolais Section – Balmoral Show 2012 Showing Results in classes 524 -532 

CLASS 524 – Cow born before 1st Jan 09 1. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Diane’ 2. WD & JA Connolly ‘Wesley Acute’ 3. WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Athena’

CLASS 525 – Cow or Heifer born in 09 1. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Tullylagan Estella 2. Valerie Donald ‘Glencoe Elegance’ 3. Sean McGovern ‘Coolnaslee Eliza’

CLASS 526 – Heifer born on or after 1st January 10 & before 30th June 10 1. Mr & Mrs J A Watson & Son ‘ Cornascriebe Flo’ 2. Martin Devine ‘Brownhill Foxy’ 3. WD & JA Connolly ‘Wesley Fawn’

CLASS 527 – Heifer born on or after 1st July 10 & 31st December 10 1. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Fergie’ 2. Valerie Donald ‘Glencoe Fifi’ 2. Sean McGovern ‘Ratoary Floss’

CLASS 528 – Heifer born on or after 1st January 11 1. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Gracious’ 2. J & S Middleton ‘Hollywell Grace’ 3. Harold Crawford ‘Tonaghmore Gillian

CLASS 529 – Bull born on or before 1 January 11 1. Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’ 2. Mr & Mrs J A Watson & Son ‘Thrunton Flyingscotsman’ 3. Richard Beattie ‘Blakestown Erin’

CLASS 530 – Bull born on or before 1st Jan 11 & on or before 31st March 11 1. Sean McGovern ‘ Stobarts Gent’

CLASS 531 – Bull born on or after 1 April 11 1. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Gambler’ 2. Valerie Donald ‘Glencoe Galliant’ 3. George Henderson ‘Sandleford Gilberto’

CLASS 532 – Group of three animals, bona fide the property of one exhibitor and entered in the classes for which they are eligible. 1. Gilbert J Crawford – Coolnaslee Gracious, Coolnaslee Gambler & Coolnaslee Fergie 2. Mrs Valerie McDonald –Glencoe Galliant, Glencoe Elegance & Glencoe Fifi 3. Sean McGovern –Ratorary General, Stobarts Gent & Rotary Floss.

CHAMPIONSHIPS Supreme Charolais Champion; Mr & Mrs J A Watson & Son ‘ Cornascriebe Flo’

Reserve Champion; Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’


JOHN CURRY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP – Best Charolais Heifer Cup Winner – Mr & Mrs J A Watson & Son ‘ Cornascriebe Flo’ Res. Cup Winner – Gilbert J Crawford ‘ Coolnaslee Gracious’

SPECIAL PRIZE TO THE CHAMPION IN SHOW £100 Mr & Mrs J A Watson & Son ‘Cornascriebe Flo’

SPECIAL PRIZE TO RES. CHAMPION IN SHOW £50 Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’

HA CURRY PERPETUAL TROPHY – Best Junior Charolais Bull Cup Winner – Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Gambler’ Res. Cup winner – Mrs Valerie McDonald –Glencoe Galliant,

Junior Breed Champion & Reserve Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Gambler’ Mrs Valerie McDonald ‘Glencoe Galliant’

THE ORAGE PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP Best Charolais Cow or Heifer Mr & Mrs J A Watson & Son ‘ Cornascriebe Flo’

THE BREEDERS PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP Best Charolais Bull exhibited by a club member Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’

THE BRADIN PERPETUAL CHALLENGE TROPHY Best Charolais animal exhibited by a club member Mr & Mrs J A Watson & Son ‘ Cornascriebe Flo’


INTERBREED GROUP of 3 Championship Rumsden Fawkes, Cornascriebe Flo & Coolnaslee Diane

INTERBREED PAIRS: Cornascriebe Flo & Rumsden Fawkes

INTERBREED JUNIOR CHAMPION: Reserve Junior Champion Coolnaslee Gracious

INTERBREED CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS Reserve Champion of Champions Cornascriebe Flo