May 2012

May 28, 2012 Charolais bulls to 4,900gns at Dungannon

Charolais met a ready demand and a level trade selling to a top of 4,900gns at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official May show and sale at Dungannon on Monday 28 May, with 31 out of the 35 bulls forward sold to an average of £2,818.

Ramrad Grande
Top lot of the day Ramrad Grande sold for 4,900gns

Heading the day’s trade was Ramrad Grande a son of the 14,000gns Allanfauld Superscot and out of a home-bred dam, knocked down sold to S Hunter, Bushmills, County Antrim at 4,900gns. This 16 month old was bred by R D A Morrow, Coleraine, County Londonderry.

A call of 4,600gns secured the male and supreme champion Kilbridefarm Grant, TI +43, SRI +42. By the 19,000gns Corrie Alan and out of a home-bred dam, this 14 month old from W H Robson and Sons, Ballyclare, County Antrim was purchased by N McIlwaine, Omagh, County Tyrone.

Hollywell Falkirk TI +42, SRI +40, an 18 month old from J and S Middleton, Londonderry, County Londonderry, sold for 4,000gns. This one was by the 14,000gns Goldies Usher and out of a home-bred dam and sold to V Black, Cookstown, County Tyrone.

A bid of 3,600gns was made twice. First came Ardanhill Flourish ET by Major and out of Merveille, selling to Devlin Brothers, Coagh, County Tyrone. This 20 month old class winner came from P McCormack, Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Also selling for 3,600gns was 13 month old class winner Mullaghbane Gareth. By Derrygiff Mills and out of a home-bred dam, this one was bred by W E F Elliott, Florencecourt, County Fermanagh, and was knocked down sold to W J Boyd, Kesh, County Fermanagh.

Two lots sold for 3,400gns. Ballinlare Goldeneye by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo and out of a home-bred dam was secured by a call from K Walsh, Londonderry, County Londonderry. This 15 month old was from J H Wilson and Sons, Newry, County Down.

A bid of 3,400gns won Cornascriebe Gordon TI +14, SRI +11, for S Taylor, Belfast, County Down. From J A Watson and Son, Portadown, County Armagh, this 15 month old was by Bowerhouses Topper and out of a home-bred dam.

A call of 3,250gns secured Aughafad Gilbert, a 14 month old by Aughafad Doolittle ET and out of a home-bred dam. This one was bred by R H Sinnamon, Dungannon, County Tyrone and was purchased by R Wilson, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone.

The reserve supreme champion Woodpark Glen, by Pirate and out of a home-bred dam was sold for 3,200gns. This 14 month old from W Short, Omagh, County Tyrone went home with W Hanna, Ballymoney, County Antrim.

Two bulls sold for 3,100gns. Gort Greg, another Pirate son and out of Annsville Deanna was knocked down sold to T Campbell, Dromore, County Down. This 14 month old was bred by M McVeigh, Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Fourteen month old Corcreevy Gerard from D Orr, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone was knocked down sold at 3,100gns to D Eagleson, Ballygawley, County Tyrone. Gerard was by Moorlough Palo and out of Glencardon Delight.

A call of 3,000gns was made twice. The senior male champion, Moorlough Factor by Pirate and out of a home-bred dam, was purchased by H McCambridge, Ballymena, County Antrim. This 17 month old came from J McBride, Strabane, County Tyrone.

Next came Gortdonaghy Geoff, a 15 month old son of the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo and out of Carrowhill Amber selling for 3,000gns. From G Cutler, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, he was knocked down sold to V McErlain, Armoy, County Antrim.

Ballyoak Gore, another Sportsmans Columbo son and out of Killadeas Beryl was purchased for 2,900gns by O McDevitt, Limavady, County Londonderry. This 15 month old came from S and A McKenna, Clogher, County Tyrone.

Female section The female trade was led by the 17 month old reserve female champion, Drumacritten Faith, from W and M Nelson, Rosslea, County Fermanagh at 3,900gns. This Doonally New daughter out of Derryharney Admiral was bought by R Moore, Newry, County Down.

Kiltybane Fawn, the female champion, was knocked down sold at 3,600gns to A O’Kane, Limavady, County Londonderry. This 19 month old heifer by Cretlevane Albertz and out of a home-bred dam was from S and A Bellew, Newry, County Down.

Next came Drumconnis Fiji from W J J Brown, Clogher, County Dyrone at 3,100gns. Purchased by G Davison, Portadown, County Armagh, this 21 month old heifer was by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out Drumconnis Sunshine.

Two lots were knocked down sold at 2,500gns. Toberlane Fussy, a 22 month old by Kiltybane Best and out of a home-bred dam from W Causey, Cookstown, County Tyrone was purchased by F W White, Portadown, County Armagh.

Also selling for 2,500gns was Dartonhall Fern, secured by R Moore, Newry, County Down. This 20 month old Knockane Collen daughter and out of Greaghglass Marlana came from J A Erskine, Killylea, County Armagh.

Averages: 31 bulls, £2,818.74. 11 maiden heifers, £2,406.93.


May 17, 2012 Top call of 4,000gns for Charolais at Welshpool Multi Breed

Charolais bulls went to 4,000gns at Welshpool Multi Breed Show and Sale on Thursday 17 May.

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Sale leader Maerdy Ferrari sold for 4,000gns to DH Williams and sons

Leading the sale was Maerdy Ferrari TI +21, SRI +21, a two year old from D E Evans, Mold, Flintshire. This one was by Jupiter and out of a home-bred cow, selling to D H Williams and Sons, Llanwrin, Machynleth for a call of 4,000gns. The same breeder also sold 22 month old Maerdy Fugle TI +33, SRI +30, a son of the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a home-bred cow, to E Rowlands, Bala, Gynedd for 3,000gns.

Next came Brynffanigl Guardian TI +32, SRI +33, secured by D and M G Hughes and Sons, Oswestry, Shropshire, for 3,500gns. This 13 month old from R T Roberts, Abergele, Clwyd, was by Alsnow Almighty and out of a home-bred dam.

Going for 3,000gns was Shraden Freedom TI +31, SRI +22, by Shraden Osram and out of a home-bred dam. From W R J Everall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, this 18 month old sold to N G and G G G Davies, Newtown, Powys.

Averages: 10 bulls, £3,055.50.


May 13, 2012 Rumsden Charolais dispersal peaks at 7,800gns

Charolais peaked at 7,800gns and met a solid demand from a packed ringside in Carlisle on Saturday 12 May when Rupert Taylor dispersed his Rumsden herd.

Charolais cattle were in great demand by the packed ringside who had assembled for the dispersal of the Rumsden herd with bids peaking at 7,800gns following the official Society sale of bulls.

Leading the dispersal was a cow and calf unit selling for 7,800gns. Rumsden Delta, a four year old by Okapibb and out of a home-bred cow went home with Backmuir Trading, Keith, Banffshire, whilst her 15 month old bull calf Rumsden Gromit TI +44, SRI +35, by Rumsden Cruiserweight went to D Story, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Delta was sold in calf to the 15,500gns Clonoulty Andraemon.

Three year old Rumsden Dice and her five month old heifer calf, Rumsden Gamer by Rumsden Cruiserweight were knocked down sold to J R Webb, Billesdon, Leicestershire for 6,200gns. Dice was by Sang-d’or and out of a home-bred dam.

Two lots sold for 6,000gns. First came Rumsden Dosca, a three year old with her nine month old bull calf, Rumsden Godzilla by Oscar, at foot selling to A J B Forrest, Biggar, Lanarkshire. Dosca was also in calf to Cruiserweight.

Rumsden Avalon and her 12 month old heifer calf Rumsden Guinevere were secured for 6,000gns. Avalon, a seven year old by Doonally New and out of a home-bred cow was also in calf to Cruiserweight and was purchased by W Short, Omagh, County Tyrone. Her calf, by Moyness Vaubon, went home with I N and A Hollinsheard, Crewe, Cheshire.

A call of 5,200gns was made twice. First came Rumsden Fameuse ET, a two year old by Andraemon and out of a home-bred dam, secured by A Wood, Forest in Teesdale, County Durham. The same buyer also took home Rumsden Badiane, a six year old as part of a cow and calf unit that sold for 4,700gns. Badiane was by Victorieux and out of Tiberiade, having been imported from France as a calf, whilst her calf Rumsden Goodwood, by Moyness Vaubon, went home with J C Thornton and Son, Ravenglass, Cumbria.

Rumsden Gigi, a 16 month old by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a home-bred cow, was purchased by D J Heard, Okehampton, Devon for 5,200gns.

Stock bull Rumsden Cruiserweight, a five year old by Roundhill Rocky and out of a home-bred dam was purchased by J G Milburn and Sons, Hexham, Northumberland for 5,000gns.

Two lots were knocked down sold at 4,800gns. First through the ring was Graywood Ebony ET, a three year old with her four month old bull calf, Rumsden Henry by Cruiserweight, at foot. Ebony, by Dingle Hofmeister and out of a home-bred cow, had been running back with Cruiserweight and was secured by a bid from A and G E Redhead, Bowsden, Berwick upon Tweed.

Also sold for 4,800gns was Rumsden Edelweiss, a two year old and 2010 supreme champion at the South East Calf Show. Edelweiss, by Cruiserweight and out of a home-bred dam, had been AI’d to Andraemon and was purchased by B J Mould, Dunston, Stafford.

Rumsden Balalaika and her seven month old heifer calf, Rumsden Gamelan, were knocked down sold at 4,600gns to G G and C B Morris, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. Balalaika, by Maerdy Padirac and out of Tzigane, was imported from France as a calf, whilst Gamelan was by the 8,000gns Harestone Count. The same buyers also made a call of 4,500gns for Bevern Blanche, a six year old by Doonally New and out of Bevern Rosalind, and her eight month old calf Rumsden Geelong, also by Count.

Averages: 20 cows with calves at foot, £4,825; six in calf cows, £3,010; three in calf heifers, £4,025; 11 maiden heifers, £3,140; one bull, £5,250.


May 12, 2012 Charolais champion sold for 20,000gns at Carlisle; 102 bulls sold for a record average of £5,147 up £503 on 2011

Beechtree Gigi

Presentation of the Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Perpetual Challenge Trophy to the Supreme Champion and top lot Beechtree George

Charolais met an insatiable demand from a packed ringside selling to a top of 20,000gns and 102 bulls sold for a record average of £5,147. This represented an 88% clearance of the bulls forward, with 4 more bulls sold, at an increased average of £503 on 2011, in Carlisle on Saturday 12 May at the breed society’s official spring show and sale.

“The increase in demand for Charolais genetics has been fuelled by commercial beef producers recognising the 10% premium that they can get for Charolais store cattle over all other continental stores as highlighted by ADHB data services”, says the Society’s David Benson. “There’s a real renewal of interest as commercial producers switch back on to Charolais with many new buyers and breeders investing.”

Leading the day’s trade was the junior and supreme champion Beechtree George TI +40, SRI +43, knocked down sold to J G Wilson, Alford, Aberdeenshire at 20,000gns. This 15 month old by Gretnahouse Archangel and out of a home-bred dam was from D Burkhill, Driffield, Humberside.

A joint bid of 12,000gns from R A Milne, Elgin, Morayshire and W K and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire secured the 16 month old Caylers Gladiator TI +54, SRI +54. This Balmyle Addition son and out of a home-bred cow was bred by Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire. Caylers also took 8,000gns for Caylers Gallagher, a Thrunton Dominator son out of a home-bred cow. This 13 month old was purchased by R Jones, Llanllyfni, Gwynedd.

Two lots were claimed at 11,000gns. First came 17 month old class winner Newhouse Fourstar TI +63, SRI +53, by the 18,000gns Sackville Claudius and out of a home-bred dam from R M Adam and Son, Forfar, Angus selling to R Leiper and Co, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.

A call of 11,000gns also secured Westcarse Gold TI +38, SRI +36, a 16 month old by Kersknowe Clansman and out of a home-bred cow for Backmuir Trading Ltd, Keith, Bannfshire. This one was bred by J H Christie and Son, Stirling, Stirlingshire. Backmuir Trading made four further purchases including Drumlone Figaro TI +32, SRI +26, by Drumlone Delboy and out of Thrunton Christina, a 20 month old from K Veitch, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh for 10,500gns. The same buyer also made two calls of 6,000gns. First secured was 19 month old class winner Rumsden Fermanagh by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo and out of a home-bred dam from Rupert Taylor Ltd, Uckfield, East Sussex. Backmuir Trading also bid 6,000gns to secure Sportsmans Galant ET by the 14,000gns Sackville Adonis and out of a home-bred dam. This 15 month old was bred by Boden and Davies, Stockport, Cheshire.

Next came two lots at 10,500gns. First came the intermediate male champion Thrunton Firecracker TI +54, SRI +51, by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler and out of a home-bred dam. This 17 month old from J H C Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland sold to A S F Cant, Arbroath, Angus. The same breeder took a matching bid for Thrunton Firebrand TI +55, SRI +44 by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and out of a home-bred cow. This 16 month old went home with O W T Chandler, Crucorney, Monmouthshire. The Campbells also welcomed a bid of 10,000gns for the 20 month old Thrunton Flashgordon TI +43, SRI +33, another Bigal son and out of a home-bred dam selling to J C Hobday and Son, Hawick, Roxburghshire.

The senior and reserve supreme champion, 19 month old Stranagone Farren ET by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of Ballyshannan Valerie was knocked down sold next at 9,500gns. This one was bred by R McWilliams, Maghera, County Londonderry and was purchased by P W Jones and Sons, Builth Wells, Powys.

Two lots were sold at 9,000gns. Baillieston Forecast TI +58, SRI +60, a 17 month old by Dingle Hofmeister and out of a home-bred cow was first to be knocked down sold at 9,000gns to W and J Prentice, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. This one was from W R Baillie, Deerness, Orkney.

Class winner Edenhurst Galaxy TI +29, SRI +30 also sold for 9,000gns to T Walker and Son, Tweeddale, Lothian. By the 28,000gns Goldies Champion and out of a home-bred dam, this 15 month old was bred by P W Vasey, Carlisle, Cumbria. The same breeder also sold class winner Edenhurst General TI +27, SRI +26, a 16 month old by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo and out of a home-bred cow to J B Paterson, Amisfield, Dumfriesshire for 7,000gns.

A bid of 7,500gns was made twice. First came Sevenoaks Fortune ET, a 17 month old Goldies Champion son and out of Midas Destiny. This one was bred by G G and H E Sevenoaks, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire and was secured by M Bindloss and Son, Penrith, Cumbria.

Class winner Clonatrig General was also purchased for 7,500gns by M Roberts, Machynlleth, Powys. This 13 month old by Dunlon Ulick and out of a home-bred dam was bred by Balfour Brothers, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

Four lots were purchased at 7,000gns. Balthayock Flamenco TI +73, SRI +72, by Balthayock Adonis and out of a home-bred dam went home with Auchencheyne, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire. This 21 month old was from Major D F W H and N R Walter, Perth, Perthshire.

Lagavaich Fernando TI +40, SRI +41, by Corrie Druid and out of Cyglen Shirley was knocked down sold to J Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire at 7,000gns. This 17 month old was bred by A and A Wright, Ballindaloch, Banffshire.

Rumsden Fanta, a 16 month old by Rumsden Cruiserweight and out of a home-bred dam from Rupert Taylor was also knocked down sold for 7,000gns to A and D Bell, Carlisle, Cumbria. The same breeder also sold Rumsden Fungus, an 18 month old by Limkiln Bosco and out of Sackville Sinitta for 6,500gns to H and A Hiddleston, Park, Irongray, Dumfriesshire.

Fourteen month old Maerdy Goshawk TI +33, SRI +27, by Maerdy Dynamite and out of a home-bred dam from D E Evans, Mold, Flintshire was knocked down sold at 7,000gns to R and C M Donnan and Sons, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

Two lots were purchased for 6,500gns. First came class winner Brampton Fanfare TI +34, SRI +34, by Trefonnen Crouch and out of a home-bred cow from G W Turner, Ripon, North Yorkshire. This 17 month old was purchased by G D Herdman, Alnwick, Northumberland.

Goldies Fiesta TI +48, SRI +51, by Goldies Uppermost and out of a home-bred dam was secured by Burnton Farms, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire. This 17 month old came from H Goldie, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire.

The female trade was led by the female champion, Goldies Fatima, a two year old heifer from Hamish Goldie by the 28,000gns Goldies Champion and out of a home-bred dam knocked down sold to P Gallagher, Maghera, Derry for 5,000gns.

New breeders E J and A M Fox, Wooler, Northumberland, purchased Baillieston Felicity, a two year old heifer that had been running with Baillieston Donald for 4,700gns. Francis was by the 15,000gns Maerdy Deinol and out of a home-bred cow as part of a draft sale from the Baillieston herd.

The top female lots were dominated by purchases from T Jones and Son, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen and S M and C R Colinswood, Thame, Oxfordshire. The first of the Jones’ buys was Goldies Fancy, a two year old from Hamish Goldie in calf to the 34,000gns Goldies Uppermost for 4,000gns. Fancy was by the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet and out of Goldies Abigail, sister of the 14,000gns Goldies Banker. The same buyers then put in a call of 3,500gns for the reserve female champion Goldies Freckle, also from Hamish Goldie. This 21 month old heifer was by the 25,000gns Thrunton Camelot and out of a home-bred dam, Goldies Ali, a daughter of the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable. Sticking with Goldies, the Jones’ also bid 3,000gns for 21 month old Goldies Flora, another Camelot daughter and out of a home-bred dam.

The Colinswoods took home four lots starting with Baillieston Fairy, a two year old heifer that had been running with Baillieston Donald for 3,100gns. This one from the Baillie’s draft was by the 17,000gns Mowbraypark Umpire and out of a home-bred dam. They went on to make three purchases at 3,000gns starting with Goldies Fifi, a two year old from Hamish Goldie at 3,000gns. Fifi was by the 28,000gns Goldies Champion and out of a home-bred dam by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable. Next came another Goldies heifer, 21 month old Goldies Fairylights ET by Dingle Hofmeister and out of a home-bred dam at 3,000gns. The Colinswoods also bid 3,000gns for Goldies Floss, a 21 month old by the 34,000gns Goldies Uppermost and out of a home-bred dam.

Averages: 24 senior bulls, £5,269.70; 38 intermediate bulls, £5,319.08; 40 junior bulls £4,911.38. Overall 102 bulls, £5,147.58. 11 females, £3,331. Baillieston: Four heifers, £3,570.


May 8, 2012 Highland Show 2012

Highland Show 2012 Judges: Males – Mr Basil Bothwell, Co Cavan Females – Mr David Bondfield, Queensland, Australia

Overall Male Champion 1st Balmyle Eclipse 2nd Edenhurst Cognac Junior Male Champion 1st Falleninch Flint 2nd Elgin Glenlevit Overall Female Champion 1st Balmaud Davina 2nd Elrick Fiona Junior Female Champion 1st Allanfauld Geranium 2nd Ugie Gladys

Balmyle Eclipse - breed champion
Breed and male champion – Balmyle Eclipse

Three year old Balmyle Eclipse, by the 26,000gns Sackville Adonis and out of a cow going back to the 28,000gns Brampton Nacodar, took home the breed championship. This one was bred and exhibited by W P Bruce Ltd, Meigle, Perthshire and was retained as the herd’s stock bull in 2010.

Edenhurst Cognac, jointly owned and exhibited by Messrs L Clarke, Lurgan, County Armagh and R A Milne, Elgin, Morayshire, secured the reserve breed title in his first outing. This five year old by Oldstone Egbert and out of a Dingle Hofmeister-sired dam was bred by P Vasey, Carlisle, Cumbria.

Best female & best opposite sex to champion was awarded to Balmaud Davina from M Bruce and Partners Ltd, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, a three year old by the 11,000gns Maerdy Tank and out of a home-bred dam. Davina was bred by W and G Strachan, Mill of Balmaud, Banffshire.

Elrick Fiona, a two year old by the 12,000gns Coolaslee Adversary and out of a home-bred cow took the reserve female spot. This one was owned by W K and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire and bred by M J Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Allanfauld Geranium won the junior female and overall junior championships. Geranium, a 15 month old by the £20,000 Elgin Davinci and out of a Harestone Tadorne-sired dam, was bred and exhibited by A Macgregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow.

Claiming the Beef Breeder championship was Elgin Glenlevit, a 14 month old by Elgin Davinci and out of Corrie Debbie from R A Milne, Elgin, Morayshire. Charolais dominated the interbreed class that took into account genetic potential as well as appearance with Blackford Gladiator from A Macpherson, Croy, Inverness-shire also taking reserve place for Charolais. Gladiator was a 13 month old son of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and out of a home-bred dam.

Class 246 Female born on or between 1st April and 31 July 2011 1st LOGANBAR GINTY 18/4/2011 s. Mulroog Alpine d. Loganbar Vaccine 2nd BALMYLE GUINEVERE A & A Wright, 9/4/2011 S. Maerdy Barbican d. Balmyle Anastasia 3rd BALMYLE GEORGINA Mrs A MacPherson, 5/4/2011 s. Pennal Dazzler d. Balmyle Anna

Class 246A Female born on or between 1st April and 31st July 2011 1st UGIE GLADYS Mr J T Wilson 2/5/2011 s. Goldies Banker d. Ugie Dotty 2nd MORTIMERS GORGEOUSMortimers Farms Ltd 1/5/2011 s. Ravensworth Alder d. Mortimers Brooklyn 3rd FALLENINCH GABBY Mr AB Hornall 15/5/2011 s.Prime Colombo d. Falleninch Abby

Class 247 Female born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2011 1st ALLANFAULD GERANIUM A MacGregor (Allanfauld) Ltd 3/3/2011 s. Elgin Davinci d. Allanfauld Beaujolais 2nd ELGIN GRACE Mr RA Milne & Sons 20/3/2011 s. Edenhurst Cognac d. Strowan Sapphire 3rd MORTIMERS GLORY Mortimers Farm Ltd 9/1/2011 s. Cleffany Spitfire d. Mowbraypark Recital

Class 248 Female born on or between 24th June and 31st December 2010 1st ALSNOW FREESIA AR Lawson & Son 4/12/2010 s. Goldies Champion d. Alsnow Victoria 2nd UGIE FLAIR Mr J T Wilson 23/7/2010 s. Goldies Banker d. Ugie Adele 3rd GLENERICHT FRUITYGIRL WK & P Drysdale 24/12/2010 s. Balnuith Valour d. Glenericht Bliss

Class 249 Female born on or between 1st January and 23rd June 2010 1st ELRICK FIONA WK & P Drysdale 21/3/2010 s. Coolnaslee Adversary d. Elrick Coral 2nd HARESTONE FLORENCE Mr NR Barclay 14/3/2010 s. Goldies Unbeatable d. Harestone Belinda 3rd BALBITHAN FAITH Mr & Mrs A White 1/3/2010 s. Newhouse Benson d. Balbithan Una

Class 249A Female born on or between 1st January and 23rd June 2010 1st MORTIMERS FORGETMENOT Mortimers Farm Ltd 4/4/2010 s. Ravensworth Alder d. Mortimers Vanish 2nd BALMYLE FLORET Mr D H Muirhead 15/4/2010 s. Maerdy Barbican d. Balmyle Belinda 3rd BLACKFORD FLORA Miss A MacPherson 29/4/2010 s. Newhouse Bigal d. Blackford Candy

Class 250 Female born on or between 1st January and 31st December 2009 1st ELGIN ELECTRA Mr R A Milne & Sons 27/1/09 s. Harestone Tyrok d. Elgin Ultra 2nd GRETNAHOUSE EMERALD Mr A Houston 12/1/09 s. Gretnahouse Ultimate d. Gretnahouse Adelaide LOGANBAR EXPRESSO Brailes Livestock 2/4/09 s. Brax Utopia d. Loganbar Rigell 3rd LOURIE ECLIPSE Mr R Aitkin 25/2/09 s. Balmyle Vendetta d. Ballathie Apricot

Class 251 Female in milk or in calf, born on or before 31st December 2008 1st BALMAUD DAVINA Messrs M Bruce & Partners ltd 2/9/08 s. Maerdy Tank d. Balmaud Urikka 2nd BALBITHAN VOILE Mr A B Hornall 29/3/04 s. Baggrave Minstrel d. Balbithan Sophia 3rd FORGLEN DUCHESS Mr E A Mutch 25/8/08 s. Gretnahouse Archangel d. Forglen Beauty

Class 252 Bull born on or between 1st April and 30th June 2011 1st ELGIN GLENLEVIT Mr R A Milne & Sons 1/4/2011 s. Elgin Davinci d. Corrie Debbie 2nd ALLANFAULD GLADIATOR A MacGregor (Allanfauld) Ltd 6/4/2011 s. Elgin Davinci d. Corrie Beyonce 3rd LOCHEND GALAXY Mr J W Millar 27/4/2011 s. Kersknowe Clansman d. Lochend Buttons

Class 252A Bull born on or between 1st April and 30th June 2011 1st BLACKFORD GLADIATOR Miss A MacPherson 7/5/2011 s. Newhouse Bigal d. Blackford Celia 2nd FALLENINCH GREATEST Mr A B Hornall 20/5/2011 s. Prime Colombo d. Falleninch Brilliant 3rd BLELACK GIGGSEY Mr N Massie & Sons 14/5/2011 s. Ugie Dynamo d. Blelack Summer

Class 253 Bull born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2011 1st MARWOOD GLADIATOR R A & J Blyth 14/3/2011 s. Sportsmans Columbo d. Marwood Temptress 2nd HARESTONE GLENLIVET Mr N R Barclay 27/3/2011 s. Goldies Unbeatable d. Harestone Delia 3rd LOGANBAR GALA DM Lyle & Sons 3/1/2011 s. Simontorp Daimler d. Loganbar Daniella

Class 254 Bull born on or between 1st January and 23rd June 2010 1st BRAMPTON FUGITIVE Mr A K Brooke 9/4/2010 s. Trefonnen Crouch d. Brampton Rumandraisen 2nd ROUNDSHILL FANTASTIC ET Mr J Bostock & Son 2/3/2010 s. Maerdy Impeccable d. Roundshill Norma 3rd BALTHAYOCK FERDINAND Major DFWH & N Walter 1/5/2010 s. Balbithan Vespasian d. Balthayock Rosita

Class 255 Bull born on or between 24th June and 31st December 2010 1st FALLENINCH FLINT Mr A B Hornall 19/9/2010 s. Falleninch Bigby d. Balbithan Voile 2nd ELRICK FRENCHMAN DH Muirhead & Mornity Farms 19/8/2010 s. Maerdy Dublin d. Elrick Centrefold

Class 256 Bull born on or before 31st December 2009 1st BALMYLE ECLIPSE WP Bruce Ltd 4/3/09 s. Sackville Adonis d. Balmyle Solitude 2nd EDENHURST COGNA Miss L Clarke & Mr R A Milne 7/4/07 s. Oldstone Egbert d. Edenhurst Phillippa 3rd FALLENINCH BODELAVIE AB Hornall 10/1/06 s. Trianon d. Sagalizzie

Young Charolais enthusiasts in the winnings

Stuart Hird, intermediate winner, with Anita Jackson as the Fairway Trophy winning team

Stuart Hird won the Intermediate class as well as being part of the Fairway Trophy winning team with Anita Jackson

Overall winner Scott Smith

Senior and overall winner Scott Smith won with 145 points, beating the second place Philip Johnston on reasons after their points tied

Young Charolais enthusiasts from all parts of the UK travelled to the Royal Highland Show where the breed society held its young stock judging finals on Friday 22 June, kindly sponsored by the DNA testing company, Weatherbys, Ireland.

Topping the senior section and winning the overall award was 20 year old Scott Smith from the South West region. Scott, from the Liskeard-based Colfrey herd, scored 145 out of 150 and won an accompanying trip to Moulins Show in France. Second placed Philip Johnston, from Northern Ireland, also scored an impressive 145 points and was only placed second after both leading competitors gave reasons on the Yearling Bull class to the Master Judge Alasdair Houston and Steward Iain Millar. Both of whom commented that is was a close called choice. In third place was Gary Wright from Scotland with 143 points.

The intermediate section was won by Border region’s Stuart Hird, aged 17 from the Cumbrian Bluegate herd with 143 points. Second place was awarded to Adam Johnston from Northern Ireland and third went to Wales’ Cennydd Owen Jones. Stuart also made up half of the Fairway Trophy winning team alongside Border region’s Anita Jackson with a combined score of 283. Northern Ireland’s Philip Johnston and Nicky Hughes came in second and the South West’s team of Michelle Hanson and overall winner Scott Smith were a close third.

Unfortunately a scoring error on the day prevented Stuart being recognised as the class winner and the Society would like to express its most sincere apologies both to Stuart and the rest of the competitors in the 14 to 17 year old class.

Junior winner Donald Maclean

Donald Maclean won the junior section with 134 points

NI young enthusiasts Adam and Philip Johnston

Adam and Philip Johnston from Northern Ireland were in the winnings with Philip taking second place in the senior and team sections and Adam second in the intermediates

Thirteen year old Donald Maclean from the Eastleigh based Mortimers Charolais herd achieved the top spot in the junior 8 to 13 year old section with 134 points, beating off Rachel Bell from the Borders region and Toby Ranson from the South East.

Master judge, Alasdair Houston of the Gretnahouse herd, Gretna Green commented: “It was a real pleasure to see our young enthusiasts and some of our keenest breeders of the future from all over the UK taking part in the national finals. There were three challenging classes to judge and all entrants approached them very professionally and demonstrated such a very high standard and level of genuine enthusiasm which bodes well for the future of the Charolais breed.”

Weatherby’s John Flynn added: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to sponsor this event for the second year running. It’s a fantastic event to be involved with and support as it’s so important for the industry to engage the breeders of the future.”


May 7, 2012 Charolais tops Stirling multi-breed sale; 8,000gns leader, £4,746 average

Charolais sold to a top of 8,000gns and raised the bar by setting a new centre record average of £4,746 for the May multi beef breed sale in Stirling on Monday 7 May, up £679 on last year’s record average and the highest breed average.

Dunesk General
Dunesk General

The pre-sale champion Dunesk General, from J and M F McMillan, Brechin, Angus, led the sale at 8,000gns. By Elgin Columbo and out of a home-bred cow, this 13 month old bull was secured by W Milne, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.

A call of 7,000gns claimed Blelack Fondue TI +42, SRI +39, a two year old by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite and out of a home-bred cow for T Leslie, Shapinsay, Orkney. This one was bred by N F Massie, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.

Westcarse Factor TI +31, SRI +25 came next at 6,500gns. This 20 month old by Kersknowe Clansman and out of a home-bred cow was bred by J H Christie, West Carse, Stirling, and went home with J Dunn and Co, Ayr, Ayrshire. The same breeder also saw 20 month old Westcarse Flashman TI +31, SRI +20, also by Clanman and out of a home-bred cow secured for a call of 6,000gns by Glenpark Farms, Balerno, Midlothian.

Four further lots made 6,000gns. Reserve champion Goldies Frontier ET TI +52, SRI +51 from H Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire was knocked down sold to G and M Porter, Isle of Islay, Argyll. This 18 month old Dingle Hodmeister son was out of a home-bred cow.

Two lots from Major D F W H and N R Walter, Balthayock, Perth, were secured for 6,000gns. Balthayock Fresco TI +54, SRI +50, a 22 month old by the 8,000gns Swalesmoor Cracker and out of a home-bred dam was secured by JD Macaulay, Acharacle, Argyll. Major Walter’s 18 month old Balthayock Fusilade TI +55, SRI +50 by Barbican Lancer and out of a home-bred cow went for the same price to A Shand, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Major Walter also saw Balthayock Fairplay TI +55, SRI +57 sell for 5,000gns to DA Baird and Sons, Newburgh, Fife. This 18 month old was by the home-bred Balthayock Adonis and out of a home-bred dam.

A bid of 6,000gns also secured Thrunton Fernandez TI +21, SRI +26 bred by J H C Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland. This 21 month old by the 15,000gns Burradon Talisman and out of a home-bred cow was the highest of the Campbell’s lots and sold to Messrs Walker, Duns, Berwickshire. The same breeder saw a call of 5,500gns win Thrunton Frodo TI +19, SRI +28, a 23 month old also by Talisman, for B Keir and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire. Next came Thrunton Faraday TI +39, SRI +41, a 21 month old by the 16,000gns Maerdy Cecil and out of a home-bred cow for a bid of 5,500gns from J and S Ross, Shawhead, Dumfriesshire.

Ugie Figurehead TI +42, SRI +36 from JT Wilson, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire was knocked down sold at 5,800gns to K M Irving, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran. This 18 month old was by Balmyle Denholm and out of a home-bred dam.

Three lots were sold at 5,500gns. A bid from H Wilson, Girvan, Ayrshire claimed Caithness Frank TI +22, SRI +25, a 21 month old by Harviestoun Casino and out of a home-bred cow from D and M Campbell, Lybster, Caithness.

Then came Midlock Falkirk TI +24, SRI +27 from J J Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire. This 22 month old by Allanfauld Voltage and out of a home-bred dam went home with W S L Muir, Stromness, Orkney for 5,500gns.

The final lot knocked down sold at 5,500gns came from W K and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Glenericht Fortune TI +21, SRI +30, a 22 month old by Balnuth Valour and out of Burradon Shameless was purchased by G Wilson, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire.

A bid of 5,400gns won Newhouse Festival TI +47, SRI +31, a 16 month old by the 18,000gns Sackville Claudius and out of a home-bred dam for J M More, Gargunnock, Stirling. This one was from R M Adam and Son, Forfar, Angus.

Benhar Flint TI +42, SRI +40 came in next at 5,200gns. This 19 month old from R and H McNee, Forgandenny, Perthshire, by the 7,000gns Balthayock Tamarind ET and out of Newhouse Castaway was bought by EM Baxter, Bridge of Weir, Rewfrenshire.

Four lots cleared at 4,800gns with two of those from J Jeffrey, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Kersknowe Ferret TI +43, SRI +46, a two year old by Balnuith Carvalho and out of a home-bred cow was knocked down sold to J M and W Turnbull, St Andrews, Fife. The same breeders also saw Kersknowe Firework TI +36, SRI +30, reach the same price. By Sackville Dynamite and out of a home-bred cow, he went home with A Clark, Islay, Argyll.

Corrie Franz a 23 month old from G McFadzean Junior, Woodhead of Mailer, Perth, was purchased by Fairlie Farming, Arbroath, Angus for 4,800gns. This one was by Harestone Tadorne and out of a home-bred cow.

A bid of 4,800gns was also made for Corrie Firetrap by C J Guild and Son, New Cumnock, Ayrshire. This 19 month old from D MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow, was by Corrie Druid and out of Corrie Clarabel.

Averages: 40 bulls, £4,746.