February 2014

February 19, 2014 Stirling Charolais meet solid commercial demand

26,000gns top; £6,538 average; 12 lots at 10,000gns and over; 73% clearance

Charolais bulls met a solid demand driven throughout by the commercial sector in Stirling on Tuesday 18 February at the breed’s official spring sale. Bidding peaked at 26,000gns, 12 lots traded at five figure sums and 140 lots sold to average £6,538, a figure representing 73% clearance leaving Charolais to once again take the lead at the spring multi-beef breed sales and grossing just short of £1 million in total. A further nine lots were later sold via the auctioneers outside the ring bringing the total clearance to 78%.

“More Charolais bulls were sold at a higher average than any other sale this spring reflecting the momentum swing back to modern British Charolais,” commented society chairman, Alasdair Houston after the five hour stint. “The bulls traded today are great value when considering the premiums paid for Charolais cross suckled calves and store cattle are at £150 a head premium over other breeds; it all adds up.”

Maerdy Hearthrob, 26,000gns

Maerdy Hearthrob, 26,000gns

Sale leader at 26,000gns was Maerdy Hearthrob TI +56, SRI +50, a 19 month old from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold. Sired by Maerdy Dynamite, he was out of Maerdy Beauty who secured the Royal female championship and Royal Welsh interbreed titles as an 18 month old. Hearthrob sold in a three way split to Drew and Bob Adam, Glamis, Forfar; Bill Bruce, Balmyle, Meigle and the Campbell family, Thrunton, Alnwick. “He’s a top bull by a great sire I’d seen as a calf and out of a fantastic show cow – a combination which doesn’t happen very often,” commented Bill Bruce.

“My confidence in this bull is reflected in the fact I’ve retained several hundred straws,” said Mr Evans, whose success didn’t stop there. In fact the day went on to be one of the best ever in over 30 years of trading at Perth and Stirling. He sold a string of seven bulls to average £13,155, whilst 24 hours earlier he had secured the champion group of three with Darkvador sons, a title he’d won 12 months earlier with sons by Darkvador’s sire, Maerdy Blackout. This week he also won both the junior and intermediate titles. The latter was awarded to Maerdy Hasse TI +48, SRI +50 who went on to receive the overall supreme championship which for Mr Evans was the eighth occasion and earned him the record holder title.

Maerdy Hasse, 25,000gns

Maerdy Hasse, 25,000gns

The 19 month old Hasse happened to be the next lot in the ring selling for the day’s second top 25,000gns price to join Ronnie Baillie’s 60 cow pedigree herd and 250 commercial cows at Deerness, Orkney. “This bull has the looks and the figures to match – he’s a very nice all-rounder,” he said.

Sired by Darkvador and out of Maerdy Dredge, a Vald’Or-Ra daughter, he was described by the judge, Roy Milne after his five hour stint as ‘near to perfect as you’ll ever get’. “Hasse stood out as soon as he came in to the ring. He has tremendous presence, great character in the head and is very balanced; he has a smooth shoulder, length, width across the top, an adequate hind end and great locomotion.”

Maerdy Hwre,15,000gns

Maerdy Hwre,15,000gns

Next at 15,000gns was the junior champion, the 17 month old Maerdy Hwre TI +48, SRI +41, another Dynamite son and out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Ulm. The buyer was Mornity Farms, Alyth, Blairgowrie.

Lochend Hickory, 22,000gns

Lochend Hickory, 22,000gns

A bid of 22,000gns secured the reserve senior champion, Lochend Hickory TI +55, SRI +38 for Strathisla Farms, Ruthven, Blairgowrie. Sired by the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo, his homebred maternal granddam remains one of the best breeding females with her 18th calf at foot within the Millar family’s 30 cow Lochend herd based at Port of Menteith, Stirling. For Iain, Rhona, John and Teen, it was their most successful day in 19 years of breeding pedigree Charolais, whilst for Strathisla Farms’ Adrian Ivory, Hickory was the only entry marked in the catalogue to join his 40 cow pedigree herd. “He’s a cracking bull and he looks the part. He has length and width and very sound figures,” he said.

Sandelford Harrison, 17,000gns

Sandelford Harrison, 17,000gns

Next at 17,000gns was the class winner, Sandelford Harrison TI +45, SRI +45, an 18 month old by the 14,000gns Goldies Usher and out of a Drummeer Major sired homebred dam. Harrison was bred and exhibited by the Henderson family, George, his son Gary and grandson Gareth, Bushmills, Antrim, who realised their highest price at auction in 37 years since establishing their herd which amounts to 10 cows.

Harrison went to join Peter Vasey’s 50 cow pedigree herd based at Wetheral, Carlisle. “This bull has unbelievable conformation, power, a good pedigree and figures to match,” he said. Mr Vasey was investing some of the earnings from his string of seven bulls, each by the 10,000gns Carlisle champion, Ratoary Ferguson, and which sold to average £6,030.

Edenhurst Heritage, 10,000gns

Edenhurst Heritage, 10,000gns

His leader at 10,000gns was the 19 month old Edenhurst Heritage TI +57, SRI +57 to CG Greig (Farms), Gateside, Fife.

Ballindalloch Hero, 13,000gns

Ballindalloch Hero, 13,000gns

Ballindalloch Hero TI +42, SRI +42 lived up to his name for father and son team John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch and ensured they maintained their winning streak in Stirling for the third consecutive year. After securing the reserve intermediate championship, Hero was pulled in to overall reserve supreme place before going on to command a 13,000gns bid from Corskellie Farm, Rothiemay, Huntly. This 20 month old was sired by Lochend Apache and out of a homebred dam from their 45 cow herd.

Ballindalloch Hagar, 8,500gns

Ballindalloch Hagar, 8,500gns

Later in the day the Irvines offered Ballindalloch Hagar TI +54, SRI +52, a Maerdy Eryr son for 8,500gns to GR Davies, Cwmtirmynach, Bala.

Allanfauld Hustler, 13,000gns

Allanfauld Hustler, 13,000gns

The day’s second 13,000gns call went to Allanfauld Hustler TI +31, SRI +30, a 21 month old first class winner from father and son team, Archie and John MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Sired by Elgin Davinci he went home with D Morrow, Coleraine, Antrim.

Allanfauld Highlight,  12,000gns

Allanfauld Highlight, 12,000gns

The MacGregors next entry at 12,000gns was Allanfauld Highlight TI +44, SRI +44, a 21 month old Woodpark Elgin son and out of a Harestone Tyrol sired homebred dam. The buyers were John and Peter Howells, Llanwennog, Llanybydder.

Sackville Hercules, 11,000gns

Sackville Hercules, 11,000gns

Peter Heath, Hartfield, made yet another successful 1,000 mile round annual trip this time with Sackville Hercules TI +33, SRI +31, a 22 month old by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger and out of a Maerdy Vamp sired homebred dam from his 20 cow herd. Hercules secured the senior championship, the first ever major Stirling award for Mr Heath before selling for 11,000gns to CG McGillivray, Chapeltown, Ballindalloch.

Martland Heavyweight, 11,000gns

Martland Heavyweight, 11,000gns

A second 11,000gns call was made this time by A and D Renwick, Dundonnell, Rossshire for Martland Heavyweight TI +38, SRI +36, a 20 month old class winner by Beanhill Echo from J and C Wylde, Woolavington, Bridgwater.

Balthayock Haakon, 10,000gns

Balthayock Haakon, 10,000gns

Balthayock Haakon, the highest entry in the catalogue with a TI +78 and SRI +71, was secured for 10,000gns by Milne family, Robbie, Barbara and their son, James to run with their 320 cow herd at Oldmeldrum, Aberdeen. Bred by David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perth, the 16 month old Haakon was by the 8,000gns Swalesmoor Cracker, the current highest recorded bull for performance traits in the breed herdbook and out of a Balmyle Thunderbird sired homebred dam from their 80 cow herd.

Next from the Walters at 8,500gns was Balthayock Herald TI +46, SRI +55, a 29 month old Balthayock Dante son. The buyer was Messrs Bindloss and Sons, Shap, Penrith.

Blelack Highflier, 9,500gns

Blelack Highflier, 9,500gns

Neil and Graeme Massie, Dinnet, Aboyne offered their top lot, at 9,500gns to E Innes and Sons, Glenlivet. Blelack Highflyer TI +58, SRI +55 was a 21 month old class winner by Ugie Dynamo.

Thrunton Highlight, 9500gns

Thrunton Highlight, 9500gns

Thrunton Highlight TI +52, SRI +48, a 21 month old by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler attracted a 9,000gns bid from Lewis Forster, Hexham for the Campbell family, Ian, John and their father Colin, Thrunton, Alnwick.

Thrunton Highflyer, 8,500gns

Thrunton Highflyer, 8,500gns

Another Dickler son, the19 month old Thrunton Highflyer TI +50, SRI +44 made 8,500gns and also returned to Northumberland this time with P Charleton, Kirkwhelpington.

Four more entries sold to 8,500gns. First to go was Gretnahouse Hugo TI +58, SRI +61, a 21 month old by the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox and out of a Mortimers Roselier sired dam from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green to John Preece and Sons, Hardwicke, Cheltenham.

Baillieston Hector, 8,500gns

Baillieston Hector, 8,500gns

Next at 8,500gns was Baillieston Hector TI +48, SRI +50 to D Peebles, Pittenweem, Fife. A 20 month old Maerdy Deiniol son, he was the highest of a handful of entries from Ronnie Baillie and contributed to recouping his spend earlier in the day.

Ugie Henry TI +57, SRI +51, the Wilson bred 18 month old by the 12,000gns Goldies Elation was offered by the Milne family – Roy, Kirsty, Matthew, James and Sam, Llanbryde, Elgin for 8,500gns to T Smith and Son, Alford, Aberdeen.

Elrick Historian, 8,500gns

Elrick Historian, 8,500gns

The last 8,500gns call was made by Murray Lyle, Mid Cambushinne, Dunblane for Elrick Historian TI +58, SRI +51, a 17 month old by the 16,000gns Thrunton Fearless from Michael Massie, Auchnagatt, Ellon.

 Six lots were bid to 8,000gns. First in the ring was Culnagechan Hercules TI +33, SRI +33, a 21 month old by Sandelford Bergkamp from Derek Hume, Randalstown, Antrim to RJ Shennan and Sons, Turnberry, Ayr.

Next came a trio of 20 month old entries at 8,000gns each from Colin Wight, Biggar. First were twins by Kelton Trident: Carwood Harris TI +45, SRI +37 went to Terry Coghill, Birsay, Orkney, whilst Carwood Haggis TI +31, SRI +29 sold to Messrs Walker, Granthouse, Duns. Carwood Harry TI +34, SRI +41, an Elgin Emperor son changed hands with JM Nisbet, Mauchline, Ayr.

Coolnaslee Hussar, 8,000gns

Coolnaslee Hussar, 8,000gns

Coolnaslee Hussar TI +30, SRI +31, a 19 month old class winner and NI National Charolais Show junior champion made 8,000gns to AJ Beaton, Struan, Isle of Skye. Sired by the 9,000gns Goldies Carnival he was offered by Gilbert Crawford, Magherra, Derry.

Westcarse Highlight, 8,000gns

Westcarse Highlight, 8,000gns

The final 8,000gns call was made by Peter Watson, Durris, Banchory for the class winner, Westcarse Highlight TI +52, SRI +45, a Mortimers Echo son from John Christie, Stirling.

FEMALES

Esmor Evans rounded off the day by heading the female section at 5,000gns with Maerdy Gunhieda, a rising two year old served heifer by Vald’Or-Ra to JA Morris, Thurso. Maerdy Gwenllian, another same age served heifer by Dynamite made 4,000gns to T Smith and Son, Alford.

A draft from John Christie’s herd was headed at 4,000gns by Westcarse Caroline TI +30, SRI +33, a seven year old Roselier daughter sold with her five month old heifer, Westcarse Imogen by Mortimers Echo. The buyer was EF Mutch and Son, Forglen, Banff.

Other leading female entries included Midlock Holly TI +45, SRI +39, a 19 month old Kelton Trident daughter at 4,500gns from John Wight, Midlock, Biggar to Reece Millichap, Tonwyesail, Mid Glamorgan.

Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries offered Goldies Grandgirl TI +29, SRI +25, a two year old heifer by the 25,000gns Thrunton Camelot at 4,000gns to G Dalgarno, Brechin, Angus.

Twenty four hours earlier, the female line up was leaded by two heifers by the 12,000gns Thrunton Explosive from Michael Durno, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch. Supreme honours went to Glenlivet Hooray TI +35, SRI +36, an 18 month old twin out of Kelton Bonnie. She made 3,400gns to AK Brooke, Glenluce, Newton Stewart. Darren and Donna Knox, March, Cambridge paid 3,400gns for the reserve champion, Glenlivet Hopeful TI +34, SRI +36, a 17 month old out of a homebred dam.

Glenlivet Hooray, 3,400gns

Glenlivet Hooray, 3,400gns

Glenlivet Hopeful, 3,400gns

Glenlivet Hopeful, 3,400gns

Averages: 140 bulls £6,538; 14 females £3,353

Auctioneers: United Auctions

BREAKDOWN OF BULLS SOLD AT STIRLING Feb 2014

TERMINAL INDEX  

Top 25%   Mid Range   Bottom 25%  
81 @ £7,188 20 Not sold 53 @ £5,698 17 Not sold 15 @ £4,662 8 Not Sold

CALVING EASE DIRECT

Top 25%   Mid range   Bottom 25%  
31 @ £6,853 5 Not sold 83 @ £6,144 20 Not sold 35@ £5,640 20 Not sold

 

TOP TEN CHAROLAIS HERDS WITH A MINIMUM OF 4 BULLS SOLD TO QUALIFY Feb 2014

Breeder/Herd

Range

gns

No. Sold

             Average

                £

1 D   E EvansMaerdy

5,200-26,000

7

13,155

2 J   W MillarLochend

4,800-22,000

5

9,450

3 A   MacGregorAllanfauld

4,000- 13,000

4

9,187

4 DFWH   & NR WalterBalthayock

6,800-10,000

4

8,531

5 A   G HoustonGretnahouse

5,000-8,500

5

6,993

6 J   Irvine & sonInverlochy

4,000-13,000

8

6,930

7 C   J WightCarwood

3,000-8,000

5

6,720

8 JHC   CampbellThrunton

3,800-9,000

9

6,335

9 P   W VaseyEdenhurst

3,500-10,000

7

6,030

10 N   F MassieBlelack

3,500-9,500

7

5,970

 

TOP 10 LEADING SIRES WITH A MINIMUM OF 3 BULLS SOLD TO QUALIFY  Feb 2014

Sire No   Sold Range   (gns) Average   (£)

1.Maerdy   Dynamite315,000   – 26,00016,1002.Lochend   Apache35,000   – 13,0008,6803.Mortimers   Echo73,000   – 22,0008,4004.Balmyle   Dickler35,800   – 9,0008,1555.Elgin   Davinci34,000   – 13,0008,0506.Wesley   Equinox35,000   – 8,5006,8257.Maerdy   Deiniol33,600   – 8,5006,5108.Maerdy   Dublin35,000   – 6,8006,2309.Ratoary   Ferguson73,500   – 10,0006,03010Maerdy   Eryr54,000   – 8,5005,880


February 18, 2014 Gretnahouse achieves greatest UK Charolais herd genetic improvement

Alasdair Houston being awarded the prize by Society President Ralph Needham and Ben Harman

Alasdair Houston being awarded the prize by Society President Ralph Needham and Ben Harman

Alasdair Houston’s Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire based Gretnahouse Charolais herd has been recognised with the Harman Charolais Genetic Improvement Award 2014 for making the greatest genetic progress both in Scotland and within the entire British Charolais Herdbook during the last 12 months.

Herd progress was measured by the highest improvement in the Self Replacing Index (SRI) for the calves born in 2012, and recorded over the 2012/2013 recording years. During that period, the 60 cow Gretnahouse herd SRI increased by +16.2 to an average SRI +54.2.

“I’m delighted to receive this award,” Alastair comments. “We have all seen a lot of debate over recent months on the subject of EBVs. My position is simple, relying blindly on EBVs would be as daft as relying blindly on the satnav whilst driving off a cliff – it doesn’t always get it right. We select using a combination of eye and knowledge of pedigrees. However, science does have a valuable role to play in modern beef breeding, it always has, and in my herd I find that EBVs are a useful tool; we would be nuts not to use them. Wesley Equinox who is within the breed’s top 5% for both Calving Ease Direct and Gestation Length EBVs, is our main herd sire, he is doing a fantastic job at Gretnahouse and is responsible for a large part of the improvement in our herd’s figures. Equinox’s progeny reflect his EBV data in that they are proving to be very easy calving with short gestation and good growth performance. That’s what modern British Charolais is all about.”

The winning members in England are Rachael Dawson, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire (Dawson) and James Kimber, Chippenham, Wiltshire (Beanhill) each with a 12 month SRI improvement of +15.8 to +48.6 and +56.5 respectively; Wales: Arwel Owen, Welshpool, Powys (Trefaldwyn) +13.7 to +49.5; and Northern Ireland: Trevor Phair, Enniskillen, Fermanagh (Brogher) +11.0 to +41.7.

Ben Harman commented: “The winners of this year’s awards have once again embraced the demand from our customers – suckled calf producers, for cattle that the Breedplan tool kit enables us to identify. They are breeding bulls which deliver progeny that are easier to calve combined with unbeatable growth potential – the breed’s hallmark trait sought after by the finishers who are receiving their just rewards for Charolais cross cattle. Steers for example, are currently averaging £125 a head over all other breeds according to recent analysis.”


February 11, 2014 Charolais cross stores achieving £200 premium over all others

Achieving an average £200 a head premium for Charolais cross stores over all others in the marketplace combined with underlying confidence in demand for quality Scotch beef is enabling the Mill family to feel more strongly placed to manage the impact of CAP Reform on their livestock business.

Mill14 family

From left, Pauline and William, Mary and Russell Mill with Owen, Amy and Abby

They also have the critical mass, their 1,800 acre Caithness unit carries 200 suckler cows, 1,100 ewes, 250 ewe hogs, plus a 40 cow added value pedigree Charolais herd. However their future success will also be dependent on maximising the potential of all the tools in the box, says William. “Be it genetics, nutrition or husbandry, there’s always potential for improvement, the real challenge is how to best exploit. As far as the suckler enterprise is concerned, then it’s going to be about increasing the number of kilos produced per cow and upping the quality of each calf.”

In fact it’s about progressing the strategy already in place, he explains. “Continued selection for milkiness among our closed Simmental cross herd combined with the use of higher quality Charolais bulls – the best we can afford, has enabled us to increase the average weight of our 11 month old stores marketed in the last three years. We’re also proud to turn out quality, shapely cattle which invariably are among the day’s top 10% of average prices at Quoybrae and selling to repeat buyers, and last year they achieved an average£200 a head premium over all others. We believe that level of performance is scheduled to continue to improve with our next crop of calves having purchased in 2013 a Charolais bull within the breed’s top 5% for performance, and in particular top 1% for eye muscle area EBV. He also had shape and length – the total package.”

William farms Forsie, Westfield, Thurso in partnership with his father, Russell and mother, Mary. The LFA unit has been farmed by the Mill family for more than a century and gradually expanded to its current scale. Recent investments include new slatted accommodation to provide more cow space and accompanying slurry storage, together with various labour saving devices.

“For example, for the past three years we’ve been EID recording all the calves which makes for ease of management. We like to keep an eye on them all to see if they’re performing and weigh each individually at weaning and then again up to three times before sale.”

Forsie’s Charolais cross calves are currently achieving the unit’s target 1.2kg daily liveweight gain from birth to sale at 11 months. They’re offered creep prior to weaning to maximise growth rates whilst feed conversion efficiency is at its greatest. “Last year was exceptional, we had such a flush of grass so creeping wasn’t necessary.” On housing in October / November they’re introduced to a grass silage homegrown cereal mix, weaned at nine months at an average 300kg, and continued on the same diet until point of sale in April when 80% of the crop are reaching just under 400kg at 11 months of age.

It was that exceptional growth rate which attracted Russell Mill to initially invest in Charolais over 40 years ago. “We were witnessing Charolais leaving significant growth and a subsequent price differential over all native breeds in the marketplace and we decided to introduce a bull to our suckler herd. We saw an immediate benefit,” he explains.

Anticipating strong demand for Charolais bulls within the region, shortly afterwards the Mills purchased foundation bloodlines to establish and develop a pedigree herd producing bulls to meet a new, growing demand from the region’s commercial sector. “Over the years our selection criteria has been market led, we’ve focused on long, clean, stylish animals with good feet. We’ve always chosen new bulls bred from consistent well-bred damlines. Things have changed in the last few years since we’ve had Breedplan data to back up our decision making,” says Russell.

“In fact half of our bull buyers are now balancing their decisions made on eye with Breedplan data – 200 day, 400 day, eye muscle area and ease of calving EBVs – they’re a useful tool and nowadays we are focused on breeding higher genetic merit bulls to meet that demand. We use these homebred sires across our own herd – we would never sell a bull that we wouldn’t use ourselves.”

Improving the number of calves reared per year, combined with reaping the rewards of establishing and developing a Farm Health Plan during the last five years are set to help the Mill family to continue to improve overall output per cow.

“One of our biggest dreams here is for three more staff,” says Will. “However it’s simply not going to happen. We feel we’ve reached stocking capacity with the current labour units – myself, Dad who is stepping back from the day to day routine, and one employed person. It’s not going to be just a question of sustainability under the new CAP Reform regime, it’s how much is physically possible and at the same time achieving a balance family life. However one aspect which we are confident will help bolster the unit is the premiums for our Charolais cross cattle reflecting the industry’s continuing quest for quality and efficiency.”

Wintering cattle at Forsie

Wintering cattle at Forsie

 

 


February 7, 2014 Welshpool Charolais peak at 6,200gns

Charolais met a strong demand from the commercial sector peaking at 6,200gns and averaging £4,052 at the breed society’s inaugural February sale in Welshpool on Thursday 6 February.

“Trade was fuelled by buyers who had sold their Charolais cross stores or suckled calves during the last year and enjoyed big premiums over other breeds,” said society chairman, Alasdair Houston. “These producers were doing the numbers and reinvesting what was in fact a small proportion of that return in to their next Charolais herd sire.”

From left to right: Tom Boden with the Champion bull Sportsmans Harrypotter, the judge Stuart Barclay and Jimmy McMillan and Richard MacInnes with the reserve champion Twomacs Hitman

From left to right: Tom Boden with the Champion bull Sportsmans Harrypotter, the judge Stuart Barclay and Jimmy McMillan and Richard MacInnes with the reserve champion Twomacs Hitman

Sale leader at 6,200gns was Sportsmans Harrypotter TI +38, SRI +38, a 20 month old Thrunton Voldemort son and out of a homebred dam from Charlie Boden’s 80 cow herd based at Mellor, Stockport. Earlier on, he had been awarded the supreme championship, the first ever at the centre for Mr Boden.

Harrypotter sold to R Napper, Didcot, Oxford who minutes earlier paid 5,000gns for Dorcas Hyperion, a 22 month old by Dorcas Duke, bred by the Morris family and consigned by John Evans, Caersws, Powys. The 19 month old Dorcas Hussar, another Dorcas bred bull from Mr Evans and this time by Dorcas Express made 5,000gns to RE Griffiths, Criccieth, Gwynedd.

The day’s second highest bid of 6,000gns was made in a joint purchase by CN Flack, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and Goodwin Farms, Repps, Great Yarmouth for Maerdy Hoelbren, a 17 month old by Vald’Or-Ra from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold who sold a string of 12 entries in total to average £4,366.

Two Maerdy bulls shared a 5,000gns bid. First to go was Maerdy Huntly TI +34, SRI +36, a 22 month old Maerdy Blackout son selling to the Nicholas and Heath partnership, Tarfin, Chester, whilst Maerdy Huwcyn TI +51, SRI +45, a 19 month old by Maerdy Dynamite went to GR Saunders, Bonvilson, South Glamorgan.

Another Dynamite son, the 17 month old Maerdy Herc was secured for 4,200gns by JHJ Medland, Tavistock, Devon, whilst Maerdy Heglo, an 18 month old Esperanto son sold for 4,800gns to ED and HJ Roberts, Newtown, Powys.

Earlier in the day three Maerdy entries were each bid to 4,000gns. Maerdy Hunter TI +32, SRI +22, a 20 month old by D’Angely R went home with KW and GM Hammond and Sons, Builth Wells, Powys, whilst the 19 month old Maerdy Hartford TI +44, SRI +37, another  D’Angely R son made 4,000gns to S Pennington and Son, Church Stretton, Shropshire. The 26 month old Maerdy Heath TI +48, SRI +42 by Vald’Or-Ra was secured for the third 4,000gns call by J Bufton and Sons, Whitney on Wye, Herefordshire.

The final 5,000gns bid was made for Montgomery Hampton, a 21 month old Blelack Digger son from the Roberts and Jones partnership, Welshpool. The buyers were AW and AR Gale, Newton Abbott, Devon.

Last catalogued entry but not least at 4,700gns was Hendy Hubert, a 14 month old youngster from Wyn and Diane Rees, Llanidloes, Powys, to near neighbours, VT and S Hamer, Llanidloes. Other entries in the money included Trefaldwyn Hornblower TI +61, SRI +60, an 18 month old Blelack Digger son at 4,200gns. The buyer was the Herrick Partnership, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire.

Averages: 29 bulls £4,051.55

Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales

The Champion Sportsmans Harrypotter at 6,200gns

The Champion Sportsmans Harrypotter at 6,200gns

 

Dorcas Hussar at 5,000gns

Dorcas Hussar at 5,000gns

Dorcas Hyperion at 5,000gns

Dorcas Hyperion at 5,000gns

 

Maerdy Hoelbren at 6,000gns

Maerdy Hoelbren at 6,000gns

 

Maerdy Huntly at 5,000gns

Maerdy Huntly at 5,000gns

Maerdy Huwcyn at 5,000gns

Maerdy Huwcyn at 5,000gns

 

Montgomery Hampton at 5,000gns

Montgomery Hampton at 5,000gns

 

Hendy Hubert at 4,700gns

Hendy Hubert at 4,700gns