Stirling Charolais meet solid commercial demand
18,000gns top; £6,821 average; 15 lots at 10,000gns and over; 81% clearance
Charolais bulls met a flying trade driven throughout by the commercial sector in Stirling on Tuesday 17 February at the breed’s official spring sale. Bidding peaked at 18,000gns, 15 lots traded at five figure sums and 136 lots sold to average £6,821 and gross just over £1 million leaving Charolais to once again take the lead at the UK’s spring multi-beef breed sales. A further 10 bulls sold outside the ring later bringing the day’s clearance to 81%.
“Market demand has retained modern British Charolais’ position as the terminal sire of choice for the suckler sector,” commented society chairman, Steve Nesbitt, after the five hour stint. “Whilst our Council is encouraging breeders to select for ease of calving without sacrificing growth, producers are aware of their decisions to breed bulls that fit their unit’s strategy; they are leaving Charolais cross suckled calves which are consistently commanding premiums that will contribute towards bridging the income gap in the new CAP Reform era.
“Furthermore, Charolais is the only breed offering fully performance recorded bulls at both October and February Stirling sales whilst the society is carrying out herd checks to authenticate Breedplan data – in 2014 it made 134 visits. Both actions are subsequently providing that extra confidence to bull buyers.”
Sale leader at 18,000gns was Clyth Indestructable TI +51, SRI +52, an 18 month old by Goldies Eddy and out of a homebred heifer going back to Dingle Hofmeister. Bred and exhibited by Ron Mackay, Lybster, Caithness, this first class prize winner was knocked down sold to join Billy Turner’s Brampton herd at Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon.
Two lots shared a 16,000gns bid. First to go was the 20 month old Burradon Insomniac TI +51, SRI +52, by 12,000gns Gwenog Banjo from Chris Curry, Thropton, Morpeth to John and James Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso. Minutes later, the same breeder offered Burradon Impresario TI +68, SRI +68, a 20 month old Puntabrava Frederico son for 8,000gns to J and M MacDonald, Dunbeath, Caithness.
Mr Curry invested a portion of his takings when he teamed up later with fellow Northumberland breeders, the Campbell family, Thrunton, Alnwick and paid 14,000gns in a two way split for the junior champion, Blelack Imperialist TI +46 SRI +49, a 17 month old by the homebred Blelack Forbes from father and son team, Neil and Graeme Massie, Dinnet, Aboyne. The Massies continued their success with Blelack Digger sons; Blelack Impressive TI +89, SRI +78, a 17 month old made 10,000gns to JS Fraser, Tore, Muir of Ord whilst the same age class winner, Blelack Investment TI +75, SRI +74 was knocked down sold for 9,500gns to James Robertson, Freuchie, Cupar.
The day’s second 16,000gns call was made by D and R Durno and Sons, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch for Burnside Indian TI +32, SRI +33, a 19 month old by the 18,000gns Clyth Diplomat from father and son team, Brian and William McAllister, Kells, Ballymena.
Two entries went to 12,000gns each. Alsnow Imperial TI +39, SRI +45, a 21 month old Puntabrava Federico son from Alan Lawson and Son, Hallington, Newcastle changed hands with RB Millar, Tealing, Dundee.
The second 12,000gns bid was made by Jock Wilson and Sons, Glenkindie, Alford for Goldies Ivan TI +49, SRI +50 from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries. A 19 month old by the 12,000gns Blelack Edition, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Dingle Hofmeister. Twenty four hours earlier, Ivan had been tapped out by judge, Michael Massie as the intermediate and overall supreme champion. “He was a big, long stylish bull with a lot of breed character,” he said.
Mr Goldie’s success didn’t stop there. He sold his entire string of nine bulls to average £8,400 and it was Goldies Uppermost sons that were in demand. They included at 10,000gns the reserve junior champion, Goldies Icon TI +47, SRI +44, an 18 month old to JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, County Down. Two more Uppermost sons made 9,000gns each. First to go was the 18 month old Goldies Idole TI +74, SRI +66 to GW Woolhouse and Son, Ravensfield, Rotherham. A second 9,000gns bid was made by A Sharp and Sons, Tough, Alford for 16 month old Goldies Impress TI +72, SRI +66, whilst the same age Goldies Iconic TI +53, SRI +54 made 8,000gns to A and R Paton, Avonbridge, Falkirk.
Senior champion, the 21 month old Balthayock Imperial TI +64, SRI +56 commanded an 11,000gns bid from George Wordie, Glass, Huntly from father and son team, David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perth. Sired by the 22,000gns Blelack Forester, himself a senior champion, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Balthayock Adonis.
The Walters sold their five entries for an average nudging on £9,000. Next best were two bulls by the 8,000gns Ugie Echo. At 10,000gns the 21 month old Balthayock Ignatius TI +54, SRI +58 went to David and Louise Barker, Nuthampstead, Royston. Minutes later Balthayock Impulse TI +60, SRI +60, a 20 month old made 9,000gns to B Keir and Son, Alford, Aberdeen.
A bid of 11,000gns secured the first class prize winner, Gretnahouse Ivor TI +52, SRI +67 for H MacDonald, Advie, Morayshire. Bred and exhibited by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, this 21 month old was by the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox. The same breeder offered the catalogue’s highest recorded entry, Gretnahouse Intouch TI +92, SRI +78, a 20 month old Balthayock Adonis son at 9,500gns to RC Woodburn and Son, Galashiels, Selkirk.
Neil Barclay, Crathes, Banchory was another breeder selling to average close on £9,000 for six lots to come under the hammer and it was sons of the 25,000gns Stirling overall reserve champion, Inverlochy Ferdi who were in demand. Leader at 11,000gns was Harestone Ingot TI+45 SRI +48, a 20 month old selling to Jim Warnock, Broughton, Biggar. Minutes later, the same age Harestone Inverness TI +26, SRI +25 was knocked down sold for 10,000gns to JA Cruickshank, Longmorn, Elgin, whilst the next lot in the ring, Harestone Imran TI +59, SRI +43, another 20 month old by Ferdie commanded an 8,200gns bid from J and D Young, Girvan, Ayr. The previous day, Imran took the reserve intermediate championship and went on to be placed in overall reserve supreme position. “Imran has a fantastic carcase, he is full of muscle and power,” said judge, Michael Massie.
The day’s final five figure call of 11,000gns went to Elgin Isaac TI +38, SRI +37, a 16 month old class winner from the Milne family, Lhanbryde, Elgin. Sired by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger, he went home with CA Smith, Tarland, Aboyne.
Next at 10,500gns was the class winner, Allanfauld Iceberg TI +53, SRI +51, a 19 month old Woodpark Eglin son from Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow to T and H MacKellar, Dallas, Forres.
A bid of 9,000gns secured Westcarse Iceberg TI +54, SRI +52 for Mitchell Farms, Douglas, Lanark. This 17 month old bred and exhibited by John Christie was by the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo. Another 9,000gns price tag went to Dundas Ivor TI +58, SRI +48, a 21 month old by the 8,000gns Elgin Emperor from Jessie Gilchrist, Crawford, Biggar to James Herdman, Edlingham, Alnwick.
Two entries by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler from the Campbell family, Alnwick were sold for 9,000gns each. First to go was the 20 month old Thrunton Invader TI +59, SRI +53 to T Howden and Sons, Balerno, Midlothian whilst Thrunton Illustrious TI +49, SRI +38 went home with H Wilson, Turnberry, Girvan. The Campbell’s next best at 8,500gns was Thrunton Irelander TI +61, SRI +47, a 17 month old by Dickler to WJ Lewis and Son, Merthyr Cynog, Brecon.
Females met a strong demand selling to 4,000gns for the champion, Goldies Happy TI +42, SRI +42, a 15 month old Blelack Edition daughter from Hamish Goldie. The buyer was O Kerrigan and J Conn, Northern Ireland. Hamish Goldie mirrored his success of earlier in the day with his string of six entries leading the female trade to average £3,570. Next at 3,800gns was the reserve female champion, Goldies Havanna TI +22, SRI +19, a 17 month old Edition daughter to A Wright, Girvan, Ayr, whilst two entries were bid to 3,000gns each. First to go was Goldies Haie TI +29, SRI +35, a 16 month old Blelack Blackberet daughter to RL Riddle and Son, Bellingham, Hexham whilst Goldies Isla TI +26, SRI +27, an in calf two year old by Edition went home with Ritch Gordon Street.
John Christie, Stirling offered his two year old Mortimers Echo sired Westcarse Iola TI +38, SRI +39 for 3,500gns to Cornish breeders, David and Bernadette Stacy, St Austell whilst heading a draft at 3,800gns from Jack Nicoll Farms, Alyth, Blairgowrie was the last entry in the ring, Mornity Ibetha TI +37, SRI +24, a rising two year old Blelack Challenger daughter to Messrs Taylor, Orkney.
Averages: 136 bulls £6,821; 10 females £3,118.50. Mornity: five females £2,362.50.
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Supreme Male Champion
H Goldie – Goldies Ivan
Reserve Supreme Male Champion
NR Barclay – Harestone Imran
Senior Male Champion
DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Imperial
Reserve Senior Male Champion
RA Milne & Son – Elgin Ivanhoe
Intermediate Male Champion
H Goldie – Goldies Ivan
Reserve Intermediate Male Champion
NR Barclay – Harestone Imran
Junior Male Champion
NF Massie – Blelack Imperalist
Reserve Male Champion
H Goldie – Goldies Icon
H Goldie – Goldies Happy
Reserve Female Champion
H Goldie – Goldies Havanna
Group of Three
1st – NR Barclay – Harestone – all sired by Inverlochy Ferdie
2nd – H Goldie – Goldies – all sired by Blelack Edition
SENIOR BULL CLASSES
Class One – Bulls born on or between 4 March and 13 April 2013
1st – RA Milne & Son – Elgin Ivanhoe
2nd – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Income
3rd – NR Barclay – Harestone Iceman
4th – NR Barclay – Harestone Islander
5th – Barons Cross Charolais Stud – Charbron Inflential
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 14 & 16 April 2013
1st – R Irvine & FG Lawson – Ballindalloch Index
2nd – RA Milne & Son – Elgin Icarus
3rd – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Iggy
4th – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Igor
5th – J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Ideal
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 27 April & 6 May 2013
1st – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Intrepid
2nd – RDA Morrow – Ramrad Ivan
3rd – I & D Goldie – Solwayfirth Ironman
4th – CJ Wight – Carwood Islander
5th – CJ Wight – Carwood Ideal
Class Four – Bulls born on or between 7 & 14 May 2013
1st – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Imperial
2nd – NF Massie – Blelack Ingram
3rd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Ivor
4th – Messrs Curry – Burradon Impulsive
5th – I & D Goldie – Solwayfirth Isacc
Class Five – Bulls born on or between 15 & 20 May 2013
1st – AG Houston – Gretnahouse Ivor
2nd – NR Barclay – Harestone Impresario
3rd – JT Wilson – Clola Introduction ET
4th – AR Lawson & Son – Alsnow Imperial
5th – JT Wilson – Clola Interpol ET
Class Six – Bulls born on or between 21 May & 1 June 2013
1st – NF Massie – Blelack Iceberg
2nd – NF Massie – Blelack Imperial
3rd – DM Lyle – Loganbar Iceman
4th – DFWH & NR Walter – Balthayock Ignatius
5th – JM Gilchrist – Dundas Ivor
INTERMEDIATE BULL CLASSES
Class Seven – Bulls born on or between 2 & 13 June 2013
1st – PW Vasey – Edenhurst Illinois
2nd – A Ivory – Cardean Iceman
3rd – Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd – Mornity Inspire
4th – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Invergary
5th – Mortimers Farm Ltd – Mortimers Ikram
Class Eight – Bulls born on or between 14 & 21 June 2013
1st – NR Barclay – Harestone Ingot
2nd – Messrs Curry – Burradon Insomniac
3rd – AG Houston – Gretnahouse Intouch ET
4th – Messrs Curry – Burradon Impresario
5th – WR Baillie – Baillieston Immortal
Class Nine – Bulls born on or between 22 & 25 June 2013
1st – NR Barclay – Harestone Imran
2nd – AG Houston – Gretnahouse Italian ET
3rd – Newroddige Charolais – Newroddige Inverness
4th – DE Evans – Maerdy Iean
5th – DE Evans – Maerdy Islander
Class Ten – Bulls born on or between 26 June & 9 July 2013
1st – H Goldie – Goldies Ivan
2nd – B McAllister & Son – Burnside Indian
3rd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Invader
4th – T Phair – Brogher Input
5th – JA & MF McMillan – Dunesk Icon
Class Eleven – Bulls born on or between 10 & 31 July 2013
1st – MacGregor (Allanfauld) Ltd – Allanfauld Iceberg
2nd – H Goldie – Goldies Ivor
3rd – AR Lawson & Son – Alsnow Invincible
4th – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Illustrious
5th – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Inverness
Class Twelve – Bulls born on or between 1 & 15 August 2013
1st – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton International
2nd – DM Lyle – Loganbar Icecold
3rd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Innes
4th – H Goldie – Goldies Ian
5th – Barons Cross Charolais Stud – Charbron Inspired
Class Thirteen – Bulls born on or between 16 & 25 August 2013
1st – H Goldie – Goldies Icon
2nd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Ireland
3rd – H Goldie – Goldies Idole
4th – JH Wilson & Son – Ballinlare Indepence
5th – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Impressario
Class Fourteen – Bulls born on or between 26 August & 4 September 2013
1st – R MacKay – Clyth Indestructable
2nd – RA Milne & Son – Glenlivet Independent
3rd – NF Massie – Blelack Impressive
4th – RS McAskie – Strathisla Icon
5th – DE Evans – Maerdy Isacson
Class Fifteen – Bulls born on or between 5 & 13 September 2013
1st – KC Veitch – Drumlone Inspector
2nd – NF Massie – Blelack Invader
3rd – JH Christie & Son – Westcarse Iceman
4th – J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Institute
5th – Brailes Livestock – Brailes Icecube ET
Class Sixteen – Bulls born on or between 17 & 22 September 2013
1st – NF Massie – Blelack Investment
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Import
3rd – JH Christie & Son – Westcarse Iceberg
4th – PW Vasey – Edenhurst Idealist
5th – C Smeaton & Sons – Bombax Inverarity
Class Seventeen – Bulls born on or between 23 September & 20 October 2013
1st – NF Massie – Blelack Imperialist
2nd – GJ Crawford – Coolnaslee Invincible
3rd – M McGahan – Chunal Impeccable
4th – B Finnegan – Battleford Indiana
5th – J Wylde – Martland Isourman
Class Eighteen – Bulls born on or after 21 October 2013
1st – RA Milne & Son – Elgin Isaac
2nd – O’Kane Bros – Ovill Instant ET
3rd – H Goldie – Goldies Iconic
4th – H Goldie – Goldies Inglebert
5th – H Goldie – Goldies Impress ET
Class Nineteen – Heifers born on or between 14 May 2012 & 16 January 2013
1st – H Goldie – Goldies Happy
2nd – H Goldie – Goldies Havanna
3rd – H Goldie – Goldies Haie
Class Twenty – Heifers born on or after 17 January 2013
1st – B Finnegan – Battleford Inspiration
2nd – JH Christie – Westcarse Iola
3rd – H Goldie – Goldies Isla
4th – J & E Wight – Midshield Indigo ET