November 2015

November 26, 2015 Charolais features in top Scottish beef herds

Congratulations to the Watson family on winning the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

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Peter Watson and his sons, Adam and David who farm 1,350 acres at Darnford, Banchory use Charolais as the terminal sire over their 426 cow Salers cross suckler herd and steers and heifers finish to an average 380kg within 20 months.

Iain Malcolm, Wester Coilechat, Callander was one of the two runners up. Farming 2,700 upland acres, the cattle enterprise includes 190 spring calving Shorthorn cross cows with the majority put to the Charolais. The enterprise is underpinned by a deferred grazing system whereby cattle are wintered on the high hill.

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead who presented the award at Agriscot said: “Family farms like Darnford are the backbone of our livestock industry. This year’s winner and the other finalists should be commended for their commitment to building sustainable and viable farming businesses which auger well for the future of the beef industry in Scotland.”   Peter Watson commented: “We are very much a family-run business and it is great that a commercial enterprise like ours has been recognised in this way. The farm is very much a team effort with the family, sons David and Adam and their wives, Aynsley and Lynne as well as neighbouring farmers, Linda Stewart, Allan Melvin and Grant Milne who are all involved. We have been steadily increasing our herd numbers in recent years and we are confident about the future of our enterprise and in beef production in Scotland and plan to continue to increase our herd size.”

The Agriscot QMS organised award aims to showcase excellence in the production of cattle in Scotland and raise the profile of the dedication and stock management skills behind the production of Scotch Beef. The judges, Robert Neill and Douglas Bell based their decisions on evidence of a high standard of technical and financial performance, uptake of new ideas to improve efficiency and profitability, a high level of health and welfare and a keen eye on the market for the end product. They also looked to gauge the passion and enthusiasm of the farmer, and family and staff where relevant, to efficiently produce high quality animals.


November 20, 2015 Carlisle Charolais sell to 6,200gns

Sale Topper Maerdy Immaculate 6200gns

Sale Topper Maerdy Immaculate 6200gns

Charolais cattle sold to a top price of 5,500gns for bulls and 6,200gns for heifers at the British Charolais Cattle Society’s final sale fixture of the year held in Borderway mart, Carlisle on Friday 20th November.

Commenting on the sale the BCCS chairman Steven Nesbitt said, “The trade for Charolais was satisfactory when considering the financial pressures currently imposed not only on beef enterprises but across all sectors in agriculture”.

Moelfre James 5500gns

Moelfre James 5500gns

Topping the Bulls at 5,500gns was Moelfre James TI +39 SRI +41 exhibited by Kevin Thomas. James who is sired by the 16,000gns Anside Forman and out of the Royal Welsh female champion Moelfre Derwenna went home to Cumnock, Ayrshire with Mr Mair.

Goldies Jimbo 4800gns

Goldies Jimbo 4800gns

Just behind on 4,800gns and purchased by PS Jones, Holyhead, Gwynedd was an entry from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire. Goldies Jimbo TI +68 SRI +63 is a son of Blelack Digger and out of a homebred dam going back to Blelack Blackberet.

Ellerton Jaguar 4800gns

Ellerton Jaguar 4800gns

Matching the 4,800gns price tag was Ellerton Jaguar sired by Elgin Davinci and out of a homebred Simpsons Gregg daughter. Jaguar was offered by A Brown, Selby, Yorkshire and he caught the eye of W Hird, Wigton, Cumbria.

Champion Hackleton Idris 4500gns

Champion Hackleton Idris 4500gns

The Champion Hackleton Idris was also a son of Elgin Davinci. Exhibited by Hackleton Farms, Hackleton, Northamptonshire and purchased by J Wardlaw and Son, Balerno, Mid Lothian he has previous been awarded the championship accolade at the Three Counties Show.

Coolnaslee Jimbob 3200gns Reserve Champion

Reserve Champion Coolnaslee Jimbob 3200gns

Three bulls then achieved 3,200gns apiece. The first to go was the Reserve Champion from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. Coolnaslee Jimbob TI +50 SRI +42 a son of the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend went home to Preston, Lancashire with W Holloway.

Next to purchase was G & G Law, New Milns, Aryshire who bought Rogans Joules TI +46 SRI +50, sired by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan and shown by J Wainwright, Bishop Wilton, East Yorkshire.

Also selling at the same price was Bassett John from Jean Atkinson, Malton, North Yorkshire. This 16 month old, sired by the 10,000gns Harestone Domino was knocked down to DT and G Young, Wigton, Cumbria.

M and J Hayhurst, Malton, North Yorkshire then received 3,000gns for their Blelack Digger son Whitecliffe Jago TI +55 SRI +54 from W and JA Longlands, Hexham, Northumberland.

Also selling to the same price was Scalehouses Jaffa, sired by Huntershield Eddison and exhibited by P Stobart, Carlisle, Cumbria, staying local when snapped up by W and N Donald and Son, Penrith.

Female Champion Wissington Jessica 4,200gns

Female Champion Wissington Jessica 4,200gns

In a small collective female section the Wissington herd owned by John and Jenny Rix dominated the show and sale. Their champion heifer Wissington Jessica TI +44 SRI +45 a January 2014-born daughter of Goldies Eddy sold for the top price of 4,200gns to the judge Jack Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire.

The same vendor’s reserve female champion went on to sell for 3,000gns to TA Jones and son, Carmarthen, Dyfed. The 21 month old Wissington Juniper TI +53 SRI +52 is sired by Gretnahouse Ferdinand and out of a homebred dam going back to Goldies Cassanova.

At 3,300gns was a cow and calf outfit from Mrs VJ Edgar, Grange over Sands, Cumbria. Fairway Canadianhigh sired by Fairway Trumpeter was purchased by GW and L Marsay, Billingham Co Durham, whilst her nine month old bull calf, sired by Alwent Goldbar went home with J and W Bracewell, Bacup, Lancashire.

An added feature was the production sale from Esmor Evans of the Maerdy herd from Mold, Flint. Mr Evans offered his complete crop of two and three year old heifers which sold to the highest price of the day at 6,200gns. The star of the section was Maerdy Immaculate (pictured top), a 26 month old sired by the home-bred Maerdy Dynamite and a dam going back to the French sire Maerdy Padirac, she was purchased by Boden and Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire.

Next to go and knocked down at 5,300gns to W and CS Robb, Mauchline, Ayrshire was the Maerdy Blackout daughter Maerdy Iboo. The same buyer also purchased Maerdy Hideout sired by Maerdy Grimaldi for 3,400gns.

Maerdy Isotope 4200gns

Maerdy Isotope 4200gns

Another Dynamite daughter sold for 4,200gns, Maerdy Isotope was purchased by Mr CO McAskie Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Going home with TA Jones and Son, to Carmarthen, Dyfed at 4,000gns was the Sept 2013-born Maerdy Isopod sired by Maerdy Gouverneur.

At 3,900gns was a daughter of the 16,000gns supreme Perth champion Maerdy Naser. Maerdy Inula caught the eye of B and M Frost, Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Maerdy Implant 3,800gns

Maerdy Implant 3,800gns

The final bidders were M and C Millar, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, who purchased Maerdy Implant who is sired by the Ireland National Show champion Baladin.

Averages: 18 Bulls £3360, 36 Maerdy Heifers, £2681, 4 Cracker Females £2940, 2 Unhaltered Females £2861.25.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

Show Results

Champion
Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Idris ET – s. Elgin Davinci
Reserve Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Jimbob – s. Maerdy Fiend

Female Champion
Jenny Rix – Wissington Jessica – s. Goldies Eddy
Reserve Female Champion
Jenny Rix – Wissington Juniper – Gretnahouse Ferdinand

Class One – Bull born on or between 20/05/2013 & 25/03/2014
1st – Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Idris ET – s. Elgin Davinci
2nd – PM & PM Rhodes – Arglam Judge – s. Marwood Davinci
3rd – Kevin Thomas – Moelfre Jamil – s. Anside Foreman
4th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jimbo – Blelack Digger
5th – S & A Bellew – Kiltybane Jason ET – Corrie Alan

Class Two – Bull born on or between 26/03/2014 & 20/04/2014
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jetset ET – Killadeas Legend
2nd – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Jetsetter – Newhouse Bigal
3rd – E Smith & Son – Southwillow Jimson – Gretnahouse Dallagio
4th – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Joules – Marwood Grandslam
5th – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Jollyroger – Burradon Goldenballs

Class Three – Bull born on or between 21/04/2014 & 19/05/2014
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Jimbob – s. Maerdy Fiend
2nd – Kevin Thomas – Moelfre James – s. Anside Foreman
3rd – A Brown – Ellerton Jaguar – s. Elgin Davinci
4th – M & J Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Jago – s. Blelack Digger
5th – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Jason – s. Alwent Goldbar

Class Four – Bull born on or between 20/05/2014 & 10/06/2014
1st – Kevin Thomas – Moelfre Jenson – s. Anside Foreman
2nd – J Wainwright – Rogans Joules – s. Corrie Alan
3rd – P Stobart – Scalehouses Jaffa – s. Huntershield Eddison
4th – Kevin Thomas – Moelfre Jason – s. Anside Foreman
5th – MJ & JE Graham – Ellendale Jackpot – s. Alwent Goldbar

Class Five – Bull born on or between 11/06/2014 & 15/08/2014
1st – S & A Bellew – Kiltybane Jumper – s. Plexus
2nd – S & R Thompson – Altnaveigh Jaapsam – s. Alwent Goldbar
3rd – Jean Atkinson – Bassett John – s. Harestone Domino
4th – H & J Patrick – s. Easthook Jizzum – s. Thrunton Baron
5th – H & J Patrick – s. Easthook Jagerbomb – s. Thrunton Baron

Class Six – Senior Heifer
1st – Jenny Rix – Wissington Jessica – s. Goldies Eddy
2nd – Jenny Rix – Wissington Juniper – Gretnahouse Ferdinand
3rd – Barons Cross Charolais Stud – Charbron Joyofjoys – s. Vexour Freddy
4th – Barons Cross Charolais Stud – Charbron Julianna – s. Vexour Freddy

Class Seven – Junior Heifer
1st – Jenny Rix – Delarey Juanita – s. Thrunton Galaxy
2nd – Jenny Rix – Wissington Julia – Thrunton Galaxy

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November 16, 2015 Border Agri-Expo

Paul Stobart from the Border Charolais club accepted the award for the best breed Society stand in the beef and sheep section at Border Agri-Expo. Pictured right.

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November 16, 2015 Managing Charolais crosses to meet the new abattoir spec

Are the new abattoir specifications threating the use of Continental beef sires? The Watson family, of Darnford, Banchory, winners of the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year 2015 have proved that a planned management and nutrition strategy results in their Charolais cross steers and heifers adequately finished and averaging 380kg deadweight within 20 months.

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Recent changes to abattoir grading systems, and reduced upper weight limits for carcasses, have the potential to have a significant impact on beef production systems and the choice of genetics used within the suckler herd, writes Harbro’s Willie Thomson.

The success of breeding programmes and indices focussed on lean meat output and eye-muscle size has resulted in continental-sired cattle easily achieving lean carcasses at heavy weights (over 450kg deadweight). This has been readily adopted by beef producers to maximise output for both the suckler breeder and finisher, but has created growing problems in the meat industry as muscle size, particularly for high value steaks, has led to serious issues with pack size and portion cost.

In response to these challenges a growing number of abattoirs have responded by implementing upper weight limits on carcasses (many of these limits had been in place previously but never rigorously applied) in an attempt to pull down the number of carcasses causing significant problems.

This has seen upper limits reduced from 450kg to 420kg and even 400kg deadweight. There are discussions ongoing which suggest this limit may be reduced even further by certain abattoirs.

This creates a bit of a problem for breeders of continental sires. The very success of maximising lean gain may well create a scenario which generates greater uptake of smaller, native breeds.

The maximum weight issue is big enough without the additional concerns being raised by the increasing use of VIA grading in abattoirs and the apparent increase in the number of very lean (fat grades 1 and 2) carcasses, particularly for young bulls. We are now in the scenario where the top continental-sired barley bulls, which cannot be sold before 12 months as beef, have a carcass weight in the penalty band but yet have not achieved sufficient fat cover to be sold. You could argue that continental breeders have been too successful in achieving their goals!

So, what is the future for the continental sire?

The table below highlights the crux of the issue – that continental sires are associated with improved output of the steer and heifer; the issue is one of how to manage the progeny to fit market specifications.

 

Steer Heifer Average Av annual output
Breed Wt Age Wt Age Wt Age
Charolais 397 716 333 655 365 686 194
Continental 2 382 734 320 680 351 707 181
Native 1 352 731 301 670 327 701 170
Native 2 343 729 297 724 320 727 161

Arguably, one of the greatest inefficiencies within the UK beef industry is our sub-optimal output from heifers; any move away from continental sires threatens to exacerbate this. Whilst there is no doubt that the abattoirs need to control the specification of their input we are in the fortunate position where there is scope for the industry to compensate for the potential loss of output arising from lighter steer carcasses by focussing on improving the output from heifers. The same issue of lean carcasses which must be addressed for steers creates a huge advantage in producing greater levels of lean output from the heifer.

So, what can be done?

The following graph shows the variation in output from Scottish finishers producing Charolais cross steers. You can see the spread being presented to the abattoir, and possibly why they are imposing restrictions. However you can also see that there are a number of producers using the Charolais breed to produce average steer carcass weights within specification and at the same time utilising the excellent rapid growth associated with the breed.

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In particular I have highlighted the producers targeting steer carcasses between 380kg and 420kg, but also achieving below average days to slaughter. If the strength of the breed is to be demonstrated by fast, efficient growth, these producers provide a potential blueprint for the management strategies required in future.

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Willie ThomsonDavid Mackenzie November 2015

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November 16, 2015 Northern Ireland Beef Expo, Pedigree Calf Fair, 14 November

Semnior Champion Coolnaslee Julie

Semnior Champion Coolnaslee Julie

Senior Champion Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Julie – s. Barnsford Ferny Reserve Senior Champion Sean McGovern – Ratoary Justrite ET – s. Lochend Apache

Junior Champion Brigadoon Lolly

Junior Champion Brigadoon Lolly

Junior Champion WF & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lolly – s. Brigadoon Himself Reserve Junior Champion Pat Hackett – Fury Leader – s. Crossmolina Euro

Bull, born on between 01/09/2014 and 31/12/2014 1st – Sean McGovern – Ratoary Justrite ET – s. Lochend Apache 2nd – Sean McGovern – Ratoary Jackwillis ET – s. Lochend Apache 3rd – John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Jura – s. Elgin Davinci

Heifer, born on or between 01/09/2014 & 31/12/2014 1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Julie – s. Barnsford Ferny 2nd – Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Jodie ET – s. Goldstar Echo 3rd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Jade – s. Gwenog Braveheart

Bull, born between 01/01/2015 & 31/03/2015 1st – Pat Hackett – Fury Leader – s. Crossmolina Euro 2nd – JS Smyth – Bessiebell Luigi – s. Alwent Goldbar 3rd – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Larry – s. Goldstar Hugo

Heifer, born on or between 01/01/2015 & 31/03/2015 1st – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Lily – s. Blackford Dynamite 2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lady – s. Brigadoon Himself 3rd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Lady – s. Blackford Dynamite

Bull calf, born on or after 01/04/2015 1st – Niall Quinn – Hillviewfarm Limitededition – s. Inverlochy Ferdie 2nd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Louis – s. Gwenog Braveheart 3rd – Sean McGovern – Ratoary Logan – s. Ratoary Honkydory

Heifer calf, born on or after 01/04/2015 1st – WF & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lolly – s. Brigadoon Himself 2nd – Will Short – Woodpark Louise – s. Corrie Alan 3rd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Louise – s. Brigadoon Himself

 


November 16, 2015 Stars of the Future Show at Stirling 14 November

Charolais senior honours went to the senior female champion, Tweeddale Jazzylady from Redhead and Watson, with this being a Blelack Digger daughter. Reserve senior was Andrew Hornall’s Falleninch Jeroboam, the senior bull champion by Deteskit Fernando. Taking reserve senior female honours was Formakin Juniper, a Major daughter from Messrs McMurrich. Then in reserve in the senior males was Carwood Jagerbomb, a Glenrock Eiger son from the Wights.

Tweeddale Jazzylady

Tweeddale Jazzylady

Leading the way in the Charolais junior championship was Auchincrieve Lavender, an Olrig Highwayman heifer from C and E McCombie, with Andrew Hornall’s bull Falleninch Landslide taking the junior male and reserve junior titles. He’s by Deteskit Fernando. The reserve junior female was Dunesk Lulu from Jimmy and Margaret McMillan, with this being by Brampton Albert. Then in reserve spot in the junior males was Panmure Lincoln from J Cant and sired by Thrunton Firecracker.

Also congratulations to Stephen Taylor who won the young handlers competition.

Report courtesy of United Auctions

Auchencrieve Lavender

Auchencrieve Lavender

Charolais Class Results:
Bulls, born on or between 03/07/2014 & 04/09/2014
1st – A Hornall – Falleninch Jeroboam – s. Dereskit Fernando
2nd – C Wight – Carwood Jagerbomb – s. Glenrock Eiger
3rd – R Milne – Elgin Jaguar – s. Caylers Gladiator

Bulls, born on or between 23/09/2014 & 05/12/2014
1st – J Cant – Panmure Jaguar – s. Thrunton Firecracker
2nd – R Milne – Elgin Jagger – s. Blelack Blackberet
3rd – J Sawrij – Swalesmoor Jura – s. Balmyle Headline

Heifers, born on or between 01/08/2014 & 20/09/2014
1st – Redhead & Watson – Tweeddale Jazzylady – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – McMurrich Partnership – Formakin Juniper – s. Major
3rd – D Muirhead – Firhills Jessica – s. Maerd Grenadier

Heifers, born on or between 01/10/2014 & 08/12/2014
1st – Redhead & Watson – Tweeddale Jadore – s. Blelack Blackberet
2nd – Redhead & Watson – Tweeddale Jaquleine – s. Blelack Blackberet
3rd – Redhead & Watson – Tweeddale Jalien – s. Blelack Blackberet

Bulls, born on or between 02/01/2015 & 22/01/2015
1st – A Hornall – Falleninch Landslide – s. Dereskit Fernando
2nd – J Cant – Panmure Lincoln – s. Thrunton Firecracker
3rd – McMurrich Partnership – Formakin Lasvagas – s. Dingle Hofmeister

Bulls, born on or between 02/03/2015 & 09/06/2015
1st – J Cant – Panmure Lionel – s. Thrunton Firecracker
2nd – A MacPherson – Blackford Leonardo – s. Elgin Davinci
3rd – A Hornall – Falleninch Lyle – s. Dereskit Fernando

Heifers, born on or between 01/01/2015 & 23/01/2015
1st – McMurrich Partnership – Formakin Licorice – s. Balthayock Matthew
2nd – A Hornall – Falleninch Libby – s. Dereskit Fernando
3rd – A Hornall – Falleninch Leona – s. Dereskit Fernando

Heifers, born on or between 02/02/2015 & 04/03/2015
1st – J & M McMillan – Dunesk Lulu – s. Brampton Albert
2nd – J & M McMillan – Dunesk Lady – s. Balthayock Hamish
3rd – J Morris – Olrig Lexie – s. Blelack Digger

Heifers, born on or between 12/03/2015 & 06/04/2015
1st – A Ivory – Cardean Lily – s. Goldies Eddy
2nd – J & E Wight – Midshield Lassy – s. Alwent Goldbar
3rd – J Wight & Sons – Midlock Linda – s. Elrick Highlander

Heifers, born on or between 10/04/2015 & 27/04/2015
1st – C & E McCombie – Auchincrieve Lavender – s. Olrig Highwayman
2nd – J Irvine – Inverlochy Lily – s. Maerdy Eryr
3rd – C & E McCombie – Auchincrieve Louise – s. Olrig Highwayman


November 9, 2015 Charolais bulls in high demand at Dungannon

There was a brisk trade for Charolais bulls at Dungannon on the 6 November when 22 bulls sold to an average of £2928 and a top price of 5,200gns.

Prices peaked at 5,200gns for T O’Neill, Claudy, Co Derry and his class winner Glenramble Jonah TI +51 SRI +48. This 17 month old son of Alwent Goldbar was purchased by James McCracken, Bellarena, Co Derry.

Glenramble Jonah at 5,200gns

Glenramble Jonah at 5,200gns

Mr McCracken’s other purchase at 4,300gns was another Goldbar son, the 15 month old reserve male champion Mullanary Jethro, out of a homebred dam going back to Celtic Bigboy and exhibited by Richard and Paula Hill, Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

Mullinary Jethro the reserve male champion at 4,300gns

Mullinary Jethro the reserve male champion at 4,300gns

Next, selling to John Butler, Ballycastle, Co Antrim for 4,000gns came Brigadoon Jupiter, sired by Royal Capitan and exhibited by WD and JA Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down.

Brigadoon Jupiter at 4,000gns

Brigadoon Jupiter at 4,000gns

The supreme champion from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry also secured 4,000gns. Coolnaslee Jackal TI +39 SRI +36, a 14 month old son of the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend went home with John McBride, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone.

Coolnaslee Jackal the supreme champion at 4,000gns

Coolnaslee Jackal the supreme champion at 4,000gns

Mr Crawford also sold the 18 month old Coolnaslee Jefferson sired by the 13,000gns Conval Frank. He was purchased by Malcom Donnelly, Cookstown, Co Tyrone for 2,600gns.

Next at 3,800gns knocked down to Malcolm Fleming, Magherfelt, Co Derry was the 17 month old Admachree Jim TI +66 SRI +59, sired by Blelack Digger and exhibited by Aaron Quigley, Macken, Co Fermanagh.

Ardmachree Jim at 3,800gns

Ardmachree Jim at 3,800gns

Bushmills Jose sired by Lissadoair Eden from Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills, Co Antrim was next selling at 3,000gns to Charles Kennedy, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.

A bid of 2,700gns was paid for the first prize winning Drumilly Jackthelad from Jeremy Paynter, Hockley, Co Armagh. This 18 month old sired by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat went home with Timothy Wray, Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Drumilly Jackthelad at 2,500gns

Drumilly Jackthelad at 2,500gns

Three bulls were purchased for 2,500gns. The first, exhibited by S & A Bellew, Newry, Co Down was Kiltybane Jonathon, a son of the 10,000gns supreme Perth champion Thrunton Bonjovi. He sold to Joseph McDonnell, Fvemiletown, Co Tyrone. Next came an Alwent Goldbar son, Altnacree Jonas TI +46 SRI +45 from O Kerrigan and J Conn, Strabane, Co Tyrone who was purchased by James McArthur, Limavady, Co Derry. A final bid of 2,500gns was paid by Shane McCulloch, Crumlin, Co Antrim for Burnside Jagermeister, another son of Clyth Diplomat from Brian McAllister and Son, Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Female Section

Leading the bids for the females at 3,200gns was the female and reserve supreme champion from LA Richardson and son, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh. Hillviewfarm Jolene, a 19 month old daughter of the 19,000gns Corrie Alan caught the eye of John McGrath, Omagh, Co Tyrone

Hillviewfarm Jolene female champion at 3,200gns

Hillviewfarm Jolene female champion at 3,200gns

Just behind on 3,100gns and purchased Mr Caraher, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh was Solitude Imogen TI +48 SRI +42. This class winner is sired by the home-bred 32,000gns supreme Perth champion Solitude Attaboy and was exhibited by John McMordie, Newtownards, Co Down.

Averages: 22 bulls £2,928, five females £2404.50

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart

Solitude Imogen at 3,100gns

Solitude Imogen at 3,100gns

Show Results Dungannon Friday 6 November 2015

Supreme Champion GJ Crawford – Coolnaslee Jackal – s. Maerdy Fiend
Reserve Supreme Champion
LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Jolene – s. Corrie Alan ET

Male Champion GJ Crawford – Coolnaslee Jackal – s. Maerdy Fiend
Reserve Male Champion R & P Hill – Mullanary Jethro – s. Alwent Goldbar ET

Female Champion LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Jolene – s. Corrie Alan ET
Reserve Female Champion
KC Veitch – Drumlone Jade – s. Kelton Trident

Class One – Bulls Born on or between 31/01/2014 & 16/04/2014 1st – GJ Crawford – Coolnaslee Jungle – s. Ballindalloch Ufo 2nd – GJ Crawford – Coolnaslee Jefferson – s. Conval Frank 3rd – WG & JJ Connolly – Brigadoon Jupiter – s. Royal Capitan Class Two – Bulls Born on or between 19/04/2014 & 11/05/2014 1st – JR Paynter – Drumilly Jackthelad – s. Clyth Diplomat 2nd – S & R Thompson – Altnaveigh Jack – s. Moncur General 3rd – L Johnston – Mountain Jimbob – s. Lisbawn Valour Class Three – Bulls Born on or between 22/05/2014 & 09/06/2014 1st – T O’Neill – Glenramble Jonah – s. Alwent Goldbar ET 2nd – Victor Chestnutt – Bushmills Jose – s. Lissadoair Eden ET 3rd – O Kerrigan & J Conn – Altnacree Jonas – s. Alwent Goldbar ET Class Four – Bulls Born on or between 14/06/2014 & 18/07/2014 1st – R & P Hill – Mullanary Jethro – s. Alwent Goldbar ET 2nd – B McAllister & Son – Burnside Jumper – s. Conval Frank 3rd – R McWilliams – Stranagone James – s. Elgin Davinci Class Five – Bulls Born on or between 26/07/2014 & 25/10/2014 1st – GJ Crawford – Coolnaslee Jackal – s. Maerdy Fiend 2nd – B McAllister & Son – Burnside Jagermeister – s. Clyth Diplomat 3rd – S McCaughey – Fymore Jazzy – s. Gower Blingbling

Class Six – Females born on or between 15/10/2013 & 25/12/2013 1st – J & W McMordie – Solitude Imogen – s. Solitude Attaboy 2nd – JA Erskine – Dartonhall Ivonne – s. Prime Roberto Class Seven – Females born on or between 26/01/2014 & 15/04/2014 1st – LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Jolene – s. Corrie Alan ET 2nd – KC Veitch – Drumlone Jade – s. Kelton Trident 3rd – J McBride – Moorlough Jenna – s. Clyth Diplomat Class Eight – Females born on or between 05/06/2014 & 08/08/2014 1st – J McBride – Moorlough Jessie – s. Vexour Freddy


November 9, 2015 Welsh bred Charolais – Maerdy heifer production sale

Maerdy genetics from one of the principal Welsh Charolais herds are predicted to be in high demand when the entire portion of two/ three year old heifers come under the hammer at Carlisle on Friday 20 November. The production sale will comprise 64 heifers.

Maerdy Jerusalem made 28,000gns at Stirling OCtober 2015

Maerdy Jerusalem made 28,000gns at Stirling OCtober 2015

The Maerdy herd, owned and bred by Esmor Evans of Mold, Flintshire, now runs at 160 cows after being established in 1974. Esmor said: “We chose to develop a herd of Charolais as its was and still is the dominant beef breed – offering the best growth rates for age and a carcass to suit commercial purposes.”

The sale offers breeders an unrivalled opportunity to add leading dam lines to their herds, as Esmor explained: “As our main cattleman has left us, we’ve made the decision to reduce the number of breeding females and having a complete and genuine sale of all two to three year old heifers seemed the most honest way to go about it. We have been very selective over the years and would happily breed from any of the heifers on offer. They have not been pushed due to the short notice of the sale but will be all the better for that for the prospective buyers.”

Maerdy is well known across the UK with an outstanding pedigree in both the show and sale rings. “For me the highlight has to be setting a new breed record price of 56,000gns for Maerdy Director in 1989 at Perth bull sales, a record that stood for over 20 years. That was a huge amount of money at the time and I was very proud to maintain that record for so long.” Maerdy genetics continue to be in demand with the 17 month old Maerdy Jerusalem TI+73 SRI +72 realising 28,000gns at last month’s Stirling bull sales. Esmor continued: “In the show ring we’ve been lucky enough to win interbreeds at the Royal Show and Royal Welsh Show, as well as many other breed and interbreed titles nationwide including nine Perth and Stirling champions starting with Maerdy Victorious in 1985.”


November 6, 2015 Welshpool Charolais peak at 6,000gns

Charolais cattle sold to a top price of 6,000gns with a bull clearance rate of 70% at the official Society sale at Welshpool on Thursday 5th November.

The Champions from left to right: Tom Cox (judge) Glandan Lewis, Cyril Millar (BCCS President) Tom Boden with the champion Sportsmans Juggernaut, Gareth Jones with the reserve champion Esgob Jeep, Jonathan Guy (sponsor) and Richard Evans

The Champions from left to right: Tom Cox (judge) Glandan Lewis, Cyril Millar (BCCS President) Tom Boden with the champion Sportsmans Juggernaut, Gareth Jones with the reserve champion Esgob Jeep, Jonathan Guy (sponsor) and Richard Evans

The sale topper at 6,000gns came from the Midas dispersal sale on behalf of Roger, Cath and Drew Coppinger of Edstaston, Shropshire. Midas Cath by the 15,000gns Carlisle Supreme Champion Burradon Talisman and her five month old heifer calf Midas Likenoother by Alwent Goldbar were purchased by WJ Lewis, Brecon, Powys.

Midas Cath

Midas Cath

Sarkley Jinsky

Sarkley Jinsky

The Coppinger’s sold three more cow and calf outfits all with calves sired by Alwent Goldbar. Firstly was the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister daughter Midas Hilda TI +48 SRI +52 and her nine month old bull calf Midas Luke who went home with Andrew Sellick, Knutsford, Cheshire at 3,600gns.

Also at the same price was Midas Fifi TI +42 SRI +43 sired by the 25,000gns Supreme Perth Champion Goldies Unbeatable, being purchased by GR Gould, Minehead, Somerset and her 8 month old daughter Midas Lily who went home with VAS Corbett, Knighton, Powys.

Midas Lily

Midas Lily

Midas Likenoother

Midas Likenoother

Another Midas pair sold for a total of 3,500gns. HP Thomas, Brecon, Powys purchased Midas Fantastic TI +55 SRI +45 sired by Mowbraypark Paramount, whilst her nine month old bull calf was bought by HM Griffiths, Felinfach, Lampeter.

The Mortimers Farm, Eastleigh, Hampshire sold cows and calves to a top price 3,200gns for Mortimers Hologram TI +39 SRI +44 by Balthayock Aesop and her 9 month old bull calf Mortimers Lysander sired by the home-bred Mortimers Invincible, purchased by JT and AW Davies, Llangedwyn, Shropshire.

Mortimers’ also sold cows with calves for 3,050gns and 2,800gns respectively. The Seawell Icon daughter Mortimers Gracious and her 11 month old heifer calf Mortimers Juliet by the South East calf show champion Mortimers Hurricane caught the eye of MA Swistun, Gower, Swansea. Then GR Gould, Minehead, Somerset took home Mortimers Feisty by the 12,000gns Cleffany Spitfire and her six month old Mortimers Invincible son Mortimers Lively.

In the female collective section GM Jones, Bala, Gwynedd secured the highest price of 4,000gns from DH Jones, Ceredigion for his in-calf heifer Esgob Ivonne by the 26,000gns Anside Excalibur.

Then Rachel Dawson, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire purchased the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger daughter Cloybank Inlove from RM and G Hughes, Owestry, Shropshire for 3,000gns.

Leading the bids for the bulls at 4,400gns was the 15 month old class winning Sarkley Jinsky TI +47 SRI +37 from EH Pennie and Son, Montgomery, Powys. Jinsky who is sired by Lisnagre Elite ET and out of a homebred dam going back to Doonally New was purchased by JM and BJ Langford and Son, Newtown, Powys.

Four bulls sold for 4,200gns. The first was the 20 month old Blelack Digger son Hendy Jeffrey TI +55 SRI +56 who was purchased from JAW Rees, Lanidloes, Powys by ASL Evans, Aberystwyth, Dyfed.

Next, exhibited by GG Morris, Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire, was Cargriff Jupline TI +48 SRI +45 a son of Alwent Goldbar who had earlier won his class. He went home with R, CW and RW Jones, Llanbedrop, Gwynedd.

The 17 month old Holtstead Jefferson TI +68 SRI +65 sired by Blelack Digger was next to sell at the same price for F, J and EC Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire and was purchased by HE Williams and Son, Craven Arms, Shropshire.

This price was matched by AG and EL Jones, Llangwm, Corwen for another class winner Dooley Jemphasis by Guthrie Fernando from David Thornley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

Then Boden and Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire sold their 17 month old Blelack Digger son Sportsmans Justice TI +55 SRI +53 for 4,000gns to WJ and EA Lewis, Bryncoch, Neath.

Selling at 3,700gns to WET and JA Pugh, Rhayader, Powys was the 14 month old Maerdy Junior TI +57 SRI +54 sired by Maerdy Gouverneur and exhibited by DE Evans, Mold, Flintshire.

Two bulls were knocked down for 3,500gns. BA & PT Heath, Hartfield, East Sussex offered the first, Sackville Julius TI +61 SRI +56. This 21 month old Blelack Digger son went to R Reynolds, Knighton, Powys. At the same price tag was the 18 month old Louis Jarrow, sired by Thrunton Fitzroy, sold by PW Greed, Exeter, Devon to with G and H Jeriman, Newtown, Powys.

Averages: 26 bulls £3,436. Females: Seven heifers £2445, Midas Dispersal: five Cows and Calves £3969, seven heifers £1694, Mortimers Draft: three Cows and Calves £3167.50

Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales

Hendy Jeffrey

Hendy Jeffrey

Cargriff Jupline

Cargriff Jupline

Holstead Jefferson

Holstead Jefferson

Sportsmans Justice

Sportsmans Justice

Dooley Jemphasis

Dooley Jemphasis

Sarkley Jinsky

Sarkley Jinsky

Show Results Welshpool Thursday 5 November 2015

 

The champion Sportsmans Juggernaut made 3,000gns

The champion Sportsmans Juggernaut made 3,000gns

The reserve champion Esgob Jeep made 3,200gns

The reserve champion Esgob Jeep made 3,200gns

Supreme Champion Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Juggernaut – s. Goldie Eddy
Reserve Supreme Champion
GM Jones – Esgob Jeep – s. Anside Excalibur

Female Champion JS Howells – Gwenog Icing – s. Thrunton Classic
Reserve Female Champion
A & M Williams – Castellmawr Imogen – s. Lisnagre Elite ET

Class One – Bulls Born on or between 14/12/2013 & 28/02/2014
1st – GM Jones – Esgob Jeep – s. Anside Excalibur
2nd – JAW Rees – Hendy Jeffrey – s. Blelack Digger
3rd – BA & PT Heath – Sackville Julius – s. Blelack Digger
4th – SJ Goddard – Maynestone Ironman ET – s. Derryharney Outstanding
5th – NP Jones – Waterman Jones – s. Farleycopse Gareth

Class Two – Bulls Born on or between 01/03/2014 & 17/04/2014
1st – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Juggernaut – s. Goldie Eddy
2nd – Mrs A Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Juniper – s. Wesley Forceful
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Jonathan – s. Elgin Fergal
4th – PC Weston – Finnwest Jezz – s. Brailes Asteroid
5th – IN Hollinshead – Allostock Jacob – s. Goldie Eddy

Class Three – Bulls Born on or between 18/04/2014 & 06/05/2014
1st – GG Morris – Cargriff Jupline – s. Alwent Goldbar ET
2nd – PW Greed – Louis Jarrow – s. Thrunton Fitzroy
3rd – A & M Williams – Castellmawr Jack – s. Goldstar Gentleman
4th – Mr & Mrs A White – Balbithan Jackfrost – s. Loganbar Goran
5th – RJB & AM Tucker – Gower Juggler – s. Alwent Goldbar ET

Class Four – Bulls Born on or between 07/05/2014 & 31/05/2014
1st – David Thornley – Dooley Jemphasis – s. Guthrie Fernando
2nd – PJ Maher – Roscrea Jonah – s. Farleycopse Turbo
3rd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Justice – s. Blelack Digger
4th – F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Jefferson – s. Blelack Digger 

Class Five – Bulls Born on or between 01/06/2014 & 07/07/2014
1st – David Thornley – Dooley Jake – s. Guthrie Fernando
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Julep – s. Maerdy Dynamite
3rd – WF Palmer & Son – Trenestrall Jiggy – s. Trenestrall Frank
4th – SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Jive ET – s. Kilcullen Ted ET

Class Six – Bulls Born on or after 08/07/2014
1st – EH Pennie & Son – Sarkley Jinsky – s. Lisnagre Elite ET
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Junior – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Jeancvd – s. Balmyle Harlequin
4th – IN Hollinshead – Moelfre Jackpot – s. Anside Foreman
5th – IN Hollinshead – Allostock Joey – s. Alwent Goldbar ET

Class Seven – Heifers
1st – JS Howells – Gwenog Icing – s. Thrunton Classic
2nd – A & M Williams – Castellmawr Imogen – s. Lisnagre Elite ET

The Midas Team

The Midas Team

Around the ringside

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November 5, 2015 Welshpool Sale 5th November 2015

Show Results

Supreme Champion
Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Juggernaut – s. Goldie Eddy
Reserve Supreme Champion
GM Jones – Esgob Jeep – s. Anside Excalibur

Female Champion
JS Howells – Gwenog Icing – s. Thrunton Classic
Reserve Female Champion
A & M Williams – Castellmawr Imogen – s. Lisnagre Elite ET

Class One – Bulls Born on or between 14/12/2013 & 28/02/2014
1st – GM Jones – Esgob Jeep – s. Anside Excalibur
2nd – JAW Rees – Hendy Jeffrey – s. Blelack Digger
3rd – BA & PT Heath – Sackville Julius – s. Blelack Digger
4th – SJ Goddard – Maynestone Ironman ET – s. Derryharney Outstanding
5th – NP Jones – Waterman Jones – s. Farleycopse Gareth

Class Two – Bulls Born on or between 01/03/2014 & 17/04/2014
1st – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Juggernaut – s. Goldie Eddy
2nd – Mrs A Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Juniper – s. Wesley Forceful
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Jonathan – s. Elgin Fergal
4th – PC Weston – Finnwest Jezz – s. Brailes Asteroid
5th – IN Hollinshead – Allostock Jacob – s. Goldie Eddy

Class Three – Bulls Born on or between 18/04/2014 & 06/05/2014
1st – GG Morris – Cargriff Jupline – s. Alwent Goldbar ET
2nd – PW Greed – Louis Jarrow – s. Thrunton Fitzroy
3rd – A & M Williams – Castellmawr Jack – s. Goldstar Gentleman
4th – Mr & Mrs A White – Balbithan Jackfrost – s. Loganbar Goran
5th – RJB & AM Tucker – Gower Juggler – s. Alwent Goldbar ET

Class Four – Bulls Born on or between 07/05/2014 & 31/05/2014
1st – David Thornley – Dooley Jemphasis – s. Guthrie Fernando
2nd – PJ Maher – Roscrea Jonah – s. Farleycopse Turbo
3rd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Justice – s. Blelack Digger
4th – F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Jefferson – s. Blelack Digger

Class Five – Bulls Born on or between 01/06/2014 & 07/07/2014
1st – David Thornley – Dooley Jake – s. Guthrie Fernando
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Julep – s. Maerdy Dynamite
3rd – WF Palmer & Son – Trenestrall Jiggy – s. Trenestrall Frank
4th – SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Jive ET – s. Kilcullen Ted ET

Class Six – Bulls Born on or after 08/07/2014
1st – EH Pennie & Son – Sarkley Jinsky – s. Lisnagre Elite ET
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Junior – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Jeancvd – s. Balmyle Harlequin
4th – IN Hollinshead – Moelfre Jackpot – s. Anside Foreman
5th – IN Hollinshead – Allostock Joey – s. Alwent Goldbar ET

Class Seven – Heifers
1st – JS Howells – Gwenog Icing – s. Thrunton Classic
2nd – A & M Williams – Castellmawr Imogen – s. Lisnagre Elite ET


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