October 2017

October 23, 2017 Demand for Charolais increases dramatically at Stirling

Tuesday 24 October saw a flying trade for Charolais bulls with 85 sold, averaging £6,079 (£405 up on the year for two more) and a whopping 19% increase on last year’s clearance rate to 82%. Prices peaked at 12,000gns twice and seven were sold for 10,000gns and above with a further 14 making over 8,000gns.

Society chief Peter Phythian commented that “We can attribute the demand for Charolais bulls to the success we are seeing in the suckler and store markets. The breed’s focus has been on improving calving ease and this combined with quicker finishing times and higher prices for Charolais sired progeny across the country, has seen both our averages and clearance rates increase at every Society sale this year”.

Maerdy Majestic - 12,000gns

Maerdy Majestic – 12,000gns

The first of the 12,000gns bulls was an entry from Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire. The 17-month-old Maerdy Magestic is sired by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion and Highland Show beef breeder continental champion Maerdy Grenadier, and goes back on the home-bred dams side to the French bred Victorieux. His new owners are Colin and Fiona Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Sportsmans Monarch - 12,000gns

Sportsmans Monarch – 12,000gns

The second to hit the 12,000gns mark was the youngest and final lot of the sale. Sportsmans Monarch who was tapped out first in his class at previous days show, is a son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion, Barnsford Ferny and Sportsmans Honeydew who in turn is sired by 45,000gns Stirling junior champion, Maerdy Express. The 15-month-old Monarch was bred and exhibited by Boden and Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire, and heads over the water to work for John McGrath in Dromore, Co Tyrone. This is the first ever stock-bull purchase for John, who has previously served on the BCCS council, is a former Chairman of the Northern Ireland Charolais club and established his Drumconnis Charolais herd in 1993. When asked why he was tempted to purchase a bull after using AI for the past 24 years, John said “I was attracted by the character and power of this bull and I feel that his breeding will be a great asset to my herd of 20 breeding females. He has a good top-line, nice definition and I also took his EBV’s into account”.

Glenericht Majestic - 11,500gns

Glenericht Majestic – 11,500gns

Next in the trade stakes at 11,500gns was a blue ticket winner from WK & P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who caught the eye of Iain and Dorothy Goldie, Cummertrees, Dumfries-shire. The May-2016-born, 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator sired Glenericht Majestic, is bred out of the Royal Highland Show class winner Glenericht Gem, who goes back to the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion and Caithness show supreme champion, Clyth Diplomat.

Glenericht Matrix - 8,500gns

Glenericht Matrix – 8,500gns

Adding to the Drysdale’s celebrations, they were also awarded the senior championship in the pre-sale show and secured a bid of 8,500gns for the 20-month-old Glenericht Matrix. The breeding here includes sire Highland Show reserve M&S junior beef interbreed champion, Glenericht Hollywood and the 12,000gns Coolnaslee Adversary sired dam, Elrick Fern and he was purchased by Mr A McArthur, Balfron Station, Glasgow.

Tweeddale Matador - 10,500gns

Tweeddale Matador – 10,500gns

Commanding a 10,500gns bid from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, was the Blelack Blackberet sired and April-2016-born Tweeddale Matador. Matador whose dam Tweeddale Icemaiden ET is by the proven high performing, short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger, was the highest priced offering from Jonathan and Jane Watson, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, who went on to sell a total of six averaging £6,877.50.

Tweeddale Maximum - 9,000gns

Tweeddale Maximum – 9,000gns

The Watson’s next highest priced lot at 9,000gns was Tweeddale Maximum, who had placed second in his class the previous day. Again, born in April 2016 and sired by Blelack Blackberet but this time out of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister daughter Graywood Ebony ET, he heads down to Caynham, Shropshire to work for Evans, Corfield and Son, Ashford Carbonell, Ludlow.

Kersknowe Matador - 10,000gns

Kersknowe Matador – 10,000gns

Three bulls then came under the hammer for 10,000gns, with the first being offered by James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire. Kersknowe Matador, an 18-month-old son of the 20,000gns Stirling supreme champion and Stars of the Future senior interbreed champion Inverlochy Fencer, out of the Kersknowe Topmodel sired Kersknowe Dido was purchased by Ellis Mutch, Forglen, Banff.

Balthayock Maestro - 10,000gns

Balthayock Maestro – 10,000gns

Matching the 10,000gns price-tag and selling to J Irvine and Son, Tomintoul, Banffshire, was the 17-month-old red ticket winner Balthayock Maestro, from David and Nick Walter, Perth, Perthshire, who also sold a total of six which averaged £6,650. Maestro is the by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion and Highland Show beef breeder continental champion Maerdy Grenadier, while the dam is Balthayock Glory ET, a cow by the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian.

Mornity Mushroom - 10,000gns

Mornity Mushroom – 10,000gns

Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Blairgowrie, Perthshire were the next to offer a 10,000gns bull. The May-2016-born Mornity Mushroom who is sired by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and out of Mornity Icicle who goes back to the 12,000gns Elrick Frenchman, was snapped up by James Anderson and Son, Lauder, Berwickshire.

Kersknowe Matthew - 9,500gns

Kersknowe Matthew – 9,500gns

Messrs Millar, Tealing, by Dundee, then went to 9,500gns for another lot from the aforementioned James Jeffrey. The 19-month-old blue ticket holder Kersknowe Matthew is bred from Kersknowe Iceberg, an Inverlochy Fencer daughter and sired by Jurieshouse Hero.

Gretnahouse Macbook - 9,000gns

Gretnahouse Macbook – 9,000gns

The first of two to secure a bid of 9,000gns was the April-2016-born Gretnahouse Macbook from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire. The sire here is the proven super easy calving and 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, while the dam is the Maerdy Padirac sired Gretnahouse Edwinesse ET and Mr G Mackie, Crieff, Perthshire was the purchaser.

Elgin Mojo - 9,000gns

Elgin Mojo – 9,000gns

Also bidding to 9,000gns were Mr RJ Brown and Sons, Stenton, East Lothian, this time for son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and the 12,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker ET daughter, Ugie Halfpenny. Elgin Mojo who was born in May of last year, was bred and exhibited by Roy Milne & Sons, Elgin, Morayshire.

Spittalton Massie - 8,500gns

Spittalton Massie – 8,500gns

Just behind on 8,500gns was an entry from J Burnett and Sons, Blair Drummond, Stirlingshire. Spittalton Massie ET who was purchased by Mr Mitchell, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch is a 17-month-old by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight and out of the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin sired Elrick Idelle.

Elrick Malt - 8,500gns

Elrick Malt – 8,500gns

Matching the 8,500gns price tag and this time purchased by Mr Fraser, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, was the Supreme and Junior Champion Elrick Malt from Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. The 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless is the sire of the May-2016-born Malt and his dam Elrick Florida goes back to the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin.

Female Section

Goldies Lullaby - 5,000gns

Goldies Lullaby – 5,000gns

The previous afternoon’s Charolais female sale topped at 5,000gns for the 22-month-old reserve female champion from Hamish Goldie. Goldies Lullaby, who is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman and out of Goldies Bonney who goes back to Thrunton Trademark sold to DP Daniel, Launceston, Cornwall, who went on to purchase three more including another lot from Mr Goldie. Goldies Model ET, a 17-month-old who had been tapped out second in her class in the pre-sale show, is a daughter of the 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost ET and the 10,000gns Perth intermediate champion Killadeas Legend sired Goldies Champagne and secured a bid of 3,500gns.

JA and MF McMillan, Brechin, Angus were also in the money when their two-year-old, blue-ticket winner Dunesk Lady sold for 3,800gns. The Balthayock Hamish sired Lady is out of the Angus & Fettercairn Shows champion Dunesk Glory, who is herself a Blelack Digger daughter. Lady placed second in her class at the Stars of the Future show in 2015 and sold served by Davally Illusion to R McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian.

Swalesmoor Lois

Swalesmoor Lois

Earlier in the day Mr D Sawrij, Galashiels, Selkirkshire had secured the female championship with the two-year-old Swalesmoor Lois, who went on to secure a bid of 3,000gns from RO Williams, Barmouth, Gwymedd. Lois is by the 22,000gns Yorkshire Show male champion Balmyle Headline and out of the home-bred Swalesmoor Iris who goes back to Balmyle Greylag.

The only cow and calf of the sale, exhibited by the above noted McMillan family sold as a spilt lot for a total of 3,650gns. Dunesk Glory who sells served to Balthayock Hamish, is a Blelack Digger daughter and caught the eye of J Hamilton, Linlithgow, West Lothian. While RF Miller, Braco, Dunblane purchased her eight-month-old, Davally Illusion ET sired calf Dunesk Northstar.

An added feature of the sale was the major reduction of the Baillieston Charolais herd which was founded in the Orkney Islands in 1978 and has grown from the initial purchase of three maiden heifers from the Sway herd, to 60 breeding females today. The Baillieston herd was awarded the Harman Charolais Genetick Improvement Award in 2011 and has claimed the supreme championship at the Orkney show no fewer than seven times.

Baillieston Madge

Baillieston Madge

The top price was claimed by a maiden heifer which sold for 4,200gns. The 18-month-old Baillieston Madge who is sired by Blelack Digger and out of a home-bred dam going back to Balthayock Gunfire, was purchased by the aforementioned Boden and Davies Ltd.

The 14 cow and calf lots peaked at 4,000gns for the three-year-old Baillieston Jill and her April-born son Baillieston Norman who sold to separate homes. Baillieston Jill is a daughter of Balthayock Gunfire ET and Baillieston Colleen, who in turn is sired by the 17,000gns Mowbraypark Umpire, was purchased by C Mitchell, St Andrews, Fife, while her Blelack Digger-sired son Norman went home with Aldie Farm Partnership, Edderton.

At 3,200gns and going to DA Anderson, Eddleston, Peebles, who bought a total of four was the cow and calf pair, Baillieston Henrietta and her bull calf Baillieston Nevin. The five-year-old Henrietta is by the 15,000gns Maerdy Deiniol and her June-born calf Nevin is another sired by Digger.

Baillieston Gwin & Natasha

Baillieston Gwin & Natasha

Close behind at 3,100gns was a mother and daughter pair. The Maerdy Deiniol-sired and six-year-old Baillieston Gwin and her June-born daughter Baillieston Natasha by the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Hasse were purchased by RL Riddle and Son, Hexham, Northumberland.

Averages: 85 bulls £6079.00; 14 heifers £2,760.00, one cow and calf £3,833.00
Baillieston Averages: 14 cows and calves £2,823.75; five dry cows £1680.00; eight in-calf heifers £2165.63; seven maiden heifers £2,100.00

Auctioneers: United Auctions

Completed Stirling catalogue

Baillieston Sale

Show Results

Senior Champion
WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Matrix – s. Glenericht Hollywood

Reserve Senior Champion
Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd – Mornity Moboy – s. Maerdy Hwre

Intermediate Champion
WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maverick – s. Goldies Icon

Reserve Intermediate Champion
David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Mungo – s. Maerdy Grenadier

Supreme & Junior Champion
Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Malt – s. Thrunton Fearless

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Junior Champion
Esmor Evans – Maerdy Morellis – s. Maerdy Heracles

Female Champion
Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Lois – s. Balmyle Headline

Reserve Female Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lullaby – Gretnahouse Heman

Champion Group of Three
WD & JA Connolly

Senior Classes

Class One – Bulls born on or between 01/11/2015 – 31/01/2016
1st – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Matrix – s. Glenericht Hollywood
2nd – BM Robinson Jnr – Shamleys Match – s. Rosanne Fameux
3rd – Martin R McCornick – Mccornick Morpheus – s. Thrunton Hermes

Class Two – Bulls born on or between 01/02/2016 – 04/03/2016
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Mozard – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – WP Bruce Ltd – Balmyle Muffin – s. Balthayock Diplomat
3rd – WP Bruce Ltd – Balmyle Moonlight – s. Blelack Forester

Class Three – Bulls born on or between 05/03/2016 – 24/03/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Magnum – s. Allanfauld Gambler
2nd – Mr J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Matthew – s. Jurieshouse Hero
3rd – J & E Campbell – Thrunton Matrix – s. Blelack Imperalist

Class Four – Bulls born on or between 25/03/2016 – 03/04/2016
1st – Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd – Mornity Moboy – s. Maerdy Hwre
2nd – Mr DE Evans – Maerdy Montgomery – Blelack Fabulous
3rd – Mr AG Houston – Gretnahouse Macbook – s. Wesley Equinox

Intermediate Classes

Class Five – Bulls born on or between 04/04/2016 – 09/04/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Mighty – s. Elrick Impeccable
2nd – Harold Stubbs & Alan Burleigh – Derryharney Myboy – s. Hillviewfarm Perfect
3rd – Mr J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Michael – s. Inverlochy Fencer

Class Six – Bulls born on or between 10/04/2016 – 22/04/2016
1st – Mr JH Christie –
Westcarse Mac – s. Mortimers Highlandfling
2nd – J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Maximum – Blelack Blackberet
3rd – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Majestic – Balthayock Imp

Class Seven – Bulls born on or between 23/04/2016 – 03/05/2016
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maverick – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Mungo – s. Maerdy Grenadier
3rd – BM Robinson Jnr – Shamleys Minstrel – s. Rosanna Fameux

Class Eight – Bulls born on or between 04/05/2016 – 12/05/2016
1st – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Maestro – s. Maerdy Grenadier
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Magic – s. Goldies Icon
3rd – Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Marquis – s. Balmyle Headline

Junior Classes

Class Nine – Bulls born on or between 13/05/2016 – 23/05/2016
1st – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Moyness – s. Woodpark Elgin
2nd – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Magnum – s. Woodpark Elgin
3rd – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Master – s. Mortimers Infinity

Class Ten – Bulls born on or between 24/05/2016 – 03/06/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Malt – s. Thrunton Fearless
2nd – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Majestic – s. Caylers Gladiator
3rd – Mr DE Evans – Maerdy Mariano – s. Maerdy Grenadier

Class Eleven – Bulls born on or between 04/06/2016 – 12/06/2016
1st – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Morellis – s. Maerdy Heracles
2nd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Merlin – s. Barnsford Ferny
3rd – DA & SM Miller – Crookdake Masterclass – s. Balthayock Hamish

Class Twelve – Bulls born after 13/06/2016
1st – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Monarch – s. Barnsford Ferny
2nd – JH Wilson & Sons – Ballinlare Midas – s. Burradon Goodfellow
3rd – Mr H Goldie – Goldies Mccoist – s. Gretnahouse Heman

Female Classes

Class Thirteen – Heifers born on or between 04/03/2015 – 08/12/2015
1st – Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Lois – s. Balmyle Headline
2nd – JA & MF McMillan – Dunesk Lady – s. Balthayock Hamish
3rd – RM Adam & Son – Newhouse Lilac – s. Oakchurch Icarus

Class Fourteen – Heifers born on or after 09/12/2015
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lullaby – s. Gretnahouse Heman
2nd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Model ET – s. Goldies Uppermost
3rd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lola – s. Gretnahouse Heman


October 14, 2017 Faith in Charolais sees record breaking prices

Andrew & Beth White, Jane Haw, Phillip & Ben Trim and the sale team

Andrew & Beth White, Jane Haw Phillip & Ben Trim and the sale team

The Sedgemoor ring was filled to bursting for the dispersal of the Balbithan Charolais cattle and emotional goodbye to one of the breeds most renowned herds, on Thursday 12 October. The prices peaked at a sale centre record of 17,500gns and a new Charolais record average of £8550.65 for the 23 cows and calves sold, with cattle making their way to new homes in all four corners of the UK.

Andrew and Beth White established the Dorset based herd in 1987 with the purchase of just four females from the Warninglid and Cullum herds. In 1991 Herd manager Jane Haw joined the team and their combined passion has seen the herd become one of the most well-known in the country, securing numerous breed and interbreed titles including three Burke Trophy successes. The herd is most recognised for the powerful and graceful females who have dominated the show ring but its bulls have also shared the limelight, most notably Balbithan Vespasian who sold for 26,000gns at Perth in 2006 and who has gone to become a very successful sire for the Balthayock and Blelack herd, producing sons which have regularly featured at the Perth and Carlisle sales and have sold to 22,000gns.

Balbithan Faith

Balbithan Faith

The day’s sale topper at 17,500gns was the seven year old and successful show cow Balbithan Faith, who counts amongst her many accolades the reserve supreme championship title at the Royal Cornwall Show, the reserve female championships at the Devon and Royal Three Counties Shows and red tickets at the Royal Bath and West and Royal Berkshire Shows. Faith who is sired by the 12,000gns Devon County Show male champion Newhouse Benson and is out of the homebred Balbithan Una who goes back to the 13,000gns Perth junior champion Simpsons Gregg, was accompanied by her April-born Goldies Eddy sired bull calf Balbithan Nelson.

Balbithan Nelson

Balbithan Nelson

Faith’s has been a consistently good breeder with two of her previous calves having gone on to secure show successes themselves including her 2016-born son Balbithan Mercedes, who sold for 7,500gns at Carlisle in May after being awarded reserve male champion at the Royal Cornwall show last year. The pair were purchased by Mark Switsun, Dunvant, Glamorgan who also went on to secure the National Show class winning and Balthayock Hamish sired maiden heifer Balbithan Mowlem for 5,500gns.

Balbithan Iona

Balbithan Iona

Next in the trade stakes was another of the Balbithan’s renowned show cows sold with her bull calf at foot. Balbithan Iona who has twice been crowned the Charolais National Show champion and secured a total of 10 interbreed titles including as part of the 2016 Burke Trophy championship pair, was knocked down at 15,000gns to a Devon breeder, who purchased a total of six lots. The 2013-born Iona’s breeding includes the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie and the home-bred 10,000gns Inverlochy Topsire sired Balbithan Dixie. She was sold with her five-month-old Goldies Eddy sired son, Balbithan Nairn.

Balbithan Napoleon

Balbithan Napoleon

Two cow and calf outfits secured a total of 14,200gns and both were sold as split lots. The first was mother and son Balbithan Gilly and Balbithan Napoleon. Balbithan Gilly who is a full sister to the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian, is no stranger to the show-ring herself and has also bred show winning daughters. The 2001-born Gilly is sired by the aforementioned Chunal Dougie and is out of Balbithan Tilly, who is in-turn sired by Balthayock Nougat. She was purchased at the top cow price of 9,000gns by Jonathan Crawford, son of the late Gilbert Crawford and new custodian of the Coolnaslee herd in Maghera, Co Derry. Her February-born son Napoleon who secured a bid of 5,200gns and is sired by Balthayock Hamish is going back to Throop, Dorset with Jane’s son Ben Trim.

Balbithan Georgia

Balbithan Georgia

The other cow and calf outfit to fetch a total price of 14,200gns was the mother and daughter pair Balbithan Georgia and Balbithan Nabraska. The cow Georgia was purchased for 5,400gns by JJ McGuigan, who is also based in Maghera, Northern Ireland. She is sired by Chunal Dougie and is bred from notable line of female show winners, her dam Balbithan Arizona was awarded the reserve heifer championship at the Newbury show and her grand-dam Balbithan Nadia was a Royal Show supreme champion and reserve Burke Trophy winner. Completing the pair and securing the UK record price of 8,800gns for a seven-month-old female Charolais calf was Georgia’s daughter Nabraska. Thor Atkinson, Ulverston, Cumbria was the man with his hand in the air as the hammer went down on this Davally Illusion sired heifer.

Stock bulls were sold next, averaged £5103 for five and two bulls shared the top price of 6,000gns apiece. First up was the 23-month-old Goldies Lawson who was purchased by the Balbithan herd in May at Carlisle where he was awarded the intermediate and reserve male championships. He heads down to work in St Austell, Cornwall with David and Bernadette Stacey, is sired by Goldies Formidable and his dam Goldies Violin who goes back to Thrunton Trademark has bred bulls to 26,000gns.

JH Davies, Citrea, Abbergavenny purchased the other 6,000gns bull, the homebred Balbithan Mackenzie who is a February-2016-born son of the 11,500gns Loganbar Goran bred out of Balbithan Hyacinth, a Newhouse Benson daughter. Another show goer, he won his classes at this year’s Charolais National and Royal Welsh shows, was awarded the junior championship at the Royal Three Counties show and the male and reserve breed championships at the Royal Bath and West.

Leading the heifers at 9,500gns was another purchased on behalf of Ben Trim. The January-2015-born Balbithan Lupin is a daughter of Goldies Eddy and Balbithan Daisy and was the reserve breed champion at this year’s Royal Three Counties Show.

Minutes earlier, the two-year-old Balbithan Louisianna was knocked down with a bid of 7,500gns from the aforementioned Thor Atkinson who purchased a total of four. Louisianna is out of the above-named Balbithan Georgia, sired by Goldies Eddy and is due to calf in January to Wesley Furnish.

Averages: 23 cows and calves £8550.65; four in-calf cows £4121.25; six in-calf heifers £6790; 10 maiden heifers £4557; five bulls £5103.

Auctioneers: Auctioneers: Greenslade Taylor Hunt and Harrison & Hetherington Ltd


October 5, 2017 New Zealand Charolais Tour

Charolais Breeders NZ are holding a 4WD tour in Southland, New Zealand from 5th-8th March 2018.

Get a feel for the working high-country farms and in the south, see the transition from the rock and the tawny brown of the high country as it gives way quite suddenly to the lush gree bountiful pastures of Southland.

South-drive hire is avaliable or it can be arranged for you to travel with someone else.

For more information please click on the links below or contact Lindy Lawrence at Charolais Breeders NZ office: lindy@pbbnz.com.

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