October 2018

October 24, 2018 Charolais lead the Autumn trade at Stirling

Judge: Will Short

Charolais took the top price, made the highest average and sold the most bulls at the Autumn round of Stirling bull sales this week. 80 bull sold to average £6,785.63 – £706 up on the year and clearing at 81%. Prices topped at 40,000gns and 12 bulls made five-figure sums while a further 31 sold for 5,000gns and above.

Society CEO Peter Phythian commented “We are delighted with the trade, especially considering the issues with beef prices and the drought during the summer. It just goes to show that commercial farmers want a breed with a real premium that can finish quicker than any other”.

Leading the bids at 40,000gns was one of the youngest lots of the sale, Maerdy Newman. This June 2017 born son of the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior champion Blelack Fabulous and Maerdy Dynamite-sired Maerdy Junco was snapped up by Boden and Davies, Stockport, Cheshire. Breeder and exhibitor and Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans, was delighted with his day, selling a total of five bulls averaging £13,860. He commented “I knew he was an exceptional bull, and this was proven by the immense interest shown in him this week which was reflected in his price”.

Maerdy Newman – 40,000gns Top Priced

Next in the trade stakes was another 15 month old, this time from Society President Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Allanfauld Neptune who had placed third in his class twenty-four hours earlier, was knocked down sold to R McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian for 20,000gns. His impressive breeding includes sire, the 11,000gns Carlisle reserve junior champion Balmyle Jasper and dam Royal Highland show class winner Allanfauld Heiress, a daughter of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin.

Allanfauld Neptune – 20,000gns

The supreme and senior champion Anside Nightrider was the next highest priced at 18,000gns, selling to Billy Turner, Skelton in Ure, North Yorkshire. This January 2017 born son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger daughter Anside Geisha is no stranger to show success having secured the Nairn show championship earlier in the year for breeders and consigners Anside Livestock, Keith, Banffshire.

Anside Nightrider – 18,000gns Supreme and Senior Champion

The next highest priced lot and selling for 15,000gns to T Smith and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire, was the first of three top priced lots from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire. 17 month old Balmyle Nucleus, who stood second in his class at the presale show, is sired by the French imported Maerdy Gouverneur and out of Balmyle Heyday, a 9,500gns Maerdy Egret daughter.

Balmyle Nucleus 15,000gns

Just behind at 14,000gns was Mr Bruce’s next lot and show class winner Balmyle Navarone. Another 17 month old, sired by Maerdy Gouverneur but this time out of the Royal Highland show champion Balmyle Eclipse-sired Balmyle Garland, he was purchased by J Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire.

Balmyle Navarone – 14,000gns

Another to bring home the money for Bill Bruce was the blue ticket winner and May 2017 born Balmyle Napier, who sold in a 10,000gns deal to Hepburn and Co, Hawick, Roxburghshire. Napier is sired by the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret while his dam is the 12,000gns Pennal Dazzler daughter Balmyle Glucose.

Balmyle Napier – 10,000gns

Society Chairman Chris Curry’s Northumberland born reserve junior champion Burradon Noah was next in the trade stakes at 13,000gns. Another lot with impressive breeding, his sire is the 14,000gns Stirling junior champion Blelack Imperialist and dam Burradon Ivana is by the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico. The June 2017 born Noah was purchased by J Warnock and Son, Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Burradon Noah – 13,000gns Reserve Junior Champion

Securing a price of 12,000gns was the reserve supreme and junior champion Coolnaslee Nolan, who was also shown at Balmoral this year and crowned male champion for breeder and exhibitor Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. A son on the 50,000gns Stirling reserve supreme champion Balthayock Justice and Clogher show reserve female champion Coolnaslee Gillian, a 55,000gns Balmoral show interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo daughter, this May 2017 born lad caught the eye of purchaser JI Stout, Stronsay, Orkney.

Coolnaslee Nolan – 12,000gns Junior & Reserve Supreme Champion

Making 10,500gns and selling to GL Foulger and Son, Billinghurst, West Sussex, was the 15 month old red ticket holder Firhills Nimrod, a bull who has been shown successfully throughout the summer by breeder Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus. The 18 month old Nimrod is sired by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier and out of the 9,000gns Ugie Erin who goes back to the 28,000gns Farleycopse Turbo.

Firhills Nimrod – 10,500gns

The first of three futher lots making 10,000gns was a class winner from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbride, Morayshire, who was also crowned junior interbreed champion, reserve Beefbreeder champion and reserve breed male champion at this year’s Royal Highland show. Elgin Neuer, a March 2017 born son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and Rumsden Samurai-sired Elgin Ultra goes home to work in Killeranan, Muir of Ord for WJ Jack and Sons.

Elgin Neuer – 10,000gns

The next 10,000gns lot was Brampton Nutella, who not only topped his class at the presale show but also claimed a red rosette at this year’s National show in July. The aforementioned Billy Turner who had earlier purchased the sale supreme champion presented this 18 month old lot. Nutella who was purchased by A O’Rouke, Newry, Co Down, is among the first bulls to sell by Cumbrian bred Border Jamboree, whose daughters have been retained, while the dam is the Billingley Siralex -sired Brampton Daylight, a Great Yorkshire show interbreed champion.

Brampton Nutella – 10,000gns

Another to bring 10,000gns when chapped down to WF Mill, Thurso, Caithness, was Hamish Goldie‘s yellow ticket winner and June 2017 born Goldies Notable from Ruthwell, Dumfries. He is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman and out of Goldies Dignity who goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister.

Goldies Notable – 10,000gns

Just a few lots earlier Tweeddale Neworleans was knocked down sold for 9,000gns to DG Walker, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. The June 2017 born Blelack Blackberet sired Neworleaons is out of the Dingle Hofmeister daughter Lakenheath Eugenie and was offered for sale by Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.

Tweedale Neworleans – 9000gns

No fewer than six lots secured an 8,500gns sale price and the first was the reserve senior champion
Glenericht Machine. WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, were the consigners of this 22 month old, out of Glenericht Hayley, a 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat daughter and sired by 15,000gns Stirling junior champion Maerdy Hwre, who was purchased by JJ Gordon, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Glenericht Machine – 8,500gns Reserve Senior Champion

The next to sell for 8,500gns, this time to J Woodman and Sons, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, was an entry from JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland. The 18 month old Rosebrough Nero who was bred by J and E Campbell, is sired by Thrunton Gladiator, who has been producing progeny consistently for both herds since 2013, while his dam Thrunton Virtuous is by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.

Roseborough Nero – 8,500gns

Another to secure 8,500gns was a May 2017 born son of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax, whose dam Forglen Jenny is a daughter of the 9,000gns Royal Cornwall show and Great Yorkshire show reserve champion Gretnahouse Archangel. Forglen Nero, who was this year’s Turriff show male champion from Eric and Ellis, Mutch, Banff, Aberdeenshire, was purchased by J Hyslop and Son, Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Forglen Nero – 8,500gns

Top priced purchasers Boden and Davies Ltd, also produced an 8,500gns bull. Sportsmans Nero, a 16 month old, who was awarded a blue ticket in the pre-sale show goes on to work in Nairn, Invernessshire with new owners JM Forbes and Son. His sire Goldies Jerry is a 26,000gns Royal Welsh show male champion and his dam Sportsmans Harriet is a daughter of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny.

Sportsmans Nero – 8500gns

The final two 8,500gns lots were both consigned by top priced bull seller Esmor Evans. Also sons of Blelack Fabulous, Maerdy Ned and Maerdy Newel found new homes in Invernessshire and Orkney respectively. The May 2017 born Ned is out of the 13,000gns Balthayock Eagle-sired Maerdy Juice and was purchased by W Duncan and Co, Insch, while the June 2017 born Newel is out of Maerdy Honney, sired by the French-bred Froufrou, and caught the eye of T Leslie, Shapinsay.

Maerdy Ned – 8,500gns

Maerdy Newel – 8500gns

Completing the top 20 prices at 8,000gns was Goldies Nobel, the pre-sale show reserve intermediate champion from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries. Purchased by Kincraigie Farms, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, he is out of the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman daughter Goldies Joey and sired by Blelack Blackberet.

Goldies Nobel – 8,000gns reserve Intermdiate Champion

Averages: 80 bulls £6875.63
Auctioneers: United Auctions


October 9, 2018 Myostatin Information

What is Myostatin?
Myostatin is a gene that influences the production of proteins which control muscle development. When an animal is identified as having one of the mutations it means that they have inactive genes which do not control muscle growth as effectively, this can result in increased muscle mass. Currently in cattle, there are 19 known mutations of the gene and after extensive testing for the nine most common varients, we have concluded that the British Charolais cattle population only contains two – F94L & Q204X.

Why are we testing for Myostatin?
Knowing the myostatin status of your animals will help you to select bulls with the most appropriate myostatin traits for your breeding programme. This will lead to better calving ease and help with the ever-present trend to improve carcase conformation and quality. However, it is just one tool which should be used in conjunction with the wider information available such as Estimated Breeding Values (EBV’s) – which predict the performance of the animal based on its back pedigree, accurate measurements and the performance of its herd mates – and your own judgement on type and pedigree.

 

How are these genes inherited?

All reproducing species have two copies of each gene – called alleles. If your Charolais has one copy of the myostatin variant (one allele) it is classed at heterozygous, if it has two copies (two allele) it is classed as homozygous.


The table below shows the chances of inheriting depending on the status of the parents:

Below is a quick guide to the traits that are likely to be evident in homozygous and heterozygous calves born compared to calves with no myostatin:


Do you know what genes your cows are carrying? Don’t forget that the bull is only half the story.