April 2019

April 30, 2019 Trefaldwyn Ore tops the Welshpool Charolais sale at 7,000gns

There was a strong commercial and pedigree demand for Charolais bulls at Welshpool on Saturday 27 April at the breed’s official spring sale. Bidding peaked at 7,000gns, 14 lots traded at 5,000gns and above and 45 lots sold to an average of £4004, an increase on last year of £8 with 13 more sold.

The sale topper at 7,000gns came from local breeder Arwel Owen, Welshpool, Powys. Trefaldwyn Ore, a March 2018-born Blelack Digger son out of Trefaldwyn Daffodil who goes back to Doonally New and had been awarded a red ticket at the presale show in the morning, was purchased by Ian Bell, Brampton, Cumbria.

Trefaldwyn Ore the Top price at 7,000gns

Two of the top lots were bred and consigned by the Barker family of Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, and were sold only minutes apart. The top priced was purchased by Messrs Clayton, Newtown, Powys, for 6,200gns and topped his class earlier in the day. Caylers Nissan a 17 month-old, the first son sold by the French born First is out of Caylers Lara, a 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye daughter. Their second, Caylers Nero, which sold just moments later for 5,800gns to RG Lewis, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, was also sired by First but this time out of Caylers Lily, another Goldeneye daughter.

Caylers Nissan at 6200gns

Caylers Nero at 5800gns

Just behind at 6,100gns was the February 2018-born Esgob Osian, offered for sale by Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Gwynedd. Osian who was tapped out second in class at the pre-sale show, caught the eye of D Jones who takes him home to work in Ceredigion. He is the first son to be sold by the 12,000gns Caylers Hustler from his 45 progeny born since joining the Esgob herd in October 2016, when he was purchased from the Blelack herd dispersal sale. His dam, Esgob Helen, is a daughter of the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur.

Esgob Osian at 6100gns

Purchased at 6,000gns by JAV Mills and Sons, Builth Wells, Powys, was the 18 month-old Dooley Norris. Sired by National Show supreme champion Davally Igolo and out of the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite-sired Dooley Leya. He was the only double Q bull in the sale, and was bred and exhibited by David Thornley, Hartshorne, Derbyshire.

Dooley Norris at 6000gns

Class winner Montgomery Nevile was next in the trade stakes at 5,800gns. Messrs Roberts and Jones, Welshpool, Powys, are the breeders of this August 2017-born bull, who was purchased by Messrs Stephens, Neath, West Glamorgan. The 9,000gns Balmyle Harlequin is the sire here, while his dam is Montgomery Eiddwen, a daughter of the French born Suzeringie.

Montgomery Neville at 5800gns

A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 5,500gns beginning with Montgomery Napoli, the day’s supreme champion, who was also offered for sale by the Roberts and Jones partnership. The 18 month-old Napoli is sired by the 8,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Gretnahouse Jugular, who has bred over 80 progeny into the herd since his purchase in 2016, while his dam Montgomery Lupin goes back to Balmyle Harlequin. He was purchased by Messrs Claridge, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire.

Montgomery Napoli the champion at 5500gns

Matching the 5,500gns price tag was Maerdy Northernboy, an entry from Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans of Mold. Another top priced bull awarded a red ticket by show judge Matthew Milne, he caught the eye of Jenny and John Rix, Nayland, Colchester. The 19 month-old Northernboy is out of Maerdy Gorgeousgirl who goes back to Veilleur and sired by Maerdy Figaro-w.

Maerdy Northernboy at 5500gns

Also knocked down at 5,500gns and this time selling to JT Abberley, Buith Wells, Powys, was Trefaldwyn Oxo. Sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar and out of Trefaldwyn Heidi who goes back to Blelack Digger, the aforementioned Arwel Owen was the breeder and exhibitor of the February 2018-born Oxo who placed third in his class.

Trefaldwyn Oxo at 5500gns

Next to purchase was JR Jones, Caernarvon, Gwynedd, and another of the above-mentioned Roberts & Jones’ entries was the one to take his fancy. The yellow ticket winning and 16 month-old Montgomery November, sired by Blelack Digger and out of Montgomery Ladysday, a Balmyle Harlequin daughter was knocked down sold for 5,300gns.

Montgomery Ovember at 5300gns

Making 5,200gns was Bob Roberts’ September 2017-born Brynffanigl Nero, from Ucha, Clwyd. The breeding here includes dam Brynffanigl Empress who goes back to the 17,000gns Alsnow Almighty and sire the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox. He goes on to work in Llanddeusant, Anglesey, for Mr T Williams.

Brynffanigl Nero at 5200gns

Next in the trade stakes at 5,100gns when he was purchased by J Roberts, Crucorney, Abergavenny, was the 17 month-old heifer’s calf Beanhill Nitro who had been placed second in his class in the pre-sale show. James and Belinda Kimber, Christian Malford, Wiltshire, are the breeders here, his sire is Wesley Equinox while his dam is Beanhill Lucy, a Blelack Digger daughter.

Beanhill Nitro at 5100gns

Two bulls sold for a ticket price of 5,000gns, the first was presented by the afore-mentioned Gareth Jones. The blue ticket winner and 19 month-old Esgob Navigator, who stayed local when snapped up by Messrs Davies who also hale from Cwmtirmynach, Gwynedd. Navigator is another by Caylers Hustler and his dam is the Anside Excalibur-sired Esgob Hyderus.

Esgob Navigator at 5000gns

The other 5,000gns lot was the reserve champion Maerdy Northwestwind from Esmor Evans. A bull with French lineage, his sire is Julienas and his dam is the T-Unisson-sired Maerdy Fission, the December 2017-born Northwestwind was purchased by Brian Nancekivell, Oakhampton, Devon.

Maerdy Northwestwind the reserve champion at 5000gns

Averages: 45 bulls: £4003.65; two heifers: £1,233.75; one cow and calf: £1,260.00
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Matthew Milne, Elgin, Morayshire
Sponsor: KLF Insurance Brokers


April 12, 2019 Exeter Charolais top at 3,600gns


A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 3,600gns at the South West Charolais Association’s annual sale at Exeter on Friday 12th April, where the five bulls sold averaged £3,297.00.

Lewyd Onslow

Leading the bids at 3,600gns was an entry from 27 year-old Amy Wylde and her 24 year-old sister Hannah Wylde from Woolavington, Somerset. The girls who have been involved in the Charolais world since they were little with their fathers Marland herd, have only been selling their own bred cattle since last year and this is their first sale in the South West. Their bull Lewyd Onslow was the youngest forward at just 14 months old. Sired by Solo Llanhilleth and out of Martland Honey who goes back to Martland Felix, he was purchased by Barry Clarke, Exeter, Devon.

Trenestrall Nugget

Next in the trade stakes at 3,100gns was the May 2017-born Trenestrall Nugget who caught the eye of purchaser Messrs South, Brendon, North Devon, when he was tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show. His dam is the Mortimers Cosmo daughter Trenestrall Henna and he is sired by the 8,000gns Edenhurst Idol. He was bred and exhibited by Will Palmer and Son, Truro, Cornwall.

Trenestrall Norush

Another from the Palmer’s to find a new home was the 22 month-old Trenestrall Norush, sired by Fairway Jazz and out of Trenestrall Gush, a 7,000gns Westcarse Beef daughter, he sold to Messrs Crane, Barnstaple, Devon for 3,000gns.

Maxworthy Norris

The last two bulls sold both matched the 3,000gns price tag. The first was Maxworthy Norris, an October 2017-born son of the 14,000gns Stirling junior champion Blelack Imperialist. D Paul Daniel, Maxworthy, Cornwall, consigner of the red ticket winning Norris who is out of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter Thrunton Diva, handed over the halter to new owners Messrs Hawkins, Minehead, Somerset.

Lovistone Noble

The 16 month-old Lovistone Noble was the other 3,000gns lot. This blue ticket winner who was bred and exhibited by Brian Nancekivell and Son, Okehampton, Devon, is sired by the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and is out of the homebred Lovistone Lochness who goes back to Balthayock Hamish. Nobel goes on to work for JF Norman in Barnstaple, Devon.

Louis Imp & Killerton Osaka

Heading up the female section was the reserve female champion Louis Imp, a Worcestershire-bred 2013-born cow consigned by Patrick Greed, Rewe, Exeter, who sold along with her eight month old heifer calf Killerton Osaka to Messrs Howard and Sons, Marsden, Wiltshire. Imp is bred out of Louis Dianthus and is sired by Thrunton Fitzroy while her daughter is sired by Alwent Goldbar.

Average: five bulls £3,297; four cow and calves £1,627.50; five heifers, £1,543.50
Auctioneers: Kivells