April 2021

April 28, 2021 Pilot flies high at Exeter

It was quality over quantity at the Exeter Livestock Centre on Friday 23rd April, as three attractive bulls found new homes. The average selling price came to £3,220.

The lot securing the highest bid of 3,200gns was the 23-month-old DOWNTOWN PILOT, from the herd of Mr B W J Lavis in Okehampton, Devon. Pilot was sired by Glenrock Lorenzo, who boasts impressive growth EBVs across the board, and out of the easy-calving Downtown Jazz. This handsome fellow will be going home with A & J M Hembrow, back to Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

The remaining two bulls to be sold over the course of the day both secured prices of 3,000gns. The first of these was FOXACRE PERADVENTURE, from the well-established herd of Mrs A Orr-Ewing in Swindon, Wiltshire. Sired by Graiggoch Lad, and out of Foxacre Idille, this 23-month-old also caught the eyes of A & J M Hembrow, and he is sure to settle in nicely at his new home in Lostwithiel.

The final sale of the day, also for 3,000gns, went to the youngest bull entered: PENFOUND RAWHIDEOZZIE. This charming 14-month-old was bred by R S & S M Hopper, from Bude, Cornwall, and was born to Penfound Minxy – a daughter of Penfound Genius. His sire was Maxworthy Ozzie, a son of the phenomenally easy-calving Wesley Equinox. This young bull offers a great deal of potential, and grabbed the attention of B P Potbury, who will be taking him home to Wellington, Somerset.


The evening of Friday 23 April saw the first Society sale to take place at Clogher, previously it was held at Dungannon. A steady trade took place over the course of the evening, with 15 bulls sold, an average price of £3,241, and a whopping 79% clearance.

The 20-month-old BROWNHILL PADDYRABBIT had the honour of reaching the highest price of the day, maxing out at 4,500gns. Paddyrabbit is from the Devine Brothers herd in Strabane, Co. Tyrone and was born to Brownhill Ella, a daughter of Shaen Topper. His sire is Mullaghbane Topline, a son of the highly regarded Doonally New. Paddyrabbit has quite the legacy to live up to, as Doonally New was known for his impressive gestation length and beef yield EBVs. His great potential caught the eye of Mr T Whileside, and he will be making his way to his new home in Greysteel, Co. Londonderry.

The second-highest price of the day, at 4,200gns, was secured by MAGHERAGART PINNACLE, an attractive 19-month-old from the herd of Mr J Donnelly of Dromore, Co. Tyrone. Pinnacle has several high sellers in his lineage: his sire is the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal, and his dam, Mountjoy Infanta, is a daughter of the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger. The lucky new owner of Pinnacle is F Smyth, who will be introducing him to their herd in Omagh, Co. Tyrone.

Two lots reached the third-highest price of 3,800gns. The first was the 16-month-old MOORLOUGH PICADOR, bred by Mr J McBride of Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Picador’s twin brother, MOORLOUGH PARKER also sold, for a price of 2,600gns. The twins’ sire, Clyth Diplomat, was the Junior Champion at Stirling in 2009, and sold for 16,000gns. Their dam is Moorlough Heighlight, a daughter of the tremendously successful Thrunton Voldemort. The brothers are sure to make their new owners very happy once they’ve settled into their new homes. Picador will be going home to Tirgarve, Co. Armagh, with Mr A Sloane, while Parker will be heading back with Mr S McAleer to their farm in Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone.

Also selling for 3,800gns was BROGHER PRINTER, from the herd of Mr T Phair of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Printer has inherited some of the best traits of his predecessors, boasting a good calving ease EBV from his sire, Blelack Fabulous, and fantastic growth rates from his dam, Brogher Josephine – a daughter of the ever-popular Blelack Digger. This promising young bull attracted the attention of Mr C Maxwell, who will be taking him back to his farm in Clough, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

Another bull from Mr T Phair’s herd, BROGHER PRESIDENT, secured the next highest bid of 3,600gns. This 17-month-old was born to Brogher Emmy, a daughter of Sang-D’or, and was sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, a son of the 19,000gns Corrie Alan. President will be making his way to Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, to the farm of S & R Millar.

Coming in at the next highest price of 3,400gns was DRUMCONNIS RELENTLESS. This promising 13-month-old comes from the herd of Mr J McGrath of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and boasts a phenomenal calving ease EBV of +20.5%, placing him in the top 1% for this trait. Relentless was sired by the French bull First, who is well known for his exceptional calving ease. His dam is the easy-calving Fairway Happydawn, another daughter of Blelack Digger. He is sure to integrate well into his new herd in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, courtesy of winning bidder Mr P Parke.

Also possessing a good calving ease EBV, and reaching a price of 3,200gns, was RATOARY REDBULL. A local bull, Redbull comes from the herd of Mr S McGovern of Clogher, Co. Tyrone. He was born to Knockshe Irine, a daughter of Mogador, and sired by the Supreme Champion at Balmoral in 2016, Stranagone Jones – another of Blelack Digger’s numerous offspring. This handsome 15-month-old will be welcomed to his new home in Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone with buyer J Jackson.

Selling for 2,800gns was one of the older bulls forward for sale: the 21-month-old KILLADEAS PADDY. Paddy was bred by S & D Bothwell of Ballina Mallard, Co. Fermanagh, and was sired by the 11,000gns Battleford Laser and out of the easy-calving Killadeas Irene, another daughter of Blelack Digger. He caught the eye of A & R Wauchob, who will be taking him back to Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone.

Minutes earlier, the first sale of the day was secured by ROYALDOWNS PRESIDENT at 2,700gns. This handsome fellow was born in April 2019 to Royaldowns Gigi, a daughter of Maerdy Impeccable, and sired by the easy-calving Fiston. President originates from the well-established herd of M McKeown Esq. of Downpatrick, Co. Down, and will also be heading back to Newtownstewart with A & R Wauchob.

14-month-old CRUMMER RANGER managed to fetch a sum of 2,600gns for his breeder, Mr A Dunne of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Ranger was sired by the easy-calving Whitecliffe James, a son of Blelack Digger, and his dam is Tannaghmore Nova, a daughter of the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet. This handsome young bull caught the attention of Mr E Lindsay, and he will soon be settling into his new home at Florencecourt, Enniskillen.

Two bulls sold for a final price of 2,500gns, the first being WOODPARK PLATINUM. The 17-month-old bull was bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and was born to Maerdy Inbred, a daughter of Froufrours. Like the previously mentioned Brogher President, Platinum was also sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin. He will be heading back to Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh with Mr K Little.

Also coming in at 2,500gns was MONIENDOGUE ROBERT, from the herd of Mr J Maguire of Belleek, Co. Fermanagh. Robert was the youngest bull forward for sale over the course of the evening, at only 13 months old. Sired by the 13,000gns Conval Frank and out of Deerfin Tina, another daughter of Doonally New, Robert is certain to fit in well with his new herd in Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, under the care of Mr C Morrow.

April 19, 2021 Welshpool Sale Saturday 17 April 2021

Cheers to Peroni as he tops Welshpool sale


Although COVID-19 restrictions are slowly beginning to ease, it was still not possible to have the much-anticipated pre-sale show. The breeders did, however, have the opportunity to parade their bulls shortly before the sale, with the auctioneers providing an informative commentary for each bull forward.


We saw a steady trade with 23 bulls selling to average £4419.13, with a 58% clearance. The demand for a modern Charolais bull continues to remain strong and this was reflected in the sale.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 54 Caylers Peroni sold for 7600gns

Caylers Charolais of Caylers Farm, Nuthampstead, Nr Royston, Hertfordshire secured the top price of the day at 7,600gns with their bull CAYLERS PERONI. This 15-month-old bull is sired by First and out of Caylers Neeve, a daughter of Rosanna Jupiter. Peroni will be heading to his new home with E G Morgan of Blaencar, Brecon, Powys.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 18 Brampton Pancake sold for 7300gns

BRAMPTON PANCAKE, bred by MR G W Turner of Brampton Hall, Skelton On Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire secured the second best price of the day, selling for 7,300gns. A son of Border Jamboree out of Brampton Nala, and a daughter of Brampton Hamish. This September 2019 born bull heads off to Shropshire.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 5 Montgomery Prelude sold for 6000gns

The hammer came down at 6,000gns for the 23-month-old MONTGOMERY PRELUDE, bred by Roberts & Jones of Parc, Llangadfan, Welshpool, Powys. Sired by Gretnahouse Jugular, who goes back to the easy calving Blelack Digger. Prelude is out of a Balmyle Harlequin daughter, Montgomery Meirwen. This bull caught the eye of Morgan & Son of The Farm, Dutlas, Powys.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 70 Oakchurch Rustic sold for 5600gns

Selling at 5,600gns was OAKCHURCH RUSTIC, one of the younger bulls in the catalogue and bred by J & A Price of Oakchurch Farm, Staunton-On-Wye, Herefordshire. This 14-month-old bull is a son of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax out of Oakchurch Glamourgirl, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. This lad was purchased by RI & G Davies of Penlanlwyd, Powys.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 28 Chameran Patton sold for 5000gns

Two bulls went under the hammer at 5,000gns. First up was CHAMERAN PATTON, bred by Highfields Park Farm, (Mr D Ross) Highfields, Beech Green Lane, Withyham, Sussex. Fully parent verified to Chameran Icarus and Edenhurst Louise, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Ratoary Ferguson. This October 2019 born bull heads off to start work at Richards & Co of Maenllengen, Newton, Powys.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 46 Caylers Prince sold for 5000gns

Next to be knocked down at 5,000gns was CAYLERS PRINCE, another bull from the Caylers Charolais stable. Born in November 2019, this lad is sired by the 22,000gns bull Maerdy Ignition and out of Caylers Lime, a daughter of Gretnahouse Ultimate. Securing the winning bid was C J Jones of Brondrefawr, Pantydwr, Powys.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 25 Sportsmans Premier sold for 4500gns

The gavel came down twice at 4,500gns with SPORTSMANS PREMIER the first to get this price. This 18-month-old bull is bred by Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor Hall Farm, Mellor, Nr Stockport, Cheshire. Sired by the 40,000gns bull Maerdy Newman and out of Sportsmans Nadia, a daughter of the 70,000gns bull Barnsford Ferny. This lad was snapped up by G W Williams of Panygwyn, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 36 Chesham Potemkine sold for 4500gns

The second bull to bang down at 4,500gns was CHESHAM POTEMKINE, bred by Mr B Harman, Grove Farm,Grove Lane, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Born in October 2019, this bull is sired by the easy calving Balthayock Musketeer and out of Chesham Leona, a daughter of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax. Davies Bros secured the bid and Potemkine heads to the home of Gelli Lwca Fach Farm, Pontydwei.


Six bulls reached 4,000gns. First up was the May 2019 bull MAERDY PROPLAN, bred by Mr D E Evans of Monfa, Gwernaffield Road, Mold, Flintshire. A son of Maerdy Figaro-W and out of Maerdy Enid, a daughter of Vald’Or-Ra, another to go under the hammer to RI & G Davies of Penlanlwyd, Powys.


TRANNON PARKER followed, this time bred by Mr J A Williams of Llechwedd Ddyrys, Caersws, Powys. Parker is by Tutbury Napoleon and out of Trannon Juicy, a daughter of Wesley Evolution. This August 2019 born lad heads off to JE & SJ Roberts of Pantybriallu, Welshpool.


CHESHAM PROMETHEUS, also from the stable of Mr B Harman, was the third bull to go under the hammer at 4,000gns, also born in October 2019 and sired by the easy calving Balthayock Musketeer. This bull is out of Chesham Juniper, another daughter of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax, with I Williams, Ty Canol, Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd securing the bid.


The fourth bull to go at 4,000gns was HENDY POPE, bred by Mr J A W Rees of Nantyrhendy, Llangurig, Llanidloes, Powys. This 17-month-old bull is sired by Lisnagre Nero and out of Hendy Gentle, a daughter of Killadeas Contact. His new owners D A Williams will be taking him home to Nant Y Ffin, Llandilo.


MAERDY PATHOS followed, again bred by Mr D E Evans. Born in November 2019, this bull is sired by the easing calving Blelack Fabulous, his dam Maerdy Meirwenwen is another daughter of Vald’Or-Ra. This lad will be making his way to B G Clarke of Premier Barton Farm, Exeter.


The last of the bulls to reach the bid of 4,000gns was PENFOUND RALLYTALLY, a son of Burradon Talisman and out of Penfound Grandgirl, a daughter of Cargriff Caesar. This January 2020 born bull is bred by R S & S M Hopper of Penfound, Poundstock, Bude, Cornwall and will be heading to his new home at E & H Chapman of Morfodion, Llanidloes, Powys.


There were two in-calf cows with calves at foot to follow the bull trade, both bred by Mr G G Morris. First to come into the ring and the top price female of the day was the 2015 born CARGRIFF LIBERTY with her heifer calf at foot CARGRIFF RONA. Liberty is sired by Cargriff Homer and out of Tynewydd Sonia, a daughter of Gower Nautical. This unit went under the hammer at 3,100gns and was purchased by RWL & JE George of Middle Hasguard Farm, Pembrokeshire


Concluding the sale was CARGRIFF LAVENDER, also born in 2015 and with her heifer calf at foot CARGRIFF ROSEMARY. Lavender also sired by Cargriff Homer, is out of Blelack Angela, a daughter of Thrunton Socrates. This unit was purchased for 2,600gns and will also be heading to the home of Morgan & Son of The Farm, Dutlas, Powys, their second purchase of the day.