October 20, 2020 Westcarse Milly Topped at 13,000gns – Westcarse Dispersal- Stirling – 18th October 2020
The Westcarse herd was founded in 1984, and over the years they have continued to breed exceptional cattle. This was evident in the quality of the herd they put forward for their dispersal on Sunday.
Peter Phythian, the Society chief executive said “its always sad to see great breeders like John and Diane retire from the breed, but it gives new breeders a fantastic opportunity to purchase some elite females as foundation cows and I am sure we will see many Westcarse bloodlines winning shows over the years to come”
Born in January 2016, Westcarse Milly sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Ivy, a daughter of Mortimers Vanquish and who goes back to Brampton Embark. Milly was PD’d in calf to Nuthampstead Judas prior to the sale and sold with her bull calf at foot for a whopping 13,000gns. This unit was purchased by R & N Barclay of Harestone Farm, South Road, Aberdeenshire.
Two units went under the hammer at 8500gns. First up was Westcarse Molly, born in April 2016. Also sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Vanilla, a daughter of Oscar. Molly is 7 weeks in calf and sold with her heifer calf at foot to Brailes Livestock of Isalyn, Upper Brailes, Oxfordshire.
Next to secure the bid of 8500gns was Westcarse Peaches, born in April 2019 and sired by Nuthampstead Judas, and out of Westcarse Milly, who sold moments before at 13,000gns. Peaches was purchased by A & JJ Forrest of Hillend, Roberton, Lanark.
The hammer went down at 6800gns for Westcarse Naomi, born in May 2017, sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Greta, a daughter of Kersknowe Clansman. PD’d in calf to Nuthampstead Judas, Naomi was sold with her bull calf at foot to Sean Mitchell, Grassknop, Skelton, Penrith.
Westcarse Poppy a maiden heifer, born in February 2019, sired by Nuthampstead Judas and out of Westcarse Candace, who kicked off the sale, selling for 5200gns, a daughter of Farleycopse Turbo. Poppy sold for 6500gns to S F Mackay of Knockaneorn Clunas, Nairn.
Securing 6200gns was Westcarse Priscilla, a maiden heifer born in February 2019, sired by Nuthampstead Judas and out of Westcarse Julia, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Mortimers Echo. This heifer was purchased by A J Ewing, of Drumbetton Farm, Dumfries.
The last of the girls to secure a 6000gns sum was Westcarse Margaret, born in January 2016, sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Val, a daughter of Mowbraypark Orlando. PD’d 6 weeks in calf to Nuthampstead Judas. This cow sold with her bull calf at foot to J Irvine & Son of Inverlochy Farm, Banffshire.
The last to enter the sale ring was their stock bull Nuthampstead Judas, born in December 2014 and bred by G P Barker. This bull was purchased in 2016 for 9000gns and has gone on to produce quality bulls and females in the Westcarse herd. He’s sired by the 10,000gns bull Thrunton Goldeneye and out of Nuthampstead Gem, a daughter of Thrunton Dominator. Judas sold for 6000gns to J & S Middleton of Woodhead of Laithers, Aberdeenshire.
21 cows and calves averaged at £5045
Four cows averaged £3307.50
Five in-calf heifers averaged at £3717
Eight Maiden heifers averaged at £4869.38
October 20, 2020 Primate is top of the tree for the Charolais at Stirling! – Stirling Bull Sales – 18th October 2020
With the current COVID-19 situation still on-going and the challenges this continues to bring to the farming industry, it was not possible to have the normal and much anticipated pre-sale show at the autumn Stirling bull sales. Fortunately, the sale was still able to proceed and it was clear to see that Charolais bulls were once again in high demand. 43 bulls sold, selling to an average of £6627, up by £1068 on the previous year, with a clearance of 60%.
Peter Phythian, the Society chief executive said “ despite these difficult and challenging times to run our bull sale, buyers came out in force and showed the demand Charolais have in the store market which reflected in our sale today, with averages up over £1,000 a bull on last Octobers sale.” Read more…
Topping the day’s trade at 20,000gns was the 18-month-old Gretnahouse Primate from Alasdair Houston, of Gretna House Farms, Mossknowe House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Sire verified to the easy calving Westcarse Jimmy, purchased by Alasdair back in 2016, who’s sons have previously sold for up to 11,000gns. Gretnahouse Primates dam is Gretnahouse Iugesse, sired by the well-known trait leader for calving ease direct Blelack Digger. This lad was destined to be a breeder’s bull and went under the hammer to Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire.
Selling at 16,000gns, the second top price of the day went to Glenericht Pablo, bred by W K & P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This 18-month-old lad is fully parent verified to Glenericht Limpet and Glenericht Juicygirl, a daughter of Balthayock Graduate who they purchased back in to 2013. This lad sold to J Wight & Sons of Carwood Farm, Lanarkshire.
Third top price of the day was the 10,000gns bull Thrunton Paramount, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons, Thrunton Farm, Thrunton, Northumberland. At 18-months old and sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, out of Thrunton Lucinda, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad was purchased by Rettie
Thrunton Performer and from the same stable, sold for 8,800gns, this March 2019 born lad is also sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of Thrunton Floret, a daughter from the easy calving Balmyle Dickler. Purchased by W Barbour, Carsegowan Farm, Dumfries.
Next to secure 8,800gns was Glenericht Parker, April 2019 born, and another bred by W K & P Drysdale, also sired by Glenericht Limpet, his dam Glenericht Hayley is a daughter of the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat. This lad sold to W S Paterson of Golland, Kinross.
On a roll, April 2019 born Thrunton Platinum went under the hammer for 8,000gns, this time sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator, a trait leader for calving ease and out of Thrunton Hoopla, a daughter of Thrunton Doubletop. Purchased by W Milne of Ernan, Waterside Road, Strathdon.
Also selling for 8,000gns was Balmyle Panther, bred by W P Bruce Ltd, Balmyle, Meigle,Perthshire. This 17-month-old bull is fully parent verified and sired by Balthayock Minstrel and out of Balmyle Dorothea, a daughter of Sackville Adonis. Purchased by W & W Dawsons & Sons of Whinbrae, Aberdeenshire.
Goldies Premier hammered down at 7,200gns, bred by Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire. This 19-month-old bull is sired by the easy calving Balthayock Marquis and out of Goldies Lilac, a daughter from the 15,000gns bull Gretnahouse Heman. Purchased by Coghill.
The gavel came down five times at 7,000gns, first was Bombax Pirate, bred by C Smeaton & Sons, Cotton of Ovenstone, Inverarity, Angus. This 21-month-old bull is sired by the famous, easy calving Westcarse Houdini, out of Mornity Marilyn, a daughter of the 15,000gns Maerdy HWRE. This lad sold to Easter Tulloch Ltd of Kincardineshire.
March 2019 born Gretnahouse Pointer followed; bred by Alasdair Houston from Gretna House Farms, Mossknowe House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Sired by the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator and out of Gretnahouse Lannabel, her sire Wesley Equinox is a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad was purchased by R McNee Ltd of Woodend farm, West Lothian.
Also selling for 7,000gns was Thrunton Pathos, another from the J H C Campbell stable. This 18-month old bull is fully parent verified and sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of Thrunton Linnet, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator, a trait leader for calving ease direct. Purchased by J & W Kellas of Raws Farm, Keith.
Next to follow at 7,000gns was the 17-month-old bull Glenericht President, another bred by W K & P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This 17-month-old bull is parent verified to Glenericht Limpet and Glenericht Idyll, a daughter of Blelack Digger who is a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad sold to A J Beaton of 3 Gesto, Isle of Skye.
Marwood Pascal, born in May-2019 and bred by RA & J Blyth, Middleton House Farm, Elwick, Hartlepool, Cleveland was the last to hammer down at 7,000gns. Sired by the 16,000gns bull Balthayock Lineup, his dam Marwood Iona, is a daughter of the 55,000gns bull Sportsmans Columbo. Purchased by W F & H Logan of Maxwelston, Ayrshire.
Not far behind at 6,800gns came Bassett Piper, bred by Miss J Atkinson and sold by Brailes Livestock, Isalyn, Main Street, Upper Brailes, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Sired by Whitecliffe Highlight. His dam Bassett Hifi is a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Harestone Domino. This lad went to Ross Farms & Co LTD, Wester Middleton, Midlothian.
Two lots traded at 6500gns. First up was Glenernan Piper, bred by W & N Milne, Ernan, Waterside, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. This 21-month-old bull is sire verified to the 17,000gns Elgin Jagger and out of Glenernan Linda, a daughter of Glenernan Highlander. Purchased by Ellis & Keir of Cairncoullie, Aberdeenshire.
Next to secure 6500gns was Coolnaslee Parker, bred by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Sired by the 12,000gns bull Maerdy Maesmor, his dam Coolnaslee Lyra is a daughter of the 12,000gns bull Maerdy Fiend. Purchased by C A Smith of Wester Coull, Aberdeenshire.
Coming in at 6200gns was Elrick Pele, bred by Mr M J Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. At 17-months old, this bull is sire verified to the easy calving Maerdy Gouverneur, and out of Elrick Juniper, a daughter of Thrunton Fearless. Purchased by D Findlay & Sons of Pirnhall farm, Stirling.
Three further lots traded at 6000gns.
First of the three was the 21-month-old Glenernan Pele, another bred by W & N Milne, also sired by the 17,000gns bull Elgin Jagger and out of Corskellie Jinni, a daughter of Dingle Hofmeister. Purchased by Kincraigie Farms, By Banchory, Aberdeen.
Second to secure 6000gns was February 2019 born Newlogie Perejacquemin, bred by AJR Farms, Milton Of Collieston, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. A Newlogie Nobel son, out of Newlogie Naya, a daughter of the French bull Berry Mic. This lad went to C Smith of Broomhill, Dunecht.
Last of the three to hit the 6000gns mark was Lochend Poldark, bred by Mr & Mrs J W Millar, Lochend Farm, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. This April 2019 born bull is sire verified to the easy calving Gretnahouse Ming and out of Lochend Lightning, a daughter of Oldstone Egbert. Purchased by E & L Munro, Rogiehill, Aberdeen.
Kersknowe Padre, bred by Mr J Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso, Roxburgshire secured the bid of 5800gns. Born in April 2019 and sired by Kersknowe Jake and out of Kersknowe Mistress, a daughter of the 16,000gns bull Burradon Insomniac, this bull was purchased by R McCarlie Ltd, Wester Hassockrigg Farm, Lanarkshire.
Also, to secure a bid of 5800gns was Tweeddale Perfectpitch, bred by J Watson & Co, Bowsden Moor Farm, Bowsden, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. This June 2019 born bull, sired by Blelack Blackberet and out of a Blelack Digger daughter Tweeddale Icemaiden. This bull was purchased by Walker.
Two bulls went under the hammer at 5500gns, both bred by Major D F W H & N R Walter, of Garden House, Balthayock, Perth, Perthshire. First to go under the hammer was Balthayock Pluto, born in May 2019 and sired by the easy calving Balthayock Meteor, his dam Balthayock Highness is a daughter of Swalesmoor Cracker. Purchased by R Atkinson of Rose Tree farm.
Balthayock Pioneer followed at 5500gns, also born in May 2019, sired by the easing calving, 11,000gns bull Gretnahouse Lunar, his dam Balthayock Inga is another daughter of Swalesmoor Cracker, this one selling to Evans Corfield & Son of Big Huntingdon, Ludlow.
A further two bulls reached 5200gns. Tweeddale Pegasus, an April 2019 born lad and another from J Watson & Co. Sired by the 23,000gns bull Goldies Jasper and out of Tweeddale Icemaiden, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. Purchased by G & A Milne of Standing Stones, Banchory.
Also securing the bid of 5200gns and from the same stable was Tweeddale Paddy, born in the same month and also sired by the 23,000gns bull Goldies Jasper, out of Tweeddale Ironlady another daughter of Blelack Digger, this time selling to J Farquhar of Kinaldie, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.
October 8, 2020 British Charolais Commercial Virtual Calf & Charolais Youth Stock Judging Competition. Sponsored by Breedr & in partnership with AHDB
Virtual Commercial Calf Competition 2020 – Results
|1. Best individual female calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020
|2. Best individual female calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020
|SI & Linda Evans
|3. Best individual male calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020
|4. Best individual male calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020
|5. Best group of 5-9 calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020
|6. Best group of 10 or more calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020
|7. Individual Champion
Charolais Youth Virtual Stock judging results. Thank you to our master judge Michael Atkinson who placed the animals XBYA.
The Senior class winner with a score of 46 and the closest to guessing the weight is Lois Scott.
2nd – Tom Brown – 46 points
3rd – Sarah Johnston – 46 points
The winner of the intermediate class with a score of 41 is Alex Frost
2nd – James Morrison – 25 points
And with a score of 45 the winner of the junior class is Kerr Brooke
2nd – Gwion Rhys Jones-Howells – 40
3rd – Thomas Goldie – 37
Congratulations to all the winners, a Charolais jacket is on its way to you.
Thank you to all the competitors, our judges Matthew Milne, David Connolly, Will Owen, David Thornley, Jeremy Price & Mike Atkinson and sponsors Breedr and AHDB who have all helped to make our Virtual Commercial Calf & Stockjudging competition such a great success. Here’s hoping we will be back out on the road for more live Charolais Youth events in 2021.Congratulations to all the winners, a Charolais jacket is on its way to you.
August 26, 2020 British Charolais Commercial Virtual Calf & Charolais Youth Stock Judging Competition
Sponsored by Breedr & in Partnership with AHDB #shoutaboutthesire
Entries for all classes are now open and close at midnight on Friday 11/09/2020
- Best individual female calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020 – Master Judge: Matthew Milne
- Best individual female calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020 – Master Judge: David Connolly
- Best individual male calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020 – Master Judge: Will Owen
- Best individual male calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020 – Master Judge: David Thornley
- Best group of 5-9 calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020 – Master Judge: Jeremy Price
- Best group of 10 or more calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020 – Master Judge: TBC
- Individual Champion – Master Judge: Mike Atkinson
All entries must be currently owned by the exhibiting member, sired by registered or previously registered pedigree Charolais bulls. And the sire must be registered on the passport of the entry for mainland animals or with AFBI for Northern Ireland entries
Exhibitors to send their name and contact details along with the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- For animals entered into the individual classes: the ear tag number, tag number of the sire and four pictures (front, back side and a head shot clearly showing the ear tag)
- For groups: one picture or a twenty second video clip of the group and the tag number of the sire/sires
Photos must be taken by the exhibitor and must not include people so that the competition can be held anonymously
The Charolais Youth stock judging element of the competition will be open to competitors aged between 8-26 years. All competitors must provide their name, DOB and email address. The individual championship will be judged. The standard stock judging rules apply the class will consist of four animals (ABXY) which will be placed in order of preference by the competitors. Prizes will be awarded for the winner of each of the junior (8-14), intermediate (15-18) & senior (19-26) sections. In the event of a tie, the winner will the competitor who most closely estimates the weight of the bull.
On Monday 28 September, the pictures of the top four animals and the guess the weight bull, will be posted on our website and Facebook page and judging will open for the young judges. Stock judging competitors will have until midnight on Thursday 1 October to place their animals via the competition entry form.
The winners will be announced though-out the day on Friday 2 October with reasons from the master judge.
Any pictures submitted to the competition may be used by the Society for future promotion
- Charolais jacket for each winner of classes 1 – 4
- Charolais jacket for each stock judging section winner
- A £500 Charolais bull voucher to each of the winners of classes 5, 6 & 7
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August 11, 2020 British Charolais Society 2020 Autumn Sales
It’s time to start thinking about the Autumn sales which are set to go ahead at moment – subject to changes on restrictions.
Entry deadlines are fast approaching and don’t forget that any animal you are entering must be DNA tested, the DNA test must be in progress before the closing date and that the DNA tests must be completed before the sale catalogue goes to print. So, if you are planning to enter animals into any of the Autumn sales it’s best to get in touch with us ASAP to check their DNA tests are being processed/completed.
This information is subject to change if government guidelines on restrictions change so we will keep you informed of any updates as we have them.
Vet Inspections will be taking place at all sales, but there are some other variations between sales that you will need to know about:
Dungannon Sale – Friday 6 November
40 Bulls & 15 Females
Welshpool Sale – Thursday 12th November
|Sale Date||Entry Closing Date||Show Information||Online sale
if live sale is cancelled
|Closed||No Show, will be a parade||No||
|Dungannon||Friday 6 November||Closed||No Show||Yes||
|Welshpool||Thursday 12 November||Friday 2 October||No Show, will be a parade||Yes||
1st – (Lot 62) – Caylers Charolais – Rosanna Jupiter – s. Rosanna Fameux
2nd – (Lot 60) – AJR Farms – Newlogie Perejacquemin – s. Newlogie Nobel
3rd – (Lot 7) – AJR Farms – Newlogie Princesslaika s. Harestone Jaquard
4th – (Lot 4) – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Prosecco – s. Chunal Dougie
5th – (Lot 24) – Miss C L Boden – Bostockgreen Opal – s. Davally Illusion
6th – (Lot 51) – Miss A Howell – Whitetower Pride – s. Goldies Mighty
7th – (Lot 34) – Miss C L Boden – Edenhurst Infanta – s. Ratoary Ferguson
= 8th – (Lot 9) – Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters – Teme Opaque – s. Goldstar Gentleman
= 8th – (Lot 45) – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Pascal – s. Balthayock Lineup
1st – Lot 4 – Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters – Teme Prosecco – s. Chunal Dougie
2nd – Lot 9 – Mrs S M Corbett & Daughters – Teme Opaque – s. Goldstar Gentleman
3rd – Lot 60 – AJR Farms – Newlogie Perejacquemin – s. Newlogie Nobel
4th – Lot 7 – AJR Farms – Newlogie Princesslaika – s. Harestone Jaquard
= 5th – Lot 24 – Charlotte Boden – Bostockgreen Opal – s. Davally Illusion
= 5th – Lot 51 – Annabelle Howell – Whitetower Pride – s. Goldies Mighty
7th – Lot 34 – Charlotte Boden – Edenhurst Infanta – s. Ratoary Ferguson
8th – Lot 45 – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Pascal – s. Balthayock Lineup
9th – Lot 65 – Mr NP Jones – Waterman Noble – s. Farleycopse Gareth
BULL, born before or on 31/12/2017
1st – (Lot 62) – Caylers Charolais – Rosanna Jupiter – s. Rosanna Fameux
2nd – (Lot 65) – Mr N P Jones – Waterman Noble – s. Farleycopse Gareth
3rd – (Lot 64 – AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite
4th – (Lot 63) – Mr N P Jones – Chesham Minotaur – S. Thrunton Fairfax
BULL, born on or between 01/01/2019 – 29/02/2019
1st – (Lot 60) – AJR Farms – Newlogie Perejacquemin – s. Newlogie Nobel
2nd – (Lot 59) – AJR Farms – Newlogie Princenobel – s. Newlogie Nobel
3rd – (Lot 58) – AJR Farms – Newlogie Paragon – s. Harestone Jaquard
4th – (Lot 61) – A & M Williams – Castellmawr Pedro – s. Blelack Fabulous
5th – (Lot 57) – J & A Price – Oakchurch Percy – s. Maerdy Montypython
BULL, born on or between 01/03/2019 – 30/04/2019
1st – (Lot 51) – Annabelle Howell – Whitetower Pride – s. Goldies Mighty
2nd – (Lot 55) – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Parker – s. Glenericht Limpet
3rd – (Lot 54) – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Pioneer – s. Balthayock Lineup
4th – (Lot 50) – Billy Turner – Brampton Paisleypark – s. Border Jamboree
5th – (Lot 52) – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Prince – s. Balthayock Lineup
6th – (Lot 53) – Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Pecador – s. Stranagone Jones
7th – (Lot 56) – Mr J Charlton – Throphill Peregrine – s. Balthayock Gladiator
BULL, born on or between 01/05/2019 – 31/07/2019
1st – (Lot 45) – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Pascal – s. Balthayock Lineup
2nd – (Lot 43) – Messrs SI & LJ Evans – Breos Phantom – s. Breos Highlight
3rd – (Lot 48) – Mr M Connolly – Palace Picador – s. Fymore Glory
4th – (Lot 47) – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Pacific – s. Glenericht Mecca
5th – (Lot 46) – Simon & Susanne Frost – Mawstone Pan – s. Balthayock Empire
6th – (Lot 44) – Simon & Susanne Frost – Mawstone Pike – s. Balthayock Empire
7th – (Lot 49) – Andrew Brown – Ellerton Poldark – s. Westcarse Houdini
FEMALE, born on or before 31/12/2017
1st – (Lot 34) – Charlotte Boden – Edenhurst Infanta – s. Ratoary Ferguson
2nd – (Lot 26) – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Fuchsia – s. Caylers Bombadier
3rd – (Lot 32) – Kevin Burton – Craven Ivy – s. Blelack Digger
4th – (Lot 42) – Robert Aitken – Lourie Novelty – s. Davally Illusion
5th – (Lot 36) – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Jubilee – s. Thrunton Goldeneye
6th – (Lot 33) – Kevin Burton – Craven Izzy – s. Blelack Digger
7th – (Lot 40) – Kevin Burton – Craven Megan – s. Thrunton Fairfax
8th – (Lot 35) – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Image – s. Thrunton Dominator
9th – (Lot 28) – Nathan Jones – Stobarts Freda – s. Woodpark Bishop
10th – (Lot 27) – Andrew Brown – Ellerton Felicity – s. Brampton Gladiator
11th – (Lot 37) – David MacKenzie – Thurso Jessica – s. Maerdy Charlton
12th – (Lot 39) – Andrew Brown – Ellerton Marigold – s. Sandelford Harrison
13th – (Lot 31) – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Hostess – s. Edenhurst Cognac
14th – (Lot 29) – Nathan Jones – Waterman Honey – s. Balthayock Vulcan
15th – (Lot 41) – Phelim & Bronagh Caraher – Teerborder Nobrexit – s. Derryolam Impeccable
16th – (Lot 30) Billy Turner – Brampton Hopscotch – s. Balthayock Aesop
17th – (Lot 38) – Billy Turner – Brampton Maisie – s. Brampton Hamish
FEMALE, born on or between 01/01/2018 – 30/06/2018
1st – (Lot 24) Charlotte Boden – Bostockgreen Opal – s. Davally Illusion
2nd – (Lot 14) Caylers Charolais – Caylers Orchid – s. Rosanna Jupiter
3rd – (Lot 11) Jeremy Paynter – Drumilly Overjoyed – s. Invictus
4th – (Lot 19) Adam Salter – Cranmore Olivia – s. Wesley Furnish
5th – (Lot 17) Mike & Margaret Atkinson – Mowbraypark Olivia – s. Klibreck Ecosse
6th – (Lot 18) John Mcgrath – Drumconnis Oonagh – s. Drumconnis Marvel
7th – (Lot 15) Jenny Rix – Wissington Oregano – s. Maerdy Heracles
8th – (Lot 12) Annabelle Howell – Weybread Orchid – s. Blelack Crusader
8th – (Lot 21) Paul & Clare Germany – Hautbois Obe – s. Blelack Digger
10th – (Lot 15a) Adam Salter – Cranmore Olympia – s. Wesley Furnish
11th – (Lot 23) Stephen Gallimore C/O Josh Williamson – Bassett Olga – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
12th – (Lot 13) Billy & Sarah Turner – Brampton Opral – s. Border Jamboree
13th – (Lot 20) Paul & Clare Germany – Hautbois One – s. Blelack Digger
14th – (Lot 25) Ian Bell – Hallbankgate Oria – s. Elgin Lampard
15th – (Lot 16) Vivian Griffiths – Ffynnon Olwen – s. Ffynnon Icicle
FEMALE, born on or between 01/07/2018 – 31/12/2018
1st – (Lot 9) The Corbett Family – Teme Opaque – s. Goldstar Gentleman
2nd – (Lot 10) Andrew Brown – Ellerton Olwyn – s. Blelack Fabulous
FEMALE, born on or between 01/01/2019 – 28/02/2019
1st – (Lot 7) AJR Farms – Newlogie Princesslaika – s. Harestone Jaquard
2nd – (Lot 6) George Hadnett – Brigadoon Primeria – s. Newhouse Maxamus
3rd – (Lot 5) Mr D Muirhead – Firhills Polly – s. Glenericht Mecca
4th – (Lot 8) Mr NP Jones – Waterman Perfect – s. Farleycopse Gareth
FEMALE, born on or between 01/03/2019 – 30/04/2019
1st – (Lot 4) The Corbett Family – Teme Prosecco – s. Chunal Dougie
2nd – (Lot 3) Robert Aitken – Lourie Panache – s. Tweeddale Lookout
3rd – (Lot 1) Paul & Clare Germany – Botesdale Poppy – s. Weybread Lorenzo
4th – (Lot 2) WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Paige – s. Caylers Gladiator
June 30, 2020 The Scottish Farmer Champions of the Decade Competition
This weekend the Scottish Farmer announced the winner of its Champions of the Decade competition, which has been running for the last few weeks on their website with over 9,000 votes registered throughout the competition. The public voting whittled down the entries to a short lead of three and then the judges Society Chairman Ben Harman and Society President Michael Atkinson had the final agonising task of deciding the ultimate Charolais champion.
They said “After looking at the final three we chose the winner who showed all the attributes of a great Charolais female. She has great depth while retaining clean lines and manages to carry plenty of power, while retaining her femininity. In the picture she is standing beautifully, shows great angles through the pasterns and upward and already hints at being a great milker. She looks good across the plates and the tail head, leaving us to think she will have all the attributes to become a productive breeding cow.”
The winner of the converted prize was the 2013 champion Elgin Catherine, who also won the interbreed beef championship at the same show along with her February-born heifer calf Elgin Iona. No stranger to the show, she had previously won the junior female title in 2009.
Bred and exhibited by the Milne family, out of their 50 strong pedigree cow Elgin herd based at Kennieshillock, Llanbryde, she is by Gower Versace and out of the 14,000gns Rumsden Samurai daughter Elgin Unity, a cow which has bred sons to 9,000gns.
2013 was her last year in the show ring and she sadly passed away in the Spring, however she has produced nine sons and daughters in total and most of her female calves have been retained for breeding in the herd. One daughter which was sold was Elgin Lynsey who made 3,600gns at the 2016 herd reduction sale at Stirling.
Since his success with Catherine, Matthew has added to his Highland show accolades not only with winning tickets in the Charolais classes but also being awarded the championship of the beef breeder classes twice and the junior interbreed title in 2018 with Elgin Neuer.
The first of the other two Charolais champions to make it to the short list was the 2019 winner Balthayock Nessie, an entry from Major David and Nick Walter, Perthshire. A heifer’s calf bred out of Balthayock Jessie, a Swalesmoor Cracker daughter, she is sired by the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. Nessie also visited the Aylth show last year securing the breed championship, the supreme beef interbreed championship and the overall champion of champions awards and has gone on to produce her first calf in March of this year.
Also being selected in the top three was Olrig Dubarry, who was crowned breed champion in 2010. The 2008-born Dubarry who was bred and exhibited by The Logie Farm Partnership, Newburgh, Fife, was also awarded the reserve ticket in the inter-breed championships of that year. She was sired by the £25,000 Maerdy Impeccable who was himself a prolific show winner, counting amongst his many successes the 1999 Highland show championship, and her dam was Maerdy Alien, a daughter of the Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Ulm.
Finally, congratulations must go once again to all the last decades Charolais Highland show champions, which also include: John and Raymond Irvine’s 2011 champion Inverlochy Cathy; Balmyle Eclipse from 2012 who secured the championship for Bill Bruce; the 2014 champion Balmaud Eclipse exhibited by M Bruce & Partners; Balthayock Imp who secured the title in 2015 for Major Walter; Jenny and John Rix’s 2016 champion Wissington Jocasta; Kilbline 1 Instigator who claimed the 2017 title for previous winners John and Raymond Irvine; and the Barclay family’s 2018 champion Harestone Jaquard.
This week will see the interbreed championship determined with Kay Adam, Newhouse, Glamis deciding the Beef winner.
June 19, 2020 The Great Charolais Online Show
THE GREAT CHAROLAIS SUMMER SHOW 2020 in association with WELSHPOOL LIVESTOCK SALES
Usually getting ready for shows at this time of year, or have always wanted to take part but couldn’t get away from home?
Why not take part in the Great Charolais Summer Show?
How does it work?
• All competitors must be registered British Charolais members
• All entries must be registered British Charolais animals and currently owned by the exhibiting member
• Each week we will announce a new class which we are accepting entries for – these will be the classes that would have been held at the National show in July. Please see the full list of classes at the end of the rules
• Send the name and ear tag number of your entry along with four pictures – front, both sides and rear of your animal or animals and a video of them walking unhaltered (as we don’t want the handler in the pictures or video) to email@example.com . Please see our mobile phone filming guide here. No professional photos please, photos and video must be taken by the exhibitor. Please do not include the handler in the pictures or video as this competition will be held anonymously and the entry will not be accepted
• For each class, you will have a week to submit your animals once the entries are open
• At the end of the week, we will post the pictures and video for each of the entries in a compilation video on Facebook and twitter, and individually on our website, in a similar format to our online sales – however, no animal or owner information will be available
• Once voting opens on a class, to vote just submit your choice for 1st 2nd and 3rd places on the form on our Facebook page. Your votes will be translated into scores (3 points for 1st place, 2 points for 2nd place and 1 point for 3rd place) which when added together will determine the overall placings in each class. Please do not vote for the same animal more than once otherwise your vote will not be counted
• The class results will be announced each Monday after the voting closes on the Friday and voting for the next class will begin on that same Monday
• The Champion will be judged from the class winners and voting will take place between 14/09/2020 – 17/09/2020
• The Reserve Champion will be judged from the remaining class winners the second placed animal in the winner’s class and voting will take place between 18/09/2020 – 21/09/2020
• All Class winners will receive a Charolais jacket and a Prize Rosette
• Breed Champion will be awarded £150.00 (sponsored by Welshpool Livestock sales), a Championship Plaque & Championship Sash
• Reserve Breed Champion will be awarded £100.00 (sponsored by Welshpool Livestock sales)
June 5, 2020 Stirling Charolais Top at 7,200gns
Due to the lockdown and the restrictions in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, United Auctions’ Stirling bull sales in May were conducted via direct marketing rather than a live sale held at Stirling Agricultural Centre. The bulls were marketed via an online catalogue backed up by contact from the United Auctions sales team who liaised with prospective buyers.
Charolais bids peaked at 7,200gns and 17 bulls found new homes to average £5,406.47, the highest average of all the breeds represented.
Leading the Charolais bids at 7,200gns was Harestone Oblivion from the Barclay family’s Harestone herd at Banchory, Aberdeenshire. This outstanding bull is by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, is out of Harestone Mo, a homebred daughter of the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie, and has been fully parentage verified. The 18 month-old Oblivion, who has one copy of the F94L myostatin gene, features in the top 10% of the breed for 200 day weight gain and his TI of +53 and SRI of +51 rank him in the top 15% and top 20% respectively. He goes on to work in Tarland, Aboyne, for A Smith.
Next, sold for 7,000gns, was Allanfauld Oscar from Archie & John MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. A June 2018-born bull, he was purchased by C Addison and Co, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. He is sire verified as by the homebred Allanfauld Lachie and his dam is Allanfauld Ice, who goes back to the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin. Oscar, who has a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-0, is a bull with impressive figures, featuring in the top 1% of the national herd for 200 day weight, he is ranked in the top 5% for his 400 and 600-day weight gain as well as for his Terminal Index (+73) and Self Replacing Index (+67) scores.
Selling for 6,700gns was the pen leader from the Campbell family’s Thrunton herd at Alnwick, Northumberland. Another with impressive performance figures, his TI of +70 and SRI of +64 place him in the top 5% of the breed. Thrunton Oban has gone to Kincraigie Farms, Lumphanan, and he’s a Q204X carrying, July 2018-born bull, who is fully parentage verified as by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of the Thrunton Gladiator-sired Thrunton Jaquette.
Three more of the Campbell’s lots sold averaging £6,168.75 for the bunch. Their next highest priced, at 6,000gns, was Thrunton Oman, a 20 month-old bull with a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-0. With top 10% Terminal Index and Self Replacing scores of +60 and + 57, he is sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator and his dam Thrunton Fanciful goes back to the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal. He was purchased by Glenkiln Farms, Crocketford, Dumfiresshire.
Just behind at 5,800gns was the Campbell’s next lot, the September 2018-born Thrunton Ontario, a fully parentage verified bull who is out of the Thrunton Gladiator-sired Thrunton Layla and by the aforementioned Maerdy Jerusalem. Messrs Thomson, Midmar, Aberdeenshire, were the purchasers of this non-myostatin carrier, another to feature in the top 10% of the breed with his TI of +61 and in the top 5% with a SRI of +67, a 400 day weight gain score of +71 and a 600-day weight gain score of +81.
At 5,300gns Alsnow Oak was next in the trade stakes. He was consigned by Neil Wattie, Alford, Aberdeenshire, who had purchased him as a calf at foot from Alan Lawson’s dispersal sale in February last year. The 22 month-old Oak was this time purchased by C Tait, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, and is sire verified as by the Irish-bred Cottage Devon. He has a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-0 and his dam Alsnow Hanna, whose last bull calf sold for 8,000gns, is by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat.
Lochend Orient a 19 month-old entry from Iain and Rhona Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, was the next top selling lot at 5,200gns. He is bred out of Lochend India who goes back to the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo. India, who is a twin, is also a full sister to the 22,000gns Lochend Hickory. Orient, a carrier of both the F94L and Q204X myostatin genes, who was snapped up by William Hendry, Dunbar, East Lothian, is sire verified as by the 9,000gns Carlisle class winner Nuthampstead Judas, whose first three Lochend sons have sold to average £6,685.
A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 5,000gns and the first was Westcarse Obe, a June 2018-born bull from John and Diane Christie, Stirling. Sired verified as by Nuthampstead Judas, whose sons have sold to 7,500gns, he is out of Westcarse Greta, a Kersknowe Clansman daughter. The 23 month-old Obe whose myostatin status is F94L-0, Q204X-0 sold to E and A Donald and sons, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Matching the 5,000gns price tag when he was purchased by Hamlet Cowans, Lochendhead, Dumfries-shire, from consigners J and J Graham, Blairdrummond, Stirlingshire, was the July 2018-born Burnbank Ollymurs, a non-myostatin carrier who was semen tested prior to sale. A bull who is sire verified as by the popular AI bull Blelack Digger, who has added over 200 progeny into the national herd, Ollymurs is bred out of Blackford Lucy, a daughter of the Royal Highland show reserve junior bull champion Elgin Davinci.
The final 5,000gns lot was the 21 month-old Thrunton Octavian, who was offered for sale by JHC Campbell and Son. With a Terminal Index of +54 and a Self Replacing Index of +52, this bull who does not carry any myostatin, is ranked in the top 1% of the breed for 200-day weight gain. Octavian is sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator, out of Thrunton Impala, a daughter of the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, and was purchased by Leys Estate, Leys Castle, Inverness.
Averages: 17 bulls £5,406.47
Auctioneers: United Auctions
May 14, 2020 Inaugural Charolais Online Auction Tops at £10,000
With the ban on pedigree breeding sales in the livestock markets due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Harrison and Hetherington developed their online marketing to include timed auctions, so that the pedigree breeders had a legitimate outlet at which to sell their bulls.
The Charolais sale which was due to take place at Borderway mart in the 9 May was converted into the new online timed auction format, which started on Friday 8 and concluded on Tuesday 12 May. A total of 19 Charolais bulls found new homes to average £5,021 with bidding peaking at £10,000 and eight lots trading at £5000 and above.
Topping the lots at £10,000 was the November 2018-born Solwayfirth Oneal, , who was purchased by John Wight and Sons, Biggar, Lanarkshire. This bull is the first to be sold by the 11,500gns Glenericht Majestic, who has so far produced over 40 progeny for the herd since his purchase in October 2017. His dam is Solwayfirth Ingrid, a daughter of the Perth supreme champion Blackford Samson.
Oneal has some impressive figures with a Terminal Index of +63 and Self Replacing Index of +60, placing him in the top 10% of the breed. He also has a copy of both the F94L and Q204X myostatin genes in his DNA. He was bred and exhibited by Ian and Dorothy Goldie, Annan, Dumfriesshire, who had a great day selling all four bulls they had entered to average £5,525.
“I’m delighted with our trade and really pleased that H&H have set up this new online system so quickly,” said Ian. “I feel that we would never have achieved a price of £10,000 in the current situation without this. These are the first four sons of Majestic we’ve sold, and hopefully there’ll be some more in the pipeline for February.”
The second highest price of £9,000 was paid for Mornity Pedro, an entry from Jack Nicoll Farms, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Sire verified as by the renowned 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini, and he’s out of the exceptional breeding of Guthrie Laura who goes back to Falleninch Hamzoraj. His TI of +66 places him in the top five percent of the breed. He’s also amongst the top one percent of the national herd for 200 day weight, and the top five percent for 400 and 600 day weight gain, and was purchased by Tom Story, Greenburn, Dumfriesshire.
At £7,400 the next highest priced lot was the October 2018-born Goldies Orchard who boasted the highest Terminal Index and Self Replacing Index in the sale catalogue at +86 and +76 respectively, placing him in the top one percent of the breed and he also has two copies of the F94L myostatin gene.
Another to be fully parentage verified, his dam is the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman-sired Goldies Lottie and his sire is the 10,500gns Tweeddale Matador, a prolific show winner whose accolades include the National show junior championship. Orchard was purchased by Ouston Farms, Lobley Hill, Tyne and Wear, and he was bred and consigned by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire.
An entry from RM Adam and Son, Forfar, Angus, was the next top selling bull at £6,800 and he goes on to work in Caernarfon, Gwynedd for new owner Ifan Thomas. Newhouse Olympus, a 17 month-old with a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-1, who has also been fully parentage verified, is out of the 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob daughter Newhouse Lass, and sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar.
At £5,100 was the 21 month-old Retties Oasis from Richard and Carol Rettie, Methven, Perthshire. The popular AI bull Davally Illusion is the sire here and his dam is Retties Harmony, a daughter of the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie. He was purchased by JC Rennie and Son, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
Three bulls achieved bids of £5,000 and the first was Gretnahouse Onside, an October 2018-born lad who is fully parentage verified. He has an impressive calving ease score (+11.6), which positions him in the top 10% of the national herd and he also has a copy of the Q204X myostatin gene. His sire is the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and his dam Gretnahouse Maradise is a first calving daughter of the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator. He was offered for sale by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, and was purchased by R and J Stannard, Bethersden, Kent.
Matching the £5,000 price tag when he was snapped up by John Nelson, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was Glenericht Oger an entry from WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who places in the top five percent of the breed with a TI of +69 and in the top one percent for SRI with a score of +70.
He also places in the top 20% for calving ease, gestation length and 200-day weight, top five percent on 400 day weight and top 15% for 600 day weight gain. An October 2018-born bull who boasts two copies of the F94L gene, he is sire verified to the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator and his dam Glenericht Gigi goes back to the popular AI sire Blelack Digger who has added over 2,000 progeny into the national herd.
Another who was bid to £5,000 was Mark McGahan’s 15 month-old Chunal Primeminister from Hadfield, Derbyshire, who was the second easiest calving bull in the catalogue at +14.5 and has a myostatin status of F94L-1. His dam is the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox-sired Chunal Mistletoe and he is sire verified as by the Yorkshire-bred Whitecliffe James. He’s off to work for Andrew Wilson in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.
Next in the trade stakes at £4,800 was Solwayfirth Ozzy, a November 2018-born bull from the aforementioned Ian and Dorothy Goldie, who has a myostatin status of F94L-1. Sire verified to Glenericht Majestic, his dam is Solwayfirth Hayley, a daughter of the homebred Solwayfirth Bandit. He was snapped up by Mark Jones-Davies and Co, Brecon, Powys.
The Goldies success didn’t stop there, and their other top lot sold when a bid of £4,200 secured Solwayfirth Oliver for Scott Hiddleston, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire. The 17 month-old Oliver is again sire verified to Glenericht Majestic, is out of the Solwayfirth Bandit-sired Solwayfirth Heather, and has one copy of the F94L myostatin gene in his genetics.
Achieving a top bid of £4,300 was Harestone Oasis, an entry from R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire. Born in November 2018 and a carrier of the Q204X gene, he is fully parentage verified and sired by the Highland show supreme champion Harestone Jaquard, while his dam is Knockmahon Jane, who goes back to Cloverfield Excellent. He was purchased by A and B Fisher, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
The star of the female section was the 2019 Royal Welsh show reserve junior female champion Bassett Oakleaf, who was offered for sale by Brailes Livestock, Banbury, Oxfordshire. She is a January 2018-born heifer who was bred in North Yorkshire by Jean Atkinson and was sold AI’d to Westcarse Houdini to Kenneth Hall and Son, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, for £5,600. Her sire is the 10,000gs Harestone Domino and she is bred out of Bassett Ebony, a daughter of the 16,000gns Perth junior champion Balmyle Vagabond.
The other top priced female seller at £3,000 was Bassett Olivia, a March 2018-born heifer who is sire verified to Whitecliffe Lacroix and one of the first to be sold by this bull. She is bred out of the 10,000gns Harestone Domino daughter Bassett Hifi, was bred and consigned by Jean Atkinson, Thorpe Bassett, North Yorkshire, and purchased by Lee hopwood, Littleborough, Lancashire.
Averages: 19 bulls: £5,021.05, four heifers: £3,362.50
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.