July 10, 2019 National Charolais Show at the Great Yorkshire Show 2019

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National Show Results
Great Yorkshire Show Monday 9 July 2019
Judge: Ben Harman, Chesham, Buckinghamshire

Class 72 – Female born on or between 01/05/2018 – 31/07/2018
1 – MV & ME Atkinson – Mowbraypark Olivia – s. Kilbreck Ecosse

Mowbraypark Olivia

Mowbraypark Olivia

Class 73 – Females born on or between 01/03/2018 – 30/04/2018
1 – Jonathan Watson – Tweeddale Olive – s. Goldies Jasper
2 – Billy Turner – Brampton Oyster – s. Border Jamboree
3 – Mortimers Farms – Mortimers Onyourtoes – s. Farleycopse Laurence

Tweeddale Olive

Tweeddale Olive

Class 74 – Females born on or between 01/01/2018 – 28/02/2018
1 – R McNeill & J Rettie – Formakin Opal – s. Hercule
2 – Mortimers Farms – Mortimers Overjoy – s. Farleycopse Laurence
3 – F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Ophelia – s. Blelack Digger

Formakin Opal

Formakin Opal

Class 75 – Females born on or between 01/07/2017 – 31/12/2017
1 – George Russell – Lesliepark Nora – s. Lesliepark Lithgow
2 – RD Aitken – Lourie Novelty – s. Davally Illusion
3 – Jonathan Watson – Tweeddale Nannymcphee – s. Goldies Jasper

Lesliepark Nora

Lesliepark Nora

Class 76 – Females born on or between 01/01/2017 – 30/06/2017
1 – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Nadia – s. Harestone Domino
2 – SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Nude – s. Teme Lunar
3 – DH Knox – Balbithan Nancy – s. Davally Illusion

Bassett Nadia

Bassett Nadia

The champion Bassett Nadia from Brailes Livestock

Class 77 – Female born on or before 31/12/2016
1 – Rob Tremayne – Marne Mirage – s. Marne Gucci
2 – Harvey Wood – Woodline Holly – s. Blelack Digger
3 – George Russell – Lesliepark Maggie – s. Mandela Dillon

Marne Mirage

Marne Mirage

Class 78 – Bulls born on or between 01/05/2018 – 31/07/2018
1 – Billy Turner – Brampton Omar – s. Border Jamboree
2 – Mr CD Timm & Family – Hillviewfarm Outlaw – s. Blelack Digger

Brampton Omar

Class 79 – Bull born on or between 01/03/2018 – 30/04/2018
1 – Jonathan Watson – Tweeddale Outlook – s. Maerdy Jerusalem
2 – SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Oreo – s. Shraden Osram
3 – DG & CL Noton – Ashby Oaks – s. Blelack Digger

Tweeddale Outlook

Tweeddale Outlook

Class 80 – Bull born on or between 01/01/2018 – 28/02/2018
1 – Jenny Rix – Wissington Olaf – s. Edenhurst Leader
2 – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Online – s. Harestone Domino

Wissington Olaf

Class 81 – Bull born in 2017
1 – Mr CD Timm & Family – Balthayock Nominee – s. Balthayock Impression
2 – Mr J Young – Auchenhill Notorious – s. Lesliepark Lithgow

Balthayock Nominee

Balthayock Nominee

Pair of Animals owned and bred by one exhibitor
1 – Mortimers Farms
2 – F, J & AC Andrews
3 – Billy Turner

The Pairs champions from Mortimers

Interbreed Junior Team Champions
Jenny Rix – Wissington Olaf – s. Edenhurst Leader
George Russell – Lesliepark Nora – s. Lesliepark Lithgow
RD Aitken – Lourie Novelty – s. Davally Illusion
R McNeill & J Rettie – Formakin Opal – s. Hercule

Interbreed junior team champions

Supreme & Female Champion
Brailes Livestock – Bassett Nadia – s. Harestone Domino
Reserve Supreme & Female Champion
SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Nude – s. Teme Lunar

Overall champion Bassett Nadia and reserve Teme Nude

Male Champion & Junior Male Champion
Jenny Rix – Wissington Olaf – s. Edenhurst Leader
Reserve Male & Reserve Junior Male Champion
Billy Turner – Brampton Omar – s. Border Jamboree

Male champion Wissington Olaf and reserve male champion Brampton Omar

Female Junior Champion
George Russell – Lesliepark Nora – s. Lesliepark Lithgow
Reserve Junior Female Champion
R McNeill & J Rettie – Formakin Opal – s. Hercule

Junior female champion Lesliepark Nora and reserve Formakin Opal

Junior Champion
George Russell – Lesliepark Nora – s. Lesliepark Lithgow
Reserve Junior Champion
Jenny Rix – Wissington Olaf – s. Edenhurst Leader

Junior champion Lesliepark Nora and reserve Wissington Olaf

June 2, 2019 5,400gns Killadeas Neil leads the Swatragh Charolais sale

A small but high-quality offering of pedigree Charolais were on offer at the Northern Ireland Charolais club sale on Friday 31 May at Swatragh Mart, where the 10 bulls sold to a high of 5,400gns, averaged £3,286, up £575 on the year, and cleared to 79%.

Top Price, Reserve Supreme & Reserve Male Champion Killadeas Neil – 5,400gns

Topping the lots at 5,400gns was the reserve supreme and male champion Killadeas Neil, who was bred and exhibited by Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, Co Fermanagh, who two weeks ago claimed both the male junior champion and reserve titles at the Balmoral show with their homebred bulls Killadeas Orlando and Olaf. The 20 month-old Neil is sired by Gwenog Braveheart who was purchased by the herd in 2014 and his dam Killadeas Francis goes back to Southern Irish-bred Dunlon Ulick. He was purchased by Raymond Pedlow, Lurgan, Co Armagh.

Next in the trade stakes at 4,200gns was a blue ticket winner from Phillip McCrory, Garvaghey, Co Tyrone. A November 2017-born son of Derryolam Impeccable, Tandaragee Northstar was snapped up by James McLeister, Portglenone, Co Antrim, and is bred out of the Pirate-sired Tandaragee Ellie.

Supreme & Male Champion Ardmachree Noah – 4,000gns

Not far behind at 4,000gns was the 18 month-old Ardmachree Noah who caught the eye of Andrew Millar, Antrim, Co Antrim, when he was tapped out as the supreme and male champion at the pre-sale show for breeders and exhibitors Aaron and Erin Quigley, Macken, Co Fermanagh. Noah is sired by the proven easy calving AI sire Blelack Digger and his dam is Mullinveigh Gaga, is a daughter of the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando.

Carnview Oregon, an April 2018-born bull from James McGuigan, Maghera, Co Derry, who placed second in his class earlier in the evening, was next top priced. His dam, the 14,200gns Balbithan Georgia who was purchased by the herd at the Balbithan dispersal sale in October 2017, is a daughter of the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie, while he is sired by the Royal Bath and West show class winner Mortimers Hurricane. He was knocked down sold to John Campbell, Maghera, Co Derry, for 3,600gns.

Following on at 2,600gns was the 13,000gns Goldies Iceman son Toberlane Nigel, whose dam Toberlane Georgia goes back to the 55,000gns Balmoral show interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo. This 19 month-old lad was purchased by S Brady, Stewartstown, Co Tyrone and consigned by William Causey, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, who went on the sell the next highest priced lot. 2,500gns was the price paid for his July 2017-born, yellow ticket winner Toberlane Newton, by purchaser Peter Quinn, Pomeroy, Co Tyrone. Newton is sired by the 14,000gns Goldies Joss and bred out of the Dungannon supreme champion Kiltybane Best-sired Toberlane Holly.

Securing 2,500gns for breeder and exhibitors Brian McAllister and Son, Kells, Co Antrim, was the 14 month-old Burnside Olaf, who is a son of Mowbraypark Paramount and Burnside Limp, a 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat daughter. His purchaser was the aforementioned Raymond Pedlow of Lurgan, Co Armagh.

The only heifer on offer was knocked down at 1,400gns and taken home by S Brady, Stewartstown, Co Tyrone. Royaldowns Orleans, an 11 month-old daughter of Rowandale Dancer and the 9,000gns Balmoral supreme champion Goldies Carnival-sired Royaldowns Icecream was offered for sale by Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down.

Once again, the mart kindly offered to host Northern Ireland regional qualifier for the Charolais Youth national stock judging competition. There was a great turnout of youngsters taking part with the hope of securing a place on the Northern Ireland team at the finals which this year will be held at Clogher show on the 31st July.

There were three classes of cattle to be judged, two classes of heifers which were kindly supplied by Robert McWilliams and William Whyte, while Will Short brought a class of young bulls and has also very generously supplied a heifer as prize for this year’s NI club raffle, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Northern Ireland Childrens Hospice and the Air Ambulance of Northern Ireland. Tickets for which are still available to purchase from the Northern Ireland Charolais club.

Previous Charolais National Youth Final winner Kevin Reavey was the master judge. Kevin, who was incorporated onto the prestigious Charolais judges’ panel after impressing his mentor David Barker of the Caylers herd from Hertfordshire, when he shadowed at last year’s Clogher show has since gone on to judge at Dungannon sale earlier this month.

Senior Winner Alan Burleigh with master judge Kevin Reavey and senior runnerup James Causey

Heading up the senior section with a score of 130 points was Alan Burleigh of Crummy, Co Fermanagh, who secured the top spot because of his excellent reason giving, while the section’s runner up who also scored 130 points was James Causey, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Intermediate Winner Erin Quigley with master judge Kevin Reavey and intermediate runnerup Mark Reid

The intermediate winner Erin Quigley of Macken, Co Fermanagh, was also the evenings top scorer and achieved an impressive 146 points, just behind with a score of 142 was Mark Reid, Dungannon, Co Fermanagh.

Junior Winner Clarke Balfour with master judge Kevin Reavey and junior runnerup James Morrison

A score of 134 saw Clarke Balfour, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh, top the junior section, while runner up James Morrison, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh, was just behind on 130 points.

Northern Ireland Stockjudging Team

Joining the winners at the final will be next highest placed competitors Amy Wilson, Sam Matchett, Matthew Mitchell and Eimear McGovern.

Averages: 10 bulls £3,286.50, one heifer £1470.00
Auctioneers Swatragh Livestock Market
Joint Sponsors: Friels bar and restaurant, Specialist Joinery Group and Creagh Concrete
Judge: Gerard McShane, Articarvin, Co Tyrone


The Charolais Supreme Championship at this year’s Balmoral Show went to the day’s female champion, the January 2017-born Elgin Nancy.  A recent purchase by exhibitor Patrick Gallagher, who bought her home to Maghera from the Morayshire based herd of Roy and Matthew Milne. She is sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin while her dam the Highland show class winning Elgin Electra goes back to the French born Harestone Tyrol. Nancy was much admired for her power and presence in the show ring and she went to take Honourable Mention in the contest for Interbreed Champion.

Standing reserve to both Charolais Champion titles was Susan & Jack Smyth’s homebred Bessiebell Nana from Magheracolton.  A 22 month-old daughter of the Stirling intermediate champion Derryharney Jumbo and the Doonally New-sired Dungannon female champion Aghyoule Finoula.  This young heifer is sure to have a successful future.

Judge in the Charolais section was Archie McGregor the current President of British Charolais Cattle Society who hails from Glasgow.  He needs no introduction across the pedigree and commercial cattle world, from the Allanfauld herd, he has had a very successful breeding and showing career.

The Charolais breed took the Reserve Champion spot in the Linden foods Beef Groups consisting of Susan & Jack Smyth’s Bessiebell Nana, David & Shirley Bothwell’s Killadeas Olaf and WD & JA Connolly’s Brigadoon Olivia.  They were an excellent young team that represented the breed very well.

There was no doubting the quality on show for the Charolais breed this year, with the Charolais male champion going on to take the title of the Fane Valley Interbreed Beef Performance Bull Champion from D & S Bothwell with Killadeas Olaf, sired by Battleford Laser and out of Killadeas Dainty, a Dunlon Ulick daughter.

WD & JA Connolly took reserve championship in the Ulster Bank Interbreed exhibitors bred pairs with Brigadoon Nyoka and Brigadoon Nigella.  These excellent two year-old heifers where both sired by Goldies Icon, who also sired the Brigadoon herd’s junior female champion Brigadoon Olivia.

There was a huge level of interest in the Charolais breed across the four days of the show, with visitors complimenting the high levels of quality across the classes, and many breeders spending significant time at the ringside and in the cattle lines.  The club also attracted much discussion at the breed stand where they were attracted by a superb Charolais beef display from the Marquess Family Butchers, Muckamore, Antrim.

The club is indebted to the breeders for bringing out such a fine display of cattle, the British Charolais Society, the section sponsor and the RUAS; their staff and many committees and sub-groups, as well as the farming press for all their hard work in rolling out the Balmoral Showcase.

We wish all members well on the local show circuit with the next date on the calendar for the club is the NI National Charolais Championship and the 2019 Charolais National Youth Stock Judging Final both to be held at Clogher Valley show on 31st July 2019.  For more information contact Club Secretary Eilis Kelly or Club Chairman David Connolly.

Class 599 – Cow, born before 01/01/2016, in milk or in calf
1st – Gail Matchett – Tawny Jasmine – s Doonally New
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Wesley Glamarous – s. Balthayock Aesop

Tawny Jasmine

Class 600 – Cow or Heifer, in milk orin calf born in 2016
1st – Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Monalisa – s. Stranagone Jones
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Milan – s. Brigadoon Himself
3rd – Andrew McCammond – Crossane Mia – s. Alwent Goldbar

Stranagone Monalisa

Class 601 – Heifer, born on or after 01/01/2017and on or before 30 June 2017
1st – Patrick Gallagher – Elgin Nancy – s. Woodpark Elgin
2nd – Gail Matchett – Summervilla Niki – s. Cavelands Fenian
3rd – Steven O’kane – Gallaran Nicole – s. Rumsden Fawkes

Elgin Nancy

Class 602 Heifer, born on or after 01/07/2017 and on or before 31/12/2017
1st – Susan Smyth – Bessiebell Nana – s. Derryharney Jumbo
2nd – Gail Matchett – Limekiln Nicole – s. Panama
3rd – Andrew McCammond – Crossane Nora – s. Tullygarley Alibaba

Bessiebell Nana

Class 603 – Heifer, born on or after 01/01/2018
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Olivia– s. Goldies Icon
2nd – Jeremy Paynter – Drumilly Overjoyed – s. Invictus
3rd – Joseph Wilson – Ballinlare Olive – s. Harestone Jackson

Brigadoon Olivia

Class 604– Bull born on or before 1/1/2018
1st – Will Short – Blelack Marmaduke – s. Oak church Igor
2nd – J McGrath – Sportsman Monarch – s. Barnsford Ferny

Blelack Marmaduke

Class 605 – Bull born on or after 1/1/2018 and on or before 31/3/2018
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Oskar – s. Wesley Equinox
2nd – Will Short – Woodpark Oak – s. Deeside Gulliver
3rd – Leanne Titterington – Cherryvalley Olympus – s. Chic

Brigadoon Oskar

Class – 606 – Bull born on or after 1/4/2018
1st – David Bothwell – Killadeas Orlando – s. Battleford Laser
2nd – David Bothwell – Killadeas Olaf – s. Battleford Laser
3rd – T O’Neill – Glenramble Orson – s. Dooley Lewis

Killadeas Orlando

Class 607 Group of Three Animals
1st WD & JA Connolly
2nd Edgar Johnston
3rd Gail Matchett

Group of Three

Supreme & Female Champion
Patrick Gallagher – Elgin Nancy – s. Woodpark Elgin
Reserve Supreme & Reserve Female Champion
Susan Smyth – Bessiebell Nana – Derryharney Jumbo

Supreme & Female Champion & Reserve

Senior Female Champion
Gail Matchett – Tawny Jasmine – s. Doonally New

Senior Female Champion Tawny Jasmine

Junior Female Champion
W D & J A Connolly – Brigadoon Olivia – s. Goldies Icon
Reserve Junior Female Champion
Jeremy Paynter – Drumilly Overjoyed – s. Invictus

Brigadoon Olivia

Overall Male Champion & Junior Male Champion
David Bothwell – Killadeas Orlando – s. Battleford Laser
Reserve Male Champion
Will Short – Blelack Marmaduke – s. Oakchurch Igor
Reserve Junior Male Champion
David Bothwell – Killadeas Olaf – s. Battleford Laser

Junior Male & Reserve Junior Male Champions

Linden Foods Beef Groups Reserve Champions
Susan Smyth – Bessiebell Nana, David Bothwell – Killadeas Olaf & WD & J A Connolly – Brigadoon Olivia

Linden Foods Interbreed Reserve Champions

Fane Valley Interbreed Beef Performance Bull Champion
David Bothwell – Killadeas Orlando – s. Battleford Laser

Killadeas Orlando

Ulster Bank Interbreed Exhibitor Bred Pairs
Reserve Champions WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nevada & Brigadoon Nigella

Linden Foods Interbreed Show Team Award Champions
WD & J A Connolly – Brigadoon Charolais

Linden Foods Interbreed Show Team Award Champions

May 13, 2019 Caylers Napoleon tops the lots at Carlisle

There was ready commercial trade for Charolais at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Saturday 11th May, where 61 bulls sold to average £4,855.82 with a clearance of 75% and 22 lots sold for 5,000gns and above.

Top Price, Reserve Supreme Champion Caylers Napoleon – 12,000gns

Top priced at 12,000gns was the reserve supreme, reserve male and reserve intermediate champion Caylers Napoleon from the Barker family at Caylers Charolais, Nuthamptead, Hertfordshire, who went on to sell a total of four bulls to average £6,892.50. The 17 month-old Napoleon who was knocked down at 12,000gns in a two way share between John & Raymond Irvine, Ballindalloch, Aberdeenshire and Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus, is sired by the Irish-born Rosanna Jupiter and out of Caylers Fuchsia, a Caylers Bombadier daughter.

Next from the same vendor came the blue ticket winner Caylers Oscar, who is also sired by Rosanna Jupiter. One of the sales younger lots, the January 2018-born Oscar, who is bred out of the Thrunton Dominator-sired Caylers Glamour, caught the eye of Messrs Edmondson, Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria, who purchased him for 6,000gns.

Also from the Caylers yard and selling at 5,600gns, was the 17 month-old Caylers Nougat. This time purchased by J Griffiths, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, he is out of the Royal Highland show reserve junior male champion Elgin Davinci daughter, Caylers Inspiration and sired by First, whose first two sons sold last month at Welshpool averaging £6,300.

The day’s other five figure bull was Bill Bruce’s reserve junior champion from Meigle, Perthshire. Balmyle Oleary, a 13 month-old by the 11,000gns Carlisle reserve champion Balmyle Jasper, whose first son sold for 20,000gns, was knocked down sold to Major David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, for 10,000gns. His dam is the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret daughter Balmyle Halo.

Balmyle Oleary – 10,000gns

Next in the trade stakes at 9,000gns was the class winner Goldies Network. The 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman is the sire of this December 2017-born lad, while his dam Goldies Jewel goes back to Goldies Gladiator. Local breeder William Cleasby, Temple Sowerby, Cumbia, was the buyer and he was offered for sale by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, who sold a total of three to average £6,930.

Goldies Network – 9,000gns

Mr Goldie’s other top lot selling for 8,000gns, was the supreme, male and intermediate champion Goldies Noted. Judge Sean McGovern of the Ratoary Charolais herd, Co Tyrone, placed him top commenting “the champion found me, I liked his moves, a long clean bull with nice quarters and top line, with a great head, locomotion and balance, the type of bull I would like to see in my own yard.” Another Gretnahouse Heman son, this time bred out of Goldies Jinny, a 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost daughter, the 17 month-old Noted goes on to work in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, for his new owners Gelston Castle Farms.

Supreme Champion Goldies Noted – 8,000gns

Another lot knocked down at 8,000gns, was Gretnahouse Ninja, who had placed third in his class at the previous day’s show. The December 2017-born Ninja is sired by Westcarse Jimmy, whose first four sons sold averaged £8,250 at Stirling in February, and out of Gretnahouse Fayesse, who has previously bred bulls to 7,500gns, and is in turn sired by the 25,000gns Perth senior champion Thrunton Camelot. He was purchased by A Smellie, Peebles, Roxburghshire and consigned by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire, who achieved the highest herd average of the day, 7,008.75 for his four bulls.

Gretnahouse Ninja – 8,000gns

Mr Houston’s next highest priced, selling at 7,200gns to William Forbes, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, was the class winner Gretnahouse Nelson. Westcarse Jimmy is also the sire of this 17 month-old whose dam is the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator daughter Gretnahouse Jaywatch.

Gretnahouse Nelson – 7,200gns

Gretnahouse Neon, a blue ticket winner, was the other of Alasdair Houston’s top selling lots. 6,500gns was the price paid for Neon, an October 2017-born son of Westcarse Jimmy and the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox daughter Gretnahouse Jusilla, who was purchased by Messrs Strain, Ballantrae, Ayrshire.

Whitecliffe Nico, who was tapped out second in his class, was the next highest priced at 7,800gns. Bred and exhibited by Mike and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire, this 20 month old 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister son, was snapped up by Rachel Dawson, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire. His dam Whitecliffe Heather is a Blelack Digger daughter.

Whitecliffe Nico – 7,800gns

Not far behind at 7,500gns was the March 2017-born Ricnick Nelson, a top 1% calving ease bull, who placed second in his class at the presale show. He is no stranger to the show-ring, having secured the Dumfries show male championship last year. The 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax is the sire here and he is out of Ricnick Jump, a Logan Geordie daughter. Offered for sale by Richard McCornick, Lochfoot, Dumfries-shire, he was purchased by AH Fisher, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire.

Ricnick Nelson – 7,500gns

The next highest priced lot was knocked down sold to Messrs Coghill, Birsay, Orkney, for 7,200gns. Seaville Nero, a blue ticket winner and 20 month-old son of the National show reserve male champion Sportsmans Linesman, was consigned by Robert and Kathleen Jackson, Blencogo, Cumbria. His dam Seaville Julie goes back to the popular and easy calving AI sire Blelack Digger.

Seaville Nero -7,200gns

Also in the money were W K and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, when a 7,000gns bid secured their blue ticket winner Glenericht Nacho. Douganhill Farms, Palmackie, Kirkcudbrightshire, purchased this September 2017-born lad, who is sired by the Royal show and Royal Highland show supreme champion Fleets Vibrant and out of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator daughter, Glenericht Jarling.

Glenericht Nacho – 7,000gns

Matching the 7,000gns price tag was Andrew Stott’s class winner Tophill Oscar from Canonbie, Dumfries-shire. A 16 month-old son of the 10,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Ratoary Ferguson and the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister-sired Edenhurst Rosett he was purchased by Messrs Gilleard, Thorne, South Yorkshire.

Tophill Oscar – 7,000gns

Commanding a 6,500gns bid from an undisclosed purchaser was the 9,000gns Carlisle class winner Nuthampstead Judas son, Westcarse Napoleon, who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show. John Christie, from Stirling, Stirlingshire, was the exhibitor of the December 2017-born Napoleon, who is bred out of Westcarse Gill, a Kersknowe Clansman daughter.

Two bulls then achieved 5,500gns apiece, with the first coming from Thor Atkinson’s Arradfoot and Newland Pedigree Livestock, Newland, Cumbria. Arradfoot Nixon, who picked up a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show, has previously been crowned reserve supreme champion at Thirsk calf show and reserve calf champion at the English winter fair. A 17 month-old son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, and the 6,800gns Glenrock Jewel, another Dingle Hofmeister daughter, he caught the eye of Glen Park Farms, Balerno, Mid Lothian.

The other 5,500gns lot was Ellerton Oldstone who had been tapped out second in his class for breeder and exhibitor Andrew Brown, Foggathorpe, Yorkshire, and sold to Messrs Shennan and Sons, Girvan, Aryshire. The 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan is the sire of the March 2018-born Oldstone and his dam Ellerton Honeysuckle goes back to the £15,000 Lowerffrydd Benhurr.

There was plenty of trade for Charolais females, with heifers selling to 4,800gns twice, both of which were consigned by the aforementioned Hamish Goldie. Goldies Nancy, who had placed second in her class the previous day was the first, a 25 month-old daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Joss and the Goldies Formidable-sired Goldies Juliette, she sold served to Messrs Strain, Ballantree, Ayrshire.

Goldies Nancy – 4,800gns

The other of Mr Goldies lots to be knocked down at 4,800gns was the July 2017-born and Gretnahouse Heman sired, class winner, Goldies Nice. Out of Goldies Incense another Goldies Formidable daughter, she was purchased by Whitemills Ltd, Marden, Herefordshire, which is a new venture set up by Botswanan resident Patricia Johnson-Hill. Her son in law and stockman, UK born Clive Marshall, moved over to Botswana in 1985 to take over the running of the Charolais herd there after working for the De Crespigny herd with Gordon Brookes. Clive, who will be establishing Patricia’s Charolais herd here in the UK, is travelling over later this month with the intention of selecting more base females for the herd. He is looking for “structurally correct females with very good figures”.

Goldies Nice – 4,800gns

Whitemills Ltd went on to purchase another of Mr Goldie’s lots, the reserve female champion Goldies Nora for 3,500gns. The 19 month-old Nora is bred out of Goldies Jean, who also goes back to Goldies Formidable and is sired by Gretnahouse Heman.

Goldies Nora – 3,500gns

A cracking draft of heifers from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Morayshire, was up for sale next and saw the ten heifers on offer average £1785.00 with a top price of 4,000gns for the 16 month-old Elgin Natty, who was purchased by Ellis Mutch to join his herd in Forglen, Banffshire. She is sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, while her dam Elgin Juliet, a half-sister to the 28,000gns Stirling supreme champion Elgin Glenlivet, goes back to the Highland show supreme champion Elgin Highroller.

Another of the Milne’s family top lots was the February 2017-born Elgin Nicky, who sold served to Messrs Bowen, Molleston, Pembrokeshire for 3,200gns. Again sired by Woodpark Elgin, Nicky is out of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator daughter, Elgin Ida.

The highest priced cow and calf outfit was bred and consigned by Fred, June and Emma Andrews of Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Holtstead Libby, a December 2015-born first calving heifer, who sold served to the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie, is sired by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and her dam Holtstead Gina goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. She was purchased by E Hourston, Swannay, Orkney, along with her six month-old, Blelack Digger-sired bull calf, Holstead Odin for 3,500gns.

Averages: 61 bulls £4,855.82; 17 heifers £2272.94; 3 cows and calves £2765.00
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone.

May 7, 2019 Charolais trade to 3,300 at Dungannon

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais saw a solid trade at Dungannon on Monday 6 May where 11 bulls sold to a top price of 3,300gns and an average of £2,539.

The sale leader at 3,300gns was the blue ticket winner Killadeas Oriel from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, Co Fermanagh. The 13 month-old Oriel is sired by Roughand Jaden, out of the home-bred Killadeas Letty who goes back to Gwenog Braveheart and was purchased by James Rice, Armagh, Co Armagh.

Supreme Champion Fymore Olaf for Mr S McCaughey with Judge Kevin Reavey & Sean McGovern

Mr F Lapin, Poyntzpass, Co Down, were the next to purchase, spending 3,000gns and taking home the supreme and male champion Fymore Olaf. Olaf is a January 2018-born son of the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action and Fymore Holly who is sired by the 38,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Goldies Champion and was bred and exhibited by Sean McCaughey, Augher, Co Tyrone.

Close behind and securing 2,800gns was Derryharney Oddball who took the fancy of Eric Robinson, Armagh, Co Armagh when he was tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show. This 15 month-old entry from Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Crummy, Co Fermanagh, is sired by Dooley Lewis while his maternal grandsire is the 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi.

Derryharney Oddball for Harold Stubbs & Alan Burleigh

Next at 2,500gns was Mountjoy Nepal who was awarded a yellow ticket for breeder Caldwell McAskie, Tully, Co Tyrone. A son of the Royal Welsh show reserve male and junior champion Montgomery Ianto and the 13,000gns Perth junior champion Simpsons Gregg-sired Mountjoy Florrie, this September 2017-born lad travels on to work in Newtownhamilton, Co Down, with new owner Richard Bailie.

Matching the 2,500gns price tag was the January 2018-born born Brigadoon Oakley from David and Albert Connolly, Ballynahinch of Co Down. Frank Mullin liked the look of this yellow ticking winning son of 10,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Goldies Icon and Royal Capitan daughter Brigadoon Indigo and takes him home to work in Sixmilecross, Co Tyrone.

Heading up the female section at 2,400gns was the June 2017-born Killadeas Nuala. Sired by the proven high performing, short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of Killadeas Jean, who goes back to the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Blackford Dynamite, she was purchased by Phelim and Bronagh Caraher, Crossmaglen, and bred and exhibited by the aforementioned Stuart and David Bothwell.

The Bothwell’s carried on their success with the reserve female champion Killadeas Nanette, who was next in the trade stakes at 2,350gns. This time purchased by N McGrattan, Kircubbin, Co Down, the aforementioned Roughan Jaden was the sire and the Clogher show intermediate female champion Killadeas Gloria – a Blackford Dynamite daughter – the dam of this October 2017-born lass.

The final noteworthy entry of the sale came from Harold Stubbs and grandson Alan Burleigh. Picking up a yellow ticket earlier in the day, Derryharney Naughtygirl went on to secure 2,300gns when knocked down to Clare Ferris, Millisle, Co Down. The breeding here includes the 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi and Derryharney Hazel, a daughter of the 9,000gns Balmoral show supreme champion Goldies Carnival.

Averages 1 bulls £2,539.09, 3 heifers £2,467.50.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Sponsor: Moore Concrete
Judge: Kevin Reavy, Jerretspass, Newry.

May 7, 2019 McCornick Family Lead the trade at Stirling

High commercial interest in Charolais bulls at Stirling drove the average to £5,676 for the 33 bulls sold, up £274 on last year for six more sold, with a clearance rate of 79% and 20 lots making 5,000gns and above.

Society CEO Peter Phythian commented, “The commercial farmer has driven the trade here at Stirling today, opting for a Charolais bull to produce Charolais sired suckler calves which top the markets on weight for age”.

Mccornick Nesquik – 8,500gns champion

Topping the lots and following on from his success in the previous day’s show was the supreme champion Mccornick Nesquik who was purchased by T Howden and Sons, Balerno, Mid Lothian, for 8,500gns. The May 2017-born Nesquik, who is sired by Thrunton Hermes and out of Mccornick Glacier, who goes back to the Carlisle reserve junior champion Edenhurst Dynamo, was bred and exhibited by the McCornick family, Kirkcowan, Wigtownshire, who not only made the top price of the day with the champion, but were also awarded the reserve championship by pre-sale judge David Thornley.

Mccornick Newyork – 6,500

Their reserve champion was the previous lot and classmate Mccornick Newyork, another Hermes son, this time bred out Mccornick Hugsy, also a Dynamo daughter. He was knocked down at 6,500gns and found a new home in Thurso, Caithness, with RM Mackay and Sons.

The two bulls were shown by the McCornick sisters, 25 year-old Gemma and her 21 year-old sister Kate. Champion handler Gemma, a third generation Charolais breeder, who has worked full time on the farm since finishing her studies at Agricultural college in Edinburgh in 2015, has taken over the responsibility for the management of the pedigree sale bulls, both Charolais and Aberdeen Angus and was delighted with the day’s trading.

Alongside their small pedigree Charolais herd, the family also run 80 pedigree Aberdeen Angus cows, 450 breeding ewes and 30 head of commercial cattle, consisting Aberdeen Angus cross cows all served to a Charolais bull, the resulting progeny of which are sold as sucklers at Stirling in the Autumn.

The champion and reserve are the Mccornick family’s first Charolais bulls sold through a Society sale ring since May 2015 and their biggest Charolais success since they sold the 10,000gns Mccornick Fusion at Carlisle in November 2011, as most of their bulls are sold to local repeat customers from the farm gate.

Thrunton Norseman – 8,000gns

Following on at 8,000gns was the 23 month-old Thrunton Norseman. The homebred Thrunton Gladiator is the sire here, who has bred over 180 sons and daughters into the herd and Norseman’s dam Thrunton Ellie is sired by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman. He caught the eye of Messrs Strain, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, and was the first of three high priced lots to pass through the ring for breeders and exhibitors JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland.

Thrunton Nemo – 6,500gns

Next in the trade stakes for the Campbell’s at 6,500gns was Thrunton Nemo, an October 2017-born son of Thrunton Gladiator and Thrunton Francis, a 16,000gns Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Maerdy Cecil daughter who was purchased by Messrs Thomson, Kelty, Fife.

The Campbell family’s other high-priced lot sold just moments earlier for 6,000gns. The 19 month-old Thrunton Neapolitan, is a son of the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and the home-bred dam Thrunton Gretel who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop and took the fancy of RT Phaup and Partner, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire.

Westcarse Nimrod – 7,800gns

The first of three to be knocked down at 7,800gns was John Christie and Son’s Westcarse Nimrod from Stirling, Stirlingshire. Nimrod is by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of the Kersknowe Clansman-sired Westcarse Emily. In his first showing last year, the September 2017-born Nimrod was crowned senior and continental champion at the Stars of the Future show and James Moir takes him home to work in Keith, Banffshire.

Harestone Nelson – 7,800gns

Matching the 7,800gns price tag and snapped up by the Scottish Government, Inverness, was Harestone Nelson, a 19 month-old class winner, sired by the Irish-born Knockmahon Ireland and out of Harestone Emmanuel going back to the Highland show supreme champion Harestone Ronsard. He was bred and exhibited by Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.

Lochend Noelle -7,800gns

The other 7,800gns lot was Lochend Noelle, an October 2017-born son of the 8,000gns and popular AI bull, Blelack Blackberet and Lochend Jinglebell, who goes back to Mortimers Highlandfling. Noelle was purchased by W Young and Sons, Ochiltree, Ayrshire. His consigner Iain Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, was another breeder having a lucrative day, going on to sell the youngest lot of the sale, the 15 month-old yellow ticket winner Lochend Orator for 7,200gns. Orator, who caught the eye of Messrs McCarlie, Harthill, Lanarkshire, is by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Lochend Freedom, a Kersknowe Clansman daughter.

Lochend Orator – 7,200gns

Selling at 7,500gns was an entry from Major David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire. Balthayock Neville who placed third in his class at the pre-sale show is sired by the homebred Balthayock Influence and his dam Balthayock Frolick is a daughter of the 10,000gns Balmyle Churchill. The August 2017-born Neville goes on to work in Kilbirn, Ayrshire for TRC Logan.

Balthayock Neville – 7,500gns

Next and the first of two to sell at 7,000gns was Kersknowe Neil from J Jeffrey, Kelson, Roxburgshire. G Wilson and Sons, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, were the last bidders standing on this 20-month-old son of the 16,000gns Burradon Insomniac and Kersknowe Hazel, a daughter of the 8,500gns Balnuith Carvalho.

Another class winner to bring 7,000gns when chapped down Glenkiln Farms, Crocketford, Dumfries-shire, was the blue ticket winner Inverlochy November. The Highland show champion Kilbline 1 Instigator son and November 2017-born November, was consigned by John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Banffshire and out of the 12,000gns Maerdy Eryr-sired Inverlochy Hyacinth.

Inverlochy November – 7,000gns

The class winner Overhill Nightrider was the next of the high-priced lots to sell. 6,500gns was the price that secured the 17 month-old Nightrider from exhibitor Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian. He is a son of the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie and the Alwent Goldbar daughter Overhill Leska and Woodmill Farms, Dunshelt, Fife, were the purchasers.

Overhill Nightrider – 6,500gns

Two more bulls then achieved 6,000gns apiece; the first was an entry from Jim Muirhead of Arbroath, Angus. Firhills Nugget, a 20-month-old son of the 8,800gns Stirling reserve junior champion Ugie Echo and the 20,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier daughter Firhills Jane, was purchased by A McEwan, Arbroath, Angus.

The other to secure a price tag of 6,000gns was Hamish Goldie’s Goldies Nelson from Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, who caught the eye of Messrs Orr, Cleghorn, Lanarkshire. This November 2017-born bull is a son of Goldies Formidable, whose sons have sold to 26,000gns and the Blelack Blackberet daughter, Goldies Irene.

Averages: 33 bulls £5,676.36
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Judge: David Thornley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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

March 22, 2019 Charolais is the Number One Choice

Many factors have to be thought about when choosing a new stock bull.  It is essential to consider the farming system, breeding females in the herd and the end product for the market place.  The Charolais breed is the No 1 choice for top breeders, given their prolific growth rate and returns that top the market place week on week.

Charolais has been the No 1 choice for over 20 years at the farm of James and Shane Rice from Collin in County Armagh.   With 100 commercial cows, they have been selling their Charolais cross weanlings for a premium. With a reputation for well framed stores, there is high demand and a ready market for their quality stock.  Calves are born in the spring are sold at the October Weanling sales in Markethill.  With pens of steers and heifers securing top prices and realising up to £130+ ahead of other breeds.

Repeat customers return year on year, demand is high for the quality Charolais Weanlings.  Buyers know what they are getting when they buy Charolais, with weanlings being purchased by finishers across Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Rice family are focused on breeding for the store cattle buyer for heifers and finishers for bulls. The discerning buyers are looking for cattle that are well grown for their age and carrying a moderate bit of condition ready to move on to more concentrated cereal feed.  They aim to finish them through to 700kg liveweight or 400kg deadweight.   “The Charolais used as the terminal sire is ideally suited as you can get them to an optimum weight for age at time of sale.” says James who for a number of years now has been achieving his target weights.

In comparison to other breeds, the Charolais will maximise its potential at a younger age reducing overheads and improving farm profits.  The diet for calves is mostly grass and milk based, the heifers and steers at Rice’s Farm are split in July when creep feeding is introduced.  With easy to flesh calves, the creep develops growth rates, with concentrates peaking at 2kgs per head before sale.

This flexible system, using home-grown grass and concentrates from local suppliers allows diets to be adjusted easily to suit the gender, age and weight. This higher protein and lower starch levels are particularly important for heifers who are predisposed to laying down fat. This facilitates the development of a good, strong frame, ready for fleshing out.

Bearing in mind the recent weight restrictions imposed by beef processors, the Rice family seek to combine the Charolais growth potential with their commercial cross cows to maximise returns.  They want animals that can easily be finished to the desired weight, with muscle in all the right places and desired correct fat cover.  Not producing an excessively large animal is also dependent on cow size with the average cow at weighing in at 680kg. These cows are better suited for the job, are nicely shaped, without being too extreme or muscly, and keep input costs lower than bigger cows.

Cow management is important for James and Shane, and they are conscious of matching a bull for their cows.  “It is also down to careful bull selection, matching the bull’s growth potential to the cow size. I’m selecting one that is well shaped and fleshy.”  When selecting new bloodlines, they pay attention to the quality of the bull, looking at the pedigree background and then calving figures stating that he “doesn’t mind calving a few cows but he is looking for sensible mid-range figures”.

Along with genetics and nutrition, management is equally important to maximise performance.  “Over the last 20 years, we have changed from finishing cattle to producing weanlings. We intend to do more fine-tuning of nutrition, bull selection and cow management because there is always something you can learn; every day is a school day. The Charolais has done us well over the last 20 to 30 years and I’m sure will continue to do so in the future.”

The NI Charolais Club is holding their next Show and Sale on Friday 19th March 2019 at Dungannon Farmers Market.  Show classes, which have been generously sponsored by Danske Bank begin at 10.30am followed the sale commencing at 1.00pm.  With a quality entry of 61 bulls and 6 females on offer.

Catalogues are available on the British Charolais website  or by contacting Dungannon Farmers Market.

Other upcoming sales for your diary include Dungannon on 6th May and Swatragh on 31st May.

Farm Facts
Collin, Co Armagh
James Rice and son Shane farm in partnership
Farming for over 50 years
130 acres of grass land farm
100 suckler cows, spring calving

This article was endorsed by James & Shane Rice who have made Charolais their No 1 choice for over 20 years on their 100 cow herd located in Colling, Co Armagh. for the Markethill store ring.

March 16, 2019 Napoleon takes charge at the Dungannon Charolais sale

Supreme Champion for Corrick Napoleon with Neil McILwaine & Ann McCorry, Danske Bank (Sponsor), Chris Curry BCCS & Judge Nigel Matchett – 8,000gns

There was a good trade for the Charolais at Dungannon on Friday 15 March at the Northern Ireland club official spring sale sponsored by Danske Bank. Bidding peaked at 8,000gns and 33 lots sold to an average of £3,379, £94 up on last year’s sale.

The sale topper at 8,000gns was the supreme champion from C & S McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, who also picked up the junior & male championship awards. The November 2017-born Corrick Napoleon, a son of the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie and Corrick Hazel, who goes back to 9,000gns Balmoral supreme champion Goldies Carnival, was the star of the sale and the man with the final bid and taking him home to Belleek, Co Down, was Terence McGarrigle.

Next in the trade stakes was a 14 month-old entry from Andrew Wallace, Gubbacrock, Co Fermanagh, who was purchased by W Cousins, Omagh, Co Tyrone for 6,600gns. Newline Outstanding, a son of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and the Oldstone Egbert daughter Newline Ivy, was a class winner at the morning’s pre-sale show.

Newline Outstanding – 6,600gns

Micheal O’Gorman’s senior champion Bromich Nevel from Mullaghbawn, Co Down, was the first of two to go under the hammer at 4,200gns. This June 2017-born lad is sired by Crossmolina Euro, bred out of the Blakestown Brion-sired Tullyallen Elaine and took the fancy of T Aiken, Coleraine, Co Derry.

Senior Champion Bromich Nevel for Michael O’Gorman with Shane O’Gorman, Ann McCorry, Danske Bank (Sponsor), Chris Curry BCCS & Judge Nigel Matchett – 4,200gns

Matching the 4,200gns price tag when he was purchased by Messrs Boyd, Bushmills, Co Antrim, was the reserve supreme champion bull Derryharney Nipper who is a September 2017 born son of Doonally New and his dam Derryharney Lulu, a Clogher show junior heifer champion, is in turn sired by the Ballymena show champion Glenross Graham. He was bred and exhibited by Harold Stubbs and his grandson Alan Burleigh, Crummy, Co Fermanagh.

Derryharney Nipper – Reserve Supreme Champion – 4,200gns

Just behind at 4,100gns was another 14 month-old entry from the aforementioned Andrew Wallace who had been tapped out second in his class by show judge Nigel Matchett. Newline Oliver, who went home with S Taylor to Belfast is by Major and his dam is Ashleigh Hazel, a Pirate daughter.

The very next lot was chapped down to RW Gourley, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, for 4,000gns. The January 2018-born Slievemore Oisin who boasts an impressive pedigree being by the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie and out of Burnside Izra, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat, was bred and exhibited by Seamus Bradley, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone.

A pair of bulls sold for the next highest price of 3,800gns and the first was Brogher Nike, an October 2017-born, yellow ticket winning entry from Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh. He was purchased by SA Britton. Dunamana, Co Tyrone, and the breeding here includes Blelack Blackberet on to the home-bred Brogher Fancygirl that goes back to Lyonsdemesne Tzar.

The other to sell at the 3,800gns price tag was Woodpark Nugget, a son Deeside Gulliver who has bred over 90 progeny into Will Short’s Beragh-based herd since his purchased in 2013. His dam Maerdy Inbred is a Welsh-bred daughter of the French born Froufrous and the 15 month-old Nugget goes on to work in Belfast for new owner ED Sherrard, Belfast.

Mr Short backed this up sale with another Deeside Gulliver son Woodpark Naples who made 3,500gns. C Monaghan, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was the last man in on this May 2017-born bull whose dam is the home-bred Rumsden Tsar-sired Woodpark Evette.

The first of two knocked down for 3,600gns was Drumconnis Neptune, a May 2017-born entry from John McGrath, Dromore, Co Tyrone. His dam is the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite daughter Blelack Fern, he is sired by the 12,000gns Caylers Hustler and he was purchased by Sean Mullin, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

The other 3,600gns lot was entered for sale by Patrick Quigley, Bellanleck, Co Fermanagh and snapped up by Messrs Chesney, Kircubbin, Co Down. Rossavalley Navan, a November 2017-born lad whose sire is the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax, is out of Rossavalley Jill, a Blelack Digger daughter.

Just behind at 3,500gns was Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh’s Derryharney Nelson, a 17 month-old out of the Thrunton Bonjovi daughter Derryharney Imlucky. The man behind the money on this 10,000gns Stirling junior champion Goldies Icon son was J Fraser, Belfast.

Heading up the females which averaged £2484.30 for the three sold, was the reserve female champion Killadeas Natasha who fetched 3,000gns when she was knocked down sold to Stephen McGuiness, Greysteel, Co Derry. A 23 month-old heifer from Stuart & David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, Co Fermanagh, she is out of Killadeas Gail who goes back to the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Blackford Dynamite and is sired by the Welsh bred Gwenog Braveheart.

Averages 33 bulls £3,379, 3 heifers £2,484.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Sponsor: Danske Bank
Judge: Nigel Matchett, Portadown.

Pictures to follow.

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