November 29, 2018 Charolais Chairman Cleans up at Carlisle
Society Chairman Chris Curry had a great day at Carlisle on Friday 23 November when his bull not only secured the championship at the pre sale show but went on to sell for the days top price of 5,400gns. 11 of the days small but high quality offering of Charolais bulls sold, representing a 79% clearance rate and averaging £3,723. All of the Charolais females on offer found new homes with the female champion securing the highest price.
The sale topper at 5,400gns was Chris Curry’s supreme champion Burradon Nicodemus, from Morpeth, Northumberland. Chris’s success comes on the back of him being awarded the reserve junior championship at Stirling last month, a title which bagged him a 13,000gns price. The 17 month old Nicodemus has the same sire as the Stirling bull behind him, the 14,000gns Stirling junior champion Blelack Imperialist, while his home bred dam Burradon Ingrid is a daughter of the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico. He goes on Broughton to work for P Smith and Son in Lanarkshire.
Second top price was Gretnahouse Newlook, an April 2017 born bull from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, who was knocked down sold to D and W Bowman, Carsluith, Wigtownshire, for 5,000gns. The 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator is the sire here and his dam is the Blelack Digger-sired Gretnahouse Garadise.
Just behind at 4,500gns was one of the oldest entries at 26 months and second lot in the ring. Laverock Misty who was purchased by JT Coxon, Hepscott, Northumberland, is the first sold son of the homebred sire Laverock Inkspot and his dam Laverock Indigo goes back to the 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan. Misty was tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show for breeders and exhibitors W Richardson and Sons, Kendal, Cumbria.
Next and selling for a 4,300gns price tag was an entry from J Warnock, Biggar, Lanarkshire. Dreva Neptune, a 19 month old son of the 13,000gns Highland Show junior male champion Kelton Trident and Dundas Pedro daughter Dreva Jean was purchased by D Graham, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire.
Just a few minutes earlier, the reserve supreme and male champion Bleasdale Nehemiah from Messrs Kelsall and Marsden, Preston, Lancashire, was snapped up by D Hyslop, Wamphray, Moffat, for 4,000gns. The March 2017 born Nehemiah is a 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox son and bred out of Bleasdale Jennifer, a daughter of the 16,000gs Royal Welsh Show reserve male champion Anside Foreman.
The star of the female section and commanding a 3,600gns bid from S and GA Potter, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, was the female champion Crookdake Maggie. The 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi is the sire of the two year old Maggie, who sold served to the Great Yorkshire Show reserve senior champion Sportsmans Linesman, while her dam is the Newhouse Bigal-sired Crookdake Gorgie. She was offered for sale by David and Sharon Miller, Wigton, Cumbria, who were also the consigners of the only cow and calf lot at the sale.
Crookdake Jewel sold along with her four month old bull calf Crookdake Olly who is by the aforementioned Sportsmans Linesman for 3,000gns to ST and JE Foster, Skipton, North Yorkshire. The 2014 born Jewel, who is sired by the Royal Highland reserve junior male champion Elgin Davinci, is out of the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Unbeatable daughter Crookdake Diamond and sold back in calf to Linesman.
Averages: 11 bulls £3,722.73; one cow and calf £3,150, four heifers £2,270.63
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: David Thornley, Swaldingcote, Derbyshire.
November 9, 2018 Norseman rides off with the top price
There was a strong commercial interest in Charolais bulls at Welshpool on Thursday 8 November at the breed’s official autumn sale. Bidding peaked at 7,000gns and 27 bulls sold to an average of £3,771, while the demand for Charolais females fuelled a 4,400gns top bid.
Topping the lots and securing a price of 7,000gns in a joint purchase from Society President Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow, and Wallace Brown, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, was the 14-month-old Maerdy Norseman from Flintshire Vet, Esmor Evans, who had also secured the top price of 40,000gns at Stirling bull sales last month. Norseman was awarded a red ticket at the pre-sale show and is sired by the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous, while his dam Maerdy Jinny is a daughter of the easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger.
Next in the trade stakes was the day’s supreme champion Dooley Nemo who has been shown successful throughout the season, with his highest accolade being crowned male and junior male champion at this year’s Nation
al Charolais show in July. His dam Guthrie Iona, who was purchased in-calf to Nemo at D and P Murray’s Guthrie herd dispersal sale in October 2016 for 3,400gns, is a daughter of the Royal Highland show supreme champion Balmyle Eclipse, and he is sired by Stirlingshire-bred Falleninch Hamzoraj. The May 2017 born Nemo who was purchased by SO Jones, Corwen, Clwyd for 6,500gns was bred and exhibited by David Thornley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, who also went on to secure another top price of 4,200gns for his 16 month old
class winner Dooley Nissan. Sired by the National Charolais show supreme champion Davally Igolo and out of the Perthshire-born Harviestoun Harriet who goes back to the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, he was purchased by D Morgan, Talybont, Ceredigion.
Next and selling for a 6,200gns price tag was a June 2017 born entry from Arwel Owen, Foel, Powys. Trefaldwyn Nebo, a son of Goldies Eddy and the Blelack Digger-sired Trefaldwyn Harmony stayed local when purchased by MPB Ashton and Sons, for their Welshpool based suckler unit.
Caylers Nixon was next in the trade stakes at 5,000gns after he caught the eye of TN Lightfoot, Callington, Cornwall, when he was tapped out as reserve supreme champion by judge Emma Andrews in the pre-sale show. The Barker Family of Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, are the breeders of this 18 month old son of the Irish born Rosana Jupiter, bred out of the Thrunton Dominator daughter Caylers Graceful.
Two entries from Messrs Roberts and Jones Llangadfan based Montgomery herd were the next highest priced lots and both were sired by the 8,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Gretnahouse Jugular. Top priced was the 15 month old Montgomery Ned who secured a bid of 4,800gns from GG Morris, Brecon, Powys. He had been handed a yellow ticket earlier in the day and is out of the Elgin Columbo-sired Montgomery Hafren.
Earlier in the sale their 18 month old entry Montgomery Nefyn sold for 4,000gns. He had also been successful in the pre-sale show, being awarded third place in a strong class of intermediate’s. This time out of Montgomery Imperial who goes back to Blelack Digger, he was purchased by W Pugh, Rhayader, Powys.
Also hitting the 4,000gns price tag was Wyn Rees and Son’s Hendy Nadal from Llangurig, Powys. After being placed second in class, the 14 month old Nadal by Davally Illusion was knocked down to EH Anwyl, Llanbrynmair, Powys. His dam is Hendy Gentle, a daughter of the 8,500gns Killadeas Contact.
A strong entry of females saw the prices peak at 4,400gns for a class winning entry from Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton, Wiltshire. Foxacre Marcina, a July 2016 born daughter of Wesley Forceful and Moreton show reserve female champion Foxacre Flavia, was bought by Tomos Rich, Cilcain, Flintshire, who went on to purchase both of Griff Morris’ cow and calf outfits on offer.
The first and top priced of Mr Morris’s cow and calf combo’s from Llanwern, Powys, secured a 4,000gns bid from Mr Rich. The 2012-born cow Cargriff Harmony and her seven month old heifer calf Carrgriff Octave were the pair and Harmony whose sire is the Irish-born Goldstar Echo was sold served to Thrunton Larry who is also the sire of Octave.
An added feature of the sale was the dispersal of Rodney and Jake Gregory’s, Chasewater-based Kerling herd from Cornwall. Their top lot was another mother and daughter pair. The cow Wesley Fettle, who sold served to the 9,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Sportsmans Neptune, is a 2010 born daughter of the 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle and out of the Maerdy Rock-sired Wesley Capri, while her six month old her heifer calf Kerling Octavia, is sired by Gretnahouse Loomis. Together they commanded a 3,000gns bid from Neil Barclay, Insch Aberdeenshire.
Also bolstering the female section were the production sale heifers from the aforementioned Arwel Owen’s 1994 established Trefaldwyn herd. The highest priced at 2,200gns was the March 2017 born Trefaldwyn Nova. Sired by Blelack Digger and out of Trefaldwyn Jadore, a daughter of Goldies Eddy, she goes home to Talsarnau, Gwynedd, with her new owner GW Williams.
Averages: 27 bulls: £3,771; eight heifers: £2,848; Trefaldwyn Production – three heifers: £2,170; Cargriff Reduction – two cow and calves: £3,570; Kerling Dispersal – one cow: £1,365; four cow and calves: £2,402; two heifers: £1,522.50
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire
Sponsor: KLF Insurance Brokers
November 5, 2018 Charolais Females in Demand at Dungannon
A ready demand for Charolais at Dungannon on Friday 2 November saw bull prices top at 5,800gns with an of average of £3,335 for the 34 sold – eight more than last year’s corresponding sale. Two herd reductions added to the female tally with 15 heifers selling to a top of 6,500gns and averaging £3,269, while the three cow and calves on offer averaged £4,900.
Leading the bull lots at 5,800gns was the junior and reserve supreme champion Kiltybane Norman from Seamus and Aidan Bellew, Cullyhanna, Co Down. Norman who was purchased by Kevin O’Neill, Dromore, Co Tyrone, is an August 2017 born son of the 16,000gns Royal Welsh show reserve male champion Anside Foreman and Kiltybane Flora, a daughter of the Great Yorkshire show interbreed champion Cretlevane Albertz.
Hillviewfarm Nougat, a blue ticket winner from Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh, was the next highest priced bull at 5,200gns. The 17 month old Nougat is sired by the popular, easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger, while his dam is the French-bred Harestone Tyrol-sired and Scottish-born Elgin Elisha. He goes on to work in Donegal, Eire for new owner Dessie Graham.
Next in the trade stakes at 4,900gns was the April 2017 born Brigadoon Neptune, who had also stood second in his class at the pre-sale show. Purchased by Andrew Canning, Dungiven, Co Derry, he is out of Rossmore Urbane, who goes back to Doonally New and is sired by the 10,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Goldies Icon. He was consigned by breeders Albert and David Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.
The Connolly’s had a good day, with the two lots they had on offer, averaging £4,987.50. Their other consignment, the 18 month old Brigadoon Nemesis who was snapped up by Colin Maxwell, Downpatrick, Co Down, for 4,600gns, is sired by the Royal Ulster show supreme champion Brampton Petition and out of the Irish-bred Royal Gemma.
The reserve junior champion Brogher Nevada from Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh, was next in the trade stakes at 4,800gns. The breeding here includes Vexour Freddy on to the home-bred Brogher Gemma, who goes back to the 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi, and this October 2017 born lad was purchased by RW Robertson, Newtownards, Co Down.
Three bulls were knocked down at 4,000gns a piece and the first was the pre-sale show reserve senior champion Skinboy Napoleon. This April 2017 born son of the 55,000gns Royal Show supreme champion Thrunton Voldemort and Dunlon Ulick daughter, Skinboy Ellen, was bred and consigned by Seamus Houston, Douglas Bridge, Co Tyrone, and Derek Campton, Dunmore, Co Tyrone, was the successful bidder.
Also commanding a 4,000gns bid, this time from Andrew McCammond, Templepatrick, Co Antrim, was James McBride’s Moorlough Nougat from Strabane, Co Tyrone. The 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat is the sire of this 17 month old lad who stood second is his class at the pre-sale show, while is dam is Moorlough Heighlight, a Thrunton Voldemort daughter.
Matching the 4,000gns price tag was another blue ticket winner, the 16 month old Killadeas New. His dam Killadeas Dawn is a home-bred daughter of the Dungannon supreme champion Glencoe Victor and he is sired by the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet. Bred and exhibited by Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, Co Fermanagh, he heads on to Castlewellan, Co Down, to work for M and E Rice.
The next lot, Sandelford Neeson, who had headed up his pre-sale show class, was knocked down sold at 3,800gns to Daniel McAllister, Ballycastle, Co Antrim. George Henderson, Bushmills, Co Antrim was the consigner of the June 2017 born Neeson, who is by the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian and out of Sandelford Finessa who goes back to the 14,000gns Goldies Usher.
A pair of bulls sold for the next highest price of 3,400gns with the first being an April 2017 born Blelack Digger son from John, Ivan and Ryan Elliott, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. Drumlegagh Nero, whose dam Deeleview Helen is sired by the French-bred Suzeringie, was purchased by TJ McLernon, Crumlin, Co Antrim.
The second to sell at a 3,400gns price tag, was another Digger son, Drumconnis Necleus who had been awarded the reserve intermediate championship title earlier in the day. The 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger-sired Drumconnis Ida is the dam of this 15 month old from John McGrath, Dromore, Co Tyrone, who stayed local when purchased by Kevin O’Neill, also from Dromore.
There have not been many Charolais females on offer at Society sales this year and the purchasers were keen to grab one while they had the chance. The drafts from the Hillviewfarm and Glencoe herds fuelled the interest and Adrian Richardson and Son’s heifers topped the lots.
Heading up the prices at 6,500gns for the Richardson family was the two year old Hillviewfarm Millie. Sired by the aforementioned Blelack Digger, and out of the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando-sired Hillviewfarm Iona, she was snapped up by Colin Todd, Lisburn, Co Antrim. With another three heifers selling to new homes, the Richardson’s enjoyed a great trade and sold the four to average £5,486.
The next at 6,200gns was another of their lots, with the same sire behind her. Hillviewfarm Margaret, who is out of Hillviewfarm Dawn, a daughter of the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, heads over the water to Roebuck, Yorkshire, with new Charolais breeder David Timm, who went on to purchase two out of the three Hillviewfarm cow and calves on offer.
The highest priced at 4,800gns was the mother and daughter pair Hillviewfarm Dawn – the dam of the previous mentioned lot – and her eight month old heifer calf Hillviewfarm Olive who is sired by Mowbraypark Orlando.
The top lot in the main heifer consignment and commanding a 4,800gns bid from Clare Ferris, Millisle, Co Down, was the Female Champion Killadeas Nancy from Stuart and David Bothwell. The 16 month old Nancy, is sired by the abovementioned Blelack Blackberet and out of the Doonally New daughter Killadeas Faithful.
Also in the money at 4,500gns, was the youngest heifer of the sale, the November 2017 born Glencoe Nelly from Paddy and Valerie McDonald, Killeavy, Co Down. A daughter of Clyth Diplomat her dam is the Bova Banker-sired Glencoe Jenny and she was purchased by Denis Quinn, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
Averages 34 bulls £3,335, 15 heifers £3,269, three cow and calves £4,900.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Sponsor: Natural Nutrition
Judge: Mark Ross, Gorebridge, Midlothian.
October 24, 2018 Charolais lead the Autumn trade at Stirling
Judge: Will Short
Charolais took the top price, made the highest average and sold the most bulls at the Autumn round of Stirling bull sales this week. 80 bull sold to average £6,785.63 – £706 up on the year and clearing at 81%. Prices topped at 40,000gns and 12 bulls made five-figure sums while a further 31 sold for 5,000gns and above.
Society CEO Peter Phythian commented “We are delighted with the trade, especially considering the issues with beef prices and the drought during the summer. It just goes to show that commercial farmers want a breed with a real premium that can finish quicker than any other”.
Leading the bids at 40,000gns was one of the youngest lots of the sale, Maerdy Newman. This June 2017 born son of the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior champion Blelack Fabulous and Maerdy Dynamite-sired Maerdy Junco was snapped up by Boden and Davies, Stockport, Cheshire. Breeder and exhibitor and Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans, was delighted with his day, selling a total of five bulls averaging £13,860. He commented “I knew he was an exceptional bull, and this was proven by the immense interest shown in him this week which was reflected in his price”.
Next in the trade stakes was another 15 month old, this time from Society President Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Allanfauld Neptune who had placed third in his class twenty-four hours earlier, was knocked down sold to R McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian for 20,000gns. His impressive breeding includes sire, the 11,000gns Carlisle reserve junior champion Balmyle Jasper and dam Royal Highland show class winner Allanfauld Heiress, a daughter of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin.
The supreme and senior champion Anside Nightrider was the next highest priced at 18,000gns, selling to Billy Turner, Skelton in Ure, North Yorkshire. This January 2017 born son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger daughter Anside Geisha is no stranger to show success having secured the Nairn show championship earlier in the year for breeders and consigners Anside Livestock, Keith, Banffshire.
The next highest priced lot and selling for 15,000gns to T Smith and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire, was the first of three top priced lots from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire. 17 month old Balmyle Nucleus, who stood second in his class at the presale show, is sired by the French imported Maerdy Gouverneur and out of Balmyle Heyday, a 9,500gns Maerdy Egret daughter.
Just behind at 14,000gns was Mr Bruce’s next lot and show class winner Balmyle Navarone. Another 17 month old, sired by Maerdy Gouverneur but this time out of the Royal Highland show champion Balmyle Eclipse-sired Balmyle Garland, he was purchased by J Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Another to bring home the money for Bill Bruce was the blue ticket winner and May 2017 born Balmyle Napier, who sold in a 10,000gns deal to Hepburn and Co, Hawick, Roxburghshire. Napier is sired by the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret while his dam is the 12,000gns Pennal Dazzler daughter Balmyle Glucose.
Society Chairman Chris Curry’s Northumberland born reserve junior champion Burradon Noah was next in the trade stakes at 13,000gns. Another lot with impressive breeding, his sire is the 14,000gns Stirling junior champion Blelack Imperialist and dam Burradon Ivana is by the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico. The June 2017 born Noah was purchased by J Warnock and Son, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Securing a price of 12,000gns was the reserve supreme and junior champion Coolnaslee Nolan, who was also shown at Balmoral this year and crowned male champion for breeder and exhibitor Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. A son on the 50,000gns Stirling reserve supreme champion Balthayock Justice and Clogher show reserve female champion Coolnaslee Gillian, a 55,000gns Balmoral show interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo daughter, this May 2017 born lad caught the eye of purchaser JI Stout, Stronsay, Orkney.
Making 10,500gns and selling to GL Foulger and Son, Billinghurst, West Sussex, was the 15 month old red ticket holder Firhills Nimrod, a bull who has been shown successfully throughout the summer by breeder Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus. The 18 month old Nimrod is sired by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier and out of the 9,000gns Ugie Erin who goes back to the 28,000gns Farleycopse Turbo.
The first of three futher lots making 10,000gns was a class winner from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbride, Morayshire, who was also crowned junior interbreed champion, reserve Beefbreeder champion and reserve breed male champion at this year’s Royal Highland show. Elgin Neuer, a March 2017 born son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and Rumsden Samurai-sired Elgin Ultra goes home to work in Killeranan, Muir of Ord for WJ Jack and Sons.
The next 10,000gns lot was Brampton Nutella, who not only topped his class at the presale show but also claimed a red rosette at this year’s National show in July. The aforementioned Billy Turner who had earlier purchased the sale supreme champion presented this 18 month old lot. Nutella who was purchased by A O’Rouke, Newry, Co Down, is among the first bulls to sell by Cumbrian bred Border Jamboree, whose daughters have been retained, while the dam is the Billingley Siralex -sired Brampton Daylight, a Great Yorkshire show interbreed champion.
Another to bring 10,000gns when chapped down to WF Mill, Thurso, Caithness, was Hamish Goldie‘s yellow ticket winner and June 2017 born Goldies Notable from Ruthwell, Dumfries. He is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman and out of Goldies Dignity who goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister.
Just a few lots earlier Tweeddale Neworleans was knocked down sold for 9,000gns to DG Walker, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. The June 2017 born Blelack Blackberet sired Neworleaons is out of the Dingle Hofmeister daughter Lakenheath Eugenie and was offered for sale by Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.
No fewer than six lots secured an 8,500gns sale price and the first was the reserve senior champion
Glenericht Machine. WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, were the consigners of this 22 month old, out of Glenericht Hayley, a 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat daughter and sired by 15,000gns Stirling junior champion Maerdy Hwre, who was purchased by JJ Gordon, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
The next to sell for 8,500gns, this time to J Woodman and Sons, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, was an entry from JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland. The 18 month old Rosebrough Nero who was bred by J and E Campbell, is sired by Thrunton Gladiator, who has been producing progeny consistently for both herds since 2013, while his dam Thrunton Virtuous is by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.
Another to secure 8,500gns was a May 2017 born son of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax, whose dam Forglen Jenny is a daughter of the 9,000gns Royal Cornwall show and Great Yorkshire show reserve champion Gretnahouse Archangel. Forglen Nero, who was this year’s Turriff show male champion from Eric and Ellis, Mutch, Banff, Aberdeenshire, was purchased by J Hyslop and Son, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Top priced purchasers Boden and Davies Ltd, also produced an 8,500gns bull. Sportsmans Nero, a 16 month old, who was awarded a blue ticket in the pre-sale show goes on to work in Nairn, Invernessshire with new owners JM Forbes and Son. His sire Goldies Jerry is a 26,000gns Royal Welsh show male champion and his dam Sportsmans Harriet is a daughter of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny.
The final two 8,500gns lots were both consigned by top priced bull seller Esmor Evans. Also sons of Blelack Fabulous, Maerdy Ned and Maerdy Newel found new homes in Invernessshire and Orkney respectively. The May 2017 born Ned is out of the 13,000gns Balthayock Eagle-sired Maerdy Juice and was purchased by W Duncan and Co, Insch, while the June 2017 born Newel is out of Maerdy Honney, sired by the French-bred Froufrou, and caught the eye of T Leslie, Shapinsay.
Completing the top 20 prices at 8,000gns was Goldies Nobel, the pre-sale show reserve intermediate champion from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries. Purchased by Kincraigie Farms, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, he is out of the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman daughter Goldies Joey and sired by Blelack Blackberet.
Averages: 80 bulls £6875.63
Auctioneers: United Auctions
October 9, 2018 Myostatin Information
What is Myostatin?
Myostatin is a gene that influences the production of proteins which control muscle development. When an animal is identified as having one of the mutations it means that they have inactive genes which do not control muscle growth as effectively, this can result in increased muscle mass. Currently in cattle, there are 19 known mutations of the gene and after extensive testing for the nine most common varients, we have concluded that the British Charolais cattle population only contains two – F94L & Q204X.
Why are we testing for Myostatin?
Knowing the myostatin status of your animals will help you to select bulls with the most appropriate myostatin traits for your breeding programme. This will lead to better calving ease and help with the ever-present trend to improve carcase conformation and quality. However, it is just one tool which should be used in conjunction with the wider information available such as Estimated Breeding Values (EBV’s) – which predict the performance of the animal based on its back pedigree, accurate measurements and the performance of its herd mates – and your own judgement on type and pedigree.
How are these genes inherited?
All reproducing species have two copies of each gene – called alleles. If your Charolais has one copy of the myostatin variant (one allele) it is classed at heterozygous, if it has two copies (two allele) it is classed as homozygous.
The table below shows the chances of inheriting depending on the status of the parents:
Below is a quick guide to the traits that are likely to be evident in homozygous and heterozygous calves born compared to calves with no myostatin:
June 5, 2018 Magnum hits top price at Swatragh
The ring was packed to the rafters at Swatragh Mart, for the inaugural Northern Ireland Charolais club sale evening on Friday 1 June, where 11 bulls sold to an average of £2,711 and a clearance of 79%.
Leading the bull bids at 4,000gns was the pre-sale show supreme and male champion from Will Short, Beragh, Co Tyrone. Champion Woodpark Magnum, who is a 16-month-old son of Deeside Gulliver and the homebred 19,000gns Doune and Dunblane champion Corrie Alan-sired Woodpark Hattie, was purchased by Noel McIlwaine, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone.
Following on at 3,300gns was the 13,000gns Royal Highland Show class winner Allanfauld Hustler son Ramrad Norman whose dam Ramrad Hayley goes back to Kilbridefarm Stuart. This January 2017-born lad consigned by Douglas Morrow, Coleraine, Co Derry, caught the eye of Wilbert McLenaghan, Limavady, Co Derry.
Securing 2,900gns for breeder and exhibitors Michael and Gerard McShane, Articarvin, Co Tyrone, was the 17-month-old Altnaderog Nero. Nero, who is out of the southern Irish-bred dam Deeleview Isabelle, who goes back to Pirate, and is sired by the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend went on to Ballynahinch, Co Down, to work for Mervin Murphy.
Next to go, this time consigned by Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Crummy, Co Fermanagh, was Melvin Nathan, who earlier in the day had been tapped out third in his class by judge Gary Henderson. This 15-month-old, sired by Whitecliffe James and out of the Dartonhall Givenchy daughter Melvin Janet, was knocked down sold for 2,700gns to JP and James McKeagney, Maghera, Co Derry.
The very next lot to sell was the reserve supreme and reserve male champion Lurgancot Narcos who was purchased by David Thompson, Goshaden, Co Derry at 2,600gns. Rory McKeever, Kilmore, Co Armagh was the consigner of the February 2017-born Narcos, who is bred out of the Cottage Devon-sired Lurgancot Helga and by the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie.
Next in the trade stakes was a blue-ticket winner and 16-month-old from the aforementioned Will Short, who is again sired by Deeside Gulliver but this time out of Annagh Connie, another Corrie Alan daughter. Woodpark Maverick sold to Michael McNally, Portadown, Co Armagh for 2,400gns.
Just behind at 2,300gns was the class winner Fury Nevada. Sired by the Irish-bred Crossmolina Euro and bred out of the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action daughter Fury Diamond, the March 2017-born Nevada was bred and exhibited by Pat Hackett, Clogher, Co Tyrone and purchased by Alan Farlow, Garvagh, Co Derry.
Just a few lots earlier, a 16-month-old entry from Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh, was sold in a 2,200gns deal to Eamon Caldwell, Claudy, Co Derry. Drumlone Nobleman, who placed second in his class at the pre-sale show is a son of the Southern Irish-bred Goldstar Gentleman and the Texan-sired Drumlone Isla.
A trio of bulls were knocked down at 2,000gns a piece with the first coming from Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down. Royaldowns Mercedes is sired by Rowandale Dancer who has bred over 30 progeny into the herd since 2016, while his dam is Royaldowns Daisy, a Allanfauld Velocity daughter and the 19-month-old caught the eye of William McCann, Ballymena, Co Antrim.
Also commanding a 2,000gns bid and from the same home, but this time from Richard Fulton, Dungiven, Co Derry, was the very next lot, Royaldowns Mascott. The October 2016-born
Mascott boasts an impressive pedigree being sired by the proven easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger, while his dam is Royaldowns Icemaiden, a daughter of the 55,000gns Royal Show supreme champion Thrunton Voldemort.
Matching the 2,000gns price tag was Robert McWilliams’ Stranagone Memorable from Maghera, Co Derry. The man behind the money on this 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman son, was E Irwin, Coleraine, Co Derry. The 18-month-old Memorable’s dam Stranagone Jo, is a first-time calving daughter of Blelack Digger.
Two sets of cows and calves were exhibited by James McGuigan, Maghera, Co Derry and the first set was purchased for a total of 4,160gns by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. Mother, Carnview Henrietta ET, a five-year-old daughter of the 55,000gns Balmoral Interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo and the 10,800gns Beechdale Uplift-sired Coolnaslee Antonia, was purchased along with her six-month-old bull calf Carnview Noah, who is sired by Whitecliffe James.
Mr McGuigan’s other cow and calf outfit were sold as a spilt lot. The six-year-old Carnview Honey ET, who is bred the same way as Henrietta, secured 1,200gns from Patsy Bradley, Maghera, Co Derry, and her six-month-old bull calf Carnview Nobby, who is sired by Davally Illusion, was purchased for 800gns by B McKeever, Kilmore, Co Armagh.
The top priced heifer at 1,365gns was the day’s reserve female champion Royaldowns Missy, another by the aforementioned Blelack Digger, she is out of Royaldowns Jenna who in turn is sired by the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie. The 19-month-old Missy was bred and exhibited by Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down and moves down to the South with purchaser Anthony Rabbett, Muff, Co Dongal.
The only other heifer on offer was another from Mervyn McKeown who had been crowned female champion in the pre-sale show and this time purchased by Michael J Quinn, Dunamore for 1,200gns. Royaldowns Millie, is a June 2016-born daughter of Rowandale Dancer and the Omagh Show champion Roundhill Ohoh-sired Royaldowns Carolanhe.
Averages: 11 bulls £2,711, two cows and calves £3,234, two heifers £1,347
Auctioneers and Sponsors: Swatragh Livestock Market
Judge: Gary Henderson, Bushmills, Co Antrim
May 14, 2018 Neptune amongst the stars at Carlisle
There was a good trade for Charolais at Carlisle on Saturday 12 May where bidding peaked at 13,000gns, five lots traded at five figure sums and 60 bulls sold to an average of £5,384 – £226 up on the year – with a clearance rate of 80%.
Leading the bids at 13,000gns was a yellow ticket winner from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, who also had the day’s leading average of £10,150 for his three bulls. The 13-month-old Balmyle Neptune, who is sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar and out of Balmyle Image, who goes back to the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat, was purchased by Will Palmer and Son, Truro, Cornwall.
Mr Bruce’s other top price offering was the February 2017-born Balmyle Nugget who had been tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show and took the fancy of Mark Ross who paid 11,000gns to take him home to Gorebridge, Midlothian. Nugget’s dam Balmyle Juliet is a daughter of the 20,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Balmyle Magnate, while his sire is the 31,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight.
A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 10,000gns and the first was the class winner Elgin Marvel, a son of the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and the 15,000gns Royal Highland Show reserve supreme champion Edenhurst Cognac-sired Elgin Isobelle. The 18-month-old Marvel was purchased by AJ MacGregor, Lockerbie, Dumfries-shire and offered for sale by breeders Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Elgin.
The second to sell at the 10,000gns price tag was the reserve supreme and intermediate champion from Archie Macgregor (Allanfauld) Ltd, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Allanfauld Napoleon, who was awarded reserve champion at Stars of the Future Calf Show in November, is a January 2017-born son of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and out of the home-bred Allanfauld Empress, a daughter of the French-bred Harestone Tyrol. DG McKenzie were the successful bidders and take him home to their Aberdeenshire-based unit.
Charles McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was the next to purchase a 10,000gns lot. Mornity Nimbus, a 13-month-old from Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Alyth, Perthshire, is by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and his dam is the Balnuith Universe-sired Mornity Dilly.
The blue-ticket winner Caylers Merlin, was the first of three to be knocked down at 9,000gns. The Barker family, Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, were the consigners of the December 2016-born Merlin, whose breeding includes the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend and Caylers Juniper, a 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye daughter. J Nelson, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was the successful bidder.
The Barker family had another successful day on the back of their solid trade at Welshpool a fortnight ago and this time traded five lots which averaged £5,775. Their other top priced lot was purchased by J Brown, Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries-shire for 6,000gns. Caylers Nelson, a 13-month-old is sired by the Irish-born Rosanne Jupiter and out of Caylers Gytha who goes back to Thrunton Dominator.
The next 9,000gns lot was presented by Jonathan Watson & Co, Bowsden, Northumberland, who also had a good day selling a total of three to average £6,755. Tweeddale Nenuphar who stood second in his class at the previous day’s show is out of the Tattenhall Impeccable daughter Lakenheath Ellen and is sired by the 14,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Goldies Decider. The 16-month-old Nenuphar, was purchased by A Wallace and Co, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.
Also making 9,000gns when he was knocked down to father and son Roger and Rodney Gregory, Truro, Cornwall was the supreme and junior champion from Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire. Sportsmans Neptune, is a January 2017-born son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny and Sportsmans Heartbeat, a 45,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Express daughter.
The youngest bull lot to sell was the reserve junior champion Silvermere Nolimit from Cornish breeder Michelle Hanson. Nolimit boasts an impressive pedigree being sired by the 16,000gns Royal Welsh Show reserve supreme male champion Anside Foreman, while his dam Rumsden Gamble was a Royal Cornwall Show and National Show supreme champion. This 13-month-old was knocked down to MPB Ashton, Welshpool, Powys for 8,500gns.
Earlier in the sale H Garside and Son, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, paid 7,500gns for Brogher Masterpiece, a November 2016-born, yellow ticket winner offered for sale by Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh. Masterpiece is sired by the proven short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of the Lyonsdemesne Tzar-sired Brogher Fiona.
Also selling for 7,500gns, this time jointly purchased by Stirlingshire breeders, John Christie and Iain Millar, was the 17-month-old Gretnahouse Ming. A son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and Blelack Digger daughter Gretnahouse Iusilla, he was bred and exhibited by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire.
Two animals sold for the next highest price of 7,000gns and the first was another from Mr Houston. Gretnahouse Major, who is sired by the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator who also bred the 25,000gns Gretnahouse Lord, placed second in his class at the pre-sale show. His dam Gretnahouse Hayesse is a Wesley Equinox daughter and the November 2016-born Major was purchased by A Smellie, Peebles, Roxburghshire.
Another to bring 7,000gns when chapped down to George and Sheena Coghill, Birsay, Orkney was Ian and Dorothy Goldie’s reserve senior champion and July 2016-born Solwayfirth Mailman from Cummertrees, Dumfries-shire. Solwayfirth Hannibal is the sire here and his dam Solwayfirth Foxy is by the aforementioned Dingle Hofmeister.
The Goldies went on to sell three more and averaged £5,381 for the bunch. Their other top priced lot was the November 2016-born class winner Solwayfirth Milo, a son of home-bred couple Solwayfirth Javelin and Solwayfirth Jaylo, who was purchased by the Clints Farming Partnership, Heriot, Midlothian for 6,000gns.
Another from Northumberland breeders Jonathan and Jane Watson was next highest priced at 6,500gns. This time bred out of Blelack Digger daughter Tweeddale Icecream and sired by Balthayock Darcy, the 17-month-old Tweeddale Manwell goes home to work in Crocketford, Dumfries-shire, for the Glenkiln Farm Partnership.
The star of the female section was the 15-month-old Crookdake Nightingale from David and Sharon Miller, Waveton, Cumbria, who not only secured the top price of 4,000gns but was also crowned female champion. Nightingale is by the French-bred Vald’or-Ra and out of Crookdake Diamond, herself sired by the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Royal Highland show junior champion Goldies Unbeatable. She was knocked down to Pembrokeshire breeders DR and RL Bowen of Molleston who went on to purchase two more female lots.
Their next purchase at 2,900gns was the reserve female champion Holtstead Misshalfpenny, whose dam is the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Holtstead Halfpenny and she is sired by Wesley Equinox. The 27-month-old Misshalfpenny was bred and consigned by Fred, June and Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.
One of Hamish Goldie’s females, Goldies Melissa also caught the eye of the Bowen family. Balthayock Influence is the sire of this 24-month-old and her dam Goldies Angelina goes back to the above-mentioned Goldies Unbeatable.
Also amongst the top priced females at 3,000gns was another entry from the Watson family of Bowsden, Northumberland. Tweeddale Missholly, a 16-month-old by Tweeddale Justthejob and out of the Blelack Blackberet-sired Tweeddale Jemdeholly was purchased by Tom Story, Canonbie, Dumfries-shire.
Averages: 60 bulls £5,383.88; three served heifers £2572.50; 13 maiden heifers £2245.38
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: Allen Drysdale
Trade held up well at the Charolais Society sale where buyers came out in force to ensure a steady demand which resulted in the averages improving by £815 from last year, at Stirling on Monday 7 May. Bidding peaked at 9,200gns, 15 lots traded at five thousand and above and 27 bulls sold to an average of £5,402 with and 82% clearance rate.
The sale leader was the September 2016-born Goldies Moonlight from the day’s top selling vendor Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, who sold four bulls averaging £8321.25 apiece. Moonlight is sired by the top performing 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman, while his Dam Goldies Judy is from same female line as the Stirling February top priced female and champion Goldies Madame who is herself sired by the 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost. The successful bidder at 9,200gns was Colin Morrison from Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist.
Also in the money at 7,800gns for Mr Goldie was the yellow ticket winner and 18-month-old Goldies Moonbeam who caught the eye of Mr Macintyre, Southend, Argyll. He is the first son for sale by the homebred and retained Goldies Jetset and his dam Goldies Hazel, who goes back to the 12,000gns Goldies Elation has previously bred an 8000gns son.
Next to sell for Mr Goldie at 7,500gns was Goldies Mercedesbenz who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show. His dam Goldies Irene is a daughter of Blelack Blackberet and he is sired by the short gestation easy calving Goldies Formidable who has bred over 100 progeny into the herd and produced 23,000gns and 26,000gns sons. The November 2016-born Mercedesbenz was purchased by WSL Muir, Stenness, Orkney.
Goldies Michael, the final top price offering from Hamish Goldie, was snapped up for 7,200gns by the Aitken Bros, Linlithgow, West Lothian. Michael is a 19-month-old heifer’s calf by the aforementioned Gretnahouse Heman, his dam Goldies Jean goes back to Goldies Formidable.
The days reserve champion came from the JHC Campbell & Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland and is by Thrunton Gladiator who has sired more than 160 progeny into the herd. The June 2016-born Thrunton Maestro, who was purchased for 8,000gns by G Wilson and Son, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, is out of Thrunton Hirondelle who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop.
Next from the same vendor was another Gladiator son. Thrunton Monty, a 19-month-old, whose dam Thrunton Amelia is sired by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, was purchased by Lour Farms, Ladenford, Angus, for 5,500gns.
Purchased for 7,500gns by the RSPB, Loch Gruinart Reserve, Isle of Islay, was the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin son Spittalton Newton. Newton’s, a 15-month-old whose dam Elrick Idelle is a daughter of the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin, was offered for sale by John Burnett and Sons, Blairdrummond, Stirlingshire.
The next highest price of 6,500gns was paid for Baillieston Mint, a yellow ticket winner from Ronnie Baillie, Toab, Orkney. Sired by the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Hasse and out of Baillieston Gretel, a 15,000gns Maerdy Deiniol daughter, the May 2016-born Mint was knocked down to Glenpark Farms, Balerno, Midlothian.
Two bulls then came under the hammer for 6,200gns, with the first being a 19-month-old class winner Spittalton Maverick from the aforementioned John Burnett and Sons. Out of the same dam as Newton but this time sired by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight, he was purchased by C and C Adam, Cushnie, Aberdeenshire.
Matching the 6,200gns price tag was a November 2016-born entry from Peter and Allen Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Glenericht Manhatten, caught the eye of J and R Mitchell, Auchterarder, Perthshire, is out of the Blelack Digger-sired Glenericht Glamourgirl and by the 15,000gns Highland Show junior beef cattle interbreed champion Maerdy Hwre.
T Dun and Sons, Heriot, Mid Lothian, were next to secure a Charolais bull, when they paid 6,000gns to take home the 20-month-old Kersknowe Messiah. The breeding here includes the 20,000gns Stirling supreme champion Inverlochy Fencer and the 13,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Elrick Solution daughter Kersknowe Alana. Messiah who was bred and exhibited by James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire, also secured a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show.
A class winner from Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire, was next up, also selling for 6,000gns. Harestone Macbeth, a 19-month-old who is sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless and out of the Irish-bred Barracks Ulna, goes on to work in Halkirk, Caithness for Alan Mowat and Sons.
Mr Barclay went on to sell another top priced lot at 5,500gns, this time to W and A Strachan, Millfield, Aberdeenshire. Harestone Marsbar, a July 2016-born son of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless and the 10,500gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Gretnahouse Noel daughter Allanfauld Bandana.
Minutes earlier, Aitken Bros, Linlithgow, West Lothian, paid 5,800gns for another of the above-mentioned Ronnie Baillie’s lots. The 22-month-old and blue ticket winner Baillieston Morris, also sired by Maerdy Hasse is out of Baillieston Amy, who goes back to Haymount Royce.
Also hitting the 5,800gns price tag was the day’s champion from Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus. Firhills Majestic, a 17-month-old who is by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier, is bred out of the 14,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker-sired Ugie Heidi, and was purchased by June Mackenzie, Boat-Of-Garten, Invernessshire.
Averages: 27 bulls; £5,402
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Judge: Neil Blyth, Elwick, Hartlepool
May 8, 2018 Dungannon Charolais sell to 4,500gns
13 Bulls sold to a top price of 4,500gns and an average of £2,835 at the Northern Ireland Charolais club spring sale at Dungannon on Monday 7 May.
Topping the lots at 4,500gns was a 16-month-old entry from Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry, who earlier in the day had been crowned supreme and junior champion in the pre-sale show. Coolnaslee Noel, who is the first son to be sold from the 50,000gns Balthayock Justice, is out of Coolnaslee Hanna, a daughter of the 55,000gns Balmoral interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo and was purchased by Ian Gouldy, Greyabbey, Co Down.
Next in the trade stakes at 3,600gns and purchased by Nigel Smyth, Randalstown, Co Antrim, was the 14-month-old Dernaseer National, who was bred and exhibited by Dominic Arthurs, Dungannon, Co Tyrone. Bred out of the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action daughter Dernaseer Dorreen, he is sired by Palace Garfield.
The days senior champion came from Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh and sold in a 3,400gns deal. Brogher Master, a November 2016-born son of Vexour Freddy and Brogher Eva, who goes back to Prime Roberto caught the eye of Mr A Loughran, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
Just behind at 3,100gns was the class winner Ovill Neymar. D Brown, Springfield, Co Fermanagh, was the man behind the money on the purchase of this 14-month-old, by popular AI sire Davally Illusion, bred out of the Doonally New-sired Ballymakea Carmel, from the O’Kane Bros, Dungiven, Co Derry.
The reserve supreme and reserve junior champion Drumlone Norman was another top priced lot, securing 2,900gns for breeder Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh. The January 2017-born Norman is sired by Goldies Echo and out of Drumlone Hilda who goes back to Oldstone Egbert. He goes on to work in Tempo, Co Fermanagh for Mr C Fee.
Purchased at 2,500gns by S Murphy, Mullaghbawn, Co Down, was another Balthayock Justice son from the aforementioned Jonathan Crawford. Coolnaslee Moonbeam who stood second in his class earlier in the day, is a November 2016-born son of Sportsmans Columbo daughter Coolnaslee Ganet.
The female section was headed by the female champion and 20-month-old Derryharney Margharita from Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Crummy, Co Fermanagh. Margharita who is sired by the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet and out of a 19,000gns Doune and Dunblane champion Corrie Alan homebred daughter Derryharney Jamboree, was purchased by George Nelson, Drumacritten, Co Fermanagh.
Averages: 13 Bulls: £2,835; one heifer £2,100
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Judge: Ian Rea, Crumlin, Co Antrim
Sponsor: Moore Concrete
April 30, 2018 Mclaren races to 6,500gns at Welshpool
Charolais bulls met a solid commercial trade at Welshpool on Saturday 28 April where 32 bulls sold to average £3,986.72, with a clearance rate of 70%.
The top priced bull at 6,500gns was an 18-month-old entry from the Barker family, Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, who stood first in his class at the pre-sale show. Caylers Mclaren who is sired by Gretnahouse Ultimate and out of the homebred Caylers Jemma who goes back to Thrunton Dominator, went home with ER Hollinsworth and son, to work in Middleton, Manchester.
The Caylers family bulls were in demand and they sold a total of three to average £5,530, including the next highest priced lot Caylers Minstrel. R Napper, West Hagbourne, Oxfordshire, was the purchaser this time and paid 5,800gns for the blue-ticket winner and November 2016-born Minstrel, a son of the Irish-born Rosanna Jupiter and the Thrunton Dominator-sired Caylers Gigi.
Another breeder who enjoyed success on the day was Flintshire vet Esmor Evans from Mold, who not only bagged the pre-sale show championship but also secured four bull sales making an average of £4,331. His highest priced lot and champion was the 19-month-old Maerdy Mauard, out of the Vald’or-Ra-sired Maerdy Hwylus and by the easy calving, high scanning, 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous, who has previously sold sons to 22,000gns and 28,000gns. This champion lot was purchased at 5,500gns by DL and LE Davies, Llanegryn, Gwynedd.
Priced at 5,200gns and selling to WT Jones and Co, Tywyn, Gwynedd, was the December 2016-born Esgob Majestic from Gareth Jones, Cwntrimnach, Gwynedd. Majestic is sired by the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur and out of Esgob Diva who goes back to the 18,000gns Thrunton Virginian.
Two lots secured the next highest price of 5,000gns a piece and the first was a 19-month-old Wesley Evolution son, Trannon Montgomery from John Williams, Caersws, Powys. Montgomery’s home-bred dam Trannon Hanna is sired by Wernvale Chico and he caught the eye of GE Davies and Sons, Llanrhaeadr, Shropshire.
Also at 5,000gns and this time selling to Mr A Jones, Bettws Y Coed, Gwynedd, was a 17-month-old offering from Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Carmarthenshire. Moelfre Morgan is sired by the 12,500gns Stirling class winner Balmyle Impression, who has proved to be a shrewd purchase for Mr Thomas, already producing four sons whose sales have averaged 7,500gns a piece and the Royal Welsh show junior male champion Moelfre Magic. His dam Moelfre Forgetmenot goes back to the French-bred Texan.
The oldest and first lot of the sale sold for the next highest price of 4,500gns. Finnwest Massey who is a July 2016-born son of the proven easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger and Brailes Asteroid-sired Finnwest Indigo, was bred and exhibited by Paul Weston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire and sold to LF James and Son, Cilmaengwyn, Swansea.
Another lot was also knocked down at 4,500gns, this time selling to Mr B Bridgewater, Rhulen, Powys. Graiggoch Magnum, a 16-month-old, who had stood third in his class earlier in the day for breeder Gerwyn Jones, Nebo, Conwy, is sired by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion and Caithness Show champion Clyth Diplomat and out of Thrunton Starband who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando.
Another Derbyshire breeder was in the money when Thomas Cox from Great Longstone, secured 4,300gns for the November 2016-born Bleaklow Magnum. This son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and Royal Highland Show reserve junior bull Elgin Davinci-sired Bleaklow Jlo was purchased by AJ and JM Abberley, Llandrindod Wells, Powys.
A couple of lots secured a price of 4,000gns and the first was a yellow-ticket winner from the aforementioned Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire. Maerdy Muir, an 18-month-old who is sired by Blelack Fabulous and out of Maerdy Eglantine, a French-bred Populair daughter, went home to Llandefalle, Powys, with CE and A Millichap.
Also making 4,000gns was a class winner from Gareth Jones, Cwntrimnach, Gwynedd, who stayed local when he was purchased by E and LG Williams, Abergele, Gwynedd. Esgob Neu, a 15-month-old by the Irish-bred Goldstar Gentleman, is out of the home-bred Esgob Helen who is turn is sired by the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur.
A heifer from Richard Butler, Barbers Bridge, Gloucestershire, was the only female lot of the main sale. Carrigbeg Moo is a two-year-old by the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis, whose dam Congress Isadora is a daughter 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Highland Show junior champion Goldies Unbeatable. RWL and JE George, Llanfair, Caereinion, Powys, purchased her for 1,950gns.
A small reduction of six cow and calves from the Harman family, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, was also featured at the sale. The top priced at 2,400gns was the mother and daughter duo – 2014-born Silver Janet and her four-month-old heifer calf Silver Nectar. The 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax sired Janet, is out of Silver Borghild, a Chesham Pingpong daughter, while her daughter Nectar is sired by the 14,000gns Stirling supreme champion Barnsford Jubilant. The aforementioned Hollinsworth family were the purchasers.
Averages: 32 bulls: £3,986.72; one heifer: £2,048; Harman reduction: 6 Cow and Calves, £2,004
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Neil Brown, Hackleton, Northamptonshire