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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 www.charolais.co.uk or by contacting Dungannon Farmers Market.
Other upcoming sales for your diary include Dungannon on 6th May and Swatragh on 31st May.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 14, 2019 Nico joins Coolnaslee herd for £14,000
The May, 2017-born Charolais bull, Carwood Nico, bred by the Wight family at Carwood, Biggar, has been sold in a private deal to Jonathan Crawford of the Coolnaslee herd, in Northern Ireland, for £14,000.
Nico has a strong pedigree behind him, being a son of Carwood Jonboy, a home-bred bull retained for breeding, sired by the 9,000gns Elgin Emperor. Jonboy’s dam was Carwood Debbie, an outstanding Kelton Trident daughter, out of Dundas Mavis, which is a full sister to the 18,000gns Dundas Jackpot.
On the dam’s side, Nico is out of Wesley Verify, which was purchased at the Wesley dispersal. She is the grand-dam of Carwood Lochness, a bull bought by the Elgin, Glenericht and Mornity herds. She has also bred the Carwood herd’s main commercial herd sire Carwood Gigolo, which was retained for his excellent confirmation and easy calving over the 200-head suckler herd.
February 27, 2019 Increased demand for Charolais at Aberdeen
Strong commercial interest saw an increased demand for Charolais bulls at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society Spring Show on Wednesday 27 February. Bidding peaked at 9,500gns which was the highest price of the day across all breeds and 16 lots sold to an average of £4,463 with five more sold than last year and a clearance rate increase of 8% to 73%.
Society CEO Peter Phythian, was delighted with the sale “On the back of last week’s successful sale in the Spring round of the bull sales at Stirling, where Charolais sold the most bulls, had the highest average and best clearance rate, this just goes to prove that Charolais are still in demand despite the challenging market conditions. Obviously, as Charolais sired suckler calves are topping the markets on weight for age, with budgets tightened this year the suckler man wants a breed that will deliver the weights that the supermarkets demand in the shortest time, which is not only benefiting their pockets but also the environment”.
The top two Charolais sellers making 9,500gns and 6,800gns respectively, both came from Robert Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, who was already on a high after securing the breed and then the overall championship in the morning’s pre-sale show.
Both of the top lots were June 2017 born bulls sired by the 10,000gns Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Gretnahouse Ivory, who has bred almost 60 progeny into the Bonnykelly herd since his purchase in 2015, and both dams go back to the 9,000gns Newdeer Show champion Newhouse Challanger.
The highest priced at 9,500gns was the day’s overall champion Bonnykelly Nominator, bred out of Bonnykelly Freda, he goes on to work in Auchindoun, Banffshire, with winning bidders J and K Kellas. His shed mate Bonnykelly Nimrod who secured a price of 6,800gns from purchaser’s FJ Keir, Alford, Aberdeenshire, is out of Bonnykelly Heidi.
The reserve champion was next in the trade stakes at 4,800gns. Logiestate Neil, a 22 month old, who was presented for sale by AJR Farms, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, is sired by the 8,500gns Newdeer show male champion Goldies Golddust, while the dam is the 26,000gns Maerdy Amontillado-sired Craigieford Hermajest, he was purchased by M and I Steel, Banchory, Kincardinshire.
There were two 4,500gns sales, the first Elgin Navara, was purchased by JJ Gord, Wellheads, Aberdeenshire. The April 2017 born Navara had been tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show for breeders and exhibitors Roy and Matthew Milne, Kennies Hillock, Morayshire. His dam Elgin Ianthe is a second calving daughter of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator and he is sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, whose sons averaged 11,000gns at Stirling in October.
Matching the 4,500gns price tag and this time exhibited by Andrew and James Gammie, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, was the 21 month old and red ticket winning Westpit Nevada. 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger is the sire here and his dam is Gretnahouse Eigg who goes back to the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding. He was snapped up by C Smith, Lumphanan, Kincardinshire.
Strathys Navigator was the next highest priced at 4,400gns. A son of the 9,500gns Maerdy Harrypotter, who has bred well for exhibitor Mr K Mallarkey, adding almost 60 progeny into the Airdlin Mains, Aberdeenshire based herd. He travels on the Stenness, Orkney, with new owner WSL Muir, who took a liking to this April 2017 born lad bred out of the 12,000gns Mountjoy Eros daughter Strathys Isable.
Two yellow ticket winners from John Wilson and Sons, Glenkindle, Aberdeenshire, were both knocked down at 4,000gns. Kinclune Nimrod, who was purchased by GH Sinclair, Latheron, Caithness, was the first, a 23 month old sired by the 12,000gns Stirling supreme champion Goldies Ivan and out of first time mum Kinclune Joanna who goes back to the 20,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Beechtree George.
The second 4,000gns bull from the Wilson family was the 19 month old Kinclune Norman a son of the 20,000gns supreme Perth champion Thrunton Crownprince and Kinclune Ivy, who is also a Beechtree George daughter and was purchased by D Henderson, Lyth, Caithness.
Averages: 16 bulls £4,462.50
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts
February 20, 2019 Charolais lead the Spring trade
Charolais sold the most bulls, had the highest average and best clearance rate of the spring round of the Stirling bull sales. There were 121 bulls sold representing an 83.5% clearance, with bull sales topping at 13,000gns and averaging £6,063. The heifer prices peaked at 5,800gns, while the dispersal of the Alsnow herd saw prices of up to 8,500gns for cows and calves.
Chief Executive of the Charolais Society peter Phythain commented that he was “Absolutely delighted with the sale, despite all of the doom and gloom in the industry at the moment and the uncertainty over Brexit, Charolais once again proved to be the sire in most demand”.
The top priced bull was the class winning Thrunton Nugget, a May 2017 born son of the homebred pairing Thrunton Gladiator and Thrunton Hoopla, who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop. He was offered for sale by JHC Campbell & Sons and purchased by Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire for 13,000gns.
The Campbell family went on sell a total of four bulls to average £9896.25 and their next highest priced at 10,000gns was the 16 month old Thrunton Nike, who is also sired by Thrunton Gladiator but this time out of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter Thrunton Exquisite and purchased by AJ Maclean, Scarinish, Isle of Tiree.
The Campbell’s other top seller Thrunton Nighthawk was snapped up by JW Hogg, Grifford, East Lothian, for 8,500gns. Nighthawk is a September 2017 born son of the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and Thrunton Gitane, a 20,000gns Perth supreme champion Moncur General daughter.
The presale senior champion was next in the trade stakes at 12,000gns. Inverlochy Nelson, a 21 month old, who was bred and exhibited by father and son team John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Banffshire, is sired by the Highland show supreme champion and Irish-born Kilbline 1 Instigator and out of Inverlochy Gypsum, a daughter of the Black Isle Show champion Lochend Apache. He goes on to work in Crawford, Lanarkshire, for Mr and Mrs JJ Wight.
A trio of lots went under the hammer for the 11,000gns and the first was an entry from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire who caught the eye of T Smith and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire, when he was tapped out first in his class at Monday’s pre-sale show. Gretnahouse Neverland, a June 2017 born son of Westcarse Jimmy, who has sired over 40 progeny in the herd since his purchase in 2016, is out of the Gretnahouse Ultimate daughter, Gretnahouse Daisy.
Mr Houston went on to sell another three bulls and averaged £8269 for the lot, with his next highest priced, the yellow ticket winner and June 2017 born Gretnahouse Nylon, also sired by Westcarse Jimmy and selling to H MacDonald, Advie, Morayshire for 8,500gns. He is bred out of Stobarts Fabulous, a 13,000gns Woodpark Bishop daughter.
Matching the 11,000gns price tag and this time selling to JG Wilson, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, was the 18 month old Harestone Nighthawk who had also secured a red ticket at the previous day’s show. His dam is Harestone Brigette who goes back to the Royal Highland show supreme champion Harestone Ronsard, he is sired by the 12,000gns Balmyle Addition and was bred and exhibited by R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
Goldies Navigation was another pre-sale show class winner purchased for 11,000gns, this time offered for sale by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire. An 18 month old son of the 15,000gns herd sire Gretnahouse Heman, who has bred over 120 progeny into the herd, Navigation is out of Goldies Hazel, a 12,000gns Goldies Elation daughter. GA Mackie, Rescobie, Angus, was the purchaser.
Up next and knocked down at 10,500gns was the blue ticket winner and September 2017 born Killadeas Noah from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, co Fermanagh. Purchased by J Warnock, Broughton, Lanarkshire, he is sired by Blelack Blackberet and his dam is Killadeas Hazeline, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Blackford Dynamite.
The aforementioned Hamish Goldie, who sold a total of 13 to average £7083, was the first to sell one of five 9,500gns priced lots, also sired by Gretnahouse Heman. This one was knocked down sold to A and J Wilson, Culsalmond, Aberdeenshire who bid off the competition to secure the class winning Goldies Nugget, a 20 month old out of Blelack Blackberet daughter Goldies Gilly.
Mr Goldie went on to sell another 9,500gns lot, the 15 month old Goldies Noelle. This time sired by the homebred Goldies Formidable and out of another Blackberet daughter – Goldies Eclair, he was purchased by Adrian Ivory, Meigle, Perthshire.
The next 9,500gns lot was one of 17 bulls presented by Major Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, which averaged £6850. Balthayock Nominee who was purchased by CD Timm, Appleton Roebuck, Yorkshire. Sired by the homebred and 64 time father Balthayock Impression, the June 2017 born Nominee is out of Balthayock Japonica who goes back to Barbican Lancer.
The reserve supreme and intermediate champion was also offered for sale by the Major. Balthayock Nanook, a 19 month old son of Highland show champion Balthayock Imp who has previously sold sons to 19,000gns and Barbican Lancer daughter Balthayock Gemma, goes on to work in Dundee for WJ Millar of Tealing, who purchased him for 9,500gns.
The Major’s other two top priced lots both commanded bids of 8,500gns, the first being a May 2017 born blue ticket winner who was purchased by CA Smith, Tarland, Aberdeenshire. Balthayock Newton is again sired by Balthayock Imp but this time out of Balthayock Heloise who goes back to Swalesmoor Cracker. The second was the June 2017 born Balthayock Nuffield, out of another Cracker daughter – Balthayock Heroine, he is sired by the Royal Welsh show and 20,000gns Maerdy Grenadier and sold to Shanry Farms, Rait, Perthshire.
The last 9,500gns bull was Woodpark Neptune, an 18 month old by the Irish-bred Deeside Guillver who has gone on to add 94 progeny to the British herd book. His dam Woodpark Izzy is in turn sired by the 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan and he came all the way from Beragh, Co Tyrone with breeder and exhibitor Will Short to go home with D Munro, Kingussie, Inverness-shire.
Main sale females topped at 5,800gns for the twelve month old Formakin Opal from the McMurrich Partnership, Causewayhead, Stirlingshire. Sired by the French-bred Hercule and out of the Balthayock Matthew daughter and Stars of the Future class winner Formakin Licorice, she was purchased by the Rettie partnership.
Hamish Goldie also had heifers for sale, the highest priced of which made 4,500gns when she was purchased by DP Daniel, Maxworthy, Cornwall, who also went on to buy another of Mr Goldies lots for 3,800gns. The 23 month old Goldies Nell was the first, a Blelack Blackberet daughter out of Goldies Lynn, who in turn is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman. Which was followed by the female champion Goldies Nina who is a March 2017 born daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Joss and Goldies Jollygood.
Alsnow Herd Dispersal
The sale featured the dispersal of the Alsnow herd of Alan R Lawson & Son whose females sold to a top price of 8,500gns for Alsnow Enchantress and her female calf at foot Alsnow Olwen. Enchantress has produced two RHS class winning daughters and is sired by Blelack Roger, while her dam is Alsnow Victoria who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Socrates. Her daughter five month old Olwen is sired by Blelack Immaculate and the set were purchased by the above mentioned N and R Barclay, who went on to purchase another of the Lawson family’s lots.
Their next highest priced lot sold in a two-way split at a total of 6,800gns, with the 2014 born cow Alsnow Jazzygirl heading on to Hexham, Northumberland with G Grieve, while her April 2018 born bull calf Alsnow Oscar was sold to FR Walton, Morpeth, Northumberland. The triple calving Jazzygirl is a daughter of the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico and out of a Blelack Roger daughter Alsnow Dixie and Oscar is sired by Alsnow Hurricane.
Just behind at 6,500gns was the cow and seven month old bull calf outfit Alsnow Hanna and Alsnow Oak. NA Wattie was the purchaser of the pair and takes them home to his Aberdeenshire unit. Hannah, a 2012 lass by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat is out of the aforementioned Enchantress and her son is sired by Cottage Devon.
Averages: 121 bulls £6,063; 14 heifers £3,906; 13 Alsnow cow and calves £5161; one Alsnow heifer £1,700gns.
Auctioneers: United Auctions
January 3, 2019 LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR EFFICIENT BEEF PRODUCTION TO BE FEATURED AT SCOTLAND’S BEEF EVENT 2019
Arrangements are already well in hand for Scotland’s national beef event which will be held on an Aberdeenshire farm next year.
Scotland’s Beef Event 2019 on Thursday, May 30, 2019, will be hosted by beef farmers, Robbie and Barbara Milne, and their son, James, on their 500-acre all-grass farm of North Bethelnie, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, where, with additional seasonal grazing extending to 664 acres, they run a herd of 320 Salers and Salers cross cows with Charolais bulls.
The event, organised by the Scottish Beef Association with arrangements in the hands of a local committee under the chairmanship of SBA vice-chairman, David Barron, Nether Aden, Mintlaw, is expected to attract a large attendance of beef farmers from all over Scotland and beyond.
“North Bethelnie is widely recognised as a well-managed commercial beef farm producing high quality beef cattle and forward stores and with an extensive range of buildings is an ideal venue for Scotland’s leading annual beef event,” said Mr Barron.
“We are grateful to the Milne family for kindly agreeing to host this important event for the beef industry in Scotland.”
Mr Barron said the beef industry was currently experiencing considerable pressures as a result of the unseasonal easing of prime cattle prices and a declining national beef herd, coupled with misguided calls to reduce beef cattle numbers to reduce carbon emissions.
“Scotland’s Beef Event 2019 will address these issues head-on by showcasing the latest technology to help farmers become as efficient as possible and at the same time highlight the importance of grassland in the sequestration of carbon which is never mentioned by scientists when talking about the carbon emissions of cattle.
“Efficient beef production and a reduction in net carbon emissions in to the atmosphere go hand-in-hand and are not mutually exclusive.”
Features of the event will include a farm tour, a range of technical demonstrations covering all aspects of beef production, a “Beef after Brexit” seminar with a panel of industry experts to be chaired by former BBC Scotland farming correspondent, Ken Rundle and a stockjudging competition.
For further information please contact the event organiser Natalie Cormack, Dairy Cottage, Tower Road, Ayton, Berwickshire, TD14 5QX. Tel: 07712 623669. E-mail: Natalie.email@example.com