March 9, 2021 Ballymena Sales Report
Northern Ireland Charolais Club Bull Sale – Sales Report, 6th March 2021
Woodpark Presley and Birches Prettylady top the bids at Ballymena at 6,000 gns.
Saturday 6th March saw the Northern Ireland Charolais Club host their annual Charolais Bull Sale for the first time at Ballymena Livestock Market. With a mix of bidding happening in person, online and over the phone due to the current COVID-19 restrictions still in place. A steady trade took place which saw the two top selling animals go for 6,000 gns each. 11 bulls sold with an average price of £3081.
Top price bull of the day, at 6,000 gns was WOODPARK PRESLEY, bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This 19-month-old bull is sired by the easy calving Deeside Gulliver and out of Woodpark Ellie, a daughter of Major. The hammer went down with a bid from W J Fraser & Son who will be taking him home to Banffshire.
The next highest price, with a bid of 3,400 gns was PINEHILL RONALDO, bred by Mr C Todd of Lisburn, Co. Down. Sired by Mornity Nero, out of Pinehill Naomi, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. This 14-month-old lad caught the eye of A McMullan and will be making his way to his new home in Castlewellan, Co. Down.
The third top price of the day, with a bid of 3,300 gns was for the 2019 born MOUNTJOY PAGAN, bred by Mr C O Mcaskie of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. His sire, Montgomery Ianto is the 2014 Royal Welsh Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion. His dam, Mountjoy India, is the daughter of Corrie Alan, the 19,000 gns Reserve Junior Champion from Perth in 2006. The successful bidder and taking him home is S J Mcilmurray of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
23-month-old ROYALDOWNS PABLO sold for the next highest bid of 3,000 gns. Sired by Hideal and out of Drumfin Damsel, a daughter of Doonally Ducdenever. Bred by M McKeown Esq of Downpatrick, Co. Down. He will be making the journey to his new home in Limavady, Co. Londonderry to the farm of Mr N Blair.
OVILL PRIME is bred by the O’Kane Bros from Dungiven, Co. Londonderry. Prime sold for 2,900 gns and caught the eye of H Small of Ballymena, Co. Antrim. This 17-month-old lad is parent verified, sired by Ovill Lancelot, his dam is Ovill Jessica, a daughter of Doonally Nicefor.
20-month-old ROYALDOWNS PATROL sold for 2,800 gns, sired by the 18,000 gns Thrunton Fairfax, his dam, Royaldowns Erica is the daughter of Allanfauld Velocity. Patrol also from the stable of M McKeown Esq of Downpatrick, Co. Down, and will be heading home with J Wilson of Ballyclare, Co. Antrim.
Also selling for 2,800 gns was 17-month-old DRUMACRITTEN PAUL from the stable of Mr G Nelson of Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh. Sired by Whitecliffe James, this lads dam, Drumacritten Marylou is the daughter of Maerdy Dublin, who sold for 11,000 gns in Carlisle in 2009. The successful bidder was Mr S Dobbin of Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.
WOODPARK PABLO is bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This 20-month-old lad is sired by the easy calving Deeside Gulliver, his dam, Woodpark Jan is sired by Rumsden Fawkes. Pablo caught the eye of Mr W Hanna of Kilkeel, Co. Down who secured their purchase with a bid of 2,700 gns.
WOODPARK PIXEL, another from the stable of Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This bull is 19 months old and is fully parent verified. His sire is Deeside Gulliver and his dam is Woodpark Nectar. Pixel sold for 2,600 gns and is going home with J Lavery from Lurgan, Co. Armagh.
2019 born ALTNADEROG PAJO, selling for the price of 2,500 gns, comes from the herd of by M G & G McShane of Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Sired by Deeleview Horace, out of Burnside Lappy, a daughter of Conval Frank, Reserve Intermediate Champion at Stirling in 2012 who sold for 13,000 gns. Pajo will be going home with Mr M Dooher of Strabane.
Top price female of the day, with a bid of 6,000 gns was BIRCHES PRETTYLADY, bred by Mr & Mrs N Matchett or Portadown, Co. Armagh. This 25-month-old heifer is sired by Elgin Jackman, out of Tawny Jasmine, who is sired by Doonally New. Prettylady’s successful bidder was Simone McCabe of Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan.
28-month-old BROGHER OMYGIRL was the final female to sell, with the hammer going down on a bid of 3,400 gns. Bred by Mr T Phair of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Omygirl is sired by the 26,000 gns Balbithan Vespasian, out of Brogher Fancygirl, a daughter of Lyonsdemesne Tzar. Omygirl will be making her way home with Mr K Murphy of Newry, Co. Down.
March 1, 2021 Stirling Sale Report – 28th February 2021
There’s no phantom about this top price – BALLINLARE PHANTOM peaked at 16,000gns
Sunday 28th February saw United Auctions host their annual Spring Bull sale where Charolais, once again, came out on top. With current Government Guidelines still in place there was a good mixture of people buying in person, online and over the phone. Top price peaked at 16,000gns which levelled out to the average price of £7121, up by £347 per head, on the previous year. 93 animals were put forward with a 71% clearance rate.
British Charolais Cattle Society CEO, Peter Phythian said “he was pleased with the good strong commercial trade on the day, with the Charolais breed still in high demand”
BALLINLARE PHANTOM was the top seller of the day reaching a top price of 16,000gns. This 20-month-old lad is bred by J H Wilson and Sons of Newry, Co. Down. Phantom’s sire, Balthayock Justice was Reserve Supreme Champion and was the top sale price at 50,000gns at Stirling in 2015. His dam Ballinlare Isis is sired by Goldies Carnival. The winning bidders, in a two-way split, were R M Adam & Son of Glamis, Angus and M J Massie from Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Second top price of the day at 14,000gns was SOLWAYFIRTH PETERPAN, bred by I & D Goldie in Annan, Dumfriesshire. This 17-month-old lad is sired by the 11,000gns Glenericht Majestic, his dam Solwayfirth Charity is the daughter of Maerdy Restful. He will be joining the herd at Hafod Yr Esgob Uchaf in Bala at the farm of G M Jones.
A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 12,000gns.
First to reach 12,000gns was ELGIN PELE from Mr R A Milne in Elgin, Morayshire. Described as ‘one of the better bulls in the yard’ the 22-month-old bull is by the easy calving Westcarse Houdini, his dam, Elgin Electra, is a full sister to the 20,000gns Elgin DaVinci and a daughter of Harestone Tyrol . The successful bidder was James Moir of Auchorties Farm, Banff.
The second bull to reach 12,000gns was ELRICK PATRIOT, he is sired by Maerdy Gouverneur and bred by Mr M J Massie from Ellon in Aberdeenshire. Patriot, out of Elrick Lass, a daughter of Thrunton Fearless, the 2011 Intermediate and Supreme Champion, who sold for 16,000 gns at Stirling. Patriot will be making the journey to his new home with J & W Kellas at Raws Farm, Keith.
The final bull to reach 12,000gns also from the same stable of Mr M J Massie. 20-month-old ELRICK POLDARK is the full brother to Elrick Outlaw who sold for 25,000gns and is the son of the easy calving Maerdy Gouverneur. His dam, Elrick Florida, is a daughter of 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin. He is going home with Glass & Smith, Mills of Folis, Aberdeenshire.
Four bulls went on to make 10,000gns, the first one secured the bid was THRUNTON PLATO, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons of Alnwick, Northumberland. This 22-month-old Plato is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalam and is out of Thrunton Jessie J, a daughter of Burradon Garibaldi, who sold for 26,000gns at Stirling in 2013. He will be joining the farm of W Pringle and Son of Yorkston Farm, Mid Lothian.
The next to sell at 10,000gns was AULTMORE PHANTOM from the farm of W Patterson & Son from Keith, Bannfshire. Phantom is a very stylish bull from an easy calving line. His sire, Westcarse Houdini sold for 14,000 gns in 2013. His dam is Aultmore Lassie, a daughter of Aultmore Gladiator. The men behind the money were R O Chandler & Co from Skirrid Farm, Abergavenny.
E & M Fairhurst & Son from Bankend Farm, by Lancaster secured the next successful bid at 10,000gns who take home FALLENINCH PACO, a 21-month-old bull bred by Mr A B Hornall from Falleninch Farm, Stirling. Paco is fully parent verified and is sired by Falleninch Memo, out of Falleninch Libby, a daughter of Dereskit Fernando.
The final bull to make 10,000gns was GOLDIES PAUL who comes from the farm of Mr H Goldie in Dumfries. This outstanding 18-month-old lad is out of Goldies Jo, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. His sire is Balthayock Marquis, who is known for easy calving. His new owner is J S Fraser from Toir Mains Farm, Ross-Shire.
Just behind, with a bid of 9,000gns was CARWOOD PIONEER. The 20-month-old lad is sired by the 12,000gns Maerdy Magestic, a son of Maerdy Grenadier who sold for 20,000gns at Stirling in 2013. His dam, Carwood Hilda is a daughter of Elgin Emperor. This 20-month-old bull is bred by Mr & Mrs C J Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire and will be joining the herd at Hyslop Farm in Moffat, Dumfriesshire.
The next best seller was MIDSHIELD PAUL who sold for 8,500gns, bred by J & E Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire. This fully parent verified 22-month-old bull is sired by Midlock John and out of Midshield Jazmin, the daughter of Maerdy Domino. He will be heading home with F & G Young of Balnowlart, Ayeshire.
Eight seemed to be the number of the day with 8 lots selling for 8,000gns.
The first two to sell at this price were from the Kersknowe herd of Mr J Jeffrey of Kelso, Roxburghshire. First to go under the hammer at 8,000gns was KERSKNOWE PATRIOT, sired by Kersknowe McGregor, a son of Inverlochy Fencer who was junior and overall supreme champion and sold for 20,000gns at Stirling in 2012. His dam, Kersknowe Iris is sired by Lagavaich Fernando. He will be making his way home with Duncan Macvicar from Middle Ballat Farm in Glasgow.
Mr Jeffery’s second bull to make 8,000gns was 22-month-old KERSKNOWE PROVOST who is sired by the 20,000gns bull Inverlochy Fencer. His dam, Kersknowe Icicle is another daughter of Lagavaich Fernando; he will be joining the herd at Craigton in Kirkcudbrightshire at the farm of A & J Craig.
BALLINDALLOCH PILOT was the next one to sell at 8,000gns. This 22-month-old lad is bred by Messrs R Irvine & F G Lawson of Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Sired by Goldies Icon, the 2015 Reserve Junior Champion who sold for 10,000gns at Stirling. His dam, Ballindalloch Hilda is sired by Lochend Apache. He is going home with R MacDonaldson & Son from Drumgask, Inverness-shire.
THRUNTON PEGASUS was next to reach 8,000gns, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons in Alnwick, Northumberland. Born in May 2019, this bull is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, and out of Thrunton Jubilant, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator. He will be making his way to his new home in Inverness to the Leys Estate.
MAERDY PASSION, bred by Mr D E Evans in Mold, Flintshire. This 20-month-old is sired by Maerdy Figaro-W and out of Maerdy Jiffy, one of the best daughters of Meardy Dynamite in the herd. The winning bid of 8,000gns came from Bruce Mackie & Son from Huntly in Aberdeenshire.
Next to sell at 8,000gns was HARESTONE POWERHOUSE, bred by R & N Barclay in Insch, Aberdeenshire. Sired by the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous, and out of Harstone Denise, a daughter of Harestone Uruguy. His new owner is A McCornick & Co from Barnacles Farm in Dumfries.
Mr H Goldie of Ruthwell, Dumfries secured the two final bids of 8,000gns. GOLDIES PIONEER was the first; this 17-month-old lad is sired by the 2017 Royal Highland Show Reserve Male Champion, Junior Male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion Tweeddale Matador. Out of Goldies Lottie, a daughter of Gretnahouse Heman. Pioneer will be making his way to his new home with J Kay & Sons to Oxton, Berwickshire.
And finally, GOLDIES POWERHOUSE was the last to hit 8,000gns. This 17-month-old is sired by Blelack Fabulous and out of Goldies Fabulous, a daughter of Goldies Uppermost who claimed the top price at Perth in 2005, selling for 34,000gns and was also Supreme and Junior Champion. The winning bid came from A J MacLean from Heylipol Farm from the Isle-of-Tiree.
The gavel came down twice at 7,500gns. The first to secure this bid was 21-month-old AULTMORE POWERHOUSE from the farm of W Patterson and Son from Keith, Banffshire. He is sired by the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. His dam, Battleford Lola is sired by Lochend Apache. The successful bidder was W S L Muir from Stenness, Orkney.
BALTHAYOCK POLITICIAN was the next to sell at 7,500gns. This 20-month-old lad comes from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Walter in Perth and is sired by Gretnahouse Lunar. His dam, Balthayock Insignia is a daughter of Blelack Forester. Politician was purchased by the Scottish Government Bull Stud.
Just behind and selling for 7,200gns was the May 2019 born BALTHAYOCK PILGRIM, another from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Walter in Perth. Pilgrims sire is Gretnahouse Lunar who is proved to be very easy calving and produces well fleshed bulls with excellent temperaments. His dam, Balthayock Lotus is a daughter of Balthayock Dante. Pilgrim was purchased by J M Fisher Ltd from Leswalt in Stranraer.
Also selling for 7,200gns was THRUNTON PATRIOT, an 18-month-old bull from the home of J H C Campbell and Sons in Alnwick. Patriot was sired by the 20,000gns Stirling Champion Inverlochy Fencer and caught the eye of G T & S Coghill, who will be taking him home to Muce in Orkney. His dam is Thrunton Melody who is a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator.
THRUNTON PEDRO is a good square 21-month-old lad who comes from the same stable as Thrunton Patriot. His sire is the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem; his dam, Thrunton Jackdaw is sired by Thrunton Gladiator. Pedro sold for 7,000gns and will be going home with W & A Strachan of Millfield, Aberdeenshire.
Another bull selling for 7,000gns was 21-month-old CARWOOD PABLO. Pablo was brought to the market by his breeders Mr & Mrs C J Wight from Biggar, Lanarkshire. Pablo is out of Carwood Cherry, the daughter of Kelton Trident, and sired by Maerdy Magestic. He will be making his way to his new home in Maybole with J & A Dunlop
Four females were entered for the sale.
Up first, and reaching the top sale price of 4,800 gns was TOPHILL ROXANNE from the stable of Mr A J Stott of Canonbie, Dumfires-shire. 11-month-old Roxanne is sired by Hackleton Largerlout and her dam Hackleton Hetty is the daughter of Mulroog Alpine.
Next in the ring came the second top priced female of day, selling for 3,000gns. MORTIMERS PACHAMAMA caught the eye of Louise McArthur of Balfron Station, Glasgow. This 16-month-old heifer is bred by Messrs Mortimers Farm in Eastleigh, Hampshire and is sired by Farleycopse Laurence, her dam, Mortimers Icemaiden, is sired by Baggrave Eskimo.
The final two heifers to go under the hammer were CROOKDAKE PARIS and CROOKDAKE PROSECCO both bred by DA & SM Miller of Wigton, Cumbria. These were sold for a total of 4,800gns to E & M Fairhurst and Son, at Bankend Farm, by Lancaster
January 28, 2021 Defra Bovine TB Consultation and Calls for views
Today Defra has launched a public consultation and call for views on a range of proposals and longer-term options, in keeping with the government response to Professor Sir Charles Godfray’s 2018 independent review of the bTB eradication strategy.
Natural England (NE) has also published several documents in relation to the animal disease bovine tuberculosis (bTB) on GOV.UK.
The consultation sets out proposals for NE to stop issuing the current intensive cull licences for new areas post 2022 and enable new licences issued to be cut short if the Chief Veterinary Officer considers this acceptable. As well as proposals to restrict any new supplementary cull licences to two years and cease re-issuing such licences in any areas in which supplementary culling has previously been licensed.
Proposals also include some targeted changes to our cattle bTB testing policy, to ensure we root out the disease more effectively in herds with recurring problems, and further help protect lower bTB risk areas.
Further information can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/bovine-tuberculosis-proposals-to-help-eradicate-disease-in-england
Call for views
These include possible further changes and improvements to bTB testing, supporting responsible cattle movements and rewarding low risk cattle purchasing behaviour. Our call for views also discusses ways we can continue to adapt how we reward farmers for ’best practice‘, in line with our wider agricultural transition plan.
Further information can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/bovine-tuberculosis-future-measures-to-help-eradicate-disease
Natural England has also published a series of documents relating to the 2020 intensive badger control operations, including:
- NE Chief Scientist’s advice on outcome of ops, including effectiveness, humaneness and safety
- CVO’s advice on disease control benefits
- Annex-A1-Updating minimum and maximum numbers during 2020 badger control operations
- Annex-A2-Data from the 2020 badger control operations
- Annex-B-Summary of 2020 badger control compliance monitoring
Further information can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-summary-of-badger-control-monitoring-during-2020?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=8b5a6b87-9863-4b4b-a91e-0189e8621cda&utm_content=immediately
What has been an unpredictable and unprecedented year; COVID-19 has certainly created many challenges to the farming industry, and with restrictions still heavily in place it was not possible to hold our normal pre-sale show. Despite this, it did not deter breeders from entering the sale nor the purchasers from bidding; and the demand to buy Charolais bulls continues to rise.
25 bulls sold to average £3878.70, up £262.76 on the year with a 66% clearance.
David Thornley of the Dooley herd from Hartshorne, Derbyshire, who is an avid supporter of the Welshpool sale, once again secured the top price of the day with Dooley Pringo, selling for 6,000gns. This 15-month-old lad is sired by the 31,000gns bull Whitecliffe Highlight, his dam Balnuith Honesty, is a daughter of the well-known, easy calving Blelack Digger. Pringo went under the hammer to H Edwards, A’I Gwmni, Bwlch-Y-Mawn, Corwen.
From the same stable, Dooley Polo seized the second top price of the day selling for 5,200gns. This bull is a son of Balmyle Nathan, his dam Dooley Jazzy is by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite. This 14-month-old bull heads off to Hereford and was purchased by D J Cleland of Glebe Farm.
Three bulls went under the hammer at 5,000gns. First up was Wissington Philippo, bred by Mrs J Rix, Wissington Grove Farm, Essex. Sired by Davally Igolo who is in the top 1% for calving ease direct. His dam Wissington Hazel is sired by Goldies Cassanova. This 19-month-old bull was purchased by P Edwards & Co of Tredomen Farm, Mid Glamorgan.
Next to be knocked down at 5,000gns was Esgob Prince, bred by G M Jones of Gwynedd. Born in May 2019, this bull is sired by the 12,000gns bull Caylers Hustler and out of a Anside Excalibur daughter Esgob Hiphop. A C & DT Hughes secured the winning bid, and Prince heads to his new home at Brychyni, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.
I Davies of Bedlwyn, Tredegyr Newydd secured the last to reach 5,000gns, when the hammer went down for the last time for Belan Persistance, this stylish bull is bred by Mr J S Abel of Hendreaur, Cwmbelan, Powys. This lad, also born in May 2019 is sired by Tweeddale Marcus, and out of Belan Lily, a daughter of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax.
Another from the Dooley stable went on to reach 4,800gns, this time it was Dooley Purdy, one of the last bulls through the ring and also from the same breeding as Dooley Pringo. This August-2019 born bull caught the eye of Meistri Williams and heads off to Parcybryncelyn, Ynys Mon.
The gavel came down three times at 4,500gns, with the first being offered for sale from by Mrs J Rix, Wissington Grove Farm, Essex. Wissington Pavarotti, also sired by Davally Igolo and out of Wissington Fancy, a Thrunton Aristocrat daughter. This 20-month-old lad was snapped up by J&R Vaughan-Jones of Caethle, Gwynedd.
The second to sell at 4,500gns was Seawell Panther, bred by P M & S M Donger of Seawell Grounds, Towcester, Northamptonshire. This April-2019 born lad is sired by the 13,000gns bull Balthayock Jonathan, his dam Seawell Icassia is a daughter of the 20,000gns Maerdy Flambeau. B & M James captured the bid and Panther will start his work at Upper Black Hill, Powys.
The hammer went down to T & M Lewis of The Lands, Llandrindod Wells, who take home Sportsmans Punch after securing their bid of 4,500gns. This July-2019 born bull is a son of the 26,000gns bull Goldies Jerry, his dam Sportsmans Isis is a daughter of the Royal Welsh 2013 Supreme Champion Barnsford Ferny, who sold at Stirling for 70,000gns in 2011.
Seawell Pretender was not far behind, banging down at 4,200gns, another bull presented by P M & S M Donger of Seawell Grounds, Towcester, Northamptonshire. This 19-month-old lad is also sired by the 13,000gns bull Balthayock Jonathan and out of Seawell Gita, a daughter of Seawell Compact. Pretender also heads off to A C & DT Hughes, Brychyni, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, their second purchase of the day.
Montgomery Pedr, bred by Roberts & Jones of Parc, Llangadfan, Powys. A son of Gretnahouse Jugular, out of Montgomery Iarll, a daughter of the famous Dingle Hofmeister who sold for 30,000gns in 1994. Born in June-2019, Pedr sold for 4,000gns to R E Griffiths and heads off to his new home at Llywn-Y-Mafon, Criccieth, Gwynedd.
HERE’S A FEW MORE PICTURES FROM THE DAY
November 9, 2020 PRINCE AND PHEONIX RISE TO THE TOP AT 6,200GNS AT THE DUNGANNON SALE ON THE 6TH NOVEMBER 2020. FEMALES REACHED A TOP PRICE OF 4,600GNS
With what normally would have been a packed ringside, the current COVID-19 restrictions meant a limited number of purchasers were permitted in the Mart. However, this did not discourage buyers from attending the sale or registering to bid via the on-line auction. Even in these unprecedented times it was clear to see the demand to buy Charolais cattle is still going strong.
Bidding peaked for the bulls at 6,200gns, with 15 bulls selling to average £3,647, up £370.24 on the previous year. The females went on to peak at 4,600gns, with 6 heifers selling to an average of £3,867.50, up by £1727.35 on the previous year, with a 67% clearance.
Two bulls secured the top price of 6,200gns. First to go under the hammer was Glencoe Phoenix, bred by Mr P & Mrs V McDonald of 73 Seavers Road, Ballinliss, Killeavy, Newry. This April 2019 born bull is sired by Indurain and out of Glencoe Magic, a daughter of Plexus. This lad was purchased by D Kennedy of 12 Tullynagin Road, Armagh.
Next to secure 6,200gns was the July 2019 born Fymore Prince, bred by Mr S McCaughey of 3A Derryclooney Road, Augher, Co. Tyrone. A son of Killimor In Time, his dam Fymore Jewel is a daughter of 18,000gns bull Fury Action. This bull sold to R Ward of 11 Slievebane Road, Omagh.
Will Short, of Wood Park, Omagh received the third top price of the day with Woodpark Pistol, this 15-month-old bull is fully parent verified to Blelack Marmaduke and Woodpark Jessie J, a daughter of Deeside Gulliver who is in the top 1% for calving ease direct. Woodpark Pistol went under the hammer at 4,300gns selling to A Semple of 67 Magheramore Road, Co Londonderry.
Selling at 4,000gns was Killadeas Paul, bred by S & D Bothwell, St Angelo, Ballina Mallard, Co. Fermanagh. An April 2019 born bull, sired by the 11,000gns bull Battleford Laser. His dam Killadeas Ginny is by the 16,000gns bull Blackford Dynamite. This lad was purchased by C Clarke of 16 Chapel Road, Co. Armagh.
Not far behind at 3,900gns was Carnview Phoenix, bred by Mr J J Mcguigan, 31 Slaughtneil Road, Maghera, Co. Londonderry. Sired by the famous Davally Illusion and out of Balbithan Georgia, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Chunal Dougie. This 18-month-old bull was purchased by P Mullan of 6 Liscall Road, Co. Londonderry.
The gavel came down at 3,700gns for Tullygarley Phantom, bred by Mr J K Currie, 153 Whitesides Road, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Born in June 2019, this bull is sire verified to the famous 14,000gns bull Westcarse Houdini and out of Tullygarley Indie, a daughter of Tullygarley Gordon. This lad was purchased by J McHenry of Knockmore House, Stranocum.
Topping the days trade for the females was Bessiebell Olympic, bred by Mr J Smyth of 12 Milltown Road, Magheracolton, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone. Sired by Goldies Eddy and out of Bessiebell Incredible, a Goldies Unbeatable daughter. This March 2018 born, in-calf heifer peaked at 4,600gns and was purchased by Dreamteam Charolais, Co Donegal
Two then followed at 4,300gns. Killadeas Ouch was the first female to go under the hammer at 4,300gns. Born in September 2018, this in-calf heifer is bred by S & D Bothwell, St Angelo, Ballina Mallard, Co. Fermanagh. Her sire is the 11,000gns bull Battleford Laser, out of Killadeas Imogen, a daughter of the 16,000gns bull Blackford Dynamite. This heifer sold to S Kingham of Cullaville, Co, Monaghan.
Brogher Oelly was next to sell at 4,300gns. PD’d in calf, this November 2018 born heifer is bred by Mr T Phair, 35 Killybracken Road, Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Sired by Balbithan Vespasian and out of Brogher Elly, a daughter of Private. This heifer was purchased by B Baxter of Keel Park, Co Fermanagh.
October 20, 2020 Westcarse Milly Topped at 13,000gns – Westcarse Dispersal- Stirling – 18th October 2020
The Westcarse herd was founded in 1984, and over the years they have continued to breed exceptional cattle. This was evident in the quality of the herd they put forward for their dispersal on Sunday.
Peter Phythian, the Society chief executive said “its always sad to see great breeders like John and Diane retire from the breed, but it gives new breeders a fantastic opportunity to purchase some elite females as foundation cows and I am sure we will see many Westcarse bloodlines winning shows over the years to come”
Born in January 2016, Westcarse Milly sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Ivy, a daughter of Mortimers Vanquish and who goes back to Brampton Embark. Milly was PD’d in calf to Nuthampstead Judas prior to the sale and sold with her bull calf at foot for a whopping 13,000gns. This unit was purchased by R & N Barclay of Harestone Farm, South Road, Aberdeenshire.
Two units went under the hammer at 8500gns. First up was Westcarse Molly, born in April 2016. Also sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Vanilla, a daughter of Oscar. Molly is 7 weeks in calf and sold with her heifer calf at foot to Brailes Livestock of Isalyn, Upper Brailes, Oxfordshire.
Next to secure the bid of 8500gns was Westcarse Peaches, born in April 2019 and sired by Nuthampstead Judas, and out of Westcarse Milly, who sold moments before at 13,000gns. Peaches was purchased by A & JJ Forrest of Hillend, Roberton, Lanark.
The hammer went down at 6800gns for Westcarse Naomi, born in May 2017, sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Greta, a daughter of Kersknowe Clansman. PD’d in calf to Nuthampstead Judas, Naomi was sold with her bull calf at foot to Sean Mitchell, Grassknop, Skelton, Penrith.
Westcarse Poppy a maiden heifer, born in February 2019, sired by Nuthampstead Judas and out of Westcarse Candace, who kicked off the sale, selling for 5200gns, a daughter of Farleycopse Turbo. Poppy sold for 6500gns to S F Mackay of Knockaneorn Clunas, Nairn.
Securing 6200gns was Westcarse Priscilla, a maiden heifer born in February 2019, sired by Nuthampstead Judas and out of Westcarse Julia, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Mortimers Echo. This heifer was purchased by A J Ewing, of Drumbetton Farm, Dumfries.
The last of the girls to secure a 6000gns sum was Westcarse Margaret, born in January 2016, sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Val, a daughter of Mowbraypark Orlando. PD’d 6 weeks in calf to Nuthampstead Judas. This cow sold with her bull calf at foot to J Irvine & Son of Inverlochy Farm, Banffshire.
The last to enter the sale ring was their stock bull Nuthampstead Judas, born in December 2014 and bred by G P Barker. This bull was purchased in 2016 for 9000gns and has gone on to produce quality bulls and females in the Westcarse herd. He’s sired by the 10,000gns bull Thrunton Goldeneye and out of Nuthampstead Gem, a daughter of Thrunton Dominator. Judas sold for 6000gns to J & S Middleton of Woodhead of Laithers, Aberdeenshire.
21 cows and calves averaged at £5045
Four cows averaged £3307.50
Five in-calf heifers averaged at £3717
Eight Maiden heifers averaged at £4869.38
October 20, 2020 Primate is top of the tree for the Charolais at Stirling! – Stirling Bull Sales – 18th October 2020
With the current COVID-19 situation still on-going and the challenges this continues to bring to the farming industry, it was not possible to have the normal and much anticipated pre-sale show at the autumn Stirling bull sales. Fortunately, the sale was still able to proceed and it was clear to see that Charolais bulls were once again in high demand. 43 bulls sold, selling to an average of £6627, up by £1068 on the previous year, with a clearance of 60%.
Peter Phythian, the Society chief executive said “ despite these difficult and challenging times to run our bull sale, buyers came out in force and showed the demand Charolais have in the store market which reflected in our sale today, with averages up over £1,000 a bull on last Octobers sale.” Read more…
Topping the day’s trade at 20,000gns was the 18-month-old Gretnahouse Primate from Alasdair Houston, of Gretna House Farms, Mossknowe House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Sire verified to the easy calving Westcarse Jimmy, purchased by Alasdair back in 2016, who’s sons have previously sold for up to 11,000gns. Gretnahouse Primates dam is Gretnahouse Iugesse, sired by the well-known trait leader for calving ease direct Blelack Digger. This lad was destined to be a breeder’s bull and went under the hammer to Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire.
Selling at 16,000gns, the second top price of the day went to Glenericht Pablo, bred by W K & P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This 18-month-old lad is fully parent verified to Glenericht Limpet and Glenericht Juicygirl, a daughter of Balthayock Graduate who they purchased back in to 2013. This lad sold to J Wight & Sons of Carwood Farm, Lanarkshire.
Third top price of the day was the 10,000gns bull Thrunton Paramount, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons, Thrunton Farm, Thrunton, Northumberland. At 18-months old and sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, out of Thrunton Lucinda, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad was purchased by Rettie
Thrunton Performer and from the same stable, sold for 8,800gns, this March 2019 born lad is also sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of Thrunton Floret, a daughter from the easy calving Balmyle Dickler. Purchased by W Barbour, Carsegowan Farm, Dumfries.
Next to secure 8,800gns was Glenericht Parker, April 2019 born, and another bred by W K & P Drysdale, also sired by Glenericht Limpet, his dam Glenericht Hayley is a daughter of the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat. This lad sold to W S Paterson of Golland, Kinross.
On a roll, April 2019 born Thrunton Platinum went under the hammer for 8,000gns, this time sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator, a trait leader for calving ease and out of Thrunton Hoopla, a daughter of Thrunton Doubletop. Purchased by W Milne of Ernan, Waterside Road, Strathdon.
Also selling for 8,000gns was Balmyle Panther, bred by W P Bruce Ltd, Balmyle, Meigle,Perthshire. This 17-month-old bull is fully parent verified and sired by Balthayock Minstrel and out of Balmyle Dorothea, a daughter of Sackville Adonis. Purchased by W & W Dawsons & Sons of Whinbrae, Aberdeenshire.
Goldies Premier hammered down at 7,200gns, bred by Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire. This 19-month-old bull is sired by the easy calving Balthayock Marquis and out of Goldies Lilac, a daughter from the 15,000gns bull Gretnahouse Heman. Purchased by Coghill.
The gavel came down five times at 7,000gns, first was Bombax Pirate, bred by C Smeaton & Sons, Cotton of Ovenstone, Inverarity, Angus. This 21-month-old bull is sired by the famous, easy calving Westcarse Houdini, out of Mornity Marilyn, a daughter of the 15,000gns Maerdy HWRE. This lad sold to Easter Tulloch Ltd of Kincardineshire.
March 2019 born Gretnahouse Pointer followed; bred by Alasdair Houston from Gretna House Farms, Mossknowe House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Sired by the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator and out of Gretnahouse Lannabel, her sire Wesley Equinox is a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad was purchased by R McNee Ltd of Woodend farm, West Lothian.
Also selling for 7,000gns was Thrunton Pathos, another from the J H C Campbell stable. This 18-month old bull is fully parent verified and sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of Thrunton Linnet, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator, a trait leader for calving ease direct. Purchased by J & W Kellas of Raws Farm, Keith.
Next to follow at 7,000gns was the 17-month-old bull Glenericht President, another bred by W K & P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This 17-month-old bull is parent verified to Glenericht Limpet and Glenericht Idyll, a daughter of Blelack Digger who is a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad sold to A J Beaton of 3 Gesto, Isle of Skye.
Marwood Pascal, born in May-2019 and bred by RA & J Blyth, Middleton House Farm, Elwick, Hartlepool, Cleveland was the last to hammer down at 7,000gns. Sired by the 16,000gns bull Balthayock Lineup, his dam Marwood Iona, is a daughter of the 55,000gns bull Sportsmans Columbo. Purchased by W F & H Logan of Maxwelston, Ayrshire.
Not far behind at 6,800gns came Bassett Piper, bred by Miss J Atkinson and sold by Brailes Livestock, Isalyn, Main Street, Upper Brailes, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Sired by Whitecliffe Highlight. His dam Bassett Hifi is a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Harestone Domino. This lad went to Ross Farms & Co LTD, Wester Middleton, Midlothian.
Two lots traded at 6500gns. First up was Glenernan Piper, bred by W & N Milne, Ernan, Waterside, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. This 21-month-old bull is sire verified to the 17,000gns Elgin Jagger and out of Glenernan Linda, a daughter of Glenernan Highlander. Purchased by Ellis & Keir of Cairncoullie, Aberdeenshire.
Next to secure 6500gns was Coolnaslee Parker, bred by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Sired by the 12,000gns bull Maerdy Maesmor, his dam Coolnaslee Lyra is a daughter of the 12,000gns bull Maerdy Fiend. Purchased by C A Smith of Wester Coull, Aberdeenshire.
Coming in at 6200gns was Elrick Pele, bred by Mr M J Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. At 17-months old, this bull is sire verified to the easy calving Maerdy Gouverneur, and out of Elrick Juniper, a daughter of Thrunton Fearless. Purchased by D Findlay & Sons of Pirnhall farm, Stirling.
Three further lots traded at 6000gns.
First of the three was the 21-month-old Glenernan Pele, another bred by W & N Milne, also sired by the 17,000gns bull Elgin Jagger and out of Corskellie Jinni, a daughter of Dingle Hofmeister. Purchased by Kincraigie Farms, By Banchory, Aberdeen.
Second to secure 6000gns was February 2019 born Newlogie Perejacquemin, bred by AJR Farms, Milton Of Collieston, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. A Newlogie Nobel son, out of Newlogie Naya, a daughter of the French bull Berry Mic. This lad went to C Smith of Broomhill, Dunecht.
Last of the three to hit the 6000gns mark was Lochend Poldark, bred by Mr & Mrs J W Millar, Lochend Farm, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. This April 2019 born bull is sire verified to the easy calving Gretnahouse Ming and out of Lochend Lightning, a daughter of Oldstone Egbert. Purchased by E & L Munro, Rogiehill, Aberdeen.
Kersknowe Padre, bred by Mr J Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso, Roxburgshire secured the bid of 5800gns. Born in April 2019 and sired by Kersknowe Jake and out of Kersknowe Mistress, a daughter of the 16,000gns bull Burradon Insomniac, this bull was purchased by R McCarlie Ltd, Wester Hassockrigg Farm, Lanarkshire.
Also, to secure a bid of 5800gns was Tweeddale Perfectpitch, bred by J Watson & Co, Bowsden Moor Farm, Bowsden, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. This June 2019 born bull, sired by Blelack Blackberet and out of a Blelack Digger daughter Tweeddale Icemaiden. This bull was purchased by Walker.
Two bulls went under the hammer at 5500gns, both bred by Major D F W H & N R Walter, of Garden House, Balthayock, Perth, Perthshire. First to go under the hammer was Balthayock Pluto, born in May 2019 and sired by the easy calving Balthayock Meteor, his dam Balthayock Highness is a daughter of Swalesmoor Cracker. Purchased by R Atkinson of Rose Tree farm.
Balthayock Pioneer followed at 5500gns, also born in May 2019, sired by the easing calving, 11,000gns bull Gretnahouse Lunar, his dam Balthayock Inga is another daughter of Swalesmoor Cracker, this one selling to Evans Corfield & Son of Big Huntingdon, Ludlow.
A further two bulls reached 5200gns. Tweeddale Pegasus, an April 2019 born lad and another from J Watson & Co. Sired by the 23,000gns bull Goldies Jasper and out of Tweeddale Icemaiden, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. Purchased by G & A Milne of Standing Stones, Banchory.
Also securing the bid of 5200gns and from the same stable was Tweeddale Paddy, born in the same month and also sired by the 23,000gns bull Goldies Jasper, out of Tweeddale Ironlady another daughter of Blelack Digger, this time selling to J Farquhar of Kinaldie, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.
October 8, 2020 British Charolais Commercial Virtual Calf & Charolais Youth Stock Judging Competition. Sponsored by Breedr & in partnership with AHDB
Virtual Commercial Calf Competition 2020 – Results
|1. Best individual female calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020
|2. Best individual female calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020
|SI & Linda Evans
|3. Best individual male calf born between 01/01/2020 – 31/03/2020
|4. Best individual male calf born between 01/04/2020 – 30/06/2020
|5. Best group of 5-9 calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020
|6. Best group of 10 or more calves born between 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020
|7. Individual Champion
Charolais Youth Virtual Stock judging results. Thank you to our master judge Michael Atkinson who placed the animals XBYA.
The Senior class winner with a score of 46 and the closest to guessing the weight is Lois Scott.
2nd – Tom Brown – 46 points
3rd – Sarah Johnston – 46 points
The winner of the intermediate class with a score of 41 is Alex Frost
2nd – James Morrison – 25 points
And with a score of 45 the winner of the junior class is Kerr Brooke
2nd – Gwion Rhys Jones-Howells – 40
3rd – Thomas Goldie – 37
Congratulations to all the winners, a Charolais jacket is on its way to you.
Thank you to all the competitors, our judges Matthew Milne, David Connolly, Will Owen, David Thornley, Jeremy Price & Mike Atkinson and sponsors Breedr and AHDB who have all helped to make our Virtual Commercial Calf & Stockjudging competition such a great success. Here’s hoping we will be back out on the road for more live Charolais Youth events in 2021.Congratulations to all the winners, a Charolais jacket is on its way to you.
October 2, 2020 Wissington Primo tops the Carlisle Charolais lots
A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 3,500gns at Carlisle’s Borderway Autumn pedigree sale on Friday 2 October with four finding new homes to average £3,019.
The top priced lot, securing the 3,500gns bid, who came all the way from Colchester, Essex was Jenny and John Rix’s Wissington Primo. A 17 month-old bull who is sire verified as by stock bull Gretnahouse Juror, who bred almost 80 progeny into the herd, his dam is the Thrunton Hammerstein daughter Wissington Luscious. Purchased by JH Stawhorn and Son, Lockerbie, Dumfrieshire, this is a bull with impressive figures behind him. Placing in the top one percent of the national herd for calving ease with a score of +18.8, he also features in the top five percent for gestation length, growth figures, terminal index and self replacing index scores and carries one copy of the Q204X myostatin variant in his genes.
Minutes earlier, the first Charolais lot of the sale was knocked down at 3,000gns. A September 2018-born born entry from Jonathan Wood, Shap, Cumbria. Forcebeck Outlaw who has a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-1, is sire verified to the homebred Forcebeck Mac and bred out of Gretnahouse Jillona, who goes back to the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator. Another with impressive figures, featuring in the top 10 percent of the breed for 200 day weight, 600 day weight, TI and SRI he was snapped up by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire, who also went on to purchase the other two Charolais bulls sold.
Selling for 2,800gns and 2,200gns respectively his other two purchases were Rob Tremayne’s Marne Perth, from Helston, Cornwall and Paul & Harry Stobart’s Kirklinton Private from Carlisle, Cumbria. Marne Perth, a bull with a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-1, is an 18 month-old who has been fully parentage verified by DNA. The 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Barnsford Ferny is the sire here and his dam is the Devon County show reserve female champion Marne Mirage, whose sire was the Royal Cornwall show supreme champion Marne Gucci.
The final lot Kirklinton Private, who also possesses on copy of Q204X, is an April 2019-born bull who is fully parentage verified to his sire Major and dam the Balbithan Egypt-sired Kerling Ivy.
Averages: 4 bulls 3,018.75
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
September 24, 2020 Pentervin Herd Sale
A long established member is offering their farms for sale with or without an opportunity to purchase a herd or part herd of excellent Pedigree Polled Charolais – a very rare opportunity.
The Pentervin herd has been established over 32 years and currently have excellent market all from home for 40 plus young bulls annually. In the last six years bulls have been sold as well as all over the UK – into Holland, Germany, and Ireland. Semen sales to many more countries throughout the world – most recently USA. No females have been sold for breeding ever from this herd.