November 23, 2019 Charolais sell to 5,500gns at Carlisle
A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 5,500gns and an average of £3,525 for the seven bulls sold at Borderway Mart on Friday 22 November.
Top of the lots at 5,500gns and star attraction of the day was the supreme and male champion from Jan Boomaars, Woldringham, Surrey. Vexour Otto an April 2018-born son of the 16,000gns Woodpark Longbow and Vexour Fairlady, who goes back to the Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Maerdy Tally, was purchased by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire.
Next in the trade stakes at 4,200gns was Balmyle Ovation, who goes on to work in Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire, for new owners T Walker and Son. He was awarded a blue ticket for breeder and exhibitor Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, at the mornings show and this 19 month-old lad is out of Balmyle Jade, a Royal Highland Show supreme champion Balmyle Eclipse daughter, and sired by the 16,000gns Ovill Lennon.
The aforementioned Jan Boomaars was in the money again just moments later with his reserve male champion and April 2018-born Vexour Owen. Also sired by Woodpark Longbow, his dam Vexour Jitters is a daughter of the 13,000gns Stirling supreme champion Newhouse Emperor. He was knocked down sold to JD Quigley and Sons, Beattock, Dumfriesshire, for 3,000gns.
Two bulls then came under the hammer for 2,800gns a piece, with the first being Ballakilley Ollie. Ollie who stood second in his class in the pre-sale show, is no stranger to the show ring having previously been awarded the overall supreme champion at the Isle of Man Southern Agricultural show. By Alwent Goldbar, this 22 month-old is out of Ballakilley Fairlady, a Sang-D’or daughter, was offered for sale by Jonathan and Jennifer Quine, Bride, Isle on Mann and purchased by C and MA Douch, Pum Saint, Carmarthenshire.
The other making this money was the 19 month-old Whitecliffe Oscaro, who is the by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight. His dam is Whitecliffe Hetty, a heifer by the 10,000gns Stirling supreme champion Chunal Dougie, and R Gill and Son, Sabden, Lancashire, were the final bidders, purchasing him from Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire.
The Hayhurst’s other lot Whitecliffe Oliver who sold in a 2,500gns deal to WJ Irving and Co, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, was also a Whitecliffe Highlight son and this February 2018-born lad is out of the Whitecliffe Tyrone-sired Whitecliffe Doris.
Another Yorkshire entry, this time selling for 2,700gns was Jean Atkinson’s red ticket winner Bassett Oliver from Thorpe Bassett. The breeding here includes Whitecliffe Lacroix on to the home-bred Bassett Hannah that goes back to the 10,000gns Harestone Domino, and this 20 month-old was the pick of G Hodge, Abington, Lanarkshire.
The draft from the Lawersbridge herd of David Smith and Sons, Mauchline, Ayrshire, saw the only females sold through the sale and their two top lots both made 2,300gns.
First up was the mother and son pair Lawersbridge Minx and Lawersbridge Pirate who were purchased by J Johnston, Sorn, Ayrshire. Minx is a three year-old first time calver by the homebred Lawersbridge Iceberg and out of Redheughs Eba, who in turn is sired by Balmyle Brinstone, her six month-old son Pirate is by Whitecliffe Muskateer.
Their next cow and calf outfit Lawersbridge Molly and her daughter Lawersbridge Penny, were knocked down at the same amount, this time selling to Frank King, Newry, Co Down. Molly is another three year-old daughter of Lawersbridge Iceberg who is bred out of the Smithston Elite-sired Lawersbridge Gypsy and her nine month-old heifer calf Penny is also sired by Iceberg.
Averages: seven bulls: £3525.00. Lawersbridge Draft: 13 cow and calves: £1869.81
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: Michael Atkinson, Kirkby Malzeard, North Yorkshire
May 13, 2019 Caylers Napoleon tops the lots at Carlisle
There was ready commercial trade for Charolais at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Saturday 11th May, where 61 bulls sold to average £4,855.82 with a clearance of 75% and 22 lots sold for 5,000gns and above.
Top priced at 12,000gns was the reserve supreme, reserve male and reserve intermediate champion Caylers Napoleon from the Barker family at Caylers Charolais, Nuthamptead, Hertfordshire, who went on to sell a total of four bulls to average £6,892.50. The 17 month-old Napoleon who was knocked down at 12,000gns in a two way share between John & Raymond Irvine, Ballindalloch, Aberdeenshire and Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus, is sired by the Irish-born Rosanna Jupiter and out of Caylers Fuchsia, a Caylers Bombadier daughter.
Next from the same vendor came the blue ticket winner Caylers Oscar, who is also sired by Rosanna Jupiter. One of the sales younger lots, the January 2018-born Oscar, who is bred out of the Thrunton Dominator-sired Caylers Glamour, caught the eye of Messrs Edmondson, Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria, who purchased him for 6,000gns.
Also from the Caylers yard and selling at 5,600gns, was the 17 month-old Caylers Nougat. This time purchased by J Griffiths, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, he is out of the Royal Highland show reserve junior male champion Elgin Davinci daughter, Caylers Inspiration and sired by First, whose first two sons sold last month at Welshpool averaging £6,300.
The day’s other five figure bull was Bill Bruce’s reserve junior champion from Meigle, Perthshire. Balmyle Oleary, a 13 month-old by the 11,000gns Carlisle reserve champion Balmyle Jasper, whose first son sold for 20,000gns, was knocked down sold to Major David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, for 10,000gns. His dam is the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret daughter Balmyle Halo.
Next in the trade stakes at 9,000gns was the class winner Goldies Network. The 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman is the sire of this December 2017-born lad, while his dam Goldies Jewel goes back to Goldies Gladiator. Local breeder William Cleasby, Temple Sowerby, Cumbia, was the buyer and he was offered for sale by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, who sold a total of three to average £6,930.
Mr Goldie’s other top lot selling for 8,000gns, was the supreme, male and intermediate champion Goldies Noted. Judge Sean McGovern of the Ratoary Charolais herd, Co Tyrone, placed him top commenting “the champion found me, I liked his moves, a long clean bull with nice quarters and top line, with a great head, locomotion and balance, the type of bull I would like to see in my own yard.” Another Gretnahouse Heman son, this time bred out of Goldies Jinny, a 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost daughter, the 17 month-old Noted goes on to work in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, for his new owners Gelston Castle Farms.
Another lot knocked down at 8,000gns, was Gretnahouse Ninja, who had placed third in his class at the previous day’s show. The December 2017-born Ninja is sired by Westcarse Jimmy, whose first four sons sold averaged £8,250 at Stirling in February, and out of Gretnahouse Fayesse, who has previously bred bulls to 7,500gns, and is in turn sired by the 25,000gns Perth senior champion Thrunton Camelot. He was purchased by A Smellie, Peebles, Roxburghshire and consigned by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire, who achieved the highest herd average of the day, 7,008.75 for his four bulls.
Mr Houston’s next highest priced, selling at 7,200gns to William Forbes, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, was the class winner Gretnahouse Nelson. Westcarse Jimmy is also the sire of this 17 month-old whose dam is the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator daughter Gretnahouse Jaywatch.
Gretnahouse Neon, a blue ticket winner, was the other of Alasdair Houston’s top selling lots. 6,500gns was the price paid for Neon, an October 2017-born son of Westcarse Jimmy and the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox daughter Gretnahouse Jusilla, who was purchased by Messrs Strain, Ballantrae, Ayrshire.
Whitecliffe Nico, who was tapped out second in his class, was the next highest priced at 7,800gns. Bred and exhibited by Mike and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire, this 20 month old 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister son, was snapped up by Rachel Dawson, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire. His dam Whitecliffe Heather is a Blelack Digger daughter.
Not far behind at 7,500gns was the March 2017-born Ricnick Nelson, a top 1% calving ease bull, who placed second in his class at the presale show. He is no stranger to the show-ring, having secured the Dumfries show male championship last year. The 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax is the sire here and he is out of Ricnick Jump, a Logan Geordie daughter. Offered for sale by Richard McCornick, Lochfoot, Dumfries-shire, he was purchased by AH Fisher, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire.
The next highest priced lot was knocked down sold to Messrs Coghill, Birsay, Orkney, for 7,200gns. Seaville Nero, a blue ticket winner and 20 month-old son of the National show reserve male champion Sportsmans Linesman, was consigned by Robert and Kathleen Jackson, Blencogo, Cumbria. His dam Seaville Julie goes back to the popular and easy calving AI sire Blelack Digger.
Also in the money were W K and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, when a 7,000gns bid secured their blue ticket winner Glenericht Nacho. Douganhill Farms, Palmackie, Kirkcudbrightshire, purchased this September 2017-born lad, who is sired by the Royal show and Royal Highland show supreme champion Fleets Vibrant and out of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator daughter, Glenericht Jarling.
Matching the 7,000gns price tag was Andrew Stott’s class winner Tophill Oscar from Canonbie, Dumfries-shire. A 16 month-old son of the 10,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Ratoary Ferguson and the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister-sired Edenhurst Rosett he was purchased by Messrs Gilleard, Thorne, South Yorkshire.
Commanding a 6,500gns bid from an undisclosed purchaser was the 9,000gns Carlisle class winner Nuthampstead Judas son, Westcarse Napoleon, who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show. John Christie, from Stirling, Stirlingshire, was the exhibitor of the December 2017-born Napoleon, who is bred out of Westcarse Gill, a Kersknowe Clansman daughter.
Two bulls then achieved 5,500gns apiece, with the first coming from Thor Atkinson’s Arradfoot and Newland Pedigree Livestock, Newland, Cumbria. Arradfoot Nixon, who picked up a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show, has previously been crowned reserve supreme champion at Thirsk calf show and reserve calf champion at the English winter fair. A 17 month-old son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, and the 6,800gns Glenrock Jewel, another Dingle Hofmeister daughter, he caught the eye of Glen Park Farms, Balerno, Mid Lothian.
The other 5,500gns lot was Ellerton Oldstone who had been tapped out second in his class for breeder and exhibitor Andrew Brown, Foggathorpe, Yorkshire, and sold to Messrs Shennan and Sons, Girvan, Aryshire. The 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan is the sire of the March 2018-born Oldstone and his dam Ellerton Honeysuckle goes back to the £15,000 Lowerffrydd Benhurr.
There was plenty of trade for Charolais females, with heifers selling to 4,800gns twice, both of which were consigned by the aforementioned Hamish Goldie. Goldies Nancy, who had placed second in her class the previous day was the first, a 25 month-old daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Joss and the Goldies Formidable-sired Goldies Juliette, she sold served to Messrs Strain, Ballantree, Ayrshire.
The other of Mr Goldies lots to be knocked down at 4,800gns was the July 2017-born and Gretnahouse Heman sired, class winner, Goldies Nice. Out of Goldies Incense another Goldies Formidable daughter, she was purchased by Whitemills Ltd, Marden, Herefordshire, which is a new venture set up by Botswanan resident Patricia Johnson-Hill. Her son in law and stockman, UK born Clive Marshall, moved over to Botswana in 1985 to take over the running of the Charolais herd there after working for the De Crespigny herd with Gordon Brookes. Clive, who will be establishing Patricia’s Charolais herd here in the UK, is travelling over later this month with the intention of selecting more base females for the herd. He is looking for “structurally correct females with very good figures”.
Whitemills Ltd went on to purchase another of Mr Goldie’s lots, the reserve female champion Goldies Nora for 3,500gns. The 19 month-old Nora is bred out of Goldies Jean, who also goes back to Goldies Formidable and is sired by Gretnahouse Heman.
A cracking draft of heifers from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Morayshire, was up for sale next and saw the ten heifers on offer average £1785.00 with a top price of 4,000gns for the 16 month-old Elgin Natty, who was purchased by Ellis Mutch to join his herd in Forglen, Banffshire. She is sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, while her dam Elgin Juliet, a half-sister to the 28,000gns Stirling supreme champion Elgin Glenlivet, goes back to the Highland show supreme champion Elgin Highroller.
Another of the Milne’s family top lots was the February 2017-born Elgin Nicky, who sold served to Messrs Bowen, Molleston, Pembrokeshire for 3,200gns. Again sired by Woodpark Elgin, Nicky is out of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator daughter, Elgin Ida.
The highest priced cow and calf outfit was bred and consigned by Fred, June and Emma Andrews of Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Holtstead Libby, a December 2015-born first calving heifer, who sold served to the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie, is sired by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and her dam Holtstead Gina goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. She was purchased by E Hourston, Swannay, Orkney, along with her six month-old, Blelack Digger-sired bull calf, Holstead Odin for 3,500gns.
Averages: 61 bulls £4,855.82; 17 heifers £2272.94; 3 cows and calves £2765.00
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone.
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.
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
November 18, 2017 Mountain Tops Carlisle Charolais
A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 5,500gns and an average of £3,304, for the 15 bulls sold at Borderway Mart for the breeds last official sale of the year on Friday 17 November. The clearance rate was up by 18% on the year, continuing the trend that has been consistent throughout every one of this year’s Society sales.
The trade topper at 5,500gns was the reserve supreme and reserve male champion from breeders Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire. The 18-month-old Whitecliffe Mountain is sired by the home-bred Whitecliffe Highlight and out of Whitecliffe Harriete, who goes back to the 38,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Goldies Champion and was purchased by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire. A delighted Jane said that “He was a great calf out of Whitecliffe Highlight who is producing progeny perfect for meeting todays market specifications. His homebred sons have sold to 6,200gns this year through the ring, are selling just as well from home and he is producing well on other farms too through AI sales. We also use him on our sucklers and his first commercial progeny sold this spring at just over 12 months old. One went to ABP at 12 months and nine days, with a dead weight of 446kg and making a total of £1498, while another sold live at 800kg, five days younger for £1450”.
Next and selling for 5,400gns to PL Heard, Okehampton, Devon, was the February-2016-born, yellow ticket winner Bassett Magnet, from Jean Atkinson, Malton, North Yorkshire. His sire is Bassett Inspector and his dam Bassett Dolly is sired by the Northumberland-bred Thrunton Troubadore.
Following on at 5,200gns was Glenbuck Mint ET who had been selected by Judge Eimear McGovern as the day’s supreme and male champion. The 22-year-old Eimear travelled over from Clogher, Co Tyrone, with a film crew who have been filming the McGovern family throughout the year for the up-coming TV show Rare Breed – A Farming Year, which will be aired on UTV and TV3 in Northern Ireland from January, and will also available on ITV player. She commented “I feel very honoured to be asked to judge here today and chose Mint as Champion for his power, shape and locomotion”. The 19-month-old Major-sired Mint, whose dam Yambo Hanora who goes back to Doonally New was snapped up by AJ Ewing, Annan, Dumfriesshire, from breeders and exhibitors Robin and Damien O’Mullan, Rasharkin, Co Antrim.
Heading up the female section at 3,800gns was the reserve female champion from Fred, June and Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire. The September-2015-born Holtstead Lottie, is sired by Balthayock Hamish and out of the Royal Show senior male champion Gretnahouse Archangel-sired Thrunton Debutante. She was purchased in-calf by David Hazell, Bicester, Oxfordshire.
Also in the money for the Andrews family was a cow and calf outfit selling for 3,700gns to JR Germany, Coltishall, Norfolk, having been placed second in their class earlier at the pre-sale show. Mother Holtstead Imagine, who was crowned breed junior champion at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2014, is a 2013-born daughter of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and Holstead Veronique, who goes back to 10,500gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Gretnahouse Noel, and her 3-month-old daughter Holtstead Nigella is sired by Goldies Eddy.
As an added feature of the sale there were drafts from three Charolais herds. The first was the Gretnahouse herd of Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, whose heifers took the fancy of aforementioned David Hazell from Bicester, who managed to bag four out of the five on offer. The highest priced at 2,400gns, was the June-2016-born Gretnahouse Mulona, whose breeding includes the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and the homebred Gretnahouse Fulona who in-turn is sired by the 25,000gns Perth senior champion Thrunton Camelot.
Then D Smith and sons, Mauchline, Ayrshire offered four cow and calf pairs. The top priced at 2,200gns was a mother and daughter set, Lawersbridge Hope and Lawersbridge Nettle. Hope is a daughter of herd sire Smithston Elite and Redheughs Essex who goes back to the Northern Ireland National Charolais Show reserve male champion Glencoe Vision, while her daughter Nettle is sired by the Dumfries Show male champion Lawersbridge Iceberg. Both travel on to Balerno, Mid Lothian with purchasers Messrs Wardlaw.
Finally, there was a major reduction from the Ashby herd of David and Carol Noton, Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Their top priced was Ashby Lucy, who is an October-2015 born daughter of Blelack Digger and the Clyth Diplomat-sired Ashby Hyacinth, she also purchased by David Hazell, this time for 2,500gns.
Averages: 15 Bulls £3,304; two cow and calves £3,203; two heifers £2,730; five Gretnahouse heifers £2,331; four Lawersbridge cow and calves £2,021; five Ashby cow and calves £2,079; one Ashby cow £1,890, three Ashby heifers £1,820.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Supreme & Male Champion
R and Damien O’Mullan – Glenbuck Mint ET – s. Major
Reserve Supreme & Reserve Male Champion
M & J Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Mountain – s. Whitecliffe Highlight
D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Heidi – s. Blelack Digger
Reserve Female Champion
F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Lottie – s. Balthayock Hamish
Class One – Bulls born on or between 30/05/15 and 10/01/16
1st – MR McCornick – McCornick Morpheus – s. Thrunton Hermes
2nd – W Richardson & Sons – Laverock Logo – s. Cottage Devon
3rd – Hackleton Farms – Hackleton Manwell – s. Thrunton Doubletop
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 28/01/2016 and 31/03/16
1st – Jenny & John Rix – Wissington Mercedes – s. Thrunton Hammerstein
2nd – JD Leavesley – Tutbury Mecedes – s. Esgob Ferrari
3rd – Jean Atkinson – Bassett Magnet – s. Bassett Inspector
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 01/04/16 and 22/04/16
1st – R and Damien O’Mullan – Glenbuck Mint ET – s. Major
2nd – Ouston Farms – Ravensworth Max – s. Doonally New
3rd – JHC Campbell & Son – Thrunton Midas – s. Thrunton Gladiator
Class Four – Bulls born on or after 24/04/16
1st – M & J Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Mountain – s. Whitecliffe Highlight
2nd – JD Leavesley – Tutbury Matlock – s. Esgob Ferrari
3rd – Jean Atkinson – Bassett Monsoon – s. Bassett Inspector
Class Five – Cows served and/or suckling
1st – D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Heidi – s. Blelack Digger
2nd F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Imagine – s. Newhouse Bigal
Class Six – Served/Maiden Heifers
1st – F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Lottie – s. Balthayock Hamish
2nd – D Smith & Son – Lawersbridge Lulu – s. Lawersbridge Ferocious
May 12, 2017 Carlisle Charolais Clear 82%
Charolais bulls met a ready trade with strong commercial interest bolstering bull averages to £5158.13, an increase on last year of £151 with five more sold. Bidding peaked at 12,000gns, 28 lots traded at 5,000gns and above, 72 bulls sold with the clearance rate also up on the year by 14% to 82%, at Carlisle on Saturday 13 May.
New Society CEO Peter Phythian commented “This is the fourth consecutive Charolais sale where both the averages and clearance rates have increased, driven by the success of Charolais sired suckler calves who are topping the markets on weight for age”.
The trade topper was the supreme, male and junior champion McCaldrick McIntoish from breeders Sean and Martina O’Kane, Dunloy, Co Antrim. The 15-month-old McIntoish is the very first calf to be bred by the O’Kane family and is sired by the 16,000gns Royal Welsh reserve champion male, Anside Foreman and out of the Irish-born Aghafad Hope. He was purchased for 12,000gns by Highfields Park Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex.
Next and selling for 11,000gns to Perthshire based breeders David and Nick Walter, was the October-2015 born yellow ticket winner Gretnahouse Lunar from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, who went on to sell a total of three to an average of £7,700. His sire is the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and his dam is polled Gretnahouse Hazel who goes back to the Swedish Nynas Viril Av.
Following on at 10,000gns was another yellow ticket winner, the 18-month-old Caylers Lincoln whose breeding includes sire Balthayock Hamish and homebred dam Caylers Hostess who goes back to Thrunton Dominator. Lincoln was snapped up by RH Thompson and Son, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, from breeders and exhibitors Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.
Another entry from Caylers Charolais was next in the trade stakes at 9,000gns. Caylers Limerick an October-2015 born lad, also sired by Balthayock Hamish and out of the homebred dam Caylers Iona, a daughter of Goldies Eddy, sold in a two-way split to WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire and Michael Massie, Auchnagatt, Aberdeenshire.
Also hitting the 9,000gns price tag was the first of three top priced bulls from the Dumfries-shire home of Hamish Goldie, who sold a total of six averaging £6,877.50. All three were November-2015 born and the first to sell was Goldies Lawson, who had been awarded the intermediate and reserve overall male championships in the previous day’s show. Goldies Formidable is the sire of this one and the dam is Goldies Violin who has bred bulls to 26,000gns and who goes back to Thrunton Trademark. Pre-sale judge Jane Haw showed the courage of her conviction when she purchased Lawson on behalf of breeders Mr and Mrs Andrew White, Worth Matravers, Dorset.
The very next lot was the first of two to sell for 8,000gns for Mr Goldie, this time selling to Ouston Farms Ltd, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Goldies Limelight is a son of herd sire and homebred Goldies Formidable, whose previous sons have sold to 26,000gns and 23,000gns and dam Goldies Collette who goes back to Goldies Vicechancellor.
Mr Goldie’s next lot Goldies Landlord by the 15,000gns Grentahouse Heman and out of the 12,000gns Goldies Elation sired Goldies Hazel, also made 8,000gns when he was knocked down to AH Fisher, Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Another 8,000gns lot was the 18-month-old Elgin London, who had placed second in his class at the pre-sale show. London who was bred and exhibited by Robert Milne, Elgin, Morayshire, is a son of the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and Elgin Honey who is sired by the 10,000gns Thrunton Alpha. Rachel Dawson, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire was the purchaser.
The final bull to make 8,000gns was an entry from Wyn and Diane Rees, Llangurig, Powys, and stays local as he caught the eye of GL Davies, Brecon, Powys. The class winning and February-2016 born Hendy Messi, is out of the Tullygarley Rollerball daughter Hendy Chanel and is sired by the 19,000gns Doune and Dunblane Show champion Corrie Alan.
Mr and Mrs Andrew White, who had purchased the reserve male champion earlier in the day were the next to make a sale with Balbithan Mercedes, a 15-month-old who has already been shown successfully being awarded male champion of the Royal Berkshire Show and reserve male champion at the Royal Cornwall. He is sired by popular AI bull Goldies Eddy and his dam the 12,000gns Newhouse Benson daughter Balbithan Faith, who is no stranger to the show ring herself boasting Royal Cornwall show reserve supreme and female champion among her many show accolades, was purchased in a 7,500gns deal by G Jones, Llanrwst, Conwy.
Four bulls sold for the next highest price of 7,000gns, the first being purchased by John Weir, Stow, Selkirkshire. Glenrock Lazerus, an October-2015 born class winner, sired by the proven high performing short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of the £15,000 Lowerffrydd Benhurr sired Glenrock Harriett, was bred and exhibited by Stephen Illingworth, Eaglesfield, Dumfries-shire.
Two more sold at 7,000gns and both were from breeders John and Sandra Middleton, Upper Creevagh, Co Derry. The first was Hollywell Lewis, who was a red ticket winner at the Northern Ireland Pedigree Calf Fair last November and who is a full brother to the intermediate champion from last year’s sale here. Gelston Castle Farms, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, liked the look of this 18-month-old son of the Highland Show reserve beef breeder bull Elgin Davinci.
The Middleton family’s next lot and matching the 7,000gns price tag, was the pre-sale show reserve junior champion and one of the youngest lots of the sale at just 13-month-old. Hollywell Montana who is sired by 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Unbeatable and is out of the Stirlingshire-bred 10,000gns Mortimers Echo daughter Westcarse Honey, heads on to work in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire for A and T Wilson.
Also selling for 7,000gns was Tweeddale Marcus, a January-2016 born blue ticket winner who caught the eye of Stan Abel and Co, Llanidloes, Powys. Marcus is by the well-known AI sire Blelack Blackberet, while the dam is Goldies Gleam, a cow by the 14,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker, and was the first of five to sell for Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.
Mr Watson’s next lot was the yellow ticket winner Tweeddale Lothario, a 17-month-old 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin son, who was purchased by RA Davies, St Asaph, Denbighshire, for 6,500gns.
Caylers Charolais who sold five in total to average £7,455, matched the 6,500gns selling price, this time with Caylers Lysander who had been tapped out first in his class at pre-sale show 24 hours earlier. The December-2015 born Lysander sired by the 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye, found a new home in Westray, Orkney with T and M Seatter.
There was a strong and steady demand for females with the section peaking at 7,000gns. Seven cows and calves averaged £3,570 and the nine heifers sold cashed in to an average £3,190. John and Sandra Middleton’s reserve supreme and female champion Hollywell Latin lead the female section. Latin who heads back to Ireland with H and H Heron of Newtonards, County Down, is 20-month-old daughter of Thrunton Fairfax and Balmoral Show reserve junior champion Hollywell Harmony.
Just behind at 6,800gns and selling to TP Atkinson, Ulverston, Cumbria, was the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister daughter and October-2014 born Glenrock Jewel, along with her nine-month-old daughter Glenrock Melanie sired by Goldies Eddy. The pair were bred and exhibited by Stephen Illingworth, Eaglesfield, Dumfries-shire.
Just two lots earlier Mr Illingsworth had sold another mother and daughter pair, the May-2012 born Lowerffrydd Benhurr daughter Glenrock Harriet and her five-month-old heifer calf Glenrock Marriet who is also sired by Goldies Eddy, sold in a 4,300gns deal to A and JJ Forrest, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Mr Illingsworth was in the money again a little later this time with the June-2011 born Glenrock Glamour, who was sold together with her six-month-old daughter Glenrock Mercedes who is sired by Blelack Digger. Glamour who is another daughter of Lowerffrydd Benhurr caught the eye of ER Pigs, Rotherham, Yorkshire, who paid 4,000gns for the pair.
Matching the 4,000gns price tag was reserve female champion Alsnow Louise from Alan Lawson, Hallington, Tyne and Wear. GM Roberts, Gaerwen, Gwynedd, was the last man in on this 22-month-old 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico daughter, whose dam Alsnow Harmony who goes back to Blelack Digger.
An added feature of the sale was a draft from the Thrunton herd of JHC Campbell and Sons of Alnwick, Northumberland, where 21 cows were sold with calves at foot. The top priced at 4,000gns was the first lot of the section, mother and daughter pair Thrunton Goddess and Thrunton Majesty. Goddess is a December-2011 born daughter of the 26,000gns Stirling senior champion Balmyle Dickler and dam Thrunton Adalaide herself sired by the 15,000gns supreme Carlisle champion Burradon Talisman. Her 10-month-old daughter Majesty is sired by the 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob and the pair head up to Canonbie, Dumfriesshire with Tom Story.
Next to sell for John and Ed Campbell was a mother and twin calf outfit, this time selling for 3,200gns and travelling back to Northumberland with purchaser J Charlton of Dudley. Thrunton Dewdrop is the July-2008 born dam who is sired by the aforementioned Burradon Talisman and her two ten-month-old daughters Thrunton Missdaisy and Missmarple are sired by the home-bred Thrunton Gladiator.
Selling at the same price of 3,200gns was another Thrunton pair. The February-2010 born, 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter Thrunton Fallon and her seven-month-old heifer calf Thrunton Maradona by Balmyle Dickler were purchased by A and JJ Forrest, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Averages: 72 Bulls £5158.13; seven cow and calves £3,570; nine heifers £3,190.83; 21 Thrunton cows and calves £2,467; two Thrunton Heifers, £1,811. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Friday 12 May 2017
Judge: Jane Haw, Throop, Dorset
Class One – Bull, born on between 27/02/2015 & 13/05/2015
1st – Ian & Dorothy Goldie – Solwayfirth Lincoln – s. Clyth Diplomat
2nd – Mark & Jane Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Locomotion – s. Whitecliffe Highlight
3rd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Luigi – s. Balmyle Dickler
Class Two – Bull, born on between 14/05/2015 & 30/06/2015
1st – J Wardlaw & Son – Haughhead Legacy – s. Anside Foreman
2nd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Lex – s. Burradon Garibaldi
3rd – E Smith & Son – Southwillow Lance – s. Burradon Garibaldi
Class Three – Bull, born on between 01/07/2015 & 05/09/2015
1st – T Bell & Son – Hallbankgate Larry – s. Moelfre Ambassador
2nd – David & Carol Noton – Ashby Liam – s. Burradon Talisman
3rd – J Hepburn & Co – Northhouse Leo – s. Elgin Highlander
Class Four – Bull, born on between 06/09/2015 & 15/10/2015
1st – Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Lawman – s. Thrunton Doubletop
2nd – JD Leavesley – Tutbury Lawyer – s. Alwent Goldbar
3rd – Alasdair Houston – Gretnahouse Lunar – s. Wesley Equinox
Class Five – Bull, born on between 16/10/2015 & 31/10/2015
1st – Mr S Illingworth – Glenrock Lazerus – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – Roy Milne & Sons – Elgin London – s. Westcarse Houdini
3rd – T & GW Roberts – Plasbela Lydiate – s. Newhouse Bigal
Class Six – Bull, born on between 01/11/2015 & 13/11/2015
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lawson – s. Goldies Formidable
2nd – Roy Milne & Sons – Elgin Lachlan – s. Caylers Gladiator
3rd – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Lincoln – s. Balthayock Hamish
Class Seven – Bull, born on between 14/11/2015 & 08/12/2015
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Ludicris – s. Goldstar Hugo2
2nd – Mr S Illingworth – Glenrock Lorenzo – s. Goldies Eddy
3rd – Jonathan Watson & Co – Tweeddale Lothario – s. Woodpark Elgin
Class Eight – Bull, born on between 09/12/2015 & 31/12/2015
1st – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Lysander – s. Thrunton Goldeneye
2nd – Hamish Goldie – Goldie Legend – s. Gretnahouse Heman
3rd – A & V Brown & Sons – Ellerton Lotario – s. Barnsford Ferny
Class Nine – Bull, born on between 01/01/2016 & 10/01/2016
1st – A McCornick & Co – Ricnick Monsoon – s. Goldstar Echo
2nd – Jonathan Watson & Co – Tweeddale Marcus – s. Blelack Blackberet
3rd – Messrs Curry – Burradon Medallionman – s. Puntabrava Federico
Class Ten – Bull, born on between 11/01/2016 & 31/01/2016
1st – PJ O’Kane – Mccaldrick Mcintoish – s. Anside Foreman
2nd – RA & J Blyth – Marwood Mayfair – s. Burradon Goldenball
3rd – Jonathan Watson & Co – Tweeddale Mervin – s. Goldies Decider
Class Eleven – Bull, born on between 01/02/2016 & 28/02/2016
1st – JAW Rees & Son – Hendy Messi – s. Corrie Alan
2nd – Jonathan Watson & Co – Tweeddale Munster – s. Blelack Blackberet
3rd – Wissington Charolais – Wissington Major – s. Thrunton Galaxy
Class Twelve – Bull, born on after 01/03/2016
1st – John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Montana – s. Goldies Unbeatable
2nd – JAW Rees & Son – Hendy Majestic – s. Tullygarley Rollerball
3rd – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Maguire – s. Rosanna Jupiter
Class Thirteen – Female, served and/or suckling
1st – D Smith & Sons – Redheughs Florence – s. Glencoe Vision
Class Fourteen – Female, born on or between 24/03/2015 – 31/08/2015
1st – John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Latin – s. Thrunton Fairfax
2nd – Alan R Lawson & Son – Alsnow Louise – s. Puntabrava Federico
3rd – Mortimers Farms Ltd – Mortimers Lovely – s. Mortimers Hurricane
Class Fifteen – Female, born on or after 01/09/2015
1st – Jan Boomaars – Vexour Lapwing – s. Thrunton Glencoe
2nd – Mortimers Farms Ltd – Mortimers Magical – s. Mortimers Hurricane
3rd – Jan Boomaars – Vexour Lioness – s. Newhouse Emperor
Supreme, Male & Junior Male Champion
PJ O’Kane – Mccaldrick Mcintoish – s. Anside Foreman
Reserve Supreme & Female Champion
John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Latin – s. Thrunton Fairfax
Reserve Female Champion
Alan R Lawson & Son – Alsnow Louise – s. Puntabrava Federico
Reserve Male Champion & Intermediate Male Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lawson – s. Goldies Formidable
Reserve Intermediate Male Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Ludicris – s. Goldstar Hugo2
Senior Male Champion
Hackleton Farms Ltd – Hackleton Lawman – s. Thrunton Doubletop
Reserve Senior Male Champion
JD Leavesley – Tutbury Lawyer – s. Alwent Goldbar
Reserve Junior Male Champion
John & Sandra Middleton – Hollywell Montana – s. Goldies Unbeatable
Best Bull from Yorkshire or Lancashire
A & V Brown & Sons – Ellerton Lotario – s. Barnsford Ferny