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.
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November 8, 2019 Increased Demand for Charolais Bulls at Welshpool
Topping at 6,100gns with an average of £3615.94 for the 32 bulls sold, an increase of five from last year’s tally, the sale at Welshpool on Thursday 7 November also saw the clearance rate rise by an impressive 14%.
It was a great day for David Thornley, Hartshorne, Derbyshire, who not only secured the sales top price, but in addition his bulls produced the top herd average for the day at £5,180 for his three sold, his herd’s top average to date. David said “Welshpool is my main sale and I produce my bulls with the commercial man in mind, aiming for good calving figures with an emphasis on health and longevity. While at the market this week, three of my previous buyers made a point of coming to talk to me to tell me how pleased there with their Dooley bulls. I was delighted to hear this and this is the reason I keep coming back here to Welshpool.”
David’s sale topper at 6,100gns was the 16 month-old and yellow ticket winning Dooley Ocean, whose sire Davally Igolo was twice crowned champion at National shows. His dam is the 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle daughter Balnuith Inspire, and he goes on to work at Pentrefoelas, Gwynedd for new owners A and M Owen.
Mr Thornley’s other top priced lot was Dooley Orville, also sired by Davally Igolo but this time out of Blelack Headgirl, another Balmyle Dingle daughter. The July 2018-born Orville was knocked down sold for 5,200gns to VB and H Davies, Llanafanfawr, Powys.
Earlier in the sale a 17 month-old son of the 8,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Gretnahouse Jugular, sold for the second highest price of the day to BA and O Jones, Criccieth, Gwynedd. Montgomery Orly, who is out of the Blelack Digger-sired Montgomery Havard realised a price of 5,600gns for his breeders and exhibitors Roberts and Jones, Llangadfan, Powys, whose Montgomery herd also did well, seeing five bulls going on to new homes for an average price of £4,452.
Their next top selling lot which commanded a 5,200gns bid from ET Bound and Co, Llangurig, Powys, was the May 2018-born Montgomery Odessa, who stood second in his class at the morning’s show. Odessa is sired the same way as his aforementioned shed mate and his dam Montgomery Ffydd also goes back to Blelack Digger.
Another in the money for the Montgomery herd was Montgomery Owain. This time sired by the 9,000gns Balmyle Harlequin. This 18 month-old is out of another Blelack Digger daughter Montgomery Little and the man behind the money on this lot was E Edwards, Cerryigdrudion, Denbighshire.
Following on at 4,800gns was Caylers Oreo who was offered for sale the Barker family of Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire. TT Thomas and Son, Three Crosses, Swansea, was the purchaser of this 19 month-old son of the Irish-born Rosanna Jupiter and the Thrunton Dominator-sired Caylers Gytha.
Next in the trade stakes was the March 2018-born Belan Orlando. Belan Jennie, a daughter of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax is the dam here while he is sired by the 7,000gns Tweeddale Marcus. He was bred and exhibited by J S Abel, Cwmbelan, Powys and the final bidders on this 4,800gns lot were D Jones and Son, Corwen, Denbighshire.
Minutes earlier a class winner from Alwyn and Medwyn Williams went under the hammer at 4,200gns. Castellmawr Outstanding, a 20 month-old by the Irish-bred Goldstar Gentleman and out of Castellmawr Jade, who goes back to the French-bred Riri, was purchased by TH Williams and Son, Welshpool, Powys.
Matching the 4,200gns price tag was Trefaldwyn Oliver, and this blue ticket winner was snapped up by JT and A Davies, Oswestry, Shropshire. The youngest lot of the sale at just 13 months old, the Balthayock Darcy-sired Oliver was offered for sale by local breeder Arwel Owen, Garthbeibio, Powys. His dam is the homebred Trefaldwyn Joy who goes back to the popular AI sire Goldies Eddy.
Four bulls then came under the hammer for 4,000gns with the first being offered for sale by Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Carmarthenshire. Moelfre Orion who is bred out of Moelfre Ianna, a daughter of the 16,000gns Royal Welsh reserve male champion Anside Foreman, is sired by the 12,500gns Balmyle Impression and G Davies, Tywyn, Gwynedd, was the purchaser of this 18 month-old lad.
The second to sell at a 4,000gns price tag was the May 2018-born Caylers Osprey, who stood third in his class at the pre-sale show. The 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous is his sire and his dam is Caylers Ella, a daughter of Maerdy Uniroyal. Purchased by J Brown, Minehead, Somerset, this bull was another entry consigned by the aforementioned Caylers Charolais.
The class winning Esgob Oswyn was the third bull knocked down to 4,000gns, when he caught the eye of Mr Evans, Bryncir, Gwynedd. Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Gwynedd, was the breeder of this 17 month-old, sired by the 12,000gns Caylers Hustler and out of the Blelack Digger daughter Esgob Jade.
Another to bring 4,000gns when chapped down to Billy Turner, Skelton on Ure, North Yorkshire, was Esmor Evans champion Maerdy Orpheus from Mold, Flintshire. One of the younger lots, this 15 month-old who is sired by the aforementioned Blelack Fabulous is out of Maerdy Martha, a 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob daughter.
Four heifers found new homes and the best seller of the day was the two year-old Mortimers Nononsense, who realised a top bid of 3,000gns. She has an impressive pedigree behind her, being sired by the South East Calf show bull calf champion Mortimers Hurricane and her dam Mortimers Genie, a National show champion, is in turn sired by the 16,000gns Perth senior champion Ravensworth Alder. She went home with J Rudkin, Thrussington, Leicestershire, who purchased her from Messrs Mortimers Farm, Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Graiggoch Natalie, an October 2017-born heifer from Gerwyn Jones, Nebo, Conwy, was next top priced at 2,300gns. Purchased by Sandbatch Charolais, Sandbatch, Cheshire, she was tapped out first in her class at the morning’s show and is sired by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, while her dam Edenhurst Rhapsody goes back to the 14,000gns Royal Ulster junior champion Killadeas Jack.
At the finish of the sale there was a dispersal of the Hackleton Charolais herd of Hackleton, Northamptonshire. The herd which was established over 25 years ago with purchases from the Lendor and Gurteen Charolais herds, has bred two National show champions and is sadly dispersing due to the development of the farm buildings and other commitments.
Their top lot was the cow and calf outfit Hackleton Hetty and Hackleton Petra which were knocked down at 2,600gns. The 2012-born Hackleton Hetty is by the Irish-bred Mulroog Alpine and her dam Redheughs Blanche is a Redheughs Sinatra daughter. She and her seven month-old heifer calf Hackleton Petra, by Hackleton Largerlout, were purchased by Andrew Stott, Canonbie, Dumfries-shire.
Averages: 32 bulls: £3615.94; two cow and calves: £1391.25; four heifers: £2270.70. Hackleton Dispersal: one bull: £840.00; 10 cow and calves: £1683.15; one dry cow: £945.00; one calf £693.00
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Paul Stobart, Kirklington, Cumbria
Sponsor: Rae Avlley Tractors Ltd
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
November 9, 2018 Norseman rides off with the top price
There was a strong commercial interest in Charolais bulls at Welshpool on Thursday 8 November at the breed’s official autumn sale. Bidding peaked at 7,000gns and 27 bulls sold to an average of £3,771, while the demand for Charolais females fuelled a 4,400gns top bid.
Topping the lots and securing a price of 7,000gns in a joint purchase from Society President Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow, and Wallace Brown, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, was the 14-month-old Maerdy Norseman from Flintshire Vet, Esmor Evans, who had also secured the top price of 40,000gns at Stirling bull sales last month. Norseman was awarded a red ticket at the pre-sale show and is sired by the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous, while his dam Maerdy Jinny is a daughter of the easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger.
Next in the trade stakes was the day’s supreme champion Dooley Nemo who has been shown successful throughout the season, with his highest accolade being crowned male and junior male champion at this year’s Nation
al Charolais show in July. His dam Guthrie Iona, who was purchased in-calf to Nemo at D and P Murray’s Guthrie herd dispersal sale in October 2016 for 3,400gns, is a daughter of the Royal Highland show supreme champion Balmyle Eclipse, and he is sired by Stirlingshire-bred Falleninch Hamzoraj. The May 2017 born Nemo who was purchased by SO Jones, Corwen, Clwyd for 6,500gns was bred and exhibited by David Thornley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, who also went on to secure another top price of 4,200gns for his 16 month old
class winner Dooley Nissan. Sired by the National Charolais show supreme champion Davally Igolo and out of the Perthshire-born Harviestoun Harriet who goes back to the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, he was purchased by D Morgan, Talybont, Ceredigion.
Next and selling for a 6,200gns price tag was a June 2017 born entry from Arwel Owen, Foel, Powys. Trefaldwyn Nebo, a son of Goldies Eddy and the Blelack Digger-sired Trefaldwyn Harmony stayed local when purchased by MPB Ashton and Sons, for their Welshpool based suckler unit.
Caylers Nixon was next in the trade stakes at 5,000gns after he caught the eye of TN Lightfoot, Callington, Cornwall, when he was tapped out as reserve supreme champion by judge Emma Andrews in the pre-sale show. The Barker Family of Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, are the breeders of this 18 month old son of the Irish born Rosana Jupiter, bred out of the Thrunton Dominator daughter Caylers Graceful.
Two entries from Messrs Roberts and Jones Llangadfan based Montgomery herd were the next highest priced lots and both were sired by the 8,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Gretnahouse Jugular. Top priced was the 15 month old Montgomery Ned who secured a bid of 4,800gns from GG Morris, Brecon, Powys. He had been handed a yellow ticket earlier in the day and is out of the Elgin Columbo-sired Montgomery Hafren.
Earlier in the sale their 18 month old entry Montgomery Nefyn sold for 4,000gns. He had also been successful in the pre-sale show, being awarded third place in a strong class of intermediate’s. This time out of Montgomery Imperial who goes back to Blelack Digger, he was purchased by W Pugh, Rhayader, Powys.
Also hitting the 4,000gns price tag was Wyn Rees and Son’s Hendy Nadal from Llangurig, Powys. After being placed second in class, the 14 month old Nadal by Davally Illusion was knocked down to EH Anwyl, Llanbrynmair, Powys. His dam is Hendy Gentle, a daughter of the 8,500gns Killadeas Contact.
A strong entry of females saw the prices peak at 4,400gns for a class winning entry from Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton, Wiltshire. Foxacre Marcina, a July 2016 born daughter of Wesley Forceful and Moreton show reserve female champion Foxacre Flavia, was bought by Tomos Rich, Cilcain, Flintshire, who went on to purchase both of Griff Morris’ cow and calf outfits on offer.
The first and top priced of Mr Morris’s cow and calf combo’s from Llanwern, Powys, secured a 4,000gns bid from Mr Rich. The 2012-born cow Cargriff Harmony and her seven month old heifer calf Carrgriff Octave were the pair and Harmony whose sire is the Irish-born Goldstar Echo was sold served to Thrunton Larry who is also the sire of Octave.
An added feature of the sale was the dispersal of Rodney and Jake Gregory’s, Chasewater-based Kerling herd from Cornwall. Their top lot was another mother and daughter pair. The cow Wesley Fettle, who sold served to the 9,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Sportsmans Neptune, is a 2010 born daughter of the 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle and out of the Maerdy Rock-sired Wesley Capri, while her six month old her heifer calf Kerling Octavia, is sired by Gretnahouse Loomis. Together they commanded a 3,000gns bid from Neil Barclay, Insch Aberdeenshire.
Also bolstering the female section were the production sale heifers from the aforementioned Arwel Owen’s 1994 established Trefaldwyn herd. The highest priced at 2,200gns was the March 2017 born Trefaldwyn Nova. Sired by Blelack Digger and out of Trefaldwyn Jadore, a daughter of Goldies Eddy, she goes home to Talsarnau, Gwynedd, with her new owner GW Williams.
Averages: 27 bulls: £3,771; eight heifers: £2,848; Trefaldwyn Production – three heifers: £2,170; Cargriff Reduction – two cow and calves: £3,570; Kerling Dispersal – one cow: £1,365; four cow and calves: £2,402; two heifers: £1,522.50
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire
Sponsor: KLF Insurance Brokers
April 30, 2018 Mclaren races to 6,500gns at Welshpool
Charolais bulls met a solid commercial trade at Welshpool on Saturday 28 April where 32 bulls sold to average £3,986.72, with a clearance rate of 70%.
The top priced bull at 6,500gns was an 18-month-old entry from the Barker family, Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, who stood first in his class at the pre-sale show. Caylers Mclaren who is sired by Gretnahouse Ultimate and out of the homebred Caylers Jemma who goes back to Thrunton Dominator, went home with ER Hollinsworth and son, to work in Middleton, Manchester.
The Caylers family bulls were in demand and they sold a total of three to average £5,530, including the next highest priced lot Caylers Minstrel. R Napper, West Hagbourne, Oxfordshire, was the purchaser this time and paid 5,800gns for the blue-ticket winner and November 2016-born Minstrel, a son of the Irish-born Rosanna Jupiter and the Thrunton Dominator-sired Caylers Gigi.
Another breeder who enjoyed success on the day was Flintshire vet Esmor Evans from Mold, who not only bagged the pre-sale show championship but also secured four bull sales making an average of £4,331. His highest priced lot and champion was the 19-month-old Maerdy Mauard, out of the Vald’or-Ra-sired Maerdy Hwylus and by the easy calving, high scanning, 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous, who has previously sold sons to 22,000gns and 28,000gns. This champion lot was purchased at 5,500gns by DL and LE Davies, Llanegryn, Gwynedd.
Priced at 5,200gns and selling to WT Jones and Co, Tywyn, Gwynedd, was the December 2016-born Esgob Majestic from Gareth Jones, Cwntrimnach, Gwynedd. Majestic is sired by the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur and out of Esgob Diva who goes back to the 18,000gns Thrunton Virginian.
Two lots secured the next highest price of 5,000gns a piece and the first was a 19-month-old Wesley Evolution son, Trannon Montgomery from John Williams, Caersws, Powys. Montgomery’s home-bred dam Trannon Hanna is sired by Wernvale Chico and he caught the eye of GE Davies and Sons, Llanrhaeadr, Shropshire.
Also at 5,000gns and this time selling to Mr A Jones, Bettws Y Coed, Gwynedd, was a 17-month-old offering from Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Carmarthenshire. Moelfre Morgan is sired by the 12,500gns Stirling class winner Balmyle Impression, who has proved to be a shrewd purchase for Mr Thomas, already producing four sons whose sales have averaged 7,500gns a piece and the Royal Welsh show junior male champion Moelfre Magic. His dam Moelfre Forgetmenot goes back to the French-bred Texan.
The oldest and first lot of the sale sold for the next highest price of 4,500gns. Finnwest Massey who is a July 2016-born son of the proven easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger and Brailes Asteroid-sired Finnwest Indigo, was bred and exhibited by Paul Weston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire and sold to LF James and Son, Cilmaengwyn, Swansea.
Another lot was also knocked down at 4,500gns, this time selling to Mr B Bridgewater, Rhulen, Powys. Graiggoch Magnum, a 16-month-old, who had stood third in his class earlier in the day for breeder Gerwyn Jones, Nebo, Conwy, is sired by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion and Caithness Show champion Clyth Diplomat and out of Thrunton Starband who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando.
Another Derbyshire breeder was in the money when Thomas Cox from Great Longstone, secured 4,300gns for the November 2016-born Bleaklow Magnum. This son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and Royal Highland Show reserve junior bull Elgin Davinci-sired Bleaklow Jlo was purchased by AJ and JM Abberley, Llandrindod Wells, Powys.
A couple of lots secured a price of 4,000gns and the first was a yellow-ticket winner from the aforementioned Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire. Maerdy Muir, an 18-month-old who is sired by Blelack Fabulous and out of Maerdy Eglantine, a French-bred Populair daughter, went home to Llandefalle, Powys, with CE and A Millichap.
Also making 4,000gns was a class winner from Gareth Jones, Cwntrimnach, Gwynedd, who stayed local when he was purchased by E and LG Williams, Abergele, Gwynedd. Esgob Neu, a 15-month-old by the Irish-bred Goldstar Gentleman, is out of the home-bred Esgob Helen who is turn is sired by the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur.
A heifer from Richard Butler, Barbers Bridge, Gloucestershire, was the only female lot of the main sale. Carrigbeg Moo is a two-year-old by the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis, whose dam Congress Isadora is a daughter 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Highland Show junior champion Goldies Unbeatable. RWL and JE George, Llanfair, Caereinion, Powys, purchased her for 1,950gns.
A small reduction of six cow and calves from the Harman family, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, was also featured at the sale. The top priced at 2,400gns was the mother and daughter duo – 2014-born Silver Janet and her four-month-old heifer calf Silver Nectar. The 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax sired Janet, is out of Silver Borghild, a Chesham Pingpong daughter, while her daughter Nectar is sired by the 14,000gns Stirling supreme champion Barnsford Jubilant. The aforementioned Hollinsworth family were the purchasers.
Averages: 32 bulls: £3,986.72; one heifer: £2,048; Harman reduction: 6 Cow and Calves, £2,004
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Neil Brown, Hackleton, Northamptonshire
February 9, 2018 Charolais sell to 5,800gns at Welshpool
A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a top bid of 5,800gns in Welshpool on Thursday 8 February, at the breed’s official spring sale, where 16 bulls sold to an average of £3622.50 and an improvement of 8% on last year’s clearance rate.
Leading the way at 5,800gns was Gareth Jones’ reserve champion from Cwmtirmynach, Bala. The May-2016 born Esgob Morgan who was snapped up by Edward Bros, Oswestry, Shropshire, is a son of Alwent Goldbar and the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur daughter, Esgob Glain.
Next in the trade stakes and purchased at 4,800gns by RW Owen, Garn Solbenmaen, Gwynedd for was Trefaldwyn Magnus, who had been tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show for breeder and exhibitor Arwel Owen, Welshpool, Powys. The 17-month-old Magnus boosts an impressive pedigree, being sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar and out of the 11,000gns Royal Welsh Show female champion Trefaldwyn Fancygirl, a daughter of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister.
Just behind at 4,600gns was a yellow-ticket-winner from Mrs Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton, Wiltshire, the
Wesley Forceful son Foxacre Miletus. The May-2016 born Miletus is out of the Three Counties reserve junior heifer champion Foxacre Galante and goes home to work in Knighton, Powys for RP Morgan and Son.
Two bulls sold for 4,500gns apiece and both were offered for sale by the aforementioned Arwel Owen. The first, Caenest Morgan who was bred by J and E Evans, Dryffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd had also been awarded a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show. This 14-month-old who caught the eye of TT Jones and Co, Llanbrynmair, Powys, is by the proven high performing, short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of Trefaldwyn Eternity who in-turn is sired by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger.
Minutes later Mr Owen’s secured another bid of 4,500gns, this time for the home-bred November-2016 born Trefaldwyn Max who is also sired by Blelack Digger. His dam is the Goldies Eddy daughter Trefaldwyn Ice and the NPTC Group, Newtown, Powys were his winning bidders.
Next, the 22-month-old Montgomery Meic commanded a 3,500gns bid from Gipsy Hall Farms, Wilmcote, Warwickshire. Meic who stood third in his class in the morning’s show is sired by the 9,000gns Balmyle Harlequin, out of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister daughter Montgomery Iarll and was bred and exhibited by Gareth Roberts and Jones, Welshpool, Powys.
The next highest priced at 3,200gns was Gwenog Musketeer, consigned by J S & P L Howells, Llanwenog, Dyfed. This August-2016 born son of the 12,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Thrunton Classic and the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding daughter Gwenog Trali went home with TA and ME Jones, Llanbrynmair, Powys.
A trio of bulls were knocked down at 3,000gns a piece, with the first coming from Highfields Park Farm, Withyham, Sussex. The 20-month-old, blue-ticket winning Chameran Marek who was purchased by WF Palmer and Sons, Truro, Cornwall, is sired by the 12,000gns Cumberland Show champion of champions Sandelford Harrison and out of Edenhurst Fleur – another Dingle Hofmeister daughter.
Matching the 3,000gns price tag was the September-2016 born Wissington Mickey. Mickey, an entry from Jenny and John Rix, Nayland, Essex who was exhibited by Darren Knox was purchased by DWR Reynolds and Son, Knighton, Powys, is by the aforementioned Blelack Digger and out of the home-bred Gretnahouse Ferdinand-sired Wissington Jolly.
Also hitting the 3,000gns price tag was Esmor Evans’ 14-month-old Maerdy Mario from Mold, Flintshire. Maerdy Gwlan is out of French-bred Begonia daughter Maerdy Poem and sired by the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior champion Blelack Fabulous. The Williams’ of Holt, were the successful bidder and take him home to their Wrexham-based unit.
The only female of the sale was a 2-year-old entry from Mr R J Butler, Rudford, Gloucestershire. Commanding a bid of 2,100gns from C Wardle, Sandbach, Cheshire was the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Carrigbeg Ladyjane who sells served to Davally Illusion.
Averages: 16 bulls: £3,622.50; one heifer: £2,100
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Peter Heath, Hartfield, east Sussex
Class One – Bulls born on or between 03/03/2016 – 14/04/2016
1st – Ann Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Maecenas – s. Wesley Forceful
2nd – Ann Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Marcellus – s. Wesley Forceful
3rd – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Meic – s. Balmyle Harlequin
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 03/05/2016 – 30/06/2016
1st – Gareth Jones – Esgob Morgan – s. Alwent Goldbar
2nd – Highfields Park Farm – Chameran Marek – s. Sandelford Harrison
3rd – Ann Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Miletus – s. Wesley Forceful
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 09/07/2016 – 15/09/2016
1st – Peter Howells – Pedr Mysterio – s. Newroddige Imp
2nd – Arwel Owen – Trefaldwyn Magnus – s. Brampton Nacodar
3rd – James & Belinda Kimber – Beanhill Major – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
Class Four – Bulls born on or after 02/10/2016
1st – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Murray – s. Blelack Fabulous
2nd – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Myrddin – s. Vald’or-ra
3rd – Arwel Owen – Caenest Morgan – s. Blelack Digger
Class Five – Females
1st – Robert Butler – Carrigbeg Minty – s. Doonally Nicefor
2nd – Robert Butler – Carrigbeg Ladyjane – s. Burradon Talisman
Esmor Evans – Maerdy Murray – s. Blelack Fabulous
Gareth Jones – Esgob Morgan – s. Alwent Goldbar