February 5, 2015 Welshpool Charolais peak at 6,800gns
There was a brisk trade for Charolais bulls at Welshpool on the 5th February when 24 bulls sold to an average of £3618 and a top price of 6,800gns.
The sale topper was Davally Ivanhoe TI +50 SRI +51 from D Thornley and AJ Smith of Swadlingcote, Derbyshire, purchased for 6,800gns by GR Saunders, Bonvilson, South Glamorgan. This 17 month old Balthayock Longbow son is a full brother to both Davally Invincible who was also the top priced bull at the last Welshpool sale in November at 6,000gns and the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox.
Next, selling to MJ & DG Owen from Wells, Powys for 5,500gns came the supreme champion the 17 month old Major son Graiggoch Iceman exhibited by G Jones of Llanrwst, Conway. The judge David Bothwell from Co Fermanagh said “I selected him for his size and power. He is a structurally sound bull with the particular Charolais traits of growth and good conformation”.
From the same vendor was the first prize winner Graiggoch Impressive sired by Maerdy Grimaldi, who was purchased for 5,000gns by M Hughes and GT Jones of Machynlleth, Powys.
Trefaldwyn Invictus TI +55 SRI +47 sold for 4,600gns to J Jenkins of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. This 18 month old Blelack Digger son came from RA Owen of Welshpool, Powys who additionally sold a Goldies Eddy son Trefaldwyn Icarus TI +40 SRI +36 for 4,000gns to BTR & R Gittins also from Welshpool.
Three bulls were purchased for 4,200gns. Mortimers Farms of Eastleigh, Hampshire was the first with Mortimers Illiad TI +41 SRI +35. This 22 month old Mortimers Vanquish son went to JE Williams and Sons, Craven Arms, Shropshire. Then the 12,000gns Goldies Elation son, 21 month old Wilesa Ivan TI +48 SRI +47 from W Owen and T Wilson sold to GL Williams of Brecon, Powys. Finally BS Jones of Brecon, Powys sold his class winner the 21 month old son of Elgin Fergal Bailea Ikeadotcom to DN Cook of Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
Charolais females sold as far afield as Northern Ireland and Cornwall. The 18 month old champion Midas Iris TI +37 SRI +43 sold for the top price of 5,000gns to T O’Neil of Claudy, Co Londonderry. Iris won the reserve female championship at the English National calf show last year for RH Coppinger of Wem, Shropshire and is sired by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger.
Also selling well for AJ Mould of Penkridge, Staffordshire was his four and a half year old cow Wesley Fettle TI +56 SRI +54 and her calf at foot. The lot was split with the 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle daughter Fettle selling for 1,800gns to RJ Gregory & Son of Truro, Cornwall, while her 9 month old bull calf Moulais Judas, sired by the 25,000gns supreme Stirling champion Goldies Unbeatable was purchased by JA Williams of Caersws, Powys for 1,200gns.
Averages: 24 bulls £3,618.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Male & Supreme Champion
G Jones – Graiggoch Iceman ET
Reserve Male & Reserve Supreme Champion
RA Owen – Trefaldwyn Imense
RH Coppinger – Midas Iris ET
Reserve Female Champion
RH Coppinger – Midas Imogen
Class One – Bulls Born on or Between 16th February 2013 and 4th May 2013
1st – RT Roberts – Brynffanigl Ioan
2nd – Mortimers Farm – Mortimers Illiad
3rd – W Owen – Deunawd Ioan
4th – W Owen – Deunawd Iago
5th – B Harman – Chesham Ikuchi
Class Two – Bulls Born on or Between 5th May 2013 and 31st May 2013
1st – BS Jones – Bailea Ikeadotcom
2nd – W Owen & T Wilson – Wilesa Ivan
3rd – DE Evans – Maerdy Idnal
4th – WH Robinson & Son – Stockhill Imp
5th – BS Jones – Bailea Iceman
Class Three – Bulls Born on or Between 1st June 2013 and 1st July 2013
1st – RA Owen – Trefaldwyn Imense
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Income
3rd – C & R Currell – Solo Isaac
4th – DE Evans – Maerdy Ismael
Class Four – Bulls Born on or Between 2nd July 2013 and 26th August 2013
1st – EH Pennie & Son – Sarkley Isobar
2nd – KJ Thomas – Trefonnen Ivory
3rd – WF Palmer & Son – Trenestrall Inferno
4th – C & R Currell – Solo Ireland
5th – RE Dawson – Dawson Ivor
Class Five – Bulls Born on or Between 27th August 2013 and 19th September 2015
1st – G Jones – Graiggoch Iceman ET
2nd – D Thornley & AJ Smith – Davally Ivanhoe ET
3rd – RA Owen – Trefaldwyn Invictus
4th – JAW Rees – Hendy Inferno
5th – JS Howells – Gwenog Istabraq
Class Six – Bulls Born on or after 20th September 2013
1st – G Jones – Graiggoch Impressive ET
2nd – DE Evans – Maerdy Impasse
3rd – DE Evans – Maerdy Inspector
4th – BL Williams – Gwastod Investment
Class Seven – Females
1st – RH Coppinger – Midas Iris ET
2nd – RH Coppinger – Midas Imogen
3rd – RH Coppinger – Midas Influence ET
4th – AJ Mould – Moulais Jasmine
November 5, 2014 Brisk trade for Welshpool Charolais selling to 6,500gns
Charolais bulls met a brisk demand selling to a top of 6,500gns in Welshpool on Thursday 6 November at the breed society’s official sale.
Topping the trade at 6,500gns was the reserve champion, Trefaldwyn Ivanhoe TI +57, SRI +58 bred and exhibited by Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool to E Jones, Llandeiniolen, Caernarfon. Ivanhoe was an 18 month old, by Goldies Eddy and out of Mr Owen’s National Welsh junior female champion Trefaldwyn Emerald, a member of his 35 cow herd. Earlier in the day he tapped out as overall reserve championship by judge, Roger Green, who commended Ivanhoe as being a ‘modern type of British Charolais combining locomotion with great fleshing’.
Earlier in the day Arwel Owen offered Trefaldwyn Iceman TI +46, SRI +42, a 19 month old Dingle Hofmeister son and full brother to the Royal Welsh female champion, Trefaldwyn Fancygirl. Iceman was knocked down sold for 4,700gns to R Hammond, Huntingdon, Kington.
Last in the ring but not least was the day’s second leader at 6,000gns, Davally Invincible TI +51, SRI +49, a 14 month old by Balthayock Longbow and out of a Wesley dam. Bred and exhibited by DJ Thornely and AJ Smith, Swadlincote, Derby, he went home with BJ and MY Davies, St Harmon, Rhayader.
Montgomery Ianto TI +57, SRI +53, a 22 month old Dingle Hofmeister son from Gareth Jones, Llangadfan, Welshpool was awarded the reserve senior championship and made 5,200gns to W McAskie, Mount Joy, Omagh, County Down. Later Mr Jones offered the 19 month old Blelack Digger sired Montgomery Isfryn, TI +51, SRI +49 at 4,000gns to HJ Middleton, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell.
Two entries attracted a 5,000gns bid. First to go was Deunawd Ian TI +43, SRI +37, a 21 month old by the 5,000gns Brynffanigl Elvis from Will Owen, Criccieth to B Bayliss, Whitney-on-Wye, Hereford. Deunawd Ifor TI +34, SRI +29, another Elvis son from the same breeder was secured for 4,000gns by D Evans, Marton, Welshpool.
The second 5,000gns price tag went to the 20 month old Caylers Imperial TI +49, SRI +35, a Thrunton Dominator son and our of a homebred dam from the Barker family’s 30 cow herd based at Nuthampsted, Royston. He went home with JP and CM Jones, Penegoes, Machynlleth.
Next at 4,900gns was Gower Inferno TI +51, SRI +39, a 22 month old Skysea Bolero son from Richard and Alison Tucker, Horton, Swansea to AT Williams and Son, Newcastle, Monmouth. The following lot in the ring, Newroddige Imp made 4,800gns to Peter Howells, Llanwenog, Llanybyther. Bred and exhibited by Newroddige Charolais, Edingale, Tamworth, Imp was a 21 month old by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger. Earlier in the day he had been awarded the supreme championship by Roger Green saying: “Imp was the complete bull; he was very well balanced, well fleshed and had great locomotion.”
Two more entries were bid to 4,000gns. First in the ring was Allostock Imense TI +54, SRI +58, a 22 month old by Blelack Digger from I Hollinshead, Goostrey, Crewe to MJ and DL Price, Hundred House, Llandrindod Wells. A 4,000gns call was made for Foxacre Initiative TI +39, SRI +49, a 20 month old by the 10,000gns Wesley Forceful from Anne Orr-Ewing, Purton, Swindon to WJ and EA Lewis, Bryncoch, Neath. The final 4,000gns bid went to the 18 month old Esgob Iori TI +38, SRI +37, an Anside Excalibur son from Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala to WP Jones, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth.
Mr Jones enjoyed a successful day taking the female championship with Esgob Honeysuckle TI +34, SRI +36, a two and a half year old Excalibur daughter, sold in calf to Blelack Digger. She made 5,200gns to JM Clapp, Post Hill, Tiverton who returned home with three more entries.
The female section was topped at 6,500gns for a cow and calf pair from Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn to DH Jones, Bow Street, Ceredigion. Moelfre Gala TI + 36, SRI +27 was a three year old heifer by Allanfauld Norseman offered with her 10 month old heifer, Moelfre Janquile by Maerdy Dynamite.
Next at 5,100gns from Mr Thomas’ draft was Moelfre Greta TI +48, SRI +39, another three year heifer this time by Blelack Jaguar making 1,500gns to VAS and SM Corbett, Felindre, Knighton, whilst her nine month old bull, Moelfre Jack by the 11,000gns Blelack Digger commanded 3,600gns from JR Webb, Billesdon, Leicester.
The two cow and calf leading entries from Newroddige Charolais’ draft both travelled to Devon with JM Clapp. Newroddige Gerry TI +34, SRI +35, a three year old Maerdy Estyn sired daughter sold with her seven month old bull Newroddige Jaguar by Alwent Goldbar made 4,000gns.
Minutes before, Mr Clapp bid 3,000gns for the six year old Newroddige Dafny TI +39, SRI +38, a Gretnahouse Archangel daughter with her three week old heifer, Newroddige Jeanette by the 10,000gns Welshpool champion, Esgob Ferrari.
Averages: 37 bulls £3,822.57. Females: 5 collective heifers £2,230; Newroddige, 8 cows and calves £2,481, 3 heifers £1,680; Moelfre, 8 cows and calves £3,150, 5 heifers £1,110; Trannon, 3 heifers £1,732.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Class One – Bulls born before 6th November 2012
1st – MAERDY HWYL – Mr DE Evans
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 6th November 2012 and 11th January 2013
1st – MONTGOMERY IANTO – Roberts & Jones
2nd – RUSHFIELD ICARUS – Mr JR & Mrs VA Webb
3rd – NEWRODDIGE HIGHLIGHT – Newroddige Charolais
4th – CHESHAM HORATIO – Mr B Harman
5th – ALLOSTOCK ISAAC – Mr IN Hollishead
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 12th January and 8th March 2013
1st – NEWRODDIGE IMP – Newroddige Charolais
2nd – DEUNAWD IAN – Mr W Owen
3rd – DOOLEY IMAGE – Mr D Thornley
4th – DEUNAWD IFOR – Mr W Owen
5th – GOWER INFERNO – Mr RJB & Mrs AM Tucker
Class Four – Bulls born on or between 9th March and 3rd April 2013
1st – ESGOB IWAN – Mr GM Jones
2nd – ESGOB IAN – Mr GM Jones
3rd – FOXACRE INITIATIVE – Mrs A Orr-Ewing
4th – BRYNFFANIGL IDRIS – Mr RT Roberts
5th – FOXACRE ITHACA – Mrs A Orr-Ewing
Class Five – Bulls born on or between 4th April and 25th April 2013
1st – NEWRODDIGE ICON – Newroddge Charolais
2nd – WRINKLEWOOD ICARUS – Mrs JC Clayton
3rd – TREFALDWYN ICEMAN ET – Mr RA Owen
4th – MORTIMERS IILIAD – Messrs Mortimers Farm
5th – FINNWEST ICEMAN – Mr PC Weston
Class Six – Bulls born on or between 26th April and 18th May 2013
1st – TREFALDWYN IVANHOE – Mr RA Owen
2nd – MAERDY IDNAL – Mr DE Evans
3rd – LINDFORD INCREDABULL – Mr A Platt
4th – TRANNON INVINCIBLE – Mr JA Williams
5th – BALNUITH INSTRUMENTAL – Mr D Thornley
Class Seven – Bulls born on or between 19th May and 3rd June 2013
1st – CARRIGBEG IFOR – Mr RJ Butler
2nd – MOELFRE INSIGNIA – Mr KJ Thomas
3rd – TREFALDWYN IMENSE – Mr RA Owen
4th – SACKVILLE IVAN – BA & PT Heath
5th – SACKVILLE IMPECABLE – BA & PT Heath
Class Eight – Bulls born on or between 4th June and 7th July 2013
1st – NEWRODDIGE INVERNESS – Newroddige Charolais
2nd – MAERDY IMPEY – Mr DE Evans
3rd – MAERDY ISMAEL – Mr DE Evans
4th – TRANNON INSTANT – Mr JA Williams
5th – CARRIGBEG IRISHMAN – Mr RJ Butler
Class Nine – Bulls born on or after 8th July 2013
1st – SARKLEY ISOBAR – EH Pennie & Son
2nd – DAVALLY INVINCIBLE ET – DJ Thornley & AJ Smith
3rd – TREFONNEN IVORY – Mr KJ Thomas
4th – PEDR ICON – Mr PL Howells
5th – SOLO IRELAND – C & R Currell
Class Ten – Heifers Born before 31st December 2012
1st – ESGOB HONEYSUCKLE – GM Jones
2nd – MAERDY HOP – Mr DE Evans
3rd – MAERDY GWINLLAN – Mr DE Evans
4th – MAERDY HEN – Mr DE Evans
Class Eleven – Heifers born after 1st January 2013
1st – TRANNON IVORY – JA Williams
2nd – TRANNON IMP – JA Williams
3rd – RUSHFIELD INGRID – Mr JR & Mrs VA Webb
4th – RUSHFIELD INDIGO – Mr JR & Mrs VA Webb
Senior Male Champion – NEWRODDIGE IMP – Newroddige Charolais
Reserve Senior Male Champion – MONTGOMERY IANTO – Roberts & Jones
Junior Male Champion – TREFALDWYN IVANHOE – Mr RA Owen
Reserve Junior Male Champion – NEWRODDIGE INVERNESS – Newroddige Charolais
Female Champion – ESGOB HONEYSUCKLE – Mr GM Jones
Supreme Champion – NEWRODDIGE IMP – Newroddige Charolais
Reserve Supreme Champion – TREFALDWYN IVANHOE – Mr RA Owen
October 13, 2014 Shraden Charolais sell to 4,200gns in Welshpool
Charolais females were in demand selling to a top of 4,200gns when the Shraden herd was dispersed on behalf of the executors of WRJ Everall in Welshpool on Thursday 9 October.
Leading the trade at 4,200gns was Shraden Ursula, an 11 year old Balthayock Matthew daughter sold with her seven month old heifer, Shraden Jessica, by the 16,000gns Anside Foreman. The pair went to Charlie Boden, Mellor, Stockport.
Ursula’s progeny were in demand with Shraden Imperial, a 19 month old son by Shraden Osram commanding the highest bull price of 4,100gns to R Thomas Bryndraenog, Knighton.
Three entries shared a 4,000gns bid. First to go was the 11 year old Shraden Ugenie, by Balthayock Matthew and sold with Shraden Jinny, a six month old heifer by Thrunton Fairfax. The buyer was Charlie Boden who minutes later made another 4,000gns bid for the Shraden Talisman sired Shraden Cyan, a seven year old with her five month old bull, Shraden Jupiter by Foreman. His final cow and calf pair at 3,500gns was the six year old Shraden Design by Mowbraypark Paramount and offered with Shraden Just Dazzling, a four month old heifer by Foreman.
The final 4,000gns call was made by E and H Chapman, Oakley Park, Llanidloes for Shraden Immortal, an 18 month old bull by Shraden Calypso and out of a homebred dam by Balthayock Matthew.
Another Calypso son, the three year old Shraden Georgio was in the money at 3,800gns to HJ Patrick, Portfieldgate, Haverfordwest. Shraden Icicle, a 17 month old Shraden Osram son was secured for 3,600gns by JC Heard, Okehampton.
At 3,400gns, B and P Elston, St Petrock, Torrington took home Shraden Christmascarol, an eight year old by Balthayock Matthew sold with Shraden Janitor, her five month old bull by Thrunton Fairfax.
Another entry by Matthew, this time Shraden Damson, a six year old sold in calf to Balthayock Hamish made 2,900gns to HB Allman and Sons, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. Shraden Eloise, a rising six year old by Talisman and in calf to Shraden Georgio made 2,500gn to J Wale, Clunderwen, Pembroke.
Next among the bulls were two 14 month old Calypso sons. First at 2,800gns was Shraden Inferno to JT Corbett, Penrhos, Llanymynech, whilst Shraden Ingot made 2,700gns to JW Hopkins, Newtown, Powys.
Averages: 30 cows with calves £2,040; 8 in calf cows £1,631; 12 in calf heifers £1,497; 9 maiden heifers £1,170; 11 bulls £2,931.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
May 6, 2014 Charolais peak at 6,800gns in Welshpool
Modern British Charolais were in demand selling to a top of 6,800gns at the breed society’s official sale in Welshpool on Friday 2 May.
Sale leader at 6,800gns was Montgomery Harman a 19 month old by Blelack Digger and the highest performance recorded bull in the catalogue with a TI +76, SRI +66. Bred and exhibited by the Roberts and Jones partnership, Llangadfan, Welshpool he sold to join David Jones’ 60 cow suckler herd at Maesmawr, Welshpool. “This was a 50:50 decision made on figures – good calving ease plus growth rate EBVs plus he has the right looks,” said Mr Jones. “Store buyers are looking for Charolais crosses and are prepared to pay a premium; we intend to continue to deliver.”
Earlier in the day, the 20 month old Montgomery Halifax TI +66, SRI +57, another Digger son from Roberts and Jones made 5,800gns to R Reynolds, Beguildy, Knighton.
Next at 6,000gns was the 17 month old Trefaldwyn Horatio TI +64, SRI +59, another Blelack Digger son, this time bred and exhibited by Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool. He went to join James and Alec Cowan’s 100 cow suckler herd at Synodd Inn, Llandysul. “We selected Horatio for his combination of ease of calving and eye muscle area EBVs, as well as his good square loin as we start to gear up for the introduction of VIA carcase assessment,” said Mr Cowan.
The day’s champion, Maerdy Hoelen TI +25, SRI +17 made 5,000gns to Aled Williams, Llangernyw, Abergele who was returning to Charolais after a decade of using other Continental terminal sires. “We need faster growth and more weight, and by reintroducing Charolais we hope to shave weeks off time to target finishing weight,” he said. Bred and exhibited by Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold, Hoelen was a 20 month old Maerdy Ulm son.
Maerdy Hidlwr TI +49, SRI +31, another 20 month old from Esmor Evans this time by Maerdy Dynamite made 4,500gns to MR Bound, Tylwch, Llanidloes. Later in the day his Maerdy Huwllwyd TI +41, SRI +42, an 18 month old first class winner by the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous made 4,000gns to H Davies, Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire.
Two entries were in the money from the Barker family’s Caylers herd, Nuthampstead, Royston. Caylers Isaac TI +40, SRI +32, a 16 month old Thrunton Dominator son and first class winner commanded a 4,800gns bid from BJ Davies, St Harmon, Rhayader. Earlier their 19 month old Caylers Hunter TI +36, SRI +33 by the homebred Caylers Fergus made 4,000gns to RT Richardson and Son, Ilam, Ashbourne.
John Williams, Caersws, offered his 20 month old Trannon Harold, by Wesley Evolution for 4,600gns to WJ Lewis, Pennant, Llanon. Next at 4,400gns was Hendy Isaac, a 16 month old by Pinay from the Rees family, Llangurig, Llanidloes to DI Hughes, Aberhosan, Machynlleth, whilst a bid of 4,200gns was made by R Vaughan-Jones, Tywyn for Cargriff Houston, an 18 month old Blelack Digger son from Griff Morris, Llanstephen, Carmarthen.
Averages: 37 bulls £3,791.35; 2 heifers £1,575
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
February 7, 2014 Welshpool Charolais peak at 6,200gns
Charolais met a strong demand from the commercial sector peaking at 6,200gns and averaging £4,052 at the breed society’s inaugural February sale in Welshpool on Thursday 6 February.
“Trade was fuelled by buyers who had sold their Charolais cross stores or suckled calves during the last year and enjoyed big premiums over other breeds,” said society chairman, Alasdair Houston. “These producers were doing the numbers and reinvesting what was in fact a small proportion of that return in to their next Charolais herd sire.”
Sale leader at 6,200gns was Sportsmans Harrypotter TI +38, SRI +38, a 20 month old Thrunton Voldemort son and out of a homebred dam from Charlie Boden’s 80 cow herd based at Mellor, Stockport. Earlier on, he had been awarded the supreme championship, the first ever at the centre for Mr Boden.
Harrypotter sold to R Napper, Didcot, Oxford who minutes earlier paid 5,000gns for Dorcas Hyperion, a 22 month old by Dorcas Duke, bred by the Morris family and consigned by John Evans, Caersws, Powys. The 19 month old Dorcas Hussar, another Dorcas bred bull from Mr Evans and this time by Dorcas Express made 5,000gns to RE Griffiths, Criccieth, Gwynedd.
The day’s second highest bid of 6,000gns was made in a joint purchase by CN Flack, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and Goodwin Farms, Repps, Great Yarmouth for Maerdy Hoelbren, a 17 month old by Vald’Or-Ra from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold who sold a string of 12 entries in total to average £4,366.
Two Maerdy bulls shared a 5,000gns bid. First to go was Maerdy Huntly TI +34, SRI +36, a 22 month old Maerdy Blackout son selling to the Nicholas and Heath partnership, Tarfin, Chester, whilst Maerdy Huwcyn TI +51, SRI +45, a 19 month old by Maerdy Dynamite went to GR Saunders, Bonvilson, South Glamorgan.
Another Dynamite son, the 17 month old Maerdy Herc was secured for 4,200gns by JHJ Medland, Tavistock, Devon, whilst Maerdy Heglo, an 18 month old Esperanto son sold for 4,800gns to ED and HJ Roberts, Newtown, Powys.
Earlier in the day three Maerdy entries were each bid to 4,000gns. Maerdy Hunter TI +32, SRI +22, a 20 month old by D’Angely R went home with KW and GM Hammond and Sons, Builth Wells, Powys, whilst the 19 month old Maerdy Hartford TI +44, SRI +37, another D’Angely R son made 4,000gns to S Pennington and Son, Church Stretton, Shropshire. The 26 month old Maerdy Heath TI +48, SRI +42 by Vald’Or-Ra was secured for the third 4,000gns call by J Bufton and Sons, Whitney on Wye, Herefordshire.
The final 5,000gns bid was made for Montgomery Hampton, a 21 month old Blelack Digger son from the Roberts and Jones partnership, Welshpool. The buyers were AW and AR Gale, Newton Abbott, Devon.
Last catalogued entry but not least at 4,700gns was Hendy Hubert, a 14 month old youngster from Wyn and Diane Rees, Llanidloes, Powys, to near neighbours, VT and S Hamer, Llanidloes. Other entries in the money included Trefaldwyn Hornblower TI +61, SRI +60, an 18 month old Blelack Digger son at 4,200gns. The buyer was the Herrick Partnership, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire.
Averages: 29 bulls £4,051.55
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
October 28, 2013 Welshpool Charolais peak at 9,800gns
Welshpool Charolais peak at 9,800gns
New centre record ave £4,080 for 77 bulls sold; £0.54m grossed
British Charolais bulls met a flying trade from a packed ringside in Welshpool on Thursday 7 November at the breed society’s autumn sale where prices peaked at 9,800gns and 77 entries sold through the ring to achieve a new beef breed centre record average of £4,080 with 79% clearance. The seven hour sale which grossed £0.54 million included three herd drafts and the Trefonnen dispersal.
“An electric atmosphere prevailed throughout as bull after bull went through the ring sold to commercial men who were aware of the rewards for Charolais cross store and suckled calves at the autumn sales and it clearly reflected the momentum towards returning to modern Charolais as the herd’s terminal sire,” commented the society’s David Benson.
Sale leader at 9,800gns was Caylers Hugo TI +45, SRI +45, a 20 month old Thrunton Alpha son and out of a Balthayock Marius sired homebred dam from David and Louise Barker’s 30 cow herd based at Nuthampstead, Royston. Hugo went to join Allan Currie’s 180 suckler cow herd based near Ayr. Mr Currie is a repeat bull buyer from the Caylers herd and said Hugo is a genuine, very well balanced with length, strength and good locomotion.”
The Barkers were enjoying their best ever day in four years of trading at Welshpool and making the eight hour return journey with their three entries. Earlier in the day, they secured 6,000gns for Caylers Hawthorn TI +40, SRI +28, a 21 month old by their former stock bull, the 10,000gns Thrunton Dominator and out of a homebred heifer by Maerdy Uniroyal. The buyer was Messrs Heard, Okehampton, Devon. The Barkers final entry at 4,800gns was Caylers Hectors TI +54, SRI +48, a 19 month old first prize winner by Dominator selling to P Weston, Ashbourne.
The day’s second highest 9,000gns call went to the reserve junior champion, Maerdy Hughos TI +45, SRI +43, a 17 month old by the 13,000gns Kelton Trident and out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Padirac. Sold to B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen, he was one of 12 entries to come under the hammer sold from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold.
Mr Evans was again in the prizes when his 18 month old Maerdy Holster TI +53, SRI +46, secured the intermediate championship before selling for 8,000gns to EI Lewis and Sons, Forge, Machynlleth. Another Trident son, he was out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Alcazar.
Two more entries shared an 8,000gns bid. First to go was Esgob Hari TI +35, SRI +35, an 18 month old Anside Excalibur son and out of a Thrunton Virginian sired homebred dam. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala, he went home with DT Richards, Llangynwyd, Maesteg. Another Excalibur son from the same stable, this time the 19 month old Esgob Huw TI +36, SRI +30 commanded a 5,200gns price tag from A Williams, LLanefydd, Denbigh.
The final 8,000gns call was made by GR Davies, Cwmtirmynach, Bala for Pedr Hermit TI +41, SRI +44, a 16 month old by the 12,000gns Thrunton Classic and out of a homebred dam by Derryharney Outstanding from father and son team, John and Peter Howells, Llanwenog, Llanybyther.
At 6,800gns the Howells offered their junior champion Gwenog Hogan TI +47, SRI +46 another 16 month old Classic son and out of a homebred dam by Blelack Tycoon. The buyer was EM Gittins, Menai Bridge, Anglesey.
Three more entries commanded a 6,000gns price tag. First in the ring was Trefaldwyn Hilton TI +36, SRI +32, a 21 month old Brampton Nacodar son and out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Perth supremo, Mowbraypark Orlando. Secured by JT Davies, Llangedwyn, Oswestry, and bred and exhibited by Arwel Owen, Foel , Welshpool, 24 hours earlier Hilton was awarded the senior and overall male championship by judge, Graham Robinson who described him as an ‘exemplary modern British Charolais’. “Hilton was very correct, he had length, a good top line and excellent locomotion. He caught my eye as soon as he came in the ring, he followed all the way through and had the edge in the final line up,” he said.
Towards the end of the day, Arwel Owen secured another 6,000gns call this time for Trefaldwyn Hublot TI +60, SRI +57, a 17 month old Blelack Digger son and out of a homebred dam. The buyer was R Williams, Llangwnnadl, Pwellhi.
The final 6,000gns bid went to Montgomery Huw TI +70, SRI +60, a 16 month old Blelack Digger son and out of a Tullygarley Attaboy sired homebred dam. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Roberts, Llangadfan, Welshpool, the buyer was R Richards, Adfa, Newtown.
Digger sons were in demand throughout with the 10 forward selling to average £4,505. They included Gareth Roberts reserve intermediate champion, Montgomery Hublot TI +77, SRI +65, the highest performance recorded entry in the catalogue. An 18 month old, he went home with DW Jones, Heasley Mill, South Molton.
Jarka Robinson, Tenbury Wells sold her highest entry at 5,000gns to GH Williams and Son, Penegoes, Machynlleth. Her 17 month old Cliftonpark Headboy was by the 10,000gns Thrunton Bravado and out of a homebred dam going back to Moyness Topnotch.
The collective female trade was led at 4,400gns for a cow and calf pair from ML Impey, Ledbury to Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton, Swindon. Hamilton Avalon TI +39, SRI +30 was an eight year old Turney bred Mortimer Josh daughter sold in calf to Alwent Goldbar, whilst her seven month old heifer, Congress Inchantress was by Burradon Talisman.
Next at 4,000gns was the two year old Maerdy Grandgirl, a Blelack Digger daughter from Esmor Evans to B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen.
Bidding peaked at 7,400gns for a split cow and calf pair when Gaenor and Roy Hughes dispersed their Trefonnen herd. Trefonnen Fergie TI +32, SRI +29, a three year old Okapibb daughter and out of a homebred dam by Ptiprince, she was sold in calf to Goldies Eddy for 4,200gns to Irish Charolais Cattle Society president Michael McGuirk, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland. Fergie’s 10 month old son, Trefonnen Ivanhoe TI +40, SRI +34, sired by Cottage Devon went to T and A Tudor, Llanerfyl, Welshpool.
Next at 6,000gns was Trefonnen Evasion TI +46, SRI +35, a four year old by Doonally New and out of a Dynod bred dam by Coolnaslee Monarch. She was offered with Trefonnen Ivory, her four month old bull by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger. The pair sold to Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Llanstephan.
Three lots were each bid to 5,000gns. First was Trefonnen Veronica TI +39, SRI +38, a seven year old by Doonally Nicefor, out of a homebred dam by Moyness Maharajah and sold in calf to Blelack Digger. The buyer was Neil Barclay, Harestone, Crathes, Banchory.
Trefonnen Fabrujais TI +12, SRI +11, a three year old by Suzeringie and offered with her two month old heifer, Trefonnen Isabelle, an Okapibb made 5,000gns to Michael and Betty Graham, Ireby, Wigton.
The final 5,000gns call was made by B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen for Trefonnen Galaxy TI +31, SRI +29, a Thrunton Voldemort daughter and sold in calf to Blelack Digger.
Next at 4,800gns was Trefonnen Gigi TI +47, SRI +31, a two year old Doonally New sired heifer, in calf to Blelack Digger, and sold to G Jones and Sons, Bala. Another Doonally New daughter, this time the nine year old Trefonnen Violet TI +48, SRI +36 offered with her month old heifer, Trefonnen Iris by Clyth Diplomat made 4,600gns to RA Elias, Garn Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd.
Trefonnen Harriette TI +34, SRI +32, a 13 month heifer by Thrunton Voldemort secured a 3,600gns bid from MA Swistun, Llanforlais, Gower. Trefonnen Vanity TI +38, SRI +37, a seven year old Loganbar Herdsman daughter sold in calf to Maerdy Rock and accompanied by Trefonnen Icarus, her four month old bull by Clyth Diplomat made 3,500gns to A Platt, Weston, Shrewsbury.
Trefonnen Isostar TI +36, SRI +29, a 10 month old Maerdy Rock son and out of a Moyness Maharajah sired homebred dam made 3,100gns to G Williams, Pont Robert, Meiford.
Leading Griff Morris’s draft at 4,000gns was Cargriff Glitzy TI +66, SRI +60, a two year old Blelack Digger daughter and out of a homebred dam by Mowbraypark Paramount. She went over the water with John McGrath, Drumore, Tyrone.
Next at 3,000gns was cow and calf pair Cargriff Flower TI +25, SRI +25, a three year old Goldies Champion daughter going back to Paramount, and her seven month old heifer, Cargriff Iris, by Digger. They sold to HG Evans, Gawsworth, Macclesfield.
Newroddige Charolais reduction
The draft from Danny Wyllie and Pete Mallaber’s Newroddige Charolais herd was led at 5,400gns by a cow and calf pair. Newroddige Caprice TI +28, SRI +24, a six year old by the homebred Newroddige Accentor and out of a Maerdy bred cow was offered with Newroddige Iceberg, her five month old bull calf by Gretnahouse Archangel. The buyer was RA Elias.
Irish breeder, W Foster, Ballyconnell, Cavan invested 4,200gns in the seven year old Newroddige Brittany TI +23, SRI +23, a Joyau Del daughter offered with her seven month old heifer, Newroddige Imagine by the 10,000gns Esgob Ferrari.
A bid of 3,400gns secured a cow and calf pair for MIE Hughes, Caergybi, Ynys Mon. The eight year old Newroddige Athene TI +31, SRI +19 was by Simpsons Gregg and out of an Alwent bred dam, whilst her five month old bull calf, Newroddige Ivanhoe was by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger.
Two lots commanded a 3,000gns call. First was the cow and calf pair Newroddige Dove, a five year old Suzeringie daughter sold with her five month old bull calf, Newroddige Invader by Esgob Ferrari. The buyer was DW Morris, Llanllechid, Bangor. Newroddige Gail TI +38, SRI +41, a two year old Maerdy Estyn daughter sold in calf to Alwent Goldbar made 3,000gns to D Morgan, Talybont.
Gwenog and Pedr reduction
Prices peaked at 5,000gns for the Howells family, John, Anne, Peter and Helen when they reduced a portion of their Gwenog and Pedr herds. Their sale leader was Gwenog Ellann TI +33, SRI +33, a four year old Blelack Tycoon daughter and out of a homebred dam by Derryharney Outstanding. She was offered with her Thrunton Classic sired five month old calf, Gwenog Ilena. The buyer was RA Elias.
Next at 3,800gns was Pedr Amethys TI +34, SRI +31, an eight year old Mowbraypark Paramount daughter offered with Pedr Indigo, her 10 month old heifer by Classic. The buyer was Melita Corbett & Daughters, Felindre, Knighton. A bid of 3,100gns secured Pedr Geronimo TI +32, SRI +33, an April 2011 born Classic son for SJ Smith, Castle Caereinion, Welshpool.
Averages: 77 bulls £4,080
Collectives: 3 cows and calves £3,010; 11 heifers £2,453
Trefonnen: 6 cows and calves £5,512; 3 in calf heifers £4,305; 6 maiden heifers £2,555; 1 bull calf £3255
Cargriff draft: 5 females £2,688
Newroddige: 11 cows and calves £3,040; 5 heifers £2,457
Gwenog and Pedr: 9 cows and calves £2,567; 7 heifers £1,560; 1 bull £3,255; 2 bull calves £1,680
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales