The British Charolais Cattle Society

Supporting Europe’s No. 1 Beef Breed

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The January Journal is now out – click here for a pdf version January Newsletter 2021 web

Closing dates for Upcoming sales:

Welshpool sale – 17th April 2021 – Closing date for entries 9th March, contact: 01938 553438  or

Clogher sale – 23rd April 2021 – Closing date for entries 8th March, Email for entry forms or ring 028 8554 8279

Stirling May sale – 2nd – 3rd May 2021 – Closing date for entries 19th March, click here for the entry form

Carlisle sale – 14th & 15th May 2021 – Closing date for entries 26th March,  Click here for the entry form and here for the Schedule

Please remember to ensure that DNA is either complete or in process before submitting your entry. Health declarations need to be sent to the office at the same time as submitting your entry.


Stirling Sale Report – 28th February 2021

There’s no phantom about this top price – BALLINLARE PHANTOM peaked at 16,000gns

Sunday 28th February saw United Auctions host their annual Spring Bull sale where Charolais, once again, came out on top.  With current Government Guidelines still in place there was a good mixture of people buying in person, online and over the phone.  Top price peaked at 16,000gns which levelled out to the average price of £7121, up by £347 per head, on the previous year. 93 animals were put forward with a 71% clearance rate.

British Charolais Cattle Society CEO, Peter Phythian said “he was pleased with the good strong commercial trade on the day, with the Charolais breed still in high demand”

Ballinlare-Phantom- Sold for16,0000gns

Ballinlare-Phantom- Sold for16,0000gns

BALLINLARE PHANTOM was the top seller of the day reaching a top price of 16,000gns.  This 20-month-old lad is bred by J H Wilson and Sons of Newry, Co. Down.  Phantom’s sire, Balthayock Justice was Reserve Supreme Champion and was the top sale price at 50,000gns at Stirling in 2015.  His dam Ballinlare Isis is sired by Goldies Carnival.  The winning bidders, in a two-way split, were R M Adam & Son of Glamis, Angus and M J Massie from Ellon, Aberdeenshire

To read the full sales report please click here


Aberdeen Sale Report – 24 February 2021

Phantom, Piranha and Powerhouse top the Charolais at the Aberdeen Spring Sale

Aberdeen and Northern Marts held their Spring Sale of pedigree bulls on Wednesday 24 February at the Thainstone Centre.  With the highest number of animals entered in the sale, a small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw three reach a high of 6,000gns, with eight bulls selling to average £5000.63 with a 62% clearance.

A trio of bulls sold for the top price of the day at 6,000gns.

First up was ELRICK PHANTOM, bred by Mr M J Massie of Ellon, Aberdeenshire.  This 22-month-old lad is sired by the easy calving Maerdy Gouverneur and out of Elrick Jackie, a daughter of the 16,000gns bull Thrunton Fearless, who was the intermediate and supreme champion at Stirling in 2011. He will be making the journey to his new home in Fraserburgh to the home of G B Grieve.  

Elrick Phantom

Elrick Phantom


The second bull to reach 6000gns was AUCHINCRIEVE PIRANHA, bred by Mr C M McCombie of Huntly, Aberdeenshire. This bull is sired by Maerdy Express who sold for 45,000gns in 2011 and out of Auchincrieve Jody, a daughter of Olrig Highwayman. This May 2019 born bull was purchased by J Baxter from Banff.

Auchincrieve Piranha

Auchincrieve Piranha




The last bull to go under the hammer at this price was KINCLUNE POWERHOUSE, from J A Wilson & Sons of Alford, Aberdeenshire. Sired by Goldies Ivan and out of Kinclune Gallica, a daughter of Thrunton Crownprince. This 20-month-old bull will be joining the herd at C G McGilliver’s farm at Ballindalloch.


GLENERNAN PLUTO, bred by W & N Milne of Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, was the next best seller of the day reaching 5,000gns.  This February 2019 born lad is sired by Elgin Jagger who sold for 17,000gns at Stirling in 2016.  Pluto’s dam is Glenernan Fyne, a daughter of Mistral Ben. He will be heading to Fraserburgh to the farm of I Lumsden.

BONNYKELLY PREMIUM born in September 2019, sold for 4,700gns and was the last of the Charolais lots to go through the ring. Bred by Mr R Leggat of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, this bull is sired by Kersknowe Jake, and out of Bonnykelly Maggie, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Gretnahouse Ivory and was purchased by A J Beattie from Castle Farm, Nairn.

Bonnykelly Premium

Bonnykelly Premium


The gavel came down twice at 4,000gns, the first time for NEWLOGIE PRINCEERIC from AJR Farms of Ellon, Aberdeenshire.  This 24-month-old bull is fully parent verified to Newlogie Nobel and out of Newlogie Naya. He will be heading to Darnford, Banchory to the farm of P & M Watson.





AUCHINCRIEVE PEDRO also secured 4,000gns, another sired by the 45,000gns bull Maerdy Express and out of Auchincrieve Janet, a daughter of Balbithan Vespasian who sold for 26,000gns in 2006. This April 2019 born bull is bred by Mr C M McCombie from Huntly in Aberdeenshire and will head to his new home of P McMillan from Borrabus Farm, Islay.

Auchincrieve Pedro

Auchincrieve Pedro








NI Charolais – Spring Spectacular Sale at Ballymena Market on 6th March

You can view the catalogue here or contact the market direct on Tel: 028 25 633470 or email

The inspection will take place between 8.30am – 9.30am and the sale will commence at 12 noon.

Please adhere to all COVID-19 social distancing measures while on the premises. Social distancing must be maintained at all times along with the mandatory wearing of masks.

Notice to Purchasers -The number of buyers will be strictly limited to allow for social distancing in the sale ring. All purchasers must sign in at the mart and follow social distancing protocols to obtain their bidding place.

The sale will be available to view on our website and for those customers who do not wish to attend online live bidding will be available. Customers can either contact the mart office to register to bid or go directly to to register.

Further details are available from the mart office.



Today Defra has launched a public consultation and call for views on a range of proposals and longer-term options, in keeping with the government response to Professor Sir Charles Godfray’s 2018 independent review of the bTB eradication strategy.

For more information click here


WELSHPOOL SALE SATURDAY 17TH APRIL 2021 – Entries close on Tuesday 9th March:

  • Before entering please ensure the DNA is already in process at the DNA laboratory or that the DNA has already been completed. Due to the short turnaround time we have from the close of entry and having to produce the catalogue, late DNA will not be accepted and your animals will automatically be rejected from the sale. Pending samples stored at the office does not mean the samples are in process, so if in doubt, please contact the office to check the status of your animals.

Note. Due to Covid-19, processing times are taking much longer than normal, so please submit them as soon as possible. To reduce the risk of your samples being rejected, please make sure the sample is tail hair with plenty of visible root follicles (40-60 hairs) and as clean and dry as possible.

  • Health Declarations – please submit these to the Society office at the time of entry.
  • Scanning/Weights – for Performance recording members, scanning will need to be in at the Society office by no later than the 25th February in order to have scan/weight data published in the sale catalogue.

Entry forms are available from the Welshpool Livestock Mart Tel: 01938 553438 or email





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