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Peter Gets the Prestige of Topping the Market

The evening of Friday May 21 marked the end of the Spring sale season, culminating in a high-quality offering of bulls at Swatragh Livestock Market. A total of 14 bulls sold for an average price of £3540, resulting in a fantastic 93% clearance.

Prestige Peter, sold for 5,500gns

Topping the lots at 5,500gns was PRESTIGE PETER. This 17-month-old was sold by A Armstrong from Dromore, Co. Tyrone. Peter was sired by Cavelands Fenian, and born to Bostonia Lizzie, a daughter of the 16,000gns Balmyle Vagabond. This strapping young bull caught the eye of D McMullan, and he’ll be heading back to their herd in Maghera, Co. Londonderry.

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Pouncer swoops top price at Carlisle

At long last it was time to dust off the rosettes as the traditional pre-sale show could once again take place at the annual Spring sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. The show, judged by Mr Alistair Smith of Northampton, took place on Friday May 14, and highlighted the stunning animals on offer.

Proceedings began in earnest on Saturday May 15, attracting a flurry of bids across all stock. A total of 49 bulls sold, with an average price of £7142.14 and a phenomenal 87.5% clearance. In addition, a further 14 heifers went under the hammer for an average price of £3570.


Reserve Intermediate Champion & Reserve Supreme Champion Gretnahouse Pouncer, sold for 20,000gns


The top price of the day, at a whopping 20,000gns, was secured by Reserve Supreme Champion & Reserve Intermediate Champion GRETNAHOUSE POUNCER. Pouncer is from the herd of the well-respected Mr A G Houston of Kirkpatrick-Fleming, Dumfriesshire, and was sired by the easy-calving Westcarse Jimmy. Pouncer has also inherited his sire’s excellent growth EBVs, placing him in the top 1% for 200-, 400-, and 600-day weight values. Pouncer’s dam, Gretnahouse Japan, is a daughter of the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator. The great potential of this 18-month-old was noticed by winning bidder Mr H Heron, who will be taking Pouncer back to Newtonards, Co. Down.

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Pringle headlines at Stirling in crisp bidding

Charolais once again returned to Stirling for United Auctions’ bull sale on Sunday 2 May 2021, where bids flowed freely both in-person and remotely via the internet and phone. While the late spring sale is typically smaller than its February counterpart, there was no compromise on the quality of animals present. A total of 21 bulls were sold, resulting in a clearance rate of 58% and an average price of £5,615, up £370 on last year’s lockdown sale.

Panmure Pringle, sold for 9,500gns

The highest bid of the afternoon, at 9,500gns, was secured by PANMURE PRINGLE from the herd of J M Cant & Partners of Arbroath, Angus. Pringle is the latest in his paternal lineage to reach impressive prices. His sire is the 12,000gns Elrick Jester, and his grand-sire is Thrunton Fearless, who reached a price of 16,000gns in 2011. Pringle’s dam is Panmure Isabella, a daughter of the popular Blelack Digger. This attractive 16-month-old bull is already showing great potential with a 200-day weight  EBV of +38, placing him firmly in the top 1% for this trait. Pringle will be making his way to Fortrose, Ross-shire, to the farm of winning bidder J H Anderson.

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Pilot flies high at Exeter

It was quality over quantity at the Exeter Livestock Centre on Friday 23rd April, as three attractive bulls found new homes. The average selling price came to £3,220.

The lot securing the highest bid of 3,200gns was the 23-month-old DOWNTOWN PILOT, from the herd of Mr B W J Lavis in Okehampton, Devon. Pilot was sired by Glenrock Lorenzo, who boasts impressive growth EBVs across the board, and out of the easy-calving Downtown Jazz. This handsome fellow will be going home with A & J M Hembrow, back to Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

The remaining two bulls to be sold over the course of the day both secured prices of 3,000gns. The first of these was FOXACRE PERADVENTURE, from the well-established herd of Mrs A Orr-Ewing in Swindon, Wiltshire. Sired by Graiggoch Lad, and out of Foxacre Idille, this 23-month-old also caught the eyes of A & J M Hembrow, and he is sure to settle in nicely at his new home in Lostwithiel.

The final sale of the day, also for 3,000gns, went to the youngest bull entered: PENFOUND RAWHIDEOZZIE. This charming 14-month-old was bred by R S & S M Hopper, from Bude, Cornwall, and was born to Penfound Minxy – a daughter of Penfound Genius. His sire was Maxworthy Ozzie, a son of the phenomenally easy-calving Wesley Equinox. This young bull offers a great deal of potential, and grabbed the attention of B P Potbury, who will be taking him home to Wellington, Somerset.



The evening of Friday 23 April saw the first Society sale to take place at Clogher, previously it was held at Dungannon. A steady trade took place over the course of the evening, with 15 bulls sold, an average price of £3,241, and a whopping 79% clearance.

The 20-month-old BROWNHILL PADDYRABBIT had the honour of reaching the highest price of the day, maxing out at 4,500gns. Paddyrabbit is from the Devine Brothers herd in Strabane, Co. Tyrone and was born to Brownhill Ella, a daughter of Shaen Topper. His sire is Mullaghbane Topline, a son of the highly regarded Doonally New. Paddyrabbit has quite the legacy to live up to, as Doonally New was known for his impressive gestation length and beef yield EBVs. His great potential caught the eye of Mr T Whileside, and he will be making his way to his new home in Greysteel, Co. Londonderry.

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Welshpool Sale Saturday 17 April 2021

Cheers to Peroni as he tops Welshpool sale

Although COVID-19 restrictions are slowly beginning to ease, it was still not possible to have the much-anticipated pre-sale show. The breeders did, however, have the opportunity to parade their bulls shortly before the sale, with the auctioneers providing an informative commentary for each bull forward.

We saw a steady trade with 23 bulls selling to average £4419.13, with a 58% clearance. The demand for a modern Charolais bull continues to remain strong and this was reflected in the sale.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 54 Caylers Peroni sold for 7600gns

Caylers Charolais of Caylers Farm, Nuthampstead, Nr Royston, Hertfordshire secured the top price of the day at 7,600gns with their bull CAYLERS PERONI. This 15-month-old bull is sired by First and out of Caylers Neeve, a daughter of Rosanna Jupiter. Peroni will be heading to his new home with E G Morgan of Blaencar, Brecon, Powys.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 18 Brampton Pancake sold for 7300gns

BRAMPTON PANCAKE, bred by MR G W Turner of Brampton Hall, Skelton On Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire secured the second best price of the day, selling for 7,300gns. A son of Border Jamboree out of Brampton Nala, and a daughter of Brampton Hamish. This September 2019 born bull heads off to Shropshire.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 5 Montgomery Prelude sold for 6000gns

The hammer came down at 6,000gns for the 23-month-old MONTGOMERY PRELUDE, bred by Roberts & Jones of Parc, Llangadfan, Welshpool, Powys. Sired by Gretnahouse Jugular, who goes back to the easy calving Blelack Digger. Prelude is out of a Balmyle Harlequin daughter, Montgomery Meirwen. This bull caught the eye of Morgan & Son of The Farm, Dutlas, Powys.

Welshpool Charolais Sale 17 April 2021 – Lot 70 Oakchurch Rustic sold for 5600gns

Selling at 5,600gns was OAKCHURCH RUSTIC, one of the younger bulls in the catalogue and bred by J & A Price of Oakchurch Farm, Staunton-On-Wye, Herefordshire. This 14-month-old bull is a son of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax out of Oakchurch Glamourgirl, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. This lad was purchased by RI & G Davies of Penlanlwyd, Powys.


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Ballymena Sale Report – 6th March 2021

Woodpark Presley and Birches Prettylady top the bids at Ballymena at 6,000 gns.

Saturday 6th March saw the Northern Ireland Charolais Club host their annual Charolais Bull Sale for the first time at Ballymena Livestock Market.   With a mix of bidding happening in person, online and over the phone due to the current COVID-19 restrictions still in place. A steady trade took place which saw the two top selling animals go for 6,000 gns each.  11 bulls sold with an average price of £3081.

Top price bull of the day, at 6,000 gns was WOODPARK PRESLEY, bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This 19-month-old bull is sired by the easy calving Deeside Gulliver and out of Woodpark Ellie, a daughter of Major. The hammer went down with a bid from W J Fraser & Son who will be taking him home to Banffshire.

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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

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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










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