July 19, 2021 The Great Yorkshire Show 13th-16th July 2021
Morwr Sails to the Top at the Great Yorkshire Show
At long last, it was finally time for the much-anticipated Great Yorkshire Show to return over the course of Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 July 2021. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the event had to resort to limited capacity, however this did not affect the quality of animals on display. Charolais animals had a tremendous showing in the pedigree beef classes across the Thursday and Friday, including some returning favourites from the Scottish Showcase in June.
MAERDY MORWR once again stole the show after his success in the Scottish Showcase, this time claiming the titles of British Charolais Breed Supreme Champion, Supreme Champion Interbreed Beef Animal, and forming one half of the Blythewood Continental Beef Pairs Championship. This Maerdy Dynamite-sired bull was once again exhibited by AJR Farms of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, who had purchased him from breeder D E Evans in 2018.
In reserve to Morwr in the British Charolais Breed Supreme Championship was another returning animal in HARESTONE MAMMAMIA. Mammamia was also the other half of the Blythewood Continental Beef Pairs Championship, and was bred and exhibited by R & N Barclay of Insch, Aberdeenshire. She born to Harestone Brigitte, a daughter of Harestone Ronsard, and sired by Maerdy Dublin.
Stunning young heifer TOPHILL ROXANNE also had another successful showing, earning the title of Overall British Charolais Junior Champion. She was purchased from breeder A J Stott only a few months ago and is already proving to be a valuable asset for exhibitor T Atkinson of Cumbria. Roxanne was sired by Hackleton Largerlout, and her dam is Hackleton Hetty, a daughter of Mulroog Alpine.
Standing in reserve for the title of British Charolais Male Champion was Junior Male Champion, WESTCARSE ROBBIE. This charming 15-month-old was exhibited by S Mitchell of Penrith, Cumbria, who had purchased him from breeder J H Christie in October 2020. Robbie is out of Westcarse Naomi, a daughter of Mortimers Highlandfling, and was sired by Nuthampstead Judas.
Class 69 – Senior Bull, born before 1st January 2020
1st – AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite
Class 70 – Junior Bull, born on or after 1st January 2020
1st – S Mitchell – Westcarse Robbie – s. Nuthampstead Judas
2nd – G W Turner – Brampton Rocco – s. Anside Nightrider
3rd – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Richard – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
4th – R & C Rettie – Retties Roughdiamond – s. Balmyle Jasper
Class 71 – Junior Female, born in 2020
1st – T Atkinson – Tophill Roxanne – s. Hackleton Largerlout
2nd – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Ruby – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
3rd – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Rachael – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
Class 72 – Intermediate Female, born in 2019
1st – R Aitken – Lourie Panache – s. Tweeddale Lookout
2nd – T Atkinson – Arradfoot Penny – s. Arradfoot Nixon
Class 73 – Senior Female, born on or before 31st December 2018
1st – R & N Barclay – Harestone Mammamia – s. Maerdy Dublin
2nd – J Rix – Wissington Oregano – s. Maerdy Heracles
3rd – R & N Barclay – Harestone Odena – s. Harestone Jacquard
4th – J E Foster – Crookdake Nancy – s. Hallbankgate Jackpot
5th – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Nutmeg – s. Bassett Inspector
Class 74 – Group of Three Animals
1st – Brailes Livestock – Basset Richard, Basset Ruby, and Basset Rachael – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
Class 75 – Pair of Animals
1st – T Atkinson – Tophill Roxanne and Arradfoot Penny – s. Hackleton Largerlout and Arradfoot Nixon, respectively
CH37 – British Charolais Junior Champion
Champion: T Atkinson – Tophill Roxanne – s. Hackleton Largerlout
Reserve: T Atkinson – Arradfoot Penny – s. Arradfoot Nixon
CH38 – British Charolais Junior Male Champion
Champion: S Mitchell – Westcarse Robbie – s. Nuthampstead Judas
Reserve: G W Turner – Brampton Rocco – s. Anside Nightrider
CH39 – British Charolais Junior Female Champion
Champion: T Atkinson – Tophill Roxanne – s. Hackleton Largerlout
Reserve: T Atkinson – Arradfoot Penny – s. Arradfoot Nixon
CH40 – British Charolais Male Champion
Champion: AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite
Reserve: S Mitchell – Westcarse Robbie – s. Nuthampstead Judas
CH41 – British Charolais Female Champion
Champion: R & N Barclay – Harestone Mammamia – s. Maerdy Dublin
Reserve: R Aitken – Lourie Panache – s. Tweeddale Lookout
CH42 – British Charolais Breed Champion
Champion: AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite
Reserve: R & N Barclay – Harestone Mammamia – s. Maerdy Dublin
CH63 – Supreme Champion Beef Animal
Champion: AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite
Class 114 – Blythewood Continental Beef Pairs Champion
Champions: AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite & R & N Barclay – Harestone Mammamia – s. Maerdy Dublin
June 24, 2021 The Scottish Showcase 14th-20th June 2021
The Scottish Showcase 14th-20th June 2021
Shows such as the Royal Highland have long been staple events for many, and their absence has been sorely missed over the last year. The Scottish Showcase sought to remedy this, by bringing traditional-style shows to an online-only audience, with only competitors attending in-person. Several spectacular Charolais animals were shown over the course of Tuesday 15th June 2021, with entries across four classes.
The day’s Overall Charolais Champion was none other than 5-year-old MAERDY MORWR, who also went on to win the title of Overall Continental Beef Interbreed Pair Champion. This phenomenal bull was exhibited by AJR Farms of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, who had purchased the bull from breeder Mr D E Evans in 2018. Morwr was sired by the popular Maerdy Dynamite, and his dam is Maerdy Fee, a daughter of the French-born Victorieux.
Standing reserve to the Charolais Champion was Best Female TOPHILL ROXANNE. Roxanne was a recent acquisition for exhibitor Mr T Atkinson of Cumbria, who purchased her from breeder Mr A J Stott in February 2021. This stunning young heifer was born to Hackleton Hetty, a daughter of Mulroog Alpine, and was sired by Hackleton Largerlout.
The final title to be won by Charolais animals was the Continental Beef Interbreed Pair Championship. First place in this competition went to the pair of HARESTONE MAMMAMIA and the aforementioned MAERDY MORWR. Mammamia was bred and exhibited by R & N Barclay of Insch, Aberdeenshire, and was 1st in her class in the preceding judging. She was sired by Maerdy Dublin, and her dam is Harestone Brigitte, a daughter of Harestone Ronsard.
Class 236 – Junior Female, born on or after 20th June 2019
1st – T Atkinson – Tophill Roxanne – s. Hackleton Largerlout
2nd – A B Hornall – Falleninch Renae – s. Barnsford Ferny
3rd – T Atkinson – Arradfoot Penny – s. Arradfoot Nixon
4th – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Ruby – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
5th – A B Hornall – Falleninch Renoa – s. Falleninch Imperator
6th – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Rachael – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
Class 237 – Senior Female, born on or before 19th June 2019
1st – R & N Barclay – Harestone Mammamia – s. Maerdy Dublin
2nd – R Aitken – Lourie Panache – s. Tweeddale Lookout
3rd – R & N Barclay – Harestone Odena – s. Harestone Jaquard
Class 238 – Junior Bull, born on or after 20th June 2019
1st – A B Hornall – Falleninch Paulo – s. Barnsford Ferny
2nd – R & C Rettie – Retties Roughdiamond – s. Balmyle Jasper
3rd – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Richard – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
Class 239 – Senior Bull, born on or before 19th June 2019
1st – AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite
Overall Champion & Best Male
AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite
Reserve Overall Champion & Best Female
T Atkinson – Tophill Roxanne – s. Hackleton Largerlout
Continental Beef Interbreed Pair Champions
AJR Farms – Maerdy Morwr – s. Maerdy Dynamite
R & N Barclay – Harestone Mammamia – s. Maerdy Dublin
May 24, 2021 Swatragh Sale Friday 21st May 2021
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.
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.
A trio of home-bred bulls, also from the herd of A Armstrong, secured the next three highest bids. First to sell, for 5,300gns, was 22-month-old TANHILL PORKER, a son of the popular easy-calver Whitecliffe James. Porker’s dam is Thrunton Marion, a daughter of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal. With such an impressive lineage, Porker is sure to make new owner S Taylor incredibly happy once he’s settled into their herd in Ligoneil, Belfast.
Next from A Armstrong’s herd were two half-brothers sired by Woodpark Elgin, who boasts excellent growth EBVs and secured a price of 11,000gns at Stirling in 2011. Reaching the next highest price of the evening, at 4,200gns, was TANHILL PACMAN. Pacman’s dam is Maerdy Joanofark, a daughter of Maerdy Dynamite. This charming 17-month-old will be making his way back to Larne, Co. Antrim with new owner K Topping.
The final Woodpark Elgin son from A Armstrong’s herd was TANHILL PEARLJAM, who achieved a price of 3,900gns. This 17-month-old was born to Maerdy Llewes, a daughter of the 20,000gns Maerdy Grenadier. Pearljam will be making the journey back to A Millar’s herd in Tobernaveen, Co. Antrim
Securing the next highest price of 3,800gns was MOORLOUGH PEDRO, from the herd of J McBride in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Pedro was sired by the tremendously easy-calving Balthayock Champion, and is out of Moorlough Lara, a daughter of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax. With such noteworthy parentage, it’s easy to see why Pedro caught the attention of winning bidder H Nugent of Toomebridge, Co. Antrim.
Next was 18-month-old BIRCHES POGBA who sold for the next highest price of 3,200gns. Pogba was bred my Mr & Mrs N Matchett of Portadown, Co. Armagh, and was sired by Laheens Master. His dam is Doon June, a daughter of the 16,000gns Anside Foreman. Winning the bid this time was W Gourley, who will be taking Pogba back to their herd in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
The final bull to surpass the 3,000gns threshold was WOODPARK REGAN, who sold for 3,100gns. At only 13 months old, Regan was one of the youngest bulls forward for sale over the course of the evening. Regan comes from the herd of W Short in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and was sired by the easy-calving Liscally Nijinsky. His dam is Woodpark Malteser, a daughter of Deeside Gulliver. This attractive young bull caught the eye of PJ Quinn, and will soon be making his way back to their herd in Coagh, Co. Tyrone.
May 17, 2021 Carlisle Show & Sale 14th-15th May 2021
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.
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.
Minutes later, the hammer came down at 16,000gns for another bull from Mr Houston’s herd – this time for the 18-month-old GRETNAHOUSE PIMP. Pimp is another cracking young bull sired by Westcarse Jimmy, and once again Jimmy’s influence is clear in Pimp’s impressive growth and calving ease EBVs. Pimp was born to Gretnahouse Jannabel, a daughter of the notoriously easy-calving Blelack Digger, which undoubtedly only adds to his appeal. The young lad caught the eye of both Mr J Wardlaw and Son, Balerno, Midlothian and David Dandie Broxburn, Westlothian who will share the bull.
The third-highest price of the day went to ANNANVIEW PRINCE, reaching a final bid of 15,000gns. Prince was bred by K Watret of Annan, Dumfriesshire, and is out of Gretnahouse Megan, an easy-calving daughter of the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox. Prince’s sire, Harestone Hercules, offers superb growth EBVs, only adding to the promise this young bull holds. P & C Tippetts were the winning bidders, and will be taking Prince home to Shifnal, Shropshire.
First-in-class CAYLERS ROCKY achieved the next highest price of 14,000gns. Rocky, along with several other bulls from the Caylers Charolais herd, made the long trip all the way from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire to be sold at Carlisle. He was born in January 2020 to Caylers Glamour, a daughter of Thrunton Dominator, and sired by the 2020 Great Charolais Summer Show Supreme Champion Rosanna Jupiter. Rocky will be making the considerably shorter journey to Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, where he will be integrated into the herd of Mr H Goldie.
Three bulls managed to reach a top price of 13,000gns – the first of which was BALMYLE PRESIDENT, bred by W P Bruce of Meigle, Perthshire. This 18-month-old is out of Balmyle Lucky, a daughter of Maerdy Egret, and sired by 2015 Carlisle Reserve Junior Champion Balmyle Jasper. President will be heading back to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, courtesy of winning bidder Armstrong Farming Ltd.
Next to reach 13,000gns was 17-month-old RAVENSWORTH PROMETHEUS, from the herd of Mr W S Oates in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Prometheus was sired by the highly sought-after Dingle Hofmeister, and his dam is Ravensworth Juniper, a daughter of Thrunton Florida. This charming young bull was snapped up by J C Hobday & Son, who will be taking him back to Hawick, Roxburghshire.
The final bull to secure a bid of 13,000gns was MORNITY RUGBY, a 14-month-old from the herd of Jack Nicoll Farms in Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Rugby is a heifer’s calf, being born to Mornity Nikita, a daughter of the award-winning Maerdy Hwre. He was sired by the popular easy-calver Westcarse Houdini, who fetched a price of 14,000gns at Carlisle in 2013. Rugby boasts notable growth EBVs, and is sure to produce valuable calves for his new owner, M A J Jarrold of Cosheston, Pembrokeshire.
The hammer came down at the next highest price of 12,000gns for two bulls, the first being 16-month-old RETTIES ROGUE. Rogue comes from the herd of R & C Rettie of Perth, Perthshire, and is another bull sired by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini. His dam is Retties Nena, who was sired by the ever-popular Blelack Digger. Offering a calving ease EBV of +7.7, Rogue has plenty of potential to pass on to his future progeny. Shennanton Livestock were the winning bidders for this stylish bull, and he will soon be settling into their herd in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.
Next to secure a bid of 12,000gns was another offering from Caylers Charolais: CAYLERS RAMBO. This easy-calving 14-month-old was also sired by the award-winning Rosanna Jupiter, and was born to Caylers Heidi, a daughter of the 10,000gns Thrunton Alpha. Rambo offers consistently above-average growth EBVs in addition to his superb calving ease of +11.7, and is sure to settle in well at his new home in Blackmill, Bridgend with new owner Williams Partners.
Another two bulls sold for the next highest price of 10,000gns, the first of which was ELGIN PANDY. Pandy was bred by Mr R A Milne of Elgin, Morayshire, and was sired by the easy-calving Carwood Lochness. His dam is Elgin Mary, who is a daughter of popular sire Westcarse Houdini. This attractive November-born bull caught the eye of winning bidders A & E Shand, and he will be heading back to their herd in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
The final bull to reach a five-figure bid was Reserve Junior Champion MORNITY ROMEO, another from the herd of Jack Nicoll Farms. A half-brother to the 13,000gns Mornity Rugby, Romeo was also sired by Westcarse Houdini. His dam is Mornity Matilda, a daughter of Baggrave Lysander. Like his brother, Romeo will also be heading back to Wales, this time to the herd of D J & M D Prosser & Jones in Brecon, Powys.
The next highest price of 8,000gns was secured by first-in-class ELGIN PROSPECT, another bull from Mr R A Milne’s herd. This 17-month-old is out of Elgin Mabel – another daughter of Westcarse Houdini – and sired by the easy-calving Caylers Noah. The excellent calving ease and growth EBVs from his lineage are evident in Prospect, and he is sure to settle in nicely to his new home in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, under the care of A J Macgregor.
Four bulls went under the hammer for a final price of 7,000gns, two of which were half-brothers from the herd of I & D Goldie of Annan, Dumfriesshire. The first of this pair to sell was SOLWAYFIRTH PRESLEY, a strapping 19-month-old sired by Glenericht Majestic and out of Solwayfirth Misty, a daughter of Solwayfirth Javelin. Majestic is known for producing well-performing progeny, having bred sons to 14,000gns in the past. Presley caught the eye of J Wight & Sons, and will be making the journey back to Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Just moments later, the hammer came down again at 7,000gns for Presley’s half-brother, SOLWAYFIRTH PIONEER. From the same herd, and also sired by the 11,500gns Glenericht Majestic, this October-born bull is instead out of Solwayfirth Donna, a daughter of Maerdy Restful. The winning bid this time came from J & I H McFadzean, who will be taking Pioneer back with them to Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.
Next to reach a bid of 7,000gns was the weekend’s Supreme Champion & Intermediate Champion, FORMAKIN PRESTIGE. This charming 18-month-old was bred by the McMurrich Partnership of Causewayhead, Stirlingshire, and was sired by the popular French AI bull Jingle. Prestige was born to a daughter of Blelack Digger, Formakin Ladybird, and continues Digger’s legacy of good calving ease EBVs. The winning bid came from W Kingaby, and Prestige will soon be settling into his new home in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.
The final bull to reach 7,000gns was Junior Champion CAYLERS RIO, another from popular breeders Caylers Charolais. At only 13 months old, Rio was the youngest bull forward for sale, however his stylish presentation still managed to catch the eye of judge Alistair Smith and bidders alike. Rio was sired by the well-growing Elgin Nailer, and is out of Caylers Holly, a daughter of Thrunton Dominator. Taking this young Champion home are C & E McCombie of Huntly, Aberdeen.
There was also a good demand for Charolais females over the course of the day, with prices reaching a high of 6,000gns. Two draft sales took place, including a draft of 7 heifers from the Harestone herd, and a draft of 5 heifers from the Bassett herd.
The highest-priced non-draft female was first-in-class BASSETT POLLY at 4,000gns. Polly was bred by Miss J Atkinson and sold by Brailes Livestock of Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Polly was sired by Whitecliffe Lacroix, a son of the 31,000gns Whitecliffe Highlight, and her dam is Bassett Margaret, a daughter of Bassett Inspector. At the time of the sale, Polly had recently been AI’d to the highly sought-after Wesley Equinox. The winning bid went to I N & A N Hollinshead, who will be taking Polly home to Goostrey, Cheshire.
The larger of the two draft sales included heifers from the Harestone herd of R & N Barclay in Insch, Aberdeenshire. The highest-priced heifer in this draft was HARESTONE PASADENA, at 6,000gns. Pasadena comes from a noteworthy lineage, being sired by the 46,000gns 2018 Supreme Champion Balthayock Minstrel, and out of Harestone Lively – a daughter of the 11,000gns Allanfauld Gambler. At the time of the sale, Pasadena was scanned and found to be 8 weeks in calf to Harestone Oscar. Pasadena will be making the long journey all the way to Truro, Cornwall, where she will be introduced to the herd of J Gregory.
The other draft sale of the day was from the Bassett herd of Miss J Atkinson in Malton, North Yorkshire. Five heifers were offered in this draft, reaching a top price of 2,500gns for 22-month-old BASSETT PIPPIN. Pippin, like all of the Bassett heifers forward during the day, was sired by Whitecliffe Lacroix. Her dam is Bassett Edna, a daughter of Oldstone Egbert who has long been a very popular AI bull. Pippin will be making her way to the herd of R J Stott in Carlisle, Cumbria.
May 4, 2021 Stirling Sale Sunday 2nd May 2021
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.
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.
Reaching the second highest bid of 8,000gns was the 19-month-old THRUNTON PIONEER. Pioneer was bred by J H C Campbell and Sons of Alnwick, Northumberland, and is backed up with a notable lineage. He was born to Thrunton Flamenco, a daughter of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal, and sired by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler. Pioneer will be going home with W Pringle & Son to their farm in Gorebridge, Midlothian.
Two bulls sold for the next highest prices of 7,500gns, both of which are also from the herd of J H C Campbell and Sons. The first to sell was THRUNTON PELE, one of the older bulls in the running at 22 months-old. Pele is sired by Maerdy Jerusalem, who reached a price of 28,000gns at Stirling in 2015, and his dam is Thrunton Malibu, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator. He caught the attention of B Kier & Son, who will be introducing him to their herd in Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Also reaching 7,500gns was Pele’s younger cousin, THRUNTON PONTIAC. Pontiac boasts an impressive +14.6 calving ease EBV, a trait that’s prominent in his ancestry. His sire, Thrunton Nevada, is a son of the notoriously easy-calving Blelack Digger, and his dam is another of Thrunton Gladiator’s daughters, Thrunton Josephina. Pontiac is certain to settle in nicely at his new home in Blackhills, Peterhead, under the care of A & L Craig and Co.
The 20 month-old NEWLOGIE PRINCIPAL achieved the next highest price of 6,000gns. Principal was bred by AJR Farms of Ellon, Aberdeenshire and was sired by the easy-calving Newlogie Nobel. His dam, Maerdy Modryb, is a daughter of Maerdy Hearthrob, who sold for 26,000gns at Stirling in 2014. He will be heading back to Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire, with J & J Marshall.
A trio of bulls achieved a price of 5,500gns, the first of which was LOGANBAR PETROUS. A local bull, this 20 month-old hails from the farm of Mr D M Lyle of Dunblane, Perthshire. Petrous has exhibited excellent growth rates throughout his life and has grown into a strapping lad with plenty of bulk behind him. He was sired by the Irish-born Lisnagre Jamson and out of Loganbar Isabella, a daughter of Wesley Fixture. The winning bidder was J D Bilsland, who will be introducing Petrous to his herd in Croftamie, Glasgow.
Two sibling heifers’ calves from the herd of Mr & Mrs J W Millar in Port of Mentieth, Stirlingshire, also sold for 5,500gns. First to sell was LOCHEND PEDRO, a charming 18 month-old born to dam Lochend Nuvette, a daughter of the award-winning Gretnahouse Archangel. Pedro’s sire is Gretnahouse Ming, a son of the tremendously easy-calving Wesley Equinox. Pedro will be making his way to his new home at the farm of M Dykes in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Hot on his brother’s heels, and selling only moments later, was LOCHEND PLUTO. Pluto was also sired by Gretnahouse Ming, but was born instead to Lochend Nova, a daughter of the easy-calving Mortimers Echo. This impressive family history of calving ease has continued through Pluto, who is within the top 1% for both calving ease and birth weight EBVs. Pluto’s lucky new owner is Mr Turner of Strath Farm, Campbeltown.
GOLDIES PILAR managed to secure the next highest bid of 5,200gns. This 18 month-old was bred by the well-known Mr H Goldie of Ruthwell, Dumfries. He was sired by the award-winning Tweeddale Matador, who sold for a price of 10,500gns in 2017, and is out of Goldies Icequeen, a daughter of Goldies Formidable. Pilar will be heading up to Inverness, to the Scottish Government’s Bull Stud facility at Knocknagael.
The hammer came down a total of three times at 5,000gns, firstly for HARESTONE PERU, a charming young bull from the herd of R & N Barclay in Insch, Aberdeenshire. Peru was born to Harestone Julie, a daughter of Blelack Digger, and was sired by Harestone Hercules. Hercules’ excellent growth EBVs appear to have been inherited by Peru, who has shown consistently above-average growth across the board. Peru will be going to his new home at Southwick Farms in Southwick, Dumfries.
Next to sell at 5,000gns was GOLDIES PARKER, a sibling of Goldies Pilar. This 17 month-old was born to Goldies Jade, another daughter of the high-yielding Goldies Formidable. Like his brother, Parker was also sired by Tweeddale Matador, who has a proven record of producing progeny with both high calving ease and high performance. Parker will soon be beginning the long journey all the way up to Stromness, Orkney, to the farm of buyer W S L Muir.
The final bull to sell for 5,000gns was BALTHAYOCK PATRICIAN, from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Parker of Balthayock, Perth. Patrician has a great deal of potential, showing consistently high growth rates, and carrying two copies of the sought-after F94L gene. He was sired by Balthayock Influence, and out of Balthayock Lizzy, a daughter of the 20,000gns Maerdy Grenadier. This promising young 16 month-old caught the attention of R & M Wilson, who will be taking him home to Dalry, Ayrshire.
April 28, 2021 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.
April 26, 2021 PADDYRABBIT TOPS THE BIDDING AT CLOGHER
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.
The second-highest price of the day, at 4,200gns, was secured by MAGHERAGART PINNACLE, an attractive 19-month-old from the herd of Mr J Donnelly of Dromore, Co. Tyrone. Pinnacle has several high sellers in his lineage: his sire is the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal, and his dam, Mountjoy Infanta, is a daughter of the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger. The lucky new owner of Pinnacle is F Smyth, who will be introducing him to their herd in Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
Two lots reached the third-highest price of 3,800gns. The first was the 16-month-old MOORLOUGH PICADOR, bred by Mr J McBride of Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Picador’s twin brother, MOORLOUGH PARKER also sold, for a price of 2,600gns. The twins’ sire, Clyth Diplomat, was the Junior Champion at Stirling in 2009, and sold for 16,000gns. Their dam is Moorlough Heighlight, a daughter of the tremendously successful Thrunton Voldemort. The brothers are sure to make their new owners very happy once they’ve settled into their new homes. Picador will be going home to Tirgarve, Co. Armagh, with Mr A Sloane, while Parker will be heading back with Mr S McAleer to their farm in Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone.
Also selling for 3,800gns was BROGHER PRINTER, from the herd of Mr T Phair of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Printer has inherited some of the best traits of his predecessors, boasting a good calving ease EBV from his sire, Blelack Fabulous, and fantastic growth rates from his dam, Brogher Josephine – a daughter of the ever-popular Blelack Digger. This promising young bull attracted the attention of Mr C Maxwell, who will be taking him back to his farm in Clough, Downpatrick, Co. Down.
Another bull from Mr T Phair’s herd, BROGHER PRESIDENT, secured the next highest bid of 3,600gns. This 17-month-old was born to Brogher Emmy, a daughter of Sang-D’or, and was sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, a son of the 19,000gns Corrie Alan. President will be making his way to Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, to the farm of S & R Millar.
Coming in at the next highest price of 3,400gns was DRUMCONNIS RELENTLESS. This promising 13-month-old comes from the herd of Mr J McGrath of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and boasts a phenomenal calving ease EBV of +20.5%, placing him in the top 1% for this trait. Relentless was sired by the French bull First, who is well known for his exceptional calving ease. His dam is the easy-calving Fairway Happydawn, another daughter of Blelack Digger. He is sure to integrate well into his new herd in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, courtesy of winning bidder Mr P Parke.
Also possessing a good calving ease EBV, and reaching a price of 3,200gns, was RATOARY REDBULL. A local bull, Redbull comes from the herd of Mr S McGovern of Clogher, Co. Tyrone. He was born to Knockshe Irine, a daughter of Mogador, and sired by the Supreme Champion at Balmoral in 2016, Stranagone Jones – another of Blelack Digger’s numerous offspring. This handsome 15-month-old will be welcomed to his new home in Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone with buyer J Jackson.
Selling for 2,800gns was one of the older bulls forward for sale: the 21-month-old KILLADEAS PADDY. Paddy was bred by S & D Bothwell of Ballina Mallard, Co. Fermanagh, and was sired by the 11,000gns Battleford Laser and out of the easy-calving Killadeas Irene, another daughter of Blelack Digger. He caught the eye of A & R Wauchob, who will be taking him back to Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone.
Minutes earlier, the first sale of the day was secured by ROYALDOWNS PRESIDENT at 2,700gns. This handsome fellow was born in April 2019 to Royaldowns Gigi, a daughter of Maerdy Impeccable, and sired by the easy-calving Fiston. President originates from the well-established herd of M McKeown Esq. of Downpatrick, Co. Down, and will also be heading back to Newtownstewart with A & R Wauchob.
14-month-old CRUMMER RANGER managed to fetch a sum of 2,600gns for his breeder, Mr A Dunne of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Ranger was sired by the easy-calving Whitecliffe James, a son of Blelack Digger, and his dam is Tannaghmore Nova, a daughter of the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet. This handsome young bull caught the attention of Mr E Lindsay, and he will soon be settling into his new home at Florencecourt, Enniskillen.
Two bulls sold for a final price of 2,500gns, the first being WOODPARK PLATINUM. The 17-month-old bull was bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and was born to Maerdy Inbred, a daughter of Froufrours. Like the previously mentioned Brogher President, Platinum was also sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin. He will be heading back to Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh with Mr K Little.
Also coming in at 2,500gns was MONIENDOGUE ROBERT, from the herd of Mr J Maguire of Belleek, Co. Fermanagh. Robert was the youngest bull forward for sale over the course of the evening, at only 13 months old. Sired by the 13,000gns Conval Frank and out of Deerfin Tina, another daughter of Doonally New, Robert is certain to fit in well with his new herd in Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, under the care of Mr C Morrow.
April 19, 2021 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two bulls went under the hammer at 5,000gns. First up was CHAMERAN PATTON, bred by Highfields Park Farm, (Mr D Ross) Highfields, Beech Green Lane, Withyham, Sussex. Fully parent verified to Chameran Icarus and Edenhurst Louise, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Ratoary Ferguson. This October 2019 born bull heads off to start work at Richards & Co of Maenllengen, Newton, Powys.
Next to be knocked down at 5,000gns was CAYLERS PRINCE, another bull from the Caylers Charolais stable. Born in November 2019, this lad is sired by the 22,000gns bull Maerdy Ignition and out of Caylers Lime, a daughter of Gretnahouse Ultimate. Securing the winning bid was C J Jones of Brondrefawr, Pantydwr, Powys.
The gavel came down twice at 4,500gns with SPORTSMANS PREMIER the first to get this price. This 18-month-old bull is bred by Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor Hall Farm, Mellor, Nr Stockport, Cheshire. Sired by the 40,000gns bull Maerdy Newman and out of Sportsmans Nadia, a daughter of the 70,000gns bull Barnsford Ferny. This lad was snapped up by G W Williams of Panygwyn, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.
The second bull to bang down at 4,500gns was CHESHAM POTEMKINE, bred by Mr B Harman, Grove Farm,Grove Lane, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Born in October 2019, this bull is sired by the easy calving Balthayock Musketeer and out of Chesham Leona, a daughter of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax. Davies Bros secured the bid and Potemkine heads to the home of Gelli Lwca Fach Farm, Pontydwei.
Six bulls reached 4,000gns. First up was the May 2019 bull MAERDY PROPLAN, bred by Mr D E Evans of Monfa, Gwernaffield Road, Mold, Flintshire. A son of Maerdy Figaro-W and out of Maerdy Enid, a daughter of Vald’Or-Ra, another to go under the hammer to RI & G Davies of Penlanlwyd, Powys.
TRANNON PARKER followed, this time bred by Mr J A Williams of Llechwedd Ddyrys, Caersws, Powys. Parker is by Tutbury Napoleon and out of Trannon Juicy, a daughter of Wesley Evolution. This August 2019 born lad heads off to JE & SJ Roberts of Pantybriallu, Welshpool.
CHESHAM PROMETHEUS, also from the stable of Mr B Harman, was the third bull to go under the hammer at 4,000gns, also born in October 2019 and sired by the easy calving Balthayock Musketeer. This bull is out of Chesham Juniper, another daughter of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax, with I Williams, Ty Canol, Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd securing the bid.
The fourth bull to go at 4,000gns was HENDY POPE, bred by Mr J A W Rees of Nantyrhendy, Llangurig, Llanidloes, Powys. This 17-month-old bull is sired by Lisnagre Nero and out of Hendy Gentle, a daughter of Killadeas Contact. His new owners D A Williams will be taking him home to Nant Y Ffin, Llandilo.
MAERDY PATHOS followed, again bred by Mr D E Evans. Born in November 2019, this bull is sired by the easing calving Blelack Fabulous, his dam Maerdy Meirwenwen is another daughter of Vald’Or-Ra. This lad will be making his way to B G Clarke of Premier Barton Farm, Exeter.
The last of the bulls to reach the bid of 4,000gns was PENFOUND RALLYTALLY, a son of Burradon Talisman and out of Penfound Grandgirl, a daughter of Cargriff Caesar. This January 2020 born bull is bred by R S & S M Hopper of Penfound, Poundstock, Bude, Cornwall and will be heading to his new home at E & H Chapman of Morfodion, Llanidloes, Powys.
There were two in-calf cows with calves at foot to follow the bull trade, both bred by Mr G G Morris. First to come into the ring and the top price female of the day was the 2015 born CARGRIFF LIBERTY with her heifer calf at foot CARGRIFF RONA. Liberty is sired by Cargriff Homer and out of Tynewydd Sonia, a daughter of Gower Nautical. This unit went under the hammer at 3,100gns and was purchased by RWL & JE George of Middle Hasguard Farm, Pembrokeshire
Concluding the sale was CARGRIFF LAVENDER, also born in 2015 and with her heifer calf at foot CARGRIFF ROSEMARY. Lavender also sired by Cargriff Homer, is out of Blelack Angela, a daughter of Thrunton Socrates. This unit was purchased for 2,600gns and will also be heading to the home of Morgan & Son of The Farm, Dutlas, Powys, their second purchase of the day.
March 9, 2021 Ballymena Sales Report
Northern Ireland Charolais Club Bull Sale – Sales 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.
The next highest price, with a bid of 3,400 gns was PINEHILL RONALDO, bred by Mr C Todd of Lisburn, Co. Down. Sired by Mornity Nero, out of Pinehill Naomi, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. This 14-month-old lad caught the eye of A McMullan and will be making his way to his new home in Castlewellan, Co. Down.
The third top price of the day, with a bid of 3,300 gns was for the 2019 born MOUNTJOY PAGAN, bred by Mr C O Mcaskie of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. His sire, Montgomery Ianto is the 2014 Royal Welsh Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion. His dam, Mountjoy India, is the daughter of Corrie Alan, the 19,000 gns Reserve Junior Champion from Perth in 2006. The successful bidder and taking him home is S J Mcilmurray of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
23-month-old ROYALDOWNS PABLO sold for the next highest bid of 3,000 gns. Sired by Hideal and out of Drumfin Damsel, a daughter of Doonally Ducdenever. Bred by M McKeown Esq of Downpatrick, Co. Down. He will be making the journey to his new home in Limavady, Co. Londonderry to the farm of Mr N Blair.
OVILL PRIME is bred by the O’Kane Bros from Dungiven, Co. Londonderry. Prime sold for 2,900 gns and caught the eye of H Small of Ballymena, Co. Antrim. This 17-month-old lad is parent verified, sired by Ovill Lancelot, his dam is Ovill Jessica, a daughter of Doonally Nicefor.
20-month-old ROYALDOWNS PATROL sold for 2,800 gns, sired by the 18,000 gns Thrunton Fairfax, his dam, Royaldowns Erica is the daughter of Allanfauld Velocity. Patrol also from the stable of M McKeown Esq of Downpatrick, Co. Down, and will be heading home with J Wilson of Ballyclare, Co. Antrim.
Also selling for 2,800 gns was 17-month-old DRUMACRITTEN PAUL from the stable of Mr G Nelson of Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh. Sired by Whitecliffe James, this lads dam, Drumacritten Marylou is the daughter of Maerdy Dublin, who sold for 11,000 gns in Carlisle in 2009. The successful bidder was Mr S Dobbin of Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.
WOODPARK PABLO is bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This 20-month-old lad is sired by the easy calving Deeside Gulliver, his dam, Woodpark Jan is sired by Rumsden Fawkes. Pablo caught the eye of Mr W Hanna of Kilkeel, Co. Down who secured their purchase with a bid of 2,700 gns.
WOODPARK PIXEL, another from the stable of Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This bull is 19 months old and is fully parent verified. His sire is Deeside Gulliver and his dam is Woodpark Nectar. Pixel sold for 2,600 gns and is going home with J Lavery from Lurgan, Co. Armagh.
2019 born ALTNADEROG PAJO, selling for the price of 2,500 gns, comes from the herd of by M G & G McShane of Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Sired by Deeleview Horace, out of Burnside Lappy, a daughter of Conval Frank, Reserve Intermediate Champion at Stirling in 2012 who sold for 13,000 gns. Pajo will be going home with Mr M Dooher of Strabane.
Top price female of the day, with a bid of 6,000 gns was BIRCHES PRETTYLADY, bred by Mr & Mrs N Matchett or Portadown, Co. Armagh. This 25-month-old heifer is sired by Elgin Jackman, out of Tawny Jasmine, who is sired by Doonally New. Prettylady’s successful bidder was Simone McCabe of Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan.
28-month-old BROGHER OMYGIRL was the final female to sell, with the hammer going down on a bid of 3,400 gns. Bred by Mr T Phair of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Omygirl is sired by the 26,000 gns Balbithan Vespasian, out of Brogher Fancygirl, a daughter of Lyonsdemesne Tzar. Omygirl will be making her way home with Mr K Murphy of Newry, Co. Down.
March 1, 2021 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 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
Second top price of the day at 14,000gns was SOLWAYFIRTH PETERPAN, bred by I & D Goldie in Annan, Dumfriesshire. This 17-month-old lad is sired by the 11,000gns Glenericht Majestic, his dam Solwayfirth Charity is the daughter of Maerdy Restful. He will be joining the herd at Hafod Yr Esgob Uchaf in Bala at the farm of G M Jones.
A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 12,000gns.
First to reach 12,000gns was ELGIN PELE from Mr R A Milne in Elgin, Morayshire. Described as ‘one of the better bulls in the yard’ the 22-month-old bull is by the easy calving Westcarse Houdini, his dam, Elgin Electra, is a full sister to the 20,000gns Elgin DaVinci and a daughter of Harestone Tyrol . The successful bidder was James Moir of Auchorties Farm, Banff.
The second bull to reach 12,000gns was ELRICK PATRIOT, he is sired by Maerdy Gouverneur and bred by Mr M J Massie from Ellon in Aberdeenshire. Patriot, out of Elrick Lass, a daughter of Thrunton Fearless, the 2011 Intermediate and Supreme Champion, who sold for 16,000 gns at Stirling. Patriot will be making the journey to his new home with J & W Kellas at Raws Farm, Keith.
The final bull to reach 12,000gns also from the same stable of Mr M J Massie. 20-month-old ELRICK POLDARK is the full brother to Elrick Outlaw who sold for 25,000gns and is the son of the easy calving Maerdy Gouverneur. His dam, Elrick Florida, is a daughter of 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin. He is going home with Glass & Smith, Mills of Folis, Aberdeenshire.
Four bulls went on to make 10,000gns, the first one secured the bid was THRUNTON PLATO, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons of Alnwick, Northumberland. This 22-month-old Plato is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalam and is out of Thrunton Jessie J, a daughter of Burradon Garibaldi, who sold for 26,000gns at Stirling in 2013. He will be joining the farm of W Pringle and Son of Yorkston Farm, Mid Lothian.
The next to sell at 10,000gns was AULTMORE PHANTOM from the farm of W Patterson & Son from Keith, Bannfshire. Phantom is a very stylish bull from an easy calving line. His sire, Westcarse Houdini sold for 14,000 gns in 2013. His dam is Aultmore Lassie, a daughter of Aultmore Gladiator. The men behind the money were R O Chandler & Co from Skirrid Farm, Abergavenny.
E & M Fairhurst & Son from Bankend Farm, by Lancaster secured the next successful bid at 10,000gns who take home FALLENINCH PACO, a 21-month-old bull bred by Mr A B Hornall from Falleninch Farm, Stirling. Paco is fully parent verified and is sired by Falleninch Memo, out of Falleninch Libby, a daughter of Dereskit Fernando.
The final bull to make 10,000gns was GOLDIES PAUL who comes from the farm of Mr H Goldie in Dumfries. This outstanding 18-month-old lad is out of Goldies Jo, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. His sire is Balthayock Marquis, who is known for easy calving. His new owner is J S Fraser from Toir Mains Farm, Ross-Shire.
Just behind, with a bid of 9,000gns was CARWOOD PIONEER. The 20-month-old lad is sired by the 12,000gns Maerdy Magestic, a son of Maerdy Grenadier who sold for 20,000gns at Stirling in 2013. His dam, Carwood Hilda is a daughter of Elgin Emperor. This 20-month-old bull is bred by Mr & Mrs C J Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire and will be joining the herd at Hyslop Farm in Moffat, Dumfriesshire.
The next best seller was MIDSHIELD PAUL who sold for 8,500gns, bred by J & E Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire. This fully parent verified 22-month-old bull is sired by Midlock John and out of Midshield Jazmin, the daughter of Maerdy Domino. He will be heading home with F & G Young of Balnowlart, Ayeshire.
Eight seemed to be the number of the day with 8 lots selling for 8,000gns.
The first two to sell at this price were from the Kersknowe herd of Mr J Jeffrey of Kelso, Roxburghshire. First to go under the hammer at 8,000gns was KERSKNOWE PATRIOT, sired by Kersknowe McGregor, a son of Inverlochy Fencer who was junior and overall supreme champion and sold for 20,000gns at Stirling in 2012. His dam, Kersknowe Iris is sired by Lagavaich Fernando. He will be making his way home with Duncan Macvicar from Middle Ballat Farm in Glasgow.
Mr Jeffery’s second bull to make 8,000gns was 22-month-old KERSKNOWE PROVOST who is sired by the 20,000gns bull Inverlochy Fencer. His dam, Kersknowe Icicle is another daughter of Lagavaich Fernando; he will be joining the herd at Craigton in Kirkcudbrightshire at the farm of A & J Craig.
BALLINDALLOCH PILOT was the next one to sell at 8,000gns. This 22-month-old lad is bred by Messrs R Irvine & F G Lawson of Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Sired by Goldies Icon, the 2015 Reserve Junior Champion who sold for 10,000gns at Stirling. His dam, Ballindalloch Hilda is sired by Lochend Apache. He is going home with R MacDonaldson & Son from Drumgask, Inverness-shire.
THRUNTON PEGASUS was next to reach 8,000gns, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons in Alnwick, Northumberland. Born in May 2019, this bull is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, and out of Thrunton Jubilant, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator. He will be making his way to his new home in Inverness to the Leys Estate.
MAERDY PASSION, bred by Mr D E Evans in Mold, Flintshire. This 20-month-old is sired by Maerdy Figaro-W and out of Maerdy Jiffy, one of the best daughters of Meardy Dynamite in the herd. The winning bid of 8,000gns came from Bruce Mackie & Son from Huntly in Aberdeenshire.
Next to sell at 8,000gns was HARESTONE POWERHOUSE, bred by R & N Barclay in Insch, Aberdeenshire. Sired by the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous, and out of Harstone Denise, a daughter of Harestone Uruguy. His new owner is A McCornick & Co from Barnacles Farm in Dumfries.
Mr H Goldie of Ruthwell, Dumfries secured the two final bids of 8,000gns. GOLDIES PIONEER was the first; this 17-month-old lad is sired by the 2017 Royal Highland Show Reserve Male Champion, Junior Male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion Tweeddale Matador. Out of Goldies Lottie, a daughter of Gretnahouse Heman. Pioneer will be making his way to his new home with J Kay & Sons to Oxton, Berwickshire.
And finally, GOLDIES POWERHOUSE was the last to hit 8,000gns. This 17-month-old is sired by Blelack Fabulous and out of Goldies Fabulous, a daughter of Goldies Uppermost who claimed the top price at Perth in 2005, selling for 34,000gns and was also Supreme and Junior Champion. The winning bid came from A J MacLean from Heylipol Farm from the Isle-of-Tiree.
The gavel came down twice at 7,500gns. The first to secure this bid was 21-month-old AULTMORE POWERHOUSE from the farm of W Patterson and Son from Keith, Banffshire. He is sired by the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. His dam, Battleford Lola is sired by Lochend Apache. The successful bidder was W S L Muir from Stenness, Orkney.
BALTHAYOCK POLITICIAN was the next to sell at 7,500gns. This 20-month-old lad comes from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Walter in Perth and is sired by Gretnahouse Lunar. His dam, Balthayock Insignia is a daughter of Blelack Forester. Politician was purchased by the Scottish Government Bull Stud.
Just behind and selling for 7,200gns was the May 2019 born BALTHAYOCK PILGRIM, another from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Walter in Perth. Pilgrims sire is Gretnahouse Lunar who is proved to be very easy calving and produces well fleshed bulls with excellent temperaments. His dam, Balthayock Lotus is a daughter of Balthayock Dante. Pilgrim was purchased by J M Fisher Ltd from Leswalt in Stranraer.
Also selling for 7,200gns was THRUNTON PATRIOT, an 18-month-old bull from the home of J H C Campbell and Sons in Alnwick. Patriot was sired by the 20,000gns Stirling Champion Inverlochy Fencer and caught the eye of G T & S Coghill, who will be taking him home to Muce in Orkney. His dam is Thrunton Melody who is a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator.
THRUNTON PEDRO is a good square 21-month-old lad who comes from the same stable as Thrunton Patriot. His sire is the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem; his dam, Thrunton Jackdaw is sired by Thrunton Gladiator. Pedro sold for 7,000gns and will be going home with W & A Strachan of Millfield, Aberdeenshire.
Another bull selling for 7,000gns was 21-month-old CARWOOD PABLO. Pablo was brought to the market by his breeders Mr & Mrs C J Wight from Biggar, Lanarkshire. Pablo is out of Carwood Cherry, the daughter of Kelton Trident, and sired by Maerdy Magestic. He will be making his way to his new home in Maybole with J & A Dunlop
Four females were entered for the sale.
Up first, and reaching the top sale price of 4,800 gns was TOPHILL ROXANNE from the stable of Mr A J Stott of Canonbie, Dumfires-shire. 11-month-old Roxanne is sired by Hackleton Largerlout and her dam Hackleton Hetty is the daughter of Mulroog Alpine.
Next in the ring came the second top priced female of day, selling for 3,000gns. MORTIMERS PACHAMAMA caught the eye of Louise McArthur of Balfron Station, Glasgow. This 16-month-old heifer is bred by Messrs Mortimers Farm in Eastleigh, Hampshire and is sired by Farleycopse Laurence, her dam, Mortimers Icemaiden, is sired by Baggrave Eskimo.
The final two heifers to go under the hammer were CROOKDAKE PARIS and CROOKDAKE PROSECCO both bred by DA & SM Miller of Wigton, Cumbria. These were sold for a total of 4,800gns to E & M Fairhurst and Son, at Bankend Farm, by Lancaster