November 2012

November 23, 2012 Carlisle Charolais bulls peak at 8,000gns

Charolais met a consistent demand selling to a top of 8,000gns at the official breed society show and sale at Carlisle on Friday 23 November.

Lynedraw Galaxy
The Top price of the day went to Lynedraw Galaxy at 8,000gns

Heading the trade at 8,000gns was Lynedraw Galaxy TI +37, SRI +31, sired by the 10,000gns Mullaghbane Ulliott and out of Baileybanks Connie. This 18 month old from R W and A J Jackson, Penrith, Cumbria was knocked down sold to J P and M J Davies, Brecon, Powys.

A bid of 5,200gns secured the overall male champion Bassett Genie TI +24, SRI +24 for R W and M R Sowerby and Sons, Appleby, Cumbria. This 18 month old bred by J Atkinson, Malton, North Yorkshire, was by the 10,000gns Harestone Domino and out of a homebred dam.

Two lots sold for 5,000gns. First came Alsnow General TI +27, SRI +37, bred by A R Lawson and Son, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear. This 21 month old by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan and out of a homebred dam was purchased by T H Vickers and Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Also claimed at 5,000gns was the 18 month old Millbridge Gladiator TI +24, SRI +28, purchased by H P Thomas, Brecon, Powys. Bred by J Hunter, Wigton, Cumbria, this one was by Burradon Talisman and out of Wigginton Aster.

The reserve male champion Pedr Gringo TI +21, SRI +20 was secured for 4,000gns. Gringo, bred by P L Howells, Llanybydder, Ceredigion, was a 20 month old Thrunton Classic son and out of Hendy Thistle. He was knocked down sold to H Hughes and Son, Machynlleth, Powys.

Bids of 3,800gns were made twice. Bred by J R G and R M Johnson, Hexham, Northumberland, Shankfoot Gladiator TI +60, SRI +54, was first through the ring at 3,800gns. This one was a 20 month old Blelack Digger son, out of a homebred dam and sold to R and A Buchanan, Gorbridge, Midlothian.

Burradon Grandduke TI +36, SRI +34 from Messrs Curry, Morpeth, Northumberland also made 3,800gns. This 18 month old sired by the 12,000gns Gwenog Banjo and out of a homebred dam was secured by R and E Hall and Son, Driffield, East Yorkshire.

A call of 3,700gns was made for Gretnahouse Guardsman TI +31, SRI +26, a 20 month old by the 25,000gns Thrunton Camelot and out of a homebred dam. Guardsman was bred by A G Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, and sold to J Warnock and Sons, Biggar, Lanarkshire.

The female trade was led at 5,500gns by Christmas Cracker champion Holtstead Emdeholly TI +26, SRI +28, by Burradon Talisman and out of a homebred dam. Bred by F, J and E C Andrews, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, this two year old sold in calf to Blelack Digger was knocked down sold to H P Whittaker, Tarporley, Cheshire. The same buyer also bid 3,100gns for Laverock Garland, a 15 month old heifer by Clonoulty Andraemon and out of a homebred dam from W Richardson and Sons, Kendal, Cumbria.

Next came a bid of 4,300gns for Bleaklow Anastasia TI +22, SRI +13 and her six month old bull calf Bleaklow Hamilton, sired by Balthayock Aesop. This seven year old Gretnahouse Noel daughter out of a homebred dam was bred by T W Cox, Bakewell, Derbyshire and was purchased by Crowhall Farms, Hexham, Northumberland. The same breeder also sold Bleaklow Venus TI +16, SRI +16, for 3,600gns. Venus, an eight year old cow also by Noel and out of a homebred dam, was sold with her seven month old bull calf Bleaklow Hilton sired by Aesop, to Moorhouse Farm, Colby, Isle of Man.

Gwenog Foxy TI +29, SRI +29 went for a call of 3,800gns. Bred by J S Howells, Llanybyther, Dyfed, this two year old Thrunton Classic daughter was out of a homebred dam and was bought by Nugent Estate, Portaferry, County Down. Nugent Estate also invested 3,500gns in the reserve Cracker champion Gwenog Gigi TI +37, SRI +35 from the same breeder. Gigi was a 21 month old heifer by Classic and out of a homebred dam.

Averages: 24 bulls, £3,640; 5 Cracker females, £3,843; 3 served heifers, £2,642.50; 4 maiden heifers, £2,021.25; 5 cows served and/or with calves at foot, £3,171.

November 8, 2012 Royal Highland Winter Fair 2012

Charolais dominates baby beef championships

Charolais sired cattle were amongst the top honours on the winter show circuit starting with the Royal Highland Winter Fair, Ingliston on Wednesday 28 November with Banrigh Innse Gall, a 395kg Charolais cross homebred heifer from the RSPB Islay, Argyll, taking the overall baby beef championship. Sired by Allanfauld Amazon, she went on to sell for £1,500 to Allan Donald.

216 Molly Malone

Standing in reserve overall baby beef champion was Molly Malone, a 390kg Charolais cross heifer. Exhibited by Donald MacPherson, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Molly Malone followed up her win at the Royal Highland Winter Fair with another overall baby beef reserve championship at East of England Smithfield Festival, Peterborough on Saturday 1 December.

144 Banrigh Innse Gall

Geraint Wyn, a 585kg Charolais sired steer, from F Jones and Son, Isgaer, Carnarvon, took top spot in the butchers’ cattle championship at the Royal Highland Winter Fair, where a Charolais cross carcass also claimed the beef ribs competition title. The award went to a 332.8kg, 20 month old heifer carcass grading –U4L from A Purdon and Son, Carluke, Lanarkshire.

November 8, 2012 Trefaldwyn Charolais females bid to 11,000gns in Welshpool




Charolais females were in demand peaking at 11,000gns when Arwel Owen reduced his Trefaldwyn herd in Welshpool on Thursday 8 November.

Sale topper at 11,000gns was Trefaldwyn Fancygirl TI +45, SRI +42, a two year old Dingle Hofmeister daughter, out of a homebred dam by Major and sold in calf to Blelack Digger. Fancygirl was no stranger to the ring having secured the Royal Welsh female and reserve overall breed championship titles earlier this year. She was knocked down sold for flushing to Richard Clegg, Seathwaite, Cumbria.

A total of 6,200gns was paid for a cow and calf pair. Trefaldwyn Unity TI +35, SRI +23, a nine year old by Major and out of a Brampton bred cow made 2,000gns to A Platt, Weston, Shrewsbury. Her 10 month old heifer, Trefaldwyn Hiphop TI +47, SRI +42, by the 15,000gns Newhouse Diablo and out of a homebred dam by Major sold for 4,200gns to VAS Corbett, Felindre, Knighton.

Gwynedd breeder, J Evans, Ardudwy paid 5,500gns for Trefaldwyn Eternity TI +28, SRI +33, a three year old by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger and in calf to Goldies Eddy, along with her six month old heifer, Trefaldwyn Heather by Blelack Digger.

A total of 5,500gns was paid for another cow and calf pair. The four year old Trefaldwyn Destiny TI +29, SRI +26 by Trefaldwyn Usk, out of a homebred dam going back to Edenhurst Shogun and sold in calf to Goldies Eddy made 3,500gns to RP Ryder, Welshpool, while Trefaldwyn Hawaii TI +61, SRI +54, her nine month old heifer by Digger made 2,000gns and travelled over the water with S Killen, Newry, County Down.

Trefaldwyn Elsa TI +27, SRI +21,an an Edenhurst Shogun daughter and her bull calf Trefaldwyn Hero TI +66, SRI +57 by Blelack Digger, sold for 4,800gns to Cornish breeders, RH Richards, Redruth.

Heifers by the 28,000gns Goldies Champion were in demand. Selling for 4,800gns to J Evans, Ardudwy was Trefaldwyn Goldengirl TI +25, SRI +29, a 22 month old out of a homebred dam going back to Mowbraypark Orlando. A bid of 4,500gns secured the two year old Trefaldwyn Ffion TI +25, SRI +23, another Champion daughter, for A and O Redhead, Berwick on Tweed while the two year old Trefaldwyn Fanfare TI +22 SRI +22 by Champion commanded a price tag of 4,400gns from DH Jones, Bow Street, Ceredigion.

Cow and calf pair, Trefaldwyn Dancer TI +27, SRI +28 and Trefaldwyn Gem made 4,600gns. Dancer, an eight year old Tullygarley Rollerball daughter sold for 3,000gns to A Platt, Weston, Shrewsbury, while a bid of 1,600gns secured the Newhouse Diablo sired yearling heifer for DW Jones, Welshpool.

Trefaldwyn Chelsea TI +39, SRI +24, a five year old Shraden Talisman daughter and in calf to Goldies Eddy made 3,400gns to DG Cleland, Dinedor, Hereford.

Averages: 8 cows with calves at foot £5,355; 8 in calf heifers £4,449; 5 maidens £2,793

November 8, 2012 Welshpool Charolais peak at 7,500gns; Centre average smashed at £4,013

Charolais met a solid commercial trade peaking at 7,500gns and smashing centre pedigree cattle records with an average £4,013 for 63 lots sold at the breed society’s autumn fixture at Welshpool on Thursday 8 November.

“A quality show of bulls met a good level trade fuelled by the continued demand for Charolais cattle, a reflection of Charolais sired store cattle which have been attracting premium prices throughout the UK at the autumn suckled calf and store sales,” commented the society’s David Benson.

Montgomery Gwylfa


Sale leader at 7,500gns was Montgomery Gwylfa TI +79, SRI +70, an 18 month old within the breed’s top 1%, sired by Blelack Digger and out of a homebred dam going back to Tullygarley Attaboy. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Roberts, Llangadfan, Welshpool he was knocked down sold to James and Alec Cowan, Synod Inn, Llandysul to run with their 120 cow suckler herd. “We selected Gwylfa for his figures, in particular eye muscle, growth and most importantly calving ease, ideal for leaving calves to go on to our bull finishing system which is focused on maximising growth efficiently in the shortest possible time,” Alec explained. For Gareth Roberts it was his highest price ever achieved in Welshpool for a bull bred from his 50 cow herd which is selectively targeting to be within the breed’s top10%.

Later in the day, Mr Roberts was in the money again when he sold for 6,500gns Montgomery General TI +57, SRI +49, another 18 month old Digger son and out of a homebred dam by Baggrave Loggo. The buyer was Alan Brookes, Gipsy Hall Farms, Wilmcote, Stratford upon Avon.

The day’s second highest call at 7,200gns was made for the 20 month old Turney bred Olivers Gibraltar from Brian Jones, Heol Senni, Brecon to TJ Davies, Llanfynydd, Carmarthen. Sired by the 28,000gns Farleycopse Turbo, he was out of a Hamilton cow going back to Mortimers Robroy.

Next at 7,000gns was Deunawd Gethin TI +33, SRI +30, a 17 month old Allanfauld Chieftain son and out of a Penfold dam by Cader Regal. Bred and exhibited by Wil Owen, Criccieth, he was purchased by MLL Howatson, Nantglyn, Denbigh. Two more 17 month old Chieftain sons from Mr Owen each secured a 5,000gns bid. First to go was Deunawd Greg TI +35, SRI +37 to RL Davies, Cwmtirmynach, Bala, while minutes later Deunawd Ger TI +45, SRI +43 was knocked down sold for 5,000gns to TJ Stephens, Cilfrew, Neath.

Llangrove General TI +54, SRI +41 was secured for 6,300gns by BA Williams, Treborth, Bangor. A 19 month old Sarkley Dakota son and out of a homebred dam by Killadeas Jack, he was bred and exhibited by LE and SA Phillips, Llangarron, Ross on Wye.

Four entries shared a 6,000gns price tag. First through the ring was Midas Geronimo TI +45, SRI +45 from father and son team, Roger and Drew Coppinger, Edstaston, Wem to EM Gittins, Menai Bridge, Anglesey. A Dingle Hofmeister son, he was out of a homebred dam by Moyness Maharajah, from their 20 cow herd.

The next 6,000gns bid was made by SI Jones, Llandrillo, Corwen for Caylers Goliath TI +41, SRI +40, a Clonoulty Andraemon son he was out of a homebred dam going back to Kelton Tribune from David and Louise Barker’s 30 cow herd based at Nuthampstead, Royston. Earlier on Goliath secured the third Welshpool championship for the Barkers after judge, Ian Bell identified him for his ‘scale and power’. “He is a modern Charolais combining great growth and fleshing, with a good back end and style.” However he added there was very little between Goliath and reserve champion, Moelfre Gerald TI +31, SRI +23, a 21 month old by the 8,500gns Newhouse Chicago from Kevin Thomas, Llanstephan selling for 4,800gns to RA Elias, Garn Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd.

Mr Thomas secured the third 6,000gns bid for Moelfre Galileo TI +41, SRI +34, a 15 month old Chicago son and out of a homebred dam by Allanfauld Norseman. The buyer was AC Hughes, Pwllheli. A third Chicago son, Moelfre Grandprix TI +33, SRI +23 from Kevin Thomas commanded a 5,900gns bid. A 17 month old out of a homebred dam by Blelack Rommel, this first class prize winner was knocked down sold to RG Powell, New Radnor, Prestigne.

The final 6,000gns call was made by BA Jones, Criccieth for Castellmawr Gwynedd, a 17 month old by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo and out of a homebred dam from Alwyn Williams, Pistyll, Pwllheli.

Two more entries shared a 5,000gns price. The 16 month old Sarkley Glenfiddich, by Plexus and out of a homebred dam from the Pennie family, Glyn, Chris and Nigel, of Llandyssil, Montgomery was knocked down sold to James Alexander, Randlestown, County Antrim. The next lot in the ring, Oakchurch Gunner TI +72 SRI +62 was secured for 5,000gns by B and M James, Dolfor, Newtown. Bred and exhibited by Roger Price, Staunton-on-Wye, Hereford, Gunner was by Blelack Digger and out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Thrunton Socrates.

The female trade was led at 2,800gns by the Taberner bred Barleyfields Elegant, a three year old by Shraden Troubadour from ER Hall, Ashbourne to RA Elias, Dolbenmaen, Gwyned. Next at 2,600gns twice were two maidens from Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala. Esgob Gill TI +38, SRI +32, a 22 month old Gretnahouse Noel daughter sold to DH Jones, Bow Street, Ceredigion, while the 19 month old Anside Excalibur sired Esgob Glain TI +34, SRI +32 made 2,600gns to J Preece and Sons, Cheltenham.

Averages: 63 bulls £4013.33; 1 cow £2940; 8 heifers £2,047.50; 1 cow and calf £2,100.

November 2, 2012 Charolais bulls peak at 5,800gns at Dungannon

Charolais met a ready demand both from home and from Scottish buyers selling to 5,800gns at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official November show and sale at Dungannon on Friday 2 November.

Fymore Glory
Fymore Glory 5,800gns Supreme Champion

Heading the trade at 5,800gns was the male and supreme champion Fymore Glory TI +37, SRI +33. This 14 month old from S McCaughey, Augher, County Tyrone, was by the 18,000gns Fury Action and out of a homebred dam. He was knocked down sold to V McErlain, Armoy, County Antrim.

The second highest bid of the day was made by Dumfriesshire-based M Barr, Crocketsford at 5,400gns for the 16 month old Derryharney Gentleman TI +29, SRI +23 from H C Stubbs and A A Burleigh, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh. Gentleman was by the 10,000gns Perth champion Thrunton Bonjovi and out of a homebred cow.

Next came class winner Ramrad Graham at 5,200gns, a 17 month old by the 7,500gns Balmaud Vincent and out of a homebred dam. He was bred by R D A Morrow, Coleraine, County Londonderry and went home with A Butler, Ballycastle, County Antrim. The same buyer also bid 3,400gns for the senior male, reserve male and reserve supreme champion Ballyreagh Goldstar TI +23, SRI +21, an 18 month old from S Somerville, Ballygawley, County Tyrone. This one was by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a homebred dam.

Sold for 4,600gns was Ballyoak Gucci TI +44, SRI +32, a Doonally New son and out of Killadeas Bovril. This 16 month old from S and A McKenna, Clogher, County Tyrone was secured by D Kane, Ballymena, County Antrim.

Up next at 4,200gns was the 21 month old Lissadoair Gladiator TI +28,, SRI +21 from G Mullan, Omagh, County Tyrone. Gladiator was by Ashleigh Victor ET and out of Beechdale Rosa, selling to R Lyons, Omagh, County Tyrone.

Corryglass Galaxy TI +35, SRI +32, was sold for 4,000gns. Purchased by M Thompson, Kesh, County Fermanagh, this 15 month old was by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat and out of a homebred cow going back to Doonally New. Galaxy was bred by B Phair, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. The same breeder took 3,700gns for the 15 month old Corryglass Golden TI +48, SRI +38, by Doonally New and out of a homebred dam. He was secured by I Meldrum, Kesh, County Fermanagh.

A call of 3,600gns was made for Drumilly Gino TI +17, SRI +15, a 17 month old by Killadeas Jack and out of Coolnaslee Regina. Sold to B Halliday, Rathfriland, County Down, he was bred by J R Paynter, Armagh, County Armagh.

Mullaghbane Greg TI +26, SRI +22, was knocked down sold at 3,400gns to J Daly, Pomeroy, County Tyrone. This 17 month old from W E F Elliott, Florencecourt, County Fermanagh, was by Fury Action and out of a homebred cow.

Leading the female trade at 4,200gns was the reserve female champion Dartonhall Faith TI +28, SRI +29. Bred by J Erskine, Killylea, County Armagh, this two year old was by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan and out of a homebred cow was purchased by S Mohan, Emyvale, County Monaghan.

Next at 3,600gns was Brogher Fortune TI +15, SRI +16, from T Phair, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Fortune was a 22 month old by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo, out of Lenaghran Rachael, and she was knocked down sold to J Wright, Ballymena, County Antrim.

Two heifers made 2,800gns. First up was Drumacritten Gigi TI +42, SRI +39, from G Nelson, Rosslea, County Fermanagh. Gigi was a 19 month old by Thrunton Bonjovi and out of a homebred dam, and sold to F Reid, Ballinahinch, County Down for 2,800gns. Also sold at 2,800gns was Lisnadill Georgia TI +26, SRI +25, a 15 month old by Doonally Olmeto and out of Mullagh Polly. She was bred by G King, Lisnadill, County Armagh, and was secured by N Cochrane, Craigavon, County Armagh.

The leading 2,600gns bid for the Rowendale herd dispersal from D McKay, Ballymena, County Antrim was made by W Short, Omagh, County Tyrone, for Rowandale Tiree TI +33, SRI +30, a 10 year old cow by Carrowcowan Platonic and out of Killadeas Noelle, with her nine month old bull calf Rowandale Hawkeye TI +33, SRI +36, by Corrie Alan, at foot.

Averages: 27 bulls, £3,242; 15 heifers, £2,198. Rowandale dispersal: 4 cows with calves at foot, £1,680.