Charolais bulls met a solid commercial trade selling to a top of 7,200gns in Welshpool on Thursday 18 April at the breed society’s official spring sale.
Sale topper at 7,200gns was Gower Goldenboy TI +36, SRI +29, an 18 month old first prize winning bull bred and exhibited by Richard and Alison Tucker who were enjoying their best ever day in Welshpool in 18 years of trading at the centre. Goldenboy was one of the first strings of bulls by their new herd sire, Teiglum Edgar and out of Gower Comedy, one of the family`s best damlines within their 30 cow herd based at Horton, Gower. The buyer was TT Jones, Llanbrynmair.
Next at 6,500gns was the day’s last catalogued entry, Trefaldwyn Hugoboss a 14 month old within the breed’s top 1% with a TI +72 and SRI +62. Bred by Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool and secured by MG Roberts, Croesor, Penrhyndeadraeth, he was sired by Blelack Digger and out of a homebred dam going back to Doonally New. Earlier in the day, Hugoboss had been placed first in his class.
Following closely at 6,400gns was Dorcas Galileo TI +44, SRI +41 who minutes before had been awarded the supreme championship by judge, Ian Campbell, Thrunton. “Galileo was an all-round good bull; he had length, clean lines and was very well fleshed,” he said. Bred by the Morris family, he was offered by Wyne and Diane Rees, Llangurig, Llanidloes who were enjoying the limelight for the first time in 18 years of exhibiting at the centre. A 20 month old, he was sired by Dorcas Duke, a Goldies Ambassador son, out of a homebred dam and he went home with M Griffiths, Botwnog, Pwllhelli.
A 5,000gns bid secured Montgomery Grantham TI +56, SRI +53 for M Rees, Tywyn. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Roberts, Llangadfan, Welshpool, Grantham was an 18 month old Blelack Digger son and out of a homebred dam by Tullygarley Attaboy.
The highest of six entries from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold made 4,900gns to E Rodrick, Sennybridge, Brecon. Maerdy Grandmarnier TI +42, SRI +46 was a 17 month old Val d’or-Ra son and out of a homebred dam.
Two entries from the same vendor shared a 4,000gns bid. First to go was Maerdy Giant TI +50, SRI +45, a 19 month old Simpsons Gregg son and out of a homebred dam. The buyer was JAM Jones, Llandrindod Wells. Minutes later, the 18 month old Maerdy Gulch TI +45, SRI +42 was secured for 4,000gns by JL Nixon and Sons, Llandrindon. A Maerdy Ulm son, he was out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Naser.Three lots were bid to 4,800gns each. First in the ring was the 17 month old Solo Gigolo TI +36, SRI +31, a Newroddige Bonanza son and out of a Maerdy Impeccable sired dam from Cecil and Robert Currell, East Harptree to K and L Jones, Narberth.
Roger Everall, Shrawardine, Shrewsbury offered the next entry at 4,800gns to Messrs Hughes, Llanerchymedd, Anglesey. Shraden Granite TI +37, SRI +22 was a rising two year old by the Burradon Talisman sired Shraden Calypso and out of a homebred dam. Mr Everall’s Shraden Greycloud TI +29, SRI +21, another same age Calypso son and out of an Escott sired homebred dam made 4,000gns to SL Evans, Penmaen, Gower.
The third 4,800gns call was made by JLC Williams, Portmadoc for the reserve champion, Beanhill Henry TI +59, SRI +57 bred and exhibited by RJ and BE Kimber, Chippenham. Henry was a 15 month old Blelack Digger son and out of a homebred dam by Talisman.
Plasbela Gladiator TI +57, SRI +57, a 17 month old from T and G Roberts, Llanfair, Abergele was knocked down sold for 4,500gns to Messrs Williams and Son, Kington. A Dingle Hofmeister son, he was out of an Inverlochy Resolve sired homebred dam. Another Hofmeister son from the same breeders, this time the 14 month old, Plasbela Hoff TI +50, SRI +48 made 4,400gns to HW Lloyd, Abergele.
Two more entries sold at 4,400gns each. First to go was Charbron Genial TI +35, SRI +34 from Barons Cross Charolais Stud, Aymestrey, Leominster to CR Griffiths, Bettws, Ammanford. Genial was a rising two year old by the 25,000gns Perth champion Goldies Unbeatable and out of a homebred dam by Caylers Supreme.
Next at 4,400gns was Gwenog Gonzeles TI +32, SRI +29, a 22 month old by Thrunton Classic and out of a Derryharney Outstanding sired homebred dam from father and son team, John and Peter Howells, Llanybyder to AW Williams, LLannefydd, Denbigh.
Gwastod Generator, a two year old Elgin Columbo son sold and out of a Charbron bred dam from BL Williams, Abermeurig, Lampeter made 4,200gns to PW Humphreys, Capel Bangor, Aberystwyth.
The 16 month old Thrunton Dominator son, Caylers Guardsman TI +38, SRI +25 from David and Louise Barker, Nuthampstead, Royston commanded a 4,000gns bid from T Gowling, Market Harborough.
Alwyn Rees, Pennal, Machynlleth offered his 20 month old Pennal Genetic TI +36, SRI +29 by Texan and out of a Killadeas Jack sired homebred dam at 4,000gns to FG Goodall, Llandovery.
Heading J and L Pegg’s dispersal at 5,200gns was Waterfall Ellierose, a four year old Coolnaslee Universe daughter and out of a homebred dam by Doonally New. She was sold in calf to Balthayock Adonis to Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton Swindon.
Next at 3,100gns was Harviestoun Dionne, a four year old Ravenworth Unwin daughter offered with her March born heifer, Waterfall Ionne by Adonis. She sold to AJ Powell, Knighton. A bid of 3,000gns secured Waterfall Blaise for DJ Thornely, Swadlingcote, Derby. A seven year old Doonally New daughter, she was knocked down sold in calf to Adonis.
A draft from Griff Morris, Llanstephen, Cramarthen was led at 3,500gns for Cargriff Colette, a five year old by Cargriff Valient and out of a homebred dam by Seawell Offshore. Sold in calf to Chunal Dougie, she was purchased by AJ Powell who also bid 2,900gns for a cow and calf pair from RL Hall, Malton. Bassett Bryony was a seven year old by Thrunton Troubadour sold in calf to Rumsden Udimore, while her nine month old heifer calf, Hallgarth Heuchera was by Bassett Bamboo.
Other leading lots from Cargriff included Cargriff Hotpot, a 10 month heifer by Swalesmoor Bayonet making 2,900gns to VAS Corbett, Knighton.
Averages: 56 bulls £3,638.44; 3 cows £3,500.00; 4 cows with calves at foot £3,150. 7 heifers £1,408.50