May 28, 2013 Dungannon Charolais bulls to 4,400gns
British Charolais bulls met a ready commercial demand selling to 4,400gns at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s show and sale at Dungannon on Monday 27 May.
Leading the day’s trade at 4,400gns was Mountjoy Harlequin ET, a 13 month old by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a homebred dam. Bred by C O McAskie, Omagh, County Tyrone, this one sold to J Dunlop, Dungannon, County Tyrone. Mountjoy Governor ET from the same breeder sold for 3,200gns to B Barrett, Dromore, County Tyrone. Governor was a 20 month old by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan and out of a homebred dam.
Knocked down sold at 3,900gns was Moorlough Harry TI +41, SRI +31, from J McBride, Strabane, County Tyrone. This 16 month old purchased by W Nixon, Strabane, County Tyrone, was by Doonally New and out of a homebred dam sired by Oldstone Egbert.
Calls of 3,600gns were made twice. First through the ring was the reserve senior male and reserve overall male champion Solitude Hannibal ET TI +40, SRI +34, by Lisnagre Elite ET and out of a Doonally New-sired homebred dam. This 16 month old was bred by J and W McMordie, Newtownards, County Down, and went home with D Allen, Richill, County Armagh. The same breeders took 3,300gns from T Aiken, Kesh, County Fermanagh, for Solitude Hercules ET, a 13 month old by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat and out of Drumlone Anna.
Also sold for 3,600gns was the 14 month old reserve junior champion Tullylagan Hammond, from S Hammond, Cookstown, County Tyrone. Sired by the 5,200gns Gwenog Braveheart and out of a homebred dam sold to R Watson, Augher, County Tyrone.
The first prize winner Slievemore Glennellygim sold for 3,500gns to T Brownlee, Loughgall, County Armagh. Bred by J and M N Bradley, Omagh, County Tyrone, this 23 month old was by Pirate and out of a homebred dam.
A call of 3,400gns from H P Nugent, Toomebridge, County Antrim, secured the senior male, overall male and reserve supreme champion Hollywell Greengrass TI +22, SRI +23. By the 28,000gns Goldies Champion and out of Castlemartin Vera, this 18 month old was bred by J and S Middleton, Londonderry, County Londonderry.
Four bids of 3,100gns were made. The 22 month old Stranagone Gerry from R McWilliams, Maghera, County Londonderry, sold to W J Gill, Killinchy, County Down. Gerry was by Goldies Champion and out of a homebred dam.
Through the ring at 3,100gns was Rossmore Gareth, by Pirate and out of a homebred dam sired by the 14,000gns Allanfauld Superscot. A 19 month old bred by E Johnston and Sons, Cookstown, County Tyrone, he sold to T McMaster, Larne, County Antrim.
Woodpark Gunner TI +37, SRI +36, sold for 3,100gns to Cleggan Estates, Ballymena, County Antrim. Gunner, an 18 month old bred by W Short, Omagh, County Tyrone, was by Corrie Alan and out of a homebred dam.
The final 3,100gns call was made for the 13 month old Burnside Horlicks from B McAllister and Son, Ballymena, County Antrim. Sired by Oldstone Egbert, Horlicks was out of a Balmyle Vagabond-sired homebred dam and was knocked down sold to W Wilson, Ballymena, County Antrim.
Secured for 3,000gns was Tamnamore Halifaxhunter from W S Murphy, Dungannon, County Tyrone. This 14 month old by Uranus and out of a homebred dam was purchased by M McCann, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
Heading the female entry at 1,800gns was the two year old in calf heifer Moorlough Goodgirl TI +18, SRI +21, by Goldies Champion and out of a homebred dam, from Mr McBride. Scanned as in calf to Pirrott, she went home withC Caragher, Newry, County Down.
Averages: 27 bulls, £2,978.89; 3 heifers, £1,609.65.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers’ Mart
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May 20, 2013 Welshpool Charolais bulls peak at 6,200gns
A small entry of Charolais bulls at the final official BCCS spring sale sold to a top of 6,200gns.
Sale leader was the first prize winner Moelfre Galliano TI +47, SRI +37 from Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn. A 19 month old by Gretnahouse Vigorous and out of a dam going back to the same sire, he sold to DL Price, Llanidloes.
Next at 4,500gns was the 19 month old Gower Gallant, TI +37, SRI +36, a Teiglum Edgar son and out of a dam going back to Dingle Hofmeister. Bred and exhibited by Richard and Alison Tucker, Horton, Gower he was knocked down sold to JJ Owens, Presteigne.
Wyn and Diane Rees, Llangurig, Llanidloes offered the next lot at 4,200gns to CR Thomas, Knighton. Hendy Hefin TI +31, SRI +23 was a 16 month old by Killadeas Contact and out of a dam by Tullygarley Rollerball.
A bid of 4,000gns secured the 17 month old champion bull,Esgob Gladiator TI + 30, SRI +28 for M Jones, Llanrwst. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmyach, Bala, he was an Anside Excalibur son and out of a dam going back to Grove lines.
Ann Orr-Ewing,Purton, Swindon offered Foxacre Henri TI +36, SRI +39 a 15 month old Moynton Caspar son at 3,300gns to WE Williams, Pwllheli.
Averages: 14 bulls £3,465
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
93 bulls sold to £5,116 average
Top price bull 31,000gns
Bull prices from 9,000 – 14,000gns
A new British Charolais centre record of 31,000gns was set at Carlisle at the society’s annual spring show and sale on Saturday 11 May, where a strong commercial demand took the average for 93 bulls sold to £5,116.21.
Leading the way at 31,000gns was the reserve junior, reserve overall male and reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight TI +77, SRI +73, a Blelack Digger son from M and J Hayhurst, Malton, North Yorkshire. Within the top 1% of the breed for terminal sire index and self-replacing index estimated breeding values (EBVs) and the catalogue’s highest pointed bull, this 14 month old was knocked down sold to W Kingaby, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. Messrs Hayhurst, whose previous highest price at the annual sale was 6,000gns, went on to take 8,000gns from G G Williams, Llanidloes, Powys, for the 17 month old Whitecliffe Glorious TI +64, SRI +61, another Digger son, and 7,000gns for a third Digger son, the 17 month old Whitecliffe Goldenboy TI +68, SRI +66, sold to R L Riddle and Son, Hexham, Northumberland.
A shared call of 14,000gns secured Westcarse Houdini TI +50, SRI +46 for purchasers R A Milne, Elgin, Morayshire, and Mornity Farms, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Bred by J H Christie and Son, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Houdini was a 15 month old by the 11,000gns Mortimers Echo.
Allanfauld Gambler TI +40, SRI +35 went for a two way bid of 11,000gns from M Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire. The 17 month old intermediate male champion from A Macgregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow, was by the £20,000 Elgin Davinci.
Through the ring at 10,500gns was Corrie Goldmedal TI +50, SRI +40, bred by D Macgregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Purchased by J Herdman, Alnwick, Northumberland, Goldmedal was an 18 month old son of Elgin Davinci.
The 18 month old Burradon Galaxy TI +44, SRI +45, sold for 10,000gns. By Gwenog Banjo and bred by Messrs Curry, Morpeth, Northumberland, this one went home with W R Baillie, Deerness, Orkney. The breeders invested some of their takings in the 7,000gns Brampton Helium TI +47, SRI +49, a 13 month old Newhouse Diablo son from G W Turner, Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Bids of 9,000gns were made thrice. The 17 month old Blelack Digger-sired Gretnahouse Grant TI +66, SRI +62, from A G Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire, sold for 9,000gns to P M and S M Donger, Towcester, Northamptonshire. The same breeder took a bid of 8,000gns from C M Reid, Eddleston, Peebles, for Gretnahouse Gunshot ET TI +73, SRI +67, an 18 month old son of the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis and out of Balmyle Paradise. After taking the senior male championship, Gretnahouse Grim TI +32, SRI +27, a 22 month old Thrunton Camelot son and out of a homebred Doonally New-sired dam realised 5,000gns for Mr Houston, selling to G T Wordie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
The second 9,000gns call came from Messrs Roberts and Jones, Welshpool, Powys, for the class winner Balmyle Harlequin TI +54, SRI +43. Sired by the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret and out of a homebred dam sired by the 28,000gns Brampton Nacodar, this 14 month old was bred by W P Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire.
Also realising 9,000gns was the junior, overall male and supreme champion Glencoe Hagrid sired by the 15,000gns Newhouse Diablo. This 13 month old came from V McDonald, Newry, County Down, and was knocked down sold to the pre-sale judge Graeme Massie, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, who also invested 7,000gns in Caylers Hustler TI +49, SRI +36. This 14 month old by Thrunton Dominator and out of a homebred dam was bred by Caylers Charolais, Royston, Hertfordshire, who took the same money for Caylers Harbro TI +47, SRI +35, a 14 month old also by Dominator and sold to R Jones, Caernarfon, Gwynedd.
Secured for 8,000gns was Elgin Glenfarclas TI +35, SRI +39, from R A Milne and Sons, Elgin, Morayshire. The 16 month old by the 30,000gns Balymle Bollinger was purchased by J Wardlaw and Son, Balerno, Mid Lothian. Messrs Milne took a further 6,500gns for the first prize winning 18 month old Elgin Grandprix TI +42, SRI +45, again by Bollinger and sold to Auchencheyne Ltd, Thornhill, Dumfries-shire.
The 20 month old reserve senior male champion Vexour Garriden TI + 65, SRI +68 sold for 7,000gns to A and C Watson, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire. By Dingle Hofmeister, Garriden was bred by J Boomars, Waldingham, Surrey.
A bid of 6,000gns sold the reserve intermediate male champion Tullygarley General TI + 36, SRI +26, to E I Lewis and Sons, Machynlleth, Powys. Exhibited by G J Crawford, Maghera, County Londonderry, this was a 17 month old sired by Major.
Goldies Echo TI +66, SRI +57, realised 6,000gns selling to R and D M Roberts, Abergele, Clwyd. The first prize winner from H Goldie, Dumfries, Dumfries-shire, was by Blelack Edition. The same breeder took 5,200gns for the 17 month old Goldies Gordon TI +54, SRI +50, by the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet and out of a Goldies Unbeatable-sired homebred dam, to go home with J and W Menzies, Thornhill, Dumfries-shire.
Knocked down sold at 5,800gns was Thrunton Gondolier TI +55, SRI +48, a first prize winner from J H C Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland. By Balmyle Dickler and out of a Burradon Talisman-sired homebred dam, this 19 month old went home with G T and S Coghill, Birsay, Orkney. Messrs Campbell took a further bid of 5,000gns from W S L Muir, Stromness, Orkney, for Thrunton Garth TI +55, SRI +54, a Thrunton Doubletop-sired 20 month old.
Realising a bid of 5,800gns was Marwood Gilbert TI +55, SRI +36, by Cottage Devon and out of a Doonally New-sired homebred dam. He was purchased by P M Rhodes, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Yorkshire, Gilbert was bred and exhibited by R A and J Blyth, Hartlepool, Northumberland.
Calls of 5,500gns were made twice. Ugie Goldblend TI +53, SRI +44, was secured at 5,500gns by J and C O Dunn, Ayr, Ayrshire. Bred by J T Wilson, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Goldblend was by the 12,500gns Goldies Banker.
Sold for 5,500gns to J Drinkall, Chorley, Lancashire, was Royaldowns Governor TI + 41, SRI +43, bred by M McKeown, Downpatrick, County Down. Governor was a son of the 9,000gns Goldies Carnival and out of Drumfin Damsel.
The 17 month old Woodpark Goldbar sold for 5,000gns to D L and K M Porteous, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. Bred by W Short, Omagh, County Tyrone, Goldbar was by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan.
At the same price was Hallbankgate Hogan from I T and S E Bell, Brampton, Cumbria. Sired by Rotoary Ferguson ET, Hogan was secured by A M and P Bowman and Son, Penrith, Cumbria.
Female trade was led at 6,500gns by Holstead Faberge, TI +43, SRI +45, the reserve female champion from F, J, E and C Andrews, Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Purchased by J Hunter, Wigton, Cumbria, Faberge, a three year old heifer by Dingle Hofmeister and out of a Burradon Talisman-sired dam, was AI’d to Blelack Digger and a former first prize winner at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Hamish Goldie took 4,300gns for Goldies Flute TI +57, SRI + 55, a two year old heifer by Goldies Uppermost. This one was in calf to Blelack Edition and was bought by O and J Pilkington, Buxton, Derbyshire.
Jan Boomars took a bid of 3,000gns for the 17 month old female champion Vexour Glenna TI + 46, SRI +54, by Blelack Crusader. She was secured by H P and L S Whittaker, Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland.
Top price in the Hallgarth herd reduction sale, owned by R L Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire, went to the three year old heifer Hallgarth Elsie TI +37, SRI +39, for a call of 3,050gns from A J and J A Powell, Knighton Powys. Elsie, by Balthayock Ulex and out of Goldies Uniglow, was sold in calf to Rumsden Udimore with her nine month old heifer calf Hallgarth Halo, sired by Bassett Bamboo, at foot.
Averages: 29 senior bulls, £4,743.10; 34 intermediate bulls, £4,887.13; 30 junior bulls, £5,736.50; 93 bulls overall, £5,116.21; 11 cows and heifers served and/or suckling, £2,744.32; 9 served and maiden heifers, £1,621.67. Hallgarth reduction sale: 5 cows and heifers served and/or suckling, £2,667; 4 served and maiden heifers, £1,824.37; 1 young bull, £1,470.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.
May 10, 2013 Blelack Charolais matrons to go under the hammer
The entire autumn calving portion of the Blelack Charolais herd will come under the hammer at its matron sale to be held at Stirling on Wednesday 19 June, with 47 cows in calf and/or with calves at foot up for grabs.
Established over 30 years ago by Neil Massie and farmed in partnership with his son Graeme, the noted herd carries some 140 pedigree cows and a total of 700 head of cattle over a 950 acre grass and arable unit 700 to1000ft above sea level at Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.
Neil Massie commented: “With a large number of exciting heifers coming forward, we have made the decision to sell the autumn calving block of cows; many are sired by Coolnaslee Adversary, a very easy calving bull who has injected a lot of size and power.”
All of the cows will be PD in calf, with the majority to either Balmyle Dingle TI +60, SRI +63, within the breed’s top 5% for 200, 400 and 600 day weight estimated breeding values (EBVs), or Goldies Dynamite TI +76, SRI +65, within the breed’s top 1% for gestation length and 600 day weight EBVs, and the top 5% for calving ease.
Ones to watch include Blelack Babe TI +54, SRI +53, by Thrunton Socrates; her progeny include Blelack Dulcet, junior heifer champion at the Royal Highland Show and Blelack Fantastic who sold to 12,000gns at Stirling. Another is Blelack Bluebell TI +41, SRI +42, who has sold twin bulls to 4,500gns and 6,000gns, and another son to 7,000gns. A catalogue favourite is Galcantray Abbey TI +53, SRI +55, the dam of Blelack Digger TI +85, SRI +79, one of the highest pointed and most prolific bulls in the British Charolais herdbook with an exceptional calving ease EBV of +22.2 at 83% accuracy, within the top 1% for the breed.
Among its numerous accolades, the Blelack herd has secured three Perth supreme championships as well as the Royal Highland Show supreme award and the Massies are no stranger to sale ring success where the herd is usually within the top eight herd averages at Stirling. Blelack Rustic commanded the herd’s top price to date of 25,000gns with Blelack Forester at 22,000gns, whilst females have sold to 14,000gns.
May 7, 2013 Charolais trade tops 6,500gns thrice in Stirling
British Charolais lead breed averages at £4,285 for 21 bulls sold at multi-breed fixture
British Charolais trade peaked at 6,500gns three times at the society’s official show and sale at Stirling on Monday 6 May, where spirited bidding gave the breed the leading average of £4,285 for 21 bulls sold, representing 68% clearance.