May 27, 2014 Dungannon May 2014
Dungannon Charolais peak at 8,000gns
Charolais led this year’s pedigree bull trade in NI selling to a top of 8,000gns in Dungannon on Monday 26 May at the NI Club’s show and sale.
The leading 8,000gns bid came towards the end of the day for male and overall supreme champion, Burnside Iceberg TI +14, SRI +20, a 12 month old by Clyth Diplomat and out of a homebred dam going back to Balmyle Vagabond. Bred and exhibited by father and son team, Brian and William McAllister, Kells, Ballymena, he sold to R Pedlow, Lurgan.
Next at 3,400gns was Killadeas Ivan, a 13 month old by the 16,000gns Blackford Dynamite from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballinamallard, Fermanagh. The buyer was Tony Martin, Dunloy, Ballymena.
A bid of 3,200gns secured the reserve senior male champion, Brogher Hamlet TI +23, SRI +22 for Seamus Hughes, Newtownards. A 19 month old by Corrie Alan, he was bred and exhibited by Trevor Phair, Ennislkillen, Fermanagh.
Four entries shared a 3,000gns bid. First to go was Toberlane Hustler, an 18 month old Oldstone Egbert son from W Causey, Cookstown, Tyrone to B Blaney, Cushendall, Antrim. Next at 3,000gns was Ballymather Harold, a 17 moth old by Thrunton Bonjovi from I Rea, Crumlin, Antrim to Seamus O’Connor, Castlewellan, County Down.
A bid of 3,000gns secured KiltyBane Hero for JT Robinson, Claudy, Derry. Bred and exhibited by S and A Bellew, Newry, County Down, Hero was a 17 month old by the 9,000gns Tullygarley Alibaba.
Benjamin Henderson, Enniskillen, Fermanagh made the final 3,000gns call for Coolnaslee Ivor, a 16 month old by the 9,000gns Goldies Carnival from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Derry.
Coolnaslee Hawthorne TI +19, SRI +14, a 20 month old heifer commanded the leading 2,600gns female bid. Sired by the 9,500gns Corcreevy Dingle, she was bred and exhibited by Gilbert Crawford and sold to EDG Johnston, Cookstown, Tyrone. Next at 2,500gns was the female champion, Kilgort Henri, an 18 month old Ashleigh Victor daughter from A O’Kane, Ballykelly, County Derry to F Fields, Moneymore.
Averages: 34 bulls £2,793; 4 females £2,310
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers’ Mart
May 19, 2014 Louis Charolais dispersal peaks at 3,600gns twice
Charolais sold to a top of 3,600gns twice in Exeter on Saturday 17 May when George and Vernon Staddon, Plymouth dispersed their Louis herd.
The first 3,600gns bid was made for Louis Daffodil, a six year old Louis Axminster daughter offered with her seven month old bull by Thrunton Fitzroy. The buyer was Brian Lavis, Okehampton. The second 3,600gns call came later in the day from Fred Hayes, South Molton for Louis Henstridge, a two year old bull by Cockerington Brutus.
First lot in the ring, Louis Celandine, a seven year old by Shraden Tophat sold with her nine month old bull calf by Thrunton Fitzroy was secured for 3,400gns by Colin Edwards, Tavistock. Next at 2,600gns was another Tophat daughter, the 10 year old Louis Velvet accompanied by her eight month old heifer to Patrick Greed, Exeter.
The spring calved cows were headed at 2,050gns for Louis Daisy, a Louis Axminster daughter with her three month old heifer to Paul Harris, Kingswear. Leading served heifer at 1,550gns was Louis Gillia, a Cockerington Brutus daughter to Messrs Chandler, Shropshire.
The herd’s stock bull, Thrunton Fitzroy a three and a half year old by Maerdy Cecil made 2,700gns to Messrs Gribble, Launceston, whilst Tolgus Dependabull, a six year old year old Moynton Alexis son attracted a 2,000gns call from Ross Skelley, Plymouth.
Averages: 22 cows with calves £2,100, 4 in calf heifers £1,470, 11 maiden heifers £1,160, 5 bulls £2,572
Auctioneers: Kivells & Husseys, Exeter Livestock Centre
May 15, 2014 Balmoral Show 2014
Show Results 2014
Charolais Pairs win Interbreed Championship at Balmoral Park
It is year two at Balmoral Park and many more visitors than before attended the show. Blessed with good weather over the three days it could be hailed as a real success. Charolais entries were up and new exhibitors joined forces with those who have shown cattle for decades, it is great way to gain skills in showing and stockmanship with plenty of expertise on hand.
The charolais exhibitors prepared their stock to the usual high standard for showing in their breed classes special championships and inter breed beef competitions. Cattlemen and visitors for near and far enjoyed the fine display of charolais on the cattle lawns.
The judge on this occasion was Welsh charolais breeder Mr Peter Howells Tycam Wales someone who has vast experience judging at local and National Shows. There were many successes and happy exhibitors whose triumphs will promote their stock at summer shows and forthcoming sales.
Exhibitors were happy with the judging and the crowning glory at Balmoral 2014 for the charolais breed was winning the Interbreed Pairs with two of the finest pedigree beef animals on display ‘Rumsden Fawkes owned by Paddy Gallagher & Coolnaslee Helga owned by Gilbert Crawford, the charolais breed was up against tough opposition across the other main beef breeds and Mr Billy Robson OBE a very experienced judge had a tough decision to make a call on this one.
Brigadoon herd and the Connolly Team won the crystal award for the best presentation of beef cattle of the show award. This stand is a labour of love each year with so much care and attention to detail.
Our youth featured well in the Showmanship competition, Philip Johnston Gallion Herd took fourth place in the 16-21 yr age group.
Sarah Johnston was placed 4th and Chris Collier 5th place in the 12-16 yr age group, we congratulate our young people for taking part in this competition.
To conclude we would like to thank adp for sponsoring the section, the British Charolais Society for their support, the farming press for their coverage, the membership of the RUAS; their staff and many committees and sub groups for all their hard work in rolling out the Balmoral Show.
Charolais Section – Showing Classes 2014
CLASS 554 – Cow born before 1st January 2011
1. Robert McWilliams ‘Stranegone Erin’
CLASS 555 – Cow or Heifer born in 2011
1. WD & JA Connolly ‘Wesley Glamourous’
2. WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Geneva
3. Frank Reid ‘Drumacritten Gigi’
CLASS 556 – Heifer born on or after 1st January 12 & before 30th June 12
1. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Helga
2. Brian McAllister & Son ‘Burnside Himpy ET’
3. Agnes & Robin Todd ‘Corrick Harmony
4. J & S Middleton ‘Hollywell Harmony
CLASS 557 – Heifer born on or after 1st July 12 & 31st December 12
1. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Harmony’
2. Brian McAllister & Son ‘Burnside Hayley ET’
3. Edgar Johnston & Sons ‘Castlenure Honey’
4. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Helena’
5. Raymond Collier ‘Drumlone Help’
6. Graham Davidson ‘Ballygargan Hope’
CLASS 558 – Heifer born on or after 1st January 13
1. Gilbert Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Ivanna’
2. Gilbert Crawford ‘ Coolnaslee Invisibile’
3. Mark Ritchie ‘ Brentwood Izzy’
4. WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Invogue’
5. WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Imeria’
6. WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Ivanna’’
CLASS 559 – Bull born on or before 1 January 13
1. Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’
2. Mark Ritchie ‘Brentwood Humphrey ET’
3. Mark Ritchie ‘Brentwood Henry
4. Mark Ritchie ‘Brentwood Hustle ET’
CLASS 560 – Bull born on or before 1st Jan 13 & on or before 31st March 13
- Gilbert J Crawford ‘ Coolnaslee Ivanhoe’
- Jeremy Paynter ‘Drumilly Impeccable ET’
- WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Intel’
- WD & JA Connolly ‘Brigadoon Invader’
CLASS 561 – Bull born on or after 1 April 13
- Brian McAllister & Son ‘Burnside Iceberg’
- Sean McGovern ‘ Ratoary Irishman ET’
- Gilbert Crawford ‘ Coolnaslee Idaho’
- Robert McWilliams ‘ Stranegone IOU’
- Robert McWilliams ‘ Stranegone Iceman’
- Robert McWilliams ‘ Stranegone Ilikeyou’
CLASS 562 – Group of three animals, bona fide the property of one exhibitor and entered in the classes for which they are eligible.
- Gilbert J Crawford
Coolnaslee Ivanhoe, Coolnaslee Harmony & Coolnaslee Helga
- Robert McWilliams
Stranegone Ilikeyou, Stranegone IOU & Stranegone Iceman
- Brian McAllister & Son
Burnside Himpy, Burnside Hayley ET, Burnside Iceman
WD & JA Connolly
- Wesley Glamourous, Brigadoon Intel, Brigadoon Imera
CHAMPIONSHIPS & TROPHY WINNERS
Supreme Charolais Champion;
Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’
Reserve Supreme Charolais Champion;
Brian McAllister & Son ‘Burnside Iceberg‘
SPECIAL PRIZE TO THE CHAMPION IN SHOW £100
Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’
SPECIAL PRIZE TO RES. CHAMPION IN SHOW £50
Brian McAllister & Son ‘Burnside Iceberg‘
SPECAL PRIZES £100 & £50
Best & Reserve Junior Bull in Show
Brian McAllister ‘Burnside Iceman’
Res. Sean McGovern ‘Ratoary Irishman ET’
SPECAL PRIZES £100 & £50
Best & Reserve Junior Heifer in Show
Champion Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Ivana’
Res. Gilbert J Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Invisible’
JUNIOR BREED CHAMPION & RESERVE CHAMPION
Brian McAllister & Son ‘Burnside Iceberg’
Sean McGovern ‘Ratoary Irishman ET’
THE ORAGE PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP
Cup winner – Best Charolais Cow or Heifer
Gilbert Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Helga’
THE BREEDERS PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP
Cup winner – Best Charolais Bull exhibited by a club member
Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’
THE BRADIN PERPETUAL CHALLENGE TROPHY
Trophy winner – Best Charolais animal exhibited by a club member
Patrick Gallagher ‘Rumsden Fawkes’
JOHN CURRY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP
Cup Winner – Best Junior Charolais Heifer
Gilbert Crawford ‘Coolnaslee Helga’
HA CURRY PERPETUAL TROPHY
Best Junior Charolais Bull
Cup Winner – Brian McAllister & Son ‘Burnside Iceman’
BALMORAL BEEF BREEDS – INTERBREED CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rumsden Fawkes & Coolnaslee Helga
May 12, 2014 Carlisle Charolais meet solid commercial demand
Top 11,500gns; new centre record average £5,593; 93% clearance
Charolais bulls met a solid commercial demand selling to a top of 11,500gns and achieving a new breed centre record average of £5,593 for 88 bulls which represented 93% clearance in Carlisle on Saturday 10 May at the breed society’s official sale.
“The day’s trade throughout reflected commercial producers’ demand for modern British Charolais which continues to consistently deliver quality cattle with that unbeatable weight for age commanding premiums in the store ring from profit driven finishers who are also rewarded with a slice of the action,” commented society chief executive, David Benson.
Sale leader at 11,500gns was Alsnow Hublot TI +45, SRI +40, a two year old class winner by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable. Bred and exhibited by Alan Lawson, Hallington, Newcastle, he was knocked down sold to Backmuir Trading, Keith, Banffshire.
Backmuir secured a further eight lots including five within the sale’s first 15 minutes starting the bidding at 9,000gns with the first lot in the ring, the 20 month old Barnsford Gorse TI +34, SRI +39 by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger from Tom and Sheena Gatherer, Inchinnan, Renfrew. Gorse is a full brother to the 70,000gns Barnsford Ferny, a previous breed record priced bull
Backmuir paid 11,000gns for Southwillow Hal, the 19 month old senior champion by Gretnahouse Dallaglio from David Smith, Staindrop, Darlington.
At 10,000gns the same buyer took home Thrunton Heritage TI +49, SRI +44, a two year old by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler from the Campbell family, Thrunton Alnwick.
A call of 7,500gns secured Backmuir with the reserve senior champion, Ravensworth Hercules TI +41, SRI +26, a 19 month old Rumsden Fawkes son from W S Oates, Lobley Hill, Gateshead.
Backmuir went to 9,000gns for Ovill Isaac, a 16 month old Clyth Diplomat son from the O’Kane Brothers, Dungiven, Co Derry who also offered Ovill Indigo, a 15 month old Corrie Alan son at 6,200gns to W Hird, Wigton.
Two more entries shared a 10,000gns call. First to go was Whitecliffe Harold TI +81, SRI +79, the highest performance recorded entry from Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirby Misperton, Malton. A Blelack Digger son, he sold to LH Wardle, Wildmoor, Bromsgrove.
Next lot in the ring was another Digger son from the Hayhursts, Whitecliffe Hamilton TI +65, SRI +63 who was knocked down sold for 8,000gns to R and CM Donnan and Sons, New Luce, Newton Stewart.
The third 10,000gns bid was made by A Currie, Dunure, Ayr for the reserve intermediate champion, Caylers Influence TI +35, SRI +21, a 16 month old Thrunton Dominator son from David and Louise Barker, Nuthampstead, Royston.
Next at 9,500gns was the intermediate and overall supreme champion, Maerdy Harpix TI +39, SRI +25, an 18 month old by Maerdy Dynamite from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold and purchased by Gus Saunders, Bonvilston, Cardiff. Earlier on Mr Evans offered the 18 month old Maerdy Henffych TI +45, SRI +31, another Dynamite son at 7,500gns to M Bindloss and Son, Shap Abbey, Penrith.
Gretnahouse Harry TI +57, SRI +49, a 23 month old Blelack Digger son from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green made 9,000gns to D Coghill and Sons, Skinnet Farm, Halkirk, Caithness. The 20 month old Gretnahouse Hope TI +65, SRI +56, another Digger son from Mr Houston was knocked down sold for 7,500gns to J and CO Dunn, Martnaham Mains, Ayr.
The day’s third 9,000gns call was made by AM and P Bowman, Kirkoswald, Penrith for Lakelady Hulk TI +37, SRI +28, a 17 month old by the 6,000gns Kersknowe Clansman from Katreen Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirling.
Thrunton Hanson TI +45, SRI +45, a 21 month old by the 10,000gns Ugie Euros from the Campbell family made 8,000gns to G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfries. Thrunton Inca, a 16 month old Blelack Digger son from the same exhibiters made 6,200gns to JW Veevers, Waterbeck, Lockerbie.
Another 8,000gns price tag was paid this time by James and John Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso for Jurieshouse Hero TI +67, SRI +66, a 20 month old Blelack Digger son from AH Hunter and Sons, Glanton, Alnwick. The final 8,000gns bid was made by Will Palmer, Ruan High Lanes, Truro for Edenhurst Idol TI +31, SRI +44, a 15 month old Blelack Roger son from Peter Vasey, Wetheral, Carlisle.
The last bull in the sale, Tweedale Invincible TI +58, SRI +59, a 13 month old Blelack Blackberet son from the Redhead and Watson partnership, Bowsden, Berwick upon Tweed commanded a 7,500gns bid from Cameron MacIver, Kinloss, Forres.
Ramrad Hector TI +57, SRI+54, a 17 month old by the 14,000gns Goldies Usher from RDA Morrow, Coleraine, Co Derry made 7,000gns to EG Morgan, Nantygwreiddyn, Brecon. Also changing hands at 7,000gns was Elgin Icon TI +45, SRI +45, a 16 month old by Balmyle Bollinger to MPB Ashton, Cefn Coch, Welshpool from the Milne family, Lhanbryde, Elgin who reinvested his takings in the 6,500gns Mortimers Infirmity TI +46, SRI +41, a 15 month old Mortimers Vanquish son from Mortimers Farms, Fair Oak, Eastleigh. Mortimers Hardian TI +31, SRI +34, a 17 month old by the 6,000gns Balthayock Aesop made 6,000gns to STC Holdings, West Comptor, Dorchester.
Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries offered Goldies Hustler TI +32, SRI +33, an 18 month old by the 12,000gns Blelack Edition for 6,500gns to JC Hobday and Son, Hawick. Also commanding a 6,500gns price tag was the day’s junior and overall reserve champion, Balmyle Invincible TI +41, SRI +43, a 15 month old by Balmyle Eclipse from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perth to Douganhill Farms, Palmackie, Castle Douglas.
At 6,200gns Millbridge Halo TI +50, SRI +52 was knocked sold to J Mitchell, Greenlaw, Duns. A rising two year old Dingle Hofmeister son, he was bred and exhibited by Judith Hunter, Woodrow, Wigton.
Averages: bulls: 31 senior £6,415.50; 29 intermediate £5,565.00; 28 junior £4,713.33. Females
4 served heifers £2,100.00; 6 maiden heifers £2,117.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington
May 12, 2014 Fairway Charolais hit 10,000gns
Charolais females sold to a top of 10,000gns and commanded interest from as far afield as Ireland to Orkney when the late David Fattorin’s Fairway herd came under the hammer in Carlisle, on Saturday 10 May.
Sale leader at 10,000gns was much admired Fairway Grandelight TI +47, SRI +34, a three year old by Uranus sold with her four week old bull calf by Blelack Digger. The pair went to join Andrew Hornall’s Falleninch herd, Stirling.
Next at 8,000gns was Fairway Baseline TI +56, SRI +43, an eight year old Fairway Soprano daughter with her six month old bull, Fairway Indonesia by Adonis. They were knocked down sold to Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. Later in the day Mr Crawford went to 7,000gns for Baseline’s daughter, Fairway Geomettress TI +58, SRI +43, a served heifer by Artiste. He also paid 5,500gns for Fairway Fenway TI +46, SRI +39, a Jumper daughter sold with her second calf at foot, Fairway Indianapolis, a six month old heifer by Blelack Digger.
A bid of 4,800gns secured Fairway Expects TI +49, SRI +46 a five year old Fleets Vibrant daughter for Vanessa Vasey, Wetheral, Carlisle. Expects was accompanied with her four month old bull, Fairway Judge, by Adonis. Expect’s daughter, Fairway Horatia TI +47, SRI +40, a two year old served heifer by Maerdy Dynamite made 4,200gns to JR and A Mews, Allendale, Hexham.
R and C Donnan and Sons, New Luce, Newton Stewart paid 4,600gns for Fairway Fulsome TI +49, SRI +33, a four year old Soprano daughter sold with her five month old twin bull calves by Blelack Digger, Fairway Increase and Fairway Investor.
Fairway Ellicenoon TI +43, SRI +34, a three and a half year old Soprano daughter sold with her five month old twin heifers by Blelack Digger, Fairway Islandnoon and Fairway Indigonoon, made 4,600gns to PB Bradley, Maghera, Co Derry.
Two entries were bid to 4,500gns. First to go was Fairway Valonia TI +32, SRI +26, a 10 year old Soprano daughter offered with her five month old bull calves by Digger, Fairway Ilex and Fairway Insignis.The buyer was E Hourston, Swannay, Orkney. Valonia’s four year old Uranus sired daughter, Fairway Freevalonia TI +39, SRI +32 together with her six month old bull, Fairway Ivory by Blelack Digger made 4,000gns to R McKie, Castle Douglas.
The second 4,500gns bid was made by Neil Gourlay, Auchencheyne, Moniaive, Thornhill for the herd’s stock bull, Fairway Hornblower TI +40, SRI +40, a two year old Balmyle Statesman son.
Fairway Bodicea TI +33, SRI +29, an eight year old Soprano daughter with her six month old bull, Fairway Insulane commanded a 4,300gns bid from PK Stephens, Roassanna Ashford, Co Wicklow. Bodicea’s four year old daughter, Fairway Freejuna TI +43, SRI +31 by Fairway Trumpeter together with her month old bull by Blelack Digger made 4,000gns to DG and JD Walker, Sanquhar, Dumfries.
Procter and Waring, Bandrake Head, Ulverston went to 4,200gns for Fairway Dounray TI +34, SRI +27, a six year old Trumpeter daughter with her six month old bull calf, Fairway Inverness, by Blelack Digger. A second 4,200gns call, this time from John McGrath, Dromore, Co Down, secured Fairway Harvestfair TI +73, SRI +58, a Blelack Digger sired maiden heifer.
Fairway Cosmicray TI 34, SRI +29, a seven year old by Soprano together with her twin calves by Blelack Digger, Fairway Iceray and Fairway Ison, made 4,100gns to Clive Richardson, Portadown, Co Armagh.
Averages: 29 cows with calves £3,932; 8 cows in calf £2,205; 16 in calf heifers £2,704; 16 maiden heifers £1,598.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington
Charolais sold to a top of 7,500gns at the spring multi beef breed sale in Stirling on Monday 5 May.
Sale topper at 7,500gns was the champion, Glenericht Hawick TI +47, SRI +40, a 19 month old by the 10,000gns Chunal Dougie and out of an Elrick bred heifer from WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perth. The buyer was Myreton Farms, Inch, Aberdeen.
Next at 6,800gns was the reserve champion, the18 month old Chunal Highlander TI +27, SRI +38, by the Royal Highland champion, Balmyle Eclipse, from Mark McGahan, Hadfield, Glossop. The buyer was JA Baxter, Gardenstown, Banff who also paid 4,800gns for Balthayock Hector TI +35, SRI +39, a 17 month old by the 8,000gns Ugie Echo from David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perth.
At 5,800gns, the two year old Kersknowe Horatio TI +39, SRI +24 by Sackville Dynamite from James and John Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso was knocked down sold to Messrs Stewart, Sandilands, Lanark.
Two lots were bid to 5,000gns. First to go was Goldies Hallmark TI +60, SRI +58, a 21 month old by Goldies Ambassador. Bred and exhibited by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries, he went home with S Durno and Son, Tomnavoulin, Ballindalloch.
The day’s second 5,000gns call was made by Southwick Farms, Southwick, Dumfries for Thrunton Hawk TI+30, SRI +33, a 20 month old by the 13,000gns Kelton Trident from the Campbell family, Thrunton, Alnwick.
Blelack Hilton TI +67, SRI 63, a 21 month old by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite sold for the day’s second 4,800gns call. Bred and exhibited by father and son team, Neil and Graeme Massie, Aboyne, Aberdeen, he sold to GE Mowat, Halkirk, Caithness.
The two year old Blackford Horatio TI +36, SRI +31, by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal from Ann MacPherson, Croy, Invernesshire made 4,500gns to JA Wallace, Whauphill, Newton Stewart. A bid of 4,200gns secured Carwood Hunter TI +46, SRI +51, an 18 month old Eglin Emperor son from Colin Wight, Biggar to the Scottish Government’s bull stud, Inverness.
Minutes later, Mornity Farms, Alyth, Blairgowrie, offered the 18 month old Baggrave Lysander son, Mornity Harvester TI +56, SRI +42 at 4,000gns to K Young, Girvan, Ayr.
Averages: 28 bulls, £4,042.50
Auctioneers: United Auctions
May 6, 2014 Charolais peak at 6,800gns in Welshpool
Modern British Charolais were in demand selling to a top of 6,800gns at the breed society’s official sale in Welshpool on Friday 2 May.
Sale leader at 6,800gns was Montgomery Harman a 19 month old by Blelack Digger and the highest performance recorded bull in the catalogue with a TI +76, SRI +66. Bred and exhibited by the Roberts and Jones partnership, Llangadfan, Welshpool he sold to join David Jones’ 60 cow suckler herd at Maesmawr, Welshpool. “This was a 50:50 decision made on figures – good calving ease plus growth rate EBVs plus he has the right looks,” said Mr Jones. “Store buyers are looking for Charolais crosses and are prepared to pay a premium; we intend to continue to deliver.”
Earlier in the day, the 20 month old Montgomery Halifax TI +66, SRI +57, another Digger son from Roberts and Jones made 5,800gns to R Reynolds, Beguildy, Knighton.
Next at 6,000gns was the 17 month old Trefaldwyn Horatio TI +64, SRI +59, another Blelack Digger son, this time bred and exhibited by Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool. He went to join James and Alec Cowan’s 100 cow suckler herd at Synodd Inn, Llandysul. “We selected Horatio for his combination of ease of calving and eye muscle area EBVs, as well as his good square loin as we start to gear up for the introduction of VIA carcase assessment,” said Mr Cowan.
The day’s champion, Maerdy Hoelen TI +25, SRI +17 made 5,000gns to Aled Williams, Llangernyw, Abergele who was returning to Charolais after a decade of using other Continental terminal sires. “We need faster growth and more weight, and by reintroducing Charolais we hope to shave weeks off time to target finishing weight,” he said. Bred and exhibited by Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold, Hoelen was a 20 month old Maerdy Ulm son.
Maerdy Hidlwr TI +49, SRI +31, another 20 month old from Esmor Evans this time by Maerdy Dynamite made 4,500gns to MR Bound, Tylwch, Llanidloes. Later in the day his Maerdy Huwllwyd TI +41, SRI +42, an 18 month old first class winner by the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous made 4,000gns to H Davies, Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire.
Two entries were in the money from the Barker family’s Caylers herd, Nuthampstead, Royston. Caylers Isaac TI +40, SRI +32, a 16 month old Thrunton Dominator son and first class winner commanded a 4,800gns bid from BJ Davies, St Harmon, Rhayader. Earlier their 19 month old Caylers Hunter TI +36, SRI +33 by the homebred Caylers Fergus made 4,000gns to RT Richardson and Son, Ilam, Ashbourne.
John Williams, Caersws, offered his 20 month old Trannon Harold, by Wesley Evolution for 4,600gns to WJ Lewis, Pennant, Llanon. Next at 4,400gns was Hendy Isaac, a 16 month old by Pinay from the Rees family, Llangurig, Llanidloes to DI Hughes, Aberhosan, Machynlleth, whilst a bid of 4,200gns was made by R Vaughan-Jones, Tywyn for Cargriff Houston, an 18 month old Blelack Digger son from Griff Morris, Llanstephen, Carmarthen.
Averages: 37 bulls £3,791.35; 2 heifers £1,575
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales