Charolais bulls peaked at 6,000gns in Carlisle on Friday 21 November at the breed society’s official fixture at the last of the season’s bull sales.
Leader at 6,000gns was the day’s supreme champion, Bassett Icon, a 20 month old by Harestone Dominator and out of a homebred dam from Jean Atkinson, Thorpe Bassett, Malton. The buyer was JS Gargett, Westwick, Barnard Castle. This bull completes a hattrick of wins at the November Carlisle Charolais sales for Jean Atkinson, bringing her the championship for three years running. This year’s champion Bassett Icon like the former champions – Bassett Hallmark and Bassett Genie – is sired by Harestone Domino who was purchased by Mrs Atkinson from NR Barclay in 2009 for 10,000gns. Domino has proved very productive with over 100 progeny born on Mrs Atkinson’s holding.
Next at 5,200gns was Harestone Imperator TI +56, SRI +58, an 18 month old by the 6,000gns Balthayock Aesop from Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeen to P and TL Edmondson, Kirkby in Furness.
A bid of 4,900gns secured the 18 month old Cottage Devon son, Altnaveigh Istabraq from S and R Thompson, Newry, County Down. He continued his journey over the water with buyer, R Chadwick, Greeba, Isle of Man.
Will Oates, Ouston Farms, Lobely Hill, Gateshead offered the next entry at 4,800gns to TJ Lee, and Son, Hexham. Ravensworth Important TI +43, SRI +39 was an 18 month old by Thrunton Florida.
Minutes later, the same vendor offered another Florida son, this time the 17 month old Ravensworth Indiana at 4,700gns to A and W Orr, Cleghorn, Lanark.
A second 4,700gns bid was made by W and JA Longlands, Birtley, Hexham for Millbridge Iceman TI +24, SRI +23, a 17 month old Thrunton Voldemort son from Judith Hunter, Woodrow, Wigton.
Two entries shared a 3,800gns price tag. Gretnahouse Interval TI +53, SRI +47, an 18 month old Blelack Digger son from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green changed hands with by S Richardson, Marwood, Barnard Castle. The second 3,800gns bid was made for Thrunton Hornblower TI +47, SRI +39, a rising two year old Balmyle Dickler son from the Campbell family, Thrunton, Alnwick to Telfer Bros., Capheaton, Newcastle. Another entry from the same stable, Thrunton Ivan TI +47, SRI +34, a 21 month old by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal made 3,500gns to Dowson and Sartin, Lartington, Barnard Castle.
A second 3,500gns bid was commanded by Retties Irresistabull TI +54, SRI +43, an 18 month old Haviestoun Festival son from Richard and Carol Rettie, Forestmill, Alloa to Moorhouse Farm, Colby, Isle of Man.
The Campbell family topped the females section at 3,000gns with Thrunton Hacienda, a two year old in calf heifer by Ugie Eros to D Smith, Staindrop, Darlington.
Averages: 19 bulls £3,940.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington
Photos from Around the Ring
Class One – Bulls on or born before 13/02/2013
1st – WHITECLIFFE HADRIAN – M & J Hayhurst
2nd – THRUNTON IVAN – JHC Campbell & Sons
3rd – LAVEROCK INKSPOT – W Richardson & Sons
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 03/03/2013 and 02/04/2013
1st – BASSETT ICON – Jean Atkinson
2nd – ARGLAM IVAN – PM & PM Rhodes
3rd – ARGLAM INDEPENDENT – PM & PM Rhodes
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 13/04/2013 and 24/04/2013
1st – WHITECLIFFE INCREDIBULL – M & J Hayhurst
2nd – GRETNAHOUSE IPAD – Gretna House Farms
3rd – BASSETT ILLUSION – Jean Atkinson
Class Four – Bulls born on or between 28/04/2013 and 22/05/2013
1st – RAMRAD IVAN – Douglas Morrow
2nd – EDENHURST ITHACUS – Peter W Vasey
3rd – LINDFORD INSPIRED – Alan Platt
4th – GRETNAHOUSE INTERVAL – Gretnahouse Farms
5th – RETTIES IRRESISTIBULL – R & C Rettie
Class Five – Bulls born on or after 26/05/2013
1st – MILLBRIDGE ICEMAN – Judith Hunter
2nd – RAVENSWORTH IMPORTANT – Ouston Farms Ltd
3rd – MARWOOD INVESTMENT – RA & J Blyth
4th – RAVENSWORTH INDIANA – Ouston Farms Ltd
5th – HARESTONE IMPERATOR – R & N Barclay
Class Six – Females
1st – CROOKDAKE ISABELLA – DA & SM Miller
Male Champion – BASSETT ICON – Jean Atkinson
Reserve Male Champion – RAMRAD IVAN – Douglas Morrow
Female Champion – CROOKDAKE ISABELLA – DA & SM Miller