17 Charolais bulls met a solid demand and sold to a top price of £7,000gns with an average of £5125 and a clearance rate of 77% at the Stirling sale on Monday 4 May.
The three top prices of the Charolais section went to DFWH & NR Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire who sold a total of four bulls to average £6168. The first to go at 7,000gns was the 17 month old Balthayock Ferdinand son Balthayock Influence TI +76 SRI +75, who was purchased by H Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire. Next along was another 17 month old this time sired by the 8,000gns Swalesmoor Cracker, Balthayock Immortal TI +73 SRI +74 who was knocked down sold to A Watson and son, Gamrie, Banffshire at 6,800gns. Then 6,200gns was the price paid by Aitken Brothers, Linlithgow, West Lothian for Balthayock Idiom TI +67 SRI +68, an 18 month old son of the 13,000gns Balthayock Eagle. The last Balthayock bull was Ivanhoe TI +49 SRI +43 sired by Balthayock Genesis sold for 3,500gns to G and A Munn, Jamestown, Alexandria.
The champion Charolais bull Harestone Inn TI +30 SRI +29 was purchased by W and W Dawson & Sons, Huntly, Aberdeenshire for a bid of 6,000gns from exhibitor NR Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire. This 16 month old is sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless. The same vendor also sold another Fearless son for 5,500gns. This time the 16 month old Harestone Impress TI +34 SRI +36 went home with Alex J Beattie, Nairn.
Next along at 5,800gns was the 15 month old son of Balthayock Empire, Dunesk Jack which was purchased from exhibitor JA & MF McMillan, Brechin, Angus by Messrs Getty, Ardersier, Inverness-shire.
DM Lyle, Dunblane, Perthshire exhibited the reserve champion Ballinlare Indepence. Messrs Bridgewater and Wood, Langholm, Dumfries-shire purchased this 20 month old who is sired by the 16,000gns Newhouse Voodoo for 5,500gns.
A call of 5,000gns was paid by KM Irving, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran for Craigieford International TI +50 SRI +45. He was sired by the 8,500gns Goldies Golddust and was exhibited by M Bruce & Partners Ltd, Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
JH Christie & Son, Stirling, Stirlingshire then offered the 19 month old Westcarse Iceage TI +44 SRI +42, a son of the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo for 4,200gns to JC Rennie and Son, Kintore, Aberdeenshire.
Three bulls sold for 4,000gns. First along was the 17 month old Lawersbridge Inferno TI +43 SRI +33 exhibited by D Smith and Sons, Mauchline, Ayrshire and sired by Smithston Elite. He was purchased by A and C Watson, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. Then Southwick Farms, Southwick, Dumfries-shire purchased Thrunton Impressive TI +53 SRI +50 a 17 month old son of the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler from JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland. Messrs Campbell also sold the 20 month old Thrunton Indicator TI +58 SRI +56 by Blelack Digger for 3,500gns to J Clement and Sons, Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire.
The third bull to sell at 4,000gns was bought by James S Robertson and Son Ltd, Cupar, Fife from DH Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus for their 15 month old Ugie Echo son Firhills Jaguar TI +42 SRI +44. The same vendor also sold another 15 month old from the same sire, Firhills Jeeves TI +49 SRI +53 who was bought by G and A Munn, Jamestown, Alexandria for 3,500gns.
A final call of 3,600gns was paid by TRC Logan, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire for the 20 month old Panmure Ignatius TI +25 SRI +23 who is sired by the 10,500gns Thrunton Firecracker and was exhibited by JM Cant and Partners, Arbroath, Angus.
Averages: 17 Bulls £5125
Auctioneers: United Auctions
NR Barclay – Harestone Inn
Reserve Supreme Champion
DM Lyle – Ballinlare Indepence
Class One – Bulls born on or between 13 May & 7 November 2013
1st – DM Lyle – Ballinlare Indepence
2nd – M Bruce & Partners Ltd – Craigieford International
3rd – JH Christie – Westcarse Iceage
Class Two – Bulls born on or after 8 November 2013
1st – NR Barclay – Harestone Inn
2nd – D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Inferno
3rd – JA & MF McMillan – Dunesk Jack