Demand was high for Charolais bulls in Stirling on Monday 2 May. Bidding peaked at 9,000gns and 31 lots sold to an average of £4275.
Leading the bids at 9,000gns was Balthayock Jetset for breeders David and Nicholas Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire. Jetset a 21 month old son of the 8,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Ugie Echo travels on to work in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire with new owner JD Leavesley.
The Walters went on to sell another Ugie Echo son, the 16 month old Balthayock James TI +54 SRI +60 who sold in a 4,500gns deal to the Aitken brothers, Linlithgow, West Lothian.
The reserve champion Lakelady Jelle was next to sell for Katreen Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. The June 2014-born Jelle by the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo and out of the homebred Lakelady Elle who has previously sold sons to 9000gns was snapped up by C Thomson, Midmar, Aberdeenshire for 7,200gns.
Just behind on 7,000gns was a 19 month old blue ticket winner from Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Alyth, Perthshire. The 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini son Mornity Jungle was purchased by GT and S Coghill, Birsay, Orkney.
The second to sell at a 7,000gns price tag was the 16 month old Panmure Lincoln TI +50 SRI +50 who won his class in the show and has previously been awarded the Stars of the Future Calf Show reserve junior male. George Russell, Denny, Stirlingshire forked out the cash for this son of the 10,500gns Carlisle intermediate male champion Thrunton Firecracker to breeders and exhibitors JM Cant & Partners, Arbitlot, Angus.
Purchaser W S L Muir, Stromness, Orkney went home with a trio of bulls. The first at 6,200gns was the 19 month old class winner and Blelack Digger sired Goldies Jeff TI +65 SRI +68 from breeders Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire.
Earlier in the day Mr Muir purchased the Champion Falleninch Julius from Andrew Hornall, Stirling, Stirlingshire for 5,000gns. The August 2014-born Julius is sired by Dereskit Fernando and out of Falleninch Anna going back to Mortimers Tebay.
Mr Muir went on to buy the 22 month old Baillieston Jason, the first of two 10,500gns Burradon Galaxy sons on offer from Ronnie Baillie, Deerness, Orkney, both selling to 4,500gns. Mr Baillie’s second lot the slightly younger Baillieston Julius found a new home with I Macrae in Tighnabruaich, Argyll.
At 5,200gns Messrs Kelsall and Marsden, Preston, Lancashire were the next to sell. The April 2014-born Bleasdale Justice sired by Vexour Freddy was purchased by Nether Balfour Farms Park, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.
JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland was the exhibitor of the next lot Thrunton Jerome sired by the homebred Thrunton Gladiator. KM Fraser, Newburgh, Fife were the puchasers of this 22 month old at 4,800gns.
Another to sell for the Campbell’ was their class winner Thrunton Jordon, a 21 month old son of the 19,000gns Corrie Alan who sold for 4,000gns when clapped down to Woodmill Farms, Auchtermuchty, Fife.
Matching the 4,800gns price tag and purchased by M Roberts, Machynlleth, Powys was Harestone Joking, a September 2014-born son of the 25,000gns Stirling reserve supreme champion Inverlochy Ferdie from Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
Richard and Carol Rettie, Alloa, Clackmannanshire sold the next two lots both by the popular sire Blelack Digger. Firstly at 4,200gns was the 16 month old Retties Johnniewalker TI +66 SRI +60 who caught the eye of M Dykes, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and earlier in the day OFJW Leitch, Taynuilt, Argyll purchased the 18 month old Retties Jagerbomb TI +63 SRI +57 from the same vendors at 4,000gns.
The final lot to bring 4,000gns was the March 2014-born Kersknowe Juggler, a son of the 20,000gns Stirling supreme champion and Stars of the Future senior interbreed champion Inverlochy Fencer from James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburgshire. The man behind the money on this one was K Spence, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
Averages: 31 bulls £4275
Auctioneers: United Auctions