Charolais bulls met a strong commercial demand at Welshpool on Thursday 9 February, topping at 5,500gns with 18 bulls selling at an average of £3675 – up £225 on the year.
Topping the lots and securing a price of 5,500gns from Mr HT Jones, Cardigan, Ceredigion, was the 16-month-old Trefaldwyn Laird who was the first of four of the top lots to be sired by the renowned easy calving and short gestation bull Blelack Digger. Laird who is out of the home-bred dam Trefaldwyn Brilliant going back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando, was bred and exhibited by Arwel Owen, Welshpool, Powys.
Earlier in the day Mr Owen sold the 17-month-old Trefaldwyn Leader, another Digger son this time out of the 10,000gns Trefaldwyn Usk daughter Trefaldwyn Dream. He was knocked down at 4,200gns to DLG Price and Co, Llandiloes, Powys.
The second highest price of the day of 5,400gns was secured by Messrs Boden and Davies, Mellor Cheshire for their blue ticket winner and February-2015-born Sportsmans Luthur, a son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Barnsford Ferny and a homebred dam going back to the 55,000gns Perth intermediate champion Thrunton Voldemort, who took the fancy of Carl Thomas, Montgomery, Powys.
Flintshire vet Esmor Evans was also in the money with bulls making 5,000gns and 4,400gns respectively. His highest priced was purchased by DG and E Williams, Welshpool, Powys was the 15-month-old Digger son Maerdy Lofty, who was tapped out first in his class earlier in the day. Then moments later Maerdy Lleuad sired by the Royal Welsh supreme champion Maerdy Ulm was snapped up by RI and G Davies, Wells, Powys.
Commanding a 4,200gns bid from TW Jones and Son, Knighton, Powys was Caylers Lennox, another sired by Digger. This November-2015-born lad was bred and exhibited by Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.
The Caylers team went on to sell Caylers Longbow, a 15-month-old son of the 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye and Caylers Ballerina, a daughter of Doonally New. KR Williams, Camborne, Cornwall liked the look of Longbow and purchased him for 3,800gns.
Next at 4,000gns was the 21-month-old Moelfre Liam who was placed second in his class at the Royal Welsh Show last year. Kevin Thomas, Castlenewydd Emlyn, Carmarthenshire was the breeder of this Goldies Eddy son who goes on to work at Welshpool, Powys for Tirnewydd Farms.
Making 3,200gns was a lot exhibited by Wyn Rees, Llandiloes, Powys. The May-2015-born Hendy Logic sired by Sandelford Gucci went home with GW Roberts, Criccieth, Gwynedd.
Another to bring 3,200gns when chapped down to RH Phillips and Co, Claines, Worcestershire, was Killerton Lawyer. The 20-month-old Lawyer was crowned 2016 Beef South West young continental bull of the year for breeder and exhibitor Patrick Greed, Exeter, Devon and is sired by Alwent Goldbar.
Just behind at 3,000gns was Wissington Lemonade consigned by John and Jenny Rix, Nayland, Essex. The man behind the money on this September-2015 born, Thrunton Hammerstein son was BM Robinson Jnr, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.
Averages: 18 bulls £3675, 1 Female £1,050
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Thursday 9 February 2017
Judge: Mr Steve Hookway, Newent, Gloucestershire
Class One – Bulls born on or between 17/02/2015 – 05/04/2015
1st – JD Leavesley – Newroddige Laird – s. Esgob Ferrari
2nd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Luthur – s. Barnsford Ferny
3rd – William Owen – Deunawd Lotus – s. Kiltybane Highflyer
4th – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Lester – s. Falleninch Bodelavie
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 25/04/2015 – 10/07/2015
1st – Highfields Park Farm – Chameran Logan – s. Thrunton Fairfax
2nd – Patrick Greed – Killerton Lawyer – s. Alwent Goldbar
3rd – JAW Rees – Hendy Logic – s. Sandelford Gucci
4th – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Lezard – s. Barnsford Ferny
Class Three – Bulls born on or between 20/07/2015 – 28/08/2015
1st – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Larpy – s. Maerdy Dynamite
2nd – William Owen – Deunawd Luis – s. Kiltybane Highflyer
3rd – Jenny and John Rix – Wissington Logan – s. Wissington Highflyer
4th – Arwel Owen – Trefaldwyn Leader – s. Blelack Digger
Class Four – Bulls born on or after 04/09/2015
1st – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Lofty – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Longbow – s. Thrunton Goldeneye
3rd – Jenny and John Rix – Wissington Lemonade – s. Thrunton Hammerstein
4th – Caylers Charolais – Caylers Lennox – s. Blelack Digger
Class Five – Females
1st – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Jasmine – s. Maerdy Dynamite
2nd – Kevin Thomas – Moelfre Liana – s. Anside Foreman
3rd – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Joyance – s. Maerdy Dynamite
JD Leavesley – Newroddige Laird – s. Esgob Ferrari
Highfields Park Farm – Chameran Logan – s. Thrunton Fairfax