April 30, 2017 Charolais clearance rates and averages up at Stirling
A combination of pedigree and commercial interest saw a solid trade of Charolais bulls at Stirling on Monday 1 May where 32 bulls sold to a top price of 8,500gns and an average of £4,587, up £312 on the year with clearance rates rocketing by 36% to 89%.
The sale leader at 8,500gns was the pre-sale show Champion Elgin Lochness from RA Milne and sons, Elgin, Morayshire. The 18-month old Lochness is sired by the 14,000gns easy calving Westcarse Houdini and out of the home-bred Elgin Heidi who goes back to the 10,000gns Thrunton Alpha and was purchased by Allan Mcarthur, Balfron Station, Glasgow.
The purchasers seemed to agree with the pre-sale Judge Ellis Mutch as his choice for reserve champion was the next top priced. Bred and exhibited by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, the November-2015 born Goldies Lively whose breeding includes sire the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman – who also sired the top priced bull Carlisle May 2016 – and home-bred dam Goldies Isabelle who is sired by the 34,000gns Goldies Uppermost sold in an 8,000gns deal to J and A Dunlop, Maybole, Ayrshire.
John Whiteford & Son, Cupar, Fife were the next to purchase, spending 6,000gns and taking home Inverlochy Lustre, a 22-month old son of the 11,000gns Blelack Giggsey and a home-bred dam going back to the seasoned show winner Inverlochy Resolve. Lustre had himself shone in the showring when he was tapped out top of his class the previous day for exhibitors John Irvine and Son, Ballindalloch, Banffshire.
Matching the 6,000gns price tag was the November-2015 born Linrossfarm Leo from Edward Scott, Glamis, Angus. G Mccormick Snr liked the look of this yellow ticking winning son of the proven high performing short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and takes him home to work in Bridgend, Isle Of Islay.
Close behind and the first of two to secure 5,800gns was Thrunton Lachlan who took the fancy of George Russell, Denny, Stirlingshire. This 24-month old entry from JHC Campbell & Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland is sired by Thrunton Gladiator and his maternal grandsire is the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.
Hamish Goldie was back in the money also securing 5,800gns for another of his Gretnahouse Heman sons, this time out of Goldies Ingot going back to the 12,000gns Goldies Elation. The November 2015-born Goldies Lionel sold to Colin McMillan, Bowmore, Isle of Islay.
Next at 5,500gns was Gretnahouse Leapfrog for breeder Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire. Another son of the popular Blelack Digger this 19-month old travels on to work in Lumphannan, Aberdeenshire with new owners S and J Urquhart.
David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire sold a trio of top priced bulls, the highest priced of which was a yellow ticket winner who secured a bid of 5,200gns from A Mccornick and Co, Lochfoot, Dumfries. The October-2015 born Balthayock Lorenzo is sired by the easy calving champion of the Perth and Braco shows and is out of the 10,000gns Balmyle Churchill daughter Balthayock Favourite whose previous son sold for 8,000gns.
The Walters went on to sell two of their younger lots – aged 15 months – for 4,000gns a piece, both sired by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh supreme and Highland beef breeder continental champion Maerdy Grenadier. Balthayock Marius was purchased by J and A Cooper and Sons, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire and Balthayock Mark went on to Kirkcolm, Stranraer with RJ Manson and Partners.
Earlier in the day H Adamson and Son, Newport On Tay, Fife purchased the 19-month old Mortimers Highlandfling son Westcarse Lightening from exhibitor’s J H Christie and Son, Stirling, Stirlingshire for 4,800gns.
At 4,500gns Mr and Mrs John Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire were the next to sell. The August-2015 born Midlock Luck who had placed second in his class the previous day and is sired the 17,000gns Elrick Highlander was snapped up by Aitken Bros, Linlithgow, West Lothian.
The final lot to bring 4,000gns was the 20-month old Baillieston Luke, a son of the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Hasse from Ronnie Baillie and Co, Deerness, Orkney. Balmirmer Farms were the successful bidders and take him home to work at West Balmirmer, Angus.
Averages: 32 bulls £4,587
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Stirling Show Results
Sunday 30 April 2017
Judge: Ellis Mutch, Forglen, Banff
Class Eight – Bulls born on or between 03/05/2015 – 18/07/2015
1st – John Irvine and Son – Inverlochy Lustre – s. Blelack Giggsey
2nd – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Locomotion – s. Maerdy Impeccable
3rd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Lancelot – s. Maerdy Hearthrob
Class Nine – Bulls born on or between 19/07/2015 – 03/10/2015
1st – John Irvine and Son – Inverlochy Landward – s. Blelack Giggsey
2nd – Mr & Mrs John Wight – Midlock Luck – s. Elrick Highlander
3rd – J H Christie & Son – Westcarse Lightening – s. Mortimers Highlandfling
Class Ten – Bulls born on or between 04/10/2015 – 10/11/2015
1st – RA Milne and Sons – Elgin Lochness – s. Westcarse Houdini
2nd – J M Cant & Partners – Panmure Logan – s. Thrunton Firecracker
3rd – David and Nick Walter – Balthayock Lorenzo – s. Ugie Echo
Class Eleven – Bulls born on or after 11/11/2015
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lively – s. Gretnahouse Heman
2nd – J M Cant & Partners – Panmure Lennie – s. Sandelford Harrison ET
3rd – Edward Scott – Linrossfarm Leo – s. Blelack Digger
RA Milne and Sons – Elgin Lochness – s. Westcarse Houdini
Reserve Supreme Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lively – s. Gretnahouse Heman
April 30, 2017 Charolais Math adds up to the top price at Welshpool
The ring was packed to the brim for the Charolais sale at Welshpool on Saturday April 29 driven by the Charolais success in the store ring here on Tuesday. Bulls averaged £4417.50, an increase on last year of £288 and clearance rates were also up on the year by 9% to 85% with 11 bulls selling for 5,000gns and above.
Society Chairman Andrew Hornall commented, “The commercial traders were out in force today looking to secure a Charolais bull which reflects the recent trend in the store markets where Charolais sired suckler calves are topping the markets on weight for age”.
The sale leader at 6,400gns was the reserve champion Brynffanigl Math from the delighted Bob and Huw Roberts, Abergele, Clwyd. Math was the youngest lot at the sale at just 13 months old, is sired by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and out of the homebred dam Brynffanigl Fion who goes back to the 17,000gns Alsnow Almighty and whose last calf sold for 4,400gns this time last year. Math stays local as Arthur Williams of DC Evans and Co, takes him back to work at his 120 strong suckler herd in Abergele, Clwyd.
Close behind and the first of two to sell at 6,000gns was the day’s champion. Bred and exhibited by Mr Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Gwynedd, the December-2015 born Esgob Lionking is sired by the proven high performing short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and his home-bred dam is sired by the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur. Purchasers TWA Jenkins, Llandysul, Ceredigion agreed with the show judge Ian Goldie who had selected Lionking as champion and commented that “He is a very correct fleshy bull with good character”.
Also selling for a 6,000gns ticket price was the 21-month-old Maerdy Llawes who was snapped up by DS Tudor, Corwen, Clwyd. The breeding here includes sire the 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob and dam Maerdy Happiness, a daughter of the 13,000gns Highland Show junior champion Kelton Trident and Llawes was bred and exhibited by Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans.
Mr Evans had another in the money later in the sale with his February-2016 born class winner Maerdy Mastermind who is sired by the French born Maerdy Gouverneur. JR Jones, Caernarvon, Gwynedd was the man with his hand in the air as the hammer went down at 5,300gns on this one.
Dan Harman, Chesham, Buckinghamshire also had a profitable day selling two of the top priced lots both sired by the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox. The highest priced at 5,600gns was Silver Montecristo, a 14-month-old whose home-bred dam goes back to the 13,000gns Blelack Crusader and was purchased by M Griffiths and Co, Pwllhelli, Gwynedd and minutes earlier M Jones, Lledrod, Aberystwyth paid 5,400gns for the 15-month-old Silver Maximus.
Two bulls sold for the next highest price of 5,200gns. The June-2015 born Trannon Likelylad from John Williams, Caersws, Powys was the first, he had been awarded a yellow ticket in his class at the pre-sale show and DM Jerman and Co, Llanidloes, Powys were the purchasers of this Wesley Evolution son.
Then David and Bernadette Stacey, St Austell, Cornwall also secured 5,200gns from DA Jones and Co, Llanidloes, Powys for their 14-month-old entry. Polgoda Mackenzie who had placed second in his class earlier in the day is sired by the Cornwall Show champion Balbithan Eria.
Three bulls were knocked down at 5,000gns a piece with the first coming from Billy and Sarah Turner, Skelton on Ure, North Yorkshire. Brampton Limelight, a March-2015 born son of the 22,000gns Burradon Goldenballs caught the eye of AK Watkins, Kentchurch, Herefordshire.
The second to sell for 5,000gns, this time going home with Premier Barton Farms to work in Exeter, Devon, was the 23-month-old 10,500gns Midas Furious son Brestbaily Legend from WJ Lewis and Son, Brecon, Powys.
Matching the 5,000gns price tag was Carrigbeg Longjohn from exhibitor Richard Butler, Barbers Bridge, Gloucestershire and JT Davies, Llandrindod, Powys were the purchasers of this November-2015 born 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax son.
Averages: 29 bulls: £4,417.50; one cow and calf: £2,835; one heifer: £1,890
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
April 12, 2017 Champion is a Legend
A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 3,500gns at the South West Charolais Association’s annual sale at Holsworthy on Wednesday 12th April, where bulls averaged £2,934 with three more sold than last year.
Bidding peaked at 3,500gns for the pre-sale show champion Polgoda Legend from David and Bernadette Stacey, St Austell, Cornwall. The 15-month-old Legend is bred from a good show line being sired by the Royal Cornwall Show breed champion Balbithan Eria and out of homebred Polgoda Glamoupuss, herself a Royal Cornwall show class winner and he stays local in Bugle, Cornwall going home with HJ Trudgian and Partners.
Just behind at 3,200gns was the reserve champion from Mr and Mrs Andrew White, Swanage, Dorset. Balbithan Mustang is another with show success in his pedigree as his homebred dam Balbithan Flora goes back to the 12,000gns Devon County Show champion Newhouse Benson and he is sired by the 11,500gns Loganbar Goran. This January-2016-born lad caught the eye of GHJ Medland, Peter Tavy, Devon.
Mr Medland was in a buying mood and went on to purchase two more including the first of three to sell for a 3,000gns price tag. Lovistone Leicester who stood third in his class at the pre-sale show is a 15-month-old sired by Balthayock Hamish and was bred and exhibited by Brian Nancekivell, Okehampton, Devon.
Another selling for the same price, from the same home and from the same sire was the November-2015-born Lovistone Leonard, this time out of homebred dam Lovistone Illusive going back to the proven easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger. Leonard was purchased by AJ and DM Finnemore and Son, Advent, Cornwall.
The final bull to sell for 3,000gns was exhibited by Will Palmer and Son, Truro, Cornwall and was knocked down to A Crane, Kedworthy, Devon. The 23-month-old Springfarm Eldon son Trenestrall Lazie who had been tapped out second in his class earlier in the day by judge John Wylde.
There were just two heifers forward both exhibited by Jane Haw on behalf of Dorset breeders Mr and Mrs Andrew White and sired by the 11,500gns Loganbar Goran. First to sell was the 23-month-old Balbithan Lavender which was purchased by DT Daniel, North Petherwin, Cornwall for 1,550gns. Then moments later Mr Daniel snapped up the slighter younger 22-month-old Balbithan Lenor for the same price.
Average: 9 bulls £2,934; 2 Heifers, £1,628
Wednesday 12 April 2017
Judge: John Wylde, Bridgewater, Somerset
Class Two – Bull born on or between 06/05/2015 – 26/12/2015
1st – David and Bernadette Stacey – Polgoda Legend – s. Balbithan Eria
2nd – Will Palmer and Son – Trenestrall Lazie – s. Springfarm Eldon
3rd – Brian Nancekivell – Lovistone Leicester – s. Balthayock Hamish
Class Three – Bull born on or between 05/01/2016 – 07/02/2016
1st – Mr and Mrs Andrew White – Balbithan Mustang – s. Loganbar Goran
2nd – Mr and Mrs Andrew White – Balbithan Macbeth – s. Balbithan Inkleberry
3rd – Patrick Greed – Killerton Macduff – s. Maerdy Eurocrat
Class Four – Bull born on or between 11/02/2016 – 25/02/2016
1st – David and Bernadette Stacey – Polgoda Maverick – s. Balbithan Eria
2nd – Mrs C Clapp – Cove Milkyway – s. Thrunton Fairfax
3rd – Brian Nancekivell – Lovistone Magnus – s. Woodpark Fearless ET
David and Bernadette Stacey – Polgoda Legend – s. Balbithan Eria
Mr and Mrs Andrew White – Balbithan Mustang – s. Loganbar Goran
April 11, 2017 British Genetics Dominate the Irish Sale Trade
Buyers at this year’s Irish Charolais Cattle Society Premier show and sale in Elphin, on the 25 March were looking to purchase bulls with British linage giving high euro star indexes and good calving figures.
Leading the trade at €7,000 was the October 2015 born bull, Drumcullen Longshot. Exhibited by John Fleury from Killyon, Co. Offaly, this catchy bull is a son of the herd’s former stock bull, Vexour Granville. Imported from the UK from breeder Jan Boomaars, Woldingham, Surrey, in 2012 when he was just a year old, Granville has certainly left his mark on the Drumcullen herd, siring a number of high priced cattle in recent years. A second prize winner in the pre-sale show, Longshot sold with a five-star terminal index of €134 and a calving figure of 7.3% to Michael Phillips from County Sligo.
The pre-sale show was judged by Patsy Mc Cabe from the Blakestown herd in county Louth. He found his senior champion in the form of Sionhill Lazer exhibited by the Carey’s from Killucan, Co. Westmeath. One of the ringside favourites from the moment he entered the ring, Lazer is a November 2015 born son of British bred Balthayock Hamish from David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire. He went under the hammer with a five-star terminal index of €129 and a calving figure of just 6.4%. He was knocked down to James Johnston from Northern Ireland at €5,500.
The reserve senior male champion went to another British sired son this time out of Elgin Davinci bred by Roy Milne, Lhanbryde, Morayshire. Westmeath breeder Aidan Farrell was the exhibitor of Williamstown Lenny, a November 2015 born bull who stood top of the line in a strong second class of bulls, but failed to meet his reserve in the sales ring.
Taking home the junior champion of the show was the winner of the last class of bulls, Drummand Master. Just over 13 months old on sale day, this young bull was bred and exhibited by Michael Quigley from Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan. A son of the UK sire JHC Campbell and Sons’ 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax, Master exchanged hands at €4,800 to M and P Connolly from Roslea, Co. Fermanagh.
Getting back to the top sellers again, Michael Kavanagh from Brownshill, Co. Carlow was next in line with their first prize winner, Brownshill 14 Major. A pre-sale favourite having won the junior male champion at last year’s National Charolais Show, this January 2016 born son of the British 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny bred by Tom and Sheena Gatherer, won his class before selling for €5,800 to Thomas Whitehead, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.
Hitting the €4,800 mark was Carrickbrack 96 Maximus exhibited by Noel Maxwell from Convoy, Co. Donegal. This January 2016 born son of the renowned easy calving UK sire Blelack Digger bred by Neil Massie, was one of the highest index bulls catalogued with a five-star terminal index of €153, a five star replacement index of €132 and a calving figure of just 6.5%. This bull’s pedigree is no stranger to success in the sales ring, with full brothers selling for numerous high prices in Ireland and Scotland. He was snapped up by County Mayo breeder Joe Mc Donnell from Louisburgh.