April 2018

April 30, 2018 Mclaren races to 6,500gns at Welshpool

Charolais bulls met a solid commercial trade at Welshpool on Saturday 28 April where 32 bulls sold to average £3,986.72, with a clearance rate of 70%.

The top priced bull at 6,500gns was an 18-month-old entry from the Barker family, Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, who stood first in his class at the pre-sale show. Caylers Mclaren who is sired by Gretnahouse Ultimate and out of the homebred Caylers Jemma who goes back to Thrunton Dominator, went home with ER Hollinsworth and son, to work in Middleton, Manchester.

Caylers Mclaren sold for 6500gns

The Caylers family bulls were in demand and they sold a total of three to average £5,530, including the next highest priced lot Caylers Minstrel. R Napper, West Hagbourne, Oxfordshire, was the purchaser this time and paid 5,800gns for the blue-ticket winner and November 2016-born Minstrel, a son of the Irish-born Rosanna Jupiter and the Thrunton Dominator-sired Caylers Gigi.

Caylers Minstrel sold for 5800 gns

Another breeder who enjoyed success on the day was Flintshire vet Esmor Evans from Mold, who not only bagged the pre-sale show championship but also secured four bull sales making an average of £4,331. His highest priced lot and champion was the 19-month-old Maerdy Mauard, out of the Vald’or-Ra-sired Maerdy Hwylus and by the easy calving, high scanning, 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous, who has previously sold sons to 22,000gns and 28,000gns. This champion lot was purchased at 5,500gns by DL and LE Davies, Llanegryn, Gwynedd.

Maerdy Mauard the Champion sold for 5500 gns

Priced at 5,200gns and selling to WT Jones and Co, Tywyn, Gwynedd, was the December 2016-born Esgob Majestic from Gareth Jones, Cwntrimnach, Gwynedd. Majestic is sired by the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur and out of Esgob Diva who goes back to the 18,000gns Thrunton Virginian.

Esgob Majestic sold for 5200 gns

Two lots secured the next highest price of 5,000gns a piece and the first was a 19-month-old Wesley Evolution son, Trannon Montgomery from John Williams, Caersws, Powys. Montgomery’s home-bred dam Trannon Hanna is sired by Wernvale Chico and he caught the eye of GE Davies and Sons, Llanrhaeadr, Shropshire.

Trannon Montgomery sold for 5000 gns

Also at 5,000gns and this time selling to Mr A Jones, Bettws Y Coed, Gwynedd, was a 17-month-old offering from Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Carmarthenshire. Moelfre Morgan is sired by the 12,500gns Stirling class winner Balmyle Impression, who has proved to be a shrewd purchase for Mr Thomas, already producing four sons whose sales have averaged 7,500gns a piece and the Royal Welsh show junior male champion Moelfre Magic. His dam Moelfre Forgetmenot goes back to the French-bred Texan.

Moelfre Morgan sold for 5000 gns

The oldest and first lot of the sale sold for the next highest price of 4,500gns. Finnwest Massey who is a July 2016-born son of the proven easy calving and short gestation Blelack Digger and Brailes Asteroid-sired Finnwest Indigo, was bred and exhibited by Paul Weston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire and sold to LF James and Son, Cilmaengwyn, Swansea.

Another lot was also knocked down at 4,500gns, this time selling to Mr B Bridgewater, Rhulen, Powys. Graiggoch Magnum, a 16-month-old, who had stood third in his class earlier in the day for breeder Gerwyn Jones, Nebo, Conwy, is sired by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion and Caithness Show champion Clyth Diplomat and out of Thrunton Starband who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando.

Another Derbyshire breeder was in the money when Thomas Cox from Great Longstone, secured 4,300gns for the November 2016-born Bleaklow Magnum. This son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and Royal Highland Show reserve junior bull Elgin Davinci-sired Bleaklow Jlo was purchased by AJ and JM Abberley, Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

A couple of lots secured a price of 4,000gns and the first was a yellow-ticket winner from the aforementioned Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire. Maerdy Muir, an 18-month-old who is sired by Blelack Fabulous and out of Maerdy Eglantine, a French-bred Populair daughter, went home to Llandefalle, Powys, with CE and A Millichap.

Also making 4,000gns was a class winner from Gareth Jones, Cwntrimnach, Gwynedd, who stayed local when he was purchased by E and LG Williams, Abergele, Gwynedd. Esgob Neu, a 15-month-old by the Irish-bred Goldstar Gentleman, is out of the home-bred Esgob Helen who is turn is sired by the 26,000gns Carlisle junior champion Anside Excalibur.

A heifer from Richard Butler, Barbers Bridge, Gloucestershire, was the only female lot of the main sale. Carrigbeg Moo is a two-year-old by the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis, whose dam Congress Isadora is a daughter 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Highland Show junior champion Goldies Unbeatable. RWL and JE George, Llanfair, Caereinion, Powys, purchased her for 1,950gns.

A small reduction of six cow and calves from the Harman family, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, was also featured at the sale. The top priced at 2,400gns was the mother and daughter duo – 2014-born Silver Janet and her four-month-old heifer calf Silver Nectar. The 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax sired Janet, is out of Silver Borghild, a Chesham Pingpong daughter, while her daughter Nectar is sired by the 14,000gns Stirling supreme champion Barnsford Jubilant. The aforementioned Hollinsworth family were the purchasers.

Averages: 32 bulls: £3,986.72; one heifer: £2,048; Harman reduction: 6 Cow and Calves, £2,004
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Neil Brown, Hackleton, Northamptonshire

The Champion Meardy Mauard and Reserve champion Trefaldwyn Nightrider

April 13, 2018 2018 Charolais Youth

South East, Anglia & South West Regional Qualifier

There was an early start to the qualifiers this year, as the weekend after Easter saw the first of the regional qualifiers take place for the South East, Anglia and South West regions on Saturday 7 April at Mortimers Farm, Fair Oak, Hampshire, by kind invitation of the Piper and Maclean families.

Mortimers Farm which established their Charolais pedigree herd in 1983 with the purchase of seven pedigree Charolais females from the Monymusk herd, is well known throughout the show circuit as Charlie and the boys take their show team all over the country. They have achieved considerable success in all age groups at National and County Shows including Overall Supreme Championship at the Royal Highland, South of England and The Royal Bath & West – to name just a few, and bred the last ever Royal Show Champion Mortimers Urovision.

In the sale ring the herd has had seven Perth sale female champions, five of whom were sired by homebred Mortimers Josh and their current record high priced, was the sale of Mortimers Echo for 10,000gns at Stirling in February 2011.

Quality is favoured over quantity and the Mortimers’ breeding objective has been to produce quality females and bulls for pedigree herds and the commercial farmer – focusing on ease of calving, conformation, temperament, milk and growth rates. A high health and welfare policy is paramount, and the herd is a member of the SRUC Premium Cattle Health Scheme and accredited for BVD, IBR and Johnes.

After the club AGM the stockjudging began with three classes to be judged, young heifers, cows and bulls, after which we tucked into the fine spread laid on by regional co-ordinator and host Karen Maclean, which included some very welcome warming soup. Lunch and the presentations were hosted in the beautiful period barn and when everyone had eaten their fill there was a chance to have a go at halter making with Graham Fishlock before a cattle dressing demonstration by experienced showmen Darren Knox of the Drumshane herd and host Charlie Maclean.

Before the presentation of prizes, the master judge 23-year-old Ruth Perry gave us a demonstration on how to give reasons and the young competitors had a chance to ask her questions about her choices and her experiences in previous stockjudging competitions. It was refreshing to have such a young master judge and the high scores achieved by the competitors proved that she knew her stuff.

Congratulations to all of the regional high scorers who go forward to the National final on the 21st July. For the South East region, Angus Maclean and Kirstie Torrance will represent the seniors with scores of 142 & 132 respectively. Donald Maclean and Matthew Ranson who scored 134 & 106 will go forward at the intermediate team and Holly Archer and Kiera Mason go forward for the juniors with scores of 141 and 138. For Anglia, team a are Naomi Jones and Ellie Knox who scored 127 & 125, team b – Toby Ranson and Hannah Knox – 102 & 123 and team c – Charlie Knox scoring 123 and William Heath. And finally, the South West will be represented by James Wareham, George Wareham, Emily Mitchell, Ben Trim, Tom Mitchell and Ali Wareham who scored 113, 102, 136, 134, 130 & 112 respectively.

South East Senior Winner Angus Maclean & Runner-up Kirstie Torrance with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

South East Intermediate Winner Donald Maclean & Runner-up Matthew Ranson with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

South East Junior Winner Holly Archer & Runner-up Kiera Mason with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

Anglia Team Ellie, Hannah & Charlie Knox with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean



South West Intermediate Winner Emily Mitchell with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

South West Junior Winner Ben Trim & Runner up Tom Mitchell with Judge Ruth Perry & Host Karen Maclean

Wales & North Midlands

Regional qualifiers for the Welsh and Midlands regions were next and this year was again held at Welshpool Livestock Market on the evening preceding the April society sale.

The stockjudging was scheduled for after the inspections and there was a small turnout with competitors travelling from Wales, the Midlands and even one from Yorkshire! The market had kindly agreed to us using the show ring and as usual the Welshpool market team were really accommodating, with the caterers staying on late so we could host the presentations in the canteen. The exhibitors were as always, ready and willing to help and between them organised two bull good classes for judging and Society Vice Chairman Ben Harman kindly stepped in as master judge.

After the judging, while the scoring was taking place, Society CEO Peter Phythian gave a presentation to competitors and exhibitors on cattle classification and market requirements, which was followed by a talk and a question and answer session on the Society’s new DNA policy.

Congratulations to all of the competitors going forward to the National competition.

Junior Winner Luke Allen-Pugh

Intermediate Winner & Runner-up – Tom Brown

Regional Qualifier Dates

At Borderway Mart, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2RS on Friday 11 May, commencing at 7pm. Joint stockjudging with the British Blonde Society.

Yorkshire & North East
At Brampton Hall, Skelton on Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AW, by kind invitation of Billy & Sarah Turner, on Sunday 20 May, commencing at 2pm.

At Firhills Farm, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 4RJ, by kind invitation of Jim & Alison Muirhead, on Sunday 27 May, commencing at 12 noon.

Northern Ireland
At Swatragh Mart, 46 Garvagh Rd, Swatragh, Maghera, BT46 5QE, on Friday 1 June, commencing at 5pm.

National Final & Open day

Kindly hosted by the Donger family at Seawell Grounds, Foxley, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8HW on Saturday 21 July 2018.

The event will begin at 9am with trailer tours of the cattle and holding, a presentation by Weatherbys on genetic DNA testing and a presentation of the value of using EBV’s for beef production. This will be followed by the Youth stockjudging final and open stockjudging at 12 noon. Lunch will be provided at 1pm, after which there will be presentations by Harbro and Keenan Feeders and a cattle dressing demonstration before the presentation of prizes at 4pm.

If you are travelling from Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may wish to consider flying into Birmingham Airport or getting the train to Birmingham International station. The Society will provide coaches on the day for return travel to and from the train station, which is just a 5-minute free monorail trip from the airport. The coaches will leave the airport at 7:30am and return at approximately 6:30pm. The fee for return travel will depend on the uptake but will be approximately £10 per head.

There are 150 open places for up for grabs, on a first come, first served basis, so if you would like to attend please could you let us know as places must be booked by Friday 1 June 2018.