February 2019

February 27, 2019 Increased demand for Charolais at Aberdeen

Strong commercial interest saw an increased demand for Charolais bulls at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society Spring Show on Wednesday 27 February. Bidding peaked at 9,500gns which was the highest price of the day across all breeds and 16 lots sold to an average of £4,463 with five more sold than last year and a clearance rate increase of 8% to 73%.

Society CEO Peter Phythian, was delighted with the sale “On the back of last week’s successful sale in the Spring round of the bull sales at Stirling, where Charolais sold the most bulls, had the highest average and best clearance rate, this just goes to prove that Charolais are still in demand despite the challenging market conditions. Obviously, as Charolais sired suckler calves are topping the markets on weight for age, with budgets tightened this year the suckler man wants a breed that will deliver the weights that the supermarkets demand in the shortest time, which is not only benefiting their pockets but also the environment”.

Bonnykelly Nominator – Top Price, Supreme & Charolais Champion – 9,500gns

The top two Charolais sellers making 9,500gns and 6,800gns respectively, both came from Robert Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, who was already on a high after securing the breed and then the overall championship in the morning’s pre-sale show.

Both of the top lots were June 2017 born bulls sired by the 10,000gns Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Gretnahouse Ivory, who has bred almost 60 progeny into the Bonnykelly herd since his purchase in 2015, and both dams go back to the 9,000gns Newdeer Show champion Newhouse Challanger.

The highest priced at 9,500gns was the day’s overall champion Bonnykelly Nominator, bred out of Bonnykelly Freda, he goes on to work in Auchindoun, Banffshire, with winning bidders J and K Kellas. His shed mate Bonnykelly Nimrod who secured a price of 6,800gns from purchaser’s FJ Keir, Alford, Aberdeenshire, is out of Bonnykelly Heidi.

Logiestate Neil – Reserve Charolais Champion – 4,800gns

The reserve champion was next in the trade stakes at 4,800gns. Logiestate Neil, a 22 month old, who was presented for sale by AJR Farms, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, is sired by the 8,500gns Newdeer show male champion Goldies Golddust, while the dam is the 26,000gns Maerdy Amontillado-sired Craigieford Hermajest, he was purchased by M and I Steel, Banchory, Kincardinshire.

There were two 4,500gns sales, the first Elgin Navara, was purchased by JJ Gord, Wellheads, Aberdeenshire. The April 2017 born Navara had been tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show for breeders and exhibitors Roy and Matthew Milne, Kennies Hillock, Morayshire. His dam Elgin Ianthe is a second calving daughter of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator and he is sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, whose sons averaged 11,000gns at Stirling in October.

Westpitt Nevada – 4,500gns

Matching the 4,500gns price tag and this time exhibited by Andrew and James Gammie, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, was the 21 month old and red ticket winning Westpit Nevada. 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger is the sire here and his dam is Gretnahouse Eigg who goes back to the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding. He was snapped up by C Smith, Lumphanan, Kincardinshire.

Strathys Navigator was the next highest priced at 4,400gns. A son of the 9,500gns Maerdy Harrypotter, who has bred well for exhibitor Mr K Mallarkey, adding almost 60 progeny into the Airdlin Mains, Aberdeenshire based herd. He travels on the Stenness, Orkney, with new owner WSL Muir, who took a liking to this April 2017 born lad bred out of the 12,000gns Mountjoy Eros daughter Strathys Isable.

Two yellow ticket winners from John Wilson and Sons, Glenkindle, Aberdeenshire, were both knocked down at 4,000gns. Kinclune Nimrod, who was purchased by GH Sinclair, Latheron, Caithness, was the first, a 23 month old sired by the 12,000gns Stirling supreme champion Goldies Ivan and out of first time mum Kinclune Joanna who goes back to the 20,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Beechtree George.

The second 4,000gns bull from the Wilson family was the 19 month old Kinclune Norman a son of the 20,000gns supreme Perth champion Thrunton Crownprince and Kinclune Ivy, who is also a Beechtree George daughter and was purchased by D Henderson, Lyth, Caithness.

Averages: 16 bulls £4,462.50
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts

February 20, 2019 Charolais lead the Spring trade

Charolais sold the most bulls, had the highest average and best clearance rate of the spring round of the Stirling bull sales. There were 121 bulls sold representing an 83.5% clearance, with bull sales topping at 13,000gns and averaging £6,063. The heifer prices peaked at 5,800gns, while the dispersal of the Alsnow herd saw prices of up to 8,500gns for cows and calves.

Chief Executive of the Charolais Society peter Phythain commented that he was “Absolutely delighted with the sale, despite all of the doom and gloom in the industry at the moment and the uncertainty over Brexit, Charolais once again proved to be the sire in most demand”.

The top priced bull was the class winning Thrunton Nugget, a May 2017 born son of the homebred pairing Thrunton Gladiator and Thrunton Hoopla, who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop. He was offered for sale by JHC Campbell & Sons and purchased by Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire for 13,000gns.

Thrunton Nugget

The Campbell family went on sell a total of four bulls to average £9896.25 and their next highest priced at 10,000gns was the 16 month old Thrunton Nike, who is also sired by Thrunton Gladiator but this time out of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter Thrunton Exquisite and purchased by AJ Maclean, Scarinish, Isle of Tiree.

Thrunton Nike

The Campbell’s other top seller Thrunton Nighthawk was snapped up by JW Hogg, Grifford, East Lothian, for 8,500gns. Nighthawk is a September 2017 born son of the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and Thrunton Gitane, a 20,000gns Perth supreme champion Moncur General daughter.

Thrunton Nighthawk

The presale senior champion was next in the trade stakes at 12,000gns. Inverlochy Nelson, a 21 month old, who was bred and exhibited by father and son team John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Banffshire, is sired by the Highland show supreme champion and Irish-born Kilbline 1 Instigator and out of Inverlochy Gypsum, a daughter of the Black Isle Show champion Lochend Apache. He goes on to work in Crawford, Lanarkshire, for Mr and Mrs JJ Wight.

Inverlochy Nelson

A trio of lots went under the hammer for the 11,000gns and the first was an entry from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire who caught the eye of T Smith and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire, when he was tapped out first in his class at Monday’s pre-sale show. Gretnahouse Neverland, a June 2017 born son of Westcarse Jimmy, who has sired over 40 progeny in the herd since his purchase in 2016, is out of the Gretnahouse Ultimate daughter, Gretnahouse Daisy.

Gretnahouse Neverland

Mr Houston went on to sell another three bulls and averaged £8269 for the lot, with his next highest priced, the yellow ticket winner and June 2017 born Gretnahouse Nylon, also sired by Westcarse Jimmy and selling to H MacDonald, Advie, Morayshire for 8,500gns. He is bred out of Stobarts Fabulous, a 13,000gns Woodpark Bishop daughter.

Gretnahouse Nylon

Matching the 11,000gns price tag and this time selling to JG Wilson, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, was the 18 month old Harestone Nighthawk who had also secured a red ticket at the previous day’s show. His dam is Harestone Brigette who goes back to the Royal Highland show supreme champion Harestone Ronsard, he is sired by the 12,000gns Balmyle Addition and was bred and exhibited by R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.

Harestone Nighthawk

Goldies Navigation was another pre-sale show class winner purchased for 11,000gns, this time offered for sale by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire. An 18 month old son of the 15,000gns herd sire Gretnahouse Heman, who has bred over 120 progeny into the herd, Navigation is out of Goldies Hazel, a 12,000gns Goldies Elation daughter. GA Mackie, Rescobie, Angus, was the purchaser.

Goldies Navigation

Up next and knocked down at 10,500gns was the blue ticket winner and September 2017 born Killadeas Noah from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, co Fermanagh. Purchased by J Warnock, Broughton, Lanarkshire, he is sired by Blelack Blackberet and his dam is Killadeas Hazeline, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Blackford Dynamite.

Killadeas Noel

The aforementioned Hamish Goldie, who sold a total of 13 to average £7083, was the first to sell one of five 9,500gns priced lots, also sired by Gretnahouse Heman. This one was knocked down sold to A and J Wilson, Culsalmond, Aberdeenshire who bid off the competition to secure the class winning Goldies Nugget, a 20 month old out of Blelack Blackberet daughter Goldies Gilly.

Goldies Nugget

Mr Goldie went on to sell another 9,500gns lot, the 15 month old Goldies Noelle. This time sired by the homebred Goldies Formidable and out of another Blackberet daughter – Goldies Eclair, he was purchased by Adrian Ivory, Meigle, Perthshire.

Goldies Noelle

The next 9,500gns lot was one of 17 bulls presented by Major Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, which averaged £6850. Balthayock Nominee who was purchased by CD Timm, Appleton Roebuck, Yorkshire. Sired by the homebred and 64 time father Balthayock Impression, the June 2017 born Nominee is out of Balthayock Japonica who goes back to Barbican Lancer.

Balthayock Nominee

The reserve supreme and intermediate champion was also offered for sale by the Major. Balthayock Nanook, a 19 month old son of Highland show champion Balthayock Imp who has previously sold sons to 19,000gns and Barbican Lancer daughter Balthayock Gemma, goes on to work in Dundee for WJ Millar of Tealing, who purchased him for 9,500gns.

Balthayock Nanook

The Major’s other two top priced lots both commanded bids of 8,500gns, the first being a May 2017 born blue ticket winner who was purchased by CA Smith, Tarland, Aberdeenshire. Balthayock Newton is again sired by Balthayock Imp but this time out of Balthayock Heloise who goes back to Swalesmoor Cracker. The second was the June 2017 born Balthayock Nuffield, out of another Cracker daughter – Balthayock Heroine, he is sired by the Royal Welsh show and 20,000gns Maerdy Grenadier and sold to Shanry Farms, Rait, Perthshire.

Balthayock Newton

Balthayock Nuffield

The last 9,500gns bull was Woodpark Neptune, an 18 month old by the Irish-bred Deeside Guillver who has gone on to add 94 progeny to the British herd book. His dam Woodpark Izzy is in turn sired by the 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan and he came all the way from Beragh, Co Tyrone with breeder and exhibitor Will Short to go home with D Munro, Kingussie, Inverness-shire.

Woodpark Neptune


Main sale females topped at 5,800gns for the twelve month old Formakin Opal from the McMurrich Partnership, Causewayhead, Stirlingshire. Sired by the French-bred Hercule and out of the Balthayock Matthew daughter and Stars of the Future class winner Formakin Licorice, she was purchased by the Rettie partnership.


Hamish Goldie also had heifers for sale, the highest priced of which made 4,500gns when she was purchased by DP Daniel, Maxworthy, Cornwall, who also went on to buy another of Mr Goldies lots for 3,800gns. The 23 month old Goldies Nell was the first, a Blelack Blackberet daughter out of Goldies Lynn, who in turn is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman. Which was followed by the female champion Goldies Nina who is a March 2017 born daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Joss and Goldies Jollygood.

Goldies Nina

Alsnow Herd Dispersal

The sale featured the dispersal of the Alsnow herd of Alan R Lawson & Son whose females sold to a top price of 8,500gns for Alsnow Enchantress and her female calf at foot Alsnow Olwen. Enchantress has produced two RHS class winning daughters and is sired by Blelack Roger, while her dam is Alsnow Victoria who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Socrates. Her daughter five month old Olwen is sired by Blelack Immaculate and the set were purchased by the above mentioned N and R Barclay, who went on to purchase another of the Lawson family’s lots.

Their next highest priced lot sold in a two-way split at a total of 6,800gns, with the 2014 born cow Alsnow Jazzygirl heading on to Hexham, Northumberland with G Grieve, while her April 2018 born bull calf Alsnow Oscar was sold to FR Walton, Morpeth, Northumberland. The triple calving Jazzygirl is a daughter of the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico and out of a Blelack Roger daughter Alsnow Dixie and Oscar is sired by Alsnow Hurricane.

Just behind at 6,500gns was the cow and seven month old bull calf outfit Alsnow Hanna and Alsnow Oak. NA Wattie was the purchaser of the pair and takes them home to his Aberdeenshire unit. Hannah, a 2012 lass by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat is out of the aforementioned Enchantress and her son is sired by Cottage Devon.

Averages: 121 bulls £6,063; 14 heifers £3,906; 13 Alsnow cow and calves £5161; one Alsnow heifer £1,700gns.
Auctioneers: United Auctions