November 2019

November 23, 2019 Charolais sell to 5,500gns at Carlisle

Vexour Otto -5,500gns Top Price & Supreme Champion

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 5,500gns and an average of £3,525 for the seven bulls sold at Borderway Mart on Friday 22 November.

Top of the lots at 5,500gns and star attraction of the day was the supreme and male champion from Jan Boomaars, Woldringham, Surrey. Vexour Otto an April 2018-born son of the 16,000gns Woodpark Longbow and Vexour Fairlady, who goes back to the Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Maerdy Tally, was purchased by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire.

Balmyle Ovation – 4,200gns

Next in the trade stakes at 4,200gns was Balmyle Ovation, who goes on to work in Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire, for new owners T Walker and Son. He was awarded a blue ticket for breeder and exhibitor Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, at the mornings show and this 19 month-old lad is out of Balmyle Jade, a Royal Highland Show supreme champion Balmyle Eclipse daughter, and sired by the 16,000gns Ovill Lennon.

Vexour Owen – 3,000gns

The aforementioned Jan Boomaars was in the money again just moments later with his reserve male champion and April 2018-born Vexour Owen. Also sired by Woodpark Longbow, his dam Vexour Jitters is a daughter of the 13,000gns Stirling supreme champion Newhouse Emperor. He was knocked down sold to JD Quigley and Sons, Beattock, Dumfriesshire, for 3,000gns.

Ballkilley Ollie – 2,700gns

Two bulls then came under the hammer for 2,800gns a piece, with the first being Ballakilley Ollie. Ollie who stood second in his class in the pre-sale show, is no stranger to the show ring having previously been awarded the overall supreme champion at the Isle of Man Southern Agricultural show. By Alwent Goldbar, this 22 month-old is out of Ballakilley Fairlady, a Sang-D’or daughter, was offered for sale by Jonathan and Jennifer Quine, Bride, Isle on Mann and purchased by C and MA Douch, Pum Saint, Carmarthenshire.

The other making this money was the 19 month-old Whitecliffe Oscaro, who is the by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight. His dam is Whitecliffe Hetty, a heifer by the 10,000gns Stirling supreme champion Chunal Dougie, and R Gill and Son, Sabden, Lancashire, were the final bidders, purchasing him from Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire.

The Hayhurst’s other lot Whitecliffe Oliver who sold in a 2,500gns deal to WJ Irving and Co, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, was also a Whitecliffe Highlight son and this February 2018-born lad is out of the Whitecliffe Tyrone-sired Whitecliffe Doris.

Another Yorkshire entry, this time selling for 2,700gns was Jean Atkinson’s red ticket winner Bassett Oliver from Thorpe Bassett. The breeding here includes Whitecliffe Lacroix on to the home-bred Bassett Hannah that goes back to the 10,000gns Harestone Domino, and this 20 month-old was the pick of G Hodge, Abington, Lanarkshire.

The draft from the Lawersbridge herd of David Smith and Sons, Mauchline, Ayrshire, saw the only females sold through the sale and their two top lots both made 2,300gns.

First up was the mother and son pair Lawersbridge Minx and Lawersbridge Pirate who were purchased by J Johnston, Sorn, Ayrshire. Minx is a three year-old first time calver by the homebred Lawersbridge Iceberg and out of Redheughs Eba, who in turn is sired by Balmyle Brinstone, her six month-old son Pirate is by Whitecliffe Muskateer.

Their next cow and calf outfit Lawersbridge Molly and her daughter Lawersbridge Penny, were knocked down at the same amount, this time selling to Frank King, Newry, Co Down. Molly is another three year-old daughter of Lawersbridge Iceberg who is bred out of the Smithston Elite-sired Lawersbridge Gypsy and her nine month-old heifer calf Penny is also sired by Iceberg.

Averages: seven bulls: £3525.00. Lawersbridge Draft: 13 cow and calves: £1869.81
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: Michael Atkinson, Kirkby Malzeard, North Yorkshire


November 8, 2019 Increased Demand for Charolais Bulls at Welshpool

Dooley Ocean – Top Price 6,100gns

Topping at 6,100gns with an average of £3615.94 for the 32 bulls sold, an increase of five from last year’s tally, the sale at Welshpool on Thursday 7 November also saw the clearance rate rise by an impressive 14%.

It was a great day for David Thornley, Hartshorne, Derbyshire, who not only secured the sales top price, but in addition his bulls produced the top herd average for the day at £5,180 for his three sold, his herd’s top average to date. David said “Welshpool is my main sale and I produce my bulls with the commercial man in mind, aiming for good calving figures with an emphasis on health and longevity. While at the market this week, three of my previous buyers made a point of coming to talk to me to tell me how pleased there with their Dooley bulls. I was delighted to hear this and this is the reason I keep coming back here to Welshpool.”

David’s sale topper at 6,100gns was the 16 month-old and yellow ticket winning Dooley Ocean, whose sire Davally Igolo was twice crowned champion at National shows. His dam is the 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle daughter Balnuith Inspire, and he goes on to work at Pentrefoelas, Gwynedd for new owners A and M Owen.

Dooley Orville – 5,200gns

Mr Thornley’s other top priced lot was Dooley Orville, also sired by Davally Igolo but this time out of Blelack Headgirl, another Balmyle Dingle daughter. The July 2018-born Orville was knocked down sold for 5,200gns to VB and H Davies, Llanafanfawr, Powys.

Montgomery Orly – 5,600gns

Earlier in the sale a 17 month-old son of the 8,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Gretnahouse Jugular, sold for the second highest price of the day to BA and O Jones, Criccieth, Gwynedd. Montgomery Orly, who is out of the Blelack Digger-sired Montgomery Havard realised a price of 5,600gns for his breeders and exhibitors Roberts and Jones, Llangadfan, Powys, whose Montgomery herd also did well, seeing five bulls going on to new homes for an average price of £4,452.

Montgomery Odessa – 5,200gns

Their next top selling lot which commanded a 5,200gns bid from ET Bound and Co, Llangurig, Powys, was the May 2018-born Montgomery Odessa, who stood second in his class at the morning’s show. Odessa is sired the same way as his aforementioned shed mate and his dam Montgomery Ffydd also goes back to Blelack Digger.

Montgomery Owain – 4,200gns

Another in the money for the Montgomery herd was Montgomery Owain. This time sired by the 9,000gns Balmyle Harlequin. This 18 month-old is out of another Blelack Digger daughter Montgomery Little and the man behind the money on this lot was E Edwards, Cerryigdrudion, Denbighshire.

Caylers Oreo – 4,800gns

Following on at 4,800gns was Caylers Oreo who was offered for sale the Barker family of Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire. TT Thomas and Son, Three Crosses, Swansea, was the purchaser of this 19 month-old son of the Irish-born Rosanna Jupiter and the Thrunton Dominator-sired Caylers Gytha.

Belan Orlando – 4,800gns

Next in the trade stakes was the March 2018-born Belan Orlando. Belan Jennie, a daughter of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax is the dam here while he is sired by the 7,000gns Tweeddale Marcus. He was bred and exhibited by J S Abel, Cwmbelan, Powys and the final bidders on this 4,800gns lot were D Jones and Son, Corwen, Denbighshire.

Castellmawr Outstanding – 4,200gns

Minutes earlier a class winner from Alwyn and Medwyn Williams went under the hammer at 4,200gns. Castellmawr Outstanding, a 20 month-old by the Irish-bred Goldstar Gentleman and out of Castellmawr Jade, who goes back to the French-bred Riri, was purchased by TH Williams and Son, Welshpool, Powys.

Trefaldwyn Oliver – 4,200gns

Matching the 4,200gns price tag was Trefaldwyn Oliver, and this blue ticket winner was snapped up by JT and A Davies, Oswestry, Shropshire. The youngest lot of the sale at just 13 months old, the Balthayock Darcy-sired Oliver was offered for sale by local breeder Arwel Owen, Garthbeibio, Powys. His dam is the homebred Trefaldwyn Joy who goes back to the popular AI sire Goldies Eddy.

Moelfre Orion – 4,000gns

Four bulls then came under the hammer for 4,000gns with the first being offered for sale by Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Carmarthenshire. Moelfre Orion who is bred out of Moelfre Ianna, a daughter of the 16,000gns Royal Welsh reserve male champion Anside Foreman, is sired by the 12,500gns Balmyle Impression and G Davies, Tywyn, Gwynedd, was the purchaser of this 18 month-old lad.

Caylers Osprey – 4,000gns

The second to sell at a 4,000gns price tag was the May 2018-born Caylers Osprey, who stood third in his class at the pre-sale show. The 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous is his sire and his dam is Caylers Ella, a daughter of Maerdy Uniroyal. Purchased by J Brown, Minehead, Somerset, this bull was another entry consigned by the aforementioned Caylers Charolais.

The class winning Esgob Oswyn was the third bull knocked down to 4,000gns, when he caught the eye of Mr Evans, Bryncir, Gwynedd. Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Gwynedd, was the breeder of this 17 month-old, sired by the 12,000gns Caylers Hustler and out of the Blelack Digger daughter Esgob Jade.

Maerdy Orpheus – Champion 4,000gns

Another to bring 4,000gns when chapped down to Billy Turner, Skelton on Ure, North Yorkshire, was Esmor Evans champion Maerdy Orpheus from Mold, Flintshire. One of the younger lots, this 15 month-old who is sired by the aforementioned Blelack Fabulous is out of Maerdy Martha, a 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob daughter.

Females

Four heifers found new homes and the best seller of the day was the two year-old Mortimers Nononsense, who realised a top bid of 3,000gns. She has an impressive pedigree behind her, being sired by the South East Calf show bull calf champion Mortimers Hurricane and her dam Mortimers Genie, a National show champion, is in turn sired by the 16,000gns Perth senior champion Ravensworth Alder. She went home with J Rudkin, Thrussington, Leicestershire, who purchased her from Messrs Mortimers Farm, Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Graiggoch Natalie, an October 2017-born heifer from Gerwyn Jones, Nebo, Conwy, was next top priced at 2,300gns. Purchased by Sandbatch Charolais, Sandbatch, Cheshire, she was tapped out first in her class at the morning’s show and is sired by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, while her dam Edenhurst Rhapsody goes back to the 14,000gns Royal Ulster junior champion Killadeas Jack.

At the finish of the sale there was a dispersal of the Hackleton Charolais herd of Hackleton, Northamptonshire. The herd which was established over 25 years ago with purchases from the Lendor and Gurteen Charolais herds, has bred two National show champions and is sadly dispersing due to the development of the farm buildings and other commitments.

Their top lot was the cow and calf outfit Hackleton Hetty and Hackleton Petra which were knocked down at 2,600gns. The 2012-born Hackleton Hetty is by the Irish-bred Mulroog Alpine and her dam Redheughs Blanche is a Redheughs Sinatra daughter. She and her seven month-old heifer calf Hackleton Petra, by Hackleton Largerlout, were purchased by Andrew Stott, Canonbie, Dumfries-shire.

Averages: 32 bulls: £3615.94; two cow and calves: £1391.25; four heifers: £2270.70. Hackleton Dispersal: one bull: £840.00; 10 cow and calves: £1683.15; one dry cow: £945.00; one calf £693.00
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: Paul Stobart, Kirklington, Cumbria
Sponsor: Rae Avlley Tractors Ltd


November 4, 2019 Dungannon show and sale sees good Charolais bull trade

Top Price Reserve Senior Champion Brownhill Owenroe – 5,800gns

There was a good trade for Charolais at the Northern Ireland club sale held at Dungannon Mart on Friday 1 November, where bidding peaked at 5,800gns and 29 lots sold to an average of £3,277 with a 74% clearance rate, up 7% on last year.

Topping the lots at 5,800gns was the day’s reserve senior champion from Devine Brothers, Artigarvan, Co Tyrone. Brownhill Owenroe, a 16 month-old who was purchased by Frank Reid, Ballinahinch, Co Down, boasts an impressive pedigree being sired by Rumsden Fawkes who counts among his show successes the Balmoral Show supreme championship, the Highland Show male,  reserve supreme, and junior interbreed championships as well as the Royal Welsh junior interbreed championship. While his dam Brownhill Indigo goes back to the Highland show junior champion and 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Unbeatable.

Beechdale Obelix – 5,200gns

Following on at 5,200gns was Beechdale Obelix, a February 2018-born lad who caught the eye of Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone. He is out of Beechdale Lavender, an Alwent Goldbar daughter, by the popular AI sire Davally Illusion and was awarded a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show for breeders and exhibitors Gregory Donnelly, Ardmore, Co Derry.

Minutes later Drumlegagh Oscar, a 17 month-old son of Blelack Digger and Deeleview Helen, who goes back to the French-bred Suzeringie, who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show was sold for 4,200gns. Purchased by J Marshall, Castlederg, Co Tyrone, he was bred and consigned by John, Ivan and Ryan Elliott, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone.

Supreme Champion Royaldowns Orlando – 4,100gns

Also in the money was Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down, who secured 4,100gns for the June 2018-born Royaldowns Orlando, who had earlier claimed the junior male champion prize, the overall male champion prize and the supreme championship. Orlando who is sired by Rowandale Dancer and goes back to the Allanfauld Velocity-sired Royaldowns Debbie goes on to work in Castlerock, Co Derry for new owner Ivan Tanner.

Rossavalley Oak – 4,100gns

Matching the 4,100gns price tag and also securing a red ticket at the pre-sale show was Patrick Quigley’s 15 month-old bull Rossavalley Oak from Bellanleck, Co Fermanagh. Kevin McManus, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, was the man with his hand in the air as the hammer went down on this 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax son, whose dam Rossavalley Jane is sired by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme and intermediate champion Burradon Talisman.

Four bulls then achieved 4,000gns apiece, with the first being Mountjoy Oregon, a February 2018-born lad by the Royal Welsh reserve junior champion Montgomery Ianto and his dam Mountjoy Jitterbug goes back to the Carlisle reserve senior champion Gaer Positive. He was shown and bred by Caldwell McAskie, Mountjoy, Co Tyrone and purchased by D McClurkin from Belfast.

Senior Champion Sandelford Odriscoll – 4,000gns

The days senior champion who was also awarded the reserve supreme champion and reserve overall male champion accolades, was the next in the trade stakes at 4,000gns. The 18 month-old Sandelford Odriscoll from George Henderson, Bushmills, Co Antrim, is out of Sandelford Hannah, a daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Usher and sired by Blelack Immaculate and he was purchased by the pre-sale show judge Edward Hull of Southminster, Essex.

The judge didn’t stop there with his purchases, he also went on to secure a blue ticket winner from Will Short, Beragh, Co Tyrone, for 3,100gns. Woodpark Olympian, a May 2018-born by Deeside Gulliver is bred out of Woodpark Glenda who in turn is sired by the 19,000gns Doune and Dunblane show champion Corrie Alan.

A July 2018-born class winner from Sean McCaughey, Augher, Co Tyrone, was next to secure 4,000gns. Fymore Outstanding who heads out to Co Down to work at Ballynahinch for M Murphy, is out of the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action-sired Fymore Emerald and by Crossmolina Euro.

Also making 4,000gns this time to an undisclosed bidder was a 14 month-old son of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat. Bred and exhibited by James McBride, Strabane, Co Tyrone, Moorlough Ohio is out of the 55,000gns Perth intermediate champion Thrunton Voldemort daughter Moorlough Heighlight.

M Elliott, Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh, bought the next lot, going to 3,500gns for Mountjoy Orlando, a July 2018-born son of the aforementioned Montgomery Ianto. Bred out of Cotehouse Earliest, a 13,000gns Perth supreme and junior champion Killadeas Barney daughter, he was consigned by Caldwell McAskie, Omagh, Co Tyrone.

The yellow ticket winning Cappagh Oscar was just behind, securing 3,200gns for his breeders Mr Robert and Agnus Todd, Corbet, Co Down. A son of the 9,000gns Blelack Goldenboy and out of the 13,000gns Stirling reserve intermediate champion Conval Frank-sired Cappagh Ines, the 19 month-old Oscar was knocked down to Malcom Fleming, Magherafelt, Co Derry.

Gregory Donnelly’s Beechdale herd from Ardmore, Co Derry was behind the next top priced sale. Beechdale Ocean, a June 2018-born lad who was snapped up by Paul Hughes, Benburg, Co Tyrone, for 3,000gns, is sired by Davally Illusion and out of the Clyth Diplomat daughter Beechdale Lupin.

Females

Female Champion Gallion Nancy – 3,600gns

The female section was headed up by the female champion who was bred and exhibited by Edgar Johnston and Sons, Cookstown, Co Tyrone. Bid to 3,600gns by Frank Reid, who had already purchased the top priced bull lot, Gallion Nancy is a two year-old by the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate and reserve supreme champion Inverlochy Ferdie and out of Coolnaslee Hawthorne who goes back to the 9,500gns Clogher show senior male champion Corcreevy Dingle.

Reserve Female Champion Brogher Nancy – 3,300gns

Next in the trade stakes at 3,300gns was the reserve female champion Brogher Nancy, who sold served to the 10,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Goldies Icon. Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh, was the consigner and Nancy, a November 2017-born daughter of the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet and the Pirate-sired Brogher Elly, was snapped up by Sydney Hadnett, Armagh, Co Armagh.

Up next and making 2,900gns when she was knocked down to Stephen McGuiness, of Hawthorn Heights, Greysteel, Co Derry, was the May 2018-born class winner Drumlone Olga from Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh. Sired by Crossmolina Euro, her dam Dunmore Gina goes back to Cottage Devon.

Finishing off the main sale females at 2,300gns was a yellow ticket winning entry from James McGuigan, Maghera, Co Derry, Carnview Olivia, whose sire is the 16,000gns Stirling class winner Anside Foreman is an October 2018 born daughter of the the 55,000gns Balmoral interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo-sired Carnview Grace. She was purchased by RW Ferguson, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone.

At the end of the sale there was a small draft of four heifers from Brian McAllister and Son, of Kells, Co Antrim, all of which found new homes to average £2,283.79. The highest priced of the bunch was the 22 month-old 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax daughter Burnside Nutella. Out of Burnside Eimp, who goes back to the 16,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Balmyle Vagabond, she was purchased for 3,000gns by John Watson, Portadown, Co Armagh.

The McAllister’s other top priced lot, who was purchased for 2,400gns by Patrick Kearney, Maghera, Co Derry, was Burnside Ova, an 18 month-old daughter of the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat and Sandelford Deva, who goes back to the 14,000gns Goldies Usher.

Averages: 29 bulls £3,276.72, 13 heifers £2,095.96, four McAllister draft heifers £2,283.79
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Sponsor: Natural Nutrition
Judge: Edward Hull, Essex