Ronaldinho Scores at Stirling
Judge: Jim Muirhead
It was once again time for the Charolais breed to return to the Stirling Bull Sales, hosted by United Auctions, over the course of Monday 21st to Tuesday 22nd February 2022. The event saw a plethora of high-quality animals offered for sale, with a total of 105 bulls and 2 heifers changing hands. The bull sale reached a maximum price of 24,000gns, with an 89% clearance rate and an average price of £8317 – up £1196 on last February’s sale. Heralding a return to the bustling pre-Covid Charolais trade, a total of 28 bulls reached a final price over 10,000gns, and 44 sold for between 5,000gns and 9,500gns. This sale marked a phenomenal new centre and breed record, smashing the previous records set at Stirling in October 2021.
The Society Chairman, Allen Drysdale, said of the event: “A sensational day for the breed with a new centre and breed record set for the second consecutive sale, with commercial buyers willing to go to 20,000gns to secure the bull of their choice. This highlights the superior attributes of the Charolais-sired suckled calf and the increasing demand for them through the store ring.”
Reaching that all-important top price of 24,000gns was 1st-in-class HARESTONE RONALDINHO from the herd of R & N Barclay of Insch, Aberdeenshire. Ronaldinho was sired by Goldies Oasis, who sold for 23,000gns at Stirling in 2019, and his dam is Harestone Nigella, a daughter of the popular AI bull Hermes. This cracking young 18-month-old boasts growth EBVs in the top 1% of the breed across the board, and caught the eye of winning bidders D F W H & N R Walter of Balthayock, Perthshire and C Smeaton of Inverarity, Angus who will be taking him under joint ownership.
The next highest price, at 21,000gns, was achieved by GOLDIES ROCKY, a 19-month-old from H Goldie’s herd in Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. Rocky is one of the last bulls offered for sale out of prolific sire Gretnahouse Heman, who is a trait leader in both calving ease and growth EBVs. Rocky’s dam is the homebred Goldies Dignity, a daughter of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. Winning the bid and taking Rocky home is J Wilson & Sons of Alford, Aberdeenshire.
The hammer came down a total of three times for the next highest price of 20,000gns, firstly for the Senior and Reserve Overall Champion WESTCARSE RULER. Ruler marks vendor Catherine MacGregor’s first foray into showing & selling Charolais bulls, and what an incredible start it is. This impressive 22-month-old was sired by the easy-calving Nuthampstead Judas, and his dam is Westcarse Milly, a daughter of Mortimers Highlandfling. Ruler will be making the journey over to Biggar, Lanarkshire, where he will be introduced to the herd of winning bidder C J Wight.
Next to reach 20,000gns was 1st-in-class SILVER REBEL from the herd of D A Harman of Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Rebel is a son of the easy-calving Balthayock Musketeer, and his dam is Silver Leia, a daughter of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax. He also boasts two copies of the sought-after F94L myostatin gene, and is sure to go on to perform admirably for his new owner J Jeffrey of Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Also reaching 20,000gns was another bull from the Harman family, this time for CHESHAM ROCKY, a charming young 16-month-old from the illustrious Chesham herd of B Harman. Rocky is the first son to be offered for sale by the Chesham herd’s new stock sire, Silver Oakman. His dam is Chesham Navajo, a daughter of former Stirling Supreme Champion Barnsford Jubilant. Winning the bid for this young lad was Smallburn Farms Ltd., who will be taking him home to Elgin, Morayshire.
Two bulls sold for the next highest price of 18,000gns, the first of which was Intermediate Champion BALMYLE ROBERTO, a homebred bull from the well-known herd of W P Bruce of Meigle, Perthshire. Roberto was born to Balmyle Gretta, a daughter of Sackville Dynamite, and his sire is former Carlisle Reserve Junior Champion Balmyle Jasper. Roberto grabbed the attention of Messrs Mill, who won the bid and will be introducing him to their herd in Thurso, Caithness.
Also reaching 18,000gns was Reserve Intermediate Champion BALTHAYOCK RASTAS from D F W H & N R Walter of Balthayock, Perthshire. This 20-month-old was sired by the tremendously growthy Balthayock Maximillian, and his dam is Balthayock Nita – a daughter of former Junior Interbreed Champion Balthayock Impression. Taking Rastas home is winning bidder Messrs Wordie of Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Coming in at the next highest price of 17,000gns was BURRADON RHINESTONE, from the herd of Messrs Curry in Morpeth, Northumberland. Rhinestone was sired by the Irish-born Clenagh Lyle, who goes back to Domino, and his dam is Burradon Isabella, a daughter of Puntabrava Federico. This lineage has proven to be very effective for the Burradon herd, with a number of Rhinestone’s sisters selling very well at the Society’s White Gold female sale in January 2022. Winning the bid for this 20-month-old was Davies & Sons, who will be taking him home to Llangammarch Wells, Powys.
A total of four bulls sold for the next best price of 16,000gns, starting with Reserve Senior Champion GRETNAHOUSE ROSCO from the herd of L Houston in Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. This 21-month-old was sired by Westcarse Jimmy, who is a trait leader in growth EBVs, and his dam is Gretnahouse Maggie, a daughter of Wesley Equinox. Rosco will be making the journey back to Hawick, Roxburghshire, to the herd of winning bidder Hepburn & Co.
Next to reach 16,000gns was 20-month-old CARWOOD ROSCOE from the herd of C J Wight in Biggar, Lanarkshire. Roscoe’s sire is the popular 12,000gns Maerdy Magestic, and his dam is Carwood Morgan, a daughter of Elgin Emperor. Roscoe grabbed the attention of winning bidder W & C S Robb, and they will be introducing him to their herd in Mauchline, Ayrshire.
Also selling for 16,000gns was 1st-in-class ELGIN ROONEY, an impressive 19-month-old bred by R A Milne of Elgin, Morayshire. Rooney was born to Elgin Delta, a Harestone Tyrol daughter, and he was sired by the ever-popular Westcarse Houdini. Taking this young lad home is winning bidder Wilkie & Sons of Westhill, Aberdeenshire.
The final bull to reach 16,000gns was Junior and Overall Champion MAERDY ROCKETMAN, who had made the long journey over from breeder D E Evans’ herd in Mold, Flintshire. Rocketman was sired by the 18,000gns Goldies Linford, and his dam is Maerdy Jealous, a daughter of Maerdy Dynamite. The lucky new owner of the day’s Champion is winning bidder J H Wilson & Sons of Newry, Co. Down.
Finally, two bulls sold for the next highest price of 14,000gns. The first to reach this price was another from the herd of D E Evans – 19-month-old MAERDY ROCKYROAD. Rockyroad is also out of a Maerdy Dynamite daughter, Maerdy Gigi. His sire is Maerdy Jakstar, a French-born bull who has gone on to perform very well within the Maerdy herd. Winning the bid for this young bull was Kier & Son from Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Also reaching a final price of 14,000gns was one of the youngest bulls forward for sale, 16-month-old HARESTONE ROBROY from R & N Barclay. Robroy is a half-brother to the day’s top priced bull, having also been sired by the 23,000gns Goldies Oasis. Meanwhile his dam is Harestone Lovejoy, a daughter of former Stirling Supreme Champion Thrunton Fearless. Robroy will be making the journey over to Thurles, Co. Tipperary, under the care of winning bidder Dovea Genetics.
Class 1 – BULL, born on or between 20 March & 19 April 2020
1st – C MacGregor – Westcarse Ruler – s. Nuthampstead Judas
2nd – J & S Middleton – Hollywell Rockinroll – s. Thrunton Fairfax
3rd – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Rambo – s. Burradon Garibaldi
4th – J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Ribeye – s. Balmyle Navarone
5th – M R McCornick – Mccornick Rocky – s. Mccornick Newsflash
Class 2 – BULL, born on or between 20 April & 1 May 2020
1st – L Houston – Gretnahouse Rosco – s. Westcarse Jimmy
2nd – J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Realdeal – s. Blelack Blackberet
3rd – R A Milne – Elgin Royston – s. Caylers Noah
4th – J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Realmccoy – s. Tweeddale Matador
5th – R A & J Blyth – Marwood Royalty – s. Balthayock Lineup
Class 3 – BULL, born on or between 2 & 16 May 2020
1st – D A Harman – Silver Rebel – s. Balthayock Musketeer
2nd – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Rodeo – s. Solwayfirth Union
3rd – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Ringo – s. Balmyle Dickler
4th – M J Massie – Elrick Reggie – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
5th – A Ivory – Cardean Rambler – s. Kersknowe Nixon
Class 4 – BULL, born on or between 17 & 27 May 2020
1st – M J Massie – Elrick Reignition – s. Maerdy Ignition
2nd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Ryder – s. Caylers Napoleon
3rd – Meikle Farms – Yondercroft Raphael – s. Brampton Magneto
4th – J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Razor – s. Carwood Jagerbomb
5th – L Houston – Gretnahouse Rady – s. Westcarse Jimmy
Class 5 – BULL, born on or between 28 May & 2 June 2020
1st – W P Bruce – Balmyle Roberto – s. Balmyle Jasper
2nd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Rizzo – s. Caylers Napoleon
3rd – H Goldie – Goldies Rustic – s. Tweeddale Matador
4th – D G Dandie – Lookaboutye Reggie – s. Mornity Nelson
5th – H Goldie – Goldies Ralph – s. Balthayock Marquis
Class 6 – BULL, born on or between 3 & 13 June 2020
1st – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Rastas – s. Balthayock Maximillian
2nd – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Redrum – s. Glenericht Mecca
3rd – Messrs Curry – Burradon Rhinestone – s. Clenagh Lyle
4th – C J Wight – Carwood Roscoe – s. Maerdy Magestic
5th – J H C Campbell * Sons – Thrunton Rover – s. Inverlochy Fencer
Class 7 – BULL, born on or between 14 & 30 June 2020
1st – R A Milne – Elgin Rooney – s. Westcarse Houdini
2nd – D E Evans – Maerdy Rockyroad – s. Maerdy Jakstar
3rd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Rockstar – s. Caylers Napoleon
4th – A MacGregor – Allanfauld Rossignol – s. Harestone Oscar
5th – R & N Barclay – Harestone Ripper – s. Harestone Hercules
Class 8 – BULL, born on or between 1 & 20 July 2020
1st – H Goldie – Goldies Rocky – s. Gretnahouse Heman
2nd – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Rajah – s. Balthayock Loyalist
3rd – R M Adam & Son – Newhouse Ruffus – s. Chunal Maverick
4th – J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Rory – s. Marwood Intrepid
5th – R M Adam & Son – Newhouse Rory – s. Chunal Maverick
Class 9 – BULL, born on or between 21 July & 8 August 2020
1st – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Roxford – s. Caylers Oxford
2nd – D E Evans – Maerdy Royalty – s. Maerdy Offenback
3rd – M J Massie – Elrick Revolution – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
4th – R M Adam & Son – Newhouse Romulus – s. Chunal Maverick
5th – D E Evans – Maerdy Record – s. Maerdy Offenback
Class 10 – BULL, born on or between 9 August & 10 September 2020
1st – R & N Barclay – Harestone Ronaldinho – s. Goldies Oasis
2nd – H Goldie – Goldies Redrum – s. Tweeddale Matador
3rd – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Robroy – s. Gretnahouse Lunar
4th – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Roderick – s. Caylers Oxford
5th – A MacGregor – Allanfauld Rasputin – s. Kenaghan Ozzy
Class 11 – BULL, born on or between 11 September & 9 October 2020
1st – M J Massie – Elrick Ranger – s. Elrick Olympus
2nd – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Rameses – s. Thrunton Nevada
3rd – R & N Barclay – Harestone Robroy – s. Goldies Oasis
4th – D E Evans – Maerdy Realboy – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
5th – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Riley – s. Thrunton Nevada
Class 12 – BULL, born on or after 10 October 2020
1st – D E Evans – Maerdy Rocketman – s. Goldies Linford
2nd – R A Milne – Elgin Rollsroyce – s. Elgin Jagger
3rd – I & D Goldie – Solwayfirth Ricardo – s. Glenericht Majestic
4th – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Reginald – s. Balthayock Loyalist
5th – B Harman – Chesham Rocky – s. Silver Oakman
Class 13 – HEIFER, born on or after 8 February 2020
1st – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Ruby – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
2nd – A J Stott – Tophill Rihanna – s. Wesley Equinox
3rd – K A Stott – Kellys Susie – s. Wesley Equinox
Senior Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 1-4
Champion – C MacGregor – Westcarse Ruler – s. Nuthampstead Judas
Reserve – L Houston – Gretnahouse Rosco – s. Westcarse Jimmy
Intermediate Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 5-8
Champion – W P Bruce – Balmyle Roberto – s. Balmyle Jasper
Reserve – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Rastas – s. Balthayock Maximillian
Junior Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 9-12
Champion – D E Evans – Maerdy Rocketman – s. Goldies Linford
Reserve – R A Milne – Elgin Rollsroyce – s. Elgin Jagger
Female Championship – Overall best female from Class 13
Champion – Brailes Livestock – Bassett Ruby – s. Whitecliffe Lacroix
Reserve – A J Stott – Tophill Rihanna – s. Wesley Equinox
Overall Male Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 1-12
Champion – D E Evans – Maerdy Rocketman – s. Goldies Linford
Reserve – C MacGregor – Westcarse Ruler – s. Nuthampstead Judas