The Sun Shines on Sandiego
Judge: Ian Goldie
Shadow Judge: Kelly Stott
The February bull sales held at United Auctions, Stirling is known for being the premier sale of the year, both for numbers forward as well as the high quality of the animals on oﬀer. 2023’s sale on 20th February did not disappoint, with 107 bulls being sold to an average price of £8197.85 with an 84% clearance. Prices reached an incredible maximum of 30,000gns, up 6,000gns from the previous year’s top price. The pre-sale show was judged under the discerning eye of Ian Goldie of the Solwayfirth herd, along with his shadow judge Kelly Stott of the Kellys herd.
Commenting on the sale, Society Chairman Allen Drysdale said:
“It was a great show of commercial bulls expertly judged by Ian. The trade was electric from the very start, with commercial buyers showing great conﬁdence in the breed backed up with the excellent trade of Charolais sired store calves. The sale did taper off at the later stages but overall this was another tremendous sale for the Charolais, with the highest average across all breeds again. Proving yet again Charolais is the number 1 terminal sire.”
Coming in at the top price of 30,000gns was one of the youngest bulls forward for sale: 15-month-old Harestone Sandiego from R & N Barclay’s renowned Harestone herd in Aberdeenshire. Sandiego has quite the pedigree behind him, with his sire Goldies Oasis selling for the top price on 23,000gns at Stirling back in 2019. Sandiego also introduces some sought-after French genetics; his dam Harestone Jean is a daughter of the French AI bull Vaillant. Securing the final bid for this promising young bull was H Goldie of the Goldies herd in Dumfriesshire.
Close behind Sandiego at the next highest price of 28,000gns was the day’s Reserve Senior Champion Balmyle Sandy, bred by W P Bruce Ltd of the Perthshire-based Balmyle herd. Sandy was sired by Maerdy Onedirection, and his dam Balmyle Nellie goes back to the French-born easy-calver Maerdy Gouverneur. Sandy will be journeying over to Northern Ireland, where he will be joining successful bidder W D & J A Connolly’s Brigadoon herd in Co. Down.
The next highest price was 18,000gns; secured by 18-month-old Harestone Spartacus, another from R & N Barclay’s Harestone herd. Born via embryo transfer, Spartacus is the result of some stellar French breeding. He was sired by the popular AI bull Major, and his biological dam Valeriane is a daughter of another popular French sire in PTI Prince. Spartacus caught the eye of Boden & Davies, who will be introducing him to their Sportsmans herd in Cheshire.
The hammer came down twice for the next highest price of 16,000gns, firstly for the day’s Reserve Overall Champion and Intermediate Champion Inverlochy Supersemen. This impressive 19-month-old was bred by J Irvine & Son of Banffshire, and boasts some top sellers in his pedigree. Supersemen’s sire is the 12,000gns former Carlisle Reserve Supreme Champion, Caylers Napoleon. Meanwhile his dam Inverlochy Maple is by the 11,000gns Blelack Giggsey. Winning the bid for Supersemen was A J B Forrest of Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Also selling for 16,000gns was 18-month-old Ricnick Sargeant from R F McCornick’s Ricnick herd in Dumfriesshire. Sargeant is out of Ricnick Precious, a daughter of the well-known 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister, and he was sired by Goldstar Gentleman. Sargeant is sure to go on to perform excellently in his new herd with Strathisla Farms under the watchful eye of A Ivory.
A trio of bulls managed to secure the next top price of 15,000gns. The first of these was Overall Champion and Senior Champion: 21-month-old Marwood Smoky. Smoky is from R A & J Blyth’s Marwood herd in Hartlepool, and was sired by the 22,000gns Burradon Goldenballs. Smoky’s dam is Marwood Opium, a daughter of the 16,000gns Balthayock Lineup. This strapping bull made quite the impression on judge Ian Goldie, who went on to secure the final bid and will be taking him back to his Dumfriesshire-based Solwayfirth herd.
Next to sell for 15,000gns was 17-month-old Maerdy Superstud from D E Evans’ Maerdy herd. Superstud’s sire, Goldies Linford, previously took the title of Reserve Overall Champion at Stirling in 2016. On his dam Kilbreck Emily’s side, Superstud goes back to Killadeas Jack. Winning the bid and taking this young lad home is I H Stewart of Wick, Caithness.
The final bull to reach 15,000gns was Solwayfirth Spartacus, a 16-month-old bred by judge I Goldie. This young bull is out of Solwayfirth Ingrid, a daughter of the easy-calving Blackford Samson, and his sire is the 11,500gns Glenericht Majestic. Spartacus will also be heading over to Wick, Caithness, where he will join Superstud in the herd of successful bidder I H Stewart.
Class winner Thrunton Sparticus secured the next top price of 13,000gns. This homebred 21-month-old is from J H C Campbell & Sons’ Thrunton herd in Northumberland, and has trait leaders in growth EBVs on both sides of his pedigree. His sire is Thrunton Nevada, a trait leader in 400 and 600 day weight EBVs, and his dam Thrunton Nadine goes back to the similarly growthy Thrunton Gladiator. Sparticus will be journeying to Dunbeath, Caithness, under the care of joint bidders Dunbeath Farms Ltd. and J & M Macdonald.
A pair of 19-month-old bulls sold for a final price of 12,000gns each – the first of these was Sportsmans Sovereign from Boden & Davies in Cheshire. Sovereign is out of Sportsmans Majesty, a daughter of the 70,000gns Barnsford Ferny, and he was sired by the 25,000gns Elrick Outlaw. Sovereign will be making the trip over to Wigtownshire where he will be introduced to the herd of final bidder A Wallace & Co.
Also reaching 12,000gns was another from J H C Campbell & Sons: Thrunton Showman. Like Sparticus before him, Showman was also sired by Thrunton Nevada. However his dam Thrunton Oregana is instead by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem. This charming 19-month-old caught the attention of A J Maclean, who won the bid and will be taking Showman home all the way over to the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides.
Finally, an incredible six bulls managed to secure a price of 11,000gns. The first of these was Elgin Spectre from R A Milne’s Elgin herd in Morayshire. This 22-month-old was sired by the French-born Harestone Oscar and is out of Elgin Mia, a daughter of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin. Spectre will soon be making the lengthy journey up to Stromness, Orkney, under the care of new owner W S L Muir.
Next to sell for 11,000gns was 22-month-old Glenericht Smithy, bred by W K & P Drysdale of the Glenericht herd in Perthshire. Smithy was sired by Glenericht Mecca, who boasts a tremendous Calving Ease Direct EBV of +33.7, and his dam Glenericht Otti is a daughter of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator. The final bid for this impressive lad was secured by A L Davies & Sons, who will be taking him all the way back to their herd in Llangammarch Wells, Powys.
Mornity Sirloin was the next bull to reach 11,000gns. This 20-month-old is from the Mornity herd under Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd., and goes back to the very easy-calving Balmyle Magnate on his dam Mornity Nicole’s side. Sirloin’s sire is the popular 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini. Winning the bid and taking Sirloin home was J S Firth of Rousay, Orkney.
Next to secure a price of 11,000gns was Gretnahouse Stickler, a 20-month-old bred by L Houston of the Gretnahouse herd in Dumfriesshire. Stickler is a son of the easy-calving Lochend Nighthawk, and is out of Gretnahouse Helen, a daughter of the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis. When the hammer fell, the successful bidder for this charming lad was H Macdonald of Advie, Morayshire.
Also reaching a final price of 11,000gns was Harestone Sylvester, a 19-month-old polled bull and half-brother to Harestone Spartacus. Like Spartacus, Sylvester was also an embryo-transfer calf from French stock. He was sired by the ever-popular Major, and his dam is Delphine – a daughter of Black Out. Sylvester is sure to settle in well in his new home in Cairness, Fraserburgh, courtesy of winning bidder Cairness Ltd.
Finally, Inverlochy Superb was the last bull to sell for 11,000gns. Superb is a half-brother of the 16,000gns Inverlochy Supersemen, having also been sired by Caylers Napoleon. Superb’s dam is Inverlochy Flutter, who goes back to Lochend Apache. This impressive young 18-month-old caught the attention of final bidder C A Smith, who will be taking him home to Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.
Class 1 – BULL, born on or between 1 March & 13 April 2021
1st – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Smithy – s. Glenericht Mecca
2nd – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Starsky – s. Glenernan Northstar
3rd – R A Milne – Elgin Spectre – s. Harestone Oscar
4th – W & N Milne – Glenernan Starburst – s. Elgin Jagger
5th – J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Stanley – s. Balmyle Navarone
Class 2 – BULL, born on or between 14 & 25 April 2021
1st – R A & J Blyth – Marwood Smoky – s. Burradon Goldenballs
2nd – R A & J Blyth – Marwood Stan – s. Marwood Odin
3rd – J Watson & Co. – Tweeddale Sylvester – s. Goldies Jasper
4th – Messrs Curry – Burradon Sovereign – s. Clenagh Lyle
5th – D Muirhead – Firhills Shogun – s. Caylers Napoleon
Class 3 – BULL, born on or between 26 April & 14 May 2021
1st – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Sparticus – s. Thrunton Nevada
2nd – L Houston – Gretnahouse Superb – s. Westcarse Jimmy
3rd – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Sholto – s. Elrick Paragon
4th – Messrs Curry – Burradon Showman – s. Burradon Parko
5th – Messrs Curry – Burradon Shogun – s. Clenagh Lyle
Class 4 – BULL, born on or between 15 & 31 May 2021
1st – W P Bruce Ltd – Balmyle Sandy – s. Maerdy Onedirection
2nd – A B Hornall – Falleninch Sancerre – s. Barnsford Ferny
3rd – Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd. – Mornity Sirloin – s. Westcarse Houdini
4th – R A & J Blyth – Marwood Sam – s. Marwood Oakley
5th – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Shane – s. Maerdy Osgood
Class 5 – BULL, born on or between 1 & 11 June 2021
1st – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Samson – s. Ballindalloch Pilot
2nd – S M Corbett & Daughters – Teme Sam – s. Barnsford Ferny
3rd – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Simeon – s. Maerdy Osgood
4th – H Goldie – Goldies Samson – s. Tweeddale Matador
5th – L Houston – Gretnahouse Stickler – s. Lochend Nighthawk
Class 6 – BULL, born on or between 12 June & 6 July 2021
1st – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Supersemen – s. Caylers Napoleon
2nd – R A & J Blyth – Marwood Stargazer – s. Marwood Oakley
3rd – H Goldie – Goldies Squire – s. Elrick Officer
4th – D K Timm – Wensleydale Seethestars – s. Balthayock Nominee
5th – R A Milne – Elgin Simba – s. Maerdy Norseman
Class 7 – BULL, born on or between 7 & 18 July 2021
1st – Boden & Davies Ltd. – Sportsmans Sovereign – s. Elrick Outlaw
2nd – A Macgregor Ltd. – Allanfauld Samuel – s. Harestone Oscar
3rd – R & N Barclay – Harestone Schumacher – s. Goldies Oasis
4th – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Scotsman – s. Thrunton Pierre
5th – Boden & Davies Ltd. – Sportsmans Scout – s. Elrick Outlaw
Class 8 – BULL, born on or between 19 July & 5 August 2021
1st – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Superb – s. Caylers Napoleon
2nd – R & N Barclay – Harestone Spartacus – s. Major
3rd – R F McCornick – Ricnick Sargeant – s. Goldstar Gentleman
4th – D E Evans – Maerdy Sylfaen – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
5th – R & N Barclay – Harestone Shaddow – s. Balthayock Minstrel
Class 9 – BULL, born on or between 6 & 22 August 2021
1st – R & N Barclay – Harestone Silverdollar – s. Goldies Oasis
2nd – T & S Gatherer – Barnsford Squire – s. Maerdy Grenadier
3rd – D E Evans – Maerdy Sporran – s. Maerdy Neverdiere
4th – A J Stott – Tophill Superman – s. Ratoary Ferguson
5th – D E Evans – Maerdy Spat – s. Maerdy Offenback
Class 10 – BULL, born on or between 23 August & 2 September 2021
1st – H Goldie – Goldies Statesman – s. Gretnahouse Primate
2nd – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Sonny – s. Glenericht Limpet
3rd – C Smeaton & Sons – Bombax Seb – s. Westcarse Houdini
4th – C J Wight – Carwood Scotsman – s. Maerdy Magestic
5th – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Sergio – s. Glenericht Limpet
Class 11 – BULL, born on or between 3 & 17 September 2021
1st – R & N Barclay – Harestone Socatees – s. Harestone Monarch
2nd – M J Massie – Elrick Stallone – s. Maerdy Jakstar
3rd – M J Massie – Elrick Spielberg – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
4th – H Goldie – Goldies Sportsman – s. Gretnahouse Heman
5th – C Smeaton & Sons – Bombax Squire – s. Westcarse Houdini
Class 12 – BULL, born on or between 18 September & 14 October 2021
1st – J & S Middleton – Hollywell Saul – s. Hollywell Oman
2nd – R A Milne – Elgin Sergeant – s. Carwood Lochness
3rd – D E Evans – Maerdy Secondment – s. Goldies Linford
4th – R & N Barclay – Harestone Standfast – s. Meillard
5th – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Starman – s. Maerdy Jerusalem
Class 13 – BULL, born on or after 15 October 2021
1st – J Watson & Co. – Tweeddale Salvador – s. Harestone Jaquard
2nd – R & N Barclay – Harestone Showman – s. PTI Prince
3rd – R & N Barclay – Harestone Sandiego – s. Goldies Oasis
4th – D E Evans – Maerdy Spartacus – s. Maerdy Neverdiere
5th – D K Timm – Wensleydale Sarotoga – s. Balthayock Nominee
Class 14 – HEIFER, born on or after 21 May 2020
1st – D E Evans – Maerdy Rose – s. Maerdy Figaro-W
2nd – A Macgregor Ltd. – Allanfauld Swallow – s. Maerdy Norseman
3rd – D E Evans – Maerdy Rind – s. Maerdy Offenback
Senior Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 1-4
Champion – R A & J Blyth – Marwood Smoky – s. Burradon Goldenballs
Reserve – W P Bruce Ltd – Balmyle Sandy – s. Maerdy Onedirection
Intermediate Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 5-8
Champion – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Supersemen – s. Caylers Napoleon
Reserve – R A & J Blyth – Marwood Stargazer – s. Marwood Oakley
Junior Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 9-13
Champion – J Watson & Co. – Tweeddale Salvador – s. Harestone Jaquard
Reserve – R & N Barclay – Harestone Silverdollar – s. Goldies Oasis
Overall Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 1-13
Champion – R A & J Blyth – Marwood Smoky – s. Burradon Goldenballs
Reserve – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Supersemen – s. Caylers Napoleon
Female Championship – Overall best heifer from Class 14
Champion – D E Evans – Maerdy Rose – s. Maerdy Figaro-W
Reserve – A Macgregor Ltd. – Allanfauld Swallow – s. Maerdy Norseman