Midshield is Superior at Stirling
Judge: Louise McArthur
Shadow Judge: Charlotte Hitchen
Charolais bulls once again returned to United Auctions, Stirling for the May Stirling Bull Sales over the course of 30th April to 1st May. Competition was fierce in the pre-sale show, with Judge Louise McArthur and Shadow Judge Charlotte Hitchen having the difficult job of judging some close classes of high-quality bulls. The sale itself saw 34 bulls sell to an average price of £5889.26 and an 81% clearance, with prices topping out at 12,000gns.
Taking the day’s top price of 12,000gns was Overall Champion Midshield Superior from J & E Wight’s herd in Biggar, Lanarkshire. This 22-month-old has some impressive names in his pedigree, with his dam Wissington Jessica being a daughter of the popular AI bull Goldies Eddy, and his sire being the very easy-calving Solwayfirth Oneal. After a round of fierce bidding, it was W Dunlop & Sons who emerged successful and they will be taking Superior back to their herd in Dunbar, East Lothian.
The next highest price of 9,500gns was secured by Reserve Overall Champion Allanfauld Samuel, bred by A MacGregor of Glasgow. Samuel was sired by the French-born Harestone Oscar, and his dam Allanfauld Lynsey goes back to the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin. This impressive 21-month-old caught the attention of T Howden & Son, who won the bid and will be taking him back to their Balleny herd in Balerno, Midlothian.
Coming in at the next highest price of 8,500gns was 24-month-old Thrunton Statesman, a homebred bull from J H C Campbell & Sons’ well-known Thrunton herd in Northumberland. Statesman was born to Thrunton Lark, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator, and he was sired by Thrunton Nevada. Statesman will be making the journey up to Inverness, where he will join the Leys herd under the care of successful bidder Leys Estate.
The next highest price of 7,800gns went to another from J H C Campbell & Sons, this time for 21-month-old Thrunton Storm. A half brother to Statesman, Storm was also sired by Thrunton Nevada, whilst his dam Thrunton Oregano is by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem. At the fall of the hammer, G Mackie was the winning bidder, and will be taking Storm back to their holding in Crieff, Perthshire.
At 7,500gns, Allanfauld Spaceman from A MacGregor was the next highest seller. This 20-month-old was sired by the easy-calving Maerdy Norseman, and is out of Allanfauld Night, another Woodpark Elgin daughter. Spaceman will soon be making the long trip to Stromness, Orkney, where he will join the herd of final bidder W S L Muir.
Two bulls sold for the next highest price of 7,000gns, the first of which was 23-month-old Broomloan Stevie from A Brown’s Ayr-based herd. Stevie’s sire is the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox, and his dam Broomloan Nacho is by the 30,000gns Oakchurch Igor. Stevie will be joining successful bidder Kincraigie Farms’ herd in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.
Also selling for 7,000gns was Harestone Stout, a 17-month-old bred by R & N Barclay from the Harestone herd in Insch, Aberdeenshire. Like Allanfauld Samuel before him, Stout was also sired by the French-born Harestone Oscar. Stout’s dam is Wesley Fettle, a Balmyle Dingle daughter. This strapping young lad caught the eye of J M Fisher Ltd., who won the bid and will be taking him home to Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Another two bulls secured the next highest price of 6,000gns – the first of these was Thrunton Stig, also from J H C Campbell & Sons. This 21-month-old was sired by former Orkney Breed Champion Baillieston Orcadian, and his dam Thrunton Ovation goes back to Thrunton Gladiator. G T & S Coghill were the successful bidders for this strapping lad, and they will soon be introducing him to their Hekra herd in Birsay, Orkney.
Finally, also selling for 6,000gns was Harestone Shaddow, a 21-month-old also bred by R & N Barclay. Shaddow has quite the pedigree; his sire Balthayock Minstrel sold for 46,000gns at Stirling in 2018, and his dam Harestone Mena is by the 25,000gns Thrunton Socrates. Shaddow will be heading over to his new home in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, courtesy of winning bidder J D Penman.
Class 1 – BULL, born on or before 1 August 2021
1st – J & E Wight – Midshield Superior – s. Solwayfirth Oneal
2nd – A Macgregor – Allanfauld Samuel – s. Harestone Oscar
3rd – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Storm – s. Thrunton Nevada
4th – J Watson & Co. – Tweeddale Smartdrive – s. Tweeddale Overdrive
Class 2 – BULL, born on or between 2 August & 19 October 2021
1st – A Macgregor – Allanfauld Spaceman – s. Maerdy Norseman
2nd – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Sammy – s. Caylers Oxford
3rd – J H C Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Sullivan – s. Thrunton Pierre
4th – W K & P Drysdale – Glenericht Scott – s. Caylers Oxford
Class 3 – BULL, born on or between 20 October & 15 November 2021
1st – R & N Barclay – Harestone Stout – s. Harestone Oscar
2nd – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Sportsman – s. Balthayock Loyalist
3rd – R & N Barclay – Harestone Santander – s. PTI Prince
4th – R & N Barclay – Harestone Saxon – s. Goldies Oasis
Class 4 – BULL, born on or after 15 November 2021
1st – R & N Barclay – Harestone Tarzan – s. Goldies Oasis
2nd – R McCulloch – Overhill Tori – s. Allanfauld Neptune
3rd – D F W H & N R Walter – Balthayock Skipper – s. Elrick Paragon
4th – R & N Barclay – Harestone SouthCarolina – s. Goldies Oasis
Male Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 1-4
Champion – J & E Wight – Midshield Superior – s. Solwayfirth Oneal
Reserve – A Macgregor – Allanfauld Samuel – s. Harestone Oscar