June 19, 2020 The Great Charolais Online Show
THE GREAT CHAROLAIS SUMMER SHOW 2020 in association with WELSHPOOL LIVESTOCK SALES
Usually getting ready for shows at this time of year, or have always wanted to take part but couldn’t get away from home?
Why not take part in the Great Charolais Summer Show?
How does it work?
• All competitors must be registered British Charolais members
• All entries must be registered British Charolais animals and currently owned by the exhibiting member
• Each week we will announce a new class which we are accepting entries for – these will be the classes that would have been held at the National show in July. Please see the full list of classes at the end of the rules
• Send the name and ear tag number of your entry along with four pictures – front, both sides and rear of your animal or animals and a video of them walking unhaltered (as we don’t want the handler in the pictures or video) to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please see our mobile phone filming guide here. No professional photos please, photos and video must be taken by the exhibitor. Please do not include the handler in the pictures or video as this competition will be held anonymously and the entry will not be accepted
• For each class, you will have a week to submit your animals once the entries are open
• At the end of the week, we will post the pictures and video for each of the entries in a compilation video on Facebook and twitter, and individually on our website, in a similar format to our online sales – however, no animal or owner information will be available
• Once voting opens on a class, to vote just submit your choice for 1st 2nd and 3rd places on the form on our Facebook page. Your votes will be translated into scores (3 points for 1st place, 2 points for 2nd place and 1 point for 3rd place) which when added together will determine the overall placings in each class. Please do not vote for the same animal more than once otherwise your vote will not be counted
• The class results will be announced each Monday after the voting closes on the Friday and voting for the next class will begin on that same Monday
• The Champion will be judged from the class winners and voting will take place between 14/09/2020 – 17/09/2020
• The Reserve Champion will be judged from the remaining class winners the second placed animal in the winner’s class and voting will take place between 18/09/2020 – 21/09/2020
• All Class winners will receive a Charolais jacket and a Prize Rosette
• Breed Champion will be awarded £150.00 (sponsored by Welshpool Livestock sales), a Championship Plaque & Championship Sash
• Reserve Breed Champion will be awarded £100.00 (sponsored by Welshpool Livestock sales)
June 5, 2020 Stirling Charolais Top at 7,200gns
Due to the lockdown and the restrictions in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, United Auctions’ Stirling bull sales in May were conducted via direct marketing rather than a live sale held at Stirling Agricultural Centre. The bulls were marketed via an online catalogue backed up by contact from the United Auctions sales team who liaised with prospective buyers.
Charolais bids peaked at 7,200gns and 17 bulls found new homes to average £5,406.47, the highest average of all the breeds represented.
Leading the Charolais bids at 7,200gns was Harestone Oblivion from the Barclay family’s Harestone herd at Banchory, Aberdeenshire. This outstanding bull is by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, is out of Harestone Mo, a homebred daughter of the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie, and has been fully parentage verified. The 18 month-old Oblivion, who has one copy of the F94L myostatin gene, features in the top 10% of the breed for 200 day weight gain and his TI of +53 and SRI of +51 rank him in the top 15% and top 20% respectively. He goes on to work in Tarland, Aboyne, for A Smith.
Next, sold for 7,000gns, was Allanfauld Oscar from Archie & John MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. A June 2018-born bull, he was purchased by C Addison and Co, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. He is sire verified as by the homebred Allanfauld Lachie and his dam is Allanfauld Ice, who goes back to the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin. Oscar, who has a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-0, is a bull with impressive figures, featuring in the top 1% of the national herd for 200 day weight, he is ranked in the top 5% for his 400 and 600-day weight gain as well as for his Terminal Index (+73) and Self Replacing Index (+67) scores.
Selling for 6,700gns was the pen leader from the Campbell family’s Thrunton herd at Alnwick, Northumberland. Another with impressive performance figures, his TI of +70 and SRI of +64 place him in the top 5% of the breed. Thrunton Oban has gone to Kincraigie Farms, Lumphanan, and he’s a Q204X carrying, July 2018-born bull, who is fully parentage verified as by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of the Thrunton Gladiator-sired Thrunton Jaquette.
Three more of the Campbell’s lots sold averaging £6,168.75 for the bunch. Their next highest priced, at 6,000gns, was Thrunton Oman, a 20 month-old bull with a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-0. With top 10% Terminal Index and Self Replacing scores of +60 and + 57, he is sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator and his dam Thrunton Fanciful goes back to the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal. He was purchased by Glenkiln Farms, Crocketford, Dumfiresshire.
Just behind at 5,800gns was the Campbell’s next lot, the September 2018-born Thrunton Ontario, a fully parentage verified bull who is out of the Thrunton Gladiator-sired Thrunton Layla and by the aforementioned Maerdy Jerusalem. Messrs Thomson, Midmar, Aberdeenshire, were the purchasers of this non-myostatin carrier, another to feature in the top 10% of the breed with his TI of +61 and in the top 5% with a SRI of +67, a 400 day weight gain score of +71 and a 600-day weight gain score of +81.
At 5,300gns Alsnow Oak was next in the trade stakes. He was consigned by Neil Wattie, Alford, Aberdeenshire, who had purchased him as a calf at foot from Alan Lawson’s dispersal sale in February last year. The 22 month-old Oak was this time purchased by C Tait, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, and is sire verified as by the Irish-bred Cottage Devon. He has a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-0 and his dam Alsnow Hanna, whose last bull calf sold for 8,000gns, is by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat.
Lochend Orient a 19 month-old entry from Iain and Rhona Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, was the next top selling lot at 5,200gns. He is bred out of Lochend India who goes back to the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo. India, who is a twin, is also a full sister to the 22,000gns Lochend Hickory. Orient, a carrier of both the F94L and Q204X myostatin genes, who was snapped up by William Hendry, Dunbar, East Lothian, is sire verified as by the 9,000gns Carlisle class winner Nuthampstead Judas, whose first three Lochend sons have sold to average £6,685.
A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 5,000gns and the first was Westcarse Obe, a June 2018-born bull from John and Diane Christie, Stirling. Sired verified as by Nuthampstead Judas, whose sons have sold to 7,500gns, he is out of Westcarse Greta, a Kersknowe Clansman daughter. The 23 month-old Obe whose myostatin status is F94L-0, Q204X-0 sold to E and A Donald and sons, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Matching the 5,000gns price tag when he was purchased by Hamlet Cowans, Lochendhead, Dumfries-shire, from consigners J and J Graham, Blairdrummond, Stirlingshire, was the July 2018-born Burnbank Ollymurs, a non-myostatin carrier who was semen tested prior to sale. A bull who is sire verified as by the popular AI bull Blelack Digger, who has added over 200 progeny into the national herd, Ollymurs is bred out of Blackford Lucy, a daughter of the Royal Highland show reserve junior bull champion Elgin Davinci.
The final 5,000gns lot was the 21 month-old Thrunton Octavian, who was offered for sale by JHC Campbell and Son. With a Terminal Index of +54 and a Self Replacing Index of +52, this bull who does not carry any myostatin, is ranked in the top 1% of the breed for 200-day weight gain. Octavian is sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator, out of Thrunton Impala, a daughter of the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, and was purchased by Leys Estate, Leys Castle, Inverness.
Averages: 17 bulls £5,406.47
Auctioneers: United Auctions
May 14, 2020 Inaugural Charolais Online Auction Tops at £10,000
With the ban on pedigree breeding sales in the livestock markets due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Harrison and Hetherington developed their online marketing to include timed auctions, so that the pedigree breeders had a legitimate outlet at which to sell their bulls.
The Charolais sale which was due to take place at Borderway mart in the 9 May was converted into the new online timed auction format, which started on Friday 8 and concluded on Tuesday 12 May. A total of 19 Charolais bulls found new homes to average £5,021 with bidding peaking at £10,000 and eight lots trading at £5000 and above.
Topping the lots at £10,000 was the November 2018-born Solwayfirth Oneal, , who was purchased by John Wight and Sons, Biggar, Lanarkshire. This bull is the first to be sold by the 11,500gns Glenericht Majestic, who has so far produced over 40 progeny for the herd since his purchase in October 2017. His dam is Solwayfirth Ingrid, a daughter of the Perth supreme champion Blackford Samson.
Oneal has some impressive figures with a Terminal Index of +63 and Self Replacing Index of +60, placing him in the top 10% of the breed. He also has a copy of both the F94L and Q204X myostatin genes in his DNA. He was bred and exhibited by Ian and Dorothy Goldie, Annan, Dumfriesshire, who had a great day selling all four bulls they had entered to average £5,525.
“I’m delighted with our trade and really pleased that H&H have set up this new online system so quickly,” said Ian. “I feel that we would never have achieved a price of £10,000 in the current situation without this. These are the first four sons of Majestic we’ve sold, and hopefully there’ll be some more in the pipeline for February.”
The second highest price of £9,000 was paid for Mornity Pedro, an entry from Jack Nicoll Farms, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Sire verified as by the renowned 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini, and he’s out of the exceptional breeding of Guthrie Laura who goes back to Falleninch Hamzoraj. His TI of +66 places him in the top five percent of the breed. He’s also amongst the top one percent of the national herd for 200 day weight, and the top five percent for 400 and 600 day weight gain, and was purchased by Tom Story, Greenburn, Dumfriesshire.
At £7,400 the next highest priced lot was the October 2018-born Goldies Orchard who boasted the highest Terminal Index and Self Replacing Index in the sale catalogue at +86 and +76 respectively, placing him in the top one percent of the breed and he also has two copies of the F94L myostatin gene.
Another to be fully parentage verified, his dam is the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman-sired Goldies Lottie and his sire is the 10,500gns Tweeddale Matador, a prolific show winner whose accolades include the National show junior championship. Orchard was purchased by Ouston Farms, Lobley Hill, Tyne and Wear, and he was bred and consigned by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire.
An entry from RM Adam and Son, Forfar, Angus, was the next top selling bull at £6,800 and he goes on to work in Caernarfon, Gwynedd for new owner Ifan Thomas. Newhouse Olympus, a 17 month-old with a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-1, who has also been fully parentage verified, is out of the 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob daughter Newhouse Lass, and sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar.
At £5,100 was the 21 month-old Retties Oasis from Richard and Carol Rettie, Methven, Perthshire. The popular AI bull Davally Illusion is the sire here and his dam is Retties Harmony, a daughter of the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie. He was purchased by JC Rennie and Son, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
Three bulls achieved bids of £5,000 and the first was Gretnahouse Onside, an October 2018-born lad who is fully parentage verified. He has an impressive calving ease score (+11.6), which positions him in the top 10% of the national herd and he also has a copy of the Q204X myostatin gene. His sire is the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and his dam Gretnahouse Maradise is a first calving daughter of the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator. He was offered for sale by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, and was purchased by R and J Stannard, Bethersden, Kent.
Matching the £5,000 price tag when he was snapped up by John Nelson, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was Glenericht Oger an entry from WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who places in the top five percent of the breed with a TI of +69 and in the top one percent for SRI with a score of +70.
He also places in the top 20% for calving ease, gestation length and 200-day weight, top five percent on 400 day weight and top 15% for 600 day weight gain. An October 2018-born bull who boasts two copies of the F94L gene, he is sire verified to the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator and his dam Glenericht Gigi goes back to the popular AI sire Blelack Digger who has added over 2,000 progeny into the national herd.
Another who was bid to £5,000 was Mark McGahan’s 15 month-old Chunal Primeminister from Hadfield, Derbyshire, who was the second easiest calving bull in the catalogue at +14.5 and has a myostatin status of F94L-1. His dam is the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox-sired Chunal Mistletoe and he is sire verified as by the Yorkshire-bred Whitecliffe James. He’s off to work for Andrew Wilson in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.
Next in the trade stakes at £4,800 was Solwayfirth Ozzy, a November 2018-born bull from the aforementioned Ian and Dorothy Goldie, who has a myostatin status of F94L-1. Sire verified to Glenericht Majestic, his dam is Solwayfirth Hayley, a daughter of the homebred Solwayfirth Bandit. He was snapped up by Mark Jones-Davies and Co, Brecon, Powys.
The Goldies success didn’t stop there, and their other top lot sold when a bid of £4,200 secured Solwayfirth Oliver for Scott Hiddleston, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire. The 17 month-old Oliver is again sire verified to Glenericht Majestic, is out of the Solwayfirth Bandit-sired Solwayfirth Heather, and has one copy of the F94L myostatin gene in his genetics.
Achieving a top bid of £4,300 was Harestone Oasis, an entry from R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire. Born in November 2018 and a carrier of the Q204X gene, he is fully parentage verified and sired by the Highland show supreme champion Harestone Jaquard, while his dam is Knockmahon Jane, who goes back to Cloverfield Excellent. He was purchased by A and B Fisher, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
The star of the female section was the 2019 Royal Welsh show reserve junior female champion Bassett Oakleaf, who was offered for sale by Brailes Livestock, Banbury, Oxfordshire. She is a January 2018-born heifer who was bred in North Yorkshire by Jean Atkinson and was sold AI’d to Westcarse Houdini to Kenneth Hall and Son, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, for £5,600. Her sire is the 10,000gs Harestone Domino and she is bred out of Bassett Ebony, a daughter of the 16,000gns Perth junior champion Balmyle Vagabond.
The other top priced female seller at £3,000 was Bassett Olivia, a March 2018-born heifer who is sire verified to Whitecliffe Lacroix and one of the first to be sold by this bull. She is bred out of the 10,000gns Harestone Domino daughter Bassett Hifi, was bred and consigned by Jean Atkinson, Thorpe Bassett, North Yorkshire, and purchased by Lee hopwood, Littleborough, Lancashire.
Averages: 19 bulls: £5,021.05, four heifers: £3,362.50
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
March 9, 2020 Commercial demand drives price increase at Dungannon
Averages: 33 bulls £3,465, 11 heifers £2,142.95, Royaldowns Draft: three cow and calves £2,205.00.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Sponsor: Danske Bank
Judge: Martin Donaghy, Dungannon, Co Tyrone
The market was packed to the rafters for the Charolais sale at Dungannon on Friday 6 March, where bidding peaked at 6,200gns and 33 bulls sold to average £3,465.00 up £86.00 on last year. The sale saw 85% of the bulls forward finding new homes, an increase of 19% from 2019, most of which were purchased by the commercial market.
The day’s top seller at 6,200gns was the pre-show junior champion who also went on the receive the reserve supreme and reserve male championship accolades. Bred and exhibited by Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone, Ratoary Ourboy is a 16 month-old by the Royal Welsh show reserve junior champion Montgomery Ianto, and his dam Clooncullane Chloe goes back to the French-bred Mozart. He was purchased by R Pedlow, Lurgan, Co Armagh.
The supreme and senior male champion was next in the trade stakes at 4,900gns. Drumlegagh Odin, who is bred out of the Deeleview Classick-sired Deeleview Ingrid and is by Tweeddale Lookout, a double Q AI bull increasing in popularity having added over 100 sons and daughters into the national herd. John, Ivan & Ryan Elliot, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, were his consigners and the aforementioned R Pedlow, was the purchaser of this August 2018-born lad.
Will Short, Beragh, Co Tyrone, was the vendor behind the next top selling lot. Woodpark Orion, an 18 month-old who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show, was knocked down sold to Trevor Butler, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, in a 4,300gns deal. The sire here is Invictus, while Orion’s dam Woodpark Leanne goes back to the Southern Irish-born Deeside Gulliver who has bred well for the Woodpark herd, producing over 100 progeny to date.
Just behind at 4,200gns was a yellow ticket winner and the first lot through the ring. From David and John Connolly, Ballynahinch, Co Down, Brigadoon Orbit, an April 2018-born bull sired by the Royal Ulster supreme champion Brampton Petition, is out of Brigadoon Leona, herself no stranger to the show ring having picked up the reserve intermediate heifer champion title at the Minsups final in 2016. She in turn is sired by Royal Capitan. Colin Maxwell, Clough, Co Down, was the winning bidder.
Three bulls were knocked down at 4,000gns and the first was Innisrush Osmond, a class winner from William Whyte, Portglenone, Co Antrim. T Aiken, Coleraine, Co Derry, was the man with his hand in the air as the hammer came down on the 18 month-old Osmond, whose sire is the Black Isle show champion Lochend Apache. His dam Edenhurst Ingrid, who was purchased at Peter Vasey’s dispersal sale in 2016 goes back to the 10,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Ratoary Ferguson.
The reserve junior male champion was the next 4,000gns selling lot. The 17 month-old Drumlone Orlando who caught the eye of winning bidder A Caldwell, Killen, Co Tyrone, is bred out of the Oldstone Egbert daughter Drumlone Edwina and sired by Ashleigh Admiral. Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh, was the consigner.
Matching the 4,000gns price tag was Corrick Orion, who was placed second in class at the morning’s show and is a full brother to last year’s champion Corrick Napoleon. Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, were the exhibitors of this 14 month-old lot, who was purchased by M Gillespie, Killylea, Co Armagh. His sire the 25,000gns Inverlochy Ferdie was a Stirling intermediate champion while his dam Corrick Hazel goes back the 9,000gns Balmoral supreme champion Goldies Carnival.
Four bulls then made 3,800gns a piece, the first seeing Will Short, who sold a total of four bulls to average £3,648.75, back in the money. His 3,800gns seller was the reserve senior male champion Woodpark Ohio, a May 2018-born son of the aforementioned Deeside Gulliver and the Welsh-born Maerdy Indoor, a Maerdy Dynamite daughter who was snapped up by D Donnelly, Sixmilecross, Co Tyrone.
The second to sell at 3,800gns was Tanhill Obi, a 21 month-old by Whitecliffe James and out of the Dungannon supreme champion Fymore Glory-sired Tanhill Lorna. He stood second in his class in the morning for breeder and exhibitor Andrew Armstrong, Dromore, Co Tyrone, and goes on to work in Armagh for new owner F Oliver.
Also hitting the 3,800gns price tag was Paddy and Valerie McDonald’s Glencoe Oak from Killeavy, Co Down. A blue ticket winner who has already proven to have worked at home, he is bred out of Glencoe Jewel, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat and sired by the 13,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Glencoe Galliant. Frank King, Newry, Co Down, was the winning bidder of this 17 month-old lad.
The next 3,800gns lot, the 15 month-old Royaldowns Oryan, was purchased by S Watterson, Cookstown, Co Tyrone and offered for sale by Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down. The 10,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Goldies Icon is the sire here and his dam Royaldowns Jenna is a daughter of the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Inverlochy Ferdie.
The other making this money was the November 2018-born Brogher Owen when he was knocked down sold to Stephen Heenan, Clough, Co Down. Also a son of Goldies Icon, but this time out of the Fintona class winner Brogher Gigi, who goes back to the 55,000gns Balmoral interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo, he was bred and exhibited by Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh, who also went on to sell two more for a total average of £3,780.
Mr Phair’s next highest priced lot at 3,600gns was Brogher Original who had also earned him a yellow ticket earlier in the day. Another November 2018-born lad, this time sired by the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian and out of Brogher Jebella, a Blelack Digger daughter, was purchased by R and S Chesney, Kircubbin, Co Down.
Next up Tullygarley Outlook was knocked down at 3,500gns and taken home by David McFarland, Beragh, Co Tyrone. An entry from John Currie, Ballymena, Co Antrim, and by the popular AI sire Davally Illusion who has added almost 400 progeny to the National herd book, the 18 month-old and yellow ticket winner Outlook is out of the Blelack Digger-sired Tullygarley Iflo.
The highest price female of the sale was George Nelson’s female champion from Drumacritten, Co Fermanagh. Selling at 3,200gns to D McAlonan, Dunloy, Co Antrim, the 17 month-old Drumacritten Oaklee is another by the aforementioned Goldies Icon and her dam Drumacritten Duchess is by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.
At 3,000gns, the reserve female champion Derryharney Oowho was next in the trade stakes. An October 2018-born daughter of the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding and Derryharney Lizzy who goes back to the popular AI Sire Blelack Digger, she was offered for sale by Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Crummy, Co Fermanagh, and purchased by an undisclosed bidder.
Another entry from Kenneth Veitch was the other high-priced female lot. Drumlone Ola who stood third in her class at the pre-sale show caught the eye of Kevin Ferguson, Garrison, Co Fermanagh. The July 2018-born Ola is sired by the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action and out of Gallaway Heidi, a daughter of the French-bred Nippur.
Topping the lots in the draft sale from Mervin McKeown’s Royaldowns herd, was a first calving heifer along with her twin calves. The heifer Royaldowns Margo is a three year-old daughter of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and Royaldowns Hope who goes back to the above-mentioned Sportsmans Columbo. Her male and female, three month-old twins, are sired by Royaldowns Hemingway Deras.
February 26, 2020 Aberdeen Charolais average up on the year
Charolais trade was led by a strong commercial interest at the Aberdeen and Northern Marts multibreed Spring show on Wednesday 26 February, where Charolais averages climbed by £481.25 from last year to £4,943.75 for the 12 bulls sold and bidding peaked at 6,800gns.
The supreme and breed champion was the top selling Charolais of the day, at 6,800gns. Bonnykelly Officer, a 20 month-old bull by the 10,000gns Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Gretnahouse Ivory, exhibited by Robert Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, was snapped up by PAK Junor, Dores, Inverness-shire. His dam Bonnykelly Fern is sired by the 9,000gns New Deer show champion Newhouse Challanger.
Moments later the hammer came down at 6,200gns when A Anderson, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, raised his hand for the yellow ticket winner Lettoch Oxford. Out of the 14,000gns Highland show reserve male champion Goldies Banker daughter Ugie Giselda, and sired by the 11,000gns Stirling senior champion Balthayock Imperial, this June 2018-born lad was bred and exhibited by Colin Stuart, Ballindalloch, Banffshire.
Just behind, at 6,000gns, was another from the same home. Also placing third in his class at the pre-sale show, the 20 month-old Lettoch Oscar, who is also by Imperial but this time bred out of the Killadeas Dwane-sired Lettoch Jemima, was the pick of AW McArthur, Balfron, Glasgow.
Robert Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, was another vendor in the money when his blue ticket winner and 19 month-old Bonnykelly Oliver, was knocked down at 5,500gns to Messrs Macivo, Thurso, Caithness-shire. The sire here is the 10,000gns Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Gretnahouse Ivory, and his dam Bonnykelly Fiona goes back to the 9,000gns New Deer show champion Newhouse Challanger.
The next highest priced at 5,000gns also came from Robert Leggat. Bonnykelly Orlando, a May 2018-born bull out of Bonnykelly Erin, a daughter of the 10,000gns Maerdy Rumbull is another sired by Gretnahouse Ivory. He goes on to work in Banchory, Aberdeenshire for C Smith.
Following on at 4,800gns when he caught the eyes of J and E Finnie, Newseat of Balthangie, Cuminestown, was another entry from the aforementioned Colin Stuart, who sold a total of three to average £5,590. Balthayock Imperial is the sire of the June 2018-born Lettoch Occasion and he is out of the Killadeas Dwane daughter Lettoch Little.
Two bulls then came under the hammer for 4,000gns, with the first being Auchincrieve Oblivion, a bull by Blelack Jeffrey, whose dam Auchincrieve Gaga is sired by the French-born Sang-D’or. J Baxter, Gamrie, Banffshire, was the man with his hand in the air as the hammer came down on this 23 month-old entry from Charles McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
The other to match the 4,000gns price was the April 2018-born Kinclune Observer who stood second in his class earlier in the day for breeders and exhibitors John Wilson and Sons, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire. Observer is sired by the 12,000gns Stirling supreme champion Goldies Ivan and his dam Kinclune Inga goes back to the 20,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Crownprince. He stays local going home to Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, with new owner AJ Blackhall.
The only Charolais female forward was the June 2018-born Lettoch Oasis from Colin Stuart. A daughter of the 11,000gns Stirling senior champion Balthayock Imperial and out of Blelack Fleur, a Swalesmoor Bayonet daughter who was purchased at the Blelack dispersal sale in 2016, Oasis sold to C Smith, Strichen, Aberdeenshire, for 1,850gns.
Averages: 12 bulls £4,943.75; one heifer £1,942.50
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts
February 19, 2020 Charolais Remain King at Stirling
Averages: 117 bulls £6,633.85; four heifers £3,333.75
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Judge: Raymond Irvine
Shadow Judge: Louise McArthur
Charolais once again sold the highest number of bulls as well as producing the biggest average of all breeds sold at the Spring round of the Stirling bull sales. They also matched the top price of 25,000gns not once but twice, sold a total of 117 with 15 bulls to five figures and a strong commercial interest saw 74 sell for 5,000gns and above. The breed’s average of £6,633.85 was up £571.18 up on the year while the clearance rate was 79% at the sale on Tuesday 18 February.
Society CEO Peter Phythian was delighted with the day’s trade. He said “The great prices we have had today is a reflection of how well Charolais sired steers and heifers are selling in the store mart. We are just starting to see buyers looking at the myostatin status when purchasing bulls and are being more conscientious of how they select them. With profit in mind they are going for the breed which finishes first, improves turnover and cuts carbon”.
The star of the sale was W K and P Drysdale’s senior and supreme champion from Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who was the first to sell at 25,000gns. The May 2018-born Glenericht Oasis, whose full brother sold for 11,500gns in October 2017, is sired by the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator and out of Glenericht Gem, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat. He was purchased by Danny Sawrij, Kedzlie Farm Ltd, Blainslie, Lauderdale.
The other lot to secure 25,000gns was the reserve supreme and junior champion Elrick Outlaw, this time knocked down to Boden and Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire. A 17 month-old son of the French-bred Maerdy Gouverneur, his dam Elrick Florida, who is also mother to the 8,500gns Stirling supreme champion Elrick Malt, goes back to the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin. His breeder and consigner Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, accrued the day’s top herd average of £14,175.00 for his four bulls.
Michael’s next highest priced at 15,000gns was the red ticket winner Elrick Oxygen, also sired by Gouverneur, his dam Elrick Isidore is another Maerdy Dublin daughter. The August 2018-born Oxygen caught the eye of the Maghera breeder Jonathan Crawford and travels home over the water to work in Co Derry.
Mr Massie’s other top priced lot Elrick Oxford was knocked down sold to W Ramsay and Sons, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, for 9,000gns. This 17 month-old lad who is bred out of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless daughter Elrick Jessica, is another son of Maerdy Gouverneur.
The second bull to sell at a 15,000gns price tag was the pre-sale show’s intermediate champion from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Morayshire, whose five bulls sold averaged £8,778.00. Elgin Oliver, a June 2018-born son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator-sired Elgin Ianthe, was purchased by Jenny and John Rix, Nayland, Essex.
13,000gns was the highest price paid for an impressive string of 12 bulls sold by the Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans which averaged £6562.50. The June 2018-born Maerdy Osgood, who caught the eye of joint purchasers Major David Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire and C Smeaton, Kirkbuddoo, Angus, when he was placed third in his class the previous day, is out of Maerdy Honney, a daughter of the French-born Froufrours, while his sire is the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous.
Esmor’s other top lot was the blue ticket winner Maerdy Obrian. The first son sold by the 18,000gns Stirling reserve supreme champion Goldies Linford, his dam Maerdy Dendrite goes back to the French bred Maerdy Alcazar. 9,500gns was the final bid by W J Millar, Tealing, By Dundee, for this 18 month-old bull.
The auctioneers gavel came down 10 times in total at 10,000gns and the first to achieve it was the Northumberland bred Burradon Olaf from former Society chairman Chris Curry. Having placed second in his class at the pre-sale show, the 21 month-old Olaf is sired by the Irish bred Clenagh Lyle who has bred over 60 progeny into the herd since his purchase in 2016. Burradon Jemma is his dam and she goes back to the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico, while grandam Emma is a full sister to the 26,000gns Burradon Garibaldi. J Morton and Son, Melrose, Roxburghshire, were his purchasers.
Matching the 10,000gns price tag was an entry from the aforementioned Danny Sawrij. Swalesmoor Oscar, a May 2018-born son of the 30,000gns Oakchurch Igor, was purchased by John W Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. His dam Swalesmoor Laura is in turn sired by the 22,000gns Yorkshire show male champion Balmyle Headline.
A and R Paton, Avonbridge, Falkirk, were the next to purchase a 10,000gns lot. The class winner Woodpark Oaktree is out of the Irish bred Deeside Gulliver daughter Woodpark Lavender and this June 2018-born bull is sired by the French born Doonally Souverain. He was bred and exhibited by Will Short, Beragh, Co Tyrone.
The next two 10,000gns lots both come from the vendors, William and Moira Milne, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. The first Glenernan Ohboy, who is a 20 month-old son of the 17,000gns Elgin Jagger and Glenernan Finesse, a daughter of Mistral Ben, was knocked down to John Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire.
The Milne’s other 10,000gns offering was the yellow ticket winner Glenernan Original, a July 2018-born lad by the 17,000gns Elgin Jagger and out of Glenernan Ivory, who goes back to the Stars of the future junior male champion Dunesk General. J Gordon and Co, Alford, Aberdeenshire, were the winning bidders.
The reserve intermediate champion was the next to sell at 10,000gns. Sired by the Perth show junior champion Balthayock Impression, the 19 month-old Balthayock Overdrive, who was purchased by K and J Mallarkey, Ythan Bank, Aberdeenshire, is out of the Highland reserve female champion winner Balthayock Lisa, whose father is the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian, while grandam Gem bred the 46,000gns Minstrel. Breeders and exhibitors Major David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, matched the day’s top number of bulls sold at 12 – averaging £6,763.75.
The July 2018-born Thrunton Orkney from J H C Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland, who sold a total of four to average £7743.75, was the next to attain the 10,000gns price. Sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, his mother Thrunton Lilac goes back to Thrunton Gladiator, and he was purchased by Jan Boomaars, Woldingham, Surrey.
Also hitting the 10,000gns price tag when he was snapped up by G T Wordie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was A and A Wright’s class winning 19 month-old, Lagavaich Orlando from Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Elrick Jazzman is the sire here and his dam Hindstones Gypsy is by the Carlisle supreme champion Trefaldwyn Valiant.
Tweeddale Orbit, a 17 month-old bull who was tapped out reserve junior champion for breeders Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, was next to sell at 10,000gns. He is another to boast an impressive pedigree being sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and his dam Tillside Ingrid, full sister to the 9,000gns Goldies Iceman goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. He goes back to Northumberland to work for F T Walton, in Morpeth.
The next vendors in the money were R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire, who sold a total of six bulls which averaged £8,802.50. Their 10,000gns class winner Harestone Offtheclock who was purchased by H Crawford, Ballymena, Co Antrim, is a September 2018-born son of the French born Highland show champion Harestone Jaquard and Harestone Iona, a 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless daughter.
The Barclays next highest priced was the yellow ticket winner Harestone Oberhausen. Out of Harestone Jutty, another Thrunton Fearless daughter and sired by the homebred Harestone Hercules, the 16 month-old Oberhausen commanded an 9,500gns bid from J M Nisbet, Sorn, Ayr.
Also from the same home was the September 2018-born Harestone Osasco, who was purchased for 9,000gns by Andrew Young, Girvan, Ayrshire. Another son of Harestone Jaquard, his dam is the Thrunton Fearless-sired Harestone Lovejoy.
Three more bulls then achieved 9,000gns apiece with the first coming from Colin and Fiona Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire, who sold a total of three to average £6,650.00. Carwood Oswald who stood second in his class the previous day is a son of the 14,000gns Ugie Goldcup and out of the Royal Highland show reserve junior male champion Elgin Emperor daughter Carwood Iris. The man behind the money on this 20 month-old bull was J W Hogg, Gifford, East Lothian.
The same buyer went on to purchase Tweeddale Ontop also spending 9,000gns to secure him from the aforementioned Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, who sold a total of six to average £5,915.00. The August 2018-born Ontop is out of Lakenheath Ellen, who has bred sons to 9,000gns and is sired by the Suffolk show champion Tattenhall Impeccable. His sire is Blelack Blackberet who has not only bred over 100 progeny into the Tweeddale herd but has also proved to be a popular choice for AI.
The final 9,000gns bid went to Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, for his 14 months-old bull Balmyle Onward. Sired by Ovil Lennon whose first crop of sons were sold at Stirling last October where they were awarded the best group of three and sold to a top of 9,500gns, Onward’s dam is the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat daughter Balmyle Harmony. G W Woolhouse and Sons Ltd, Ravensfield, Rotherham, were the purchasers.
Leading the bids for the females at 5,500gns was the female champion Allanfauld Ozzy from former Society President Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Sean Mitchell, Skelton, Cumbria, was the winning bidder of this July 2018-born heifer, by the homebred Allanfauld Lachie who has bred over 40 sons and daughters and out of Allanfauld Gaga, a daughter of the Royal Highland show reserve junior bull Elgin Davinci.
The above-mentioned J H C Campbell and Sons heifer entry Thrunton Oriental was another female top seller. David Dandie, Broxburn, West Lothian, were the purchasers who paid 3,200gns for the reserve female champion and July 2018-born Oriental whose dam is the Thrunton Gladiator-sired Thrunton Isabella and sire is the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem.
November 23, 2019 Charolais sell to 5,500gns at Carlisle
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Charolais claimed the highest average, top price and largest clearance rate of all the breeds selling at the Autumn round of the Stirling bull sales on Tuesday 22 October. A packed ring witnessed 69 bulls selling to average £5,609 and a clearance rate of 73% with the Charolais lots topping at 23,000gns.
Society CEO Peter Phythian said “Despite the difficult trade in the beef sector Charolais came out top with a tremendous high price and most importantly the largest clearance rate, which shows that farmers are looking to the breed which has proven to produce the fastest growing and most efficient cattle”.
Heading up the sale at 23,000gns was the 16 month-old class winner Goldies Oasis from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. Sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman, his dam Goldies Icequeen is a daughter of Goldies Formidable whose sons have sold to 26,000gns. He goes on to work in Insch, Aberdeenshire, with winning bidders R and N Barclay.
Next in the trade stakes and the first of two to be knocked down at 12,000gns was the reserve supreme and reserve junior champion Coolnaslee Oreo. Purchased by John and Raymond Irvine, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, and offered for sale by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry, the May 2018-born Oreo, is sired by the South East Charolais calf show bull calf champion Mortimers Hurricane. His dam Balbithan Gilly, a daughter of the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie, was purchased with her bull calf at foot at the Balbithan dispersal sale in 2017 for 14,200gns, while pregnant with Oreo.
Matching the 12,000gns price tag was the 17 month-old Balthayock Octavian, who had been tapped out as the supreme and junior champion on Monday by show judge Allen Drysdale. Octavian who was also awarded reserve male champion at the Alyth and Perth show earlier in the year, is by the Kirrimuir show champion Balthayock Ferdinand who has proved to be the herds most successful sire to date, with sons Balthayock Justice and Balthayock Minstral selling for 50,000gns and 46,000gns respectively. His dam is the Balthayock Valentie-sired Balthayock Emily and the successful bidders were John Wight and Sons, Biggar, Lanarkshire. He was the highest price lot from Major David And Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, who sold a total of six bulls to average £6,965.
Their next highest priced at 6,800gns was Balthayock Optimist, a May 2018-born son of Balthayock Ferdinand and Balthayock India who goes back to the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis and was bought by G and J Davie, Denny, Stirlingshire.
The Walters other two top lots both secured bids of 6,500gns, the first being the blue ticket winner Balthayock Northwind. First lot through the ring the 22 month-old Northwind who was purchased by MG and A Shearer, Thurso, Caithness-shire, is out of the Balthayock Aesop-sired Balthayock Hannah and by the Perth Show male and junior interbreed champion Balthayock Impression whose sons have sold to 15,000gns.
Also cashing in at 6,500gns was the Walter’s yellow ticket winner and June 2018-born Balthayock Oberon. The first son to be offered for sale from the 11,000gns Gretnahouse Lunar, he is out of Balthayock Jeanette, a Balthayock Ferdinand daughter and goes on to work in Orkney for purchasers Masquire Farms.
JM Cant and Partners, Arbroath, Angus, were the next to snap up one of the sought after lots, this time offered for sale by Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire. Balmyle Oscar who secured a bid of 9,500gns and was tapped out as the intermediate champion, is 17 month-old out of Balmyle Heather who goes back to the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret and is the first to be offered for sale by the 16,000gns Stirling class winner Ovill Lennon.
With another three bulls selling to new homes, the Balmyle herd enjoyed a good trade and sold the four to average £6,300. Mr Bruce’s other top lot was the blue ticket winner Balmyle Outlaw. Also sired by Ovill Lennon but this time out of the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat-sired Balmyle Larkspur, the May 2018-born Outlaw was knocked down sold for 6,500gns to JH Anderson, Fortrose, Ross-shire.
Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, also sold four bulls to average £6,300 and his 9,000gns top lot was the March 2018-born Gretnahouse Orangutan. His sire is Westcarse Jimmy and he is out of Gretnahouse Faradise who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth senior champion Thrunton Camelot. He was awarded a blue ticket at the pre-sale show where he caught the eye of new owner Edward Scott, Glamis, Forfar.
Another to sell for 9,000gns was the Cumberland show champion Tophill Olly, who was bred and exhibited by Andrew Stott, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Sired by the 17,000gns Cumberland show champion of champions Sandelford Harrison, his dam the 17,800gns Edenhurst Georgette who was the top priced female at the Edenhurst dispersal sale and in turn is sired by the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. The 16 month-old Olly who was purchased by Ross Farms and Co, Gorebridge, Midlothian, was also awarded with a second placed spot at the pre-sale show.
The reserve senior champion was the next highest price lot at 8,000gns. Wissington Olaf, this year’s Highland show and National show male champion, also secured the breed championship and junior interbreed championship at the Royal Welsh in July. John Sutherland of Thurso, Caithness, was the successful bidder on this 21 month-old son of the 11,000gns Stirling supreme champion Edenhurst Leader, who is out of the Gretnahouse Ferdinand-sired Wissington Imogen and was consigned by breeders Jenny and John Rix, Nayland, Essex.
John Wight’s Lanarkshire-born Midshield Oslo also secured a bid of 8,000gns when he was snapped up by Williams Partners, Blackmill, Mid Glamorgan. The April 2018-born Oslo is out of the Maerdy Domino daughter and Biggar show champion Midshield Gwen and sired by the 17,000gns Elrick Highlander.
7,500gns was the price paid for the senior champion Harestone Otterman from R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire, who went on to purchase the days highest priced lot. A 19 month-old son of the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis and Harestone Foxglove, a Hollymount Bigboy daughter, he was acquired by Easter Tulloch Ltd, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire.
Just behind at 7,200gns was another lot from the aforementioned Hamish Goldie whose seven bulls sold averaged £7,800gns. Selling to GT and S Coghill, Bursay, Orkney, Goldies Oliver is a June 2018-born son of Goldies Formidable and the Gretnahouse Heman daughter Goldies Joslyn.
The most bids of the day went the way of the Northumberland breeders Jonathan Watson and Co, who sold a cracking string of eight bulls averaging £4265 backed up a top price of 6,500gns. AJ Provan, Douglas, Lanarkshire, was the purchaser of their top lot, a June 2018-born, Blelack Blackberet son. The blue ticket winning Tweeddale Owesome is out of Tweeddale Icemaiden, a Blelack Digger daughter.
Another breeder with multiple sales was Michael Massie, Auchnagatt, Aberdeenshire, who averaged £6055 for his three bulls. His highest priced at 6,500gns was Elrick Obama, who stood second in class at the previous day’s show. Sired by Maerdy Gouverneur and out of Elrick Louis, who goes back to the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless, this 18 month-old was bought by R McNee, Armadale, West Lothian.
Elrick Othello from the same home was one of four who were knocked down at 6,000gns. Caylers Limerick is the sire here and his dam is Elrick Jodie, another Thrunton Fearless daughter. The April 2018-born Othello caught the eye of the above-mentioned Easter Tulloch Ltd.
Commanding a 6,200gns bid from S Shell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland, was the yellow ticket winner Burradon Olympian. Bred and exhibited by Chris Curry, Thropton, Northumberland, the March 2018-born Olympian is the first son offered for sale by Clenagh Lyle, who was purchased for £13,000 in Ireland after being unbeaten in his show career. His dam Burradon Fern goes back to the 12,000gns Royal Welsh reserve junior bull champion Gwenog Banjo.
A March 2018-born bull from the aforementioned Alasdair Houston was the next to secure a 6,000gns bid. Gretnahouse Oman, a 12,000gns Wesley Equinox son out of the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator-sired Gretnahouse Jaisy, was the pick of Laggan Farms, Kilmichael, Lochgilphead.
Two more bulls then came under the hammer for 6,000gns with the first being the January 2018-born Glenericht Oscar. His dam Glenericht Jen goes back to the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator while his sire is Carwood Lochness. Bred and exhibited by W K and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, he went home with JO and R Struthers, Cobbinshaw, West Calder.
Also hitting the 6,000gns price tag was Esmor Evans’ Maerdy Northpolebear from Mold, Flintshire. The breeding here includes the 13,000gns Stirling junior champion Simpsons Gregg on to the home-bred Maerdy Example who goes back to Maerdy Alcazar. The successful bidders taking home this 22 month-old lad were GM Barclay and Sons, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire.
The only female sold in main the sale was the 23 month-old Thrunton Nefertiti who made 2,800gns when she was purchased by H and H Heron, Newtonwards, Co Down. Bred from top breeding female, Thrunton Flamenco, a the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter, she is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem.
An added feature of the sale was the dispersal of the Lesliepark herd of George Russell, Denny, Stirlingshire. Topping his cow and calf outfits at 4,000gns was the five year-old Ballathie Iwasstuck and her nine month-old daughter Lesliepark Peggy who is sired by Thrunton Lachlan. The pair weres purchased by A and JJ Forrest, Biggar, Lanarkshire and Iwasstuck is sired by Balthayock Empire and her dam Moyness Bianca goes back to Fairway Vandieman.
In addition, Rachel Archer who kindly donated nine grade one embryos to sell, the proceeds of which were to be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. They were sold in two lots, the first five were sired by Doonally Souverain and Coningsby Snowflake was the dam, they made 180gns each. The second batch of four embryos had the same dam, were sired by Balmyle Bollinger and sold for 250gns a piece. In total the sales raised a £1,900 for this worthy charity.
Averages: Averages: 69 bulls £5,609.13; 1 heifer £2,520; Lesliepark Dispersal: Nine cow and calves £2846.67; Two in-calf heifers £1,733.00; Two bulls £1,522.50