February 27, 2019 Increased demand for Charolais at Aberdeen
Strong commercial interest saw an increased demand for Charolais bulls at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society Spring Show on Wednesday 27 February. Bidding peaked at 9,500gns which was the highest price of the day across all breeds and 16 lots sold to an average of £4,463 with five more sold than last year and a clearance rate increase of 8% to 73%.
Society CEO Peter Phythian, was delighted with the sale “On the back of last week’s successful sale in the Spring round of the bull sales at Stirling, where Charolais sold the most bulls, had the highest average and best clearance rate, this just goes to prove that Charolais are still in demand despite the challenging market conditions. Obviously, as Charolais sired suckler calves are topping the markets on weight for age, with budgets tightened this year the suckler man wants a breed that will deliver the weights that the supermarkets demand in the shortest time, which is not only benefiting their pockets but also the environment”.
The top two Charolais sellers making 9,500gns and 6,800gns respectively, both came from Robert Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, who was already on a high after securing the breed and then the overall championship in the morning’s pre-sale show.
Both of the top lots were June 2017 born bulls sired by the 10,000gns Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Gretnahouse Ivory, who has bred almost 60 progeny into the Bonnykelly herd since his purchase in 2015, and both dams go back to the 9,000gns Newdeer Show champion Newhouse Challanger.
The highest priced at 9,500gns was the day’s overall champion Bonnykelly Nominator, bred out of Bonnykelly Freda, he goes on to work in Auchindoun, Banffshire, with winning bidders J and K Kellas. His shed mate Bonnykelly Nimrod who secured a price of 6,800gns from purchaser’s FJ Keir, Alford, Aberdeenshire, is out of Bonnykelly Heidi.
The reserve champion was next in the trade stakes at 4,800gns. Logiestate Neil, a 22 month old, who was presented for sale by AJR Farms, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, is sired by the 8,500gns Newdeer show male champion Goldies Golddust, while the dam is the 26,000gns Maerdy Amontillado-sired Craigieford Hermajest, he was purchased by M and I Steel, Banchory, Kincardinshire.
There were two 4,500gns sales, the first Elgin Navara, was purchased by JJ Gord, Wellheads, Aberdeenshire. The April 2017 born Navara had been tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show for breeders and exhibitors Roy and Matthew Milne, Kennies Hillock, Morayshire. His dam Elgin Ianthe is a second calving daughter of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator and he is sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, whose sons averaged 11,000gns at Stirling in October.
Matching the 4,500gns price tag and this time exhibited by Andrew and James Gammie, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, was the 21 month old and red ticket winning Westpit Nevada. 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger is the sire here and his dam is Gretnahouse Eigg who goes back to the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding. He was snapped up by C Smith, Lumphanan, Kincardinshire.
Strathys Navigator was the next highest priced at 4,400gns. A son of the 9,500gns Maerdy Harrypotter, who has bred well for exhibitor Mr K Mallarkey, adding almost 60 progeny into the Airdlin Mains, Aberdeenshire based herd. He travels on the Stenness, Orkney, with new owner WSL Muir, who took a liking to this April 2017 born lad bred out of the 12,000gns Mountjoy Eros daughter Strathys Isable.
Two yellow ticket winners from John Wilson and Sons, Glenkindle, Aberdeenshire, were both knocked down at 4,000gns. Kinclune Nimrod, who was purchased by GH Sinclair, Latheron, Caithness, was the first, a 23 month old sired by the 12,000gns Stirling supreme champion Goldies Ivan and out of first time mum Kinclune Joanna who goes back to the 20,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Beechtree George.
The second 4,000gns bull from the Wilson family was the 19 month old Kinclune Norman a son of the 20,000gns supreme Perth champion Thrunton Crownprince and Kinclune Ivy, who is also a Beechtree George daughter and was purchased by D Henderson, Lyth, Caithness.
Averages: 16 bulls £4,462.50
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts
March 1, 2017 Charolais set the pace at Aberdeen
Charolais topped the bull sales at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society Spring Show on Wednesday 1 March 2017. Where 21 Charolais bulls sold to a top price of 8,000gns and averaged £4,170 with a clearance rate of 84% – a massive increase on last year’s 60%.
Topping the Charolais lots at 8,000gns and securing the top price of the day across all breeds, was the reserve breed champion and March 2015-born Kinclune Laurent. D Blair and Son, Balmerino, Fife, liked the look of this son of the 20,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Beechtree George who has sold sons here before to 8,500gns for breeders John Wilson and Sons, Kinclune, Alford, and who in turn is sired by the Royal Show male champion Gretnahouse Archangel.
The Wilson’s, who sold a total of six to average £4217.50 had another Beechtree George son in the money, this time out of a home-bred 20,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Crownprince daughter. Kinclune Legend, a 21-month-old who had been tapped out first in his class earlier in the day, attracted a 4,200gns bid from Messrs Steel, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.
Two bulls were knocked down at 6,000gns a piece with the first being the red-ticket winner and June 2015-born Doon Lancelot consigned by Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire. The 16,000gns Royal Welsh Show reserve male champion Anside Foreman is the sire of this Irish-born lad who caught the eye of E Innes and Son, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch. With another two bulls going on to new owners the Harestone herd averaged £4,655 for the trio.
The second call of 6,000gns was paid by DM McCallum, Dingwall, Ross-shire, for the 18-month-old Lettoch Logan. Logan is the first son to sell by herd-sire Killadeas Dwane and is out of Ugie Giselda who goes back to the 14,000gns Goldies Banker for breeders and exhibitors Colin Stuart, Braes of Glenlivet, Banffshire.
The Interbreed and Charolais champion was the next to sell for Kevin Mallarkey, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, who earlier in the day had been honoured to receive their award in a presentation by HRH The Princess Royal. Champion Strathys Lionheart is a 22-month-old first of son of herd-sire Maerdy Harrypotter while the dam is the 30,000gns Maerdy Andes-sired Airdlin Fuzz. E and J Mackie were the last bidders standing and paid 5,500gns to take him home to Fyvie, Turriff.
Two bulls then achieved 4,500gns apiece with the first finding a new home with C Addison and C Chapelpark, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. The June-2015-born Bonnykelly Landlord who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show and whose full brother sold at the same time last year for 5,000gns for Graeme Leggat, New Pitsligo, Fraserburgh, is sired by the 9,000gns New Deer Show Champion Newhouse Challanger and is out of the 10,000gns Maerdy Rumbull daughter Bonnykelly Erin.
Local breeder and first time Charolais seller Neil Wattie, Alford, Aberdeenshire, matched the 4,500gns price tag with Tonley Lavezzie, who has been shown successfully previously attaining reserve breed champion at the Banchory Show and first prizes at the Turriff and Keith shows. The outfit behind the money on this 12,000gns Caylers Hustler son, who at 16-months-old was the youngest Charolais of the sale were TE and M Walker, Banff, Aberdeenshire.
Judge: Tracey Nicol, Balthayock, Perth
Class One – Bulls born on or between 23/03/2015 – 02/05/2015
1st – K & J Mallarkey – Strathys Lionheart – s. Maerdy Harrypotter
2nd – John Wilson and Sons – Kinclune Laurent – s. Beechtree George
3rd – Michael Massie – Elrick Leonardo – s. Thrunton Fearless
Class Two – Bulls born on or between 03/05/2015 – 07/06/2015
1st – John Wilson and Sons – Kinclune Legend – s. Beechtree George
2nd – M Bruce and Partners – Logiestate Lairdoellon – s. Goldies Golddust ET
3rd – Michael Massie – Elrick Lincoln – s. Thrunton Fearless
Class Three – Bulls born on or after 08/06/2015
1st – Neil Barclay – Doon Lancelot – s. Anside Foreman
2nd – Robert Leggat – Bonnykelly Landlord – s. Newhouse Challanger
3rd – John Wilson and Sons – Kinclune Luckylad – s. Kinclune Herbert
K & J Mallarkey – Strathys Lionheart – s. Maerdy Harrypotter
John Wilson and Sons – Kinclune Laurent – s. Beechtree George
February 24, 2016 Charolais lead the way at Aberdeen Spring Show
Charolais took the top price, made the highest average and sold the most bulls at the Aberdeen and Northern Marts Thainstone Spectacular on Wednesday 24th February 2016.
Prices peaked at 6,500gns for the 16 month old red ticket winner Bonnykelly Jackpot, sired by Kersknowe Clansman and out of a homebred dam going back to Haymount Ulysses. He caught the eye of P and M Watson, Darnford, Duris, Kincardineshire and was bred and exhibited by Graeme Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire.
Mr Leggat’s success came off the back of another top priced sale earlier on in the day in the form of Bonnykelly Jaguar. G and K Beverly purchased this 21 month old son of the 9,000gns New Deer show champion Newhouse Challanger for 5,000gns.
The most bids of the day went the way of the Aberdeenshire breeders John Wilson and sons who sold a cracking string of eight bulls averaging £4843 backed up by top prices of 6,000gns and 5,800gns. Six of the eight were sired by the 20,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Beechtree George and their grandsire Gretnahouse Archangel was the Royal show senior male champion.
The top priced bull at 6,000gns was the May 2014-born Kinclune Jackass who stayed local when he was snapped up by G Wilson and Sons of Fichlie. Close behind at 5,800gns and purchased by H and AG Laing, Lochhills, Morayshire was the 22 month old Kinclune Jackpot.
Next from the same vendor was another 22 month old, Kinclune Jagger who this time went home to Banchory, Kincardineshire with Kincraigie Farms for 5,200gns.
TE and M Walker, Banff, Aberdeenshire were next to purchase one of the Wilson’s lots. The May 2014-born Kinclune Joker was knocked down at 5,000gns.
Two more Beechtree George sons were sold by the Wilson’s at 3,800gns and 3,600gns respectively. The April 2014-born Kinclune Jollyman was purchased by M and I Steel, Banchory, Kincardineshire and JS Youngson, Cullerlie, Aberdeenshire took home the 19 month old Kinclune Jensen.
Mr Wilson sold his last pair, both 21 months old and this time sired by the 20,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Crownprince. Kinclune Jake was the first at 4,000gns who caught the eye of Peter Ferries, Lumphanan, Kincardineshire and JD Oliphant, Keiss, Caithness, purchased Kinclune Jericho at 3,500gns.
Auchnagatt breeder Michael Massie, also came up with the goods securing both the breed and Interbreed championships with his 21 month old Elrick Justice. Sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless and out of the homebred Elrick Gertrude going back to the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin. The man behind the money on this one at 5,000gns was JJ Gordon, Wellheads, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Mr Massie continued his winning streak with Elrick Jagger who was crowned reserve champion. This time selling to H and J Riach, Crathes, Kincardineshire who paid 4,800gns for this April 2014-born bull also sired by Fearless.
Making 4,000gns was the March 2014-born class winner Auchincrieve Jelavic, a son of Alwent Goldbar and Auchincrieve Genevieve whose 2015 born calf was crowned Junior Champion of the Stars of the Future Show. Jelavic went home to Castletown, Caithness with AA Younger and was bred and exhibited by Charles McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Finally another of Mr McCombies’s lots sold for 3,500gns. C and C Adam, Alford, Aberdeenshire bought the 21 month old Auchincrieve Jayzee who was also sired by Alwent Goldbar.
Averages: 18 bulls £4,358
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts
Elrick Scoop the Charolais Championship at the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone
MJ Massie – Elrick Justice – s. Thrunton Fearless
Reserve Breed Champion
MJ Massie – Elrick Jagger – s. Thrunton Fearless
Class One – Bulls born after 08/03/2014 and before 09/04/2014
1st – CM McCombie – Auchincrieve Jelvic – s. Alwent Goldbar
2nd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Job – s. Blelack Giggsey
3rd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jollyman – s. Beechtree George
4th – EA Mutch – Forglen Jester – s. Moyness Vivacious
Class Two – Bulls born on or after 09/04/2014 and before 06/05/2014
1st – MJ Massie – Elrick Jagger – s. Thrunton Fearless
2nd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jackass – s. Beechtree George
3rd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jagger – s. Beechtree George
4th – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jackpot – s. Beechtree George
Class Three – Bulls born on or after 06/05/2014 and before 18/05/2014
1st – MJ Massie – Elrick Justice – s. Thrunton Fearless
2nd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Joker – s. Beechtree George
3rd – R Leggat – Bonnykelly Jaguar – s. Newhouse Challanger
4th – M Bruce & Partners – Logiestate Justootaellon – s. Goldies Golddust
Class Four – Bulls born on or after 18/05/2014
1st – R Leggat – Bonnykelly Jackpot – s. Kersknowe Clansman
2nd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Jensen – s. Beechtree George
3rd – NR Barclay – Harestone Jim – s. Burradon Garibaldi
4th – Robbie Anderson – Arthurhouse Jacksparrow – s. Thrunton Fairfax
February 25, 2015 Charolais Bulls Dominated the Spring Show
Charolais Bulls sold like hot cakes at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society Spring Show held at the Thainstone centre on the 25th February, with 15 of 16 Charolais bulls forward selling to an average of £5,873.
Topping the multi breed sale at 9,200gns was the reserve supreme champion Blelack Immortal TI+58 SRI +63. This 22 month old 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle son from Neil and Graeme Massie, Logie Coldstone, Aberdeenshire was sold to W and M Leith, Keith, Banffshire.
The largest consignment at the sale was from John Wilson and sons, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire who sold five bulls all sired by the 20,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Beechtree George to an average of £6,468, four of which sold for 5,000gns and above. The first going to Messrs J J Gordon, Huntly, Aberdeenshire for 8,500gns was the 20 month old Kinclune Ideal. At the same age Kinclune Ivanhoe sold for 7,200gns to RG Mainland, Rousay, Orkney. Next came two more 20 month olds; Kinclune Ivan who went to M and I Steel, Banchory, Aberdeenshire for 6,500gns and Kinclune Idol who was purchased for 5,000gns by D Henderson and Son, Wick, Caithness.
The 23 Month old Elgin Iggy TI +47 SRI +40 was next along at 6,800gns for Messrs RA Milne and son, Lhanbryde, Morayshire. This son of the 25,000gns Supreme Perth Champion Goldies Unbeatable went to C and V Fraser, Stronsay, Orkney.
Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire sold Elrick Independent TI +32 SRI +32, a 21 month old son of the 16,000gns Stirling Supreme Champion Thrunton Fearless who was purchased by GI and M Jamieson, Ellon, Aberdeenshire for 6,500gns, Another of Mr Massie’s bulls by the same sire, the 17 month old Elrick Illation TI +37 SRI +39 sold for 5,200gns to J and A Cooper, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire.
Next going to James A Younie, Elgin, Morayshire at 6,000gns was the 18 month old supreme champion Strathisla Icon TI +30 SRI +33 sired by Balthayock Aesop from Robert McAskie, Keith, Banffshire.
Finally Graeme Leggat, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire raised 5,500gns for the 19 month old Kersknowe Clansman son Bonnykelly Impeccable TI +20 SRI +20, who went to JA Cruickshank, Elgin, Morayshire.
Judge: Anne MacPherson, Steward: Jimmy Wilson
Averages: 15 bulls £5,873
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts
Mr RS McAskie – Strathisla Icon
Reserve Supreme Champion
Mr NF Massie, OBE – Blelack Immortal
Class One – Bulls born after 10th March and before the 17 May 2013
1st – Mr NF Massie, OBE – Blelack Immortal
2nd – Mr J McIrvine – Ravensworth Istar
3rd – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Iggy
Class Two – Bulls born on or after 17 May and before 9 June 2013
1st – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Irwin
2nd – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Independant
3rd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Idol
Class Three – Bulls born on or after 9 June 2013
1st – Mr RS McAskie – Strathisla Icon
2nd – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Illation
3rd – JA Wilson & Sons – Kinclune Ivanhoe
March 3, 2014 Charolais sell to 6,900gns in Thainstone
Charolais bulls led the trade at 6,900gns and achieved the day’s highest £5,043 average at the Royal Northern Spring Show, at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Wednesday 26 February.
The day’s top entry at 6,900gns was Kinclune Hayday, a 22 month old month old from John Wilson, Glenkindie, Alford. A Thrunton Crownprince son and out of a Caylers Solomon sired dam, he was knocked down sold to WLR Keir, Glenkindie, Alford.
The 20 month old Kinclune Haemon, another Crownprince son from the same vendor made 5,900gns to G and K Gauld, Pitcaple, Inverurie.
Elrick Hallmark TI +30, SRI +16, a 22 month old Maerdy Dublin son from Mike Massie, Auchnagatt, Ellon secured the reserve championship before making 6,000gns to Blackmoor Trading, Keith.
Earlier in the day the same buyer invested 5,000gns in Elgin Highroller TI +52, SRI +45, a 25 month old by Elgin Davinci and out of a homebred dam by Harestone Safran from the Milne family, Llanbryde, Elgin.
Averages: 7 bulls £5,043
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts
Charolais met an exceptional trade leading the Royal Northern Spring show, sale and averages at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Wednesday 27 February where bulls sold to a top of 11,500gns and 16 lots averaged £5,545.
February 29, 2012 Charolais command solid commercial trade in Thainstone; Record 16,500gns top, record £7,460 average, 82% clearance
Charolais led with an exceptional trade at the Royal Northern Spring Show, at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Wednesday 29 February where two all-breed centre records were established – bulls sold to a new top of 16,500gns and 18 lots averaged £7,460.
“Trade was on fire throughout the 60 minute sale reflecting the unsurprising resurgence in demand for Charolais bulls,” commented the society’s David Benson. “This demand was fuelled by commercial men confident that Charolais will leave fast growing calves with excellent conformation which has led them to command a 10% premium in the store ring, according to AHDB data.”
Kinclune Frater 16,500gnsSale Leader Kinclune Frater at 16,500gns
Sale leader at 16,500gns was Kinclune Frater, a 20 month old by the 20,000gns Perth supremo, Thrunton Crownprince and out of a homebred dam from his 50 cow pedigree herd by Derryharney Peter. Bred and exhibited by John Wilson, Glenkindie, Alford he was knocked down sold to Philip Simmers, Backmuir Trading, Keith. Mr Simmers secured another two Crownprice sons – he paid 13,000gns for the 20 month old Kinclune Freeman and 7,200gns for the first entry in the catalogue, Kinclune Forman, a rising two year old, out of a homebred dam by the 10,000gns Maerdy Rumbull.
John Wilson enjoyed his best ever day in Inverurie in 35 years of exhibiting at the event with a total of nine bulls selling to average £8,633. His next best at 9,500gns was Kinclune Fantastic, a 19 month old by the 7,000gns Maerdy Boom and out of a homebred cow going back to Killadeas Legend. The buyer was near neighbour, George Wilson and Son, Glenkindie, Alford.
At 7,000gns, Kinclune Foden changed hands to AR Strathdee, Deskford, Buckie. A 21 month old Crownprince son, he was out of a homebred cow by Killadeas Legend. Following on at 6,800gns to KH and K Marshall, Rickarton, Stonehaven was Kinclune Franco, a 21 month old Crownprince son out of a homebred dam by the 14,000gns Caylers Solomon. Finally at 5,000gns Kinclune Filbert, a 19 month old Maerdy Boom son was secured by AC Smith, Farr, Inverness.
The day’s second highest call of 14,000gns went to Elgin Findlay TI +42, SRI +34, a 20 month old from the Milne family, Llanbryde, Elgin. An Elgin Davinci son and out of a Gower Versace sired dam, the buyer was J Baxter, Gamrie, Banff.
Next at 7,200gns was the interbreed supreme champion, Harestone Ferrari TI +27, +SRI 26, a 22 month old by Glencoe Conrad and out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Impeccable. Bred and exhibited by father and son team, Neil and Stuart Barclay, Crathes, Banchory, he was knocked down sold to C Smith, Lumphanan, Banchory. Harestone Foreman TI +51, SRI +43, another 22 month old by Harestone Tyrol from the same breeders made 5,800gns to T and I Alexander, Lyth, Wick.
Elrick Falcon TI +40, SRI +38, a 22 month old from Mike Massie, Auchnagatt, Ellon made 7,000gns to A Brown, Midmar, Inverurie. Sired by the 12,000gns Coolnaslee Adversary, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Blelack Roger. Elrick Fabian TI +34, SRI +32, another same age and same way bred entry from Mike Massie commanded a 6,800gns bid from Graeme Leggat, New Pitsligo, Fraserburgh.
Blelack Felix TI +41, SRI 25, a rising two year old entry from Neil and Graeme Massie, Dinnett, Aboyne made 5,000gns to A and J Wilson, Culsalmond, Insch. Sired by the 12,000gns Maerdy Dublin, he was out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Perth supremo, Thrunton Socrates.
Averages: 18 bulls £7,460.
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts