Stirling 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.

Harestone Oblivion – 7,200gns

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.

Allanfauld Oscar – 7,000gns

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.

Thrunton Oban – 6,700gns

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.

Thrunton Oman – 6,000gns

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.

Thrunton Ontario – 5,800gns

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.

Alsnow Oak -5,300gns

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 – 5,200gns

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


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”.

Supreme Champion Glenericht Oasis – Joint Top Priced 25,000gns

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.

Reserve Supreme Champion Elrick Outlaw – Joint Top Price 25,000gns

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.

Elrick Oxygen – 15,000gns

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.

Intermediate Champion Elgin Oliver – 15,000gns

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.

Maerdy Osgood – 13,000gns

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.

Burradon Olaf – 10,000gns

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.

Swalesmoor Oscar – 10,000gns

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.

Woodpark Oaktree – 10,000gns

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.

Glenernan Ohboy – 10,000gns

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.

 

Glenernan Original – 10,000gns

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.

Reserve Intermediate Champion Balthayock Overdrive – 10,000gns

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.

Thrunton Orkney – 10,000gns

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.

Lagavaich Orlando – 10,000gns

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.

Reserve Junior Champion Tweeddale Orbit – 10,000gns

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.

Harestone Offtheclock – 10,000gns

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.

Harestone Oberhausen – 9,500gns

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.

Harestone Osasco – 9,000gns

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.

Carwood Oswald – 9,000gns

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.

Tweedale Ontop – 9,000gns

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.

Balmyle Onward – 9,000gns

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.

Female Champion Allanfauld Ozzy – 5,500gns

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.


October 23, 2019 Junior Charolais Bulls Command the Top Prices at the Stirling Bull Sales

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”.

Top Price Goldies Oasis – 23,000gns

 

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.

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Junior Champion Coolnaslee Oreo – 12,000gns

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.

Supreme & Junior Champion Balthayock Octavian – 12,000gns

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.

Intermediate Champion Balmyle Oscar – 9,500gns

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.

Balmyle Outlaw – 6,500gns

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.

Gretnahouse Orangutan – 9,000gns

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.

Tophill Olly – 9,000gns

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.

Reserve Senior Champion Wissington Olaf – 8,000gns

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.

Midshield Oslo – 8,000gns

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.

Senior Champion Harestone Otterman – 7,500gns

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.

Goldies Oliver – 7,200gns

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.

Tweedale Owesome – 6,500gns

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 – 6,000gns

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.

Burradon Olympian – 6,200gns

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

 


May 7, 2019 McCornick Family Lead the trade at Stirling

High commercial interest in Charolais bulls at Stirling drove the average to £5,676 for the 33 bulls sold, up £274 on last year for six more sold, with a clearance rate of 79% and 20 lots making 5,000gns and above.

Society CEO Peter Phythian commented, “The commercial farmer has driven the trade here at Stirling today, opting for a Charolais bull to produce Charolais sired suckler calves which top the markets on weight for age”.

Mccornick Nesquik – 8,500gns champion

Topping the lots and following on from his success in the previous day’s show was the supreme champion Mccornick Nesquik who was purchased by T Howden and Sons, Balerno, Mid Lothian, for 8,500gns. The May 2017-born Nesquik, who is sired by Thrunton Hermes and out of Mccornick Glacier, who goes back to the Carlisle reserve junior champion Edenhurst Dynamo, was bred and exhibited by the McCornick family, Kirkcowan, Wigtownshire, who not only made the top price of the day with the champion, but were also awarded the reserve championship by pre-sale judge David Thornley.

Mccornick Newyork – 6,500

Their reserve champion was the previous lot and classmate Mccornick Newyork, another Hermes son, this time bred out Mccornick Hugsy, also a Dynamo daughter. He was knocked down at 6,500gns and found a new home in Thurso, Caithness, with RM Mackay and Sons.

The two bulls were shown by the McCornick sisters, 25 year-old Gemma and her 21 year-old sister Kate. Champion handler Gemma, a third generation Charolais breeder, who has worked full time on the farm since finishing her studies at Agricultural college in Edinburgh in 2015, has taken over the responsibility for the management of the pedigree sale bulls, both Charolais and Aberdeen Angus and was delighted with the day’s trading.

Alongside their small pedigree Charolais herd, the family also run 80 pedigree Aberdeen Angus cows, 450 breeding ewes and 30 head of commercial cattle, consisting Aberdeen Angus cross cows all served to a Charolais bull, the resulting progeny of which are sold as sucklers at Stirling in the Autumn.

The champion and reserve are the Mccornick family’s first Charolais bulls sold through a Society sale ring since May 2015 and their biggest Charolais success since they sold the 10,000gns Mccornick Fusion at Carlisle in November 2011, as most of their bulls are sold to local repeat customers from the farm gate.

Thrunton Norseman – 8,000gns

Following on at 8,000gns was the 23 month-old Thrunton Norseman. The homebred Thrunton Gladiator is the sire here, who has bred over 180 sons and daughters into the herd and Norseman’s dam Thrunton Ellie is sired by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman. He caught the eye of Messrs Strain, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, and was the first of three high priced lots to pass through the ring for breeders and exhibitors JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland.

Thrunton Nemo – 6,500gns

Next in the trade stakes for the Campbell’s at 6,500gns was Thrunton Nemo, an October 2017-born son of Thrunton Gladiator and Thrunton Francis, a 16,000gns Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Maerdy Cecil daughter who was purchased by Messrs Thomson, Kelty, Fife.

The Campbell family’s other high-priced lot sold just moments earlier for 6,000gns. The 19 month-old Thrunton Neapolitan, is a son of the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and the home-bred dam Thrunton Gretel who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop and took the fancy of RT Phaup and Partner, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire.

Westcarse Nimrod – 7,800gns

The first of three to be knocked down at 7,800gns was John Christie and Son’s Westcarse Nimrod from Stirling, Stirlingshire. Nimrod is by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of the Kersknowe Clansman-sired Westcarse Emily. In his first showing last year, the September 2017-born Nimrod was crowned senior and continental champion at the Stars of the Future show and James Moir takes him home to work in Keith, Banffshire.

Harestone Nelson – 7,800gns

Matching the 7,800gns price tag and snapped up by the Scottish Government, Inverness, was Harestone Nelson, a 19 month-old class winner, sired by the Irish-born Knockmahon Ireland and out of Harestone Emmanuel going back to the Highland show supreme champion Harestone Ronsard. He was bred and exhibited by Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.

Lochend Noelle -7,800gns

The other 7,800gns lot was Lochend Noelle, an October 2017-born son of the 8,000gns and popular AI bull, Blelack Blackberet and Lochend Jinglebell, who goes back to Mortimers Highlandfling. Noelle was purchased by W Young and Sons, Ochiltree, Ayrshire. His consigner Iain Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, was another breeder having a lucrative day, going on to sell the youngest lot of the sale, the 15 month-old yellow ticket winner Lochend Orator for 7,200gns. Orator, who caught the eye of Messrs McCarlie, Harthill, Lanarkshire, is by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Lochend Freedom, a Kersknowe Clansman daughter.

Lochend Orator – 7,200gns

Selling at 7,500gns was an entry from Major David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire. Balthayock Neville who placed third in his class at the pre-sale show is sired by the homebred Balthayock Influence and his dam Balthayock Frolick is a daughter of the 10,000gns Balmyle Churchill. The August 2017-born Neville goes on to work in Kilbirn, Ayrshire for TRC Logan.

Balthayock Neville – 7,500gns

Next and the first of two to sell at 7,000gns was Kersknowe Neil from J Jeffrey, Kelson, Roxburgshire. G Wilson and Sons, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, were the last bidders standing on this 20-month-old son of the 16,000gns Burradon Insomniac and Kersknowe Hazel, a daughter of the 8,500gns Balnuith Carvalho.

Another class winner to bring 7,000gns when chapped down Glenkiln Farms, Crocketford, Dumfries-shire, was the blue ticket winner Inverlochy November. The Highland show champion Kilbline 1 Instigator son and November 2017-born November, was consigned by John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Banffshire and out of the 12,000gns Maerdy Eryr-sired Inverlochy Hyacinth.

Inverlochy November – 7,000gns

The class winner Overhill Nightrider was the next of the high-priced lots to sell. 6,500gns was the price that secured the 17 month-old Nightrider from exhibitor Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian. He is a son of the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie and the Alwent Goldbar daughter Overhill Leska and Woodmill Farms, Dunshelt, Fife, were the purchasers.

Overhill Nightrider – 6,500gns

Two more bulls then achieved 6,000gns apiece; the first was an entry from Jim Muirhead of Arbroath, Angus. Firhills Nugget, a 20-month-old son of the 8,800gns Stirling reserve junior champion Ugie Echo and the 20,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier daughter Firhills Jane, was purchased by A McEwan, Arbroath, Angus.

The other to secure a price tag of 6,000gns was Hamish Goldie’s Goldies Nelson from Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, who caught the eye of Messrs Orr, Cleghorn, Lanarkshire. This November 2017-born bull is a son of Goldies Formidable, whose sons have sold to 26,000gns and the Blelack Blackberet daughter, Goldies Irene.

Averages: 33 bulls £5,676.36
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Judge: David Thornley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire


February 20, 2019 Charolais lead the Spring trade

Charolais sold the most bulls, had the highest average and best clearance rate of the spring round of the Stirling bull sales. There were 121 bulls sold representing an 83.5% clearance, with bull sales topping at 13,000gns and averaging £6,063. The heifer prices peaked at 5,800gns, while the dispersal of the Alsnow herd saw prices of up to 8,500gns for cows and calves.

Chief Executive of the Charolais Society peter Phythain commented that he was “Absolutely delighted with the sale, despite all of the doom and gloom in the industry at the moment and the uncertainty over Brexit, Charolais once again proved to be the sire in most demand”.

The top priced bull was the class winning Thrunton Nugget, a May 2017 born son of the homebred pairing Thrunton Gladiator and Thrunton Hoopla, who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop. He was offered for sale by JHC Campbell & Sons and purchased by Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire for 13,000gns.

Thrunton Nugget

The Campbell family went on sell a total of four bulls to average £9896.25 and their next highest priced at 10,000gns was the 16 month old Thrunton Nike, who is also sired by Thrunton Gladiator but this time out of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter Thrunton Exquisite and purchased by AJ Maclean, Scarinish, Isle of Tiree.

Thrunton Nike

The Campbell’s other top seller Thrunton Nighthawk was snapped up by JW Hogg, Grifford, East Lothian, for 8,500gns. Nighthawk is a September 2017 born son of the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and Thrunton Gitane, a 20,000gns Perth supreme champion Moncur General daughter.

Thrunton Nighthawk

The presale senior champion was next in the trade stakes at 12,000gns. Inverlochy Nelson, a 21 month old, who was bred and exhibited by father and son team John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Banffshire, is sired by the Highland show supreme champion and Irish-born Kilbline 1 Instigator and out of Inverlochy Gypsum, a daughter of the Black Isle Show champion Lochend Apache. He goes on to work in Crawford, Lanarkshire, for Mr and Mrs JJ Wight.

Inverlochy Nelson

A trio of lots went under the hammer for the 11,000gns and the first was an entry from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire who caught the eye of T Smith and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire, when he was tapped out first in his class at Monday’s pre-sale show. Gretnahouse Neverland, a June 2017 born son of Westcarse Jimmy, who has sired over 40 progeny in the herd since his purchase in 2016, is out of the Gretnahouse Ultimate daughter, Gretnahouse Daisy.

Gretnahouse Neverland

Mr Houston went on to sell another three bulls and averaged £8269 for the lot, with his next highest priced, the yellow ticket winner and June 2017 born Gretnahouse Nylon, also sired by Westcarse Jimmy and selling to H MacDonald, Advie, Morayshire for 8,500gns. He is bred out of Stobarts Fabulous, a 13,000gns Woodpark Bishop daughter.

Gretnahouse Nylon

Matching the 11,000gns price tag and this time selling to JG Wilson, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, was the 18 month old Harestone Nighthawk who had also secured a red ticket at the previous day’s show. His dam is Harestone Brigette who goes back to the Royal Highland show supreme champion Harestone Ronsard, he is sired by the 12,000gns Balmyle Addition and was bred and exhibited by R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.

Harestone Nighthawk

Goldies Navigation was another pre-sale show class winner purchased for 11,000gns, this time offered for sale by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire. An 18 month old son of the 15,000gns herd sire Gretnahouse Heman, who has bred over 120 progeny into the herd, Navigation is out of Goldies Hazel, a 12,000gns Goldies Elation daughter. GA Mackie, Rescobie, Angus, was the purchaser.

Goldies Navigation

Up next and knocked down at 10,500gns was the blue ticket winner and September 2017 born Killadeas Noah from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, co Fermanagh. Purchased by J Warnock, Broughton, Lanarkshire, he is sired by Blelack Blackberet and his dam is Killadeas Hazeline, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Blackford Dynamite.

Killadeas Noel

The aforementioned Hamish Goldie, who sold a total of 13 to average £7083, was the first to sell one of five 9,500gns priced lots, also sired by Gretnahouse Heman. This one was knocked down sold to A and J Wilson, Culsalmond, Aberdeenshire who bid off the competition to secure the class winning Goldies Nugget, a 20 month old out of Blelack Blackberet daughter Goldies Gilly.

Goldies Nugget

Mr Goldie went on to sell another 9,500gns lot, the 15 month old Goldies Noelle. This time sired by the homebred Goldies Formidable and out of another Blackberet daughter – Goldies Eclair, he was purchased by Adrian Ivory, Meigle, Perthshire.

Goldies Noelle

The next 9,500gns lot was one of 17 bulls presented by Major Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, which averaged £6850. Balthayock Nominee who was purchased by CD Timm, Appleton Roebuck, Yorkshire. Sired by the homebred and 64 time father Balthayock Impression, the June 2017 born Nominee is out of Balthayock Japonica who goes back to Barbican Lancer.

Balthayock Nominee

The reserve supreme and intermediate champion was also offered for sale by the Major. Balthayock Nanook, a 19 month old son of Highland show champion Balthayock Imp who has previously sold sons to 19,000gns and Barbican Lancer daughter Balthayock Gemma, goes on to work in Dundee for WJ Millar of Tealing, who purchased him for 9,500gns.

Balthayock Nanook

The Major’s other two top priced lots both commanded bids of 8,500gns, the first being a May 2017 born blue ticket winner who was purchased by CA Smith, Tarland, Aberdeenshire. Balthayock Newton is again sired by Balthayock Imp but this time out of Balthayock Heloise who goes back to Swalesmoor Cracker. The second was the June 2017 born Balthayock Nuffield, out of another Cracker daughter – Balthayock Heroine, he is sired by the Royal Welsh show and 20,000gns Maerdy Grenadier and sold to Shanry Farms, Rait, Perthshire.

Balthayock Newton

Balthayock Nuffield

The last 9,500gns bull was Woodpark Neptune, an 18 month old by the Irish-bred Deeside Guillver who has gone on to add 94 progeny to the British herd book. His dam Woodpark Izzy is in turn sired by the 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan and he came all the way from Beragh, Co Tyrone with breeder and exhibitor Will Short to go home with D Munro, Kingussie, Inverness-shire.

Woodpark Neptune

Females

Main sale females topped at 5,800gns for the twelve month old Formakin Opal from the McMurrich Partnership, Causewayhead, Stirlingshire. Sired by the French-bred Hercule and out of the Balthayock Matthew daughter and Stars of the Future class winner Formakin Licorice, she was purchased by the Rettie partnership.

 

Hamish Goldie also had heifers for sale, the highest priced of which made 4,500gns when she was purchased by DP Daniel, Maxworthy, Cornwall, who also went on to buy another of Mr Goldies lots for 3,800gns. The 23 month old Goldies Nell was the first, a Blelack Blackberet daughter out of Goldies Lynn, who in turn is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman. Which was followed by the female champion Goldies Nina who is a March 2017 born daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Joss and Goldies Jollygood.

Goldies Nina

Alsnow Herd Dispersal

The sale featured the dispersal of the Alsnow herd of Alan R Lawson & Son whose females sold to a top price of 8,500gns for Alsnow Enchantress and her female calf at foot Alsnow Olwen. Enchantress has produced two RHS class winning daughters and is sired by Blelack Roger, while her dam is Alsnow Victoria who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Socrates. Her daughter five month old Olwen is sired by Blelack Immaculate and the set were purchased by the above mentioned N and R Barclay, who went on to purchase another of the Lawson family’s lots.

Their next highest priced lot sold in a two-way split at a total of 6,800gns, with the 2014 born cow Alsnow Jazzygirl heading on to Hexham, Northumberland with G Grieve, while her April 2018 born bull calf Alsnow Oscar was sold to FR Walton, Morpeth, Northumberland. The triple calving Jazzygirl is a daughter of the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico and out of a Blelack Roger daughter Alsnow Dixie and Oscar is sired by Alsnow Hurricane.

Just behind at 6,500gns was the cow and seven month old bull calf outfit Alsnow Hanna and Alsnow Oak. NA Wattie was the purchaser of the pair and takes them home to his Aberdeenshire unit. Hannah, a 2012 lass by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat is out of the aforementioned Enchantress and her son is sired by Cottage Devon.

Averages: 121 bulls £6,063; 14 heifers £3,906; 13 Alsnow cow and calves £5161; one Alsnow heifer £1,700gns.
Auctioneers: United Auctions

 


October 24, 2018 Charolais lead the Autumn trade at Stirling

Judge: Will Short

Charolais took the top price, made the highest average and sold the most bulls at the Autumn round of Stirling bull sales this week. 80 bull sold to average £6,785.63 – £706 up on the year and clearing at 81%. Prices topped at 40,000gns and 12 bulls made five-figure sums while a further 31 sold for 5,000gns and above.

Society CEO Peter Phythian commented “We are delighted with the trade, especially considering the issues with beef prices and the drought during the summer. It just goes to show that commercial farmers want a breed with a real premium that can finish quicker than any other”.

Leading the bids at 40,000gns was one of the youngest lots of the sale, Maerdy Newman. This June 2017 born son of the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior champion Blelack Fabulous and Maerdy Dynamite-sired Maerdy Junco was snapped up by Boden and Davies, Stockport, Cheshire. Breeder and exhibitor and Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans, was delighted with his day, selling a total of five bulls averaging £13,860. He commented “I knew he was an exceptional bull, and this was proven by the immense interest shown in him this week which was reflected in his price”.

Maerdy Newman – 40,000gns Top Priced

Next in the trade stakes was another 15 month old, this time from Society President Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Allanfauld Neptune who had placed third in his class twenty-four hours earlier, was knocked down sold to R McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian for 20,000gns. His impressive breeding includes sire, the 11,000gns Carlisle reserve junior champion Balmyle Jasper and dam Royal Highland show class winner Allanfauld Heiress, a daughter of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin.

Allanfauld Neptune – 20,000gns

The supreme and senior champion Anside Nightrider was the next highest priced at 18,000gns, selling to Billy Turner, Skelton in Ure, North Yorkshire. This January 2017 born son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger daughter Anside Geisha is no stranger to show success having secured the Nairn show championship earlier in the year for breeders and consigners Anside Livestock, Keith, Banffshire.

Anside Nightrider – 18,000gns Supreme and Senior Champion

The next highest priced lot and selling for 15,000gns to T Smith and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire, was the first of three top priced lots from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire. 17 month old Balmyle Nucleus, who stood second in his class at the presale show, is sired by the French imported Maerdy Gouverneur and out of Balmyle Heyday, a 9,500gns Maerdy Egret daughter.

Balmyle Nucleus 15,000gns

Just behind at 14,000gns was Mr Bruce’s next lot and show class winner Balmyle Navarone. Another 17 month old, sired by Maerdy Gouverneur but this time out of the Royal Highland show champion Balmyle Eclipse-sired Balmyle Garland, he was purchased by J Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire.

Balmyle Navarone – 14,000gns

Another to bring home the money for Bill Bruce was the blue ticket winner and May 2017 born Balmyle Napier, who sold in a 10,000gns deal to Hepburn and Co, Hawick, Roxburghshire. Napier is sired by the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret while his dam is the 12,000gns Pennal Dazzler daughter Balmyle Glucose.

Balmyle Napier – 10,000gns

Society Chairman Chris Curry’s Northumberland born reserve junior champion Burradon Noah was next in the trade stakes at 13,000gns. Another lot with impressive breeding, his sire is the 14,000gns Stirling junior champion Blelack Imperialist and dam Burradon Ivana is by the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico. The June 2017 born Noah was purchased by J Warnock and Son, Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Burradon Noah – 13,000gns Reserve Junior Champion

Securing a price of 12,000gns was the reserve supreme and junior champion Coolnaslee Nolan, who was also shown at Balmoral this year and crowned male champion for breeder and exhibitor Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. A son on the 50,000gns Stirling reserve supreme champion Balthayock Justice and Clogher show reserve female champion Coolnaslee Gillian, a 55,000gns Balmoral show interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo daughter, this May 2017 born lad caught the eye of purchaser JI Stout, Stronsay, Orkney.

Coolnaslee Nolan – 12,000gns Junior & Reserve Supreme Champion

Making 10,500gns and selling to GL Foulger and Son, Billinghurst, West Sussex, was the 15 month old red ticket holder Firhills Nimrod, a bull who has been shown successfully throughout the summer by breeder Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus. The 18 month old Nimrod is sired by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier and out of the 9,000gns Ugie Erin who goes back to the 28,000gns Farleycopse Turbo.

Firhills Nimrod – 10,500gns

The first of three futher lots making 10,000gns was a class winner from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbride, Morayshire, who was also crowned junior interbreed champion, reserve Beefbreeder champion and reserve breed male champion at this year’s Royal Highland show. Elgin Neuer, a March 2017 born son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and Rumsden Samurai-sired Elgin Ultra goes home to work in Killeranan, Muir of Ord for WJ Jack and Sons.

Elgin Neuer – 10,000gns

The next 10,000gns lot was Brampton Nutella, who not only topped his class at the presale show but also claimed a red rosette at this year’s National show in July. The aforementioned Billy Turner who had earlier purchased the sale supreme champion presented this 18 month old lot. Nutella who was purchased by A O’Rouke, Newry, Co Down, is among the first bulls to sell by Cumbrian bred Border Jamboree, whose daughters have been retained, while the dam is the Billingley Siralex -sired Brampton Daylight, a Great Yorkshire show interbreed champion.

Brampton Nutella – 10,000gns

Another to bring 10,000gns when chapped down to WF Mill, Thurso, Caithness, was Hamish Goldie‘s yellow ticket winner and June 2017 born Goldies Notable from Ruthwell, Dumfries. He is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman and out of Goldies Dignity who goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister.

Goldies Notable – 10,000gns

Just a few lots earlier Tweeddale Neworleans was knocked down sold for 9,000gns to DG Walker, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. The June 2017 born Blelack Blackberet sired Neworleaons is out of the Dingle Hofmeister daughter Lakenheath Eugenie and was offered for sale by Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.

Tweedale Neworleans – 9000gns

No fewer than six lots secured an 8,500gns sale price and the first was the reserve senior champion
Glenericht Machine. WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, were the consigners of this 22 month old, out of Glenericht Hayley, a 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat daughter and sired by 15,000gns Stirling junior champion Maerdy Hwre, who was purchased by JJ Gordon, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Glenericht Machine – 8,500gns Reserve Senior Champion

The next to sell for 8,500gns, this time to J Woodman and Sons, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, was an entry from JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland. The 18 month old Rosebrough Nero who was bred by J and E Campbell, is sired by Thrunton Gladiator, who has been producing progeny consistently for both herds since 2013, while his dam Thrunton Virtuous is by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.

Roseborough Nero – 8,500gns

Another to secure 8,500gns was a May 2017 born son of the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax, whose dam Forglen Jenny is a daughter of the 9,000gns Royal Cornwall show and Great Yorkshire show reserve champion Gretnahouse Archangel. Forglen Nero, who was this year’s Turriff show male champion from Eric and Ellis, Mutch, Banff, Aberdeenshire, was purchased by J Hyslop and Son, Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Forglen Nero – 8,500gns

Top priced purchasers Boden and Davies Ltd, also produced an 8,500gns bull. Sportsmans Nero, a 16 month old, who was awarded a blue ticket in the pre-sale show goes on to work in Nairn, Invernessshire with new owners JM Forbes and Son. His sire Goldies Jerry is a 26,000gns Royal Welsh show male champion and his dam Sportsmans Harriet is a daughter of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny.

Sportsmans Nero – 8500gns

The final two 8,500gns lots were both consigned by top priced bull seller Esmor Evans. Also sons of Blelack Fabulous, Maerdy Ned and Maerdy Newel found new homes in Invernessshire and Orkney respectively. The May 2017 born Ned is out of the 13,000gns Balthayock Eagle-sired Maerdy Juice and was purchased by W Duncan and Co, Insch, while the June 2017 born Newel is out of Maerdy Honney, sired by the French-bred Froufrou, and caught the eye of T Leslie, Shapinsay.

Maerdy Ned – 8,500gns

Maerdy Newel – 8500gns

Completing the top 20 prices at 8,000gns was Goldies Nobel, the pre-sale show reserve intermediate champion from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries. Purchased by Kincraigie Farms, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, he is out of the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman daughter Goldies Joey and sired by Blelack Blackberet.

Goldies Nobel – 8,000gns reserve Intermdiate Champion

Averages: 80 bulls £6875.63
Auctioneers: United Auctions


May 8, 2018 Goldies Moonlight tops the Stirling Charolais sale at 9,200gns

Trade held up well at the Charolais Society sale where buyers came out in force to ensure a steady demand which resulted in the averages improving by £815 from last year, at Stirling on Monday 7 May. Bidding peaked at 9,200gns, 15 lots traded at five thousand and above and 27 bulls sold to an average of £5,402 with and 82% clearance rate.

The sale leader was the September 2016-born Goldies Moonlight from the day’s top selling vendor Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, who sold four bulls averaging £8321.25 apiece. Moonlight is sired by the top performing 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman, while his Dam Goldies Judy is from same female line as the Stirling February top priced female and champion Goldies Madame who is herself sired by the 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost. The successful bidder at 9,200gns was Colin Morrison from Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist.

Goldies-Moonlight at 9200gns

Also in the money at 7,800gns for Mr Goldie was the yellow ticket winner and 18-month-old Goldies Moonbeam who caught the eye of Mr Macintyre, Southend, Argyll. He is the first son for sale by the homebred and retained Goldies Jetset and his dam Goldies Hazel, who goes back to the 12,000gns Goldies Elation has previously bred an 8000gns son.

Goldies Moonbeam at7800gns

Next to sell for Mr Goldie at 7,500gns was Goldies Mercedesbenz who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show. His dam Goldies Irene is a daughter of Blelack Blackberet and he is sired by the short gestation easy calving Goldies Formidable who has bred over 100 progeny into the herd and produced 23,000gns and 26,000gns sons. The November 2016-born Mercedesbenz was purchased by WSL Muir, Stenness, Orkney.

Goldies Michael, the final top price offering from Hamish Goldie, was snapped up for 7,200gns by the Aitken Bros, Linlithgow, West Lothian. Michael is a 19-month-old heifer’s calf by the aforementioned Gretnahouse Heman, his dam Goldies Jean goes back to Goldies Formidable.

Goldies Michael at 7200gns

The days reserve champion came from the JHC Campbell & Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland and is by Thrunton Gladiator who has sired more than 160 progeny into the herd. The June 2016-born Thrunton Maestro, who was purchased for 8,000gns by G Wilson and Son, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, is out of Thrunton Hirondelle who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop.

Thrunton-Maestro at 8000gns

Next from the same vendor was another Gladiator son. Thrunton Monty, a 19-month-old, whose dam Thrunton Amelia is sired by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, was purchased by Lour Farms, Ladenford, Angus, for 5,500gns.

Purchased for 7,500gns by the RSPB, Loch Gruinart Reserve, Isle of Islay, was the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin son Spittalton Newton. Newton’s, a 15-month-old whose dam Elrick Idelle is a daughter of the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin, was offered for sale by John Burnett and Sons, Blairdrummond, Stirlingshire.

Spittalton-Newton at 7500gns

The next highest price of 6,500gns was paid for Baillieston Mint, a yellow ticket winner from Ronnie Baillie, Toab, Orkney. Sired by the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Hasse and out of Baillieston Gretel, a 15,000gns Maerdy Deiniol daughter, the May 2016-born Mint was knocked down to Glenpark Farms, Balerno, Midlothian.

Baillieston Mint at 6500gns

Two bulls then came under the hammer for 6,200gns, with the first being a 19-month-old class winner Spittalton Maverick from the aforementioned John Burnett and Sons. Out of the same dam as Newton but this time sired by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight, he was purchased by C and C Adam, Cushnie, Aberdeenshire.

Spittalton Maverick at 6200gns

Matching the 6,200gns price tag was a November 2016-born entry from Peter and Allen Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Glenericht Manhatten, caught the eye of J and R Mitchell, Auchterarder, Perthshire, is out of the Blelack Digger-sired Glenericht Glamourgirl and by the 15,000gns Highland Show junior beef cattle interbreed champion Maerdy Hwre.

Glenericht Manhattenat 6200gns

T Dun and Sons, Heriot, Mid Lothian, were next to secure a Charolais bull, when they paid 6,000gns to take home the 20-month-old Kersknowe Messiah. The breeding here includes the 20,000gns Stirling supreme champion Inverlochy Fencer and the 13,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Elrick Solution daughter Kersknowe Alana. Messiah who was bred and exhibited by James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire, also secured a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show.

A class winner from Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire, was next up, also selling for 6,000gns. Harestone Macbeth, a 19-month-old who is sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless and out of the Irish-bred Barracks Ulna, goes on to work in Halkirk, Caithness for Alan Mowat and Sons.

Harestone MacBeth at 6000gns

Mr Barclay went on to sell another top priced lot at 5,500gns, this time to W and A Strachan, Millfield, Aberdeenshire. Harestone Marsbar, a July 2016-born son of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless and the 10,500gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Gretnahouse Noel daughter Allanfauld Bandana.

Minutes earlier, Aitken Bros, Linlithgow, West Lothian, paid 5,800gns for another of the above-mentioned Ronnie Baillie’s lots. The 22-month-old and blue ticket winner Baillieston Morris, also sired by Maerdy Hasse is out of Baillieston Amy, who goes back to Haymount Royce.

Baillieston-Morris at 5800gns

Also hitting the 5,800gns price tag was the day’s champion from Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus. Firhills Majestic, a 17-month-old who is by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier, is bred out of the 14,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker-sired Ugie Heidi, and was purchased by June Mackenzie, Boat-Of-Garten, Invernessshire.

Firhills Majestic at 5800gns

Averages: 27 bulls; £5,402
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Judge: Neil Blyth, Elwick, Hartlepool


February 21, 2018 Charolais lead the Spring trade

Charolais took the top price, made the highest average and sold the most bulls of all the breeds at this year’s spring sales, when commercial buyers drove the flying trade at Stirling on Tuesday 20 February. Bidding peaked at 46,000gns, 22 lots traded at five figure sums and 115 bulls sold to an average of £7,635 a whopping £1,514 increase on last year. Clearance rates were also up on the year by 6% to 88% for four more sold.

Commenting on the sale the BCCS chairman Chris Curry said, “Over the past twelve months the demand for Charolais bulls at society sales has increased dramatically, showcasing the resurgence of faith in the breed. There was no shortage of commercial traders in the market for a Charolais bull today and willing to pay top prices for them. For the first time we have seen a significant number of the five figure selling bulls finding commercial homes, driven no doubt by the fact that Charolais sired suckler calves are topping the markets on weight for age. The commercial marketplace is looking for a breed that will tick all of the boxes, finishing quicker with lower costs and greater profits.”

United Auctions cattle Auctioneer Murray Raine backed up the Chairman’s comments by saying “It was a pleasure to sell the Charolais today, the vibrant trade is a reflection of the demand for Charolais sired store cattle in the market presently and that’s why we have seen commercial buyers here today willing to pay up to 16,000gns for their choice of bull”.

Star attraction at the sale was David and Nick Walter’s supreme and senior champion Balthayock Minstrel. Sired by the Kirrimuir Show champion Balthayock Ferdinand and out of Barbican Lancer daughter Balthayock Gem, the May 2016-born Minstrel attracted a 46,000gns bid from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, who shared the purchase with Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.

The top price and supreme and senior champion Balthayock Minstrel at 46,000gns

Breeder Major Walter is a stalwart of the breed who purchased his first Charolais bull 5,700gns at the very first public auction of Charolais cattle at the Royal showground in 1969. The pedigree herd now has over 110 breeding females with an additional 150 sucklers mainly served by homebred Charolais bulls whose progeny are sold as yearlings at Stirling. “I am delighted with the trade we have experienced today, not only for myself but for the breed as a whole. Since the introduction of the ABRI recording system we have been able to achieve a considerable improvement to the herd and place particular emphasis on calving ease and live weight gains while improving eye muscle area and scrotal circumference in our bulls and milk yield in our females.” Major Walter said. “As a pedigree breeder you have highs and lows and the sale was certainly one of those highs made possible by the wonderful team we have here at Balthayock”.

Judge Arwel Owen commented that, “Minstrel oozed presence and Charolais character from the moment I set eyes on him and that is why I chose him for my Champion. His functional correctness was amazing for such a powerful bull, he is a true out and out breeders bull. Subsequently following the judging and looking at the catalogue, it gave me great pleasure to see a bull with such fantastic data followed by a fantastic cow family that’s already delivered in 2017 show season with the highland show reserve female champion”.

A total of nine Balthayock bulls changed hands to average £15,633 and Arwel went on to say “There were three outstanding stock bulls forward from the Balthayock herd. The other two being Balthayock Manifesto who I placed second in his class to the champion and Balthayock Mandate, the reserve senior champion.

Balthayock Manifesto was also in the money for Major Walter at 19,000gns, purchased by Peter and Sheelagh Donger, Towcester, Northamptonshire. Bred from Swalesmoor Cracker daughter Balthayock Finesse, the May 2016-born Manfesto is sired by the Highland Show supreme M and S interbreed champion Balthayock Imp.

Balthayock Manifesto at 19,000gns

Next in the trade stakes for the Major at 16,000gns, was the reserve senior champion Balthayock Mandate, a 21-month-old son of the 20,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier and out of Balthayock Gold who goes back to Swalesmoor Cracker. He goes home to work with HR and C Dalrymplre, Ballantrae, Ayrshire.

Balthayock Mandate at 16,000gns

Adding to the Walter’s celebrations, they also received 14,000gns for another Balthayock Imp son. Class winner Balthayock Mikado who was purchased by James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire is an April 2016-born out of Balthayock Heaven, a Swalesmoor Cracker daughter.

Balthayock Mikado at 14,000gns

D Taylor of South Ronaldsay, Orkney purchased the Major’s final five figured bull at 10,000gns. The 20-month-old Balthayock Morgan, is a son of the Braco Show champion Ugie Echo and home-bred Barbican Lancer-sired Balthayock Ira.

Balthayock Morgan at 10,000gns

The aforementioned Neil Barclay’s Harestone herd was another to enjoy a great trade and sold eight bulls to level at £9,975. The first, a 22-month-old class winner, selling at 18,000gns was purchased by French breeder Gaec Godet Retailleau, of Sevremont. Harestone Monarch is the by the Royal Show junior champion Thrunton Socrates, while the dam is Shropshire-bred Trefonnen Ffion, a cow by the 14,000gns Allanfauld Superscot.

Another class winner from Mr Barclay went on to sell 13,000gns. The June 2016-born Harestone Master Is sired by the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and out of Blelack Gemma, a 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite daughter. P Cooper and Son, Kincaldrum, Angus were the purchasers.

Harestone Master at 13,000gns

Mr Barclay went on to sell another high-priced bull, this time making 12,000gns for his yellow-ticket-winner Harestone MacGregor. L Forester and Son, Hexham, Northumberland, were the buyers of this 17-month-old son of the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie and Harestone Tyrol-sired Harestone Francine.

Harestone Macgregor at 12,000gns

The 19-month-old Thrunton Montego from JHC Campbell and Son, Alnwick, Northumberland, was the next five-figure bull to sell. He boasts an impressive pedigree being sired by the 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob and out of Thrunton Goldcrest who goes back to the 26,000gns Stirling senior champion Balmyle Dickler. The man behind his 16,000gns final bid was CA Smith, Tarland, Aberdeenshire.

Thrunton Montego at 16,000gns

Just behind at 15,000gns was another Maerdy Hearthrob son, this time offered for sale by RM Adam and Son, Glamis, Angus. Newhouse Maxamus who had been tapped out as reserve intermediate champion twenty-four hours earlier, is a July 2016-born son of Newhouse Geisha, a daughter of the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar and goes home to work in Co Down for the Ballynahinch-based Connolly family.

Newhouse Maxamus at 15.000gns

The reserve supreme champion and August 2016-born Maerdy Montypython, was the first of four top priced lots to sell for Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans, who sold a total of eight for an average of £8,990. Jeremy Price liked the look of this one and paid 14,000gns to take him home to Staunton-on-Wye, Herefordshire. His sire, the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous was also a reserve senior champion at Stirling, while his dam is the Begonia-sired Maerdy Goddess.

Maerdy Montypython at 14,000gns

Esmor’s next highest priced and selling in a two-way split to a couple of breeders from across the water at 12,000gns, was the 16-month-old Maerdy Maesmor. Maesmor is sired by the French-bred Maerdy Gouverneur and out of Maerdy Dynamite daughter Maerdy Iod. Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry and Will Short, Omagh, Co Tyrone were the partners who purchased him.

Also in the money for Mr Evans was the red-ticket winner Maerdy Maosglas, who sold in an 11,000gns deal to B Keir and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire. The August 2016-born Maoglas is out of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion and Caithness Show supreme champion Clyth Diplomat daughter Maerdy Grug and sired by the above-mentioned herd sire Blelack Fabulous, who has bred sons to 28,000gns.

Maerdy Maesmor at 12,000gns

Maerdy Mosglas at 11,000gns

Adding to Esmor’s celebrations, he also received 10,000gns for the October 2016-born Maerdy Maldwyn, who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show. Another Blelack Fabulous son, this time out of the Maerdy Blackout-sired Maerdy Daphne, he was purchased by H Stewart, Lybster, Caithness.

Maerdy Maldwyn at 10,000gns

Two bulls were knocked down at 12,000gns a piece with the first coming from RS McAskie, Keith, Banffshire. Staying local when purchased by WR Simmers and Sons, also from Keith, Strathisla Major is an 18-month-old son of the 11,000gns Carlisle senior champion Southwillow Hal and 19,000gns Doune and Dunblane champion Corrie Alan daughter Strathisla Hope.

Strathisla Major at 12,000gns

The second 12,000gns bid came from A Strachan, Brechin, Angus for the August 2016-born Falleninch Mars. The 18-month-old Mars, who was crowned senior breed champion and reserve interbreed champion at Stars of the Future in November for breeder and exhibited Andrew Hornall, Stirling, Stirlingshire, is out of a previous Stars of the Future show interbreed champion Falleninch Isabella and sired by Fairway Jefferson.

Falleninch Mars at 12,000gns

Following on at 11,500gns was the June 2016-born Ballinlare Midas from J Wilson and Sons, Newry, Co Down, who stood third in his class on Monday. T Howden and Son, Balerno, Mid Lothian, were the winning bidders of this 11,000gns Burradon Goodfellow and 55,000gns Balmoral Show interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo-sired Ballinlare Harmony son.

Ballinlare Midas at 11,500gns

Matching the 11,000gns price tag and also receiving a blue ticket in the pre-sale show, was an offering from WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Glenericht Mecca, a 17-month-old son of the Highland Show and Royal Show interbreed champion Fleets Vibrant and 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator daughter Glenericht Jen was purchased by D Muirhead, Arbroath, Aberdeenshire.

Glenericht Mecca at 11,000gns

Four further bulls were knocked down at 10,000gns a piece, with the first coming from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. Goldies Marshall, who is sired by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, was tapped out first in his class and the 20-month-old is out of Goldies Hippy, a daughter of the proven high performing, short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger. He goes on the Brechin to work for W Mather and Sons in their Angus holding.

Goldies Marshall at 10,000gns

Another to bring 10,000gns when chapped down to A and J Wilson, Insch, Aberdeenshire, was Hamish Goldie’s blue ticket winner Goldies Mercedes. The August 2016-born is by Blelack Blackberet who sired the 2017 Royal Highland Show and Yorkshire Show junior champions. His dam is Goldies Hifi ET who is out of a full sister to the 34,000gns Goldies Uppermost and goes back to the 14,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker.

Goldies Mercedes at 11,000gns

Also Commanding a 10,000gns bid was the Loganbar Interpol-sired Loganbar Magnum. J and W Wilson, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, were the winning bidders of this July 2016-born son of the 12,000gns Balmyle Addition daughter Loganbar Ellenour on offer from Murray Lyle, Dunblane, Perthshire.

Loganbar Magnum at 10,000gns

The final lot to make five figures was the 16-month-old, reserve junior champion from consigner Mark McGahan of Glossop, Derbyshire. Chunal Maverick who is sired by Harestone Hercules and out of home-bred Chunal Heather who goes back to the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar, was snapped up for 10,000gns by RM Adam and Son, Glamis, Angus.

Chunal Maverick at 10,000gns

Leading the bids for the small consignment of females at 7,000gns was the June 2016-born Goldies Madame, who had been awarded the female championship at the pre-sale show for breeder and exhibitor Hamish Goldie. Madame who is a daughter of the top performing 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman and bred out of Goldies Goldengirl, a Goldies Ambassador daughter, caught the eye of K Earle, Penybont, Carmarthenshire.

Goldies Madame at 7,000gns

Averages: 115 bulls £7635; 14 heifers £3,684.

Auctioneers: United Auctions

Overall champion Balthayock Minstrel and the reserve overall champion Maerdy Montypython

Interbreed champion Maerdy Montypython and reserve interbreed champion Newhouse Maxamus

Senior champion Balthayock Minstrel and reserve senior champion Balthayock Mandate

Female champion Goldies Madame and reserve female champion Goldies Milady

Junior champion Hollywell Mojito and reserve junior champion Chunal Maverick

Harestone group of three, Mat, Majestic ET and Macgregor

 


October 23, 2017 Demand for Charolais increases dramatically at Stirling

Tuesday 24 October saw a flying trade for Charolais bulls with 85 sold, averaging £6,079 (£405 up on the year for two more) and a whopping 19% increase on last year’s clearance rate to 82%. Prices peaked at 12,000gns twice and seven were sold for 10,000gns and above with a further 14 making over 8,000gns.

Society chief Peter Phythian commented that “We can attribute the demand for Charolais bulls to the success we are seeing in the suckler and store markets. The breed’s focus has been on improving calving ease and this combined with quicker finishing times and higher prices for Charolais sired progeny across the country, has seen both our averages and clearance rates increase at every Society sale this year”.

Maerdy Majestic - 12,000gns

Maerdy Majestic – 12,000gns

The first of the 12,000gns bulls was an entry from Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire. The 17-month-old Maerdy Magestic is sired by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion and Highland Show beef breeder continental champion Maerdy Grenadier, and goes back on the home-bred dams side to the French bred Victorieux. His new owners are Colin and Fiona Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Sportsmans Monarch - 12,000gns

Sportsmans Monarch – 12,000gns

The second to hit the 12,000gns mark was the youngest and final lot of the sale. Sportsmans Monarch who was tapped out first in his class at previous days show, is a son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion, Barnsford Ferny and Sportsmans Honeydew who in turn is sired by 45,000gns Stirling junior champion, Maerdy Express. The 15-month-old Monarch was bred and exhibited by Boden and Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire, and heads over the water to work for John McGrath in Dromore, Co Tyrone. This is the first ever stock-bull purchase for John, who has previously served on the BCCS council, is a former Chairman of the Northern Ireland Charolais club and established his Drumconnis Charolais herd in 1993. When asked why he was tempted to purchase a bull after using AI for the past 24 years, John said “I was attracted by the character and power of this bull and I feel that his breeding will be a great asset to my herd of 20 breeding females. He has a good top-line, nice definition and I also took his EBV’s into account”.

Glenericht Majestic - 11,500gns

Glenericht Majestic – 11,500gns

Next in the trade stakes at 11,500gns was a blue ticket winner from WK & P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who caught the eye of Iain and Dorothy Goldie, Cummertrees, Dumfries-shire. The May-2016-born, 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator sired Glenericht Majestic, is bred out of the Royal Highland Show class winner Glenericht Gem, who goes back to the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion and Caithness show supreme champion, Clyth Diplomat.

Glenericht Matrix - 8,500gns

Glenericht Matrix – 8,500gns

Adding to the Drysdale’s celebrations, they were also awarded the senior championship in the pre-sale show and secured a bid of 8,500gns for the 20-month-old Glenericht Matrix. The breeding here includes sire Highland Show reserve M&S junior beef interbreed champion, Glenericht Hollywood and the 12,000gns Coolnaslee Adversary sired dam, Elrick Fern and he was purchased by Mr A McArthur, Balfron Station, Glasgow.

Tweeddale Matador - 10,500gns

Tweeddale Matador – 10,500gns

Commanding a 10,500gns bid from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, was the Blelack Blackberet sired and April-2016-born Tweeddale Matador. Matador whose dam Tweeddale Icemaiden ET is by the proven high performing, short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger, was the highest priced offering from Jonathan and Jane Watson, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, who went on to sell a total of six averaging £6,877.50.

Tweeddale Maximum - 9,000gns

Tweeddale Maximum – 9,000gns

The Watson’s next highest priced lot at 9,000gns was Tweeddale Maximum, who had placed second in his class the previous day. Again, born in April 2016 and sired by Blelack Blackberet but this time out of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister daughter Graywood Ebony ET, he heads down to Caynham, Shropshire to work for Evans, Corfield and Son, Ashford Carbonell, Ludlow.

Kersknowe Matador - 10,000gns

Kersknowe Matador – 10,000gns

Three bulls then came under the hammer for 10,000gns, with the first being offered by James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire. Kersknowe Matador, an 18-month-old son of the 20,000gns Stirling supreme champion and Stars of the Future senior interbreed champion Inverlochy Fencer, out of the Kersknowe Topmodel sired Kersknowe Dido was purchased by Ellis Mutch, Forglen, Banff.

Balthayock Maestro - 10,000gns

Balthayock Maestro – 10,000gns

Matching the 10,000gns price-tag and selling to J Irvine and Son, Tomintoul, Banffshire, was the 17-month-old red ticket winner Balthayock Maestro, from David and Nick Walter, Perth, Perthshire, who also sold a total of six which averaged £6,650. Maestro is the by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion and Highland Show beef breeder continental champion Maerdy Grenadier, while the dam is Balthayock Glory ET, a cow by the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian.

Mornity Mushroom - 10,000gns

Mornity Mushroom – 10,000gns

Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Blairgowrie, Perthshire were the next to offer a 10,000gns bull. The May-2016-born Mornity Mushroom who is sired by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and out of Mornity Icicle who goes back to the 12,000gns Elrick Frenchman, was snapped up by James Anderson and Son, Lauder, Berwickshire.

Kersknowe Matthew - 9,500gns

Kersknowe Matthew – 9,500gns

Messrs Millar, Tealing, by Dundee, then went to 9,500gns for another lot from the aforementioned James Jeffrey. The 19-month-old blue ticket holder Kersknowe Matthew is bred from Kersknowe Iceberg, an Inverlochy Fencer daughter and sired by Jurieshouse Hero.

Gretnahouse Macbook - 9,000gns

Gretnahouse Macbook – 9,000gns

The first of two to secure a bid of 9,000gns was the April-2016-born Gretnahouse Macbook from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire. The sire here is the proven super easy calving and 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, while the dam is the Maerdy Padirac sired Gretnahouse Edwinesse ET and Mr G Mackie, Crieff, Perthshire was the purchaser.

Elgin Mojo - 9,000gns

Elgin Mojo – 9,000gns

Also bidding to 9,000gns were Mr RJ Brown and Sons, Stenton, East Lothian, this time for son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and the 12,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker ET daughter, Ugie Halfpenny. Elgin Mojo who was born in May of last year, was bred and exhibited by Roy Milne & Sons, Elgin, Morayshire.

Spittalton Massie - 8,500gns

Spittalton Massie – 8,500gns

Just behind on 8,500gns was an entry from J Burnett and Sons, Blair Drummond, Stirlingshire. Spittalton Massie ET who was purchased by Mr Mitchell, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch is a 17-month-old by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight and out of the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin sired Elrick Idelle.

Elrick Malt - 8,500gns

Elrick Malt – 8,500gns

Matching the 8,500gns price tag and this time purchased by Mr Fraser, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, was the Supreme and Junior Champion Elrick Malt from Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. The 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless is the sire of the May-2016-born Malt and his dam Elrick Florida goes back to the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin.

Female Section

Goldies Lullaby - 5,000gns

Goldies Lullaby – 5,000gns

The previous afternoon’s Charolais female sale topped at 5,000gns for the 22-month-old reserve female champion from Hamish Goldie. Goldies Lullaby, who is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman and out of Goldies Bonney who goes back to Thrunton Trademark sold to DP Daniel, Launceston, Cornwall, who went on to purchase three more including another lot from Mr Goldie. Goldies Model ET, a 17-month-old who had been tapped out second in her class in the pre-sale show, is a daughter of the 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost ET and the 10,000gns Perth intermediate champion Killadeas Legend sired Goldies Champagne and secured a bid of 3,500gns.

JA and MF McMillan, Brechin, Angus were also in the money when their two-year-old, blue-ticket winner Dunesk Lady sold for 3,800gns. The Balthayock Hamish sired Lady is out of the Angus & Fettercairn Shows champion Dunesk Glory, who is herself a Blelack Digger daughter. Lady placed second in her class at the Stars of the Future show in 2015 and sold served by Davally Illusion to R McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian.

Swalesmoor Lois

Swalesmoor Lois

Earlier in the day Mr D Sawrij, Galashiels, Selkirkshire had secured the female championship with the two-year-old Swalesmoor Lois, who went on to secure a bid of 3,000gns from RO Williams, Barmouth, Gwymedd. Lois is by the 22,000gns Yorkshire Show male champion Balmyle Headline and out of the home-bred Swalesmoor Iris who goes back to Balmyle Greylag.

The only cow and calf of the sale, exhibited by the above noted McMillan family sold as a spilt lot for a total of 3,650gns. Dunesk Glory who sells served to Balthayock Hamish, is a Blelack Digger daughter and caught the eye of J Hamilton, Linlithgow, West Lothian. While RF Miller, Braco, Dunblane purchased her eight-month-old, Davally Illusion ET sired calf Dunesk Northstar.

An added feature of the sale was the major reduction of the Baillieston Charolais herd which was founded in the Orkney Islands in 1978 and has grown from the initial purchase of three maiden heifers from the Sway herd, to 60 breeding females today. The Baillieston herd was awarded the Harman Charolais Genetick Improvement Award in 2011 and has claimed the supreme championship at the Orkney show no fewer than seven times.

Baillieston Madge

Baillieston Madge

The top price was claimed by a maiden heifer which sold for 4,200gns. The 18-month-old Baillieston Madge who is sired by Blelack Digger and out of a home-bred dam going back to Balthayock Gunfire, was purchased by the aforementioned Boden and Davies Ltd.

The 14 cow and calf lots peaked at 4,000gns for the three-year-old Baillieston Jill and her April-born son Baillieston Norman who sold to separate homes. Baillieston Jill is a daughter of Balthayock Gunfire ET and Baillieston Colleen, who in turn is sired by the 17,000gns Mowbraypark Umpire, was purchased by C Mitchell, St Andrews, Fife, while her Blelack Digger-sired son Norman went home with Aldie Farm Partnership, Edderton.

At 3,200gns and going to DA Anderson, Eddleston, Peebles, who bought a total of four was the cow and calf pair, Baillieston Henrietta and her bull calf Baillieston Nevin. The five-year-old Henrietta is by the 15,000gns Maerdy Deiniol and her June-born calf Nevin is another sired by Digger.

Baillieston Gwin & Natasha

Baillieston Gwin & Natasha

Close behind at 3,100gns was a mother and daughter pair. The Maerdy Deiniol-sired and six-year-old Baillieston Gwin and her June-born daughter Baillieston Natasha by the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Hasse were purchased by RL Riddle and Son, Hexham, Northumberland.

Averages: 85 bulls £6079.00; 14 heifers £2,760.00, one cow and calf £3,833.00
Baillieston Averages: 14 cows and calves £2,823.75; five dry cows £1680.00; eight in-calf heifers £2165.63; seven maiden heifers £2,100.00

Auctioneers: United Auctions

Completed Stirling catalogue

Baillieston Sale

Show Results

Senior Champion
WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Matrix – s. Glenericht Hollywood

Reserve Senior Champion
Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd – Mornity Moboy – s. Maerdy Hwre

Intermediate Champion
WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maverick – s. Goldies Icon

Reserve Intermediate Champion
David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Mungo – s. Maerdy Grenadier

Supreme & Junior Champion
Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Malt – s. Thrunton Fearless

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Junior Champion
Esmor Evans – Maerdy Morellis – s. Maerdy Heracles

Female Champion
Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Lois – s. Balmyle Headline

Reserve Female Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lullaby – Gretnahouse Heman

Champion Group of Three
WD & JA Connolly

Senior Classes

Class One – Bulls born on or between 01/11/2015 – 31/01/2016
1st – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Matrix – s. Glenericht Hollywood
2nd – BM Robinson Jnr – Shamleys Match – s. Rosanne Fameux
3rd – Martin R McCornick – Mccornick Morpheus – s. Thrunton Hermes

Class Two – Bulls born on or between 01/02/2016 – 04/03/2016
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Mozard – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – WP Bruce Ltd – Balmyle Muffin – s. Balthayock Diplomat
3rd – WP Bruce Ltd – Balmyle Moonlight – s. Blelack Forester

Class Three – Bulls born on or between 05/03/2016 – 24/03/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Magnum – s. Allanfauld Gambler
2nd – Mr J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Matthew – s. Jurieshouse Hero
3rd – J & E Campbell – Thrunton Matrix – s. Blelack Imperalist

Class Four – Bulls born on or between 25/03/2016 – 03/04/2016
1st – Jack Nicoll Farms Ltd – Mornity Moboy – s. Maerdy Hwre
2nd – Mr DE Evans – Maerdy Montgomery – Blelack Fabulous
3rd – Mr AG Houston – Gretnahouse Macbook – s. Wesley Equinox

Intermediate Classes

Class Five – Bulls born on or between 04/04/2016 – 09/04/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Mighty – s. Elrick Impeccable
2nd – Harold Stubbs & Alan Burleigh – Derryharney Myboy – s. Hillviewfarm Perfect
3rd – Mr J Jeffrey – Kersknowe Michael – s. Inverlochy Fencer

Class Six – Bulls born on or between 10/04/2016 – 22/04/2016
1st – Mr JH Christie –
Westcarse Mac – s. Mortimers Highlandfling
2nd – J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Maximum – Blelack Blackberet
3rd – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Majestic – Balthayock Imp

Class Seven – Bulls born on or between 23/04/2016 – 03/05/2016
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maverick – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Mungo – s. Maerdy Grenadier
3rd – BM Robinson Jnr – Shamleys Minstrel – s. Rosanna Fameux

Class Eight – Bulls born on or between 04/05/2016 – 12/05/2016
1st – David & Nick Walter – Balthayock Maestro – s. Maerdy Grenadier
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Magic – s. Goldies Icon
3rd – Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Marquis – s. Balmyle Headline

Junior Classes

Class Nine – Bulls born on or between 13/05/2016 – 23/05/2016
1st – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Moyness – s. Woodpark Elgin
2nd – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Magnum – s. Woodpark Elgin
3rd – Mr RA Milne – Elgin Master – s. Mortimers Infinity

Class Ten – Bulls born on or between 24/05/2016 – 03/06/2016
1st – Mr MJ Massie – Elrick Malt – s. Thrunton Fearless
2nd – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Majestic – s. Caylers Gladiator
3rd – Mr DE Evans – Maerdy Mariano – s. Maerdy Grenadier

Class Eleven – Bulls born on or between 04/06/2016 – 12/06/2016
1st – Esmor Evans – Maerdy Morellis – s. Maerdy Heracles
2nd – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Merlin – s. Barnsford Ferny
3rd – DA & SM Miller – Crookdake Masterclass – s. Balthayock Hamish

Class Twelve – Bulls born after 13/06/2016
1st – Boden & Davies Ltd – Sportsmans Monarch – s. Barnsford Ferny
2nd – JH Wilson & Sons – Ballinlare Midas – s. Burradon Goodfellow
3rd – Mr H Goldie – Goldies Mccoist – s. Gretnahouse Heman

Female Classes

Class Thirteen – Heifers born on or between 04/03/2015 – 08/12/2015
1st – Mr D Sawrij – Swalesmoor Lois – s. Balmyle Headline
2nd – JA & MF McMillan – Dunesk Lady – s. Balthayock Hamish
3rd – RM Adam & Son – Newhouse Lilac – s. Oakchurch Icarus

Class Fourteen – Heifers born on or after 09/12/2015
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lullaby – s. Gretnahouse Heman
2nd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Model ET – s. Goldies Uppermost
3rd – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lola – s. Gretnahouse Heman


April 30, 2017 Charolais clearance rates and averages up at Stirling

A combination of pedigree and commercial interest saw a solid trade of Charolais bulls at Stirling on Monday 1 May where 32 bulls sold to a top price of 8,500gns and an average of £4,587, up £312 on the year with clearance rates rocketing by 36% to 89%.

Champion & Top Price Elgin Lochness - 8,500gns

Champion & Top Price Elgin Lochness – 8,500gns

The sale leader at 8,500gns was the pre-sale show Champion Elgin Lochness from RA Milne and sons, Elgin, Morayshire. The 18-month old Lochness is sired by the 14,000gns easy calving Westcarse Houdini and out of the home-bred Elgin Heidi who goes back to the 10,000gns Thrunton Alpha and was purchased by Allan Mcarthur, Balfron Station, Glasgow.

Reserve Champion Goldies Lively - 8,000gns

Reserve Champion Goldies Lively – 8,000gns

The purchasers seemed to agree with the pre-sale Judge Ellis Mutch as his choice for reserve champion was the next top priced. Bred and exhibited by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, the November-2015 born Goldies Lively whose breeding includes sire the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman – who also sired the top priced bull Carlisle May 2016 – and home-bred dam Goldies Isabelle who is sired by the 34,000gns Goldies Uppermost sold in an 8,000gns deal to J and A Dunlop, Maybole, Ayrshire.

Inverlochy Lustre - 6,000gns

Inverlochy Lustre – 6,000gns

John Whiteford & Son, Cupar, Fife were the next to purchase, spending 6,000gns and taking home Inverlochy Lustre, a 22-month old son of the 11,000gns Blelack Giggsey and a home-bred dam going back to the seasoned show winner Inverlochy Resolve. Lustre had himself shone in the showring when he was tapped out top of his class the previous day for exhibitors John Irvine and Son, Ballindalloch, Banffshire.

Linrossfarm Leo - 6,000gns

Linrossfarm Leo – 6,000gns

Matching the 6,000gns price tag was the November-2015 born Linrossfarm Leo from Edward Scott, Glamis, Angus. G Mccormick Snr liked the look of this yellow ticking winning son of the proven high performing short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and takes him home to work in Bridgend, Isle Of Islay.

Thrunton Lachlan - 5,800gns

Thrunton Lachlan – 5,800gns

Close behind and the first of two to secure 5,800gns was Thrunton Lachlan who took the fancy of George Russell, Denny, Stirlingshire. This 24-month old entry from JHC Campbell & Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland is sired by Thrunton Gladiator and his maternal grandsire is the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.

Goldies Lionel - 5,800gns

Goldies Lionel – 5,800gns

Hamish Goldie was back in the money also securing 5,800gns for another of his Gretnahouse Heman sons, this time out of Goldies Ingot going back to the 12,000gns Goldies Elation. The November 2015-born Goldies Lionel sold to Colin McMillan, Bowmore, Isle of Islay.

Next at 5,500gns was Gretnahouse Leapfrog for breeder Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire. Another son of the popular Blelack Digger this 19-month old travels on to work in Lumphannan, Aberdeenshire with new owners S and J Urquhart.

David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire sold a trio of top priced bulls, the highest priced of which was a yellow ticket winner who secured a bid of 5,200gns from A Mccornick and Co, Lochfoot, Dumfries. The October-2015 born Balthayock Lorenzo is sired by the easy calving champion of the Perth and Braco shows and is out of the 10,000gns Balmyle Churchill daughter Balthayock Favourite whose previous son sold for 8,000gns.

The Walters went on to sell two of their younger lots – aged 15 months – for 4,000gns a piece, both sired by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh supreme and Highland beef breeder continental champion Maerdy Grenadier. Balthayock Marius was purchased by J and A Cooper and Sons, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire and Balthayock Mark went on to Kirkcolm, Stranraer with RJ Manson and Partners.

Earlier in the day H Adamson and Son, Newport On Tay, Fife purchased the 19-month old Mortimers Highlandfling son Westcarse Lightening from exhibitor’s J H Christie and Son, Stirling, Stirlingshire for 4,800gns.

At 4,500gns Mr and Mrs John Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire were the next to sell. The August-2015 born Midlock Luck who had placed second in his class the previous day and is sired the 17,000gns Elrick Highlander was snapped up by Aitken Bros, Linlithgow, West Lothian.

The final lot to bring 4,000gns was the 20-month old Baillieston Luke, a son of the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Hasse from Ronnie Baillie and Co, Deerness, Orkney. Balmirmer Farms were the successful bidders and take him home to work at West Balmirmer, Angus.

Averages: 32 bulls £4,587
Auctioneers: United Auctions

Stirling Show Results
Sunday 30 April 2017
Judge: Ellis Mutch, Forglen, Banff

Championship Presentation

Championship Presentation

Class Eight – Bulls born on or between 03/05/2015 – 18/07/2015
1st – John Irvine and Son – Inverlochy Lustre – s. Blelack Giggsey
2nd – WK & P Drysdale – Glenericht Locomotion – s. Maerdy Impeccable
3rd – JHC Campbell & Sons – Thrunton Lancelot – s. Maerdy Hearthrob

Class Nine – Bulls born on or between 19/07/2015 – 03/10/2015
1st – John Irvine and Son – Inverlochy Landward – s. Blelack Giggsey
2nd – Mr & Mrs John Wight – Midlock Luck – s. Elrick Highlander
3rd – J H Christie & Son – Westcarse Lightening – s. Mortimers Highlandfling

Class Ten – Bulls born on or between 04/10/2015 – 10/11/2015
1st – RA Milne and Sons – Elgin Lochness – s. Westcarse Houdini
2nd – J M Cant & Partners – Panmure Logan – s. Thrunton Firecracker
3rd – David and Nick Walter – Balthayock Lorenzo – s. Ugie Echo

Class Eleven – Bulls born on or after 11/11/2015
1st – Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lively – s. Gretnahouse Heman
2nd – J M Cant & Partners – Panmure Lennie – s. Sandelford Harrison ET
3rd – Edward Scott – Linrossfarm Leo – s. Blelack Digger

Supreme Champion
RA Milne and Sons – Elgin Lochness – s. Westcarse Houdini
Reserve Supreme Champion
Hamish Goldie – Goldies Lively – s. Gretnahouse Heman

CH-2347 CH-2314 CH-1707 CH-1692 CH-1680 CH-1670 CH-1657


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