March 1, 2021 Stirling Sale Report – 28th February 2021
There’s no phantom about this top price – BALLINLARE PHANTOM peaked at 16,000gns
Sunday 28th February saw United Auctions host their annual Spring Bull sale where Charolais, once again, came out on top. With current Government Guidelines still in place there was a good mixture of people buying in person, online and over the phone. Top price peaked at 16,000gns which levelled out to the average price of £7121, up by £347 per head, on the previous year. 93 animals were put forward with a 71% clearance rate.
British Charolais Cattle Society CEO, Peter Phythian said “he was pleased with the good strong commercial trade on the day, with the Charolais breed still in high demand”
BALLINLARE PHANTOM was the top seller of the day reaching a top price of 16,000gns. This 20-month-old lad is bred by J H Wilson and Sons of Newry, Co. Down. Phantom’s sire, Balthayock Justice was Reserve Supreme Champion and was the top sale price at 50,000gns at Stirling in 2015. His dam Ballinlare Isis is sired by Goldies Carnival. The winning bidders, in a two-way split, were R M Adam & Son of Glamis, Angus and M J Massie from Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Second top price of the day at 14,000gns was SOLWAYFIRTH PETERPAN, bred by I & D Goldie in Annan, Dumfriesshire. This 17-month-old lad is sired by the 11,000gns Glenericht Majestic, his dam Solwayfirth Charity is the daughter of Maerdy Restful. He will be joining the herd at Hafod Yr Esgob Uchaf in Bala at the farm of G M Jones.
A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 12,000gns.
First to reach 12,000gns was ELGIN PELE from Mr R A Milne in Elgin, Morayshire. Described as ‘one of the better bulls in the yard’ the 22-month-old bull is by the easy calving Westcarse Houdini, his dam, Elgin Electra, is a full sister to the 20,000gns Elgin DaVinci and a daughter of Harestone Tyrol . The successful bidder was James Moir of Auchorties Farm, Banff.
The second bull to reach 12,000gns was ELRICK PATRIOT, he is sired by Maerdy Gouverneur and bred by Mr M J Massie from Ellon in Aberdeenshire. Patriot, out of Elrick Lass, a daughter of Thrunton Fearless, the 2011 Intermediate and Supreme Champion, who sold for 16,000 gns at Stirling. Patriot will be making the journey to his new home with J & W Kellas at Raws Farm, Keith.
The final bull to reach 12,000gns also from the same stable of Mr M J Massie. 20-month-old ELRICK POLDARK is the full brother to Elrick Outlaw who sold for 25,000gns and is the son of the easy calving Maerdy Gouverneur. His dam, Elrick Florida, is a daughter of 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin. He is going home with Glass & Smith, Mills of Folis, Aberdeenshire.
Four bulls went on to make 10,000gns, the first one secured the bid was THRUNTON PLATO, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons of Alnwick, Northumberland. This 22-month-old Plato is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalam and is out of Thrunton Jessie J, a daughter of Burradon Garibaldi, who sold for 26,000gns at Stirling in 2013. He will be joining the farm of W Pringle and Son of Yorkston Farm, Mid Lothian.
The next to sell at 10,000gns was AULTMORE PHANTOM from the farm of W Patterson & Son from Keith, Bannfshire. Phantom is a very stylish bull from an easy calving line. His sire, Westcarse Houdini sold for 14,000 gns in 2013. His dam is Aultmore Lassie, a daughter of Aultmore Gladiator. The men behind the money were R O Chandler & Co from Skirrid Farm, Abergavenny.
E & M Fairhurst & Son from Bankend Farm, by Lancaster secured the next successful bid at 10,000gns who take home FALLENINCH PACO, a 21-month-old bull bred by Mr A B Hornall from Falleninch Farm, Stirling. Paco is fully parent verified and is sired by Falleninch Memo, out of Falleninch Libby, a daughter of Dereskit Fernando.
The final bull to make 10,000gns was GOLDIES PAUL who comes from the farm of Mr H Goldie in Dumfries. This outstanding 18-month-old lad is out of Goldies Jo, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. His sire is Balthayock Marquis, who is known for easy calving. His new owner is J S Fraser from Toir Mains Farm, Ross-Shire.
Just behind, with a bid of 9,000gns was CARWOOD PIONEER. The 20-month-old lad is sired by the 12,000gns Maerdy Magestic, a son of Maerdy Grenadier who sold for 20,000gns at Stirling in 2013. His dam, Carwood Hilda is a daughter of Elgin Emperor. This 20-month-old bull is bred by Mr & Mrs C J Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire and will be joining the herd at Hyslop Farm in Moffat, Dumfriesshire.
The next best seller was MIDSHIELD PAUL who sold for 8,500gns, bred by J & E Wight of Biggar, Lanarkshire. This fully parent verified 22-month-old bull is sired by Midlock John and out of Midshield Jazmin, the daughter of Maerdy Domino. He will be heading home with F & G Young of Balnowlart, Ayeshire.
Eight seemed to be the number of the day with 8 lots selling for 8,000gns.
The first two to sell at this price were from the Kersknowe herd of Mr J Jeffrey of Kelso, Roxburghshire. First to go under the hammer at 8,000gns was KERSKNOWE PATRIOT, sired by Kersknowe McGregor, a son of Inverlochy Fencer who was junior and overall supreme champion and sold for 20,000gns at Stirling in 2012. His dam, Kersknowe Iris is sired by Lagavaich Fernando. He will be making his way home with Duncan Macvicar from Middle Ballat Farm in Glasgow.
Mr Jeffery’s second bull to make 8,000gns was 22-month-old KERSKNOWE PROVOST who is sired by the 20,000gns bull Inverlochy Fencer. His dam, Kersknowe Icicle is another daughter of Lagavaich Fernando; he will be joining the herd at Craigton in Kirkcudbrightshire at the farm of A & J Craig.
BALLINDALLOCH PILOT was the next one to sell at 8,000gns. This 22-month-old lad is bred by Messrs R Irvine & F G Lawson of Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Sired by Goldies Icon, the 2015 Reserve Junior Champion who sold for 10,000gns at Stirling. His dam, Ballindalloch Hilda is sired by Lochend Apache. He is going home with R MacDonaldson & Son from Drumgask, Inverness-shire.
THRUNTON PEGASUS was next to reach 8,000gns, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons in Alnwick, Northumberland. Born in May 2019, this bull is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, and out of Thrunton Jubilant, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator. He will be making his way to his new home in Inverness to the Leys Estate.
MAERDY PASSION, bred by Mr D E Evans in Mold, Flintshire. This 20-month-old is sired by Maerdy Figaro-W and out of Maerdy Jiffy, one of the best daughters of Meardy Dynamite in the herd. The winning bid of 8,000gns came from Bruce Mackie & Son from Huntly in Aberdeenshire.
Next to sell at 8,000gns was HARESTONE POWERHOUSE, bred by R & N Barclay in Insch, Aberdeenshire. Sired by the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous, and out of Harstone Denise, a daughter of Harestone Uruguy. His new owner is A McCornick & Co from Barnacles Farm in Dumfries.
Mr H Goldie of Ruthwell, Dumfries secured the two final bids of 8,000gns. GOLDIES PIONEER was the first; this 17-month-old lad is sired by the 2017 Royal Highland Show Reserve Male Champion, Junior Male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion Tweeddale Matador. Out of Goldies Lottie, a daughter of Gretnahouse Heman. Pioneer will be making his way to his new home with J Kay & Sons to Oxton, Berwickshire.
And finally, GOLDIES POWERHOUSE was the last to hit 8,000gns. This 17-month-old is sired by Blelack Fabulous and out of Goldies Fabulous, a daughter of Goldies Uppermost who claimed the top price at Perth in 2005, selling for 34,000gns and was also Supreme and Junior Champion. The winning bid came from A J MacLean from Heylipol Farm from the Isle-of-Tiree.
The gavel came down twice at 7,500gns. The first to secure this bid was 21-month-old AULTMORE POWERHOUSE from the farm of W Patterson and Son from Keith, Banffshire. He is sired by the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. His dam, Battleford Lola is sired by Lochend Apache. The successful bidder was W S L Muir from Stenness, Orkney.
BALTHAYOCK POLITICIAN was the next to sell at 7,500gns. This 20-month-old lad comes from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Walter in Perth and is sired by Gretnahouse Lunar. His dam, Balthayock Insignia is a daughter of Blelack Forester. Politician was purchased by the Scottish Government Bull Stud.
Just behind and selling for 7,200gns was the May 2019 born BALTHAYOCK PILGRIM, another from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Walter in Perth. Pilgrims sire is Gretnahouse Lunar who is proved to be very easy calving and produces well fleshed bulls with excellent temperaments. His dam, Balthayock Lotus is a daughter of Balthayock Dante. Pilgrim was purchased by J M Fisher Ltd from Leswalt in Stranraer.
Also selling for 7,200gns was THRUNTON PATRIOT, an 18-month-old bull from the home of J H C Campbell and Sons in Alnwick. Patriot was sired by the 20,000gns Stirling Champion Inverlochy Fencer and caught the eye of G T & S Coghill, who will be taking him home to Muce in Orkney. His dam is Thrunton Melody who is a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator.
THRUNTON PEDRO is a good square 21-month-old lad who comes from the same stable as Thrunton Patriot. His sire is the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem; his dam, Thrunton Jackdaw is sired by Thrunton Gladiator. Pedro sold for 7,000gns and will be going home with W & A Strachan of Millfield, Aberdeenshire.
Another bull selling for 7,000gns was 21-month-old CARWOOD PABLO. Pablo was brought to the market by his breeders Mr & Mrs C J Wight from Biggar, Lanarkshire. Pablo is out of Carwood Cherry, the daughter of Kelton Trident, and sired by Maerdy Magestic. He will be making his way to his new home in Maybole with J & A Dunlop
Four females were entered for the sale.
Up first, and reaching the top sale price of 4,800 gns was TOPHILL ROXANNE from the stable of Mr A J Stott of Canonbie, Dumfires-shire. 11-month-old Roxanne is sired by Hackleton Largerlout and her dam Hackleton Hetty is the daughter of Mulroog Alpine.
Next in the ring came the second top priced female of day, selling for 3,000gns. MORTIMERS PACHAMAMA caught the eye of Louise McArthur of Balfron Station, Glasgow. This 16-month-old heifer is bred by Messrs Mortimers Farm in Eastleigh, Hampshire and is sired by Farleycopse Laurence, her dam, Mortimers Icemaiden, is sired by Baggrave Eskimo.
The final two heifers to go under the hammer were CROOKDAKE PARIS and CROOKDAKE PROSECCO both bred by DA & SM Miller of Wigton, Cumbria. These were sold for a total of 4,800gns to E & M Fairhurst and Son, at Bankend Farm, by Lancaster
October 20, 2020 Westcarse Milly Topped at 13,000gns – Westcarse Dispersal- Stirling – 18th October 2020
The Westcarse herd was founded in 1984, and over the years they have continued to breed exceptional cattle. This was evident in the quality of the herd they put forward for their dispersal on Sunday.
Peter Phythian, the Society chief executive said “its always sad to see great breeders like John and Diane retire from the breed, but it gives new breeders a fantastic opportunity to purchase some elite females as foundation cows and I am sure we will see many Westcarse bloodlines winning shows over the years to come”
Born in January 2016, Westcarse Milly sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Ivy, a daughter of Mortimers Vanquish and who goes back to Brampton Embark. Milly was PD’d in calf to Nuthampstead Judas prior to the sale and sold with her bull calf at foot for a whopping 13,000gns. This unit was purchased by R & N Barclay of Harestone Farm, South Road, Aberdeenshire.
Two units went under the hammer at 8500gns. First up was Westcarse Molly, born in April 2016. Also sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Vanilla, a daughter of Oscar. Molly is 7 weeks in calf and sold with her heifer calf at foot to Brailes Livestock of Isalyn, Upper Brailes, Oxfordshire.
Next to secure the bid of 8500gns was Westcarse Peaches, born in April 2019 and sired by Nuthampstead Judas, and out of Westcarse Milly, who sold moments before at 13,000gns. Peaches was purchased by A & JJ Forrest of Hillend, Roberton, Lanark.
The hammer went down at 6800gns for Westcarse Naomi, born in May 2017, sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Greta, a daughter of Kersknowe Clansman. PD’d in calf to Nuthampstead Judas, Naomi was sold with her bull calf at foot to Sean Mitchell, Grassknop, Skelton, Penrith.
Westcarse Poppy a maiden heifer, born in February 2019, sired by Nuthampstead Judas and out of Westcarse Candace, who kicked off the sale, selling for 5200gns, a daughter of Farleycopse Turbo. Poppy sold for 6500gns to S F Mackay of Knockaneorn Clunas, Nairn.
Securing 6200gns was Westcarse Priscilla, a maiden heifer born in February 2019, sired by Nuthampstead Judas and out of Westcarse Julia, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Mortimers Echo. This heifer was purchased by A J Ewing, of Drumbetton Farm, Dumfries.
The last of the girls to secure a 6000gns sum was Westcarse Margaret, born in January 2016, sired by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Westcarse Val, a daughter of Mowbraypark Orlando. PD’d 6 weeks in calf to Nuthampstead Judas. This cow sold with her bull calf at foot to J Irvine & Son of Inverlochy Farm, Banffshire.
The last to enter the sale ring was their stock bull Nuthampstead Judas, born in December 2014 and bred by G P Barker. This bull was purchased in 2016 for 9000gns and has gone on to produce quality bulls and females in the Westcarse herd. He’s sired by the 10,000gns bull Thrunton Goldeneye and out of Nuthampstead Gem, a daughter of Thrunton Dominator. Judas sold for 6000gns to J & S Middleton of Woodhead of Laithers, Aberdeenshire.
21 cows and calves averaged at £5045
Four cows averaged £3307.50
Five in-calf heifers averaged at £3717
Eight Maiden heifers averaged at £4869.38
October 20, 2020 Primate is top of the tree for the Charolais at Stirling! – Stirling Bull Sales – 18th October 2020
With the current COVID-19 situation still on-going and the challenges this continues to bring to the farming industry, it was not possible to have the normal and much anticipated pre-sale show at the autumn Stirling bull sales. Fortunately, the sale was still able to proceed and it was clear to see that Charolais bulls were once again in high demand. 43 bulls sold, selling to an average of £6627, up by £1068 on the previous year, with a clearance of 60%.
Peter Phythian, the Society chief executive said “ despite these difficult and challenging times to run our bull sale, buyers came out in force and showed the demand Charolais have in the store market which reflected in our sale today, with averages up over £1,000 a bull on last Octobers sale.” Read more…
Topping the day’s trade at 20,000gns was the 18-month-old Gretnahouse Primate from Alasdair Houston, of Gretna House Farms, Mossknowe House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Sire verified to the easy calving Westcarse Jimmy, purchased by Alasdair back in 2016, who’s sons have previously sold for up to 11,000gns. Gretnahouse Primates dam is Gretnahouse Iugesse, sired by the well-known trait leader for calving ease direct Blelack Digger. This lad was destined to be a breeder’s bull and went under the hammer to Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire.
Selling at 16,000gns, the second top price of the day went to Glenericht Pablo, bred by W K & P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This 18-month-old lad is fully parent verified to Glenericht Limpet and Glenericht Juicygirl, a daughter of Balthayock Graduate who they purchased back in to 2013. This lad sold to J Wight & Sons of Carwood Farm, Lanarkshire.
Third top price of the day was the 10,000gns bull Thrunton Paramount, bred by J H C Campbell & Sons, Thrunton Farm, Thrunton, Northumberland. At 18-months old and sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, out of Thrunton Lucinda, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad was purchased by Rettie
Thrunton Performer and from the same stable, sold for 8,800gns, this March 2019 born lad is also sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of Thrunton Floret, a daughter from the easy calving Balmyle Dickler. Purchased by W Barbour, Carsegowan Farm, Dumfries.
Next to secure 8,800gns was Glenericht Parker, April 2019 born, and another bred by W K & P Drysdale, also sired by Glenericht Limpet, his dam Glenericht Hayley is a daughter of the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat. This lad sold to W S Paterson of Golland, Kinross.
On a roll, April 2019 born Thrunton Platinum went under the hammer for 8,000gns, this time sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator, a trait leader for calving ease and out of Thrunton Hoopla, a daughter of Thrunton Doubletop. Purchased by W Milne of Ernan, Waterside Road, Strathdon.
Also selling for 8,000gns was Balmyle Panther, bred by W P Bruce Ltd, Balmyle, Meigle,Perthshire. This 17-month-old bull is fully parent verified and sired by Balthayock Minstrel and out of Balmyle Dorothea, a daughter of Sackville Adonis. Purchased by W & W Dawsons & Sons of Whinbrae, Aberdeenshire.
Goldies Premier hammered down at 7,200gns, bred by Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire. This 19-month-old bull is sired by the easy calving Balthayock Marquis and out of Goldies Lilac, a daughter from the 15,000gns bull Gretnahouse Heman. Purchased by Coghill.
The gavel came down five times at 7,000gns, first was Bombax Pirate, bred by C Smeaton & Sons, Cotton of Ovenstone, Inverarity, Angus. This 21-month-old bull is sired by the famous, easy calving Westcarse Houdini, out of Mornity Marilyn, a daughter of the 15,000gns Maerdy HWRE. This lad sold to Easter Tulloch Ltd of Kincardineshire.
March 2019 born Gretnahouse Pointer followed; bred by Alasdair Houston from Gretna House Farms, Mossknowe House, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Sired by the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator and out of Gretnahouse Lannabel, her sire Wesley Equinox is a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad was purchased by R McNee Ltd of Woodend farm, West Lothian.
Also selling for 7,000gns was Thrunton Pathos, another from the J H C Campbell stable. This 18-month old bull is fully parent verified and sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of Thrunton Linnet, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator, a trait leader for calving ease direct. Purchased by J & W Kellas of Raws Farm, Keith.
Next to follow at 7,000gns was the 17-month-old bull Glenericht President, another bred by W K & P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. This 17-month-old bull is parent verified to Glenericht Limpet and Glenericht Idyll, a daughter of Blelack Digger who is a trait leader for calving ease direct. This lad sold to A J Beaton of 3 Gesto, Isle of Skye.
Marwood Pascal, born in May-2019 and bred by RA & J Blyth, Middleton House Farm, Elwick, Hartlepool, Cleveland was the last to hammer down at 7,000gns. Sired by the 16,000gns bull Balthayock Lineup, his dam Marwood Iona, is a daughter of the 55,000gns bull Sportsmans Columbo. Purchased by W F & H Logan of Maxwelston, Ayrshire.
Not far behind at 6,800gns came Bassett Piper, bred by Miss J Atkinson and sold by Brailes Livestock, Isalyn, Main Street, Upper Brailes, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Sired by Whitecliffe Highlight. His dam Bassett Hifi is a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Harestone Domino. This lad went to Ross Farms & Co LTD, Wester Middleton, Midlothian.
Two lots traded at 6500gns. First up was Glenernan Piper, bred by W & N Milne, Ernan, Waterside, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. This 21-month-old bull is sire verified to the 17,000gns Elgin Jagger and out of Glenernan Linda, a daughter of Glenernan Highlander. Purchased by Ellis & Keir of Cairncoullie, Aberdeenshire.
Next to secure 6500gns was Coolnaslee Parker, bred by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Sired by the 12,000gns bull Maerdy Maesmor, his dam Coolnaslee Lyra is a daughter of the 12,000gns bull Maerdy Fiend. Purchased by C A Smith of Wester Coull, Aberdeenshire.
Coming in at 6200gns was Elrick Pele, bred by Mr M J Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. At 17-months old, this bull is sire verified to the easy calving Maerdy Gouverneur, and out of Elrick Juniper, a daughter of Thrunton Fearless. Purchased by D Findlay & Sons of Pirnhall farm, Stirling.
Three further lots traded at 6000gns.
First of the three was the 21-month-old Glenernan Pele, another bred by W & N Milne, also sired by the 17,000gns bull Elgin Jagger and out of Corskellie Jinni, a daughter of Dingle Hofmeister. Purchased by Kincraigie Farms, By Banchory, Aberdeen.
Second to secure 6000gns was February 2019 born Newlogie Perejacquemin, bred by AJR Farms, Milton Of Collieston, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. A Newlogie Nobel son, out of Newlogie Naya, a daughter of the French bull Berry Mic. This lad went to C Smith of Broomhill, Dunecht.
Last of the three to hit the 6000gns mark was Lochend Poldark, bred by Mr & Mrs J W Millar, Lochend Farm, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. This April 2019 born bull is sire verified to the easy calving Gretnahouse Ming and out of Lochend Lightning, a daughter of Oldstone Egbert. Purchased by E & L Munro, Rogiehill, Aberdeen.
Kersknowe Padre, bred by Mr J Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso, Roxburgshire secured the bid of 5800gns. Born in April 2019 and sired by Kersknowe Jake and out of Kersknowe Mistress, a daughter of the 16,000gns bull Burradon Insomniac, this bull was purchased by R McCarlie Ltd, Wester Hassockrigg Farm, Lanarkshire.
Also, to secure a bid of 5800gns was Tweeddale Perfectpitch, bred by J Watson & Co, Bowsden Moor Farm, Bowsden, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. This June 2019 born bull, sired by Blelack Blackberet and out of a Blelack Digger daughter Tweeddale Icemaiden. This bull was purchased by Walker.
Two bulls went under the hammer at 5500gns, both bred by Major D F W H & N R Walter, of Garden House, Balthayock, Perth, Perthshire. First to go under the hammer was Balthayock Pluto, born in May 2019 and sired by the easy calving Balthayock Meteor, his dam Balthayock Highness is a daughter of Swalesmoor Cracker. Purchased by R Atkinson of Rose Tree farm.
Balthayock Pioneer followed at 5500gns, also born in May 2019, sired by the easing calving, 11,000gns bull Gretnahouse Lunar, his dam Balthayock Inga is another daughter of Swalesmoor Cracker, this one selling to Evans Corfield & Son of Big Huntingdon, Ludlow.
A further two bulls reached 5200gns. Tweeddale Pegasus, an April 2019 born lad and another from J Watson & Co. Sired by the 23,000gns bull Goldies Jasper and out of Tweeddale Icemaiden, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. Purchased by G & A Milne of Standing Stones, Banchory.
Also securing the bid of 5200gns and from the same stable was Tweeddale Paddy, born in the same month and also sired by the 23,000gns bull Goldies Jasper, out of Tweeddale Ironlady another daughter of Blelack Digger, this time selling to J Farquhar of Kinaldie, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.
June 5, 2020 Stirling Charolais Top at 7,200gns
Due to the lockdown and the restrictions in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, United Auctions’ Stirling bull sales in May were conducted via direct marketing rather than a live sale held at Stirling Agricultural Centre. The bulls were marketed via an online catalogue backed up by contact from the United Auctions sales team who liaised with prospective buyers.
Charolais bids peaked at 7,200gns and 17 bulls found new homes to average £5,406.47, the highest average of all the breeds represented.
Leading the Charolais bids at 7,200gns was Harestone Oblivion from the Barclay family’s Harestone herd at Banchory, Aberdeenshire. This outstanding bull is by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, is out of Harestone Mo, a homebred daughter of the 25,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Inverlochy Ferdie, and has been fully parentage verified. The 18 month-old Oblivion, who has one copy of the F94L myostatin gene, features in the top 10% of the breed for 200 day weight gain and his TI of +53 and SRI of +51 rank him in the top 15% and top 20% respectively. He goes on to work in Tarland, Aboyne, for A Smith.
Next, sold for 7,000gns, was Allanfauld Oscar from Archie & John MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. A June 2018-born bull, he was purchased by C Addison and Co, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. He is sire verified as by the homebred Allanfauld Lachie and his dam is Allanfauld Ice, who goes back to the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin. Oscar, who has a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-0, is a bull with impressive figures, featuring in the top 1% of the national herd for 200 day weight, he is ranked in the top 5% for his 400 and 600-day weight gain as well as for his Terminal Index (+73) and Self Replacing Index (+67) scores.
Selling for 6,700gns was the pen leader from the Campbell family’s Thrunton herd at Alnwick, Northumberland. Another with impressive performance figures, his TI of +70 and SRI of +64 place him in the top 5% of the breed. Thrunton Oban has gone to Kincraigie Farms, Lumphanan, and he’s a Q204X carrying, July 2018-born bull, who is fully parentage verified as by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and out of the Thrunton Gladiator-sired Thrunton Jaquette.
Three more of the Campbell’s lots sold averaging £6,168.75 for the bunch. Their next highest priced, at 6,000gns, was Thrunton Oman, a 20 month-old bull with a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-0. With top 10% Terminal Index and Self Replacing scores of +60 and + 57, he is sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator and his dam Thrunton Fanciful goes back to the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal. He was purchased by Glenkiln Farms, Crocketford, Dumfiresshire.
Just behind at 5,800gns was the Campbell’s next lot, the September 2018-born Thrunton Ontario, a fully parentage verified bull who is out of the Thrunton Gladiator-sired Thrunton Layla and by the aforementioned Maerdy Jerusalem. Messrs Thomson, Midmar, Aberdeenshire, were the purchasers of this non-myostatin carrier, another to feature in the top 10% of the breed with his TI of +61 and in the top 5% with a SRI of +67, a 400 day weight gain score of +71 and a 600-day weight gain score of +81.
At 5,300gns Alsnow Oak was next in the trade stakes. He was consigned by Neil Wattie, Alford, Aberdeenshire, who had purchased him as a calf at foot from Alan Lawson’s dispersal sale in February last year. The 22 month-old Oak was this time purchased by C Tait, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, and is sire verified as by the Irish-bred Cottage Devon. He has a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-0 and his dam Alsnow Hanna, whose last bull calf sold for 8,000gns, is by the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat.
Lochend Orient a 19 month-old entry from Iain and Rhona Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, was the next top selling lot at 5,200gns. He is bred out of Lochend India who goes back to the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo. India, who is a twin, is also a full sister to the 22,000gns Lochend Hickory. Orient, a carrier of both the F94L and Q204X myostatin genes, who was snapped up by William Hendry, Dunbar, East Lothian, is sire verified as by the 9,000gns Carlisle class winner Nuthampstead Judas, whose first three Lochend sons have sold to average £6,685.
A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 5,000gns and the first was Westcarse Obe, a June 2018-born bull from John and Diane Christie, Stirling. Sired verified as by Nuthampstead Judas, whose sons have sold to 7,500gns, he is out of Westcarse Greta, a Kersknowe Clansman daughter. The 23 month-old Obe whose myostatin status is F94L-0, Q204X-0 sold to E and A Donald and sons, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Matching the 5,000gns price tag when he was purchased by Hamlet Cowans, Lochendhead, Dumfries-shire, from consigners J and J Graham, Blairdrummond, Stirlingshire, was the July 2018-born Burnbank Ollymurs, a non-myostatin carrier who was semen tested prior to sale. A bull who is sire verified as by the popular AI bull Blelack Digger, who has added over 200 progeny into the national herd, Ollymurs is bred out of Blackford Lucy, a daughter of the Royal Highland show reserve junior bull champion Elgin Davinci.
The final 5,000gns lot was the 21 month-old Thrunton Octavian, who was offered for sale by JHC Campbell and Son. With a Terminal Index of +54 and a Self Replacing Index of +52, this bull who does not carry any myostatin, is ranked in the top 1% of the breed for 200-day weight gain. Octavian is sire verified to Thrunton Gladiator, out of Thrunton Impala, a daughter of the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, and was purchased by Leys Estate, Leys Castle, Inverness.
Averages: 17 bulls £5,406.47
Auctioneers: United Auctions
February 19, 2020 Charolais Remain King at Stirling
Averages: 117 bulls £6,633.85; four heifers £3,333.75
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Judge: Raymond Irvine
Shadow Judge: Louise McArthur
Charolais once again sold the highest number of bulls as well as producing the biggest average of all breeds sold at the Spring round of the Stirling bull sales. They also matched the top price of 25,000gns not once but twice, sold a total of 117 with 15 bulls to five figures and a strong commercial interest saw 74 sell for 5,000gns and above. The breed’s average of £6,633.85 was up £571.18 up on the year while the clearance rate was 79% at the sale on Tuesday 18 February.
Society CEO Peter Phythian was delighted with the day’s trade. He said “The great prices we have had today is a reflection of how well Charolais sired steers and heifers are selling in the store mart. We are just starting to see buyers looking at the myostatin status when purchasing bulls and are being more conscientious of how they select them. With profit in mind they are going for the breed which finishes first, improves turnover and cuts carbon”.
The star of the sale was W K and P Drysdale’s senior and supreme champion from Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who was the first to sell at 25,000gns. The May 2018-born Glenericht Oasis, whose full brother sold for 11,500gns in October 2017, is sired by the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator and out of Glenericht Gem, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat. He was purchased by Danny Sawrij, Kedzlie Farm Ltd, Blainslie, Lauderdale.
The other lot to secure 25,000gns was the reserve supreme and junior champion Elrick Outlaw, this time knocked down to Boden and Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire. A 17 month-old son of the French-bred Maerdy Gouverneur, his dam Elrick Florida, who is also mother to the 8,500gns Stirling supreme champion Elrick Malt, goes back to the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin. His breeder and consigner Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, accrued the day’s top herd average of £14,175.00 for his four bulls.
Michael’s next highest priced at 15,000gns was the red ticket winner Elrick Oxygen, also sired by Gouverneur, his dam Elrick Isidore is another Maerdy Dublin daughter. The August 2018-born Oxygen caught the eye of the Maghera breeder Jonathan Crawford and travels home over the water to work in Co Derry.
Mr Massie’s other top priced lot Elrick Oxford was knocked down sold to W Ramsay and Sons, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, for 9,000gns. This 17 month-old lad who is bred out of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless daughter Elrick Jessica, is another son of Maerdy Gouverneur.
The second bull to sell at a 15,000gns price tag was the pre-sale show’s intermediate champion from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Morayshire, whose five bulls sold averaged £8,778.00. Elgin Oliver, a June 2018-born son of the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin and the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator-sired Elgin Ianthe, was purchased by Jenny and John Rix, Nayland, Essex.
13,000gns was the highest price paid for an impressive string of 12 bulls sold by the Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans which averaged £6562.50. The June 2018-born Maerdy Osgood, who caught the eye of joint purchasers Major David Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire and C Smeaton, Kirkbuddoo, Angus, when he was placed third in his class the previous day, is out of Maerdy Honney, a daughter of the French-born Froufrours, while his sire is the 10,000gns Stirling reserve senior male champion Blelack Fabulous.
Esmor’s other top lot was the blue ticket winner Maerdy Obrian. The first son sold by the 18,000gns Stirling reserve supreme champion Goldies Linford, his dam Maerdy Dendrite goes back to the French bred Maerdy Alcazar. 9,500gns was the final bid by W J Millar, Tealing, By Dundee, for this 18 month-old bull.
The auctioneers gavel came down 10 times in total at 10,000gns and the first to achieve it was the Northumberland bred Burradon Olaf from former Society chairman Chris Curry. Having placed second in his class at the pre-sale show, the 21 month-old Olaf is sired by the Irish bred Clenagh Lyle who has bred over 60 progeny into the herd since his purchase in 2016. Burradon Jemma is his dam and she goes back to the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico, while grandam Emma is a full sister to the 26,000gns Burradon Garibaldi. J Morton and Son, Melrose, Roxburghshire, were his purchasers.
Matching the 10,000gns price tag was an entry from the aforementioned Danny Sawrij. Swalesmoor Oscar, a May 2018-born son of the 30,000gns Oakchurch Igor, was purchased by John W Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. His dam Swalesmoor Laura is in turn sired by the 22,000gns Yorkshire show male champion Balmyle Headline.
A and R Paton, Avonbridge, Falkirk, were the next to purchase a 10,000gns lot. The class winner Woodpark Oaktree is out of the Irish bred Deeside Gulliver daughter Woodpark Lavender and this June 2018-born bull is sired by the French born Doonally Souverain. He was bred and exhibited by Will Short, Beragh, Co Tyrone.
The next two 10,000gns lots both come from the vendors, William and Moira Milne, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. The first Glenernan Ohboy, who is a 20 month-old son of the 17,000gns Elgin Jagger and Glenernan Finesse, a daughter of Mistral Ben, was knocked down to John Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire.
The Milne’s other 10,000gns offering was the yellow ticket winner Glenernan Original, a July 2018-born lad by the 17,000gns Elgin Jagger and out of Glenernan Ivory, who goes back to the Stars of the future junior male champion Dunesk General. J Gordon and Co, Alford, Aberdeenshire, were the winning bidders.
The reserve intermediate champion was the next to sell at 10,000gns. Sired by the Perth show junior champion Balthayock Impression, the 19 month-old Balthayock Overdrive, who was purchased by K and J Mallarkey, Ythan Bank, Aberdeenshire, is out of the Highland reserve female champion winner Balthayock Lisa, whose father is the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian, while grandam Gem bred the 46,000gns Minstrel. Breeders and exhibitors Major David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, matched the day’s top number of bulls sold at 12 – averaging £6,763.75.
The July 2018-born Thrunton Orkney from J H C Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland, who sold a total of four to average £7743.75, was the next to attain the 10,000gns price. Sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem, his mother Thrunton Lilac goes back to Thrunton Gladiator, and he was purchased by Jan Boomaars, Woldingham, Surrey.
Also hitting the 10,000gns price tag when he was snapped up by G T Wordie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was A and A Wright’s class winning 19 month-old, Lagavaich Orlando from Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Elrick Jazzman is the sire here and his dam Hindstones Gypsy is by the Carlisle supreme champion Trefaldwyn Valiant.
Tweeddale Orbit, a 17 month-old bull who was tapped out reserve junior champion for breeders Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, was next to sell at 10,000gns. He is another to boast an impressive pedigree being sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and his dam Tillside Ingrid, full sister to the 9,000gns Goldies Iceman goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. He goes back to Northumberland to work for F T Walton, in Morpeth.
The next vendors in the money were R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire, who sold a total of six bulls which averaged £8,802.50. Their 10,000gns class winner Harestone Offtheclock who was purchased by H Crawford, Ballymena, Co Antrim, is a September 2018-born son of the French born Highland show champion Harestone Jaquard and Harestone Iona, a 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless daughter.
The Barclays next highest priced was the yellow ticket winner Harestone Oberhausen. Out of Harestone Jutty, another Thrunton Fearless daughter and sired by the homebred Harestone Hercules, the 16 month-old Oberhausen commanded an 9,500gns bid from J M Nisbet, Sorn, Ayr.
Also from the same home was the September 2018-born Harestone Osasco, who was purchased for 9,000gns by Andrew Young, Girvan, Ayrshire. Another son of Harestone Jaquard, his dam is the Thrunton Fearless-sired Harestone Lovejoy.
Three more bulls then achieved 9,000gns apiece with the first coming from Colin and Fiona Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire, who sold a total of three to average £6,650.00. Carwood Oswald who stood second in his class the previous day is a son of the 14,000gns Ugie Goldcup and out of the Royal Highland show reserve junior male champion Elgin Emperor daughter Carwood Iris. The man behind the money on this 20 month-old bull was J W Hogg, Gifford, East Lothian.
The same buyer went on to purchase Tweeddale Ontop also spending 9,000gns to secure him from the aforementioned Jonathan Watson and Co, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, who sold a total of six to average £5,915.00. The August 2018-born Ontop is out of Lakenheath Ellen, who has bred sons to 9,000gns and is sired by the Suffolk show champion Tattenhall Impeccable. His sire is Blelack Blackberet who has not only bred over 100 progeny into the Tweeddale herd but has also proved to be a popular choice for AI.
The final 9,000gns bid went to Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, for his 14 months-old bull Balmyle Onward. Sired by Ovil Lennon whose first crop of sons were sold at Stirling last October where they were awarded the best group of three and sold to a top of 9,500gns, Onward’s dam is the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat daughter Balmyle Harmony. G W Woolhouse and Sons Ltd, Ravensfield, Rotherham, were the purchasers.
Leading the bids for the females at 5,500gns was the female champion Allanfauld Ozzy from former Society President Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Sean Mitchell, Skelton, Cumbria, was the winning bidder of this July 2018-born heifer, by the homebred Allanfauld Lachie who has bred over 40 sons and daughters and out of Allanfauld Gaga, a daughter of the Royal Highland show reserve junior bull Elgin Davinci.
The above-mentioned J H C Campbell and Sons heifer entry Thrunton Oriental was another female top seller. David Dandie, Broxburn, West Lothian, were the purchasers who paid 3,200gns for the reserve female champion and July 2018-born Oriental whose dam is the Thrunton Gladiator-sired Thrunton Isabella and sire is the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem.
Charolais claimed the highest average, top price and largest clearance rate of all the breeds selling at the Autumn round of the Stirling bull sales on Tuesday 22 October. A packed ring witnessed 69 bulls selling to average £5,609 and a clearance rate of 73% with the Charolais lots topping at 23,000gns.
Society CEO Peter Phythian said “Despite the difficult trade in the beef sector Charolais came out top with a tremendous high price and most importantly the largest clearance rate, which shows that farmers are looking to the breed which has proven to produce the fastest growing and most efficient cattle”.
Heading up the sale at 23,000gns was the 16 month-old class winner Goldies Oasis from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. Sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman, his dam Goldies Icequeen is a daughter of Goldies Formidable whose sons have sold to 26,000gns. He goes on to work in Insch, Aberdeenshire, with winning bidders R and N Barclay.
Next in the trade stakes and the first of two to be knocked down at 12,000gns was the reserve supreme and reserve junior champion Coolnaslee Oreo. Purchased by John and Raymond Irvine, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, and offered for sale by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry, the May 2018-born Oreo, is sired by the South East Charolais calf show bull calf champion Mortimers Hurricane. His dam Balbithan Gilly, a daughter of the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie, was purchased with her bull calf at foot at the Balbithan dispersal sale in 2017 for 14,200gns, while pregnant with Oreo.
Matching the 12,000gns price tag was the 17 month-old Balthayock Octavian, who had been tapped out as the supreme and junior champion on Monday by show judge Allen Drysdale. Octavian who was also awarded reserve male champion at the Alyth and Perth show earlier in the year, is by the Kirrimuir show champion Balthayock Ferdinand who has proved to be the herds most successful sire to date, with sons Balthayock Justice and Balthayock Minstral selling for 50,000gns and 46,000gns respectively. His dam is the Balthayock Valentie-sired Balthayock Emily and the successful bidders were John Wight and Sons, Biggar, Lanarkshire. He was the highest price lot from Major David And Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, who sold a total of six bulls to average £6,965.
Their next highest priced at 6,800gns was Balthayock Optimist, a May 2018-born son of Balthayock Ferdinand and Balthayock India who goes back to the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis and was bought by G and J Davie, Denny, Stirlingshire.
The Walters other two top lots both secured bids of 6,500gns, the first being the blue ticket winner Balthayock Northwind. First lot through the ring the 22 month-old Northwind who was purchased by MG and A Shearer, Thurso, Caithness-shire, is out of the Balthayock Aesop-sired Balthayock Hannah and by the Perth Show male and junior interbreed champion Balthayock Impression whose sons have sold to 15,000gns.
Also cashing in at 6,500gns was the Walter’s yellow ticket winner and June 2018-born Balthayock Oberon. The first son to be offered for sale from the 11,000gns Gretnahouse Lunar, he is out of Balthayock Jeanette, a Balthayock Ferdinand daughter and goes on to work in Orkney for purchasers Masquire Farms.
JM Cant and Partners, Arbroath, Angus, were the next to snap up one of the sought after lots, this time offered for sale by Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire. Balmyle Oscar who secured a bid of 9,500gns and was tapped out as the intermediate champion, is 17 month-old out of Balmyle Heather who goes back to the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret and is the first to be offered for sale by the 16,000gns Stirling class winner Ovill Lennon.
With another three bulls selling to new homes, the Balmyle herd enjoyed a good trade and sold the four to average £6,300. Mr Bruce’s other top lot was the blue ticket winner Balmyle Outlaw. Also sired by Ovill Lennon but this time out of the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat-sired Balmyle Larkspur, the May 2018-born Outlaw was knocked down sold for 6,500gns to JH Anderson, Fortrose, Ross-shire.
Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, also sold four bulls to average £6,300 and his 9,000gns top lot was the March 2018-born Gretnahouse Orangutan. His sire is Westcarse Jimmy and he is out of Gretnahouse Faradise who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth senior champion Thrunton Camelot. He was awarded a blue ticket at the pre-sale show where he caught the eye of new owner Edward Scott, Glamis, Forfar.
Another to sell for 9,000gns was the Cumberland show champion Tophill Olly, who was bred and exhibited by Andrew Stott, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Sired by the 17,000gns Cumberland show champion of champions Sandelford Harrison, his dam the 17,800gns Edenhurst Georgette who was the top priced female at the Edenhurst dispersal sale and in turn is sired by the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. The 16 month-old Olly who was purchased by Ross Farms and Co, Gorebridge, Midlothian, was also awarded with a second placed spot at the pre-sale show.
The reserve senior champion was the next highest price lot at 8,000gns. Wissington Olaf, this year’s Highland show and National show male champion, also secured the breed championship and junior interbreed championship at the Royal Welsh in July. John Sutherland of Thurso, Caithness, was the successful bidder on this 21 month-old son of the 11,000gns Stirling supreme champion Edenhurst Leader, who is out of the Gretnahouse Ferdinand-sired Wissington Imogen and was consigned by breeders Jenny and John Rix, Nayland, Essex.
John Wight’s Lanarkshire-born Midshield Oslo also secured a bid of 8,000gns when he was snapped up by Williams Partners, Blackmill, Mid Glamorgan. The April 2018-born Oslo is out of the Maerdy Domino daughter and Biggar show champion Midshield Gwen and sired by the 17,000gns Elrick Highlander.
7,500gns was the price paid for the senior champion Harestone Otterman from R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire, who went on to purchase the days highest priced lot. A 19 month-old son of the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis and Harestone Foxglove, a Hollymount Bigboy daughter, he was acquired by Easter Tulloch Ltd, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire.
Just behind at 7,200gns was another lot from the aforementioned Hamish Goldie whose seven bulls sold averaged £7,800gns. Selling to GT and S Coghill, Bursay, Orkney, Goldies Oliver is a June 2018-born son of Goldies Formidable and the Gretnahouse Heman daughter Goldies Joslyn.
The most bids of the day went the way of the Northumberland breeders Jonathan Watson and Co, who sold a cracking string of eight bulls averaging £4265 backed up a top price of 6,500gns. AJ Provan, Douglas, Lanarkshire, was the purchaser of their top lot, a June 2018-born, Blelack Blackberet son. The blue ticket winning Tweeddale Owesome is out of Tweeddale Icemaiden, a Blelack Digger daughter.
Another breeder with multiple sales was Michael Massie, Auchnagatt, Aberdeenshire, who averaged £6055 for his three bulls. His highest priced at 6,500gns was Elrick Obama, who stood second in class at the previous day’s show. Sired by Maerdy Gouverneur and out of Elrick Louis, who goes back to the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless, this 18 month-old was bought by R McNee, Armadale, West Lothian.
Elrick Othello from the same home was one of four who were knocked down at 6,000gns. Caylers Limerick is the sire here and his dam is Elrick Jodie, another Thrunton Fearless daughter. The April 2018-born Othello caught the eye of the above-mentioned Easter Tulloch Ltd.
Commanding a 6,200gns bid from S Shell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland, was the yellow ticket winner Burradon Olympian. Bred and exhibited by Chris Curry, Thropton, Northumberland, the March 2018-born Olympian is the first son offered for sale by Clenagh Lyle, who was purchased for £13,000 in Ireland after being unbeaten in his show career. His dam Burradon Fern goes back to the 12,000gns Royal Welsh reserve junior bull champion Gwenog Banjo.
A March 2018-born bull from the aforementioned Alasdair Houston was the next to secure a 6,000gns bid. Gretnahouse Oman, a 12,000gns Wesley Equinox son out of the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator-sired Gretnahouse Jaisy, was the pick of Laggan Farms, Kilmichael, Lochgilphead.
Two more bulls then came under the hammer for 6,000gns with the first being the January 2018-born Glenericht Oscar. His dam Glenericht Jen goes back to the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator while his sire is Carwood Lochness. Bred and exhibited by W K and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, he went home with JO and R Struthers, Cobbinshaw, West Calder.
Also hitting the 6,000gns price tag was Esmor Evans’ Maerdy Northpolebear from Mold, Flintshire. The breeding here includes the 13,000gns Stirling junior champion Simpsons Gregg on to the home-bred Maerdy Example who goes back to Maerdy Alcazar. The successful bidders taking home this 22 month-old lad were GM Barclay and Sons, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire.
The only female sold in main the sale was the 23 month-old Thrunton Nefertiti who made 2,800gns when she was purchased by H and H Heron, Newtonwards, Co Down. Bred from top breeding female, Thrunton Flamenco, a the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter, she is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem.
An added feature of the sale was the dispersal of the Lesliepark herd of George Russell, Denny, Stirlingshire. Topping his cow and calf outfits at 4,000gns was the five year-old Ballathie Iwasstuck and her nine month-old daughter Lesliepark Peggy who is sired by Thrunton Lachlan. The pair weres purchased by A and JJ Forrest, Biggar, Lanarkshire and Iwasstuck is sired by Balthayock Empire and her dam Moyness Bianca goes back to Fairway Vandieman.
In addition, Rachel Archer who kindly donated nine grade one embryos to sell, the proceeds of which were to be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. They were sold in two lots, the first five were sired by Doonally Souverain and Coningsby Snowflake was the dam, they made 180gns each. The second batch of four embryos had the same dam, were sired by Balmyle Bollinger and sold for 250gns a piece. In total the sales raised a £1,900 for this worthy charity.
Averages: Averages: 69 bulls £5,609.13; 1 heifer £2,520; Lesliepark Dispersal: Nine cow and calves £2846.67; Two in-calf heifers £1,733.00; Two bulls £1,522.50
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Averages: 80 bulls £6875.63
Auctioneers: United Auctions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Averages: 27 bulls; £5,402
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Judge: Neil Blyth, Elwick, Hartlepool