October 2, 2020 Wissington Primo tops the Carlisle Charolais lots

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 3,500gns at Carlisle’s Borderway Autumn pedigree sale on Friday 2 October with four finding new homes to average £3,019.

The top priced lot, securing the 3,500gns bid, who came all the way from Colchester, Essex was Jenny and John Rix’s Wissington Primo. A 17 month-old bull who is sire verified as by stock bull Gretnahouse Juror, who bred almost 80 progeny into the herd, his dam is the Thrunton Hammerstein daughter Wissington Luscious. Purchased by JH Stawhorn and Son, Lockerbie, Dumfrieshire, this is a bull with impressive figures behind him. Placing in the top one percent of the national herd for calving ease with a score of +18.8, he also features in the top five percent for gestation length, growth figures, terminal index and self replacing index scores and carries one copy of the Q204X myostatin variant in his genes.

Minutes earlier, the first Charolais lot of the sale was knocked down at 3,000gns. A September 2018-born born entry from Jonathan Wood, Shap, Cumbria. Forcebeck Outlaw who has a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-1, is sire verified to the homebred Forcebeck Mac and bred out of Gretnahouse Jillona, who goes back to the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator. Another with impressive figures, featuring in the top 10 percent of the breed for 200 day weight, 600 day weight, TI and SRI he was snapped up by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire, who also went on to purchase the other two Charolais bulls sold.

Selling for 2,800gns and 2,200gns respectively his other two purchases were Rob Tremayne’s Marne Perth, from Helston, Cornwall and Paul & Harry Stobart’s Kirklinton Private from Carlisle, Cumbria. Marne Perth, a bull with a myostatin status of F94L-0, Q204X-1, is an 18 month-old who has been fully parentage verified by DNA. The 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Barnsford Ferny is the sire here and his dam is the Devon County show reserve female champion Marne Mirage, whose sire was the Royal Cornwall show supreme champion Marne Gucci.

The final lot Kirklinton Private, who also possesses on copy of Q204X, is an April 2019-born bull who is fully parentage verified to his sire Major and dam the Balbithan Egypt-sired Kerling Ivy.

Averages: 4 bulls 3,018.75
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

May 14, 2020 Inaugural Charolais Online Auction Tops at £10,000

With the ban on pedigree breeding sales in the livestock markets due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Harrison and Hetherington developed their online marketing to include timed auctions, so that the pedigree breeders had a legitimate outlet at which to sell their bulls.
The Charolais sale which was due to take place at Borderway mart in the 9 May was converted into the new online timed auction format, which started on Friday 8 and concluded on Tuesday 12 May. A total of 19 Charolais bulls found new homes to average £5,021 with bidding peaking at £10,000 and eight lots trading at £5000 and above.

Top Price Solwayfirth Oneal – £10,000

Topping the lots at £10,000 was the November 2018-born Solwayfirth Oneal, , who was purchased by John Wight and Sons, Biggar, Lanarkshire. This bull is the first to be sold by the 11,500gns Glenericht Majestic, who has so far produced over 40 progeny for the herd since his purchase in October 2017. His dam is Solwayfirth Ingrid, a daughter of the Perth supreme champion Blackford Samson.

Oneal has some impressive figures with a Terminal Index of +63 and Self Replacing Index of +60, placing him in the top 10% of the breed. He also has a copy of both the F94L and Q204X myostatin genes in his DNA. He was bred and exhibited by Ian and Dorothy Goldie, Annan, Dumfriesshire, who had a great day selling all four bulls they had entered to average £5,525.

“I’m delighted with our trade and really pleased that H&H have set up this new online system so quickly,” said Ian. “I feel that we would never have achieved a price of £10,000 in the current situation without this. These are the first four sons of Majestic we’ve sold, and hopefully there’ll be some more in the pipeline for February.”

Mornity Pedro – £9,000

The second highest price of £9,000 was paid for Mornity Pedro, an entry from Jack Nicoll Farms, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Sire verified as by the renowned 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini, and he’s out of the exceptional breeding of Guthrie Laura who goes back to Falleninch Hamzoraj. His TI of +66 places him in the top five percent of the breed. He’s also amongst the top one percent of the national herd for 200 day weight, and the top five percent for 400 and 600 day weight gain, and was purchased by Tom Story, Greenburn, Dumfriesshire.

Goldies Orchard – £7,400

At £7,400 the next highest priced lot was the October 2018-born Goldies Orchard who boasted the highest Terminal Index and Self Replacing Index in the sale catalogue at +86 and +76 respectively, placing him in the top one percent of the breed and he also has two copies of the F94L myostatin gene.

Another to be fully parentage verified, his dam is the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman-sired Goldies Lottie and his sire is the 10,500gns Tweeddale Matador, a prolific show winner whose accolades include the National show junior championship. Orchard was purchased by Ouston Farms, Lobley Hill, Tyne and Wear, and he was bred and consigned by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire.

Newhouse Olympus – £6,800

An entry from RM Adam and Son, Forfar, Angus, was the next top selling bull at £6,800 and he goes on to work in Caernarfon, Gwynedd for new owner Ifan Thomas. Newhouse Olympus, a 17 month-old with a myostatin status of F94L-1, Q204X-1, who has also been fully parentage verified, is out of the 26,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob daughter Newhouse Lass, and sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar.

Retties Oasis – £5,100

At £5,100 was the 21 month-old Retties Oasis from Richard and Carol Rettie, Methven, Perthshire. The popular AI bull Davally Illusion is the sire here and his dam is Retties Harmony, a daughter of the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie. He was purchased by JC Rennie and Son, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

Gretnahouse Onside – £5,000

Three bulls achieved bids of £5,000 and the first was Gretnahouse Onside, an October 2018-born lad who is fully parentage verified. He has an impressive calving ease score (+11.6), which positions him in the top 10% of the national herd and he also has a copy of the Q204X myostatin gene. His sire is the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and his dam Gretnahouse Maradise is a first calving daughter of the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator. He was offered for sale by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, and was purchased by R and J Stannard, Bethersden, Kent.

Glenericht Oger – £5,000

Matching the £5,000 price tag when he was snapped up by John Nelson, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was Glenericht Oger an entry from WK and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who places in the top five percent of the breed with a TI of +69 and in the top one percent for SRI with a score of +70.

He also places in the top 20% for calving ease, gestation length and 200-day weight, top five percent on 400 day weight and top 15% for 600 day weight gain. An October 2018-born bull who boasts two copies of the F94L gene, he is sire verified to the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator and his dam Glenericht Gigi goes back to the popular AI sire Blelack Digger who has added over 2,000 progeny into the national herd.

Chunal Primeminister – £5,000

Another who was bid to £5,000 was Mark McGahan’s 15 month-old Chunal Primeminister from Hadfield, Derbyshire, who was the second easiest calving bull in the catalogue at +14.5 and has a myostatin status of F94L-1. His dam is the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox-sired Chunal Mistletoe and he is sire verified as by the Yorkshire-bred Whitecliffe James. He’s off to work for Andrew Wilson in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

Solwayfirth Ozzy – £4,800

Next in the trade stakes at £4,800 was Solwayfirth Ozzy, a November 2018-born bull from the aforementioned Ian and Dorothy Goldie, who has a myostatin status of F94L-1. Sire verified to Glenericht Majestic, his dam is Solwayfirth Hayley, a daughter of the homebred Solwayfirth Bandit. He was snapped up by Mark Jones-Davies and Co, Brecon, Powys.

Solwayfirth Oliver – £4,200

The Goldies success didn’t stop there, and their other top lot sold when a bid of £4,200 secured Solwayfirth Oliver for Scott Hiddleston, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire. The 17 month-old Oliver is again sire verified to Glenericht Majestic, is out of the Solwayfirth Bandit-sired Solwayfirth Heather, and has one copy of the F94L myostatin gene in his genetics.

Harestone Oasis – £5,300

Achieving a top bid of £4,300 was Harestone Oasis, an entry from R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire. Born in November 2018 and a carrier of the Q204X gene, he is fully parentage verified and sired by the Highland show supreme champion Harestone Jaquard, while his dam is Knockmahon Jane, who goes back to Cloverfield Excellent. He was purchased by A and B Fisher, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Top Priced Female Bassett Oakleaf – £5,600

The star of the female section was the 2019 Royal Welsh show reserve junior female champion Bassett Oakleaf, who was offered for sale by Brailes Livestock, Banbury, Oxfordshire. She is a January 2018-born heifer who was bred in North Yorkshire by Jean Atkinson and was sold AI’d to Westcarse Houdini to Kenneth Hall and Son, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, for £5,600. Her sire is the 10,000gs Harestone Domino and she is bred out of Bassett Ebony, a daughter of the 16,000gns Perth junior champion Balmyle Vagabond.

Bassett Olivia – £3,000

The other top priced female seller at £3,000 was Bassett Olivia, a March 2018-born heifer who is sire verified to Whitecliffe Lacroix and one of the first to be sold by this bull. She is bred out of the 10,000gns Harestone Domino daughter Bassett Hifi, was bred and consigned by Jean Atkinson, Thorpe Bassett, North Yorkshire, and purchased by Lee hopwood, Littleborough, Lancashire.

Averages: 19 bulls: £5,021.05, four heifers: £3,362.50
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

November 23, 2019 Charolais sell to 5,500gns at Carlisle

Vexour Otto -5,500gns Top Price & Supreme Champion

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 5,500gns and an average of £3,525 for the seven bulls sold at Borderway Mart on Friday 22 November.

Top of the lots at 5,500gns and star attraction of the day was the supreme and male champion from Jan Boomaars, Woldringham, Surrey. Vexour Otto an April 2018-born son of the 16,000gns Woodpark Longbow and Vexour Fairlady, who goes back to the Carlisle reserve intermediate champion Maerdy Tally, was purchased by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire.

Balmyle Ovation – 4,200gns

Next in the trade stakes at 4,200gns was Balmyle Ovation, who goes on to work in Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire, for new owners T Walker and Son. He was awarded a blue ticket for breeder and exhibitor Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, at the mornings show and this 19 month-old lad is out of Balmyle Jade, a Royal Highland Show supreme champion Balmyle Eclipse daughter, and sired by the 16,000gns Ovill Lennon.

Vexour Owen – 3,000gns

The aforementioned Jan Boomaars was in the money again just moments later with his reserve male champion and April 2018-born Vexour Owen. Also sired by Woodpark Longbow, his dam Vexour Jitters is a daughter of the 13,000gns Stirling supreme champion Newhouse Emperor. He was knocked down sold to JD Quigley and Sons, Beattock, Dumfriesshire, for 3,000gns.

Ballkilley Ollie – 2,700gns

Two bulls then came under the hammer for 2,800gns a piece, with the first being Ballakilley Ollie. Ollie who stood second in his class in the pre-sale show, is no stranger to the show ring having previously been awarded the overall supreme champion at the Isle of Man Southern Agricultural show. By Alwent Goldbar, this 22 month-old is out of Ballakilley Fairlady, a Sang-D’or daughter, was offered for sale by Jonathan and Jennifer Quine, Bride, Isle on Mann and purchased by C and MA Douch, Pum Saint, Carmarthenshire.

The other making this money was the 19 month-old Whitecliffe Oscaro, who is the by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight. His dam is Whitecliffe Hetty, a heifer by the 10,000gns Stirling supreme champion Chunal Dougie, and R Gill and Son, Sabden, Lancashire, were the final bidders, purchasing him from Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire.

The Hayhurst’s other lot Whitecliffe Oliver who sold in a 2,500gns deal to WJ Irving and Co, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, was also a Whitecliffe Highlight son and this February 2018-born lad is out of the Whitecliffe Tyrone-sired Whitecliffe Doris.

Another Yorkshire entry, this time selling for 2,700gns was Jean Atkinson’s red ticket winner Bassett Oliver from Thorpe Bassett. The breeding here includes Whitecliffe Lacroix on to the home-bred Bassett Hannah that goes back to the 10,000gns Harestone Domino, and this 20 month-old was the pick of G Hodge, Abington, Lanarkshire.

The draft from the Lawersbridge herd of David Smith and Sons, Mauchline, Ayrshire, saw the only females sold through the sale and their two top lots both made 2,300gns.

First up was the mother and son pair Lawersbridge Minx and Lawersbridge Pirate who were purchased by J Johnston, Sorn, Ayrshire. Minx is a three year-old first time calver by the homebred Lawersbridge Iceberg and out of Redheughs Eba, who in turn is sired by Balmyle Brinstone, her six month-old son Pirate is by Whitecliffe Muskateer.

Their next cow and calf outfit Lawersbridge Molly and her daughter Lawersbridge Penny, were knocked down at the same amount, this time selling to Frank King, Newry, Co Down. Molly is another three year-old daughter of Lawersbridge Iceberg who is bred out of the Smithston Elite-sired Lawersbridge Gypsy and her nine month-old heifer calf Penny is also sired by Iceberg.

Averages: seven bulls: £3525.00. Lawersbridge Draft: 13 cow and calves: £1869.81
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: Michael Atkinson, Kirkby Malzeard, North Yorkshire

May 13, 2019 Caylers Napoleon tops the lots at Carlisle

There was ready commercial trade for Charolais at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Saturday 11th May, where 61 bulls sold to average £4,855.82 with a clearance of 75% and 22 lots sold for 5,000gns and above.

Top Price, Reserve Supreme Champion Caylers Napoleon – 12,000gns

Top priced at 12,000gns was the reserve supreme, reserve male and reserve intermediate champion Caylers Napoleon from the Barker family at Caylers Charolais, Nuthamptead, Hertfordshire, who went on to sell a total of four bulls to average £6,892.50. The 17 month-old Napoleon who was knocked down at 12,000gns in a two way share between John & Raymond Irvine, Ballindalloch, Aberdeenshire and Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus, is sired by the Irish-born Rosanna Jupiter and out of Caylers Fuchsia, a Caylers Bombadier daughter.

Next from the same vendor came the blue ticket winner Caylers Oscar, who is also sired by Rosanna Jupiter. One of the sales younger lots, the January 2018-born Oscar, who is bred out of the Thrunton Dominator-sired Caylers Glamour, caught the eye of Messrs Edmondson, Kirkby-in-Furness, Cumbria, who purchased him for 6,000gns.

Also from the Caylers yard and selling at 5,600gns, was the 17 month-old Caylers Nougat. This time purchased by J Griffiths, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, he is out of the Royal Highland show reserve junior male champion Elgin Davinci daughter, Caylers Inspiration and sired by First, whose first two sons sold last month at Welshpool averaging £6,300.

The day’s other five figure bull was Bill Bruce’s reserve junior champion from Meigle, Perthshire. Balmyle Oleary, a 13 month-old by the 11,000gns Carlisle reserve champion Balmyle Jasper, whose first son sold for 20,000gns, was knocked down sold to Major David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, for 10,000gns. His dam is the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret daughter Balmyle Halo.

Balmyle Oleary – 10,000gns

Next in the trade stakes at 9,000gns was the class winner Goldies Network. The 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman is the sire of this December 2017-born lad, while his dam Goldies Jewel goes back to Goldies Gladiator. Local breeder William Cleasby, Temple Sowerby, Cumbia, was the buyer and he was offered for sale by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire, who sold a total of three to average £6,930.

Goldies Network – 9,000gns

Mr Goldie’s other top lot selling for 8,000gns, was the supreme, male and intermediate champion Goldies Noted. Judge Sean McGovern of the Ratoary Charolais herd, Co Tyrone, placed him top commenting “the champion found me, I liked his moves, a long clean bull with nice quarters and top line, with a great head, locomotion and balance, the type of bull I would like to see in my own yard.” Another Gretnahouse Heman son, this time bred out of Goldies Jinny, a 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost daughter, the 17 month-old Noted goes on to work in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, for his new owners Gelston Castle Farms.

Supreme Champion Goldies Noted – 8,000gns

Another lot knocked down at 8,000gns, was Gretnahouse Ninja, who had placed third in his class at the previous day’s show. The December 2017-born Ninja is sired by Westcarse Jimmy, whose first four sons sold averaged £8,250 at Stirling in February, and out of Gretnahouse Fayesse, who has previously bred bulls to 7,500gns, and is in turn sired by the 25,000gns Perth senior champion Thrunton Camelot. He was purchased by A Smellie, Peebles, Roxburghshire and consigned by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire, who achieved the highest herd average of the day, 7,008.75 for his four bulls.

Gretnahouse Ninja – 8,000gns

Mr Houston’s next highest priced, selling at 7,200gns to William Forbes, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, was the class winner Gretnahouse Nelson. Westcarse Jimmy is also the sire of this 17 month-old whose dam is the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator daughter Gretnahouse Jaywatch.

Gretnahouse Nelson – 7,200gns

Gretnahouse Neon, a blue ticket winner, was the other of Alasdair Houston’s top selling lots. 6,500gns was the price paid for Neon, an October 2017-born son of Westcarse Jimmy and the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox daughter Gretnahouse Jusilla, who was purchased by Messrs Strain, Ballantrae, Ayrshire.

Whitecliffe Nico, who was tapped out second in his class, was the next highest priced at 7,800gns. Bred and exhibited by Mike and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire, this 20 month old 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister son, was snapped up by Rachel Dawson, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire. His dam Whitecliffe Heather is a Blelack Digger daughter.

Whitecliffe Nico – 7,800gns

Not far behind at 7,500gns was the March 2017-born Ricnick Nelson, a top 1% calving ease bull, who placed second in his class at the presale show. He is no stranger to the show-ring, having secured the Dumfries show male championship last year. The 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax is the sire here and he is out of Ricnick Jump, a Logan Geordie daughter. Offered for sale by Richard McCornick, Lochfoot, Dumfries-shire, he was purchased by AH Fisher, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire.

Ricnick Nelson – 7,500gns

The next highest priced lot was knocked down sold to Messrs Coghill, Birsay, Orkney, for 7,200gns. Seaville Nero, a blue ticket winner and 20 month-old son of the National show reserve male champion Sportsmans Linesman, was consigned by Robert and Kathleen Jackson, Blencogo, Cumbria. His dam Seaville Julie goes back to the popular and easy calving AI sire Blelack Digger.

Seaville Nero -7,200gns

Also in the money were W K and P Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, when a 7,000gns bid secured their blue ticket winner Glenericht Nacho. Douganhill Farms, Palmackie, Kirkcudbrightshire, purchased this September 2017-born lad, who is sired by the Royal show and Royal Highland show supreme champion Fleets Vibrant and out of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator daughter, Glenericht Jarling.

Glenericht Nacho – 7,000gns

Matching the 7,000gns price tag was Andrew Stott’s class winner Tophill Oscar from Canonbie, Dumfries-shire. A 16 month-old son of the 10,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Ratoary Ferguson and the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister-sired Edenhurst Rosett he was purchased by Messrs Gilleard, Thorne, South Yorkshire.

Tophill Oscar – 7,000gns

Commanding a 6,500gns bid from an undisclosed purchaser was the 9,000gns Carlisle class winner Nuthampstead Judas son, Westcarse Napoleon, who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show. John Christie, from Stirling, Stirlingshire, was the exhibitor of the December 2017-born Napoleon, who is bred out of Westcarse Gill, a Kersknowe Clansman daughter.

Two bulls then achieved 5,500gns apiece, with the first coming from Thor Atkinson’s Arradfoot and Newland Pedigree Livestock, Newland, Cumbria. Arradfoot Nixon, who picked up a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show, has previously been crowned reserve supreme champion at Thirsk calf show and reserve calf champion at the English winter fair. A 17 month-old son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox, and the 6,800gns Glenrock Jewel, another Dingle Hofmeister daughter, he caught the eye of Glen Park Farms, Balerno, Mid Lothian.

The other 5,500gns lot was Ellerton Oldstone who had been tapped out second in his class for breeder and exhibitor Andrew Brown, Foggathorpe, Yorkshire, and sold to Messrs Shennan and Sons, Girvan, Aryshire. The 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan is the sire of the March 2018-born Oldstone and his dam Ellerton Honeysuckle goes back to the £15,000 Lowerffrydd Benhurr.

There was plenty of trade for Charolais females, with heifers selling to 4,800gns twice, both of which were consigned by the aforementioned Hamish Goldie. Goldies Nancy, who had placed second in her class the previous day was the first, a 25 month-old daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Joss and the Goldies Formidable-sired Goldies Juliette, she sold served to Messrs Strain, Ballantree, Ayrshire.

Goldies Nancy – 4,800gns

The other of Mr Goldies lots to be knocked down at 4,800gns was the July 2017-born and Gretnahouse Heman sired, class winner, Goldies Nice. Out of Goldies Incense another Goldies Formidable daughter, she was purchased by Whitemills Ltd, Marden, Herefordshire, which is a new venture set up by Botswanan resident Patricia Johnson-Hill. Her son in law and stockman, UK born Clive Marshall, moved over to Botswana in 1985 to take over the running of the Charolais herd there after working for the De Crespigny herd with Gordon Brookes. Clive, who will be establishing Patricia’s Charolais herd here in the UK, is travelling over later this month with the intention of selecting more base females for the herd. He is looking for “structurally correct females with very good figures”.

Goldies Nice – 4,800gns

Whitemills Ltd went on to purchase another of Mr Goldie’s lots, the reserve female champion Goldies Nora for 3,500gns. The 19 month-old Nora is bred out of Goldies Jean, who also goes back to Goldies Formidable and is sired by Gretnahouse Heman.

Goldies Nora – 3,500gns

A cracking draft of heifers from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Morayshire, was up for sale next and saw the ten heifers on offer average £1785.00 with a top price of 4,000gns for the 16 month-old Elgin Natty, who was purchased by Ellis Mutch to join his herd in Forglen, Banffshire. She is sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, while her dam Elgin Juliet, a half-sister to the 28,000gns Stirling supreme champion Elgin Glenlivet, goes back to the Highland show supreme champion Elgin Highroller.

Another of the Milne’s family top lots was the February 2017-born Elgin Nicky, who sold served to Messrs Bowen, Molleston, Pembrokeshire for 3,200gns. Again sired by Woodpark Elgin, Nicky is out of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator daughter, Elgin Ida.

The highest priced cow and calf outfit was bred and consigned by Fred, June and Emma Andrews of Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Holtstead Libby, a December 2015-born first calving heifer, who sold served to the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie, is sired by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and her dam Holtstead Gina goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister. She was purchased by E Hourston, Swannay, Orkney, along with her six month-old, Blelack Digger-sired bull calf, Holstead Odin for 3,500gns.

Averages: 61 bulls £4,855.82; 17 heifers £2272.94; 3 cows and calves £2765.00
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: Sean McGovern, Clogher, Co Tyrone.

November 29, 2018 Charolais Chairman Cleans up at Carlisle

Burradon Nicodemus – 5,400gns Surpeme Champion & Top Priced

Society Chairman Chris Curry had a great day at Carlisle on Friday 23 November when his bull not only secured the championship at the pre sale show but went on to sell for the days top price of 5,400gns. 11 of the days small but high quality offering of Charolais bulls sold, representing a 79% clearance rate and averaging £3,723. All of the Charolais females on offer found new homes with the female champion securing the highest price.

The sale topper at 5,400gns was Chris Curry’s supreme champion Burradon Nicodemus, from Morpeth, Northumberland. Chris’s success comes on the back of him being awarded the reserve junior championship at Stirling last month, a title which bagged him a 13,000gns price. The 17 month old Nicodemus has the same sire as the Stirling bull behind him, the 14,000gns Stirling junior champion Blelack Imperialist, while his home bred dam Burradon Ingrid is a daughter of the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico. He goes on Broughton to work for P Smith and Son in Lanarkshire.

Gretnahouse Newlook – 5,000gns

Second top price was Gretnahouse Newlook, an April 2017 born bull from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, who was knocked down sold to D and W Bowman, Carsluith, Wigtownshire, for 5,000gns. The 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator is the sire here and his dam is the Blelack Digger-sired Gretnahouse Garadise.

Laverock Misty – 4,500gns

Just behind at 4,500gns was one of the oldest entries at 26 months and second lot in the ring. Laverock Misty who was purchased by JT Coxon, Hepscott, Northumberland, is the first sold son of the homebred sire Laverock Inkspot and his dam Laverock Indigo goes back to the 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan. Misty was tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show for breeders and exhibitors W Richardson and Sons, Kendal, Cumbria.

Dreva Neptune – 4,300gns

Next and selling for a 4,300gns price tag was an entry from J Warnock, Biggar, Lanarkshire. Dreva Neptune, a 19 month old son of the 13,000gns Highland Show junior male champion Kelton Trident and Dundas Pedro daughter Dreva Jean was purchased by D Graham, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire.

Bleasdale Nehemiah – 4,000gns Reserve Surpeme Champion

Just a few minutes earlier, the reserve supreme and male champion Bleasdale Nehemiah from Messrs Kelsall and Marsden, Preston, Lancashire, was snapped up by D Hyslop, Wamphray, Moffat, for 4,000gns. The March 2017 born Nehemiah is a 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox son and bred out of Bleasdale Jennifer, a daughter of the 16,000gs Royal Welsh Show reserve male champion Anside Foreman.

Crookdale Maggie – 3,600gns Female Champion

The star of the female section and commanding a 3,600gns bid from S and GA Potter, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, was the female champion Crookdake Maggie. The 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi is the sire of the two year old Maggie, who sold served to the Great Yorkshire Show reserve senior champion Sportsmans Linesman, while her dam is the Newhouse Bigal-sired Crookdake Gorgie. She was offered for sale by David and Sharon Miller, Wigton, Cumbria, who were also the consigners of the only cow and calf lot at the sale.

Crookdake Jewel sold along with her four month old bull calf Crookdake Olly who is by the aforementioned Sportsmans Linesman for 3,000gns to ST and JE Foster, Skipton, North Yorkshire. The 2014 born Jewel, who is sired by the Royal Highland reserve junior male champion Elgin Davinci, is out of the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Unbeatable daughter Crookdake Diamond and sold back in calf to Linesman.

Averages: 11 bulls £3,722.73; one cow and calf £3,150, four heifers £2,270.63
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.
Judge: David Thornley, Swaldingcote, Derbyshire.

May 14, 2018 Neptune amongst the stars at Carlisle

There was a good trade for Charolais at Carlisle on Saturday 12 May where bidding peaked at 13,000gns, five lots traded at five figure sums and 60 bulls sold to an average of £5,384 – £226 up on the year – with a clearance rate of 80%.

Leading the bids at 13,000gns was a yellow ticket winner from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, who also had the day’s leading average of £10,150 for his three bulls. The 13-month-old Balmyle Neptune, who is sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar and out of Balmyle Image, who goes back to the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat, was purchased by Will Palmer and Son, Truro, Cornwall.

Balmyle Neptune at 13,000gns

Mr Bruce’s other top price offering was the February 2017-born Balmyle Nugget who had been tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show and took the fancy of Mark Ross who paid 11,000gns to take him home to Gorebridge, Midlothian. Nugget’s dam Balmyle Juliet is a daughter of the 20,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Balmyle Magnate, while his sire is the 31,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight.

Balmyle Nugget at 11,000gns

A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 10,000gns and the first was the class winner Elgin Marvel, a son of the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and the 15,000gns Royal Highland Show reserve supreme champion Edenhurst Cognac-sired Elgin Isobelle. The 18-month-old Marvel was purchased by AJ MacGregor, Lockerbie, Dumfries-shire and offered for sale by breeders Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Elgin.

Elgin Marvel at 10,000gns

The second to sell at the 10,000gns price tag was the reserve supreme and intermediate champion from Archie Macgregor (Allanfauld) Ltd, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Allanfauld Napoleon, who was awarded reserve champion at Stars of the Future Calf Show in November, is a January 2017-born son of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and out of the home-bred Allanfauld Empress, a daughter of the French-bred Harestone Tyrol. DG McKenzie were the successful bidders and take him home to their Aberdeenshire-based unit.

Allanfauld Napoleon at 10,000gns

Charles McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was the next to purchase a 10,000gns lot. Mornity Nimbus, a 13-month-old from Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Alyth, Perthshire, is by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and his dam is the Balnuith Universe-sired Mornity Dilly.

Mornity Nimbus at 10,000gns

The blue-ticket winner Caylers Merlin, was the first of three to be knocked down at 9,000gns. The Barker family, Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, were the consigners of the December 2016-born Merlin, whose breeding includes the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend and Caylers Juniper, a 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye daughter. J Nelson, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was the successful bidder.

Caylers Merlin at 9,000gns

The Barker family had another successful day on the back of their solid trade at Welshpool a fortnight ago and this time traded five lots which averaged £5,775. Their other top priced lot was purchased by J Brown, Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries-shire for 6,000gns. Caylers Nelson, a 13-month-old is sired by the Irish-born Rosanne Jupiter and out of Caylers Gytha who goes back to Thrunton Dominator.

The next 9,000gns lot was presented by Jonathan Watson & Co, Bowsden, Northumberland, who also had a good day selling a total of three to average £6,755. Tweeddale Nenuphar who stood second in his class at the previous day’s show is out of the Tattenhall Impeccable daughter Lakenheath Ellen and is sired by the 14,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Goldies Decider. The 16-month-old Nenuphar, was purchased by A Wallace and Co, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

Tweeddale Nenuphar at 9,000gns

Also making 9,000gns when he was knocked down to father and son Roger and Rodney Gregory, Truro, Cornwall was the supreme and junior champion from Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire. Sportsmans Neptune, is a January 2017-born son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny and Sportsmans Heartbeat, a 45,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Express daughter.

Sportsmans Neptune at 9,000gns

The youngest bull lot to sell was the reserve junior champion Silvermere Nolimit from Cornish breeder Michelle Hanson. Nolimit boasts an impressive pedigree being sired by the 16,000gns Royal Welsh Show reserve supreme male champion Anside Foreman, while his dam Rumsden Gamble was a Royal Cornwall Show and National Show supreme champion. This 13-month-old was knocked down to MPB Ashton, Welshpool, Powys for 8,500gns.

Silvermere Nolimit at 8,500gns

Earlier in the sale H Garside and Son, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, paid 7,500gns for Brogher Masterpiece, a November 2016-born, yellow ticket winner offered for sale by Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh. Masterpiece is sired by the proven short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of the Lyonsdemesne Tzar-sired Brogher Fiona.

Brogher Masterpiece at 7,000gns

Also selling for 7,500gns, this time jointly purchased by Stirlingshire breeders, John Christie and Iain Millar, was the 17-month-old Gretnahouse Ming. A son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and Blelack Digger daughter Gretnahouse Iusilla, he was bred and exhibited by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire.

Two animals sold for the next highest price of 7,000gns and the first was another from Mr Houston. Gretnahouse Major, who is sired by the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator who also bred the 25,000gns Gretnahouse Lord, placed second in his class at the pre-sale show. His dam Gretnahouse Hayesse is a Wesley Equinox daughter and the November 2016-born Major was purchased by A Smellie, Peebles, Roxburghshire.

Gretnahouse Major at 7,000gns

Another to bring 7,000gns when chapped down to George and Sheena Coghill, Birsay, Orkney was Ian and Dorothy Goldie’s reserve senior champion and July 2016-born Solwayfirth Mailman from Cummertrees, Dumfries-shire. Solwayfirth Hannibal is the sire here and his dam Solwayfirth Foxy is by the aforementioned Dingle Hofmeister.

Solwayfirth Mailman at 7,000gns

The Goldies went on to sell three more and averaged £5,381 for the bunch. Their other top priced lot was the November 2016-born class winner Solwayfirth Milo, a son of home-bred couple Solwayfirth Javelin and Solwayfirth Jaylo, who was purchased by the Clints Farming Partnership, Heriot, Midlothian for 6,000gns.

Solwayfirth Milo at 6,000gns

Another from Northumberland breeders Jonathan and Jane Watson was next highest priced at 6,500gns. This time bred out of Blelack Digger daughter Tweeddale Icecream and sired by Balthayock Darcy, the 17-month-old Tweeddale Manwell goes home to work in Crocketford, Dumfries-shire, for the Glenkiln Farm Partnership.

The star of the female section was the 15-month-old Crookdake Nightingale from David and Sharon Miller, Waveton, Cumbria, who not only secured the top price of 4,000gns but was also crowned female champion. Nightingale is by the French-bred Vald’or-Ra and out of Crookdake Diamond, herself sired by the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Royal Highland show junior champion Goldies Unbeatable. She was knocked down to Pembrokeshire breeders DR and RL Bowen of Molleston who went on to purchase two more female lots.

Crookdake Nightingale at 4,000gns

Their next purchase at 2,900gns was the reserve female champion Holtstead Misshalfpenny, whose dam is the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Holtstead Halfpenny and she is sired by Wesley Equinox. The 27-month-old Misshalfpenny was bred and consigned by Fred, June and Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.

One of Hamish Goldie’s females, Goldies Melissa also caught the eye of the Bowen family. Balthayock Influence is the sire of this 24-month-old and her dam Goldies Angelina goes back to the above-mentioned Goldies Unbeatable.

Also amongst the top priced females at 3,000gns was another entry from the Watson family of Bowsden, Northumberland. Tweeddale Missholly, a 16-month-old by Tweeddale Justthejob and out of the Blelack Blackberet-sired Tweeddale Jemdeholly was purchased by Tom Story, Canonbie, Dumfries-shire.

Averages: 60 bulls £5,383.88; three served heifers £2572.50; 13 maiden heifers £2245.38

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

Judge: Allen Drysdale