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May 17, 2021 Carlisle Show & Sale 14th-15th May 2021

Pouncer swoops top price at Carlisle

At long last it was time to dust off the rosettes as the traditional pre-sale show could once again take place at the annual Spring sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. The show, judged by Mr Alistair Smith of Northampton, took place on Friday May 14, and highlighted the stunning animals on offer.

Proceedings began in earnest on Saturday May 15, attracting a flurry of bids across all stock. A total of 49 bulls sold, with an average price of £7142.14 and a phenomenal 87.5% clearance. In addition, a further 14 heifers went under the hammer for an average price of £3570.

 

Reserve Intermediate Champion & Reserve Supreme Champion Gretnahouse Pouncer, sold for 20,000gns

 

The top price of the day, at a whopping 20,000gns, was secured by Reserve Supreme Champion & Reserve Intermediate Champion GRETNAHOUSE POUNCER. Pouncer is from the herd of the well-respected Mr A G Houston of Kirkpatrick-Fleming, Dumfriesshire, and was sired by the easy-calving Westcarse Jimmy. Pouncer has also inherited his sire’s excellent growth EBVs, placing him in the top 1% for 200-, 400-, and 600-day weight values. Pouncer’s dam, Gretnahouse Japan, is a daughter of the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator. The great potential of this 18-month-old was noticed by winning bidder Mr H Heron, who will be taking Pouncer back to Newtonards, Co. Down.

 

Gretnahouse Pimp, sold for 16,000gns

 

Minutes later, the hammer came down at 16,000gns for another bull from Mr Houston’s herd – this time for the 18-month-old GRETNAHOUSE PIMP. Pimp is another cracking young bull sired by Westcarse Jimmy, and once again Jimmy’s influence is clear in Pimp’s impressive growth and calving ease EBVs. Pimp was born to Gretnahouse Jannabel, a daughter of the notoriously easy-calving Blelack Digger, which undoubtedly only adds to his appeal. The young lad caught the eye of both Mr J Wardlaw and Son, Balerno, Midlothian and David Dandie Broxburn, Westlothian who will share the bull.

 

Annanview Prince, sold for 15,000gns

 

The third-highest price of the day went to ANNANVIEW PRINCE, reaching a final bid of 15,000gns. Prince was bred by K Watret of Annan, Dumfriesshire, and is out of Gretnahouse Megan, an easy-calving daughter of the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox. Prince’s sire, Harestone Hercules, offers superb growth EBVs, only adding to the promise this young bull holds. P & C Tippetts were the winning bidders, and will be taking Prince home to Shifnal, Shropshire.

 

Caylers Rocky, sold for 14,000gns

 

First-in-class CAYLERS ROCKY achieved the next highest price of 14,000gns. Rocky, along with several other bulls from the Caylers Charolais herd, made the long trip all the way from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire to be sold at Carlisle. He was born in January 2020 to Caylers Glamour, a daughter of Thrunton Dominator, and sired by the 2020 Great Charolais Summer Show Supreme Champion Rosanna Jupiter. Rocky will be making the considerably shorter journey to Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, where he will be integrated into the herd of Mr H Goldie.

 

Balmyle President, sold for 13,000gns

 

Three bulls managed to reach a top price of 13,000gns – the first of which was BALMYLE PRESIDENT, bred by W P Bruce of Meigle, Perthshire. This 18-month-old is out of Balmyle Lucky, a daughter of Maerdy Egret, and sired by 2015 Carlisle Reserve Junior Champion Balmyle Jasper. President will be heading back to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, courtesy of winning bidder Armstrong Farming Ltd.

 

Ravensworth Prometheus, sold for 13,000gns

 

Next to reach 13,000gns was 17-month-old RAVENSWORTH PROMETHEUS, from the herd of Mr W S Oates in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Prometheus was sired by the highly sought-after Dingle Hofmeister, and his dam is Ravensworth Juniper, a daughter of Thrunton Florida. This charming young bull was snapped up by J C Hobday & Son, who will be taking him back to Hawick, Roxburghshire.

 

Mornity Rugby, sold for 13,000gns

 

The final bull to secure a bid of 13,000gns was MORNITY RUGBY, a 14-month-old from the herd of Jack Nicoll Farms in Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Rugby is a heifer’s calf, being born to Mornity Nikita, a daughter of the award-winning Maerdy Hwre. He was sired by the popular easy-calver Westcarse Houdini, who fetched a price of 14,000gns at Carlisle in 2013. Rugby boasts notable growth EBVs, and is sure to produce valuable calves for his new owner, M A J Jarrold of Cosheston, Pembrokeshire.

 

Retties Rogue, sold for 12,000gns

 

The hammer came down at the next highest price of 12,000gns for two bulls, the first being 16-month-old RETTIES ROGUE. Rogue comes from the herd of R & C Rettie of Perth, Perthshire, and is another bull sired by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini. His dam is Retties Nena, who was sired by the ever-popular Blelack Digger. Offering a calving ease EBV of +7.7, Rogue has plenty of potential to pass on to his future progeny. Shennanton Livestock were the winning bidders for this stylish bull, and he will soon be settling into their herd in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

 

Caylers Rambo, sold for 12,000gns

 

Next to secure a bid of 12,000gns was another offering from Caylers Charolais: CAYLERS RAMBO. This easy-calving 14-month-old was also sired by the award-winning Rosanna Jupiter, and was born to Caylers Heidi, a daughter of the 10,000gns Thrunton Alpha. Rambo offers consistently above-average growth EBVs in addition to his superb calving ease of +11.7, and is sure to settle in well at his new home in Blackmill, Bridgend with new owner Williams Partners.

 

Elgin Pandy, sold for 10,000gns

 

Another two bulls sold for the next highest price of 10,000gns, the first of which was ELGIN PANDY. Pandy was bred by Mr R A Milne of Elgin, Morayshire, and was sired by the easy-calving Carwood Lochness. His dam is Elgin Mary, who is a daughter of popular sire Westcarse Houdini. This attractive November-born bull caught the eye of winning bidders A & E Shand, and he will be heading back to their herd in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

 

Reserve Junior Champion Mornity Romeo, sold for 10,000gns

 

The final bull to reach a five-figure bid was Reserve Junior Champion MORNITY ROMEO, another from the herd of Jack Nicoll Farms. A half-brother to the 13,000gns Mornity Rugby, Romeo was also sired by Westcarse Houdini. His dam is Mornity Matilda, a daughter of Baggrave Lysander. Like his brother, Romeo will also be heading back to Wales, this time to the herd of D J & M D Prosser & Jones in Brecon, Powys.

The next highest price of 8,000gns was secured by first-in-class ELGIN PROSPECT, another bull from Mr R A Milne’s herd. This 17-month-old is out of Elgin Mabel – another daughter of Westcarse Houdini – and sired by the easy-calving Caylers Noah. The excellent calving ease and growth EBVs from his lineage are evident in Prospect, and he is sure to settle in nicely to his new home in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, under the care of A J Macgregor.

Four bulls went under the hammer for a final price of 7,000gns, two of which were half-brothers from the herd of I & D Goldie of Annan, Dumfriesshire. The first of this pair to sell was SOLWAYFIRTH PRESLEY, a strapping 19-month-old sired by Glenericht Majestic and out of Solwayfirth Misty, a daughter of Solwayfirth Javelin. Majestic is known for producing well-performing progeny, having bred sons to 14,000gns in the past. Presley caught the eye of J Wight & Sons, and will be making the journey back to Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Just moments later, the hammer came down again at 7,000gns for Presley’s half-brother, SOLWAYFIRTH PIONEER. From the same herd, and also sired by the 11,500gns Glenericht Majestic, this October-born bull is instead out of Solwayfirth Donna, a daughter of Maerdy Restful. The winning bid this time came from J & I H McFadzean, who will be taking Pioneer back with them to Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

 

Intermediate Champion & Supreme Champion Formakin Prestige, sold for 7,000gns

 

Next to reach a bid of 7,000gns was the weekend’s Supreme Champion & Intermediate Champion, FORMAKIN PRESTIGE. This charming 18-month-old was bred by the McMurrich Partnership of Causewayhead, Stirlingshire, and was sired by the popular French AI bull Jingle. Prestige was born to a daughter of Blelack Digger, Formakin Ladybird, and continues Digger’s legacy of good calving ease EBVs. The winning bid came from W Kingaby, and Prestige will soon be settling into his new home in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

 

Junior Champion Caylers Rio, sold for 7,000gns

 

The final bull to reach 7,000gns was Junior Champion CAYLERS RIO, another from popular breeders Caylers Charolais. At only 13 months old, Rio was the youngest bull forward for sale, however his stylish presentation still managed to catch the eye of judge Alistair Smith and bidders alike. Rio was sired by the well-growing Elgin Nailer, and is out of Caylers Holly, a daughter of Thrunton Dominator. Taking this young Champion home are C & E McCombie of Huntly, Aberdeen.

 

There was also a good demand for Charolais females over the course of the day, with prices reaching a high of 6,000gns. Two draft sales took place, including a draft of 7 heifers from the Harestone herd, and a draft of 5 heifers from the Bassett herd.

 

Bassett Polly, sold for 4,000gns

 

The highest-priced non-draft female was first-in-class BASSETT POLLY at 4,000gns. Polly was bred by Miss J Atkinson and sold by Brailes Livestock of Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Polly was sired by Whitecliffe Lacroix, a son of the 31,000gns Whitecliffe Highlight, and her dam is Bassett Margaret, a daughter of Bassett Inspector. At the time of the sale, Polly had recently been AI’d to the highly sought-after Wesley Equinox. The winning bid went to I N & A N Hollinshead, who will be taking Polly home to Goostrey, Cheshire.

 

Harestone Pasadena, sold for 6,000gns

 

The larger of the two draft sales included heifers from the Harestone herd of R & N Barclay in Insch, Aberdeenshire. The highest-priced heifer in this draft was HARESTONE PASADENA, at 6,000gns. Pasadena comes from a noteworthy lineage, being sired by the 46,000gns 2018 Supreme Champion Balthayock Minstrel, and out of Harestone Lively – a daughter of the 11,000gns Allanfauld Gambler. At the time of the sale, Pasadena was scanned and found to be 8 weeks in calf to Harestone Oscar. Pasadena will be making the long journey all the way to Truro, Cornwall, where she will be introduced to the herd of J Gregory.

The other draft sale of the day was from the Bassett herd of Miss J Atkinson in Malton, North Yorkshire. Five heifers were offered in this draft, reaching a top price of 2,500gns for 22-month-old BASSETT PIPPIN. Pippin, like all of the Bassett heifers forward during the day, was sired by Whitecliffe Lacroix. Her dam is Bassett Edna, a daughter of Oldstone Egbert who has long been a very popular AI bull. Pippin will be making her way to the herd of R J Stott in Carlisle, Cumbria.


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.