The Charolais breed ruled the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone on Wednesday 28 February 2024. Of all the five breeds the Charolais triumphed with the highest average price of £6542, a substantial increase of +£710 of the other breeds represented, as well as taking the highest price per head at 11,500gns or £12,075.

Overall Breed Champion & Interbreed Champion – Hollywell Taco – 11,000gns, Cariness Ltd, Fraserburgh
Aberdeen Spring Show 28th Feb Charolais Bull Champion Lot 5

In charge of judging proceedings was Mr Andrew Anderson, Plewlands Duffus who picked out his Charolais breed champion from J & S Middleton’s Hollywell herd based at New Pitsligo, Fraserburgh. Hollywell Taco carried two copies of F94L, born in March-2022, he was sired by Whitecliffe James, out of home-bred Hollywell Priva, he went on to win the overall interbreed championship and sold semen tested to Cairness Ltd, Cairness, Fraserburgh for the second highest Charolais price of the day at 11,000gns.

Trending in the sale ring was Harestone Tiktok from R & N Barclay, a June-2022 Harestone Outlander son out of Harestone Luci. Keen to take home his pick of the day was D. M McCallum, Culbokie, Dingwall who paid 11,500gns.

Harestone Tiktok – 11,500gns – D. M. McCallum

First prize winner in the junior class from Major D. F. W.H. & N. R. Walter made 7,500gns. Balthayock Tenacious was born in June-2022, a son of Elrick Paragon and out of Balthayock Melody who is a daughter from the very successful herd sire Balthayock Impression who carries seven of the top EBV traits in the National herd, sold to J. W. Moir, Auchorties, Keith.

Balthayock Tenacious – 7,500gns – J W Moir, Auchorties, Keith

The reserve overall champion from A & A Wright, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch was May-2022 born Lagavaich Topgun, a myostatin free Elrick Jazzman son out of Elrick Oracle who went home to Thurso, Caithness with A & W Campbell, Thurso, Caithness.

Reserve Overall Champion – Lagavaich Topgun – 8,000gns – A & W Campbell, Thurso, Caithness

Tonley Tarzan (ET) born in May-2022 and sired by Balthayock Impression, who not only has impressive figures but has sired many five-figure priced bulls, swung home with W. L. R. Keir, Keir & Cawdor Estates, Stirling for 6,000gns.

Tonely Tarzan (ET) – 6,000gns – Keir & Cawdor Estates

A twin bull calf Lochend Tic, owned by Mr C Stuart, Braes of Glenlivet, Ballindalloch and bred by current Society President Mr Iain Miller was purchased at foot at the Lochend dispersal, was next in the money at 5,800gns selling to A. M. C. Ewen, Cornhill Banff.  This Swalesmoor Oscar son, out of Lochend Icecream was born in May-2022.

Lochend Tic – 5,800gns – AMC Ewen, Cornhill Banff

A sporting bid of 5,500gns was put in from A. Sleigh & Sons, Boghouse, Tarves to secure September-2021 born, Harestone Sportsman (ET) sired by Excellent and out of Harestone Anisette.

Harestone Sportman – 5,500gns – A. Sleigh & Sons, Boghouse, Tarves


Charolais overall champion & interbreed champion
Lot 5, Hollywell Taco from J & S Middleton.

Reserve overall champion
Lot 15, Lagavaich Topgun from A & A Wright

Charolais class 1 – born on or between 4 March & 2 May 2022
1st – Lot 5 Hollywell Taco
2nd – Lot 7 Glenlivet Thunderstruck
3rd – Lot 8 Elrick Thunder
4th – Lot 10 Auchincrieve Titan

Class 2 Charolais bulls born on & between 5 May & 30 May 2022
1st – Lot 15 – Lagavaich Topgun
2nd – Lot 21 Balthayock Truant
3rd – Lot 22 Tonley Tommy (ET)
4th – Lot 24 Lettoch Taggart

Charolais class 3 bulls born after 15 June 2022
1st – Lot 27 – Balthayock Tenacious
2nd – Lot 26 – Harestone Tiktok
3rd – Lot 31 – Harestone Timrussell
4th – Lot 25 – Bonnykelly Tommy


LotVendorAnimal NamePrice (gns)BuyerSurname
1R & N BARCLAYHARESTONE SPORTSMAN (ET)5500A. Sleigh & SonBoghouse, Tarves
3W & N MILNEGLENERNAN TONTO4000D & G Campbell & SonGlenrinnes, Dufftown
5J & S MIDDLETONHOLLYWELL TACO11000Cairness LtdCairness, Fraserburgh
7MR M S DURNOGLENLIVET THUNDERSTRUCK4500Firm of A A YoungerCastletown, Thurso
10MR C M MCCOMBIEAUCHINCRIEVE TITAN4500C. SmithLumphanan, Banchory
11MR C STUARTLOCHEND TAK4700K D J MacraeNorth Kessock, Inverness
12MR C STUARTLOCHEND TIC5800A. M. C. EwenCornhill, Banff
15A & A WRIGHTLAGAVAICH TOPGUN8000A & W CampbellThurso, Caithness
18J A WILSON & SONSKINCLUNE TONTO4500G & H PhillipsSkene, Westhill
22MESSRS N A WATTIETONLEY TARZAN (ET)6000W. L. R. KeirCraigarnhall, Stirling
23MESSRS N A WATTIETONLEY TOMMY (ET)3500G. B. GrieveNew Pitsligo, Fraserburgh
26R & N BARCLAYHARESTONE TIKTOK11500D. M. McCallumCulbokie, Dingwall

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