May 4, 2021 Stirling Sale Sunday 2nd May 2021
Pringle headlines at Stirling in crisp bidding
Charolais once again returned to Stirling for United Auctions’ bull sale on Sunday 2 May 2021, where bids flowed freely both in-person and remotely via the internet and phone. While the late spring sale is typically smaller than its February counterpart, there was no compromise on the quality of animals present. A total of 21 bulls were sold, resulting in a clearance rate of 58% and an average price of £5,615, up £370 on last year’s lockdown sale.
The highest bid of the afternoon, at 9,500gns, was secured by PANMURE PRINGLE from the herd of J M Cant & Partners of Arbroath, Angus. Pringle is the latest in his paternal lineage to reach impressive prices. His sire is the 12,000gns Elrick Jester, and his grand-sire is Thrunton Fearless, who reached a price of 16,000gns in 2011. Pringle’s dam is Panmure Isabella, a daughter of the popular Blelack Digger. This attractive 16-month-old bull is already showing great potential with a 200-day weight EBV of +38, placing him firmly in the top 1% for this trait. Pringle will be making his way to Fortrose, Ross-shire, to the farm of winning bidder J H Anderson.
Reaching the second highest bid of 8,000gns was the 19-month-old THRUNTON PIONEER. Pioneer was bred by J H C Campbell and Sons of Alnwick, Northumberland, and is backed up with a notable lineage. He was born to Thrunton Flamenco, a daughter of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal, and sired by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler. Pioneer will be going home with W Pringle & Son to their farm in Gorebridge, Midlothian.
Two bulls sold for the next highest prices of 7,500gns, both of which are also from the herd of J H C Campbell and Sons. The first to sell was THRUNTON PELE, one of the older bulls in the running at 22 months-old. Pele is sired by Maerdy Jerusalem, who reached a price of 28,000gns at Stirling in 2015, and his dam is Thrunton Malibu, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator. He caught the attention of B Kier & Son, who will be introducing him to their herd in Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Also reaching 7,500gns was Pele’s younger cousin, THRUNTON PONTIAC. Pontiac boasts an impressive +14.6 calving ease EBV, a trait that’s prominent in his ancestry. His sire, Thrunton Nevada, is a son of the notoriously easy-calving Blelack Digger, and his dam is another of Thrunton Gladiator’s daughters, Thrunton Josephina. Pontiac is certain to settle in nicely at his new home in Blackhills, Peterhead, under the care of A & L Craig and Co.
The 20 month-old NEWLOGIE PRINCIPAL achieved the next highest price of 6,000gns. Principal was bred by AJR Farms of Ellon, Aberdeenshire and was sired by the easy-calving Newlogie Nobel. His dam, Maerdy Modryb, is a daughter of Maerdy Hearthrob, who sold for 26,000gns at Stirling in 2014. He will be heading back to Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire, with J & J Marshall.
A trio of bulls achieved a price of 5,500gns, the first of which was LOGANBAR PETROUS. A local bull, this 20 month-old hails from the farm of Mr D M Lyle of Dunblane, Perthshire. Petrous has exhibited excellent growth rates throughout his life and has grown into a strapping lad with plenty of bulk behind him. He was sired by the Irish-born Lisnagre Jamson and out of Loganbar Isabella, a daughter of Wesley Fixture. The winning bidder was J D Bilsland, who will be introducing Petrous to his herd in Croftamie, Glasgow.
Two sibling heifers’ calves from the herd of Mr & Mrs J W Millar in Port of Mentieth, Stirlingshire, also sold for 5,500gns. First to sell was LOCHEND PEDRO, a charming 18 month-old born to dam Lochend Nuvette, a daughter of the award-winning Gretnahouse Archangel. Pedro’s sire is Gretnahouse Ming, a son of the tremendously easy-calving Wesley Equinox. Pedro will be making his way to his new home at the farm of M Dykes in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Hot on his brother’s heels, and selling only moments later, was LOCHEND PLUTO. Pluto was also sired by Gretnahouse Ming, but was born instead to Lochend Nova, a daughter of the easy-calving Mortimers Echo. This impressive family history of calving ease has continued through Pluto, who is within the top 1% for both calving ease and birth weight EBVs. Pluto’s lucky new owner is Mr Turner of Strath Farm, Campbeltown.
GOLDIES PILAR managed to secure the next highest bid of 5,200gns. This 18 month-old was bred by the well-known Mr H Goldie of Ruthwell, Dumfries. He was sired by the award-winning Tweeddale Matador, who sold for a price of 10,500gns in 2017, and is out of Goldies Icequeen, a daughter of Goldies Formidable. Pilar will be heading up to Inverness, to the Scottish Government’s Bull Stud facility at Knocknagael.
The hammer came down a total of three times at 5,000gns, firstly for HARESTONE PERU, a charming young bull from the herd of R & N Barclay in Insch, Aberdeenshire. Peru was born to Harestone Julie, a daughter of Blelack Digger, and was sired by Harestone Hercules. Hercules’ excellent growth EBVs appear to have been inherited by Peru, who has shown consistently above-average growth across the board. Peru will be going to his new home at Southwick Farms in Southwick, Dumfries.
Next to sell at 5,000gns was GOLDIES PARKER, a sibling of Goldies Pilar. This 17 month-old was born to Goldies Jade, another daughter of the high-yielding Goldies Formidable. Like his brother, Parker was also sired by Tweeddale Matador, who has a proven record of producing progeny with both high calving ease and high performance. Parker will soon be beginning the long journey all the way up to Stromness, Orkney, to the farm of buyer W S L Muir.
The final bull to sell for 5,000gns was BALTHAYOCK PATRICIAN, from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Parker of Balthayock, Perth. Patrician has a great deal of potential, showing consistently high growth rates, and carrying two copies of the sought-after F94L gene. He was sired by Balthayock Influence, and out of Balthayock Lizzy, a daughter of the 20,000gns Maerdy Grenadier. This promising young 16 month-old caught the attention of R & M Wilson, who will be taking him home to Dalry, Ayrshire.
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.