Quality Charolais bulls met a solid commercial demand from a packed
ringside selling to a top of 17,000gns in Carlisle on Saturday 12
May. Overall, 124 lots sold to average £3,441, up more than £343
on the year, including 25 entries at 5,000gns or more.
Alsnow Almighty sold for 17,000gns
The 17,000gns sale leader was Alsnow Almighty CH21, a 17
month old by the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding and out of a Blelack
bred cow going back to Tullygarley lines. Bred by Alan Lawson and
Son, Hallington, Newcastle on Tyne he commented: “Almighty
has been much admired since he was a calf and we are delighted. It’s
the first time we’ve sold to five figures in 20 years of breeding
pedigree Charolais during which time we’ve restocked, and we’re
particularly pleased he sold to a pedigree breeder.” Almighty
went to join Bob Roberts’ 40 cow pedigree Brynffanigl herd
based at Ucha, Abergele, Clwyd. “We’d been looking for
a new bull for sometime, and Almighty caught our eye,” Mr Roberts
explained. “He had everything we were looking for; size, scale
and conformation, and equally import he was good on his legs.”
The day’s second highest call at 10,000gns came from P Cooper
and Son, Kilcaldrum, Forfar for Caylers Boomerang CH32, a 15 month
old from the Barker family who were making yet another highly successful
550 round mile trip from Nuthamptead, Royston. A second class prize
winner, Boomerang was by Maerdy Uniroyal and his homebred dam also
went back to Maerdy lines.
A bid of 9,500gns secured Moelfre Aaron for EI Lewis and Sons, Uwchygarreg,
Machynlleth, Powys. Bred by Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn,
this 18 month old was within the breed’s top 1% with a Beef
Value of CH42 and had been placed first in his class. He was by the
noted Mowbraypark Paramount and out of a Gower bred dam.
Minutes earlier, Aaron’s stable mate, Moelfre Afan CH29 made
7,000gns to W Brewster, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. The second and
only other entry from Kevin Thomas, Afan was another November 2005
born bull, this time by Allanfauld Norseman and out of the Royal
Welsh junior heifer champion, Moelfre Ultima.
The day’s intermediate male and overall supreme championship
was awarded to Trefonnen Brandnew CH26 from Mr and Mrs RM Hughes,
Trefonen, Oswestry. This 16 month old sired by Doonally New, was
out of a homebred cow by Moyness Maharaja and attracted a 9,000gns
price tag from Isle of Man breeder, WE Parsons, Laxey.
The highest entry at 8,500gns from Gretna Green based Alasdair Houston
was the 18 month old Gretnahouse Aberfeldy CH33, a Doonally Prince
son and out of a Hackleton bred cow who goes back to the Royal Show
champion, Lakeland Sagesse. He went to join Mr and Mrs Andrew White’s
Balbithan herd, Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset.
Three lots shared an 8,000gns bid including Alasdair Houston’s
Gretnahouse Bomber CH39, a 13 month old who earlier on had headed
his class. Sired by Derryharney Outstanding, he was out of a Balmyle
bred dam who goes back to the successful show cow Balmyle Cascade.
The buyer was Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire keen to return the genetics
back to his Balmyle herd.
Bill Bruce had already recouped his precise spend having sold Balmyle
Brutus CH34 earlier on in the day for 8,000gns to Mosser Mains Farm,
Mosser, Cockermouth, Cumbria. Brutus was a February 2006 born Maerdy
Othello son and out of a homebred cow by Dingle Hofmeister.
The third 8,000gns call was made by SI and LJ Evans, Penmaen, Gower,
Swansea for the first class winner, Lowerffrydd Brightlights CH32.
This 16 month old youngster was a Doonally New son and out of a Moyness
Lincoln sired homebred cow from John Evans, Caesws, Powys.
Minutes before, John Evans secured a 7,000gns bid for Brightlight’s
full brother, Lowerffrydd Beesnees CH27. The buyers were to Messrs
Dent Brothers, Lartington, Barnard Castle, Co Durham.
A further three more entries shared a 7,000gns price tag. First
to go was John Christie and Son’s (Stirling), Westcarse Beefy
CH25, a 16 month old by the 28,000gns Perth champion, Maerdy Primeminister
and out of a homebred dam who goes back to Lakeland Sagesse. Beefy
who had headed his class, was knocked down sold in a two way split
to south west breeders, Will Palmer, Ruan Highlanes, Truro and BWJ
Lavis, Bridestowe, Okehampton, Devon.
First class prize winner, Trefaldwyn Benson CH34, a January 2006
born Burradon Talisman son and whose dam went back to Brampton lines,
commanded 7,000gns from IR and DE Jones, Llabdrillo, Corwen, Denbighshire.
The final 7,000gns call was made shortly afterwards by GG Williams,
Tylwch, Llanidloes, Powys for Edenhurst Bentley CH40 bred and exhibited
by Peter Vasey, Wetheral, Carlisle. Bentley was a Dingle Hofmeister
son and out of the homebred Edenhurst Miranda whose grandsons have
recently sold to 10,000gns.
Valerie McDonald, Newry, County Down made a successful trip across
the water with her February 2006 born Lisenagh Baldur CH25, a first
prize class winner making 7,500gns to MR Bound, Tylwch, Llanidloes,
Powys. Bred by near neighbours, Lisenaugh Farms, Baldur was a Doonally
New son while his dam went back to Bocombra lines.
Another Doonally New son, this time from fellow County Down breeder,
John Fitzpatrick, Kilkeel offered the February 2006 born Lisnahilta
Ballykeel CH30 for 6,500gns to EG Morgan, Sennybridge, Brecon, Powys.
Newroddige Branta CH21 from the Tamworth, Stafford based Newroddige
Charolais attracted a bid of 6,200gns from WD Bayliss, Penypont,
Llandrindod Wells, Powys. Sired by the several times showring champion,
Inverlochy Resolve, the 16 month old Branta was out of a Maerdy bred
Lowther Park Farms, Penrith, Cumbria paid 6,000gns for Whitecliffe
Asia CH35, a December born Dingle Hofmeister son and out of a Balmyle
bred dam from North Yorkshire breeders, M and J Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton,
The female trade was headed at 7,000gns by a cow and calf pair from
the Campbell family, Ian, John and their father, Colin, of Thrunton,
Alnwick to Harold Forster and Sons, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland.
Their November 2003 born first calver, Thrunton Ulala CH35, who had
already headed her class, was by the 25,000gns Perth champion, Mowbraypark
Orlando and out of a Maerdy Location sired homebred dam. Ulala was
knocked sold with Thrunton Beano, a seven month old bull calf by
Solwayfirth Union, and scanned in calf to Burradon Talisman. The
Forsters also went to 3,500gns for another cow and calf outfit from
the same breeders. The four year old Thrunton Ursus went back to
Orlando and was sold in calf to Talisman. She was accompanied by
her August 2006 born heifer, Thrunton Bella, again by Union.
Corrie April CH31, a two year old Moelfre Torpedo sired heifer collected
the reserve female title for Duncan Macgregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow and
made 3,800gns to WS Bartram, Stowe-by-Chartley, Stafford.
124 £3,441.29 (plus £343.39 on 2006)
33 senior £2,442.04;
54 intermediate £3,665.28;
37 junior £4,005.61
2 cows and heifers served and/or suckling £5,512.50;
7 served or maiden heifers £1,905.00
Drafts: Maerdy, 6 head £1,820.00; Stobarts, 4 head £1,023.75
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