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Charolais Bulls Command Flying Trade in Welshpool
2009-04-19

Charolais met a flying trade in Welshpool on Thursday 16 April where bidding achieved two new centre all breeds records - a top of 6,600gns and £3,111 average for 40 lots traded at the breed society’s official spring show and sale.

Brynffanigl Cracker

Brynffanigl Cracker

The event marked a fitting end to 35 years of pedigree Charolais sales at the mart prior to relocating to a new out of town auction centre before the end of the year, according to auctioneer, John Jones. “Over the years we have encouraged Charolais breeders to bring quality bulls to Welshpool and they are certainly being rewarded; the day’s bouyant trade generated by suckler men reflected the premiums their Charolais cross calves are consistently commanding at this centre,” he said.

Sale leader at 6,600gns was the day’s reserve champion, Brynffanigl Cracker, an 18 month old from Bob Roberts and his son, Rheon who were enjoying the second consecutive highest entry in Welshpool within five months. Cracker was by Derryharney Outstanding and out of a Blelack Ladysman sired homebred dam from their 35 cow herd based at Brynffanigl Uchaf, Abergele. The buyers were Brian and Craig Davies who run a 80 cow suckler herd at Rhayader. “Cracker was the pick of the day’s crop, he demonstrated everything in the right places and we were determined to take him home,” said Craig.

Next at 5,500gns was class winner, Bailea Cosmic, a rising two year old by Burradon Talisman, sire of the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a homebred dam by Doonally New. Bred by Brian Jones, Hoel Senni, Brecon, he was knocked down sold to EM Gittins, Llansadwrn, Menai Bridge.

Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans was another breeder enjoying one of his best ever day’s at Welshpool selling a string of 13 entries to average £3,404. His highest forward at 5,400gns was the 17 month old Maerdy Cambull, who was placed second in his class and was within the breed’s top 1% with a TSI +39 and SRI +41. Sired by Maerdy Padirac and out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Forum, he sold to DL Davies, Llanegryn, Towyn. Next at 5,200gns was Maerdy Corridor, a two year old, one of twins by Victorieux and out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Nelson. The buyer was H Powell, Rhayader.

Two more Maerdy Padirac sons from Esmor Evans were among his top lots attracting a joint bid of 3,800gns. First to go was Maerdy Cambridge TSI +25, SRI +30, an August 2007 born bull out of a homebred cow going back to Maerdy Orateur. He sold to JLC Williams, Penmorva, Port Madoc. SW Hammond, Llanyre, Llandrindod Wells secured the second 3,800gns entry, Maerdy Cadlys TSI +42, SRI +47, a 17 month old who homebred dam went back to Hermes.

Three, 20 month old Maerdy bred bulls were next in the price stakes for Esmor Evans. At 3,250gns Maerdy Cambaceres sold to Coleg Powys, Newtown. This entry was by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort jointly owned by Mr Evans and Charlie Boden, and out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Grimaldi. Two lots shared a 3,000gns price tag. First was Maerdy Cambodia, a Maerdy Vamp son to HE Williams and Sons, Clun, Craven Arms. The second 3,000gns bid secured Maerdy Colibri TSI +31, SRI +38 for Messrs Powell, Craven Arms.

Midas Charlie
Midas Charlie

The day’s champion, Midas Charlie, bred and exhibited by Roger Coppinger, Edstaton, Wem commanded a bid of 4,800gns from WG Davies, New Cross, Aberystwyth. Sired by Burradon Talisman, this 18 month old was out of a Burnaston bred cow going back to Oldstone Egbert. According to judge, Steven Nesbitt, “Charlie along with the reserve champion, Brynffanigl Cracker were by far the pick of the top quality bulls suited to the commercial man. There was little between them, however Charlie just had the edge, with a better top and locomotion.”

For Roger Coppinger, it was his most successful day in 15 years of attending Welshpool. He eventually went on to head the female trade with a 2,150gns for Midas Bambi, a two year old maiden and second prize class winner. Sired by Maerdy Polo, she was out of another Burnaston bred dam, this one going back to Killadeas Jack. She was knocked down sold to Wynne Rees, Llangurig, Llanidloes as a birthday present for his wife, Dianne.

A bid of 4,300gns secured Pennal Carlos, a 17 month old bred by Alwyn Rees, Pennal, Machynlleth for JC Jones, Llanerfyl, Welshpool. Sired by Allanfauld Superscot, he was by a homebred dam by Oldstone Egbert.

Forking out 4,200gns for Shraden Ceres TSI +34, SRI +35 was IWL Evans, Llanwddyn, Oswestry. Bred by Roger Everall, Shrawardine, Shrewsbury this October 2007 born bull was by Shraden Outstanding and out of a homebred dam from his 70 cow herd. Both sire and dam went back to the noted Mowbraypark Paramount.

Mr Everall’s next best at 3,200gns was Shraden Chancellor TSI +23, SRI +30, a two year old Balthayock Matthew son and out of a homebred dam by Grove Enterprise. Chancellor went home with T Hughes and Sons, Old Radnor, Presteigne.

At 3,600gns, the Langadfan, Powys based Roberts and Jones partnership sold their 20 month old Montgomery Calvin to OI Roberts, Llandovery, Carmarthen. Sired by Suzeringie, he was out of a homebred dam by Shrawardine Murphy.

Esgob Commanchero, the sole entry from Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala made 3,500gns to E and B Williams, Llannefydd, Denbigh. This 17 month old was a Roundhill Rocky son and out of a homebred dam by Grove Enterprise.

Averages: 40 bulls £3,111.56

Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales

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