New breed centre 28,000gns top; record average £4,798.88 for 140 lots; 82% clearance.
Goldies Champion sold for the days top price of 28,000gns
Solid demand for quality Charolais bulls from commercial suckled calf producers underpinned trade throughout at the breed society’s official spring sale in Carlisle on Saturday 9 May. Bidding peaked at a new breed centre record of 28,000gns, seven entries commanded 10,000gns or more, 140 lots sold to average £4,798, up £1,098 on the year and 82% clearance was achieved.
“Buyers travelling from as far a field as Orkney to Devon were at the packed ringside keen for a slice of the action and take home a bull which they were confident would go on to leave high performing calves that would continue to leave a premium not only for themselves but also the finisher,” said British Charolais Cattle Society chairman, Iain Millar. “Bulls with size and scale, ease of calving and that were ready for work were among their real priorities.”
Sale leader at 28,000gns was the two year old senior champion, Goldies Champion who was among the first lots through the ring. Bred and exhibited by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Champion was by the 34,000gns Perth supremo, Goldies Uppermost, out of a Kinclune cow by Killadeas Legend and accompanied by Breedplan performance data within the breed’s top 1%, TI +46 and SRI +50. He went to join the Haltcliffe pedigree Charolais herd owned by the Ridley family, Matt, his son Craig and grandson Matthew, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton.
Two more lots were among the money from the same breeder and both were 18 month olds by Goldies Vicechancellor, one of Uppermost’s brothers. Goldies Cassanover, TI +29, SRI +34 was out of a homebred dam by the 20,000gns Blelack Rustic and made 6,500gns to Wissington Charolais, Nayland, Colchester. Goldies Chief TI +40, SRI +47, who was out of a homebred dam going back to Dingle Hofmeister made 5,000gns to A Lindsay, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas.
Balthayock Diplomat TI +43, SRI +50 commanded the second highest call of 22,000gns, a record for David Walter in more than 35 years of breeding pedigree Charolais at Balthayock, Perth. A 15 month old, second prize class winner, Diplomat was sired by the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian and out of a Dingle Hofmeister sired homebred dam. He returned to Perthshire with Bill Bruce, Balmyle, Meigle.
Mr Bruce recouped some of his investment when minutes before he offered Balmyle Dingle TI +43, SRI +49 at 8,000gns to Wesley Estates, Markfield, Leicester. This 15 month old was by Hofmeister and out of a homebred cow by the 31,000gns Pedr Thumper.
Three more Vespasian sons from Major Walter came under the hammer sold. A bid of 6,000gns secured Balthayock Dominion TI +36, SRI +42 for J Nelson, Parton, Castle Douglas, while Dominion’s 14 month old twin, Balthayock Dominic TI +38, SRI +43 made 5,000gns to Mervyn and Christine Parker, Duxford, Cambridge. The third entry, the 13 month old Balthayock Debonair TI +40, SRI +47 went for 5,000gns to Dalswinton Farms, Auldgirth, Dumfries.
Father and son team, Bob and Drew Adam, Glamis, Forfar offered their sole entry at 18,000gns to neighbouring breeders, P Cooper and Son, Kincaldrum, Forfar. The January 2008 born Newhouse Debonair TI +30, SRI + 35, was by the 14,000gns Sackville Adonis and out of homebred dame by Blelack Rustic.
At 16,000gns, Maerdy Cecil TI +27, SRI +35 headed a string of 10 entries sold from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold. This 17 month old was out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Grimaldi and had been awarded the reserve intermediate championship. Cecil who was knocked down sold to the Campbell family, Ian and John and father, Colin, of Thrunton, Alnwick was one of twins and by their 55,000gns Perth supremo, Thrunton Voldemort.
The Campbells more than recouped their spend selling 11 lots in total including their highest, the reserve senior champion, Thrunton Conqueror TI +20, SRI +31 for 9,000gns to J and W Kellas, Dufftown, Aberdeen. This 19 month old was by Burradon Talisman, sire of Voldemort, and out of a homebred dam going back to Mowbraypark Orlando. Next at 6,500gns was their 20 month old Thrunton Casanova, a Solwayfirth Union son and out of an Orlando bred dam. The buyer was Auchenleck Estates, Killearn, Stirling.
The Campbells also led the female trade with two Talisman sired cows, each with their eight month old heifer calves at foot. First at 5,000gns was Thrunton Apricot, a four year old out of a Blelack Jaguar sired homebred dam and her heifer, Thrunton Dorothy by Solwayfirth Union, to RL Hall, Wintringham, Malton. At 4,500gns RW Wyllie, Cumnock, Ayr secured Thrunton Bouquet with her heifer, Thrunton Denise by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal.
Esmor Evans offered the day’s next two highest lots. Maerdy Deiniol TI +37, SRI +43, a 16 month old, first class prize winner by Vald’or-Ra and out of a Maerdy Paddy sired homebred dam was bid to 15,000gns by Ronnie Baillie, Deerness, Orkney.
Earlier on Mr Baillie sold his 18 month old Baillieston Charles TI +28, SRI +33 for 7,000gns to Glen Park Farms, Balerno, Midlothain. A second prize class winner, Charles was a Hofmeister son and out of a cow by his homebred Baillieston Magic.
At 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin TI +30, SRI +34 sold in a split bid to father and son team, Neil and Graeme Massie, Dinnet, Aboyne and Michael Massie, Auchnagatt, Ellon. Another first class prize winner, the 15 month old Dublin was by Voldemort and out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Poultice.
A further Vald’or-Ra son, the 21 month old Maerdy Calcium TI +32, SRI +36 and out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Grimaldi made 7,000gns to the event judge, Liam Muir, Harray, Orkney. At 6,000gns, John Wight and Sons, Midlock, Crawford, Biggar secured Maerdy Domino TI +38, SRI +39, a 15 month old youngster by Maerdy Padirac and out of a homebred cow going back to Maerdy Grimaldi.
Another bull traveling over the water to Orkney, this time with D and M Campbell, Occumster, Lybster was Harviestoun Casino TI +27, SRI +32, an 18 month old from Lucy Poett, House of Mailer, Perth. This first class prize winner was by Ravensworth Unwin and out of a homebred cow by Blelack Navigator. A bid of 7,000gns from JC Hobday and Son, Hawick secured another Unwin sired entry from Mrs Poett, this one was the 18 month old Harviestoun Chick TI +36, SRI +42.
The day’s second 9,000gns bid was made by WD Adams and Son, Wigtown, Newton Stewart for Corrie Crackpot TI +34, SRI +37. Bred by Duncan MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow, this rising two year old who was placed second in his class, was by Dingle Hofmeister and out of a homebred cow by Allanfauld Flintlock.
Cumbria breeder, Peter Vasey, Wetheral, Carlisle collected the reserve junior championship with his 14 month old youngster, Edenhurst Dynamo TI +34, SRI +39 which he later offered for 8,200gns to MR McCornick, Kirkcowan, Newtown Stewart. A Doonally New son, he was out of a homebred cow going back to Dingle Hofmeister. Mr Vasey also sold the last catalogued entry and highest priced maiden, the rising two year old heifer, Edenhurst Delice at 2,700gns to KM and H McKay, Cowon Bridge, Dingwall. Delice was a Burradon Talisman daughter and her homebred dam went back to Killadeas Jack.
The day’s second 8,000gns call secured the rising two year Marwood Constantine for WJ Irving, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright. Bred by the Blyth family, Roy, Jean, Neil and Kirsty, of Elwick, Hartlepool, Constantine was by Allanfauld Vagabond and out of a homebred bred cow by the 15,000gns Perth intermediate champion. Inverlochy Passport.
The junior, overall male and reserve supreme champion was bred and exhibited by JM Cant and Partners, Arbirlot, Arbroath. Their Panmure Denzel was a 16 month old by Balbithan Volker and out of a Moyness Royal sired homebred cow. He was knocked down sold for 7,500gns to JE Woodman, Chesters, Haltwhistle.
Brampton Crossbow TI +25, SRI +29 from Yorkshire breeder, Billy Turner, Skelton on Ure, Ripon secured a 7,200gns bid from JW Vevers, Waterbeck, Lockerbie. This 17 month old was by Coolnaslee Austin was out of a Bassett Pearlyking sired homebred cow.
Seven lots shared a 7,000gns price tag including the event’s intermediate, overall male and supreme champion, Gwenog Chisum TI +23, SRI +31, a 17 month old from father and son team, John and Peter Howells who once again made a highly worthwhile 600 mile round trip from Llanwenog, Llanybydder, Ceredigion. Sired by the 16,000gns Blelack Tycoon, Chisum was out of a Midas bred cow by Killadeas Jack. He continued his journey north with Caithness Livestock, Thurso.
John Green, Lilliesleaf, Melrose offered his sole entry at 7,000gns to Leys Castle Farm, Leys Castle Inverness. Greenall Celebrity was a two year old Allanfauld Superscot son and out of a homebred dam going back to Derrygiff Mills.
Glenleary Cayman, the only entry to travel over the water from Northern Ireland was bid to 7,000gns by JS Dunn and Partners, Heriot, Midlothian. This 20 month old first class winner bred by Cyril and Martin Millar, Coleraine, Derry, was by Doonally New son and out of Darshams bred cow by Drumlone Max.
Plasbela Cai TI +30, SRI +37, an 18 month old Derryharney Outstanding son from T and GW Roberts, Abergele, Conwy commanded a 6,800gns price tag from E and J Holliday, Westward, Wigton. Minutes later, Mortimers Columbo made 6,500gns to G Davies and Partners, Askirk, Selkirk. Columbo, who has headed his class was a Ravensworth Alder son, out of a Gretnahouse Napolean sired homebred cow and bred and exhibited by Mortimers Farm, Fair Oak, Eastleigh.
Three more lots changed hands for 6,000gns. The Yorkshire bred Ellerton Crockett TI +34, SRI +36, a 19 month old by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable, from Andrew Brown, Foggathorpe, Selby sold to G Raeburn, East Kilbride. Next at 6,000gns was the November 2007 born Sportmans Crest TI +28, SRI +33, a 16 month old by the 10,000gns Balbithan Unicorn and out of a homebred cow by Cockerington Baron from Boden and Davies, Mellor, Stockport to Southwick Farm, Southwick, Dumfries. Alasdair Houston, Gretna offered his highest at 6,000gns to J Murray, Cumnock, Ayr. Gretnahouse Director TI+23, SRI +28 was a 16 month old Gretnahouse Ultimate son and out of a homebred cow by Moncur General.
Averages: 42 senior bulls, £4,971.25; 56 intermediate bulls £4,393.13; 42 junior bulls £5,167.50. Females: two cows and heifers served and/or suckling £4,987.50; seven maiden heifers £1,777.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington
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