Charolais met a solid trade in Welshpool on Thursday 15 April peaking at 7,800gns and establishing two new records; an average £3,360 for 52 lots sold at the breed society’s official spring fixture. Those figures were up on the year by an average of £249 and 12 entries sold.
Gwenog Doodlebug at 7,800gns
Sale leader at 7,800gns was Gwenog Doodlebug, a 20 month old, first class prize winner who was within the breed’s top 10% with a Terminal Index (TI) of +33 and Self Replacing Index (SRI) +40. Bred and exhibited by father and son team, John and Peter Howells, he was out of a Derryharney Outstanding sired homebred cow from their Llanwenog, Llanybydder based 50 cow herd and by the 16,000gns Blelack Tycoon whose 16 sons have sold over the last three years to average £7,000. Doodlebug went to join Alun Williams’ 100 cow suckler herd at Aberdaron, Pwllheli. “This bull had length, a good back end and feet and he had the accompanying Breedplan data to back my judgment,” he said. “I’ve purchased high scoring bulls in the past and found that their calves do actually finish quicker and more efficiently than those by average scoring bulls.”
Reserve champion, Gwenog Diamond at 5,800gns
The Howells enjoyed yet another successful day at the centre when later their second and only other entry, Gwenog Diamond sold for 5,800gns to AL Roberts, Bala. This 17 month old was the same way bred to Doodlebug and earlier on had collected the supreme reserve championship. According to judge Jane Haw, Worth Matravers: “This bull had a lot of shape, muscle and power. In fact there was little between him, Doodlebug and the overall champion, Caylers Dominant who demonstrated great style and presence as soon as he came in to the ring. He had a good top line, hind quarters and was clean through the middle – just the sort of bull I was looking for for the commercial man.”
Supreme champion, Caylers Dominant at 5,600gns
Caylers Dominant was bred and exhibited by David and Louise Barker, Nuthampstead, Royston who were taking their second supreme title on the third occasion to make the highly successful 240 mile round trip to Welshpool. Sired by Fairway Soprano whose sons have so far sold to 30,000gns, this 18 month old was out of a homebred dam by Killadeas Lloyd from their 30 cow herd. Dominant was knocked down sold for 5,600gns to RP Morgan and Son, Dutlas, Knighton.
Later on the Barkers sold Caylers Dominic, a 16 month old first class prize winner for the day’s second highest call of 6,500gns to Tynybryn Farms, Tregynon, Newtown. Dominic was a 16 month old by the homebred Caylers Bombadier, a Burradon Talisman son and out of a homebred cow by Lloyd.
Their third and final entry, Caylers Dexter TI +28, SRI +31, another 16 month old, this time by Fairway Soprano and out of a homebred cow going back to Doonally New, made 4,200gns to TL Morris, Knighton.
A bid of 5,200gns secured Midas Dave for H and B Powell, Rhayader. Bred and exhibited by Roger Coppinger and his son, Drew, Edstaton, Wem, this 18 month old Oldstone Egbert son was out of a homebred cow going back to Balthayock Matthew.
Two entries shared a 5,000gns price tag. First to go was Esgob Defender TI +25, SRI +35, an 18 month old by Thrunton Virginian and out of a homebred cow from Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala. He was knocked down sold to AL Jones, Cwymtirmynach, Bala.
The second 5,000gns bid was made late in the day by AG Jones, Llangwm, Corwen for Brynffanigl Dynamo, a 16 month old by the 17,000gns Alsnow Almighty, out of a homebred cow by Mowbraypark Urban and bred by Bob Roberts and his son, Rhion, Abergele.
Next at 4,800gns was the 19 month old Trefaldwyn Director, a Longanbar Herdsman son and out of a homebred cow by Tullygarley Rollerball. Bred by Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool, he sold to OLL Jerman and Sons, Carno, Caersws.
Gareth Roberts from the Roberts and Jones partnership, Llangadfan, Powys continued his previous success at Welshpool with a team of three entries including two sharing a 4,800gns bid. First to go was Montgomery Dover TI +27, SRI +28, a 20 month old Tullygarley Attaboy son and out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Ossie to LL Morgan, Llandrindod Wells. The second 4,800gns call was made by B Vale, Birtley, Bucknell for Montgomery Detroit TI +26, SRI +39, a November 2009 born Thrunton Virginian son and out of a homebred cow going back to Baggrave Loggo. Earlier Mr Robert’s third entry, the 21 month old Montgomery Dafydd by Attaboy made 4,500gns to B Bayliss, Whitney-on-Wye, Hereford.
Brian Jones, Hoel Senni, Brecon sold his highest entry at 4,600gns to F Young, Ballantrae, Girvan. This 22 month old Bailea Ulysse son was out of a homebred cow going back to Gower Halogen.
Brampton Dunkirk TI +29 SRI +35, one of the day’s first lots to come under the hammer sold made 4,200gns to SW Williams, Talybont, Barmouth. Bred and Billy Turner, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon, this two year old was by the 8,000gns Kelton Valiant and out of a homebred dam.
Charbron Duke, the next entry through the ring made 4,000gns to PW Jones, Garth, Builth Wells. This two year old bred and exhibited by Barons Cross Charolais Stud, Aymestrey Leominster, was by the 6,200gns Caylers Supreme, out of a homebred cow by Barnsley Piquet.
Averages; 52 bulls £3,360.58.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
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