Charolais established two new centre records in Welshpool on Thursday 21 April peaking at a new top price of 9,000gns and record average of £3,706, up £346 on the year, for 50 lots sold at the breed society’s official spring fixture.
Moelfre Explosion, the day’s champion
and record price at 9,000gns
“The day’s buoyant trade was driven by commercial men who travelled from as far afield as Cornwall and Cumbria to Northern Ireland to buy Charolais cattle, confident that they will leave high performance calves that will command a consistent premium in the market place,” commented the society’s David Benson.
Sale leader at 9,000gns was the day’s champion, Moelfre Explosion TI +34, SRI +35, a 22 month old from Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn. Sired by the privately purchased Gretnahouse Vigorous, he was out of a Mowbraypark Paramount sired homebred dam from Mr Thomas’ 90 cow herd, and went to join Cumbria’s largest suckler herd with 280 cows at Greystoke Castle Farms, Greystoke, Penrith. Farm manger, David Lawton commented; “This bull has a tremendous topline, a clear shoulder and relatively light bone. He also shows great character.”
Earlier in the day judge, Martin Donaghy awarded Explosion the supreme championship. “As soon as he came in to the ring he caught my eye,” he said. “He was the complete package – very correct, with growth, power and all the attributes of the Charolais breed.” Meanwhile Explosion’s breeder, Kevin Thomas was enjoying his best ever day at Welshpool in 10 years of selling at the centre. “It’s been fantastic, we’ve taken our fourth championship title, as well as the highest price and our four bulls entered sold to average 5,250gns.”
Mr Thomas’s next best at 4,800gns was Moelfre Explorer TI+22, SRI +24, a 19 month old by Allanfauld Norseman and out of a homebred cow going back to Vigorous. The buyer was WS Jones, Bryn Crug, Tywyn. Moelfre Energizer TI +29, SRI +34, a 22 month old by Vigorous and out of a Gower bred cow sold for 4,200gns to TN Lightfoot, Callington, Cornwall.
Hendy Fearless at 6,200gnsThe day’s second top call of 6,200gns was made for Hendy Fearless, a 15 month old youngster by Balthayock Matthew and out of a homebred dam by Tullygarley Rollerball from Wyn and Diane Rees’ 32 cow herd based at Llangurig, Llanidloes. Fearless who earlier on headed his class went home with OR Jones, Tywyn.
Father and son team, Brian and Matthew Jones, Heol Senni, Brecon offered their highest entry, Bailea Exterminator TI +35, SRI +36 for 5,600gns to DS Pryce and Sons, Deytheur, Llansantffraid. This 19 month old was by Bailea Ulysse and out of a homebred cow going back to Gower Halogen.
The reserve champion, Maerdy Engelbert TI +26, SRI +30, attracted the next highest call of 5,400gns from GP Pugh and Son, Rhayader. Bred and exhibited by Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold, this 19 month old was by Maerdy Super and out of a homebred cow by Rosanna Magic.
Mr Evans went on to sell a string of nine more bulls including two lots sharing a 4,300gns bid. First to go was Maerdy Eurocrat TI +27, SRI +31, a 17 month old Vald’Or-Ra son and out of a homebred cow going back to Maerdy Grimaldi. Eurocrat was knocked down sold to EW Gubb, Brayford, Barnstaple.
Minutes later, the 15 month old Maerdy Filter TI +42, SRI +45, made 4,300gns to CG Young, Pensellwood, Wincanton. A Maerdy Alcazar son, he was out of a Maerdy Padirac sired homebred dam. Another Vald’Or-Ra son, this time the 17 month old Maerdy Esparto TI +21, SRI +20, was next at 4,200gns to TA Williams, Blaen y Coed, Carmarthen. Maerdy Emperor TI +33, SRI +38, a 22 month old Maerdy Padirac son made 4,000gns to RA Evans, Llanwrin, Machynlleth.
Roger Everall, Shrawardine, Shrewsbury offered his first class prize winner, the 19 month old Mowbraypark Paramount son, Shraden Extraordinaire TI +32, SRI +31, for 5,200gns to EM Gittins, Menai Bridge, Anglesey. Next at 5,000gns was Gareth Jones’ Esgob Evan TI +28, SRI +35, an 18 month old first class prize winner by the 18,000gns Thrunton Virginian and out of a Maerdy Nelson sired homebred dam from his 35 cow herd based at Cwmtirmynach, Bala. The buyer was GW Thomas, Ferwig, Cardigan.
Charbron Electrifying TI +19, SRI +30, a 22 month old Burradon Talisman son from Barons Cross Charolais Stud, Aymestrey made 4,200gns GB Ralph, Crickhowell. The day’s final 4,2000gns bid went to Wesley Evident TI +25, SRI +30, a 17 month old from Wesley Estates, Markfield, Leicester. Sired by Balthayock Aesop, he was out of a homebred cow going back to Bassingbourn lines and sold to A Williams, Bethel, Caernarvon.
Sarkley Elmeo TI +23, SRI +31, a 19 month old by Corrie Alan and out of a Moyness Maharajah sired homebred dam from the Pennie family, Glyn, Chris and Nigel, Llandyssil, Montgomery made 4,000gns to JLC Williams, Penmorva, Portmadoc. The day’s final 4,000gns call was made for Thrunton Ethan TI +29, SRI +30, a 17 month old by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and out of a Thrunton bred dam going back to Burradon Talisman. He was offered by ORP Jones, Tywyn and secured by WRF Jones, Llanegryn, Towyn.
Averages: 50 bulls £3,706.50; seven heifers £1,005; one in calf cow £1155.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
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