Charolais met an outstanding demand from commercial producers selling to a top of 12,000gns three times and with 98 lots coming under the hammer sold for £4,644, up £786 on 2010, in Carlisle on Saturday 14 May at the breed society’s official spring show and sale.
Wesley Equinox at 12,000gns
“The extra kilos and the premium prices consistently generated by Charolais cross cattle ensured a frenzied trade for Charolais bulls throughout the day,” commented the society’s David Benson. “That trade was overwhelmingly driven by suckler men determined to have a slice of the action and resulted in the breed’s best ever day at the centre.”
The first 12,000gns call was made for the reserve senior champion, Wesley Equinox TI +32, SRI +38, a 19 month old by Balthayock Longbow and out of a homebred cow going back to Bassingbourn lines. Bred and exhibited by Wesley Estates, Markfield, Leicester, he went to join Alasdair Houston’s Gretnahouse herd, Gretna Green.
Alsnow Euro at 12,000gnsMr Houston went on to recoup his spend with four entries coming under the hammer sold including the leading Gretnahouse Ernie TI +19, SRI +29, a 20 month old Balmyle Victor son at 6,000gns to Philip Simmers, Keith, Banff along with nine more bulls to work over his suckler herds, along with 21 females to establish a new herd for his two young sons.
Next at 12,000gns was the first class prize winner, Alsnow Euro TI +20, SRI +30, an 18 month old Blelack Roger son and out of a homebred cow by Blelack Percy from Alan Lawson and Son, Hallington, Newcastle. The buyers were Peter and Shelagh Donger, Foxley, Towcester.
Goldies Elation at 12,000gnsThe final 12,000gns bid was made by Jimmy Wilson, Mintlaw, Peterhead for Goldies Elation TI +43, SRI +49, a 17 month old Dingle Hofmeister son and out of Blelack Ripple, dam of the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries. Another entry from the same breeder, Goldies Ferrari TI +32, SRI+43 changed hand for 6,000gns to W and M Barbour, New Abbey, Dumfries. A 16 month old Blelack Blackberet son, he was out of a Dingle Hofmeister sired homebred dam.
The intermediate and overall champion, Next at 10,000gns was the intermediate and overall supreme champion, Ratoary Ferguson TI +27, SRI +35, a 16 month old by Oldstone Egbert and out of Deerfin Tina, a Doonally New sired daughter. Bred and exhibited by Sean McGovern, Clogher, County Tyronne, Ferguson was no stranger to the ring having collected the reserve junior title at the NI National Charolais Show 2010. He was knocked down sold in a two way split to father and son team, Tom and Ian Bell, Hallbankgate, Brampton and Peter Vasey, Wetheral, Carlisle.
Ratoary Ferguson at 10,000gns
Mr Vasey recouped his spend earlier in the day when he offered Edenhurst Exclusive TI +40, SRI +39 for 6,200gns to JW Storey and Son, Haltwhistle. This 20 month old Mowbraypark Paramount son was out of a homebred dam by Oldstone Egbert.
Caylers Flynn TI +24, SRI +31 from the Barker family, Nuthampstead, Royston, sold for 8,400gns to AJ and JA Powell, Knighton. A 14 month old, he was bred from homebred lines – his sire was Caylers Bombadier, a Burradon Talisman son and he was out of a Maerdy Uniroyal sired dam.
Four entries shared an 8,000gns price tag. First to go was Thrunton Elton TI +26, SRI +28, a 19 month old by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Perth supremo, Mowbraypark Orlando. Bred and exhibited by the Campbell family, Ian, John and father, Colin, Thrunton, Alnwick, he went to Brian Lavis, Bridestowe, Okehampton.
The Campbells also produced the reserve intermediate and overall reserve champion, Thrunton Einstein TI +28, SRI 41, a 17 month old Burradon Talisman son and out of a homebred dam by Orlando. Einstein sold for 7,000gns to AW McArthur, Balfron, Stirling.
Two entries from the Milne family, Lhanbryde, Elgin each made 8,000gns. First was Elgin Enigma TI +31, SRI +39, a 17 month old by the 10,000gns Thrunton Alpha and out of a homebred dam by Rumsden Samurai. Elgin, he sold to WR Simmers and Sons, Keith, Banff. The Milne’s second 8,000gns entry was Elgin Firstclass TI +33, SRI +41, a 15 month old by Harestone Tyrol and out of a homebred dam going back to Harestone Safran. Firstclass travelled home to Wales with A and F and D Jones, Pentrefoleas, Betws y Coed.
Earlier on, Elgin Flyhalf TI +35, SRI +41 another Tyrol son and out of a homebred dam by Samuri from the same breeders made 7,500gns to S Moore, Brechin.
The final 8,000gns call was made late in the day by WN Lindsay, Kirriemuir, Angus for the junior champion, Loganbar Future TI +31, SRI +41, a 13 month old by Clanabogan Charlie and out of a homebred dam from Murray Lyle, Mid Cambushinnie, Dunblane. On a previous outing, Future had both taken junior breed and junior interbreed honours at the Champion Stars of the Future Show, Forfar.
First class prize winner, Tonaghmore Firecracker from Harold Crawford, Fintona, County Tyronne made 7,500gns to Gelston Castle Farms, Boreland of Kelton, Castle Douglas. This 15 month old was by Mullaghbane Topline and out of a Bassett bred dam.
Another red ticket holder, the rising two year Logan Effortless from WL Hyslop and Son, West Logan, Castle Douglas made 7,000gns to JP and MJ Davies, Trellong, Brecon. Effortless was bred from homebred lines, both of whom went back to Killadeas Jack.
Hallgarth Elgar, an 18 month old Newhouse Bigal son and out of the 5,000gns Thrunton Apricot from Richard Langdale Hall, Wintringham, Malton was secured for 6,800gns by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfries.
A second 6,800gns call was made this time by Paul Rhodes, Holme on Spalding Moor, York for the 16 month old Hendy Fanfare, a Doonally New son and out of a Thrunton sired homebred dam from John and Dianne Rees, Llangurig, Llanidloes.
Father and son team, Drew and Bob Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, Glamis, sold for 6,200gns their 16 month old Newhouse Firstfoot TI +39, SRI +49 to WR Simmers and Sons. A 16 month old by the 10,000gns Balmyle Churchill, Firstfoot was out of a homebred cow by the 28,000gns Perth champion, Brampton Nacodar.
Leading entry from Mortimers Farm, Fairoak, Eastleigh was the 17 month old Mortimers Envoy at 6,000gns to Leys Castle Farm, Leys Castle, Inverness. Sired by the 16,000gns Ravensworth Alder, he was out of as homebred dam by Gretnahouse Napolean.
Iain Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirling offered his Lochend Frontier TI +32, SRI+33 at 6,000gns to Klondyke Farms, Thornhill, Dumfries. A 16 month old, he was by the 21,000gns Kelton Trident and out of a homebred cow going back to Bassett lines.
The sale also featured the dispersal of TP and ST Best’s Millington and Yorkies herds which was led at 6,200gns by the four year old stock bull, Bassett Comet. Bred by Jean Atkinson, he was an Oldstone Egbert son and out of a homebred dam going back to Edenhurst Super. Comet was knocked down sold to JG Milburn and Sons, Hexham.
Claiming supreme female honours was Graywood Crystal, a four year old Doonally Olmento daughter bred by R and S Wakeham-Dawson and consigned by Rupert Taylor, Fairwarp, Uckfield. Sold in calf to Cottage Devon and offered with Rumsden Firefly, her ten month old heifer at foot by Rumsden Cruiserweight, she made 4,000gns to Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn.
A draft of heifers from the Campbell family, Thrunton, Alnwick was led at 4,500gns for Thrunton Enya, a two year old by Newhouse Bigal and out of a homebred dam by Lochnagar Imperator. The buyer was Messrs Hunter, Glanton, Alnwick.
27 senior bulls £4,226.00
36 intermediate bulls £5,283.00
35 junior bulls £4,406.00.
Females; two heifers served and/or suckling £3,399.00; seven heifers served or maiden £1,755.00
Millington and Yorkies: 20 females £1,945.00; one stock bull £6,510.00; Thrunton: seven heifers served and/or suckling £3,082.50; Mowbraypark: 14 heifers served and/or suckling £1,815.00.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington
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