Charolais smashed pedigree cattle records at an overflowing ringside in Welshpool on Thursday 10 November at the breed society’s autumn fixture where three new centre records were established: a top price of 12,000gns, 70 bulls coming under the hammer sold and an average of £3,744.
The day’s champion and leader,
Moelfre Fabulous at 12,000gns
“An outstanding show of bulls met an outstanding trade fuelled by the resurgence in demand for Charolais cattle, a reflection of Charolais sired store cattle which have been attracting premium prices throughout the UK at the autumn suckled calf and store sales,” commented the society’s David Benson.
Sale leader at 12,000gns was Moelfre Fabulous TI +57, SRI +43, a 21 month old by the 8,500gns Newhouse Chicago and out of a homebred dam from Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn. He sold to Mark Swistun, Llanforlais, Gower to head up his new pedigree herd after using Charolais over his Welsh Black suckler herd and being impressed by the high performance calves. “I decided I wanted a slice of the action myself, establish a herd and buy the best I could afford. Fabulous caught my eye – he has great length and topline.”
Fabulous was no stranger to the ring, having secured the reserve breed title at the 2011 Royal Welsh Show, however at Welshpool he went one better and was awarded the supreme championship by the judge, Alasdair Houston who hailed him as a clear winner. “Fabulous was a well-balanced, well finished and powerful bull with breed character; he stood out in his class as well as the final line up and had all the attributes to join a pedigree herd.” For his breeder, Kevin Thomas, Fabulous broke the previous 9,000gns centre record he established just six months ago. “We are thrilled to contribute to another new record and overall, the trade was beyond our expectations.”
Mr Thomas went on to offer two more leading entries, both by the 8,000gns Inverlochy Verne, First to go at 5,800gns was Moelfre Feisty TI +43, SRI +38, a 20 month old out of a homebred dam going back to Mowbraypark Paramount. The buyer was Greystoke Castle Farms, Penrith. Moelfre Fanfare TI +33, SRI +39, a 15 month old made 4,000gns to E Lewis, Lower Chapel, Brecon.
Wesley Folio at 7,800gnsThe day’s second highest bid of 7,800gns was made by WRL Price, Llaithddu, Llandrindod Wells for Wesley Folio TI +48, SRI +48, a 17 month old by Balthayock Aesop and out of a homebred cow by the 20,000gns Thrunton Trojan. Bred and exhibited by Wesley Estates, Markfield, Leicester, Folio was the final entry to be sold from the 150 head herd, of which was dispersed last month. Earlier in the day, his stable mate and same way bred Wesley Fugitive TI +34, SRI +37 made 4,200gns to Gipsy Hall Farm, Wilmcote, Stratford upon Avon.
Seawell Festival at 7,500gnsNext at 7,500gns was Seawell Festival TI +53, SRI +53, a 17 month old by the 30,000gns Thrunton Voltage and out of a homebred dam going back to Maerdy lines. Bred and exhibited by Peter and Sheilagh Donger, Foxley, Towcester, he went home with JL James, Clydach, Swansea. At 5,400gns, the same breeders offered Seawell Ferguson TI +64, SRI +55, an 18 month old Seamore Archie son and out of a Maerdy sired homebred dam. The buyers were EI Lewis and Sons, Forge, Machynlleth.
Belan Format, an 18 month old by Moelfre Champion and out of a Derryharney Outstanding sired homebred cow from JS Abel, Cwmbelan, Llanidloes, made 7,200gns to near neighbour, MR Bound, Tylwch, Llanidloes.
A bid of 6,800gns secured the reserve champion, Trefonnen Foynavon for J and P Owens, Shobden, Leominster. Bred and exhibited by Mr and Mrs Roy Hughes, he was a 15 month old by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a Doonally New sired homebred dam from their 11 strong cow herd.
Two entries shared a 6,000gns bid. First to go was the19 month old Carrigbeg Frankie from RJ Butler, Rudford, Gloucester to TN Lightfoot, Callington, Cornwall. Sired by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable, he was out of a homebred cow going back to Burradon Talisman.
The second 6,000gns price tag was paid by WP Bowen and Son, Llanbister, Llandrindod Wells for Pedr Fonzy TI +41, SRI +43, a 16 month old by Blelack Tycoon and out of a Derryharney Outstanding sired homebred cow from Peter Howells, Llanwenog, Llanybydder.
Trefaldwyn Fieldsman, a 13 month old Glenlivet Singlemalt son and out of a Burradon Talisman sired dam from Arwel Owen, Foel, Welshpool was secured for 5,000gns by G and DM Owen, Pontfean, Brecon.
A couple of Tullygarley Attaboy sons were in the money for the Roberts and Jones partnership, Llangadfan, Welshpool. First at 4,600gns was the 20 month old Montgomery Frank TI +25, SRI +22 to TH and G Davies and Son, Llanwddyn, Oswestry, while Montgomery Fagin, a 17 month old made 4,000gns to J Jones, Llanywchlyn, Bala.
Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala offered his Esgob Foxtrot TI +37, SRI +42 at 4,200gns to AG and EL Jones, Llangwm, Corwen. Sired by the 18,000gns Thrunton Virginian, he was out of a homebred dam going back to Oldstone Egbert. Earlier in the day Mr Jones’s Esgob Freddie TI +22, SRI +28, a seven month old Esgob Chico son was knocked down sold for 4,000gns to MD Williams, Llannefydd, Denbigh.
A second 4,200gns bid was commanded by Solo Freddie TI +43, SRI +40 from RJ Thomas, Cascob, Presteigne. Bred and exhibited by C and R Currell, Eastharptree, Avon, he was by Newroddige Bonanza and out of a Doonally Price sired homebred dam.
Two more entries shared a 4,000gns price tag. Maerdy Frugal, a 16 month old T-Unisson son from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold went home with CR Thomas, Dutlas, Knighton, while the 18 month old Ashleigh Victor sired Rumsden Fallout from DH Knox, March, Cambridge, made 4,000gns to JH and GW Edwards, Padog, Bettws-y-Coed.
Averages: 70 bulls £3,774; 4 heifers £1,955.63; 2 cows and calves £1,680.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
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