Charolais met a consistent demand selling to a top of 8,000gns at the official breed society show and sale at Carlisle on Friday 23 November.
The top price of the day went to Lynedraw Galaxy at 8,000gns
Heading the trade at 8,000gns was Lynedraw Galaxy TI +37, SRI +31, sired by the 10,000gns Mullaghbane Ulliott and out of Baileybanks Connie. This 18 month old from R W and A J Jackson, Penrith, Cumbria was knocked down sold to J P and M J Davies, Brecon, Powys.
A bid of 5,200gns secured the overall male champion Bassett Genie TI +24, SRI +24 for R W and M R Sowerby and Sons, Appleby, Cumbria. This 18 month old bred by J Atkinson, Malton, North Yorkshire, was by the 10,000gns Harestone Domino and out of a homebred dam.
Two lots sold for 5,000gns. First came Alsnow General TI +27, SRI +37, bred by A R Lawson and Son, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear. This 21 month old by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan and out of a homebred dam was purchased by T H Vickers and Sons, Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
Also claimed at 5,000gns was the 18 month old Millbridge Gladiator TI +24, SRI +28, purchased by H P Thomas, Brecon, Powys. Bred by J Hunter, Wigton, Cumbria, this one was by Burradon Talisman and out of Wigginton Aster.
The reserve male champion Pedr Gringo TI +21, SRI +20 was secured for 4,000gns. Gringo, bred by P L Howells, Llanybydder, Ceredigion, was a 20 month old Thrunton Classic son and out of Hendy Thistle. He was knocked down sold to H Hughes and Son, Machynlleth, Powys.
Bids of 3,800gns were made twice. Bred by J R G and R M Johnson, Hexham, Northumberland, Shankfoot Gladiator TI +60, SRI +54, was first through the ring at 3,800gns. This one was a 20 month old Blelack Digger son, out of a homebred dam and sold to R and A Buchanan, Gorbridge, Midlothian.
Burradon Grandduke TI +36, SRI +34 from Messrs Curry, Morpeth, Northumberland also made 3,800gns. This 18 month old sired by the 12,000gns Gwenog Banjo and out of a homebred dam was secured by R and E Hall and Son, Driffield, East Yorkshire.
A call of 3,700gns was made for Gretnahouse Guardsman TI +31, SRI +26, a 20 month old by the 25,000gns Thrunton Camelot and out of a homebred dam. Guardsman was bred by A G Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, and sold to J Warnock and Sons, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
Christmas Cracker female championThe female trade was led at 5,500gns by Christmas Cracker champion Holtstead Emdeholly TI +26, SRI +28, by Burradon Talisman and out of a homebred dam. Bred by F, J and E C Andrews, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, this two year old sold in calf to Blelack Digger was knocked down sold to H P Whittaker, Tarporley, Cheshire. The same buyer also bid 3,100gns for Laverock Garland, a 15 month old heifer by Clonoulty Andraemon and out of a homebred dam from W Richardson and Sons, Kendal, Cumbria.
Holstead Emdeholly led the female trade at 5,500gns.
Next came a bid of 4,300gns for Bleaklow Anastasia TI +22, SRI +13 and her six month old bull calf Bleaklow Hamilton, sired by Balthayock Aesop. This seven year old Gretnahouse Noel daughter out of a homebred dam was bred by T W Cox, Bakewell, Derbyshire and was purchased by Crowhall Farms, Hexham, Northumberland. The same breeder also sold Bleaklow Venus TI +16, SRI +16, for 3,600gns. Venus, an eight year old cow also by Noel and out of a homebred dam, was sold with her seven month old bull calf Bleaklow Hilton sired by Aesop, to Moorhouse Farm, Colby, Isle of Man.
Gwenog Foxy TI +29, SRI +29 went for a call of 3,800gns. Bred by J S Howells, Llanybyther, Dyfed, this two year old Thrunton Classic daughter was out of a homebred dam and was bought by Nugent Estate, Portaferry, County Down. Nugent Estate also invested 3,500gns in the reserve Cracker champion Gwenog Gigi TI +37, SRI +35 from the same breeder. Gigi was a 21 month old heifer by Classic and out of a homebred dam.
Pedigree Charolais Averages: 24 bulls, £3,640; 5 Cracker females, £3,843; 3 served heifers, £2,642.50; 4 maiden heifers, £2,021.25; 5 cows served and/or with calves at foot, £3,171.
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