Champion Female - Gretnahouse Untouched
Charolais were bid to 5,500gns at the breed society’s annual
autumn show and sale in Carlisle on Saturday 26 November. Despite
blizzard conditions, renewed interest in the Charolais breed fuelled
one of the most buoyant trades for females since prior to the introduction
of OTMS with entries from the event’s Christmas Cracker taking
The day’s top 5,500gns call was made for Edenhurst Unity CH26,
an April 2003 born second class prizewinner by Oldstone Egbert and
out of Lynedraw Gamelia purchased at the Stoddart’s herd dispersal
for 6,000gns. Unity was sold in calf to Gretnahouse Ultimate to breed
newcomer, AJ Mckie, East Chisenbury, Pewsey, Wiltshire.
Unity who was bred and exhibited by Peter Vasey, of Wetheral, Carlisle,
enjoyed one of his best ever Christmas Crackers since the event was
introduced 15 years ago; his three leading female entries sold to
net 12,700gns. The day was made even more sweeter since these heifers
were close to drowning during the January floods and had to be swum
out of the steading to safety by the Vasey’s friends and family.
Peter Vasey’s other leading two entries were also by Oldstone
Egbert who has been used widely across his 60 cow herd. At 4,200gns
he offered Edenhurst Virtue CH23, a rising two year old placed third
in her class and out of the homebred Edenhurst Patience who bred
the 5,800gns Carlisle May 2005 reserve male champion. Virtue was
knocked down sold to Jan Boomaars, Woldingham, Sussex together with
several more lots including Edenhurst Utopia CH22 at 3,000gns. Utopia
CH22, who was first in her class, was a two year old out of the homebred
Edenhurst Rosanne and maternal sister to the 2005 Scottish National
Charolais Show champion.
Other leading female entries included at 5,000gns Alsnow Unity CH26,
a September 2003 born Mowbraypark Orlando daughter, out of a Glenisla
bred cow and served to the 11,000gns Blelack Jaguar. Bred by Alan
Lawson and Son, Hallington, Newcastle on Tyne, this first class prize
winner was secured by A McKie who also shelled out 2,800gns for Mowbraypark
Viva CH40, an 18 month old maiden from Mike and Margaret Atkinson,
Kirkby Malzeard, Ripon. Viva’s parentage on both sides goes
back to Killadeas Jack. She was by their Mowbraypark Paramount, a
Jack son who is senior herd sire in their 40 cow herd, and out of
the home bred Jack daughter, Mowbraypark Portia.
A third 5,000gns bid was made in the female ring, this time for
Thrunton Thistle CH25, a May 2002 born entry and one of five to come
under the hammer sold from a draft offered by the Campbell family,
Ian and John and their father, Colin, of Thrunton, Alnwick. Thistle
was by the 25,000gns Perth supremo, Mowbraypark Orlando and out of
a Blanerne Fearless sired homebred cow. She was sold with her first
calf at foot, Thrunton Alcapone, a nine month old bull by Thrunton
Ruslter, and she had been scanned in calf to Burradon Talisman. The
pair went to JS Gibson and Son, Newbrough, Hexham.
The Christmas Cracker championship was awarded to Alasdair Houston’s
(Gretna Green) Gretnahouse Untouched CH31, a 20 month old by Harviestoun
Marseille, out of a Limestone bred cow and served to the 20,000gns
Moncur General. She made 4,000gns to breed newcomers, Mr and Mrs
J Lomas, Flagg, Buxton.
The Mallaber Partners purchased two heifers to add to their newly
established Newroddige herd at Drakelow, Burton on Trent. Both lots
were by Maerdy Sinndar and they led the trade for Esmor Evans’ (Mold),
draft of 30 entries sold. The Mallabers forked out 3,400gns for the
July 2003 born Maerdy Utensil, and 2,500gns for Maerdy Uncanny (August
Heading the trade for bulls at 5,000gns was the first class prize
winner, Allanfauld Victory CH33, a 19 month old Gretnahouse Noel
son and out of a Ragdale sired homebred cow, from Archie MacGregor,
Kilsyth, Glasgow. The buyers were G and GW Mair, Meikleholm, Lockerbie.
The Welsh entry was led by Telgwyn Roberts’ (Abergele, Conwy),
Plasbela Vanguard making 4,600gns to SI Carlisle, Dumfries. This
21 month old who was awarded a blue ticket, was by Dingle Hofmeister
and out of a Brynffanigl bred cow.
The day’s second 4,600gns call was made shortly afterwards
for Piatrooon Vibrant from Harold Forster and Sons, Bardon Mill,
Hexham. Vibrant who was within the breed’s top 1% with a Beef
Value of CH43, was a March 2004 born Burradon Talisman son and out
of a Thrunton bred cow going back to Mowbraypark Orlando. He headed
to Caithness with P Oag, Wick.
The Forsters were again in the money later in the day when they
sold at 4,000gns Piatroon Virgil CH32 to A Connolly, Wamphrey, Moffat.
This 17 month old was by Doonally New and out of another Thrunton
bred cow also by Orlando.
The overall male champion, Hackleton Victor was secured for 4,500gns
by James and Vanessa Webb, Billesdon, Leicester. Bred and exhibited
by Hackleton Farms, Hackleton, Northampton, this 19 month old Roundhill
Rocky son was no stranger to the ring having been placed in reserve
male slot at the National Charolais Show, Newbury earlier this year.
Next to go at 4,000gns was Bassett Vanya, a January 2004 born Edenhurst
Super son and out of a homebred cow from Jean Atkinson’s Thorpe
Bassett, Malton based herd. Vanya who was awarded the reserve male
championship sold to David and Marjorie Stobart, Brampton.
John Green, Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe offered his best ever so far
in the 18 month old Greenall Vialli CH31 for 3,700gns to T and R
Harper and Son, Skirling, Biggar. A Doonally New son, he was out
of a Brampton bred cow going back to the 28,000gns Perth champion,
Two lots were bid to 3,000gns. First to go was Kevin Thomas’ (Newcastle
Emlyn), Moelfre Vintage CH44, an April 2004 born Mowbraypark Paramount
son and out of Mowbraypark Peppermint. The buyers were DL and KM
Porteous, Knockvennie, Castle Douglas.
The Barker family, of Nuthampstead, Royston offered the second 3,000gns
lot, Caylers Vagabond CH25, an 18 month old Killadeas Prunity son
to S Shell and Sons, Alnwick.
Averages: 35 bulls £2,307.86; 17 Christmas Cracker served
heifers £2,245.15; 8 Christmas Cracker maidens £2,441.25;
14 other collective females £1,044.75.
Herd drafts: Thrunton, 5 head £3,024.00; Gretnahouse, 4 head £1,968.75;
Charbron, 7 head £1,042.50; Maerdy, 30 head £1,569.73.
Bishopton dispersal: 13 head £699.46.
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