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Stirling Charolais Peak at 22,000gns

British Charolais met a strong commercial demand from a packed ringside in Stirling on Wednesday 22 October where prices peaked at 22,000gns at the breed society's autumn sale.

Charolais once again remained dominant during the week's multi-beef breed fixtures, by recording the highest number of bulls sold and highest average price with 84 entries through the ring to average £6,654; furthermore, 10 lots made five figures and 55 lots commanded 5,000gns or more.

"Bulls met a very level trade throughout, a trend underpinned by the commercial sector, and it was those quality entries with good EBV data for calving ease which were particularly sought after. A further 11 lots were booked through the final auctioneer's sale sheet bringing the total clearance to 88%," commented society chairman, Steve Nesbitt.

Sale leader at 22,000gns was Maerdy Ignition TI +66, SRI +61, a 19 month old by the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous and maternal brother to the 45,000gns Stirling junior champion, Mardy Express. Bred and exhibited by Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold he was knocked down sold in a three way split to Wallace Brown, Kilmarnock, Archie MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth and Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell Dumfries.

Mr Evans traded four more entries including at 8,000gns the junior and reserve supreme champion, Maerdy Innes TI +30, SRI +19. Sired by Maerdy Dynamite, this 14 month old was described by judge, Grif Morris as ‘a very young bull with everything in balance and all the potential for growth’.

Innes was knocked down sold to WJ Fraser and Son, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch who earlier in the day paid 10,000gns for the senior and overall supreme championship, Marne Impeccable TI +24, SRI +20, a 21 month old by Rumsden Fawkes and out of a Graywood dam. Bred and exhibited by Robert and Michelle Tremayne, the couple were making a highly successful 1,125 mile round trip from Helston, Cornwall on what was their debut trip to Stirling.

Impeccable was no newcomer to travelling or stranger to the ring having secured reserve male title at the National Charolais Show at The NEC, and junior interbreed male at the Devon County.

Mr Morris commented: “Impeccable was an easy champion and stood out as soon as he came in the ring. He had every attribute sought after in a pedigree or crossing bull – size, good top line, clean through the middle and meat in all the right places, combined with good locomotion.”

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Gretnahouse Indian - 18,000gns

The day’s second highest bid of 18,000gns was made by Peter Foulger, Loxwood, Billingshurst for Gretnahouse Indian TI +54, SRI +49, an 18 month old Lochend Apache son. Indian secured the male championship at the National Charolais Show, and on Tuesday was awarded reserve intermediate title. Mr Houston’s next best at 7,500gns was Gretnahouse Intermilan TI +64, SRI +62, a 16 month old Wesley Equinox son to WH Porter, Carnoustie.

Next at 12,500gns was Balmyle Impression TI +58, SRI +51, an18 month old by the 9,500gns Maerdy Egret and out of a homebred dam going back to Brampton Nacodar. Bred and exhibited by Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perth, he travelled to Wales with Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn. Mr Bruce continued his success at 10,000gns with Balmyle Inevitable TI +52, SRI +44, another 18 month old this time by the 22,000gns Blelack Forester. He went to join Balbirnie Home Farms’ suckler herd based at Freuchie, Fife.

A bid of 12,000gns secured the intermediate champion, Elrick Iceman TI +55, SRI +41 for J and W Kellas, Dufftown, Keith. Bred and exhibited my Michael Massie, Auchnagatt, the 18 month old Ellon, Iceman was by 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin and out of a homebred dam by the 12,000 Coolnaslee Adversary.

Next up at 10,500gns was Kersknowe Iron TI +62, SRI +60, an 18 month old Lagavaich Fernando son, from James and John Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso to Ross Farms, Gorebridge, Midlothian. Minutes before the father and son team offered Kersknowe Immense TI +53, SRI +52, a 19 month old by the 20,000gns Stirling champion, Inverlochy Fencer at 8,500gns to T Pottinger, Westray, Orkney.

Three more entries sold for 10,000gns each. First up was the NI National Charolais Show champion, Coolnaslee Ivanhoe TI +26, SRI +22 from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, County Down. Sired by the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend, this 19 month old was knocked down sold to Peter and Sheilagh Donger, Foxley, Towcester.

A bid of 10,000gns secured Ellerton Independent TI +41, SRI +35 for Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills, County Antrim. Bred and exhibited by Andrew Brown, Foggathorpe, Selby, Independent was a 17 month old was by Lowerffrydd Benhur.

The final 10,000gns call was made minutes later by Jim Warnock, Broughton, Biggar for Swalesmoor Immortal TI +69, SRI +67 from Danny Sawrij, Blainsie, Galashiels. A 17 month old, Immortal was by the 12,000gns Perth champion, Swalesmoor Cupid who also sired another same age entry from Mr Sawrij, Swalesmoor Imperial TI +61, SRI +56 selling for 8,000gns to Gary More, Kippen, Stirling.

Balthayock Ivo TI 62, SRI +58 led the trade at 9,500gns for father and son team, David and Nicholas Walter, Balthayock, Perth. An 18 month old Barbican Lancer son, he went home with JR and DB Rendall Papa Westray, Orkney.

Goldies Inferno TI +49, SRI +50, a 16 month old Goldies Banker son from Hamish Goldie changed hands for 9,500gns to JJM Sutherland, Caithness who also went to 9,000gns for Westcarse Imperial TI +40, SRI +39, a 17 month old by the 16,000 Perth junior champion, Clyth Diplomat from John Christie, Stirling.

The day’s second 9,000gns call went to the reserve senior champion, Bonnybrae Invincibull TI +58, SRI +54, a 19 month old Blelack Digger son from HP Whittaker, Cornhill on Tweed, to HR and C Dalrymple, Ballantrae, Girvan.

A bid of 8,800gns secured Baillieston Immaculate TI +60, SRI +56 for W Dunlop and Son, Innerwick, Dunbar. Bred and exhibited by Ronnie Baillie, Toab, Deerness, Orkney, this 16 month old was by the 15,000gns Maerdy Deiniol.

Peter Vasey, Wetheral, Carlisle produced the reserve junior champion, Edenhurst Imperator TI +45, SRI +42, a 17 month old by the 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo. He was knocked down sold for 8,500gns to W Ramsay and Son, Dalry, Castle Douglas.


The female trade was led at 5,800gns by the champion, Goldies Hilary TI +35, SRI +34, a two year old by the 12,000gns Blelack Edition and sold in calf to Blelack Digger. Bred and exhibited by Hamish Goldie she sold to Charlie Boden, Mellor, Stockport.

Next at 4,600gns was Caithness Hannah TI +47, SRI +42 from D and M Campbell, Occumster, Lybster to G Russell, Denny, Stirling. Sired by the 10,000gns Harviestoun Casino, this two year old was sold in calf to Blelack Digger.

A bid of 4,500gns secured Elrick Herbal TI +39, SRI + 45, a maiden heifer by Thrunton Fearless from Mike Massie to AK Brooke, Glenluce, Newtown Stewart. The reserve female title went to Vexour Herd TI +54, SRI +52, a two year old by Newhouse Emperor from Jan Boomaars, Woldingham to HP Whittaker for 4,000gns.

Heifers from Murray Lyle’s production sale and sold in calf to the 8,500gns Elrick Historian went to a top of 3,000gns twice. First to go was Loganbar Harmonieux TI +25, SRI +15, a two year old Major daughter to T Leslie, Shapinsay, Orkney. Loganbar Horoscope TI +33, SRI +28, a Loganbar Distraction daughter was secured for 3,000gns by Graeme Easton, Letham, Angus.

Averages: 84 bulls £6,654; collective females, seven heifers £3,720; Caithness draft, three heifers £3,482; Loganbar draft, six heifers £2,520.


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