A strong commercial demand for Charolais bulls reached a ceiling of 26,000gns at Stirling on Tuesday.
Twelve lots commanded five-figure price tags, and following a 73% clearance, United Auctions revealed that 140 bulls were sold to level at £6,538 – down £410 on the same period last year when 174 lots averaged £6,948 per head.
Hitting the headlines at 26,000gns was the second prize winning Maerdy Hearthrob TSI+56 SRI+50 bred by Welsh vet Esmor Evans. Born in July 2012, he is by the Vald’Or-Ra son Maerdy Dynamite, and is out of the former Royal Welsh Show interbreed champion Maerdy Beauty. He is in the breed’s top 25% for calving ease +4.6, and sold in a three-way split to pedigree breeders Drew and Bob Adam, Newhouse, Glamis, Forfar; Bill Bruce, Balmyle, Meigle, Perthshire; and the Campbell family from Thrunton, Alnwick, Northumberland.
Esmor Evans has been selling bulls at Perth and Stirling for over 30 years, and this week’s sale proved to be one of his most memorable. The Maerdy herd traded seven bulls to average £13,155 each, and also scooped the junior, intermediate and supreme overall championship titles, as well as the award for the best group of three.
Intermediate and overall champion was the July 2012 born Maerdy Hasse TSI+48 SRI+50, a Darkvador son bred from Maerdy Dredge. Esmor Evans holds the record for eight Perth and Stirling Charolais championships.
Maerdy Hasse sold for the second highest price of the day 25,000gns, and joins Ronnie Baillie’s 60-cow Baillieston pedigree herd, which is managed along side a 250-cow commercial unit at Deerness, Orkney.
Next best at 22,000gns was the reserve senior champion Lochend Hickory TSI+55 SRI+38 from Iain, Rhona, John and Teen Millar, who run a 30-cow herd at Port of Menteith, Stirling. Born in May 2012, he is by the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo, and is out of a home-bred Garner Editor daughter. Buyer was Adrian Ivory who runs the 40-cow Strathisla herd based at Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Local genetics came to the fore when George Henderson, and son Gary, from Bushmills, County Antrim, secured a bid of 17,000gns for the first prize winning Sandelford Harrison ET TSI+45 SRI+45. Born in August 2012, he is by the herd’s 14,000gns stock bull Goldies Usher, and is out of the Drummeer Major daughter Sandelford Seles. Five full brothers from this mating have sold to average £14,322. Seles is one of 10-cows in the herd, and at almost thirteen-years-old she is in-calf to the 13,000gns Conval Frank.
Sandelford Harrison joins Peter Vasey’s 50-cow Edenhurst herd based at Wetheral, Carlisle. “This bull has unbelievable conformation and power, a good pedigree and figures to match,” said Mr Vasey.
The Henderson duo also realised 6,000gns for the fourth prize winning Sandelford Habanna TSI+35 SRI+39. Born in October 2012, he was sired by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan – reserve junior Perth champion in October 2006. His dam Sandelford Fern is a full sister to the 17,000gns Sandelford Harrison ET.
The first prize winning Allanfauld Hustler TSI+31 SRI+30 caught the eye of suckler herd owner Douglas Morrow from Macosquin, County Londonderry at 13,000gns. Bred by Archie MacGregor, and son John, from Kilsyth, Glasgow, he was born in May 2012, and is by the Harestone Tyrol son Elgin Davinci. His dam is the Gretnahouse Noel daughter Allanfauld View.
The May 2012 born Culnagechan Hercules TSI+33 SRI+33 came under the hammer at 8,000gns for Derek Hume, and son Gary, from Randalstown, County Antrim. Sired by Sandelford Bergkamp, his dam is Oldstone Vapour – one of three cows in the herd. The Hume family run a 60-cow pedigree Limousin herd, and this was their first trip to Stirling with a Charolais bull. He was snapped up by Messrs Shennan from Turnberry in Ayrshire.
Also selling at 8,000gns was the first prize winning Coolnaslee Hussar TSI+30 SRI+31, a July 2012 born entry from Gilbert Crawford’s 65-cow herd at Maghera, County Londonderry. Sired by the 9,000gns Goldies Carnival, he is bred from the Caithness Torpedo daughter Loganbar Bounty. This bull was junior champion and reserve male champion at the National Charolais Show at Fintona last year. Highest bidder on this lot was AJ Beaton from the Isle of Skye.
William Hoey, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, paid out 7,500gns to secure the June 2012 born Inverlochy Headway TSI+51 SRI+46 from Messrs Irvine, Ballindalloch, Banffshire. He is a Maerdy Eryr son, and is out of a home-bred dam by Inverlochy Resolve. This one is in the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle area +5.9.
Will Short from Beragh, County Tyrone, sold four bulls from his noted Woodpark herd to average £5,355 per head. His best at 6,800gns was the May 2012 born Woodpark Harlequin ET TSI+45 SRI+40. Sired by the French-bred Cetoutneuf, he is out of the Simpsons Gregg daughter Greyoak Rachel, and joins Gellan Farms Ltd based at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.
The July 2012 born Glencoe Hulk TSI+30 SRI+32 came under the hammer at 6,500gns for Paddy and Valerie McDonald from Killeavy, Newry, County Down. Sired by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat, he is bred from the Derrygiff Mills daughter Glencoe Vicky – one of 14 cows in the herd which dates back to 1997. He was reserve intermediate champion at the National Charolais Show in 2013. This first prize winner was snapped up by A Smellie and Partners, Posso Farm, Peebles.
Also selling at 6,500gns was the third placed Derryharney Harrison TSI+27 SRI+27 from County Fermanagh’s Harold Stubbs, and grandson Alan Burleigh. Born in August 2012, he was sired by the herd’s 10,000gns stock bull Thrunton Bonjovi – Perth supremo in February 2008; and is bred from Derryharney Viola – a daughter of the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding. Buyers were Messrs McClanachan, Giarloch, Dumfries.
Stuart Bothwell, and son David, from Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh, traded five bulls from their 30-cow Killadeas herd to level at £4,515 each. They were all sons of the herd’s 16,000gns stock sire Blackford Dynamite – intermediate and supreme Perth champion in October 2009.
Leading the Bothwell’s line-up at 5,000gns was the July 2012 born Killadeas Hallo TSI+17 SRI+20, bred from the Oldstone Egbert daughter Killadeas Alpine.
Also selling at 5,000gns was the first placed Liscorran Hardy TSI+25 SRI+31 bred by Stephen McKenna from Augher, County Tyrone. Born in October 2012, he is a son of the 15,000gns Burradon Talisman, and is bred from a Derryharney Outstanding daughter carrying the Killadeas prefix. In the breed’s top 10% for milk +10, he sold to Messrs Kerr from East Cairnbeg, Laurencekirk.
Next best at 4,700gns was the July 2012 born Kilgort Hercules TSI+39 SRI+38 consigned by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh. He was sired by Tonaghmore Augusto, and is out of the Oldstone Egbert daughter Toberlane Beth.
Two NI-bred Charolais bulls sold for 4,000gns each. First to go was the third placed Corrick Hercules TSI+39 SRI+35, from Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. Sired by the Meillard son Pirate, he is out of a home-bred dam by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort.
Securing the second 4,000gns bid was Drumconnis Hugo TSI+38 SRI+27, an October 2012 born Newhouse Bigal son from John McGrath, Dromore, County Tyrone.
The 15,000gns Lowerffrydd Benhurr ET was behind the breeding of Drumlone Harvey TSI+41 SRI+36, an August 2012 born entry from Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh. This one was bred from a dam by Burradon Talisman, and sold for 3,800gns.
Charolais females peaked at 5,000gns, paid to Esmor Evans for the May 2011 born Maerdy Gunheida. Sired by Vald’Or-Ra, she is bred from Maerdy Vivat, and is in-calf to the polled French bull D’Angely. Buyer was JA Morris from Thurso.
Average: 14 females £3,353.