Charolais breeder goes for the Jugular at Carlisle

Charolais met a strong commercial demand with 67 bulls selling to an average of £4,963 and peaking at 14,000gns at the Carlisle Spring Charolais sale on Saturday 14 May.

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Caylers Legend 9000gns

Charolais met a strong commercial demand with 67 bulls selling to an average of £4,963 and peaking at 14,000gns at the Carlisle Spring Charolais sale on Saturday 14 May.

Commenting on the sale the BCCS chairman Steven Nesbitt said, “The quality Charolais cattle forward of good conformation and correctness were readily sold. The feedback from the commercial suckled calf producers is that calving ease and efficient growth are of paramount importance and the growth rates and the inherent value of the Charolais bred heifers is being realised as a bonus to increase margins from beef production”.

Leading the bids at 14,000gns was the 17 month old Goldies Joss TI +72 SRI +65. Joss was purchased by William and James Causey, Cookstown, Co Tyrone and was bred and exhibited by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire. He is sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman and out of the homebred dam Goldies Dignity who goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister.
Mr Goldie went on to sell another Heman son – Goldies Joker TI +76 SRI +70. This December 2014-born bull was knocked down sold to ER Hollingworth & Son, Middleton, Lancashire for 7,000gns.

A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 9,000gns. The first, Nuthamsptead Judas TI +51 SRI +45 was a 16 month old class winner sired by the 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye and was jointly purchased by John Christie, Stirling and Iain Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire.

Judas was the first of five lots consigned by Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire and their next Caylers Legend TI +62 SRI +52, another son of Goldeneye matched the 9,000gns price tag when he caught the eye of J Nelson, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.

The third bull to sell for 9,000gns was the red ticket winner Newhouse Longbow. He was chapped down to Messrs Evans and Corfield, Ludlow, Shropshire. The 28,000gns Stirling champion Elgin Glenlivet was the sire of this 15 month old who was bred and exhibited by RM Adam and Son, Forfar, Angus.

A string of bulls from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire saw five bulls average £7,088, backed up by top prices of 8,200gns and 8,000gns. Gretnahouse Jungle TI +74 SRI +67 was the highest priced and this November 2014-born lad is sired by the 11,000gns Balthayock Adonis and was purchased by A and T Wilson, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

The supreme champion Gretnahouse Jugular TI +65 SRI +60 was the next to sell for Mr Houston and the judge Gareth Roberts, Llangadfan, Powys backed his judgement by buying this 20 month old for 8,000gns. The bull was sired by Blelack Digger and his dam Balmyle Paradise has bred bulls to 25,000gns.

Gretnahouse Jupiter TI +77 SRI +71, another 20 month old sired by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior male champion Wesley Equinox was purchased by WG Johnson & Sons, Mallard Grange, North Yorkshire for 6,500gns.

The reserve male and junior champion was next to sell for local breeders Michael and William Cleasby, Penrith, Cumbria. The 16 month old Cleaden Juggernaut by the homebred Cleaden Guardsman was knocked down to John Weir, Galashiels, Selkirkshire at 8,000gns.

Following on at 7,500gns was Kersknowe Jimbo TI +53 SRI +54 consigned by James and John Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburgshire. Jimbo a son of the 12,000gns Harestone Glenlivet went on to Northallerton, North Yorkshire with A Clark.

Five bulls sold for 7,000gns. Archie MacGregor (Allanfauld) Ltd, Kilsyth, Glasgow was the first to benefit with Allanfauld Jaegerbomb and the outfit behind the money on this June 2014-born Woodpark Elgin son was Dalhanna Farming Co, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Also going home to Castle Douglas, this time with Gelston Castle Farms and matching the 7,000gns price tag was the reserve senior male champion Thrunton Jubilee TI +53 SRI +45 sired by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler from JHC Campbell & Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland.

The intermediate champion Hollywell Jura bred and exhibited by John & Sandra Middleton, Upper Creevagh, Co Derry was next along at 7,000gns. Forking out the cash for this son of Elgin Davinci was JC Innes and Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire were the next to offer a 7,000gns bull. The 17 month old Sportsmans Jazzking who had won his class the previous day is sired by the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show champion Barnsford Ferny and was snapped up by Douganhill Farms, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.

The last to go for 7,000gns was Fury Leader, a January 2015-born son of Crossmolina Euro offered by Pat Hackett, Clogher, Co Tyrone and goes on to Ardnave, Bridgend, Isle of Islay, with Thomas Epps.

Earlier in the sale J and D Longlands, Hexham, Northumberland purchased Whitecliffe Jimbob TI +57 SRI +59 sired by the popular and easy calving Blelack Digger from Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Malton, North Yorkshire for 6,000gns.

Female section

An added feature was the draft sale from Messrs Curry’s Burradon herd from Morpeth, Northumberland which peaked at 3,800gns for Burradon Emily and her five month old heifer calf Burradon Leanne. Emily is sired by the 12,000gns Gwenog Banjo who has bred sons to 26,000gns and her daughter Leanne goes back to the 10,000gns Puntabrava Federico and the pair caught the eye of A McCornick and Co, Lochfoot, Dumfriesshire.

Next up for at 3,100gns and this time selling to E Townend, Huddersfield, Yorkshire was Burradon Fallon and her six month old daughter Burradon Loticia.
Just behind at 3,000gns was Burradon Havana TI +50 SRI +46 and her heifer calf the November-2015 born Burradon Lorna who travelled across the water to Cookstown, Co Tyrone with William and James Causey.

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Female Champion & Reserve Supreme Champion Goldies Julianna 4,000gns

The female champion was also selected as the reserve supreme champion and was consigned Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. The 20 month old Blelack Digger daughter Goldies Julianna goes back to the 14,000gns Highland Show reserve male champion Goldies Banker. The purchaser was Thomas Epps, Ardnave, Bridgend, Isle of Islay.

Finally at 3,000gns and purchased by Preston Farms, Omagh, County Tyrone was the reserve female champion from John and Jenny Rix, Colchester, Essex. Wissington Jemma TI +55 SRI +53.

She is a 26 month old daughter of the 12,000gns Thrunton Galaxy.

Averages: 67 Bulls £4963; 5 Burradon Cows and Calves, £3,129; 2 Burradon Heifers, £2,100; 14 Collective heifers £2085.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

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