A SENIOR bull which had stood reserve supreme in the pre-sale show topped the Charolais sale at Stirling, selling for 25,000gns. In total, 111 bulls sold to average £6,121, up £62 on the year, achieving an 83 per cent clearance.
British Charolais society chief executive David Benson said that trade was solid, with commercial breeders paying more for the bulls with easy calving.
Gretnahouse Lord, May 2015-born from A. G. Houston, Grenta Green was the top lot. By the 17,000gn Balthayock Gladiator, it is out of Gretnahouse Coll, the sister of a cow with 18,000gn sons itself. It makes the move to Ireland after selling to Bostonia Charolais, Scurmore.
A 22,000gn bid was made for Newhouse Lonestar from R.M. Adam and Son, Forfar, a Dingle Hofmeister son born in July 2015. Out of Newhouse Flora, it sold to Stobart Charolais, Brampton.
R.A. and J. Blyth, Hartlepool, secured July 2015-born Balthayock Lineup at 16,000gns. Exhibited by D.F.W.H. and N.R. Walter, Perth, it is out Balthayock Fortune, a daughter of the 28,000gn Balbithan Vespasian, and is sired by Ugie Echo.
Also at 16,000gns was Woodpark Longbow from W. Short, Co Tyrone. By Deeside Gulliver and October 2015-born, it is out of Woodpark Gina. The buyer was Jan Boomaars, Woldingham.
At 12,000gns was June 2015-born bull Inverlochy Landmark from J. Irvine and Son, Ballindalloch. Out of Inverlochy Heiress, this son of the multi-champion Blelack Giggsey sold to W. and C.S. Robb, Mauchline.
Selling at the same was Carwood Leo, August 2015-born from C.J. Wight, Biggar. A son of Ugie Goldcup, Leo was senior male champion at last year’s Stars of the Future show. Out of Carwood Dot, it found a home with J. and W. Kellas, Dufftown.
The first to realise 11,000gs was the senior victor from A. and J.J. Forrest, Biggar. The Sandelford Harrison-sired Edenhurst Leader, born in May 2015 and out of Edenhurst Delight, had picked up the supreme breed sash the previous day, and was bought by J. and J. Rix, Essex.
Intermediate champion came from B. Finnegan, Dungannon, with July 2015-born Battleford Laser. Out of Blelack USP, a daughter of the previous Perth champion Thrunton Socrates, and by Lochend Apache, it was knocked down to S. Bothwell, Ballinamallard, Ireland, for 11,000gns.
Averages: 111 bulls, £6,121 (+£62)
In the female section, 12 lots sold to average £3,220, up £201 on the year.
A heifer from H. Goldie, Dumfries, led the bids at 6,800gns.
Goldies Leona, a June 2015-born, is by Goldies Elation, a sire which has had sons at 15,000gns. Out of Goldies Veil, it was clinched by H. Heron, Northern Ireland.
The same buyer also took home the female champion, Goldies Lena, another from the Goldies herd. This July 2015-born heifer, out of Goldies Diamond and by Goldies Digger, was sold at 4,000gns.
Mr Goldie also took 3,600gns for the Gretnahouse Heman daughter, Goldies Leah. July 2015-born and out of Ugie Goldengirl, it was knocked down to N. and S. Caul, Angus.
Averages: 12 females, £3,220 (+£201)
Auctioneers: United Auctions