A 26-month-old Charolais heifer, part of the Maerdy production sale, sold at 6,200gns when it came under the hammer at the British Charolais Cattle Society’s final sale of the year.
Bulls sold to a top price of 5,500gns in the fixture at Borderway, Carlisle, although clearance rate was only just above 55 per cent.
Esmor Evans, Mold, Flint, was selling his complete crop of two- and three-year-old heifers, and his sale topper was Maerdy Immaculate, a daughter of the home-bred Maerdy Dynamite, out of a dam going back to the French sire Maerdy Padirac. The heifer went to Boden and Davies, Mellor, Cheshire.
At 5,300gns and selling to W. and C.S. Robb, Mauchline, Ayrshire, was Maerdy Blackout daughter Maerdy Iboo. The same buyer also bought Maerdy Hideout, sired by Maerdy Grimaldi, for 3,400gns. Another Dynamite daughter sold for 4,200gns to C.O. McAskie, Omagh, Co Tyrone.
Topping the bulls at 5,500gns was Moelfre James from Kevin Thomas, Castlenewydd Emlyn, Carmarthenshire.
By the 16,000gns Anside Forman and out of the Royal Welsh female champion Moelfre Derwenna, it went with Mr Mair to Cumnock, Ayrshire.
At 4,800gns and bought by P.S. Jones, Holyhead, was the Blelack Digger son Goldies Jimbo, from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire.
Matching the 4,800gns price tag was Ellerton Jaguar, by Elgin Davinci. Sold by A Brown, Selby, Yorkshire, it went to W. Hird, Wigton, Cumbria.
The champion, Hackleton Idris, came from Hackleton Farms, Hackleton, Northamptonshire. A winner at the Three Counties Show, this son of Davinci was bought by J. Wardlaw and Son, Balerno, Midlothian.
Three bulls made 3,200gns apiece, including the reserve champion from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. Coolnaslee Jimbob went home to Preston, Lancashire, with W. Holloway.
G. and G. Law, New Milns, Aryshire, paid the same price for Rogan Joules from J. Wainwright, Bishop Wilton, East Yorkshire, while the third was Bassett John from Jean Atkinson, Malton, North Yorkshire, which, was knocked down to D.T. and G. Young, Wigton, Cumbria.
In a small collective female section, John and Jenny Rix, Colchester, produced the champion heifer, Wissington Jessica, a January 2014-born daughter of Goldies Eddy. It made 4,200gns to judge Jack Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire. The same vendor’s reserve female champion went on to sell for 3,000gns.
AVERAGES: 18 bulls, £3,360; 36 Maerdy heifers, £2,681; 4 Cracker females, £2,940; 2 unhaltered females, £2,861.25.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.