IT was a high clearance rate of 85 per cent for the Charolais with 121 of the 142 bulls through the ring sold. Topping at 13,000gns and averaging at £6,175 which was £1,460 back on the previous year.
Leading the day was Thrunton Nugget from J.H.C. Campbell and Sons, Alnwick. The May 2017-born bull is by Thrunton Gladiator is out of Thrunton Hoopla and was knocked down to K.J. Thomas, Carmarthen.
Following at 12,000gns was the senior champion, Inverlochy Nelson, a Kilbline 1 Instgator-bred bull from J. Irvine and Son, Ballindalloch. It sold to K. Wight, Crawford, Lanarkshire.
At 11,000gns was Gretnahouse Neverland, a Westcarse Jimmy son from A.G. Houston, Gretna Green. Out of Gretnahouse Daisy, the June 2016-born bull was knocked down to John Smith, Peterhead.
Making the same money was Harestone Nighthawk, a class winner from R. and N. Barclay, Insch. By Balmyle Addition and out of Harestone Brigitte, the August 2017-born bull sold to J.G. Wilson, Glenkindie.
Also selling for 11,000gns was Goldies Navigation, from H. Goldie, Dumfries. By Gretnahouse Heman and out of Goldies Hazel, the October 2017-born bull was knocked down to G.A. Mackie, Angus.
Next, at 10,500 was Killadeas Noah, from S. and D. Bothwell, Co. Fermanagh. The September 2017-born bull by Blelack Blackberet went home with J. Warnock and Sons, Lanarkshire.
Making 10,000gns and selling to A.J. McLean, Scarinish, was Thrunton Nike, an October 2017-born, Thrunton Gladiator son, out of Thrunton Exquisite, it was consigned by Messrs Campbell.
Realising 9,500gns was the reserve overall champion, Balthayock Nanook, from D.F.W.H. and N.R. Walters, Perth. The July 2017-born bull is by Balthayock Imp which was male and interbreed junior champion at the Royal Highland Show in 2015, and sold to W.J. Millar, Tealing.
Also reaching 9,500gns was another entry from Major Walters, Balthayock Nominee, which sold to C.D. Timm, York. The June 2017-born bull is by Balthayock Impression and out of Balthayock Japonica.
Woodpark Neptune was the next to be knocked down at 9,500gns, a Deeside Gulliver son consigned by W. Short, Co Tyrone. The bull out of Woodpark Izzy was knocked down to D. Munro, Kingussie.
At the same money was another from Mr Goldie, Goldies Nugget, a Gretnahouse Heman son. Out of home bred dam, Goldies Gilly, a Blelack Blackberet daughter, it sold to A. and J. Wilson, Aberdeenshire.
Goldies Noelle also realised 9,500gns, a Goldies Formidable son out of Goldies Eclair, again from Mr Goldie, it was knocked down to Strathisla Farms, Perthshire.
Topping the females at 5,800gns was Formakin Opal, from the McMurrich Partnership, Stirling. The yearling heifer by Hercule was junior female champion at Stars of the future calf show in 2018, and went home to the Rettie Partnership, Alloa.
Next at 4,500gns was Goldies Nell, another from Mr Goldie, this time a March 2017-born heifer by Blelack Blackberet, out of Goldies Lynn, it was knocked down to D.P. Daniel, Cornwall.
The dispersal of the Alsnow herd of Charolais females on behalf of Alan Lawson and Son, Newcastle saw a top call of 8,500gns for Alsnow Enchantress, a Blelack Roger daughter, sold with its heifer calf, Alsnow Olwen, by Blelack Immaculate at foot. The nine-year-old cow went home with R. and N. Barclay, Aberdeenshire.
Realising 6,500gns was Alsnow Hanna, a Clyth Diplomat-bred cow out of the top priced female, Enchantress. The September 2012-born cow sold with its bull calf, Alsnow Oak, by Cottage Devon at foot to N.A. Wattie, Alford.
Following this at 5,200gns was Alsnow Linda, a Puntabrava Federico daughter which sold with its Davally Illusion bull calf at foot, Alsnow Oliver. They caught the eye of G. Grieve, Northumberland.
Next, at 5,000gns was a November 2015-born cow, Alsnow Laura, with its bull calf Alsnow Oxo, by Blelack Immaculate, at foot. They were knocked down to Fawdon Farms, Northumberland.
Alsnow Ladyluck followed at 4,800gns, and sold to James Robertson and Son, Fife. The 2015-born cow by Alsnow Hurricane sold with its bull calf, Alsnow Officer by Blelack Immaculate at foot.