A sensational day’s trading was had by the Charolais breed, with a new record sale average set.
There was a tremendous trade for Charolais at Stirling and a new sale average record for the breed set at £7,635 for 115 bulls with a clearance rate of 88 per cent, with almost one fifth of sales at five figures.
Peter Phythian, chief executive of the British Charolais Cattle Society said: “People are moving back to the Charolais breed for its fast growth, excellent efficiency and high store prices.”
An impressive call of 46,000gns was made by Will Bruce, Blairgowrie and Neil and Stuart Barclay, Insch for 21-month-old Balthayock Minstrel from Major David Walters and family, Perth, which was also the overall champion. By Balthayock Ferdinand which has bred bulls to 50,000gns, it is out of the home-bred Gem.
Next through the ring was Balthayock Manifesto from the same home which sold to P.M. and S.M. Donger, Foxley, Northamptonshire for 19,000gns. The May-2016 born bull is by home-bred Imp, the male champion at 2015 Royal Highland.
The gavel dropped at 18,000gns for Harestone Monarch from Neil Barclay, which will cross the channel to France with son-in-law Hugo Retailieau. First in its class, it is by Thrunton Socrates.
Balthayock Mandate, the reserve senior champion, another from Major Walter, hit 16,000gns, paid by H.R. and C. Dalrymple, Crailloch. Its sire, Maerdy Grenadier, was male champion at 2012’s Royal Highland and sire of the Highland’s 2017 female champion.
Putting in a bid of 16,000gns for Thrunton Montego, a son of Maerdy Hearthrob from J.H.C. Campbell and Sons, Alnwick was C.A. Smith, Spyhill.
At 15,000gns was Newhouse Maxamus from R.M. Adam and Son, Forfar going home with J.A. Connolly of Brigadoon Charolais, Northern Ireland. It is also sired by Maerdy Hearthrob.
Heading back down country, is Maerdy Montypython, by Blelack Fabulous, from Esmor Evans, Mold selling to J. Price, Staunton-on-Wye, Herefordshire for 14,000gns.
Balthayock Mikado from Major Walter another by Imp commanded a price of 14,000gns from James Jeffrey, Kelso.
Harestone Master from Neil Barclay went for 13,000gns to P. Cooper, Kincaldrum. An embryo calf, its dam Blelack Gemma’s first calf also made a five-figure sum.
Robert McAskie, Keith received 12,000gns from W.R. Simmers and sons, Keith for Strathisla Major, a July-2016 born bull by the 11,000gns Southwillow Hal which was a senior champion at Carlisle.
Falleninch Mars from A.B. Hornall, Stirling sold also at 12,000gns to A. Strachan, Lethnot. This August-2016 born animal was senior breed champion and reserve overall champion at last year’s Stars of the Future show.
Retaining 300 straws, J.H. Wilson and sons, Co. Down sold Ballinlare Midas to T. Howden and Son, Balerno for 11,500gns. This 20-month-old bull is by Burradon Goodfellow.
Maerdy Maosglas, another from Esmor Evans sold at 11,000gns to B. Keir and Son, Alford. The first two sons of its sire Blelack Fabulous sold at 22,000gns and 28,000gns.
The run of five females averaged £3,654 and topped with Goldies Madame, from Neil Barclay at 7,000gns, selling to K. Earle, Carmarthen.
Glenericht Mecca from W.K. and P. Drysdale, Blairgowrie went under the hammer at the same price selling to D. Muirhead, Letham Grange.
Averages: 115 bulls, £7,635 (+£1,514); 5 females, £3,654.
• Maerdy Maldwyn from Esmor Evans sold to I.H. Stewart Caithness.
• Balthayock Morgan from Major Walter sold to D. Taylor, South Ronaldsay.
• Goldies Marshall from H. Goldie, Ruthwell sold to W. Mather and sons, Fern.
• Loganbar Magnum from D.M. Lyle, Dunblane sold to J.W. Wilson, Creetown
• Goldies Mercedes from Neil Barclay, Insch sold to A. and J. Wilson, Culsalmond.
• Chunal Maverick from M. McGahan, Glossop sold to R.M. Adam and son, Glamis.