THERE was a selective trade for Charolais bulls on the final day of the Stirling bull sales which peaked at 18,000gns to average £5,674 with a 63 per cent clearance rate.
Breed society chairman, Andrew Hornall suggested this was because of a combination of uncertainly in the industry and a shift towards spring calving, although the best bulls continue to sell well.
The sale leader at 18,000gns was the reserve intermediate champion, Goldies Linford, an ET son of Blelack Digger and Goldies Happiness, from Hamish Goldie, Dumfries. It was knocked down to Esmor Evans for the Maerdy herd, Mold. Its ET brother, Goldies Landmark from the same home, sold for 11,000gns to J. and W. Kellas, Dufftown.
Diarmuid and Ronan O’Kane from Dungiven, Co Londonderry, sold the first prize winner May 2015-born Ovill Lennon by Goldies Usher out of the 2011 All Ireland female champion, Sagesse Florienne for 16,000gn to Bill Bruce, Meigle. This is their herd’s top price so far.
The pre-sale show judge, Bob Adam, Glamis, paid 14,000gns for the junior champion, Balthaycock Loyalist, a son of Maerdy Grenadier out of Balthaycock Glory from Major David Walter, Perth.
At 12,000gns was Battleford Lynx, an ET son of Blelack Blackberet and Blelack Cerise consigned by Bartley Finnegan, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, who keeps just two Charolais cow, giving him his best price to date. The buyer was Jane Haw on behalf of Balbithan Charolais, Swanage, Dorset.
Also making 12,000gns was Elrick Legend, by the 16,000gns former Stirling champion, Thrunton Fearless out of Elrick Davina from Michael Massie, Ellon.
The buyer was J.D. Leavesley who is establishing a new herd at Burton on Trent.
At 11,500gns was another from Major Walter, Balthaycock Legend, an April 2015-born son of Swalesmoor Cracker which was knocked down to J. Hepburn and Co, Hawick.
Average 83 bulls, £5,674 (80 bulls £7,085 in 2015)