A tremendous support from commercial buyers meant a packed ringside at Brecon last week saw bidding peak at 5700gns for Charolais bulls and 17 lots sold to average £2477.

Commenting on the sale McCartney’s auctioneer Chris Thomas said it was the first time a pedigree Charolais sale in Brecon attracted so much interest from suckler breeders seeking bulls, particularly those eligible for the HCC’s Welsh Beef Quality Improvement Scheme.

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Sale leader at 5700gns was the day’s champion Cargriff Apex, a 21 month old within the breed’s top 10% with a beef value of CH31. A Roundshill Sarcous son and out of a homebred cow going back to Lecreuse lines, Apex was bred and exhibited by Carmarthen-based Griff and Carolyn Morris. He sold to E R Thomas, Holyhead.

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First lot in the ring at 4000gns was the two year old Charbron Adjutant, a Caylers Supreme son out of a homebred cow going back to Tattenhall lines. Bred by Mike Brown, Leominster, he was knocked down to J R and T R Thomas, Brecon.

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Next to go at 3600gns was the 20 month old Hamilton Aristocrat from Chris and Jane Turney, Gloucester. Making his way from Cornwall to buy the Mortimers Robroy son out of a Sackville sired dam, was W H Pedlar.

Two lots within the breed’s top 10% on breed value from Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn were in demand. First to go at 2800gns was Moelfre Brent (CH29), a January 2006 born entry by Doonally New and out of a Killadeas Jack dam. Buyer for this lots was D I Williams, Swansea. Following at 2200gns was Moelfre Benson, another 15 month old, this time by Burradon Talism. Benson was secured by R Brooke and Sons, Worcester.

Averages: 17 bulls £2477 (McCartneys and Dai Lewis).