In keeping with recent sales there is a mammoth entry of Charolais bulls at Carlisle this weekend, with a total of 231 catalogues alongside nine females and four embryos.

As usual I’ve spent a few minutes studying the catalogue and come up with my selection of ones to watch (once again probably to be taken with a large pinch of salt) and it makes for reasonable reading.

The first one to catch my eye is Maerdy Benzene, just three lots into the sale. He’s a Victorieux son and has a self replacing index of +31 and, impressively for a Charolais, a calving ease index of +3.7.

Next up is Goldies Champion from Hamish Goldie, having been sold at Perth for 38,000gns last October this one is being re-offered having been returned to his vendor. This time round he’s listed as being by Goldies Uppermost, having been sold as a Goldies Unbeatable son in October (I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions on that).

But impressively, this change in sire has given his figures a boost too, with Champion carrying a TSI of +46 and an SRI of +50, compared to figures of +33 and +38 respectively previously. When sold before he was a tremendous bull and theres no reason to doubt he won’t come out looking equally as well now, so he’s one to keep an eye on.

Messrs Arnott, Haymount have an interesting one a little later with Haymount Cyrus, a Thrunton Rustler son out of Haymount Una carrying a TSI of +25 and an SRI of +30 and a calving ease figure of +4.3.

Anyone wanting a dose of Hoffmeister breeding could do worse than take a look at Duncan MacGregor’s Corrie Crackpot. He’s by Hoffmeister and out of an Allanfauld Flintlock daughter and has a TSI of +34 and an SRI of +37.

Strong breeding is behind the first from Boden and Davies, Sportsmans Coalition. He’s by 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of an ET sister to the dam of 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo.

Kevin Thomas has a good entry forward in the shape of Moelfre Canterbury. By Doonally New this one is out of a Thrunton Torreador daughter and has a TSI of +30 and an SRI of +36. And one from Danny Whyllie’s Newroddige herd is also worth look, Galcantray Chimp. By Balthayock Adonis and out of Galcantray Vickie, he has a TSI of +37 and an SRI of +44.

One of my favourites from the catalogue is Swalesmoor Centurion from Danny Sawrij’s herd. By Goldies Uppermost and out of Blelack Vase, Centurion has a massive calving ease figure of +16.4. Another with a fair chance should be Bailliestone Clyde, another Hoffmeister son he’s got a TII of +35 and an SRI of +40 and is out of five times Orkney show champion Baillieston Topsey.

Another of Hamish Goldies also catches the eye with figures of +40 and +47 respectively. A Goldies Vicechancellor son with a calving ease figure of +4.7, he’s out of Goldies Anna, a Hoffmeister daughter.

And Hoffmeister breeding features twice in the next pick, Swalesmoor Cameron, a grandson of Hoffmeister on both sides with an SRI of +42. One with a good female line is Mortimers Columbo, a Mortimers Racey daughter. Racey won a heap of red tickets on the show circuit, including being breed champion at the Highland as a two year old.

Robert Milne, Elgin, has a run of Harestone Tyrol sons which could be of interest, particularly as the first son sold for £20,000 privately to Allanfauld, Corrie and Barrance.

Strong SRI’s are the mark of the next two picks, the first of which is from Bill Bruce, Balmyle Dingle. He’s by Hoffmeister and out of a Pedr Thumper daughter and sells with an SRI of +49. One point higher is Balthayock Diplomat a Balbithan Vespasian son with an SRI and +50 and a TSI of +43.

Finally in my list is Fairway Damarian. He’s a Fleets Vibrant son and is noteworthy for having a massive calving ease index of +15.1.

As always I’m willing to be shot at dawn for some of these selections, but it certainly reads like a strong catalogue of entries with some well bred bulls for sale.