A select showing of Charolais bulls and females attracted keen commercial bidding at Holsworthy on Wednesday (13 April), with bull averages up £357 on the year.

Trade leader was Cornish-bred Trenestrall Jack from WF Palmer and Son, Truro. He was knocked down to BG Clarke, Doddiscombleigh, Exeter, for 4,400gns. This Springfarm Eldon son is out of home-bred Trenestrall Fussy.

Champion Martland Justabout from W Palmer & Son made 4,000gns

Champion Martland Justabout from W Palmer & Son made 4,000gns

Next in the money at 4,000gns was the champion Martland Justabout from John Wylde, Semerset. This Skysea Fearless son out of Champflower Cilla, caught the eye of Messrs Batten, Lifton, Devon.

The Trenestrall herd was then back in the money at 3,200gns when selling their 22-month-old Trenestrall Joode. He sold to Messrs Hembrow, Braddock, Cornwall. This son of Westcarse Beefy is out of Trenestrall Goode, bringing +27, +46 and +58 figures for 200, 400 and 600 day weights.

Fourth highest at 2,300gns was June 2014-born Trenestrall Jivago, which caught the eye of Messrs Smallwood, Germansweek, Devon. This Mortimers Cosmo son is rated +41 for carcase weight and is out of Trenestrall Canaloni.

The sale followed a high quality but small showing of cattle which was “much improved” on last year’s average of eight bulls at £2,802, explained Suzanne Stenner of the British Charolais Society.

Females

Topping heifer trade at 1,550gns was 25 month-old Marne Jewel from R Tremayne, Helston, Cornwall. She was the pick of DP Daniel, North Pentherwin, Cornwall. Sired by the Black Isle show champion, Lochend Apache, she is out of Rumsden Faberge, a Rumsden Cartier daughter.

Next in the money at 1,500gns for Mr Tremayne was Marne Jennica, who was also snapped up by Mr Daniel.

Finally two young heifers sired by Balbithan Eira and shown by David and Bernadette Stacey, St Austell, Cornwall, also found new homes. First at 1,300gns was the 14-month-old Polgoda Lily TI +42 SRI +43. She stayed local, going to Truro with EP Loader and the 13-month-old Polgoda Lavendar was snapped up for 1,200gns by EC Haste, Beaworthy, Devon.

Averages: Six bulls, £3,159; five females, £1,376

(Kivells)