1 November 1996

20,000gns joint top cant hide disappointing week

By Jeremy Hunt

MAERDY and Baggrave, herd names not new to the big-time, recorded the Charolais joint top price of 20,000gns at Perth bull sales, but the finale to the week lacked the sparkle of recent years.

Although the latest BSE research findings may well have had some effect on the trade, this never looked like being a vintage autumn sale for the Charolais.

Nearly 160 bulls left the ring unsold, according to auctioneer, United Auctions. But although those that did find a buyer averaged £500 less than last October, the final average of £3462 for 253 head is still a creditable performance in these difficult times.

First at 20,000gns was Esmor Evans with Maerdy Location, winner of the junior class under Preston, Lancs, judge Bernard Billington. Out of a Clavering dam and by Maerdy Forum, he went jointly to Bill Arnott, Kelso, and Colin Campbell, Alnwick.

The Maerdy consignment, which included a 9000gns sale to Bill Bruces Balmyle herd, averaged £5190 for 14 sold.

The Suffolk-based Lakenheath herd of John Harrison claimed Baggrave Farms Baggrave Limestone at 20,000gns. By the Erudit-sired Baggrave Hollywood, this April 1995-bred bull was one of 21 catalogued entries from Tom Scott which included 10,000gns and 6200gns sales. Average for 11 sold was £5370.

Returning his 50% investment in the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister was David Walter, Perth. He bought the bull two years ago in partnership with Balmyle and last week collected 15,000gns for Balthayock Lightning, one of his first sons to be sold. Buyers were Gelston Castle Farms, Castle Douglas.

The Allanfauld stable of Archie MacGregor drew 10,000gns from J A Junor, Inverness, for a bull sired by a full brother to the top primestock champion sire Allanfauld Vagabond. And another by the same bull made 9000gns to Croy Cunningham Farms, Stirlingshire.

The Brampton herd of Ripon breeder Billy Turner produced a strong string of bulls which pleased the crowd and the judge. His seven averaged just over £6100 to reach a top of 8400gns given by the Stubbs family from London for a son of Criffel Vainqueur with breeding going back to the Parsonage Nebulus line.

The Brampton bulls included the supreme champion, Brampton Lecture, boasting a wealth of home-breeding. He made 8000gns to V Chestnut, Co Antrim.

Winner of the junior class and first at 20,000gns, Maerdy Location.