17 November 2000

Charollais bulls on high premium

CHAROLAIS bulls sold to 4000gns and achieved one of the centres highest breed averages when 45 lots levelled at £1544 at Welshpool.

A good trade for Charolais suckled calves this autumn bolstered commercial demand with performance recorded bulls at a premium.

And it was a bull Coley Peter with a beef value of 25, putting it in the top 5% of the breed on performance, that drew the top call of 4000gns from JL Whitcombe, Brecon.

Bred by Tattenhall Jupiter, the bull took the days reserve championship for father and son team, Barry and Ben Baggot from Stafford, who were making a successful return to the breed after dispersing their herd six years ago.

The Baggots are building the herd back to 25 cows based on embryos retained from some of their best females.

Matching on beef value was Sarkley Pacemaker from the Pennie familys herd in Montgomery. This son of Moelfre Mecsico is paternal brother to Sarkley Pollard, whose muscle score of 14 and eye-muscle depth of 90mm is one of the highest recorded in the UK. Pacemaker realised 3100gns to MT John, Merthyr Tydfil.

On home ground, Welsh vet Esmor Evans sold Maerdy Pulley at 3000gns. Hes by the French import Maerdy Nonno and out of an Impeccable dam and goes to Os-westry farmers IE Roberts and Son.

Two sons of the 5500gns Killadeas Mannex sold well. Esgob Piccolo from the Bala-based herd of Gareth Jones, stood champion under judge Rachel Wyllie from Banbury and sold to M Jones, Sennybridge at 2400gns.

Mr Jones, fresh from selling at Perth to a best of 8500gns, sold another Manex son at 2100gns when Esgob Piccador was claimed by O and P Williams, Pwllheli (Welshpool Livestock Sales). &#42