17 May 2002

Corrie Rocket is the star of Carlisle sale

By Jeremy Hunt

CORRIE Rocket, one of the first sons of the 10,500gns bull Gretnahouse Noel, topped the trade for Charolais bulls at the breed societys Carlisle sale.

The bull was consigned by Duncan Macgregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow, and stood third in his class under judge John Wight of Charolais and Scottish Blackface fame. Rocket is out of a Simpsons Gregg dam and has a beef value of 19.

His top price was also a great lift for Alastair Houston whose Gretnahouse herd was an early victim of the foot-and-mouth cull and was at the ringside.

Buyers at 8500gns were D Ferguson and Sons, Bewcastle, Carlisle. Another bull from the Corrie herd, sired by Moyness Lincoln, made 5200gns to DA Ralston, Glasgow.

Gretnahouse Noel is by Oldstone Egbert, a sire whose influence shone through in the breeding of several of the leading priced bulls, including the supreme champion Killadeas Ryan from Northern Ireland breeders Stuart and David Bothwell.

Ryan (beef value 24) is out of a Brampton Embark dam and impressed two leading breeders after his show ring victory. Peter Donger, the breed society chairman and owner of the Seawell herd, Towcester, partnered Paul Clements of the Darshams herd, Stowmarket, to secure Ryan at 8000gns.

Welsh vet Esmor Evans, after selling a record number of bulls at Perth, still found another 15 for the Carlisle crowd. Among them was Maerdy Special, a son of his successful import Maerdy Grimaldi, which tempted Mr Donger to invest another 7000gns.

The Maerdy team clinched the intermediate title with Maerdy Rhodes, a Rosanna Magic son claimed by L Forster and Son, Hexham, at 6200gns.

Egbert came through again as sire of Carlisle-breeder Peter Vaseys Edenhurst Regal. His impressive beef value of 34, in the top 1% of the breed, enhanced his visual appeal that took him to a second placing in a strong class. Buyer was Will Palmer who runs the Trenestrall herd at Truro.

Mr Vasey also drew 5500gns for Edenhurst Randy, a Genus Houblon son bought by Berwickshire beef producers WH Sharp and Son, Lauder.

Two Killadeas Lloyd sons earned over 11,000gns for the Barker family from Royston, Herts. They sold Caylers Supreme, reserve junior champion, at 6200gns and Caylers Shamrock at 5000gns. Buyers were Baron Cross Charolais Stud, Leominster and Dick Clark, Cockermouth, respectively.

Two 6000gns deals saw Penfold Seashore (beef value 32) from Richard Hassell, Banbury, sell to Stanton Partners, Alnwick, Northumberland, while Gower Schwarzenegger from Richard Tucker, Swansea, heads for the RSPB reserve on the Isle of Islay.

Averages: 123 bulls £2830 (Harrison & Hetherington). &#42

Champ and reserve top price – Killadeas Ryan from S&D Bothwell, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland – who sold for 8000gns at Carlisle.