5 December 1997

Cracking Charolais on offer, but few takers

BREEDERS failed to turn their ringside interest into hard cash at the British Charolais Cattle Societys Christmas Cracker show and sale of females at Carlisle.

Only a handful of the entry changed hands and the champion, the massive heifer from J and A B Hornalls Stirling herd, left the ring unsold at 8000gns.

Judge Murray Lyle, Dunblane, Perthshire, described the champion as "a huge heifer but very feminine, one with a tremendous future". Stirling Lucinda had been unbeaten in her show classes this year. She weighed 1060kg on her second birthday last February.

She is sired by Chesham Hercules and had been served by Stirling Mercedes.

Eric Stubbs came up from London with Ellern Lucina, a powerful in-calf heifer by the Maerdy Victorious son Blelack Foun-dation. She finished reserve champion and sold for the top price of 3500gns. Buyer was J S Wrigley, St Bees, Cumbria.

Yorkshire breeders Mike and Margaret Atkinson saw their maiden heifer Mowbraypark Masham stand second in her class and later sell for 3400gns to Duncan Stewart, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow. She is by Brampton Ulysse and out of a Newthrums Regal dam.

AVERAGES: Seven heifers in calf or with calf £1771 and five maiden heifers £1785. (Harrison and Hetherington.)

Stirling Lucinda: A massive heifer which went unsold at 8000gns.