30 October 1998

High price for Charolais sends out right signals

By Jeremy Hunt

THE 28,000gns paid for the Charolais champion was the highest bid at Perth last week but Charolais breeders will gain greater encouragement from the demand for bulls in the 5000-8000gns range and the £3424 average.

The 167 bulls sold was on a par with last autumns Perth fixture. Breed society secretary David Benson said the trade had given strong signals to beef producers. "We have seen some suckler herd owners using other bulls in an effort to breed female replacements. I believe many of these men are now coming back to the Charolais based on the breeds proven weight gain and performance as a terminal sire."

There was no shortage of commercial suckler men paying 5000gns-plus for crossing bulls and one Northumberland buyer took five. But breeders are always on the look out for stock bulls and it was Billy Turners Brampton Nacodar that came top of the shopping list for several herds.

Awash with the best of Brampton breeding, Nacodar is by Balmyle Rudolph and out of a cow that is full sister to top sire Brampton Chopper.

Nacodar stood champion under judge Archie MacGregor (Glasgow) and made 28,000gns to Scottish breeders Bill Bruce (Balmyle) and R M Adam and Son (Newhouse).

Leading north Wales breeder Esmor Evans has walked away with some record-breaking cheques from this fixture in the past and this sale once again saw his bulls attract some of the most spirited trading.

His best was a 12,000gns call from Neil Massie (Blelack) and Neil Barclay (Harestone) for Maerdy Neptune. This was a son of the imported proven French sire Maerdy Grimaldi – another shrewd find by Mr Evans.

Although now dead, this bull has certainly left his mark. And Maerdy Noose, another by the same sire, boosted takings for Mr Evans selling for 10,500gns in a joint deal with Aberdeenshire breeders Ian Thompson and Jimmy Wilson.

Another high priced bull from this consignment by Grimaldi was Maerdy Nutcracker taken back to north Wales by G M Pugh, Pwllheli at 8500gns. And at 8000gns Colin Campbell and Sons (Thrunton) partnered J and W Arnott (Haymount) to claim Maerdy Nero, also by Grimaldi.

Northern Ireland breeder Cyril Millar usually brings something good from his herd and this time the ringsides favourite was Glenleary Neptune, a son of Ecrin, bought by K McOscer, Co Tyrone for 9200gns.

At 9000gns, David Fattorini, who runs the Fairway herd at York, took Jim Goldies Goldies Neptune, a son of Criffel Lamborghini. And Neil Massie and Sons Blelack Nav- igator, which stood supreme junior champion at the Royal Highland, went to Lucy Poett, Clackmannan at 8000gns. (United Auctions) &#42

Champion Charolais Brampton Nacodar made the weeks top price of 28,000gns.