18 February 2000

Huge Charolais demand brings 17,000gns high

By Jeremy Hunt

CHAROLAIS bulls enjoyed a strong Perth trade with 217 deals averaging £3619 and reaching a top price of 17,000gns.

And the day saw the biggest single cheque earned by one breeder at Perth when Welsh vet Esmor Evans, who brought 36 bulls to the sale, took home £124,215, an average of £3882 for 32 transactions.

The 17,000gns call from Jim Goldie, Dumfries secured Stuart and David Bothwells Killadeas Original – a Brampton Embark son with a Beef Value of 28 from their herd in Co Fermanagh.

The Bothwells had a great day selling five bulls to average £8862 including two at 7000gns. Killadeas Oxo, by Baggrave Hollywood, made 7000gns to Stewart Farms, Kilsyth and another by Embark – Killadeas Overmars – made the same price to Pat Wilson Farms, Perth.

Popular north-east breeder Will Oates sold Ravensworth Osbert – by Lochnagar Imperator – at 15,000gns to Aberdeenshire buyers Bob Leggat and John Wilson. Osbert had a Beef Value of 34. Mr Oates intermediate champion, Ravensworth Osward, realised 7800gns to W Linsday, Forfar.

Mr Evans best was 15,000gns given by Neil Massie, Aberdeenshire, and Ballathie Estates, Perthshire, for Maerdy Oxo, another good son of the French import Maerdy Grimaldi. He also sold at 10,000gns (to Scots bidders David Walter, Bill Bruce and Adrian Ivory) and 8000gns (to Aberdeenshire breeders Jimmy Wilson and Ian Thomson.

At 10,000gns Jim Goldies Goldies Olympian, by Criffel Lamborghini, went to John Graham, Lockerbie and another from the same string (by Maerdy Jackson) realised 8000gns to commercial beef producer Jim Warnock, Biggar.

The overall champion, Yorks breeders C M Stenton and Sons Billingley Pablo, made 6500gns to Alastair Houston, Gretna Green while the reserve ticket winner, Allanfauld Olympus from Archie Macgregor, made 7000gns to Jim Goldie. (United Auctions.)