16 August 2002

Two Charolais herds catch buyers eyes

By Jeremy Hunt

STOCK from two well-known Charolais cattle herds came on the market last week with the dispersal of the Lincs-based Limestone herd and a consignment of females carrying the Givendale prefix from Pocklington, near York.

It was Limestone Onyx from Graham Rowles Nicholsons herd at Barrow-on-Humber that led the trade at the joint fixture held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, selling to a top price of 3900gns. With a beef value of 28, this Friarton Ensign daughter was sold with her second calf at foot by Balthayock Marius.

Buyer was Richard Waring, of Rand, near Lincoln, who already owns a Charolais herd, but is setting up a second herd for his eight-year-old son Joshua.

Marius, a bull owned by the Beef Improvement Company, has a beef value of 43, ranking him in the breeds top 1%. Buyers at the sale were able to benefit from the 12 years of BLUP recording.

Marius sired several of the most sought after lots including the served heifer Limestone Revelation (beef value 34), which was bought by the Jefferson family from Abbeytown, near Carlisle, to re-establish their Abbeycowper Charolais herd. Revelation realised 3600gns, is by Javelot and is in-calf to Harvieston Marseille.

Two other Marius daughters from the Limestone herd made 1700gns apiece. Limestone Passion is a March 1999-bred heifer with an April-born calf at foot by Seawell Offshore. Buyer was Will Oates for Ouston Farms, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham.

Donald MacPherson, from Ber-wick-on-Tweed, made the second 1700gns call to secure the served heifer Limestone Ruffle, also in-calf to Harvieston Marseille.

Mr MacPherson later went to 2800gns for Limestone Roxette, a high performance two-year heifer with a beef value of 46. She is by the successful sire Brampton Chopper.

The selection of stock from JSR Farms Givendale herd is the first sale of females since the herd was set up in 1979 by farm manager Richard Fuller. High EBVs for growth and carcass traits have been a priority.

Highest price was 2600gns given by D Ferguson and Sons, Bewcastle, near Carlisle, for Givendale Pussycat. This heifer by Givendale Gascon has a beef value of 21 and was suckling a bull calf by Baggrave Minstrel.

Balthayock Marius, which was jointly purchased with the Limestone herd, also has an influence among the highest prices paid for Givendale cattle. The three-year-old Givendale Petunia (beef value 34) made 2400gns to McKinney Bros, Co Londonderry. She was sold with a heifer calf at foot by Givendale Frederick.

Another three-year-old heifer, Givendale Pawn (beef value 25), was the highest priced progeny by Givendale Laurence and realised 2200gns to buyer R &#42 Baines, Alvechurch, Worcs.

Averages: Limestone – 29 cows and heifers served and/or suckling £1160; eight served heifers £1778; eight maiden heifers £633 and six young bulls £1050. Givendale – 20 cows and heifers served and/or suckling £1215 and 22 maiden and yearling heifers £704 (Harrison & Hetherington). &#42