Wizard Charolais breaks 16-year record at Perth

Another pedigree beef price record was smashed last week when a Charolais bull from the Campbell family’s Thrunton herd made 55,000gns – a 16-year record for Perth Agricultural Centre.

With another nine lots making more than five figures and an 85% clearance, it gave the 173 Charolais bulls a top breed average of £4645 as Perth spring sales’ second week drew to a close.

Ian and John Campbell, with their father Colin, always looked like they had a winner with Thrunton Voldemort, bred in their herd at Alnwick, Northumbria.

With performance figures putting him in the breed’s top 1% – a Beef Value of CH38 and a 400 day-weight of 757kg – this son of Burradon Talisman took the intermediate championship under Dundee-based judge Neil Caul.

Voldemort, who is out of a daughter of the 25,000gns Perth bull Mowbraypark Orlando, was bought by Cheshire breeder Charlie Boden (Sportsman herd) and North Wales vet Esmor Evans (Maerdy).

He will work across 380 cows in the two herds.

The 13 Thrunton bulls averaged 12,800gns, boosted by 10 popular Talisman sons.

Thrunton Voltage (CH35), bred out of a dam by the 25,000gns Maerdy Location, realised 30,000gns to Peter and Sheilagh Donger of Towcester, under-bidders for Voldemort.

Welsh breeder Gareth Jones of Bala gave 18,000gns for Thrunton Virginian – another Talisman son, bound for his Esgob herd – while Thrunton Vanguard realised 10,000gns to commercial beef producer R Simpson, Crieff.

Balbithan Vespasian (CH48), a much admired 15-month-old bull by the 10,000gns Inverlochy Topsire and consigned by Mr and Mrs Andrew White from Swanage, made 26,000gns to Perth breeder David Walter (Balthayock) and Neil and Graeme Massie (Aboyne, Aberdeenshire).

There were deals of 16,000gns for Drew and Bob Adam’s Newhouse Voodoo (CH41) and 15,000gns for Ratoary Vieira (CH34) from Co Tyrone vendor Sean McGovern (United Auctions).