Charolais crossing bull impresses at Welshpool

South Wales beef farmers Williams Partners were back at the ringside looking for a new Charolais crossing bull and paid the day’s top price of 4100gns at the breed society’s Welshpool fixture.

Maintaining 30 years’ support for Charolais bulls, Williams Partners snapped up Shamleys Venerable (beef value 25). The partnership’s 12-month-old Charolais-sired steers had topped their local sale to average 550, weighing 442kg.

The Derrygiff Mills-sired Venerable, who will be used in Williams Partners’ 80-strong Salers-cross suckler herd, impressed Steve Williams with his conformation and performance figures.

“He’s in the breed’s top 10% for beef value and top 25% for calving ease.”

Newcastle Emlyn breeder Kevin Thomas’ Moelfre Victor (beef value 26) is by Blelack Rommel and out of a cow going back to Killadeas Jack. He realised 3600gns to G Thomas, Betws-y-Coed.

North Yorks breeder Billy Turner, who runs 100 cows at Ripon, saw the best of his string of Brampton Ronaldo sons reach 3000gns.

Brampton Usually (beef value 25) is out of a Maerdy Empereur dam and was claimed by mid-Wales buyers J & B Langford, Newton.

Matching the 3000gns bid, T Jones & Son took Wesley Volcano.

He’s a June 2004-bred son of Maerdy Rock, whose two other sons have averaged 6100gns at Perth.

Collecting the supreme championship was Ensdon Valentine from Llanymynech breeder Mike Williams and his daughter Sarah.

He moved into top spot under judge Jimmy Wilson (Peterhead, Aberdeen).

Averages: 37 bulls 1857 and nine heifers 787. (Welshpool Livestock Sales).