Suckler men fuelled a solid trade for Charolais bulls in Welshpool on Thursday 13 November where bidding peaked at 5400gns and 40 lots sold to average £2626 accompanied by a 75% clearance.
Sale leader at 5400gns was Brynffanigl Cannon, a 19 month old from Bob Roberts, Brynffanigl Uchaf, Abergele. A Mowbraypark Urban son and out of a dam bred from homebred lines, the buyer was G Jones, Llanrwst, Conwy.
Next at 4400gns was Esgob Crackerjack, an April 2007 born entry from Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala to W O Jones, Criccieth. Earlier on in the day Crackerjack had been awarded the overall reserve championship by judge, Ben Harman who described him as ‘genuinely classy’. “He is another wonderful bull by the 18,000gns Thrunton Virginian who is leaving that consistent quality.” Virginian is by Burradon Talisman, sire of the 55,000gns Perth supremo Thrunton Voldemort.
Mr Harman went on to find his supreme championship in the 19 month old Bailea Crosby who was bred and exhibited by Brian Jones, Heol Senni, Brecon. “While there was little between the bulls in the final line up, Crosby was bang on 12 o’clock for this event,” said Mr Harman. “He was full of meat, he had scale, an outstanding spring of rib, and he was beautifully presented.” Sired by Suzeringie and out of a homebred cow going back to Gower lines, Crosby sold for 4000gns to I W Roberts, Dolgwyddelan, Conwy.
Two more lots were knocked down sold for 4000gns each. First class prize winner, Trefaldwyn Celtic, a May 2007 born entry by Burradon Talisman made 4000gns to local producer, R Jones, Dolanog, Welshpool.
Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn offered Moelfre Chief, the third and final 4000gns lot. A 19 month old Gretnahouse Vigorous son and out of a dam going back to Dingle Hofmeister, he went home with S and I Williams, Pantydwr, Rhayader.
Later in the day, Mr Thomas offered another Vigorous son, this time Moelfre Cadet a 17 month old out of a homebred dam by Doonally New and he made 3200gns to E Anwyl, Staylittle, Llanbrynmair.
Two lots shared a 3600gns price tag. First to go was Hendy Columbo, a 20 month old by Tullygarley Rollerball and out of a Moyness sired Nibheath dam. Bred and exhibited by John and Diane Rees, Llangurig, Llanidloes, the buyer was M Price, Upper Chapel, Brecon. Another Rollerball son from the same stable, this time the 22 month old Hendy Count, made 3200gns to Messrs Edwards, Manafon, Welshpool.
The day’s second 3600gns call came from I W Roberts, Dolgwyddelan, Conwy for Maerdy Canada, an April 2007 born entry from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold. Canada was by Maerdy Padirac and out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Grimaldi. Later on the same vendor offered at 3000gns the June 2007 born Maerdy Crown, bred from homebred bloodlines, to R N I Waters, Clun, Craven Arms.
The female trade was topped at 1850gns by Gaer Ophelia, a 10 year old Maerdy Iceman daughter from T E Jones, Welshpool. Ophelia was sold with her July born twin bulls calves at foot, Gaer Diplomat and Gaer Duke, by Kilcullen Ted, sire of Doonally New. The buyer was Peter Darlington, Minshull Vernon, Crewe.
Averages: 40 bulls £2,626.35; 10 females £1,401.75.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales