Carlisle bull sale sees £262 increase to Charolais averages

Averages lifted again (+£262) for Charolais bulls at Carlisle on Saturday (12 May), where a smaller yarding of cattle met an average of £5,420 and five lots made five-figure sums, with the Balmyle herd producing the two top calls.

Trade topped at 13,000gns for 13-month-old Balmyle Neptune from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire.

Neptune is by the 28,000gns Brampton Nacodar and out of Bathayock Diplomate daughter Balmyle Image. He was knocked down to Will Palmer and Son, Truro, Cornwall.

Balmyle Neptune

Balmyle Neptune topped trade with a 13,000gns call from Cornish breeders Will Palmer and Son

Next at 11,000gns, also from Mr Bruce, was Balmyle Nugget, selling to Mark Ross, Gorebridge, Midlothian.

See also: Charolais lead Stirling trade as average lifts £1,514

Nugget is out of a dam by the 20,000gns Balmyle Magnate and by the 31,000gns Whitecliffe Highlight.

Balmyle Nugget

A bid of 11,000gns secured Balmyle Nugget from Perthshire breeder Bill Bruce

Three then made 10,000gns, the first being Elgin Marvel from Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Elgin. He was bought by AJ MacGregor, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.

He is by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and out of Edenhurst Cognac daughter Elgin Isobelle.

Elgin Marvel

Elgin Marvel from the Milnes made 10,000gns

Also at 10,000gns was Allanfauld Napoleon from Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow.

He is a January-born son of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and out of Alanfauld Empress, a Harestone Tyrol daughter and caught the eye of DG McKenzie , Aberdeen.

Allanfauld Napoleon

Allanfauld Napoleon made 10,000gns, knocking down to DG McKenzie, Aberdeen

Charles McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was next to bid 10,000gns, this time for Mornity Nimbus from Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Alyth, Perthshire.

Nimbus is another Westcarse Houdini son out of a Balnuith Universe daughter.

Mornity Nimbus

Also at 10,000gns was Mornity Nimbus from Charles McCombie

Three then followed at 9,000gns from the Caylers, Tweeddale and Sportsmans herds. The youngest bull on the day, Silvermere Nolimit, knocked down for 8,500gns.

Averages: 58 (-14) bulls, £5,420 (+£262); 15 heifers (+6), £2,303 (-£887.83) 77% clearance (Harrison & Hetherington)