Charolais bulls met a solid commercial demand selling to a top of 11,500gns. Overall, 88 bulls averaged £5,593, representing a 93% clearance in Carlisle on Saturday 10 May at the breed society’s official sale.
“The day’s trade throughout reflected commercial producers’ demand for modern British Charolais which continues to consistently deliver quality cattle with that unbeatable weight for age commanding premiums in the store ring from profit driven finishers who are also rewarded with a slice of the action,” commented society chief executive, David Benson.
Sale leader at 11,500gns was Alsnow Hublot TI +45, SRI +40, sell for 11,500gns. Sired by 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable (ET) and out of Givendale Thea, this two year old class winner was bred and exhibited by Alan Lawson, Hallington, Newcastle. He was knocked down to Backmuir Trading, Keith, Banffshire.
Backmuir Trading secured the next two top priced lots, paying 11,000gns for Southwillow Hal, the 19 month old senior champion by Gretnahouse Dallaglio from David Smith, Staindrop, Darlington.
At 10,000gns the same buyer took home Thrunton Heritage TI +49, SRI +44, a two year old by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler from the Campbell family, Thrunton Alnwick.
Two more entries shared a 10,000gns call. First to go was Whitecliffe Harold TI +81, SRI +79, the highest performance recorded entry from Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirby Misperton, Malton. A Blelack Digger son, he sold to LH Wardle, Wildmoor, Bromsgrove.
The third 10,000gns bid was made by A Currie, Dunure, Ayr for the reserve intermediate champion, Caylers Influence TI +35, SRI +21, a 16 month old Thrunton Dominator son from David and Louise Barker, Nuthampstead, Royston.
Next at 9,500gns was the intermediate and overall supreme champion, Maerdy Harpix TI +39, SRI +25, an 18 month old by Maerdy Dynamite from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold and purchased by Gus Saunders, Bonvilston, Cardiff.
Earlier on Mr Evans offered the 18 month old Maerdy Henffych TI +45, SRI +31, another Dynamite son at 7,500gns to M Bindloss and Son, Shap Abbey, Penrith.
Topping trade for the females at 2,400gns was Goldies Hornpipe TI +49, SRI +49, by Blelack Blackberet and out of Goldies Crème. This third prize class winner sold by Mr H Goldie, Dumfries-shire, Scotland, she went home to Lymington, Hampshire with ST Smith.
Next at 2,200gns from the same vendor was Goldies Inxs, TI +42, SRI +42. Sired by Blelack Edition and out of Goldies Banjo, she sold to J Hunter, Wigton, Cumbria.
‘Fairway’ herd dispersal
On the same day, females belonging to the late D W Fattorini’s Fairway herd were dispersed. Bidding peaked at 10,000gns for Fairway Grandelight, with her four-week-old bull calf at foot by Blelack Digger at foot. Sired by Uranus and out of Fairway Arizonalite, they went home with AB Hornall, Falleninch Farm, Stirling.
Next was the first of three lots secured by GJ Crawford, Co.Londonderry, NI. Fairway Baseline and her bull calf, Fairway Indonesia, by Adoniss-LP, were knocked down at 8,000gns.
The same buyer also secured Baseline’s daughter Fairway Geomettress who had been served to Alwent Goldbar, Fairway Geomettress, for 7,000gns. The final lot going home with GJ Crawford was Fairway Fenway with her six-month-old heifer calf by Blelack Digger, Fairway Indianapolis, at foot. They sold for 5,500gns.
Fairway Expects was next highest, reaching 4,500gns with her bull calf by Adonis-LP, Fairway Judge, at foot. They went home with V Vasey, to Carlisle, Cumbria.
Bulls: 31 senior, £6,415.50; 29 intermediate, £5,565.00; 28 junior, £4,713.33.
Females: 4 served heifers, £2,100.00; 6 maiden heifers, £2,117.50.
Fairway dispersal: 37 cows served and/or suckling, £3,558.65; 16 served heifers, £2,690.63; 16 maiden heifers, £1597.97; 1 senior bull, £4725.00; 1 young bull, £2047.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington