Carlisle Charolais peak at 17,000gns

A top call of 17,000gns and an average of £3441 marked a solid demand for Charolais bulls at Saturday’s Charolais sale, Carlisle.

Leading the way was Alsnow Almighty from Alan Jackson, Hallington, Newcastle on Tyne. Almighty, with a breeding value of CH21 and by 18,000gns sire Derryharney Outstanding, sold to join Bob Roberts Brynffanigl herd, Abergele, Clwyd.

This was the first time Mr Jackson had taken a five figure bid in 20 years of Charolais breeding.

Second top call was 10,000gns made for Caylers Boomerang, a 15 month old from the Barker family’s Caylers herd, Royston, Hertfordshire. By Maerdy Uniroyal, Boomerang has a breeding value of CH32 and goes back to Maerdy on his dam’s side too. Mkaing the final bid were P Cooper and Son, Kilcadrum, Forfar.
Next on the high bids chart was Moelfre Aaron form Kevin Thomas at 9500gns. Aaron, who carries a top 1% breeding value of CH42, is by noted sire Mowbraypark Paramount and joins El Lewis and Sons, Uwchygarreg, Powys.

Also at 9500gns was Trefonnen Brandnew who had stood intermediate champion in the pre-sale show classes. With leading Irish bull Doonally New as his sire and out of a homebred cow by Moyness Maharaja, Brandnew joins Isle of Man breeder W E Parsons, Laxey.

In at 8500gns was 18 month old Gretnahouse Aberfeldy from Alisdair Houston with a breeding value of CH33. By another Doonally sire, this time Doonally Prince, Aberfeldy traces his dam line back to Royal Show champion Lakeland Sagesse. Claiming him were Mr and Mrs Andrew White for their Balbithan herd, Dorset.

Three bulls made 8000gns, first in at this money was another from Gretnahouse, Gretnahouse Bomber with a breeding value of CH39. By Derryharrey Outstanding, 13 month old Bomber sold to Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire.

Next at this money was one from Mr Bruce’s own herd, Balmyle Brutus by Maerdy Othello. Brutus is out of a homebred cow by renowned sire Dingle Hofmeister and was bought by Mosser Mains Farm, Cockermouth.

The final 8000gns call came from S I and L J Evans for John Evans’ Lowerffrydd Brightlights. Again by Doonally New, Brightlights has a breeding value of CH32 and is out of a homebred dam by Moyness Lincoln.

Valerie McDonald, Newry, Co Down made a successful trip from Northern Ireland with Lisenagh Baldur making 7500gns to M R Bound, Llanidloes.

Five bulls hit 7000gns, with John Evans claiming that figure for Brightlights’ full brother, Lowerffrydd Beesnees. Buyers on this occaision were Dent Brothers, Barnard Castle.

Next up was John Christie and Son’s Westcarse Beefy by Maerdy Primeminister. He was sold in a two split between Will Palmer, Ruan Highlanes, Truro and B W J Lavis, Okehmapton. Following hot on his tail was Trefaldwyn Benson who sold to I R and D E Jones. He is a Burradon Talisman son.

The final two 7000gns calls were made by G G Williams and W Brewster, buying entries from Peter Vasey and Kevin Thomas respectively.

Among the females it was a call of 7000gns which topped the trade for a cow and calf unit from the Campbell family, Thrunton. Their entry, Thrunton Ulala is by 25,000gns Perth champion Mowbraypark Orlando and sold with her seven month old bull calf by Solwayfirth Union and scanned in calf to Burradon Talisman.