Charolais bull trade was back £861.13 on the year at the breed’s official spring sale at Stirling this week (Tuesday 16 February).
Bidding peaked at 26,000gns – higher than last year’s top of 18,000gns, but fewer bulls sold through the ring, meaning clearance rates were down by 12% from 81% at last year’s sale.
Altogether 14 lots traded at five figure sums, with 123 bulls selling to an average £5,960 (in 2015 136 bulls averaged £6,821).
Trade topper at 26,000gns was Goldies Jerry TI +65 SRI +61, an 18 month old by the homebred Goldies Formidable and out of a heifer going back to Blelack Blackberet. Bred and exhibited by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, he was purchased by Messrs Boden and Davies, Mellor Cheshire.
Carrying on his success Mr Goldie sold a string of 12 bulls to average of £9,038 and the next highest priced was the reserve intermediate champion, Goldies Jasper TI +60 SRI +58. This 19 month old is also sired by Formidable and went home to Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, with J Watson who paid 23,000gns.
The class winner Elgin Jagger, a 16 month old by Blelack Blackberet, caught the eye of W Milne, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, who paid 17,000gns to exhibitors Roy Milne and Sons, Elgin, Morayshire.
The Milne’s went on to secure 13,500gns for the July-2014 born Elgin Jaguar, a son of the 12,000gns Caylers Gladiator, this time purchased by JD Lindsay, By Kirriemuir, Angus.
Junior champion Newhouse Jupitur was next to sell at 16,000gns. Bred and exhibited by RM Adam and Son, Forfar. Angus. The 19-month-old Jupitur who is sired by the 30,000gns Silver Joss was purchased by Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Londonderry.
Two lots sold for 14,000gns. The first was the supreme champion Barnsford Jubilant and the judge Ben Harman backed his decision by taking him home to Chesham, Buckinghamshire. This 20 month old from Tom and Sheena Gatherer, Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, is sired by the homebred Barnsford Gorse, a full brother to the 70,000gns Barnsford Ferny, who was the first Charolais that the Gatherer’s had sold from their small herd of only seven cows.
The day’s second 14,000gns call was made by J Wight and Sons, Midlock, Lanarkshire, for Blelack Jerrylee, a 19 month old by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite from Neil Massie and Sons, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, who went on to sell a further three bulls to an overall average of £7,481.
At 13,500gns was the class winning Balthayock Jackpot TI +48 SRI +62. . This August-2014 born bull sired by the Highland Show class winner Ugie Echo and was exhibited by David and Nick Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire. He was purchased jointly by J and M MacDonald, and Dunbeath Farms, both of Dunbeath, Caithness.
The Walters sold a total of 13 entries for an average of £5,832.
Just shy of this and selling for 13,000gns was another Echo son, the 19-month-old Balthayock Jonathan TI +62 SRI +68. He was purchased by Peter and Sheila Donger, Towcester, Northants.
Two entries went to 12,000gns each. Elrick Jester, sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless was the first from exhibitor Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, who sold a two more with a total average of £8155. The May-2014 born Jester was jointly purchased by Jim Muirhead and JM Cant and Partners both from Arbroath, Angus.
The reserve junior champion also secured 12,000gns. The 17-month-old Harestone Jackson is sired by the 25,000gns Inverlochy Ferdie. Jackson caught the eye of JH Wilson, Newry, Co Down, and was bred and exhibited by Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
Mr Barclay went on to sell six more bulls at an average of £7,650 including another Ferdie son, the 15-month-old Harestone Jackass who was snapped up at 10,000gns by WJ Fraser and Sons, Ballindalloch, Banffshire.
A bid of 11,000gns secured the class winner Thrunton Jetstream for JH Anderson, Fortrose, Ross-shire. This June-2014 born Thrunton Gladiator son was bred and exhibited by JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland, who also had a good day averaging nearly £6,000 a piece for six bulls.
The day’s final five-figure bid went to LA Richardson and Sons, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh, for their senior and reserve supreme champion Hillviewfarm Judge. J and G Smith, Stromness, Orkney, secured this 21-month-old son of the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando for 10,000gns.
Females averages were also down £120.75 on the year, but clearance rates held strong at 83%.
Selling to the day’s top price of 4,900gns was a mother and daughter pair from JA and MF McMillan, Brechin Angus. The 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Dunesk Diana, a class winner at the Highland show and breed champion at Angus, sold with her 12-month-old daughter Dunesk Lulu at foot. Lulu was last year’s Stars of the Future reserve junior champion and is sired by the 12,000gns Highland show senior beef breeder champion Brampton Albert.
Averages: 123 bulls, £5,960; 10 females, £2,997.75.