Charolais bulls peaked at 6,000gns in Carlisle on Friday (21 November) at the breed society’s last official fixture of the season.
Leader at 6,000gns was the day’s supreme champion, Bassett Icon, a 20 month old by Harestone Dominator and out of a homebred dam from Jean Atkinson, Thorpe Bassett, Malton. The buyer was JS Gargett, Westwick, Barnard Castle.
Next at 5,200gns was Harestone Imperator TI +56, SRI +58, an 18 month old by the 6,000gns Balthayock Aesop from Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeen. Purchaser was P and TL Edmondson, Kirkby in Furness.
A bid of 4,900gns secured the 18-month-old Cottage Devon son, Altnaveigh Istabraq from S and R Thompson, Newry, County Down. He continued his journey over the water with buyer, R Chadwick, Greeba, Isle of Man.
Will Oates, Lobely Hill, Gateshead, sold Ravensworth Important TI +43, SRI +39, for 4,800gns to TJ Lee, and Son, Hexham. This 18 month old by Thrunton Florida.
Minutes later, the same vendor sold another Florida son, this time the 17-month-old Ravensworth Indiana for 4,700gns to A and W Orr, Cleghorn, Lanark.
A second 4,700gns bid was made by W and JA Longlands, Birtley, Hexham, for Millbridge Iceman TI +24, SRI +23, a 17 month old Thrunton Voldemort son from Judith Hunter, Woodrow, Wigton.
Two entries shared a 3,800gns price tag. Gretnahouse Interval TI +53, SRI +47, an 18 month old Blelack Digger son from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green changed hands with by S Richardson, Marwood, Barnard Castle. The second 3,800gns bid was made for Thrunton Hornblower TI +47, SRI +39, a rising two year old Balmyle Dickler son from the Campbell family, Thrunton, Alnwick to Telfer Bros., Capheaton, Newcastle. Another entry from the same stable, Thrunton Ivan TI +47, SRI +34, a 21 month old by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal made 3,500gns to Dowson and Sartin, Lartington, Barnard Castle.
A second 3,500gns bid was paid for Retties Irresistabull TI +54, SRI +43, an 18 month old Haviestoun Festival son from Richard and Carol Rettie, Forestmill, Alloa to Moorhouse Farm, Colby, Isle of Man.
The Campbell family topped the female section at 3,000gns with Thrunton Hacienda, a two year old in calf heifer by Ugie Eros to D Smith, Staindrop, Darlington.
Averages: 19 bulls, £3,940.
(Harrison and Hetherington).