Female trade strong at Charolais fixture

The Charolais Cattle Society’s autumn fixture at Borderway Mart, Carlisle presented breeders with some top-rate females alongside the collective sale of 77 bulls. But, while the bull trade produced the two highest bids of 5500gns, females were snapping at their heels selling to 5000gns.


Mowbraypark Derby, a 20 month son of successful sire Mowbraypark Paramount, was the first bull in the ring and quickly set the pace selling for 5500gns to I and C White, Rutland.


Ranked in the breed’s top 10% with a Terminal Index of +30, he was consigned by Ripon, North Yorkshire breeders Mike and Margaret Atkinson and is out of a Bleasdale-bred dam tracing back to Shraden Talisman.


Alsnow Dictator took the reserve overall male ticket for owners Alan Lawson and Son, Hallington, Newcastle. This Blelack Roger son is out of a cow by Burradon Talisman – the bull that was bought in this ring and sired the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort. Buyers were W and N Milne, Aberdeen.


Gretna Green based Alasdair Houston took the male title with Gretnahouse Drysky who goes back over the border to join P Usher, Gatehouse of Fleet at 5000gns. He is by Gretnahouse Ultimate..


There were three other 5000gns deals. Wesley Drake – a son of the 20,000gns Perth champion Thrunton Trojan from Wesley Estates, Markfield, Leicester – sold to T Lightfoot, Callington, Cornwall; James Herdman, Alnwick paid 5,000gns for Hallbankgate Dragon, an Edenhurst Pioneer son from father and son team, Tom and Ian Bell, Brampton. Cumbria while Derek and Gillian Young, Wigton, Cumbria also gave 5000gns for Harold Forster and Sons’ (Hexham) Piatroon Debonair who is also a Talisman son.


Topping the entry of “Cracker” females at 5,000gns was the heifer Edenhurst Caroline from local breeder Peter Vasey. Also by Talisman and in-calf to Edenhurst Cognac, she stood female champion and goes to T Jones and Son, Carmarthen.


The same buyers gave 4,100gns for the Campbell family’s Thrunton Bronte, a three year old by Talisman suckling her April born heifer, Thrunton Esla (note spelling) who is by the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal.  Ian, John and their father, Colin Campbell from Alnwick achieved a best of 4,600gns for Thrunton Bluebelle. This three year old, by Solwayfirth Union, had her nine month old heifer calf at foot. Buyers were James and Vanessa Webb, Leicester.


Reserve female champion was Westcarse Dynasty, a January 2008-born maiden heifer from John Christie, Stirling. By Mortimers Tebay she sold for 4,200gns to Bob Leggat, Fraserburgh.


Averages: 28 bulls £3165.00; six Cracker females £3,552.50; Thrunton draft (4) £4068.75; Shamleys and Cliftonpark draft (6) £1680.00; Bega retirement sale (7) £2430.00. Eight other collective females £1404.38. (Harrison and Hetherington).