Top price in Saturday’s reduction sales from the Balmyle and Maerdy Charolais herds of Bill Bruce and Esmor Evans, respectively, was a 9000gns bid five year old cow, Maerdy Basquet.
This one is an ET bred daughter of French sire, Major, and sold with a heifer calf at foot, Maerdy Graham. She is out of Merveille, with her calf being by Maerdy Padirac. She was knocked down to A I J B Forrest, Biggar, Lanark.Next best at 8000gns was one from the Balmyle herd’s offering, Balmyle Bluebell. This is a Pedr Thumper daughter out of Balmyle Tinkerbell, a Maerdy Othello daughter. She sold with a Pennal Dazzler sired bull calf, Balmyle Greylag at foot. She found a new home in the Swalesmoor herd off Danny Sawrij, Lockerbie.
Then selling at 7000gns was a three year old from Balmyle, a Solitude Attaboy daughter Balmyle Dizzy. Out of Balmyle Teasel, a Dingle Hoffmeister daughter she sold with a heifer calf at foot by Balthayock Diplomat and was bought by John Milligan, Ballathie Estates, with a TSI of +40 and an SRI of +35.
This was followed by a trio at 6000gns, with the first at this price being Balmyle Daisy a Balmyle Statesman daughter out of Maerdy Othello daughter Balmyle Verity. She went with her seven month old heifer calf, Balmyle Gabriella, at foot, with this being a Brampton Nacodar daughter. Taking her home was David Farrorini, Tockwith, Yorkshire.
The second transaction at this money came when Leys Farms, Inverness, bought Balmyle Diana, a Sackville Adonis daughter, and her eight month old bull calf, Balmyle Goosberry, a Balthayock Diplomat son.
And the final 6000gns bid of the sale was made for Balmyle Affection, dam of Balmyle Diana. This is a Balmyle Statesman daughter out of Balmyle Tinsle and sold with her seven month old heifer calf, Balmyle Gilly, another by Diplomat. She was knocked down to Jack Nicol’s Mority Farms, Alyth.
Adrian Ivory, Strathisla Farms, Meigle, then paid 5500gns to secure Balmyle Belinda, a cow by Maerdy Othello and out of Balmyle Plum. She went with her heifer calf, Balmyle Gleam, a Pennal Dazzller daughter.
The same price was then paid by C G Greig Farms, Pitlochie, Gateside, Fife, for nine year old cow, Balmyle Tiffany. She’s by Balmyle Rivoli and out of Balmyle Omega, a Balmyle Laurier daughter. She again went with a Dazzle calf at foot, this time a bull calf Balmyle Graduate.
A pair then also sold at 5000gns, with both of these being bought by J A Connelly, for the Brigadoon herd, Ballynahinch, Co Down. First to go was Balmyle Delight a Solitude Attaboy daugthter out of Balymyle Uppercrust a Balmyle Statesman daughter. Accompanying her was her bull calf by Brampton Nacador, Balmyle Georgio.
Also at this price was 19 month old maiden heifer, Balmyle Felicity, a Sackville Claudius daughter out of Balmyle Plum, dam of 5500gns Balmyle Belinda.
Second best of the sale for Mr Evans was Merdy Unkept, a daughter of Maerdy Sinndar out of Maerdy Rapture, a Maerdy Naser daughter. She sold with her heifer calf at foot, Maerdy Gwenda, a Begonia daughter. She made 4000gns to Eric Mutch and his son, Ellis, Forglen, Banff.
Averages; Balmyle 32 cows and calves £4052, 33 in calf and maiden heifers £2394; Maerdy 13 cows and calves £3283, 14 heifers in calf £2220 (United Auctions).