Stirling Bull Sales 2012: Charolais bidding hits record 100,000gns



24102012 4091.JPGThe Charolais world record was smashed earlier today when bidding climbed to the heady heights of 100,000gns.


Vexour Garth was put forward by investment banker, Jan Boomaars, Heathdown, Woldingham, Kent, and was bought on behalf of the US based Livestock Capital Company which had shown interest in the bull as a calf and keenly tracked his development.

A fitting headline price in the fiftieth anniversary year of the breed’s first introduction to the UK, the sale of Garth bypassed the previous breed record of 70,000gns. This had been set at the same event just 12 months ago for Barnsford Ferny from Tom and Sheena Gatherer, Barsford.


In fact a full brother of Ferny was also up for sale this week, but went unsold at 8,500gns.


Originally from the Netherlands, Mr Boomaars has a 125 cow Charolais herd founded on good animals and strong figures.

Speaking about Vexour Garth (pictured below) he said: “I knew there was interest, but not to that extent. He is a well balanced bull and out of a very good female line that’s done well for us.” But he said the main reason he sold well was his strong performance figures.


24102012  Lot 697.JPGThis Dingle Hofmeister son is out of Vexour Della and has a TSI of +71 and a SRI of +74. He will remain in the UK while his semen will be exported.

The next best price of 17,000gns was achieved for two entries, with 10 bulls in total selling for more than 10,000gns. The first at 17,000gns was Balthayock Gunner (below), from Major Walter, Perth. This Balbithan Vespasian son is out of Balthayock Undine and has a TSI and SRI of +56. He sold to Danny Swarij, Allerbeck Farm, Lockerbie.



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Blackford Gladiator (below), from A Macpherson, Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness, went at the same money. This May 2011-born son of Newhouse Bigal is out of Blackford Celia and found a new home with J and W Kellas, Raws Farm, Keith.



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At 15,000gns was Elrick Gallant (below), a Maerdy Dublin son, out of Blelack Ophelia. Put forward by Mr M J Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagattm Ellon, this one has a TSI of +62 and a SRI of +56 and sold to Mr Eurof Jones, Danycapel Farm, Carmarthen.

24102012 Lot 757.JPGNot far behind at 14,000gns was Ashby Gucci below), from Mr D Noton, The Oaks, Ashby-Cum-Fenby, Grimsby. This May 2011-born bull is by Talisman and out of Gretnahouse Caresse and has a TSI and SRI of +41. He was bought by J H Anderson, Cloy Farm, Ros-shire.


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He was followed by another 14,000gns call, this time for Maerdy Gent from D E Evans, Monfa, Gwernaffield Road, Mold. The son of Blelack Digger is out of Maerdy Debutante and heads home with Mrs J M Robinson, Clifton Park Farm, Mr Tenbury Wells.



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The reserve intermediate champion Thrunton Gabriel (Lot 725), from J H C Campbell and Sons, Thrunton Farm, Alnwick, was not far behind, selling at 13,000gns. This Balmyle Dickler son is out of Thrunton Bebopalula and has a TSI of +54 and a SRI of +45.


The reserve junior champion (Lot 808 – below) Glencoe Galliant, from Mrs V McDonald, 73 Seavers Road, Killeavy, Newry, was secured for the same money. One of the first Plexus sons, he is out of Glencoe Dong and took home the same show title at Balmoral Show.



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Two entries then went for the next best price of 12,000gns. First was (Lot 688) Thrunton Galaxy, again from J H C Campbell and Sons. A son of Balmyle Dickler he is out of Thrunton Aphrodite.



24102012 Lot 688.JPGThen (Lot 715) Harestone Glenlivet, a son of Goldies Unbeatable, forward from N R Barclay, South Road, Insch, went for the same money.



24102012 Lot 715.JPGFemales:


Among the females, a cow and calf forward from Miss A MacPherson, from Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness, sold for 8,500gns.


Blackford Debbie was AI’d in calf to Corrie Alun in August. She is sired by Burradon Talisman and is out of Blackford Suzy.   Her male calf, Hercules is four-months-old and by Newhouse Bigal.

The champion female heifer Vexour Flirt, exhibited by Mr J Boomaars sold to an unknown buyer for 4,200gns.

Averages: 89 bulls, £7,699 (2011: 97 bulls, £6,279), females – to come (United Auctions)