British Charolais met a solid demand from a packed Stirling ringside on Tuesday 20 October where prices peaked at 50,000gns and 80 entries sold through the ring to average £7,085.
The Society chairman Steven Nesbitt said buyers were being quite selective due to the amount of good quality crossing bulls available that can produce fast finished calves.
Sale leader was the junior and reserve supreme champion Balthayock Justice TI +84 SRI +80, exhibited by Major David Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire. Sired by the homebred Balthayock Ferdinand he was purchased in a partnership by Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry and Joe Wilson, Newry, Co Down.
Commenting on his purchase Mr Crawford said: “We bought this bull for his breeding and style, we were impressed by his look and this was backed up by his outstanding performance figures, placing him in the top one percent of the breed.”
Mr Crawford also sold one of the top priced lots, the 18 month old Deeleview Jonathan TI +64 SRI +56 sired by Blelack Digger. He was purchased by Greystoke Castle Farms, Penrith, Cumbria for 10,000gns.
Next along at 28,000gns was the 17 month old Maerdy Jerusalem TI +73 SRI +72. Consigned by Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire, this son of the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous sold to Redhead and Watson, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland and JHC Campbell and sons, Alnwick, Northumberland.
The supreme champion Castellmawr Jacpot went home with Colin and Fiona Wight, Biggar, Lanarkshire, for 16,000gns. This 18 month old Goldstar Gentleman son from A and M Williams, Pwhelli, Gwynedd, was crowned this year’s junior and male champion at the Royal Welsh Show.
Also from wales Will Owen, Criccieth, Gwynedd secured 13,000gns for the senior champion Deunawd Jeff who was purchased by D and R Durno and Sons, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch.
A call of 12,000gns was paid by Wallace Brown, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire for Elrick Juno from Michael Massie, Ellon, Aberdeensire. The 17 month old is sired by the 16,000gns supreme Stirling champion Thrunton Fearless.
The 18 month old Marwood Journal was next along at 11,500gns. This 22,000gns Burradon Goldenballs son from RA and J Blyth, Hartlepool, Cleveland who was the breed champion at the Great Yorkshire show and was purchased by OTW Chandler, Abergavenny, Gwent.
Next to sell was JHC Campbell, Alnwick, Northumberland, who sold a total of five bulls sired by the homebred Thrunton Gladiator to an average of £8,925. The first to go at 10,000gns was the 19 month old class winner Thrunton Javelin who went home with JAC Campbell, Thurso, Caithness.
Also at 10,000gns was Blelack Jigsaw TI +65 SRI +64, exhibited by NF Massie, who went on to sell a total of five bulls. Jigsaw a 16 month old son of Caylers Hustler was purchased by Balbirnie Home Farms, Freuchie, Fife.
Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire sold two top priced bulls, the first of which went home with DM Keay and Son, Kirriemuir, Angus for 9,500gns. The Goldies Eddy son Gretnahouse Jimbob TI +67 SRI +68. Then securing 8,500gns from C Colgan, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland was the 22 month old Gretnahouse Immense TI +65 SRI +67 sired by Gretnahouse Ultimate.
The reserve intermediate champion was next to go at 9,000gns. Exhibited by Harold Stubbs and Andrew Burleigh, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh was Derryharney Jumbo a 17 month old sired by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and was purchased by Beattie Livestock, Omagh Co Tyrone.
Also securing 9,000gns for Anne MacPherson, Croy, Inverness-shire was the reserve junior champion Blackford Juniper. He is sired by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan and was purchased by D Bryce and Son, Kilry, Alyth.
Next along at 8,500gns was the 19 month old Blelack Digger son Tillside Jackass TI +62 SRI +60, who was purchased from Redhead and Watson, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland by JC Millar, Kingaoldrum, Kirrimuir.
A final call of 8,000gns was paid by J Wright, Girvan, Ayrshire for the 20 month old Goldies Jubilee TI +72 SRI +64 who is sired by Goldies Gladiator and was exhibited by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire.
The top price in the female section of 6,000gns was paid by Brailes Livestock, Banbury, Oxfordshire for the 20 month old Tillside Jessie by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger. Jessie was part of the production sale from EJ & AM Fox, Biggar Lanarkshire who went on to sell 11 more lots to an average of £3,290.
Next along was the 23 month old Blelack Blackberet daughter Tillside Icon who was purchased by R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire for 4,300gns and securing 3,800gns was Tillside Ingrid. This 21 month old 30,000gns Dingle Hofmesiter daughter was purchased by Redhead and Watson, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.
D and M Campbell, Lybster, Caithness sold seven females in their production sale the top price of 4,400gns being paid for Caithness Isla, a 27 month old by Corrie Alan going to I and D Goldie Annan, Dumfries-shire.
3,500gns was paid for the female champion from Hamish Goldie. Goldies Illusion TI+62 SRI +60 a 23 month old Blelack Digger Daughter was purchased by C Johnstone, Ripon, North Yorkshire. Mr Goldie also went on to sell the 17 month old reserve female champion Goldies Jiffy TI +60 SRI +58 by Alwent Goldbar who went home with Mr Spence, Norton Dounby, Orkney for 2,600gns.
Also selling to the same price to JH & AG Paton, Kinross, Kinross-shire was Gretnahouse Jeigg, a 17 month old sired by the 12,000gns Wesley Equinox from AG Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire.
Averages: 80 bulls, £7,085; six females £2,170; seven Caithness females £2,910; 12, Tillside females, £3,290.