Charolais trade proved to be the strongest at the three day Stirling fixture, with twelve lots selling with a five figure sum and a top bull price of 22,000gns.
Living up to his name and taking the headline price was Balmyle Headline from William Bruce, Balmyle, Meigle. This Maerdy Egret son, who is a clean fleshy bull with great hindquarters, is out of of Balmyle Uptowngirl, one of the great daughters of Brampton Nacador, a 28,000gns Perth champion.
This May 2012-born bull sold with a terminal sire index of +56 and a self-replacing index of +53 to Swalesmoor Farm, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
Taking home the next highest bid of 17,000gns was M J Massie of the Elrick herd, Aberdeenshire with his April 2012-born bull Elrick Highlander. By Maerdy Dublin and out of Elrick Caroline, he sold with a TSI of +49 and a SRI of +41 to J Wight and Sons, Midlock, Biggar.
A trio of bulls then sold with a 15,000gns price tag. First at this money was a Klibreck Ecosse son from M V and M E Atkinson of the Mowbraypark herd, Ripon, north Yorkshire. Mowbraypark Hercules is out of Bassingbourn Velvet and sold with a TSI of +41 and a SRI of +36 to J Campbell, Thurso, Caithness.
Next at this money was an entry from the Charolais breed society chairman Alasdair Houston of the Gretna House herd with his March 2012 born bull Gretnahouse Heman. This Blelack Digger son offers an all-round package of calving ease ( calving ease daughters -2.6%) and performance and is out of one of the herds best breeding cows, Gretnahouse Beauty. He sells with a TSI of +86 and a SRI of +77 to H Goldie, Dumfries.
Mr Goldie then went on to make back the 15,000gns he had just spent when selling a later lot, the junior champion Goldies Hotspur for the same amount. This Dingle Hofmeister grandson by Goldies Elation and out of Goldies Babs, who is a great breeding daughter of Goldies Vice Chancellor sold with a TSI of +66 and a SRI of +64 to W R Mill, Thurso, Caithness.
Overall 92 bulls sold out of 182 forward, to average £6,578 (down £1,121 on the year), and equating to a clearance rate of 65%.
Commenting on trade Charolais society chief executive David Benson said the averages were a reflection on the fact that last year’s sale leader made 100,000gns.
“It has been a very good day’s trading. Bulls that demonstrated quality, confirmation and high EBVs were in demand from commercial producers.”
PIC: Lot 677
CAP: 14,000gns overall champion Culford Hector from Mr D H Knox, March, Cambridgeshire to A Renwick, Ross-shire.