Charolais lead the spring trade at Stirling bull sales 2019

Charolais topped breed averages and clearance rates at Stirling bull sales this week (Tuesday 19 February).

Altogether, 121 bulls averaged £6,063 and sold to the highest 83.5% clearance of the spring sales.  

Society chief executive Peter Phythain said he was “absolutely delighted” with the sale, despite all of the doom and gloom in the industry at the moment and the uncertainty of Brexit.

See also: Stirling bull sales: 18 Salers bulls top at 6,500gns

Sale leader at 13,000gns was the class-winning Thrunton Nugget, a May 2017-born son of the home-bred pairing Thrunton Gladiator and Thrunton Hoopla, who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop.

He was offered for sale by JHC Campbell and Sons and purchased by Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire.

Thrunton Nugget

Sale leader at 13,000gns was the class-winning Thrunton Nugget © Tim Scrivener

The Campbell family went on sell a total of four bulls to average £9,896.25 and their next highest priced at 10,000gns was the 16-month-old Thrunton Nike, who is also sired by Thrunton Gladiator but this time out of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter Thrunton Exquisite.

He was purchased by AJ Maclean, Scarinish, Isle of Tiree.

Thrunton Nike

Thrunton Nike sold at 10,000gns © Tim Scrivener

The second highest price on the day of 12,000gns went to presale senior champion Inverlochy Nelson, a 21-month-old, who was bred and exhibited by father-and-son team John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Banffshire.

He is sired by the Highland show supreme champion and Irish-born Kilbline 1 Instigator and out of Inverlochy Gypsum, a daughter of the Black Isle show champion Lochend Apache.

He went to work in Crawford, Lanarkshire, for Mr and Mrs JJ Wight.

Inverlochy Nelson

Presale senior champion Inverlochy Nelson went for 12,000gns © Tim Scrivener

A trio of lots went under the hammer for the 11,000gns.

The first was an entry from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire, which caught the eye of T Smith and Son, Alford, Aberdeenshire, when he was tapped out first in his class at Monday’s pre-sale show.

Gretnahouse Neverland, a June 2017-born son of Westcarse Jimmy, who has sired more than 40 progeny in the herd since his purchase in 2016, is out of the Gretnahouse Ultimate daughter, Gretnahouse Daisy.

Altogether, Mr Houston sold four bulls to average £8,269.

Gretnahouse Neverland

At 11,000gns was Gretnahouse Neverland © Tim Scrivener

Matching the 11,000gns price tag and this time selling to JG Wilson, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, was the 18-month-old Harestone Nighthawk, out of Harestone Brigette, who goes back to the Royal Highland Show supreme champion Harestone Ronsard and sired by the 12,000gns Balmyle Addition.

He was bred and exhibited by R and N Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.

Harestone Nighthawk

Harestone Nighthawk went for 11,000gns © Tim Scrivener

At the same money was Goldies Navigation, offered for sale by Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire.

This 18-month-old son of the 15,000gns herd sire Gretnahouse Heman, who has bred more than 120 progeny into the herd, is out of Goldies Hazel, a 12,000gns Goldies Elation daughter. Buyer was GA Mackie, Rescobie, Angus.

Mr Goldie sold a total of 13 to average £7,083.

Goldies Navigation

Goldies Navigation also went for 11,000gns © Tim Scrivener

Next in the trade stakes and the final one at five-figure sum of 10,500gns was the September 2017-born Killadeas Noah from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, County Fermanagh.

Purchased by J Warnock, Broughton, Lanarkshire, he is sired by Blelack Blackberet and his dam is Killadeas Hazeline, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Blackford Dynamite.

Killadeas Noah

At 10,500gns was Killadeas Noah © Tim Scrivener

The reserve supreme and intermediate champion, Balthayock Nanook, from Major Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, made 9,500gns when selling to for WJ Millar of Tealing, Dundee.

Balthayock Nanook

Balthayock Nanook made 9,500gns © Tim Scrivener

Major Walter’s highest lot at 9,500gns was Balthayock Nominee, who was purchased by CD Timm, Appleton Roebuck, Yorkshire.

Altogether, 17 bulls averaged £6,850.

Balthayock Nominee

Balthayock Nominee sold for 9,500gns © Tim Scrivener


Females topped at 5,800gns for the 12-month-old Formakin Opal from the McMurrich Partnership, Causewayhead, Stirlingshire.

Sired by the French-bred Hercule and out of the Balthayock Matthew daughter and Stars of the Future class winner Formakin Licorice, she was purchased by the Rettie partnership.

Alsnow herd dispersal

The sale featured the dispersal of the Alsnow herd of Alan R Lawson and Son, whose females sold to a top price of 8,500gns for Alsnow Enchantress and her female calf at foot, Alsnow Olwen.

Enchantress has produced two RHS-class winning daughters and is sired by Blelack Roger, while her dam is Alsnow Victoria, which goes back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Socrates.

Her daughter Olwen is sired by Blelack Immaculate and the set were purchased by N and R Barclay.

Averages:121 bulls, £6,063; 14 heifers, £3,906; 13 Alsnow cow and calves, £5,161; one Alsnow heifer, £1,700.
(United Auctions)

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