Stirling: Charolais sell less but average lifts £1,068

Averages were over £1000 higher on the year in the Charolais ring last week (18 October) but a smaller yarding saw clearance rates drop to 60%.

Society chief executive Peter Pythian said that despite “challenging times” the breed’s demand was underpinned by the popularity of Charolais-bred stores.

Trade topped with Gretnahouse Primate at 20,000gns from Alasdair Houston, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire.

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He is by the easy-calving Westcarse Jimmy and out of Blelack Digger daughter Iugesse. Jimmy has bred sons up to 11,000gns previously after the herd bought him in 2016.

Primate caught the eye of Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell Dumfries.

Gretnahouse Primate at Stirling sales

Gretnahouse Primate: 20,000gns © Tim Scrivener

Next at 16,000gns was Glenericht Pablo from WK and P Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie. This 18-month-old is from Glenericht Limpet and the Balthayock Graduate daughter Glenericht Juicygirl.

He caught the eye of J Wight and Sons, Carwood Farm, Lanarkshire.

Glenericht Pablo at Stirling sales

Glenericht Pablo: 16,000gns © Tim Scrivener

Third on the day was Thrunton Paramount at 10,000gns from JHC Campbell and Sons, Thrunton, Northumberland. He was bought by the Retties herd, Forestmill, Alloa.  

The 18-month-old is by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jersusalem and out of the Gladiator daughter Thrunton Lucinda.

Thrunton Paramount at Stirling sales

Thrunton Paramount: 10,000gns © Tim Scrivener

Thrunton Performer was then the first of two to make 8,800gns. He is another Jerusalem son out of Thrunton Floret, a daughter of the easy-calving Balmyle Dickler.

He went home with W Barbour, Carsegowan Farm, Dumfries.

Also at 8,800gns was Glenreicht Parker with another Limpet son, this time out of a Clyth Diplomat daughter. He sold to WS Paterson, Golland, Kinross.

Westcarse dispersal

John and Diane Christie dispersed their Westcarse herd and 36 years of breeding alongside the sale, topping at 13,000gns for a cow calf outfit.

The January 2016-born Westcarse Milly sold with her bull calf at foot for 13,000gns. Milly is by Mortimers Highlandfling and out of Mortimers Vanquish daughter Westcarse Ivy.

The Barclays, Harestone, Aberdeenshire, produced the winning bid.

Another Highlandfling daughter called Molly sold with her heifer calf at foot to Brailes Livestock, Oxfordshire, for 8,500gns.

A Nuthampstead Judas daughter called Peaches then sold with her bull calf to the Forests of Hillend, Lanark. She was out of Milly who had just made 13,000gns.

Averages: 43 (-26) bulls, £6,627 (+£1,068) 60% clearance Westcarse: 21 cows and calves, £5,045; four cows, £3,307; five in calf heifers, £3,717; eight maiden heifers, £4,869 (United Auctions)