British Charolais bulls met a flying trade from a packed ringside in Welshpool this week at the breed society’s autumn sale, where prices peaked at 9,800gns and 77 entries sold through the ring to achieve a new beef breed centre record average of £4,080 with 79% clearance.
The seven-hour sale which grossed £0.54 million included three herd drafts and the Trefonnen dispersal.
“An electric atmosphere prevailed throughout as bull after bull went through the ring sold to commercial men who were aware of the rewards for Charolais cross store and suckled calves at the autumn sales and it clearly reflected the momentum towards returning to modern Charolais as the herd’s terminal sire,” commented the society’s David Benson.
Sale leader at 9,800gns was Caylers Hugo TI +45, SRI +45, a 20 month old Thrunton Alpha son and out of a Balthayock Marius sired homebred dam from David and Louise Barker’s 30 cow herd based at Nuthampstead, Royston. Hugo went to join Allan Currie’s 180 suckler cow herd based near Ayr. “Our calves consistently feature within the day’s 10% at Stirling, and this bull will continue to help to deliver the goods. He is genuine, very well balanced with length, strength and good locomotion.
The Barkers were enjoying their best ever day in four years of trading at Welshpool and making the eight hour return journey with their three entries. Earlier in the day, they secured 6,000gns for Caylers Hawthorn TI +40, SRI +28, a 21 month old by their former stock bull, the 10,000gns Thrunton Dominator and out of a homebred heifer by Maerdy Uniroyal. The buyer was Messrs Heard, Okehampton, Devon. The Barkers final entry at 4,800gns was Caylers Hectors TI +54, SRI +48, a 19 month old first prize winner by Dominator selling to P Weston, Ashbourne.
The day’s second highest 9,000gns call went to the reserve junior champion, Maerdy Hughos TI +45, SRI +43, a 17 month old by the 13,000gns Kelton Trident and out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Padirac. Sold to B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen, he was one of 12 entries to come under the hammer sold from Flintshire vet, Esmor Evans, Mold.
Mr Evans was again in the prizes when his 18 month old Maerdy Holster TI +53, SRI +46, secured the intermediate championship before selling for 8,000gns to EI Lewis and Sons, Forge, Machynlleth. Another Trident son, he was out of a homebred dam by Maerdy Alcazar.
Two more entries shared an 8,000gns bid. First to go was Esgob Hari TI +35, SRI +35, an 18 month old Anside Excalibur son and out of a Thrunton Virginian sired homebred dam. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala, he went home with DT Richards, Llangynwyd, Maesteg. Another Excalibur son from the same stable, this time the 19 month old Esgob Huw TI +36, SRI +30 commanded a 5,200gns price tag from A Williams, LLanefydd, Denbigh.
The final 8,000gns call was made by GR Davies, Cwmtirmynach, Bala for Pedr Hermit TI +41, SRI +44, a 16 month old by the 12,000gns Thrunton Classic and out of a homebred dam by Derryharney Outstanding from father and son team, John and Peter Howells, Llanwenog, Llanybyther.
At 6,800gns the Howells offered their junior champion Gwenog Hogan TI +47, SRI +46 another 16 month old Classic son and out of a homebred dam by Blelack Tycoon. The buyer was EM Gittins, Menai Bridge, Anglesey.
Three more entries commanded a 6,000gns price tag. First in the ring was Trefaldwyn Hilton TI +36, SRI +32, a 21 month old Brampton Nacodar son and out of a homebred dam by the 25,000gns Perth supremo, Mowbraypark Orlando. Secured by JT Davies, Llangedwyn, Oswestry, and bred and exhibited by Arwel Owen, Foel , Welshpool, 24 hours earlier Hilton was awarded the senior and overall male championship by judge, Graham Robinson who described him as an ‘exemplary modern British Charolais’. “Hilton was very correct, he had length, a good top line and excellent locomotion. He caught my eye as soon as he came in the ring, he followed all the way through and had the edge in the final line up,” he said.
Towards the end of the day, Arwel Owen secured another 6,000gns call this time for Trefaldwyn Hublot TI +60, SRI +57, a 17 month old Blelack Digger son and out of a homebred dam. The buyer was R Williams, Llangwnnadl, Pwellhi.
The final 6,000gns bid went to Montgomery Huw TI +70, SRI +60, a 16 month old Blelack Digger son and out of a Tullygarley Attaboy sired homebred dam. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Roberts, Llangadfan, Welshpool, the buyer was R Richards, Adfa, Newtown.
Digger sons were in demand throughout with the 10 forward selling to average £4,505. They included
Gareth Roberts reserve intermediate champion, Montgomery Hublot TI +77, SRI +65, the highest performance recorded entry in the catalogue. An 18 month old, he went home with DW Jones, Heasley Mill, South Molton.
Jarka Robinson, Tenbury Wells sold her highest entry at 5,000gns to GH Williams and Son, Penegoes, Machynlleth. Her 17 month old Cliftonpark Headboy was by the 10,000gns Thrunton Bravado and out of a homebred dam going back to Moyness Topnotch.
The collective female trade was led at 4,400gns for a cow and calf pair from ML Impey, Ledbury to Ann Orr-Ewing, Purton, Swindon. Hamilton Avalon TI +39, SRI +30 was an eight year old Turney bred Mortimer Josh daughter sold in calf to Alwent Goldbar, whilst her seven month old heifer, Congress Inchantress was by Burradon Talisman.
Next at 4,000gns was the two year old Maerdy Grandgirl, a Blelack Digger daughter from Esmor Evans to B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen.
Bidding peaked at 7,400gns for a split cow and calf pair when Gaenor and Roy Hughes dispersed their Trefonnen herd. Trefonnen Fergie TI +32, SRI +29, a three year old Okapibb daughter and out of a homebred dam by Ptiprince, she was sold in calf to Goldies Eddy for 4,200gns to Irish Charolais Cattle Society president Michael McGuirk, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland. Fergie’s 10 month old son, Trefonnen Ivanhoe TI +40, SRI +34, sired by Cottage Devon went to T and A Tudor, Llanerfyl, Welshpool.
Next at 6,000gns was Trefonnen Evasion TI +46, SRI +35, a four year old by Doonally New and out of a Dynod bred dam by Coolnaslee Monarch. She was offered with Trefonnen Ivory, her four month old bull by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger. The pair sold to Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Llanstephan.
Three lots were each bid to 5,000gns. First was Trefonnen Veronica TI +39, SRI +38, a seven year old by Doonally Nicefor, out of a homebred dam by Moyness Maharajah and sold in calf to Blelack Digger. The buyer was Neil Barclay, Harestone, Crathes, Banchory.
Trefonnen Fabrujais TI +12, SRI +11, a three year old by Suzeringie and offered with her two month old heifer, Trefonnen Isabelle, an Okapibb made 5,000gns to Michael and Betty Graham, Ireby, Wigton.
The final 5,000gns call was made by B Walters, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen for Trefonnen Galaxy TI +31, SRI +29, a Thrunton Voldemort daughter and sold in calf to Blelack Digger.
Next at 4,800gns was Trefonnen Gigi TI +47, SRI +31, a two year old Doonally New sired heifer, in calf to Blelack Digger, and sold to G Jones and Sons, Bala. Another Doonally New daughter, this time the nine year old Trefonnen Violet TI +48, SRI +36 offered with her month old heifer, Trefonnen Iris by Clyth Diplomat made 4,600gns to RA Elias, Garn Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd.
Trefonnen Harriette TI +34, SRI +32, a 13 month heifer by Thrunton Voldemort secured a 3,600gns bid from MA Swistun, Llanforlais, Gower. Trefonnen Vanity TI +38, SRI +37, a seven year old Loganbar Herdsman daughter sold in calf to Maerdy Rock and accompanied by Trefonnen Icarus, her four month old bull by Clyth Diplomat made 3,500gns to A Platt, Weston, Shrewsbury.
Trefonnen Isostar TI +36, SRI +29, a 10 month old Maerdy Rock son and out of a Moyness Maharajah sired homebred dam made 3,100gns to G Williams, Pont Robert, Meiford.
Leading Griff Morris’s draft at 4,000gns was Cargriff Glitzy TI +66, SRI +60, a two year old Blelack Digger daughter and out of a homebred dam by Mowbraypark Paramount. She went over the water with John McGrath, Drumore, Tyrone.
Next at 3,000gns was cow and calf pair Cargriff Flower TI +25, SRI +25, a three year old Goldies Champion daughter going back to Paramount, and her seven month old heifer, Cargriff Iris, by Digger. They sold to HG Evans, Gawsworth, Macclesfield.
Newroddige Charolais reduction
The draft from Danny Wyllie and Pete Mallaber’s Newroddige Charolais herd was led at 5,400gns by a cow and calf pair. Newroddige Caprice TI +28, SRI +24, a six year old by the homebred Newroddige Accentor and out of a Maerdy bred cow was offered with Newroddige Iceberg, her five month old bull calf by Gretnahouse Archangel. The buyer was RA Elias.
Irish breeder, W Foster, Ballyconnell, Cavan invested 4,200gns in the seven year old Newroddige Brittany TI +23, SRI +23, a Joyau Del daughter offered with her seven month old heifer, Newroddige Imagine by the 10,000gns Esgob Ferrari.
A bid of 3,400gns secured a cow and calf pair for MIE Hughes, Caergybi, Ynys Mon. The eight year old Newroddige Athene TI +31, SRI +19 was by Simpsons Gregg and out of an Alwent bred dam, whilst her five month old bull calf, Newroddige Ivanhoe was by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger.
Two lots commanded a 3,000gns call. First was the cow and calf pair Newroddige Dove, a five year old Suzeringie daughter sold with her five month old bull calf, Newroddige Invader by Esgob Ferrari. The buyer was DW Morris, Llanllechid, Bangor. Newroddige Gail TI +38, SRI +41, a two year old Maerdy Estyn daughter sold in calf to Alwent Goldbar made 3,000gns to D Morgan, Talybont.
Gwenog and Pedr reduction
Prices peaked at 5,000gns for the Howells family, John, Anne, Peter and Helen when they reduced a portion of their Gwenog and Pedr herds. Their sale leader was Gwenog Ellann TI +33, SRI +33, a four year old Blelack Tycoon daughter and out of a homebred dam by Derryharney Outstanding. She was offered with her Thrunton Classic sired five month old calf, Genog Ilena. The buyer was RA Elias.
Next at 3,800gns was Pedr Amethys TI +34, SRI +31, an eight year old Mowbraypark Paramount daughter offered with Pedr Indigo, her 10 month old heifer by Classic. The buyer was VAS Corbett, Felindre, Knighton. A bid of 3,100gns secured Pedr Geronimo TI +32, SRI +33, an April 2011 born Classic son for SJ Smith, Castle Caereinion, Welshpool.
Averages: 77 bulls £4,080
Collectives: 3 cows and calves £3,010; 11 heifers £2,453
Trefonnen: 6 cows and calves £5,512
Cargriff draft: 5 females £2,688; 3 in calf heifers £4,305; 6 maiden heifers £2,555; 1 bull calf £3255
Newroddige: 11 cows and calves £3,040; 5 heifers £2,457
Gwenog and Pedr: 9 cows and calves £2,567; 7 heifers £1,560; 1 bull £3,255; 2 bull calves £1,680
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales