Charolais met a solidcommercial trade peaking at 7,500gns and smashing centre pedigree cattlerecords with an average £4,013 for 63 lots at the breed society’s autumnfixture at Welshpool.
“A quality show of bullsmet a good level trade fuelled by the continued demand for Charolais cattle, areflection of Charolais sired store cattle which have been attracting premiumprices throughout the UK at the autumn suckled calf and store sales,” commentedthe society’s David Benson.
Sale leader at 7,500gns wasMontgomery Gwylfa TI +79, SRI +70, an 18-month-old, within the breed’s top 1%,sired by Blelack Digger and out of a homebred dam going back to TullygarleyAttaboy. Bred and exhibited by Gareth Roberts, Llangadfan, Welshpool, he wasknocked down sold to James and Alec Cowan, Synod Inn, Llandysul, to run withtheir 120-cow suckler herd.
Later in the day, MrRoberts was in the money again when he sold for 6,500gns Montgomery General TI+57, SRI +49, another 18-month-old Digger son and out of a homebred dam byBaggrave Loggo. The buyer was Alan Brookes, Gipsy Hall Farms, Wilmcote,Stratford upon Avon.
The day’s second highestcall at 7,200gns was made for the 20-month-old Turney bred Olivers Gibraltarfrom Brian Jones, Heol Senni, Brecon. He sold to T J Davies, Llanfynydd, Carmarthen.Sired by the 28,000gns Farleycopse Turbo, he was out of a Hamilton cow goingback to Mortimers Robroy.
Next at 7,000gns was DeunawdGethin TI +33, SRI +30, a 17-month-old Allanfauld Chieftain son and out of aPenfold dam by Cader Regal. Bred and exhibited by Wil Owen, Criccieth, he waspurchased by M L L Howatson, Nantglyn, Denbigh. Two more 17-month-old Chieftainsons from Mr Owen each secured a 5,000gns bids. First to go was Deunawd Greg TI+35, SRI +37 to R L Davies, Cwmtirmynach, Bala, while minutes later Deunawd GerTI +45, SRI +43 was knocked down sold for 5,000gns to T J Stephens, Cilfrew,Neath.
Llangrove General TI +54,SRI +41 was secured for 6,300gns by B A Williams, Treborth, Bangor. A 19-month-oldSarkley Dakota son and out of a homebred dam by Killadeas Jack, he was bred andexhibited by L E and S A Phillips, Llangarron, Ross on Wye.
The female trade was led at2,800gns by the Taberner bred Barleyfields Elegant, a three year old by ShradenTroubadour from E R Hall, Ashbourne to R A Elias, Dolbenmaen, Gwyned. Next at2,600gns twice were two maidens from Gareth Jones, Cwmtirmynach, Bala. EsgobGill TI +38, SRI +32, a 22-month-old Gretnahouse Noel daughter sold to D HJones, Bow Street, Ceredigion, while the 19-month-old Anside Excalibur siredEsgob Glain TI +34, SRI +32 made 2,600gns to J Preece and Sons, Cheltenham.
Averages: 63 bulls £4013.33; 1 cow £2940; 8 heifers £2,047.50;1 cow and calf £2,100.
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales