Buyers very selective at spring Charolais show
By Jeremy Hunt
BULL buyers were very selective at the British Charolais Cattle Societys spring show and sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, making a top call of 3300gns.
It came from Orcadian Ronnie Sabiston, a well-known face at the ringside of major northern bull sales, to secure Mugger of Ravensworth. Consigned by Ouston Farms, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, this Lochnagar Imperator son is out of a Rush-more Cavalier dam. He had a 400-day weight of 650kg and a Beef Value of 26.
Judge John Wight who runs the Midlock herd at Crawford, Lanarkshire, placed the bull first in its class. But for his overall championship he favoured Tre-faldwyn Maverick.
This Aug 1996-bred bull is by Blanerne Fearless, the shrewd purchase of the Campbell family and sire of the 45,000gns Perth champion Thrunton Ideal. He is bred out of a Maerdy cow by Maerdy Director and was brought up from Welshpool by breeder R A Owen.
He had a 400-day-weight of 673kg and a Beef Value of 16. Buyers were T A and J A Dixon, Kendal, Cumbria at 2400gns.
Maerdy breeding came to the fore again to take the reserve championship when north Wales vet Esmor Evans was pulled forward with his Maerdy Meatus. This 22-month-old bull is by the French-bred Maerdy Gentleman – a son of Atilla – and out of a Cockerington Baron cow carrying the Cullum prefix of Mrs Sheila McAlpine.
Meatus goes to Auchinleck, Ayrshire, at 2200gns with J Hodge.
Another bull by Blanerne Fearless featured in the leading prices when Colin Campbell and Sons Thrunton Mikado made 2600gns. From their herd at Alnwick, Northumberland and out of a cow by Livermere Royal, this heavyweight tipped the scales with a 400-day weight of 701kg and beef value of 16. Buyers were C and C Adam, Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Newcastle-on-Tyne breeder Alan Lawsons Alsnow Megabuck, an Aug 1996-bred son of Thrunton Jericho, was taken by * G Graham, Canonbie, Dumfresshire at 2500gns and an identical bid saw the last bull of the day, Derrygiff Nordic from Northern Ireland vendor K Brady, Co Fermanagh, bought by T E and A J Jones, Welshpool.
Commenting on the trade, society chief executive David Benson described the day as "realistic".
"Breeders are saving their best bulls for Perth and the May sale at Carlisle. The best bulls met a decent trade and more could have been sold. There were several potential buyers who left the market with empty trailers. But no one is buying a bull at the moment unless they really need one."
AVERAGES: 39 bulls £1674. (Harrison and Hetherington).
Champion bull at Carlisle was Trefaldwyn Maverick, bred by R A Owen of Welshpool. He sold to T A andJ A Dixon of Kendal for 2400gns.