Charolais bidding red hot at Perth Bull Sales
By Jeremy Hunt
IT was on the cards. That was the opinion of many Charolais bull breeders who relished a phenomenal average of £4030 for 180 head on the final day of Perth Bull Sales where bidding reached 25,000gns.
A strong demand for Charolais-sired suckled calves this autumn was reflected in the Perth trade which saw an increase of £606 for an additional 15 bulls sold compared with last October.
And after 13 years involvement with Charolais cattle, North Yorkshire breeders Mike and Margaret Atkinson from Ripon not only clinched their first Perth championship but achieved the highest price of the week.
Judge Peter Donger chose their Mowbraypark Orlando for top spot. Hes by Killadeas Jack, a bull already making his mark as a sire although he was originally bought as a crossing bull, albeit for 14,000gns. The Atkinsons borrowed the bull to use in their pedigree herd.
Orlando (Beef Value 37), a class winner at the Great Yorkshire Show, is out of a Brampton Chopper cow whose full-brother was sold by Mowbraypark for 12,000gns at Perth in February. Splitting the 25,000gns was J * C Campbell and Sons who run the Thrunton herd in Northumberland and Borders breeder Trevor Calder, Cornhill.
Buyer waited until the end of the six-hour-sale to bid 18,000gns for the final lot – Derryharney Outstanding – a son of Oldstone Egbert. He was consigned by Harry Stubbs who runs a four-cow herd as a hobby in Co Fermanagh. Buyer was J Hywells, Dyfed.
Scotsire, the United Auctions AI company which added several new sires to its stud during the week, gave 13,000gns for Worcs breeder Mrs J M Robinsons Barringtons Olympian. By Tilbrook Laughingboy he has a high Beef Value of 37 and was reserve male champion at the Three Counties Show.
T Nesbitt and Sons (Darlington) heavyweight bull Alwent Osprey had achieved a DLWG of 1.85kg to reach a 400-day weight of 828kg – 201kg above average. By Baggrave Minstrel he also made 13,000gns to L Carr, Wellingborough.
Best for Welshman Esmor Evans was 12,000gns given by Mervyn and Chris Parker for Maerdy Osborne, another good son of the imported Maerdy Grimaldi. He joins their Bassingbourn herd in Cambridge. Both sides of the pedigree of the top priced bull were laced with the Brampton breeding of Billy Turner who sold two bulls from his herd at Ripon at 10,000gns apiece. Brampton Ordained, by Maerdy Empereur, sold to G Evans, Powys while Brampton Oyster, by Brampton Ace, was taken by G Foulger, Sussex (United Auctions). *