Mature Charolais bulls prove popular in Wales
By Jeremy Hunt
MATURE bulls ready to work attracted the best trade at the British Charolais Cattle Societys show and sale at Welshpool where prices reached 3100gns.
And it was a successful day for one of the smallest herds in Wales owned by Welshpool breeder Arwel Owen who works for Genus. His 18-month-old Trefaldwyn Onyx is a son of Maerdy Impeccable and out of his foundation cow Thrunton Grenade. There are just seven cows in the herd although more are being added.
Onyx led the trade and will work in the suckler herd of Terry Bound at Llanidloes, Powys.
Bidding settled at 2700gns on three occasions. Welsh borders breeder CC Edwards from Bishops Castle was the first at this figure to take the 18-month-old Gwyrfai Obsession, an Oldstone Egbert son from MV Jones, Caernarfon.
Also at 2700gns was North Wales vet Esmor Evans Maerdy Overchange. Wadebridge, Cornwall buyer WH Pedlar took this son of Maerdy Forum. And another bull from a north Wales consignor made up the trio when some of the best breeding of yesteryear came to the fore in Esgob Polo who is by Fairthwaite Ploughman. He was offered by GM Jones, Bala and bought by Ashton and Jarman, Llanidloes.
Locally based partners Roberts & Jones saw their 21-month-old Montgomery Ogwyn sell at 2600gns. By Goldies Grandprix he joins the herd of DS and GM Pryce and Son at Llansantffraid.
* Hughes & Son (Llandrindod Wells) also paid 2600gns to secure Tynewydd Optimist, a Maerdy-bred bull from DT and MO Morgan, Brecon.
Julie Wicks, who runs an 85-cow herd at Eye in Suffolk made the long trip into Wales with her Moathall Orient. But the 400-mile journey was worthwhile when this son of the Perth winner Blelack Equity took the reserve championship and realised 2500gns to Llanidloes buyer Mrs E Jones and Son. (Welshpoool Livestock Sales) *