Near perfect Charolais bull claims top price

16 February 2001

Near perfect Charolais bull claims top price

By Jeremy Hunt

THE Charolais ring produced the weeks top price at Perth with a joint deal at 28,000gns for the supreme champion from the herd of north Wales vet Esmor Evans.

Maerdy Primeminister (pictured right), described by joint bidder Steve Nesbitt from Darlington as a bull nearing perfection, was one of 20 from Mr Evans herd which grossed £96,000.

Primeminister is by Mr Evans French import Maerdy Grimaldi and is an outstanding example of the breed combining size, power and conformation, said judge Peter Vasey of Carlisle. The other buyer was Tom Arnott, Haymount, Kelso.

The six-hour Charolais sale resulted in 193 bulls being sold, with them levelling at £3429 with 26 bids at 5000gns and over.

Mr Evanss takings were boosted by a 12,000gns bid by John Harr-ison, Suffolk, for Maerdy Pinocchio.

Second highest call of the day was 15,000gns for the reserve overall champion Inverlochy Passport from John Irvine and Son, Ballindalloch, Bannffshire. He is by the former Perth junior champion Shamleys Locomotor and took the interbreed junior beef title at last years Royal Highland Show.

He will become the new stock bull in the 50-cow herd of Hartlepool butcher Roy Blyth.

Breed society president John Currie, Co Antrim, sold his Oldstone Egbert sired Tully-garley President at 14,000gns to Peter Donger, Towcester, and another by Egbert – Killadeas Prunty – realised 10,500gns for Co Fermanagh breeders Stuart and David Bothwell. Buyers were Caylers Charolais, Royston, Herts.

Lochend Pirate made 11,000gns to Scottish breeders Edwards Clayhills-Henderson, Meigle, and David Cooper, Forfar. Pirate is by Brigadoon Ulsterman and was consigned by Iain Millar, Stirling.

Lancs breeder Tom Owen invested 9000gns in the Derrygiff Mills sired Coolnaslee Principal from Gilbert Crawford, Co Londonderry, while the Aberdeenshire-based Airdlin Partnership earned 8000gns from the sale of the Maerdy Influence son Airdlin Prefix. Buyer was Ian Green, Fochabers.

Renfrewshire-based Gavin Russell sold Barochan Powerhouse at 7500gns (United Auctions). &#42

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