CHAROLAIS claimed the highest average, top price and largest clearance rate of all the breeds selling at the Autumn round of the Stirling bull sales on Tuesday, October 22. A packed ring witnessed 70 bulls selling to average £5,559 and a clearance rate of 75 per cent with the Charolais lots topping at 23,000gns.
Society CEO Peter Phythian said: “Despite the difficult trade in the beef sector Charolais came out top with a tremendous high price and most importantly the largest clearance rate, which shows that farmers are looking to the breed which has proven to produce the fastest growing and most efficient cattle.”
The Northern Ireland regional topper was the first of two to be knocked down at 12,000gns. The reserve supreme and reserve junior champion Coolnaslee Oreo, who was purchased by John and Raymond Irvine, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, was offered for sale by Jonathan Crawford, Maghera.
The May 2018-born Oreo is sired by the South East Charolais calf show bull calf champion Mortimers Hurricane and his dam Balbithan Gilly, a daughter of the 10,000gns Stirling senior champion Chunal Dougie, was purchased with her bull calf at foot at the Balbithan dispersal sale in 2017 for 14,200gns, while pregnant with Oreo.
Andrew Burleigh and Harold Stubbs, Enniskillen, purchased one of the top lots at 5,500gns in the form of Kersknowe Obe, an 18 month-old by the Stars of the Future show reserve male champion Carwood Jagerbomb. Out of Kersknowe Jessie, who goes back to Lagavaich Fernando, he was bred and exhibited by Mr J Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburgshire.
Selling at 5,000gns for Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballinamallard, was the May 2018-born Killadeas Olaf, who was reserve junior male champion and part of the Linden Foods Beef Group at this year’s Balmoral Show.
Purchased by C G McGillivray, Ballindalloch, his dam Killadeas Dainty is a daughter of Dunlon Ulick and his sire is the 11,000gns Stirling intermediate champion Battleford Laser.
Woodpark Oak was next in the Irish trade stakes at 4,200gns. A 19 month-old son of Deeside Gulliver and the Maerdy Dynamite-sired Maerdy Isabel, he was consigned by Will Short, Beragh, County Tyrone, and purchased by A Miller, Thurso.
The Balmoral Show class winner Brigadoon Oskar was just behind at 4,000gns for WD and JA Connolly, Ballynahinch. He is sired by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior male champion Wesley Equinox and his dam is the Brigadoon Himself-sired Brigadoon Lady who is no stranger to the showring, previously attaining reserve championship awards at the Clogher Show and Minsups Finals. M G and A Shearer, Caithness, were the winning bidders of this 20 month-old lad.
Two more Northern Ireland bred bulls who were in the money were Drumlone Obama and Drumlone Oscar from Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw. Obama, which commanded a bid of 3,600gns from WF & H Logan, Girvan, Ayrshire, is a May 2018-born son of Castor and the Texan-sired Drumlone Isla, while his shed-mate and June 2018-born Oscar, who also made 3,600gns when he was snapped up by S Willox, Netherley, Aberdeenshire, is out of the Utrillomic daughter Drumlone Jadore and sired by the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action.
Heading up the sale at 23,000gns was the 16 month-old class winner Goldies Oasis from Hamish Goldie, Dumfriesshire.
Sired by the 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman, his dam Goldies Icequeen is a daughter of Goldies Formidable whose sons have sold to 26,000gns. He goes on to work in Insch, Aberdeenshire, with winning bidders R and N Barclay.
The only female sold in the main sale was the 23 month-old Thrunton Nefertiti which made 2,800gns when she was purchased by H and H Heron, Newtownwards. Bred from top breeding female Thrunton Flamenco, the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter, she is sired by the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem.
Averages: 70 bulls £5,559; one heifer £2,520.