CHAROLAIS once again re-
turned to Stirling for United Auctions’ bull sale on Sunday, May 2, where bids flowed freely both in-person and remotely via the internet and phone.
While the late spring sale is typically smaller than its February counterpart, there was no compromise on the quality of animals present.
A total of 21 bulls were sold, resulting in a clearance rate of 58 per cent and an average price of £5,615, up £370 on last year’s lockdown sale.
The highest bid of the afternoon, at 9500gns, was secured by Panmure Pringle from the herd of J M Cant & Partners of Arbroath, Angus. Pringle is the latest in his paternal lineage to reach impressive prices.
His sire is the 12,000gns Elrick Jester, and his grand-sire is Thrunton Fearless, who reached a price of 16,000gns in 2011.
Pringle’s dam is Panmure Isabella, a daughter of the popular Blelack Digger. This attractive 16-month-old bull is already showing great potential with a 200-day weight EBV of +38, placing him firmly in the top one per cent for this trait.
Pringle will be making his way to Fortrose, Ross-shire, to the farm of winning bidder J H Anderson.
Reaching the second highest bid of 8000gns was the 19-month-old Thrunton Pioneer. Pioneer was bred by J H C Campbell and Sons of Alnwick, Northumberland, and is backed up with a notable lineage. He was born to Thrunton Flamenco, a daughter of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal, and sired by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler. Pioneer will be going home with W Pringle & Son to the farm in Gorebridge, Midlothian.
Two bulls sold for the next highest prices of 7500gns, both of which are also from the herd of J H C Campbell and Sons. The first to sell was Thrunton Pele, one of the older bulls in the running at 22 months-old.
Pele is sired by Maerdy Jerusalem, who reached a price of 28,000gns at Stirling in 2015, and his dam is Thrunton Malibu, a daughter of Thrunton Gladiator.
He caught the attention of B Kier & Son, who will be introducing him to the herd in Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Also reaching 7500gns was Pele’s younger cousin, Thrunton Pontiac. Pontiac boasts an impressive +14.6 calving ease EBV, a trait that’s prominent in his ancestry.
His sire, Thrunton Nevada, is a son of the notoriously easy-calving Blelack Digger, and his dam is another of Thrunton Gladiator’s daughters, Thrunton Josephina. Pontiac is certain to settle in nicely at his new home in Blackhills, Peterhead, under the care of A & L Craig and Co.
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