IN a long-awaited return to form, the annual October bull show and sale at United Auctions, Stirling took place over the course of October 18-19.
Charolais animals had a particularly strong showing, with a total of 63 bulls and 16 females finding new homes. The bull sale attained a top price of 28,000gns with a clearance rate of 75% and an average price of £8120 – up £1493 on the previous year.
The females sold for a top price of 12,000gns, with an 89% clearance and an average of £6169.
Overall, 14 bulls and two females sold for 10,000gns and above, and 31 bulls and six females reached prices between 5,000gns and 9,000gns.
The star of the show, reaching an incredible price of 28,000gns, was the Supreme & Junior Champion Balthayock Ranger. This impressive young bull is from the well-established herd of Major D F W H & N R Walter of Balthayock, Perth, and boasts other prize-winners in his heritage.
Ranger was sired by Balthayock Imp, who achieved the titles of Breed Champion and Interbreed Champion at the Royal Highland Show in 2015. Meanwhile his dam, Balthayock Melissa (a daughter of Balthayock Ferdinand), also secured a class prize at the same event in the past.
Ranger will be making his way over to his new herd in Knighton, Powys, under the care of winning bidder T Corbett from the well-known Teme herd.
Hot on Ranger’s tail was the Reserve Supreme & Reserve Junior Champion, Goldies Romeo, who sold for 26,000gns. Romeo was bred by H Goldie of Ruthwell, Dumfries and was sired by the extremely easy-calving Gretnahouse Heman, who sold for 15,000gns at Stirling in 2013. His dam is Goldies Marion, a daughter of Goldies Formidable. This charming young 16-month-old will be making the long journey to Highfields Park Farm in Withyham, East Sussex.
The final bull to break the 20,000gns threshold was class winner Balthayock Rampage, also from the herd of Major D F W H & N R Walter. The hammer came down for this Balthayock Ferdinand-sired 18-month-old at 25,000gns. Rampage was born to the easy-calving Balthayock Unwary, a daughter of Balthayock Raffles. Taking Rampage home is J Price of Staunton-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
The next highest price of the day was secured by Elrick Rabbi, at 16,000gns. Rabbi is from the herd of M J Massie of Auchnagatt, Ellon, and was sired by the incredibly popular easy-calver Maerdy Gouverneur. His dam is Elrick Lily, a daughter of historical Supreme Champion Thrunton Fearless. Winning the bid this time was T Smith & Son, who will be taking Rabbi back to their herd in Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Also reaching a final price of 16,000gns was another offering from the Balthayock herd, Balthayock Rambo. This young 15-month-old has an impressive lineage behind him, having been sired by the easy calving Balthayock Nevada. His dam, Balthayock Mimosa, is a daughter of Ugie Echo, who was Champion at Perth in 2014.
Rambo is sure to settle in nicely to his new home in Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, courtesy of winning bidder K J Thomas.