AS the Spring sale season draws to a close, British Charolais returned to Carlisle for their annual Spring Show & Sale held by Harrison & Hetherington over the course of May 13-14.
The pre-sale show saw a wide range of superb animals on display, judged by Jeremy Price of the Oakchurch herd in Herefordshire and his junior judge Rory Milne from Morayshire. The sale began in earnest on May 14, with a total of 62 bulls and five heifers being sold. Bulls sold to an average price of £6487.98 with an 81 per cent clearance, whilst females averaged £1,743.
The top price of the day, at 18,000gns, went to the Junior and Reserve Overall Champion Elgin Redrum from the herd of R A Milne in Elgin, Morayshire. Redrum was sired by the ever-popular 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini, and his dam is Elgin JessieJ, a homebred daughter of former Royal Highland Show Reserve Champion Elgin Highroller. This exceptional 16-month-old will be journeying over to Hawick, Roxburghshire, where he will be introduced to the herd of winning bidder J Hepburn & Co.
Following closely behind Redrum, at a final price of 17,000gns, was Reserve Junior Champion Harestone Superior from R & N Barclay in Insch, Aberdeenshire. At only 14 months old, Superior was amongst the youngest of the bulls on offer. He was sired by the 25,000gns Inverlochy Ferdie, and his dam is Harestone Brigitte – a daughter of Harestone Ronsard, who took the title of Supreme Champion at the Royal Highland Show in 2006. Winning the bid for this young lad was Kedzlie Farms Ltd of Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Reaching the next highest price of 14,000gns was 18-month-old Harestone Rolex, also from the herd of R & N Barclay. Rolex was born to Alsnow Enchantress, a Blelack Roger daughter, and he was sired by Harestone Hercules. This class winner caught the eye of G & S Gilleard, who won the bid and will be taking him home to Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
The day’s Intermediate Champion Harestone RSTurbo was the next to sell, for a final price of 13,000gns. Also bred by R & N Barclay, RSTurbo combines some heavily sought-after French bloodlines – he was sired by the popular Major, and his dam is Bresiliene, a daughter of Pinay. RSTurbo will be making the trip over to Northumberland, to the holding of winning bidder J E Woodman & Son.
Taking the next highest price of 11,000gns was Reserve Senior Champion Marwood Robocop, an 18-month-old from the herd of R A & J Blyth of Hartlepool, County Durham. Robocop was sired by Balthayock Lineup, which sold for 16,000gns at Stirling in 2017, and his dam is Marwood Ingo – a homebred daughter of Marwood Flyer. Taking this strapping lad home is winning bidder W Milne of Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.
The hammer came down three times for the next highest price of 10,000gns, firstly for the day’s Overall and Senior Champion Dooley Rocket from D Thornley of Diseworth, Leicestershire. This impressive 19-month-old is a Wesley Forceful son, and his dam Dooley Molly goes back to Falleninch Hamzoraj. Rocket is sure to go on to perform well for his new owners A & S J Forbes of Ballindalloch, Banffshire.
Also selling for 10,000gns was 17-month-old Ellerton Razzmatazz, bred by A Brown of Selby, North Yorkshire. This wasn’t Razzmatazz’s first taste of success; he had previously won the title of Charolais Champion at the Driffield Show. Razzmatazz has quite the profitable lineage behind him, having been sired by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini, and his dam (Ellerton Marigold) is a daughter of the 17,000gns Sandelford Harrison. Winning the bid this time was P L J S Howells, who will be taking Razzmatazz back to Llanybydder, Dyfed.
The final bull to sell for 10,000gns was Goldies Roddy, from the herd of H Goldie in Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. Roddy was sired by Elrick Officer, a stock sire for the Goldies herd noted for short gestation and easy calving. His dam, Goldies Libby, is a daughter of the popular Blelack Digger. Roddy will be joining the Balmyle herd in Meigle, Perthshire, under the care of winning bidder W P Bruce Ltd.
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