CHAROLAIS sold the most bulls, had the highest average and best clearance rate of the spring round of the Stirling bull sales. There were 121 bulls sold representing an 83.5 per cent clearance, with bull sales topping at 13,000gns and averaging £6,063. The heifer prices peaked at 5,800gns, while the dispersal of the Alsnow herd saw prices of up to 8,500gns for cows and calves.
Chief Executive of the Charolais Society Peter Phythain commented: “Absolutely delighted with the sale, despite all of the doom and gloom in the industry at the moment and the uncertainty over Brexit, Charolais once again proved to be the sire in most demand.”
The top selling NI bull at 10,500gns was the blue ticket winner and September 2017-born Killadeas Noah, from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh. Purchased by J Warnock, Broughton, Lanarkshire, he is sired by Blelack Blackberet and his dam is Killadeas Hazeline, a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Blackford Dynamite.
The Bothwell’s other bull Killadeas Nero also found a new home, this time in Wales, selling to AL Davies and Son, Llangammarch Wells, Powys, who purchased him for 5,250gns. Nero, an 18-month- old, is sired by Gwenog Braveheart and bred out of the Dunlon Ulick daughter Killadeas Erie.
Woodpark Neptune was another high priced bull, selling for 9,500gns. This 18-month-old lad is by the Irish-bred Deeside Guillver who has gone on to add 94 progeny to the British herd book.
His dam Woodpark Izzy is in turn sired by the 19,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Corrie Alan and he came all the way from Beragh, County Tyrone with breeder and exhibitor Will Short to go home with D Munro, Kingussie, Inverness-shire.
Mr Short’s June 2017-born Woodpark Nelson, another son of Deeside Gulliver and out of Woodpark Ivana was knocked down for 4,000gns to Edward Hull, Southminster, who purchased a total of five bulls for his Essex-based 900 strong suckler unit.
Johnathan Crawford of Maghera, County Londonderry, was another breeder in the money when he sold Coolnaslee Natan, a blue ticket winning 18-month-old son of 50,000gns Stirling reserve supreme champion Balthayock Justice and Balmoral Show supreme champion Goldies Carnival daughter Coolnaslee Hazel, for 7,500gns to A and JJ Forrest, Roberton, Lanarkshire.
A class winning entry from Robert McWilliams, also from Maghera, County Londonderry, was next in the Irish trade stakes at 7,000gns. Stranagone Newdawn is bred out of the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort daughter Stranagone Hadi and T Walker, Eden, Banff-shire, was the purchaser of this June 2017 son of the Balmoral supreme champion Stranagone Jones.
The McWilliam’s other lot was very first lot of the sale and set the pace when he was knocked down to C Addison, Methlick, Aberdeenshire, for 6,200gns. The aptly named Stranagone Numberone, which had also been tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show, is also by Stranagone Jones, while his dam is Stranagone Jess who goes back to Granaghan Hercules.
The top priced bull of the sale was the class winning Thrunton Nugget, a May 2017-born son of the home-bred pairing Thrunton Gladiator and Thrunton Hoopla, who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop. He was offered for sale by JHC Campbell & Sons and purchased by Kevin Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire for 13,000gns.
The Campbell family went on sell a total of four bulls to average £9,896.25 and their next highest priced at 10,000gns was the 16- month-old Thrunton Nike, who is also sired by Thrunton Gladiator but this time out of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal daughter Thrunton Exquisite and purchased by A J Maclean, Scarinish, Isle of Tiree.
The Campbell’s other top seller Thrunton Nighthawk was snapped up by J W Hogg, Grifford, East Lothian, for 8,500gns. Nighthawk is a September 2017-born son of the 28,000gns Maerdy Jerusalem and Thrunton Gitane, a 20,000gns Perth supreme champion Moncur General daughter.
The pre-sale senior champion was next in the trade stakes at 12,000gns. Inverlochy Nelson, a 21-month- old, who was bred and exhibited by father and son team John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Banffshire, is sired by the Highland show supreme champion and Irish-born Kilbline 1 Instigator and out of Inverlochy Gypsum, a daughter of the Black Isle Show champion Lochend Apache. He goes on to work in Crawford, Lanarkshire, for Mr and Mrs J J Wight.
Main sale females topped at 5,800gns for the 12-month-old Formakin Opal from the McMurrich Partnership, Causewayhead, Stir-lingshire. Sired by the French-bred Hercule and out of the Balthayock Matthew daughter and Stars of the Future class winner Formakin Licorice, she was purchased by the Rettie partnership.
The sale featured the dispersal of the Alsnow herd of Alan R Lawson & Son whose females sold to a top price of 8,500gns for Alsnow Enchantress and her female calf at foot Alsnow Olwen. Enchantress has produced two RHS class winning daughters and is sired by Blelack Roger, while her dam is Alsnow Victoria who goes back to the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Socrates. Her daughter Olwen is sired by Blelack Immaculate and the set were purchased by the above mentioned N and R Barclay.
n Averages: 121 bulls £6,063; 14 heifers £3,906; 13 Alsnow cow and calves £5,161; one Alsnow heifer £1,700gns.