A charolais bull from the well-known Northumberland herd of Alan Lawson took the top price at the breed’s official sale in Carlisle, an event which saw a new breed centre record average of £5,593 for 88 bulls, which represented 93% clearance.
The hammer came down at 11,500gns on Alsnow Hublot TI +45, SRI +40, a two-year-old class winner by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable. Bred and exhibited by Alan, of Hallington, near Hexham, he was sold to Backmuir Trading, Keith, Banffshire.
Four other bulls from North East herds were also in the money.
Backmuir paid 11,000gns for Southwillow Hal, the 19-month-old senior champion by Gretnahouse Dallaglio from David Smith of Staindrop near Darlington.
At 10,000gns the same buyer took home Thrunton Heritage TI +49, SRI +44, a two-year-old by the 26,000gns Balmyle Dickler from the Campbell family of Thrunton, Alnwick.
A call of 7,500gns secured Backmuir with the reserve senior champion, Ravensworth Hercules TI +41, SRI +26, a 19-month-old Rumsden Fawkes son from WS Oates, Lobley Hill, Gateshead.
Backmuir went to 9,000gns for Ovill Isaac, a 16-month-old Clyth Diplomat son from the O’Kane Brothers, Dungiven, Northern Ireland, who also offered Ovill Indigo, a 15-month-old Corrie Alan son at 6,200gns to W Hird, Wigton.
Backmuir secured a total nine lots including five within the sale’s first 15 minutes starting the bidding at 9,000gns with the first lot in the ring, the 20-month-old Barnsford Gorse TI +34, SRI +39 by the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger from Tom and Sheena Gatherer, Inchinnan, Renfrew. Gorse is a full brother to the 70,000gns Barnsford Ferny, a previous breed record priced bull
Society chief executive David Benson said: “The day’s trade throughout reflected commercial producers’ demand for modern British Charolais which continues to consistently deliver quality cattle with that unbeatable weight for age commanding premiums in the store ring from profit driven finishers who are also rewarded with a slice of the action.”
Two more entries shared a 10,000gns call. First to go was Whitecliffe Harold TI +81, SRI +79, the highest performance recorded entry from Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirby Misperton, Malton. A Blelack Digger son, he sold to LH Wardle, Wildmoor, Bromsgrove.
Next lot in the ring was another Digger son from the Hayhursts, Whitecliffe Hamilton TI +65, SRI +63 which was knocked down sold for 8,000gns to R and CM Donnan and Sons, New Luce, Newton Stewart.
The third 10,000gns bid was made by A Currie, Dunure, Ayr, for the reserve intermediate champion, Caylers Influence TI +35, SRI +21, a 16-month-old Thrunton Dominator son from David and Louise Barker, Nuthampstead, Royston.
Next at 9,500gns was the intermediate and overall supreme champion, Maerdy Harpix TI +39, SRI +25, an 18-month-old by Maerdy Dynamite from Flintshire vet Esmor Evans, Mold, and purchased by Gus Saunders, Bonvilston, Cardiff. Earlier on Mr Evans offered the 18-month-old Maerdy Henffych TI +45, SRI +31, another Dynamite son at 7,500gns to M Bindloss and Son, Shap Abbey, Cumbria.
Gretnahouse Harry TI +57, SRI +49, a 23-month-old Blelack Digger son from Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green made 9,000gns to D Coghill and Sons, Skinnet Farm, Halkirk, Caithness. The 20-month-old Gretnahouse Hope TI +65, SRI +56, another Digger son from Mr Houston was knocked down sold for 7,500gns to J and CO Dunn, Martnaham Mains, Ayr.
The day’s third 9,000gns call was made by AM and P Bowman, Kirkoswald, near Penrith, for Lakelady Hulk TI +37, SRI +28, a 17-month-old by the 6,000gns Kersknowe Clansman from Katreen Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirling.
Thrunton Hanson TI +45, SRI +45, a 21-month-old by the 10,000gns Ugie Euros from Thrunton’s Campbell family made 8,000gns to G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfries. Thrunton Inca, a 16-month-old Blelack Digger son from the same exhibiters made 6,200gns to JW Veevers, Waterbeck, Lockerbie.
Another 8,000gns price tag was paid this time by James and John Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso for Jurieshouse Hero TI +67, SRI +66, a 20-month-old Blelack Digger son from AH Hunter and Sons, Glanton, Alnwick.
The final 8,000gns bid was made by Will Palmer, Ruan High Lanes, Truro for Edenhurst Idol TI +31, SRI +44, a 15-month-old Blelack Roger son from Peter Vasey, Wetheral, Carlisle.
The last bull in the sale, Tweedale Invincible TI +58, SRI +59, a 13-month-old Blelack Blackberet son from the Redhead and Watson partnership, Bowsden, Berwick, commanded a 7, 500gns bid from Cameron MacIver, Kinloss, Forres.
Ramrad Hector TI +57, SRI+54, a 17-month-old by the 14,000gns Goldies Usher from RDA Morrow, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, made 7,000gns to EG Morgan, Nantygwreiddyn, Brecon.
Also changing hands at 7,000gns was Elgin Icon TI +45, SRI +45, a 16-month-old by Balmyle Bollinger to MPB Ashton, Cefn Coch, Welshpool, from the Milne family, Lhanbryde, Elgin, who reinvested his takings in the 6,500gns Mortimers Infirmity TI +46, SRI +41, a 15-month-old Mortimers Vanquish son from Mortimers Farms, Fair Oak, Eastleigh.
Mortimers Hardian TI +31, SRI +34, a 17-month-old by the 6,000gns Balthayock Aesop made 6,000gns to STC Holdings, West Comptor, Dorchester.
Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries offered Goldies Hustler TI +32, SRI +33, an 18-month-old by the 12,000gns Blelack Edition for 6,500gns to JC Hobday and Son, Hawick.
Also commanding a 6,500gns price tag was the day’s junior and overall reserve champion, Balmyle Invincible TI +41, SRI +43, a 15-month-old by Balmyle Eclipse from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perth, to Douganhill Farms, Palmackie, Castle Douglas.
At 6,200gns Millbridge Halo TI +50, SRI +52 was knocked sold to J Mitchell, Greenlaw, Duns. A rising two-year-old Dingle Hofmeister son, he was bred and exhibited by Judith Hunter, Woodrow, Wigton.
Bulls: 31 senior £6,415.50; 29 intermediate £5,565.00; 28 junior £4,713.33.
Females 4 served heifers £2,100.00; 6 maiden heifers £2,117.50.