Archive for October, 2012

RECORDS have been smashed here at Stirling today when the Charolais bull, Vexour Garth, sold for 100,000gns. This is a world record for the breed, for a bull sold at auction in Scotland and for the centre.

Consigned by his breeder, Dutchman, Jan Boomaars, he was presented for sale by Fraser Cormack, Berwick-on-Tweed. The buyer was the Livestock Capital Company, based in the US, but the bull will remain in the UK at stud with semen being exported to the US. The under bidders were thought to be a consortium of southern buyers.

By Dingle Hofmeister, out of Vexour Della, he has a TSI of +71, a SRI of +74 and eye muscle of +7.3 making him easily within the top one per cent for the breed. Mr Boomaars, an investment banker, runs 150 Charolais and 30 Aberdeen-Angus cows at Chiddingstone, Kent. The herd has been established for about eight years and his previous best price was 8,000gns.


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SIMMENTAL bulls met a strong trade, topping at 20,000gns and averaging £5,806gns, just less than £700 up on last year, with a clearance rate of 70 per cent, again up on the year. Breed society secretary said this was partly due to a smaller entry than last year, but also reflected the increasing popularity of the breed, with good bulls very much sought after from both repeat and new buyers.

Sale topper at 20,000gns was the intermediate and overall male champion, March 2011-born, Kilbride Farm Coomber 11, by Cairnview Snazzy out of Kilbride Farm Eunice from Billy Robson and sons, Michael and Norman, who run 90 pedigree cows at Ballyclare, Northern Ireland. The buyers were the Pope family, Jimmy, Vicky, Harry and Hannah, from Preston, Lancashire, who run the meat wholesalers, Bowland Meats and have 20 Simmental cows. Mr Pope said ‘he is as good a bull as I have seen and his semen will be marketed by Cogent.”

Next at 18,000gns came Corksie Callum 11, by Ballinalare Farm Nightrider, out of Corksie Furst from Jimmy and Iain Green, Fochabers. Bulls by Nightrider have previously sold to 10,000gns in Stirling and heifers to 7,300gns at Carlisle. The buyer was Duff and Son, Brechin, Angus.

Another by Cairnview Snazzy sold for 16,000gns. This the winner of one of the junior classes, May 2011-born, Annick Capercaillie 11, from Lachlan Quarm, By Irvine, which sold to R. McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian. At 12,000gns was Islavale Champ 11, by Glenturk Premier out of Raceview Viva from Stewart Stronach and sons, Stewart and Michael, Keith, which was second in his class and sold to Pitgaveny Farms, Elgin, Morayshire.

Selling for 11,000gns was the March 2011-born bull Team Celtic 11, by Auchorachan Winger, out of Team Kiwi. Consigned by Robert MacGregor, Craigend, Perth, he sold to Alec and Ross King, Ormiston, East Lothian.

Three bulls sold for 10,000gns, the first of which was Newbiemains Boston 10, which had taken the senior bull title at this year’s Scottish National Show. By Kilbride Farm Rainman out of Dirnanean Virginia, he was from Jim and Patricia Goldie, Annan and sold to Sandy Stephen, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.

Next to go at 10,000gns was Delfur Chas 11, which had been second in his class to the champion and is the first son of Delfur Willie Wonka to be sold. Out of the heifer, Delfur Daisy, he was consigned by Sir Edward Mountain, Delfur Farms, Aberlour, who runs 180 Simmental cows, and sold to W.J. Hollingsworth, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

The last to sell at this money was Drumsleed Cairo 11, by Ashland Perfect out of Drumsleed Viona from G.W. Smith, Laurencekirk, which sold to A. and J. Craig, Castle Douglas.

Females sold to a high of 5,500gns for the pre-sale show champion, the August 2010-born, Woodhall Bernadette, by Woodhall Volcano out of Woodhall Maree from H. Macaskill, Dunbar, which was knocked down to R. McCulloch.

AVERAGES – 81 bulls, £5,806 (108 bulls, £4,841 in 2011).

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On the second day here at Stirling the Simmental judging has just been completed following a marathon morning session.

Taking the overall title was the intermediate champion, Kilbride Farm Comber, by Cairnview Snazzy, from W. H. Robson and Sons, Ballyclare, Northern Ireland.

In reserve was the reserve intermediate champion, Drumlone Convoy 11 by Omorga Volvo from K. C. Veitch, Lisbellaw, Northern Ireland.

The female championship went to Woodhall Bernadette, by Woodhall Volcano, from H. Macaskill, Dunbar, with Kyleston Bloom, by Kilbride Farm Tully, from S.B. Knox, Alyth.

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The Limousin championship has gone  to the intermediate champion, Spittalton General by Wilodge Vantastic, from J. Burnett, Stirling with the reserve intermediate champion, Elrick Goliath, by Proctors Commander from M.J. Massie, Ellon standing reserve overall.

The female champion and reserve were also from Mr Burnett, with the February 2011-born, Spittalton Gina by Hargill Blaze taking the title ahead of the April 2011-born, Spittalton Gem by Middledale Shergar.

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The Beef Shorthorn judging has just been completed by David Scarth, Orkney, who chose as his male champion, Coldrochie Drover, by LS Zeus, from Donald McMillan, Luncarty, Perth. This September 2009-born bull was champion senior bull calf at the Forfar Stars of the Future show in 2011 and first intermediate bull at Perth Show, 2012.  It is a first Stirling championship for Mr McMillan, who moved to Perth from Gloucestershire three years ago and changed his herd prefix to Coldrochie from Colnvalley.

In reserve was Chapelton Esquire by Cavans Yankee from Donald Biggar, Castle Douglas.

The female championship went to Lowther Sally, by LS Animal, from Charles Lowther, Penrith who also took reserve with Lowther Capri, by Blelack Rupert, both are in-calf to Glounlea Lightening.

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Butchers Lambs (A. Atkinson, Harrogate)
Sup., D. Wadland (Continental-sired); res., R. Hall and Son (Continental –sired).
Native-sired, sup., A. Thompson (Suffolk); res., M. and B. Allen (Masham).
Continental-sired, sup., D and L. Wadland (Beltex); res., R. Hall and Son (Beltex).
Sup. Single Butchers Lamb, S. Pepper (Beltex); res., D. and L. Wadland (Beltex).

Beef (H. Dunlop, Ayrshire).
Baby Beef, sup. and fem., T. Jones, Siani (British Blue-sired); res. and male, T. Jones, Rambo (British Blue-sired); res. fem., L.T. Sellers, Sexy n I Know It; res. male, Donaldson and Hall, That’s My Boy.

Sup. and fem., T. Jones, Black Beauty (Limousin-sired); res. and male, M.J. Alford, No Likey No Lighty (Limousin-sired); res. fem., C. Alford, Off The Clock (Charolais-sired); res., male, W.M. Owen, Wild Diamond (Charolais-sired).res. male, Sedgewick and Slack, Suarez.

Limousin-sired sup. and fem., T. Jones, Black Beauty; res. and male, M.J. Alford, No Likey No Lighty; res. fem., T. Jones, Tequila; res. male, Sedgewick and Slack, Suarez.

British Blue-sired sup. and fem., B.E. Williams, Blackberry; res. and res. fem., J.E.L. and C.S. Morgan, Racing Stripes; male, C. and C. Beal, Strawberry; res. male, C.J. Cropper and J.A. Mellin, Romeo.

Charolais-sired sup. and fem., C. Alford, Off The Clock; res. and male, W.M. Owen, Wild Diamond;  res. fem., H.W. Timm, La Rouge; res. male, B.E. Williams, Golden Nugget.

Any Other Breed sired sup. and male, J.A. Stoney, Mr Muscle; res. and fem., D. Thomas, Gwyneth; res. male, G.C. Raper, Bazil; res., fem., C.J. Cropper and J.A. Mellin, Diamond Jubilee.

Exhibitor bred, sup., M.L. Howatson and Son, Jessie J (Limousin-sired); res., W.M. Owen, Wild Diamond (British Blue-sired).

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The supreme sheep championship at Countryside Live has gone to David and Linda Wadland, Northamptonshire, with their Continental champions, a pair of Beltex cross lambs weighing 82kg, which are by a ram bought at Worcester last year from Steve and Sara Gibbons.  

Reserve overall were the reserve Continental champions, another pair of Beltex crosses weighing 84kg from John Hall and family, Cumbria, which are by a ram from the Coupland family’s Orkney flock.

The champion pair of native lambs were the Suffolk sired winners from Anthony Thompson, Colne, Lancashire. Out of Beltex cross Texel ewes, the pair weighed 94kg.

Winning the champion single butcher’s lamb title was Stephen Pepper, Oxenhope with a Beltex.

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