Farming: North Charolais breeders are in the money at Perth.
NORTH East Charolais breeders were in the money in Perth last week. Bulls met a solid trade peaking at 38,000gns and a new UK all beef breeds average of pounds 5,564 established for the 108 lots traded.
Those figures represented the highest number of bulls of any breed coming under the hammer during the week's autumn multi-breed sales.
"Trade was market-led throughout by suckler producers," said British Charolais Cattle Society chief executive, David Benson.
He added: "They were aware that Charolais crosses have not only consistently commanded premiums this season, but have an even bigger price differential over other Continental crosses simply because of their fast and efficient growth and ability to finish to heavier weights."
The day's second highest call - at 25,000gns - was Thrunton Camelot who 24 hours earlier had collected the overall senior male award for the Campbell family - Ian and John: father Colin and Ian's son, Bruce, of Thrunton, Alnwick, Northumberland.
This 20 month old was out of a homebred cow going back to Moncur General and by the Perth supremo, Mowbraypark Orlando.
Camelot is in the breed's top 1% with a TI 37 and SRI 47, and destined to run between the combined herds of 130 cows, offered the "complete package" for joint purchasers, Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green and Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries.
The Campbells enjoyed one of their best averages in 30 years of attending Perth, selling six entries to level at pounds 11,602.
Their next highest at 15,000gns was the first class prize winner, Thrunton Colorado TI 29, SRI 38, an 18 month old by the Carlisle champion, Solwayfirth Union and out of a homebred cow by Maerdy Location.
He sold in a split bid to Neil Harvey who manages a herd of 15 pedigree cows at Duns, and commercial producer, Fred Murray who has 100 suckler cows at Wooler.
"Colorado's a bull with great width and fleshing ability combined with shear volume and weight gain that led us to make up our minds to secure him," said Mr Murray.
Another Solwayfirth Union son, this time the 18 month old Thrunton Consort TI 29, SRI 37 and out of a Moncur General bred cow made 8,500gns to JI and WN Stout, Stronsay, Orkney, while Thrunton Carabinier (February 2007), by Union and out of a Blelack Jaguarsired dam sold for 7,500gns to Kincraigie Farms, Lumphanan, Banchory.
The previous day, Colorado and Consort had teamed up with Thrunton Cheviot to secure the Campbells the supreme champion group of three.
Cheviot, an 18 month old Solwayfirth Union son, made 6,800gns to HG Leslie, Rhynie, Huntly.
Sale leader at 38,000gns was the event's reserve junior champion, Goldies Champion, a 17 month old by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable and out of the 10,000gns Killadeas Legend sired Kinclune Pipper.
Bred by Hamish Goldie, the aptly named Champion was sold in a joint bid to Charolais breeders, Adrian Ivory, Cardean and Bill Bruce, Balmyle, both of Meigle, Perthshire.
TOP CLASS The day's second highest call - at 25,000gns - was Thrunton Camelot, pictured above, left, Thrunton Colorado.