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Bulls hit new breed average.

Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie

Charolais bulls met a great trade, selling to a top of 31,000gns in Perth. A total of 31 lots made 6,000gns or more at the United Auctions sale and a new breed average of pounds 4,684 was established for 128 bulls traded.

That was the highest number of lots of any breed sold by auction during the week's autumn multi-breed sales.

British Charolais Cattle Society chief executive David Benson said: "Commercial producers are realising they'll be able to fully exploit Charolais-sired progeny post CAP Reform with that superior weight for age and finish to target weight efficiency.

"And on Thursday they demonstrated they were prepared to pay for big growthy bulls with fleshing ability."

Heading the trade at 31,000gns was Pedr Thumper CH28, the 16-month junior and overall reserve championships for Peter Howells, who was making his debut 860-mile round trip to Perth from Llanybydder, Ceredigion.

Thumper is by the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding and he was sold in a joint split to Perthshire neighbouring breeders Adrian Ivory, Islabank, Meigle and Bill Bruce, Balmyle. Minutes later Peter led out his father John's Gwenog Tiger CH30, another Derryharney Outstanding son and Royal Welsh class winner.

He commanded the day's joint second highest joint 14,000gns bid from Thumper's under bidders Boden and Davies to join their 100-cow herd at Mellor, Stockport.

Peter's first ever offering was another Outstanding son who took the reserve title in Carlisle earlier this year and made 12,000gns.

The day's second 11,000gns price tag went to the supreme and intermediate champion, Thrunton Toronto CH22, from the Campbell family, Ian and John and their father, Colin, of Whittingham, Alnwick.

Toronto, who was almost identically bred to the family's Thrunton Socrates who claimed the supreme Perth championship exactly 12 months ago, was pulled into pole position after a five-hour stint of judging by Stuart Bothwell, of Ballina- mallard, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

He said: "Breeders turned out a tremendous quality of bulls, in particular suited to the commercial market.

"However, the top award went to Toronto, because he had the most size and power and was representative of today's Charolais."

Toronto was made up of impeccable bloodlines of no less than seven Perth or Royal champions including his sire, the 25,000gns Perth supremo Mowbraypark Orlando. Toronto was knocked down sold in another joint venture, this time to Wales to auctioneer Dai Lewis, of Llandyssul and Kevin Thomas, of Newcastle Emlyn.

Thrunton's successful string of Orlando sons included Thrunton Trademark CH24, a 19-month- old making 7,000gns to Jim Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries and at 6,500gns, Talent CH28 (April 2002) to LL MacVie, Duns, Berwickshire.

Another 6,500gns bid secured Thrunton Trident CH34 (March 2002) by Mortimer Politician for D Ross and Sons, Tain, Rosshire.

Cumbria breeder Peter Vasey offered his highest lot at 9,000gns to Aberdeenshire beef producer GT Wordie, Glass, Huntly. Edenhurst Triumph CH27, an April 2002-born second class prize winner by Knockane Orlando, had already collected the silverware on the regional circuit.

Next best at 6,500gns was the 16-month Edenhurst Taipan CH27, a Baggrave Minstrel son and out of a Shamleys bred cow. He went to A Wilson, Whauphill, Newton Stewart.

Chris Curry, of Morpeth, offered his April 2002-born Burradon Tamil CH23 for the third 8,000gns to WJ Jack and Sons, Muir of Ord, Black Isle.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2003
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