Sparkling Trade and a Top of 7,000 gns for Charollais at Worcester
A real buzz was in the air at Worcester Market on Saturday (2nd July) for the Charollais sale. Averages for ram lambs were up over £200 with more sold and a higher clearance across the board.
Topping the trade at 7,000 gns was the reserve show champion, a very smart lamb from David Curran, Brecon, Powys. Wernfawr Red Bull was knocked down to William and Carol Ingram from Aberdeenshire for their Logie Durno Flock. The December born tup lamb was sired by Wernfawr Nijinsky out of a Logie Durno Hercules sired ewe. The Wernfawr flock also had two high prices both at 3,700 gns. The first Wernfawr Rocket was by Wernfawr Powerhouse and his dam by Logie Durno JR, buyer for him was Mark Worthington from Bury in Lancashire. Society Chairman, Mr David Mawhinney from Northern Ireland secured Wernfawr Rex, also sired by Wernfawr Nijinsky for his Rockvilla Flock.
Next highest price went to another Welsh flock. Myfyr Evans from Denbighshire sold Rhaeadr Real Deal for 6,200 gns to Arwyn Thomas from Whitland in Carmarthenshire. This triplet born lamb was by Knockin Pucker Up purchased for 4,400 gns at the 2015 premier sale out of a Ballyhibben Klass Act ewe.
The Foulrice flock of Charles Marwood and Son had a highly successful sale which was topped at 4,800 gns for Foulrice Rachamin a high index lamb by Dalby Mount Aloe. Buyer for this one was Janet and Jonathan Corbett from Newent in Gloucestershire. The Marwood’s next best price was 3,200 gns for Foulrice Regis; a son of Foulrice Osprey which sold late in the day to Charles Sercombe from Melton Mowbray for his Dalby Flock.
Also late in the ballot but in the money was Emyr Hughes from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Bronwydd Ragin Bull, a well-fleshed son of Skelton Whin Oddysey made 3,700 gns to O J Williams & Co, Cwmpadest, Powys.
The pre-sale classes were judged by Mr Russell Gray from Lanarkshire and he picked his champion from the strong pen of lambs from Jeremy Price, Herefordshire all sired by Banwy Oh What a Boy. Oakchurch Rascal sold for 1,650 gns to Patrick Tully from Dorset. But another from the same pen made 3,200 gns; Oakchurch Ruben was the choice of Abbie Moseley from Knockin, near Oswestry.
The Arbryn Flock of Arwyn Thomas from Carmarthenshire had a great sale with prices of 3,200 gns twice and 2,600 gns. All were sired by Shamrock Northern Star and took the show award for the best progeny group. Tim Prichard from Glamorganshire took the first lamb, Arbryn Romulus a massive embryo lamb from a prize-winning ewe by Galtres Dominator. A full embryo lamb to the first sold to Lionel Organ, Llandysul for his Tymaen Flock. This lamb had the highest recorded eye muscle depth of 40.10 mm for this year’s Charollais lamb crop. Arbryn Rhodri made the long journey to Orkney being the pick of Mrs Sheena Coghill.
The performance recorded lamb class was the largest of the day, with all entrants required to be in the top 25% from the breed. Leading the way was a smart lamb from Robert Gregory’s Edstaston flock near Shrewsbury. Going to 3,000 gns for this son of Arbryn Olazabal was Ben Danforth from West Yorkshire.
The lambs were certainly flavour of the day for the pedigree buyers but a couple of shearlings made over the 2,000 gns figure. Selling for 2,100 gns was Oakchurch Perfection from Jeremy Price, Staunton on Wye. This son of Banwy Ninja went to Cyril Dougherty from his Shamrock flock in Malton, North Yorkshire. Next best in this section was a 2,000 gns bid for Foulrice Prometheus who had recorded very high figures for muscle and gigot score. His buyer was B Cornish from Tiverton in Devon.
Jonathan Barber, Chief Executive said at the conclusion of the sale with clearances, numbers and averages up there was plenty to be positive about for the breed. Not only did breeders find top quality pedigree sires for their flocks but there were plenty of commercial buyers looking for top quality crossing rams.
29 shearling rams sold to a top of £2,205, averaged £905.90
127 ram lambs sold to a top of £7,350 averaged £1187.66
Auctioneer : Clive Roads, McCartneys