Gretnahouse Lord, an outstanding son of Balthayock Gladiator is pipped at the post for the Supreme, winning Reserve Supreme Championship at Stirling, before selling for the top price of 25,000 gns.
Gretnahouse Lord 25,000gns
Another sale season begins and gets off to a cracking start at Stirling.Our four AA bulls average £10,447 including 15,000 gns son of Blacksmith L500, Gretnahouse Exocet and 13,000 gns Gretnahouse Black Ballboy, who is a full brother to Blacksmith.
Gretnahouse Blackrod also caught pedigree breeding attention. This son of Haymount Precursor made 6,000 gns.
Exocet 15,000 gns
Black Ballboy 13,000 gns
Our sole AA entry at the Stars of the Future show at Stirling, Gretnahouse Blacklight wins the Senior Championship.
Blacklight, Senior Champion
Following our Charolais Championship earlier in the month, we managed to top that with the Supreme and Reserve Supreme Aberdeen Angus Championships at Carlisle. Our champion, Gretnahouse KP P710 sired by £15,000 Gretnahouse Lord Hefty made the top price of 8,000 gns. Gretnahouse Kind Lad, another powerhouse son of Blacksmith L500 sold for 7,000 gns, both bulls going for pedigree work.
KP P710 made 8,000gns
Kindlad 7,000 gns
Overall Champion for Gretnahouse Jugular at the Carlisle May sale, another star bull from the Paradise dynasty, and all five bulls sold to average £7,100.
Earlier in the month, Gretnahouse Juror sold to the Wissington herd for £10,000, another great son of Equinox.
Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500 sons again cause a stir at Stirling Bull Sales, with Blackpot P685 selling for 10,000 gns to the Belhaven herd and four sons averaging £6,562 and three Charolais bulls average £7,105.
Our Charolais bulls again amongst the top averages at Stirling Bull Sales with sales at 8,500 gns for Immense
and 9,500 gns for Jimbob, a heifer calf from the 'Esse' family.
Alasdair has had an exciting summer, having been asked to judge a number of prestigious shows. These included judging Charolais at the Royal Highland Show and Aberdeen Angus at their National Show at Kelso.
Carlisle Charolais Sale - May 2015
Gretnahouse Ivory, Equinox sons continue their great run!
Reserve Intermediate Champion at Carlisle, May 2015 sold for 10,000 gns to the Bonnykelly herd.
Gretnahouse Iliad, a heifer's calf making 8,000 gns at Carlisle, May 2015. Other sales include Icarus at 7,000 gns and Inplay at 5,500 gns, making for a successful day.
Stirling Charolais February 2015
Another successful trip! Equinox's sons continue to be in demand with three more selling to average 8,100 gns, and a top price of 11,000 gns for Gretnahouse Ivor.
Gretnahouse Ivor sold for 11000 gns
In the same string this time, an Adonis embryo son of Paradise makes 9,500 gns and another embryo son Gretnahouse Italian ET sells for 8,500 gns.
Gretnahouse Intouch ET sold for 9,500gns
First visit to Stirling with Aberdeen Angus February 2015
Very pleased as a 'Stirling Virgin' to sell 5 bulls to average £7014. After winning the pairs on Sunday night, we then had a good sale which included two 10000 gns sales into well known pedigree herds.
Gretnahouse Samson N645, sold 10,000 gns to the Rosemead herd. This is the first son born by Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500
Gretnahouse Prince Cool N623 sold for 10,000 gns to the Idvies herd. His mother is bring flushed this year to Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500.
Agri Expo Carlisle October 2014
Our first outing for an Aberdeen Angus bull calf from Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500 calf - Gretnahouse Sampson. 1st in his class, Champion Yearling Male and Reserve Overall Male.
A big thank you to our customers at the Charolais Stirling Bull Sales - Gretnahouse Ingot made 6,000gns, Gretnahouse Intermilan 7,500gns and we were very pleased with the Reserve Male Intermediate Champion Gretnahouse Indian who was sold to a pedigree herd and made 18,000gns.
Gretnahouse Indian Stirling October 2014
National Charolais Show took place at the NEC. We took two bulls and were thrilled to come away with two first prizes, Male Champion and Champion Pair. A good day at the office!
Gretnahouse Indian - Male Champion shown below will be offered for sale at Stirling Bull Sales in October 2014.
Gretnahouse Indian and Italian ET Champion Pairs
At the Carlisle Bull Sales we took three bulls, and sold all three to new customers. We wish Gretnahouse Harry (sold for 9,000gns) Gretnahouse Hope (sold for 7,500 gns)and Gretnahouse Ian (sold for 4,000 gns) well in their new homes.
A busy month with spring field work well up to date, and calving starting to Equinox and Gladiator, from whom we have also taken semen.
In addition, we have 3 Charolais and 2 Angus entered for the Carlisle May Sales.
5 Gretnahouse Charolais bulls at Stirling. First Equinox sons sell with 100% clearance, to 8,500 gns for pedigree use. A great start!
Winter National Aberdeen Angus Show at Agri Expo
A great day! We took 2 young bulls. Both won their classes, Gretnahouse Lord Hefty M549 took the Yearling Championship, and Gretnahouse Peter Cay N607 went on to get the Overall Reserve Male Champion.
Gretnahouse Lord Hefty M549 - a huge son of Ardrossan Admiral
Gretnahouse Peter Cay N607 - a classy Pershore son
Stirling Charolais Sales
Three Gretnahouse bulls take the top sale average, selling at 8,000 gns, 9,000 gns and 15,000 gns for the exceptional Gretnahouse Heman, joining the Goldies Charolais herd. The other two high performance bulls Hero and Hasty sold to Courrance Farms for their top Simmental based suckler herd.
Gretnahouse Heman sold for 15,000 gns.
Gretnahouse Hero sold for 9,000 gns at Stirling
Gretnahouse Hasty sold for 8,000 gns at Stirling
Autumn sales season begins
Reserve Champion and top price at 5,000 gns for Gretnahouse Bailiff M560 sold to join the highly successful Deveron of Hamish and Margaret Sclater.
Joint 2nd top price at 4,000 gns for Gretnahouse Sam M565 off to suckler work in Northumberland.
Charolais Success at Carlisle
Gretnahouse Grim - Senior Champion, sold 5,000gns to George Wordie, from the 'esse' family.
Gretnahouse Grant. Sold 9,000gns to Peter Donger, Seawell. A twin out of a superb heifer, Emerald, from the 'colour' family.
Gretnahouse Gunshot ET. Sold 8,000gns. Another remarkable son of the Paradise cow.
Haymount buy half share in "remarkable Aberdeen Angus bull" from Gretnahouse.
Tom and Wendy Arnott are delighted to announce their purchase of a half share in Greenhouse Blacksmith L500 for a significant five figure sum from Alasdair Houston of the Gretnahouse herd, at Gretna Green.
Tom Arnott says, "I had heard about this bull from a number of people and went to see him for myself. He certainly lived up to the commendations. He is without doubt one of the best bulls I have seen in a lifetime of breeding Aberdeen Angus cattle, carrying many outstanding characteristics that I value highly. Together with his performance figures, he is a great prospect.
When I heard that Alasdair had decided to retain him as stock sire rather than sell him at Stirling, I just knew I had to try hard to acquire a share in him. We are very excited indeed."
Alasdair Houston, whose Gretnahouse Aberdeen Angus herd was established recently to run alongside his well known Charolais herd, says of Blacksmith L500, "This bull has been one of those rare beasts that has been exceptional since the day he was born. Out of a 2 yo heifer, Blackbird J131, that I picked as my favourite when establishing the herd from Blelack, he has a great temperament and pedigree, with deep dam lines on both sides and by outcross sire, imported embryo Blelack Duke. We showed him twice, winning Championships at Dumfries, then Male Champion at AA Winter National Show and he just gets better as he develops. Not only is he big and powerful, he has a great head and bone, breed character and ease of fleshing. I have been very lucky to breed one as good so soon!"
I am very happy to share him with the Arnott family and their long established Haymount herd."
His first calves will be born this summer.
Gretnahouse Fiefdon sold for 9,500gns
Gretnahouse Farrier sold for 9,000gns
Royal Show 2009
Congratulations to four of our customers for their success at the Royal Show 2009.
Deep Genetics, Proven Pedigree
Perth October 2008
Gretna House Calypso sold for 7500 gns.
Overall Champion Cumberland Show, and Reserve Overall Champion Dumfries Show.
Carlisle May 2007
Great success at the Spring Sale at Carlisle in May 2007 produced three 1st prizes in three classes for three entered! Gretna House Bomber went on to get Reserve Junior Champion, and sold for 8,000gns to the Balmyle Herd. Gretna House Aberfeldy sold for 8,500gns to the Balbithan Herd. Gretna House Arrow was awarded the Reserve Intermediate Championship.