MONDAY, August 29, saw the NI Rouge Club hold its Premier Sale in Dungannon Livestock Mart.
Although there were no records smashed as in the previous year, there was a steady trade throughout.
Leading the prices was the Female and Overall Champion from George Knox at 900gns, his ewe lamb Kinsella Ann Summers by the homebred tup Kinsella Enforcer. Judge Vicki Hainsworth, from Lincolnshire, had no hesitation in giving this ewe lamb the top honours in the pre-sale show. She caught the eye of K&K Tinney, Donegal.
The same buyers also purchased the top price gimmer again from George Knox’s Kinsella pen, Kinsella Yvonna. Sired by the imported ram Chauve Titanium, this gimmer stood first in the gimmer class.
Leading the way in the males was Tullyvallen Archie, a March born son of the homebred tup Tullyvallen Warlord. David Boyd of the Crawfordsland flock was the successful bidder at 700gns.
Next up changing hands at 640gns for AJ Graham was Tullyvallen Aga Can, sired by last year’s record price ram Crawfordsland Young Gun, sell-ing across the water to breeder Colin Phillips. Another from the same pen traded at 580gns after standing second in the ram lamb class, Tullyvallen Above Par.
A trio of ram lambs followed at 540gns, the first being Kilmoyle Apollo from Alistair Christie, selling to Jayne Tannahill. Next to sell at this price was Crawfordsland Ace, a full brother of last year’s top price and sold across the water to James Redfern. Lastly Tullyvallen All Rounder from AJ Graham sold to Euan Campbell in Scotland.
Kinsella Anthony from George Knox sold for 520gns to James Houston after standing third in a strong line-up of lambs.
Male Champion and Reserve Overall ram lamb from the Oldwood Flock of James Houston, sired by Glengalliagh Will I Am, he sold for 500gns in a two-way split to AJ Graham and O Keaskin, Cavan.
Top price shearling ram went to the first place and reserve male champion from S&J Kerr, Fairyglen Young Fella, sold for 520gns.
The Ballyhivistock flock of Robert Calvin kept the female trade buoyant, selling ewe lambs at 720gns for a January born lamb by Kinsella Yogi to Joe Kennedy, Roscommon, and following closely behind was his next lamb in at 680gns to Rodney Bradley.
The club would like to thank all its generous sponsors – Strabane Mills, Shine (Ewe-Reka), McKay Bros ATVs, O’Kane Agri Contracts, Kennedy Agri Equipment, First 4 Printing, NFU Mutual and Tannahill Livestock Care.
Thanks also to Dungannon Farmers Mart for all its help.
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