THE evening of Friday, April 23, saw the first British Charolais Cattle Society sale to take place at Clogher, having previously been held at Dungannon. A steady trade took place over the course of the evening, with 15 bulls sold, an average price of £3,241, and a whopping 79 per cent clearance.
The 20-month-old Brownhill Pad-dyrabbit had the honour of reaching the highest price of the day, maxing out at 4500gns. Paddyrabbit is from the Devine Brothers herd in Strabane and was born to Brownhill Ella, a daughter of Shaen Topper. His sire is Mullaghbane Topline, a son of the highly regarded Doonally New.
Paddyrabbit has quite the legacy to live up to, as Doonally New was known for his impressive gestation length and beef yield EBVs.
His great potential caught the eye of Mr T Whiteside, and he will be making his way to his new home in Greysteel, County Londonderry.
The second-highest price of the day, at 4200gns, was secured by Magheragart Pinnacle, an attractive 19-month-old from the herd of Mr J Donnelly of Dromore, County Tyrone. Pinnacle has several high sellers in his lineage: his sire is the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal, and his dam, Mountjoy Infanta, is a daughter of the 30,000gns Balmyle Bollinger. The lucky new owner of Pinnacle is F Smyth, who will be introducing him to the herd in Omagh.
Two lots reached the third-highest price of 3800gns. The first was the 16-month-old Moorelough Picador, bred by Mr J McBride of Strabane. Picador’s twin brother, Moorlough Parker, also sold for a price of 2600gns.
The twins’ sire, Clyth Diplomat, was the Junior Champion at Stirling in 2009, and sold for 16,000gns. Their dam is Moorlough Heighlight, a daughter of the tremendously successful Thrunton Voldemort.
The brothers are sure to make their new owners very happy once they’ve settled into their new homes. Picador will be going home to Tirgarve, County Armagh, with Mr A Sloane, while Parker will be heading back with Mr S McAleer to the farm in Pomeroy, County Tyrone.
Also selling for 3800gns was Brogher Printer, from the herd of Mr T Phair of Enniskillen. Printer has inherited some of the best traits of his predecessors, boasting a good calving ease EBV from his sire, Blelack Fabulous, and fantastic growth rates from his dam, Brogher Josephine – a daughter of the ever-popular Blelack Digger. This promising young bull attracted the attention of Mr C Maxwell, who will be taking him back to his farm in Clough, Downpatrick.
Another bull from Mr T Phair’s herd, Brogher President, secured the next highest bid of 3600gns. This 17-month-old was born to Brogher Emmy, a daughter of Sang-D’or, and was sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin, a son of the 19,000gns Corrie Alan. President will be making his way to Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, to the farm of S & R Millar.
Coming in at the next highest price of 3400gns was Drumconnis Relentless.
This promising 13-month-old comes from the herd of Mr J McGrath of Omagh, and boasts a phenomenal calving ease EBV of +20.5 per cent, placing him in the top one per cent for this trait. Relentless was sired by the French bull First, who is well known for his exceptional calving ease.
His dam is the easy-calving Fairway Happydawn, another dau-ghter of Blelack Digger. He is sure to integrate well into his new herd in Cookstown, courtesy of winning bidder Mr P Parke.
Also possessing a good calving ease EBV, and reaching a price of 3200gns, was Ratoary Redbull.
A local bull, Redbull comes from the herd of Mr S McGovern of Clogher. He was born to Knockshe Irine, a daughter of Mogador, and sired by the Supreme Champion at Balmoral in 2016, Stranagone Jones – another of Blelack Digger’s numerous offspring.
This handsome 15-month-old will
be welcomed to his new home in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, with buyer J Jackson.
Selling for 2800gns was one of the older bulls forward for sale: the 21-month-old Killadeas Paddy. Paddy was bred by S & D Bothwell of Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh, and was sired by the 11,000gns Battleford Laser and out of the easy-calving Killadeas Irene, another daughter of Blelack Digger.
He caught the eye of A & R Wauchob, who will be taking him back to Newtownstewart, County Tyrone.
Minutes earlier, the first sale of the day was secured by Royaldowns President at 2700gns.
This handsome fellow was born in April 2019 to Royaldowns Gigi, a daughter of Maerdy Impeccable, and sired by the easy-calving Fiston. President originates from the well-established herd of M McKeown Esq of Downpatrick, and will also be heading back to Newtownstewart with A & R Wauchob.
Fourteen-month-old Crummer Ra-
nger managed to fetch a sum of 2600gns for his breeder, Mr A Dunne of Enniskillen. Ranger was sired
by the easy-calving Whitecliffe James, a son of Blelack Digger, and his dam is Tannaghmore Nova, a daughter of the 8000gns Blelack Blackberet.
This handsome young bull caught the attention of Mr E Lindsay, and he will soon be settling into his
new home at Florencecourt, Enn-iskillen.
Two bulls sold for a final price of 2500gns, the first being Woodpark Platinum. The 17-month-old bull was bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, and was born to Maerdy Inbred, a daughter of Froufrours. Like the previously mentioned Brogher Pre-sident, Platinum was also sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin. He will be heading back to Lisnaskea with Mr K Little.
Also coming in at 2500gns was Moniendogue Robert, from the herd of Mr J Maguire of Belleek, County Fermanagh. Robert was the youngest bull forward for sale at only 13 months old.
Sired by the 13,000gns Conval Frank and out of Deerfin Tina, another daughter of Doonally New, Robert is certain to fit in well with his new herd in Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh, under the care of Mr C Morrow.