Record breaking Charolais female trade at Dungannon

Record breaking Charolais female trade at Dungannon

A bumper show of Charolais backed by  soaring demand produced a record  breaking trade at Dungannon on  Friday, November 3, at the Northern  Ireland Charolais Club Autumn sale.  Bidding peaked at 8,000gns in both the male  and female sections and 26 bulls sold to an  average of £3,428.65. The 8,000gns secured for  the trade topping female Battleford Lola is a  Charolais sale centre record.

Leading the bids for the bulls at 8,000gns was  the May 2016-born Mountjoy Morgan, who had  been tapped out first in his class at the presale  show for breeder and consigner Caldwell  McAskie, Mountjoy, County Tyrone. Morgan is  sired by the Royal Welsh reserve male champion  Montgomery Ianto and is out of the homebred  dam Mountjoy Ultra who goes back to Gaer  Positive. He goes on to work in Derryhouse,  County Armagh, for Messrs McGinnity.

The supreme, male and senior champion  Coolnaslee Martin was next in the trade stakes  at 6,000gns. He was exhibited by herd manager  Stuart Wilson on behalf of his owner and new  custodian of the Coolnaslee herd Jonathan  Crawford, Maghera, County Derry, son of the  late Gilbert Crawford.

The 17-month-old Martin was snapped up by  Seamus Conroy, Tassagh, County Armagh, and  his breeding includes his sire, the 10,000gns  Carlisle intermediate champion Ratoary  Icebreaker, who is rated amongst the top five  per cent of the breed for calving ease and dam  Coolnaslee Gina who in turn is sired by the  Balmoral Show supreme champion Goldies  Carnival.

Another entry from Mr Crawford sold for  4,400gns. Coolnaslee Max, a June 2016-born son  of Ratoary Icebreaker and the Goldies Carnival  sired Coolnaslee Honor was purchased by S  Windrum, Ballygowan.

Commanding a 5,200gns bid from the Rogers  Family, Ballynahinch, was the reserve senior  male champion Sandelford Mason from  breeder and exhibitor George Henderson,  Revallagh, County Antrim. The 17-month-old  Mason is sired by the 13,000gns Stirling reserve  intermediate champion Conval Frank and out  of Sandelford Fern, a daughter of the 14,000gns  Goldies Usher.

Liam Johnston, Mountain herd from Tempo,  was behind the next transaction, when  Mountain Magnificent was purchased by  Messrs McKeagney, Maghera, for 5,000gns.  Magnificent, who was tapped out third in his  class at the pre-sale show, is a 16-month-old  son of the Ballymena Show champion Derrygiff  Jester and the Oscar sired Derrygiff Clare.

The next highest price of 4,200gns was bid  by James Watson, Portadown, for one of the  youngest lots of the sale.The 12-month-old  Brogher Major who stood second in his class  earlier in the day for consigner Trevor Phair,  Bellanaleck, County Fermanagh, comes from  show-winning breeding, being sired by the  12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion  Wesley Equinox and bred out of the Fintona  Show class winner Brogher Gigi, who goes back  to the 55,000gns Balmoral Show interbreed  champion Sportsmans Columbo.

Just behind at 4,100gns was the February-  2016-born Cunnsallagh Mick from Vincent G  Cunningham, Dromore, County Down. This  son of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion  Clyth Diplomat and homebred Pirate sired  Cunnsallagh Hermoine attracted a bid from  Liam Mullan, Coleraine.

Staying local when snapped up by Robert  O’Neill, Dunloy, was a yellow ticket winning  entry from John Currie, Ballymena. Tullygarley  Marco, a June-2016-born by Davally Illusion and  out of the Blakestown Endorse sired Tullygarley  Harriet was sold for 3,600gns.

An 18-month-old son of the 10,000gns  Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi,  bred out of Ballymather Ivy, a Coolnaslee  Asprey daughter, was next in the trade stakes  at 3,100gns. Ballymather Matrix from Ian  Rea, Nutts Corner, was purchased by WJ  McClenaghan, Drumreagh, County Down.

The star of the female section was the twoyear-  old female champion Battleford Lola  ET, who broke the sale centre record for  Charolais females when she was knocked  down at 8,000gns. This entry from Bartley  Finnegan, Moy, who is sold in-calf to Blelack  Immaculate, will be travelling across the water  with her new owner Blair Duffton from Huntly,  Aberdeenshire.

She is sired by the Black Isle Show champion  Lochend Apache and her dam Blelack Usp  is sired by the 25,000gns Perth supreme  champion and Royal Show junior male  champion Thrunton Socrates.

Attracting a bid of 5,000gns when she was  purchased by Clare Ferris, Millisle, was the  19-month-old class winner Hillviewfarm Margo  from Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge.  Margo who is sired by the renowned easy  calving and popular Blelack Digger is out  of Hillviewfarm Gina who goes back to the  14,000gns Royal Ulster Show junior male  champion Killadeas Jack.

The next three entries were all consigned by  Robin and Agnes Todd, Corbet, County Down.  Firstly, selling for 2,600gns was the blueticket-  winning Cappagh Lydia, sold served to  Alwent Goldbar, the April-2015-born Lydia, by  the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and out of the  14,000gns Goldies Usher daughter Cappagh  Esther, caught the eye of David Adams,  Portglenone.

Matching the 2,600gns price tag for the Todd  family was the 25-month-old Cappagh Lois, this  time going home to Teer, County Down, with  Phelim and Bronagh Caragher. The Blelack  Goldenboy sired Lois, whose dam Cappagh  Dawn is sired by 15,000gns Carlisle Supreme  champion Burradon Talisman, collected a  yellow ticket at the pre-sale show and is sold  served to the aforementioned Conval Frank.

Mr and Mrs Todd went on to secure 2,500gns  for another 25-month-old Goldenboy daughter,  this time out of the Burradon Talisman sired  Cappagh Divine. Cappagh Lily who is in-calf to  Davally Illusion and was purchased by Stephen  McGuinness, Greysteel.

The final lot to make 2,500gns was Drumlone  Marina, who had placed second in her class  for breeder and exhibitor Kenneth Veitch,  Lisbellaw. Micheal McVeigh, Dungannon, was  the man with his hand in the air when the  hammer went down on this January 2016-born,  Pirate sired daughter of the Irish-born Doon  Eleonora, who in turn is sired by the 18,000gns  Perth intermediate champion Fury Action.

Averages: 26 bulls £3,428.65, 14 heifers  £2902.50; Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers  Mart; Sponsor: Excel Roofing and Cladding;  Judge: Robert McWilliams, Maghera.


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