THE Charollais Sheep Premier 2018 was another record breaking success for the breed with a record top price and averages up.
Making his mark was Lot Number 69 shown by the Springhill Flock of Graham Foster. Standing first in the January Ram Lamb class, this eye-catching ram, an ET ram sired by Ballynoe House Playboy and out of a Rhaeadr Dam, caught the eye of several buyers and after a flurry of bids was knocked down to Abbie Moseley, Shropshire for 3800gns, a breed record in Dungannon. The Springhill Flock averaged 1487gns for six sold.
The Judge, David Norman, chose his champion on the day from the Hollylodge Flock of McConnell Brothers, Parkgate. Winning the Early December Ram Lamb class, this ram is a full brother to Hollylodge Supreme, sold privately to the Ingrams, Aberdeen, last year and whose progeny topped Worcester Premier at 9500gns. Aptly named Hollylodge Topman he later sold for 2700gns to Coleraine breeder William Sherrard for his Greenvale Flock.
Reserve Champion went to the first prize shearling ram, Tullyear Silver Dollar, from the Tullyear Flock of Drew and Stephen Cowan, this big well muscled ram sired by Springhill Royal Commander later selling for 2200gns to John McCafferty, Donegal and Paul Barnes, Cookstown.
The Tullyear pen also sold a ram lamb, a half brother to the shearling, for 1000gns.
The Artnagullion pen of William McAllister had a terrific day, placed first in the late December Class with Artnagullion Terminator, a powerful son sired by Knockin Shop. This lot sold to Donegal breeder John O’Kane for 2100gns.
Next into the ring was another prize winning Knockin Shop son, Artnagullion Turbo, this one taking second place in the January class and selling for 1650gns to Breed Chairman Arwyn Thomas from Wales.
Standing third in the January Class to his penmate was another Knockin Son, this lot, Artnagullion Trojan, selling to David Mawhinney for his Rockvllla Flock at 2300gns. Artnagullion averaging 2017gns for their three rams.
The Hillside pen of Alistair Moore generated a lot of interest enjoying considerable success on their first outing to the Premier taking second place in the Late December Class with Hillside Tennyson, a great carcase ram sired by Kirkhouse Remo.
Tennyson created quite a stir in the sale ring eventually knocked down to Robert Gregory, Shrewsbury for 2600gns. The next two lots from this pen sold for 1700gns and 900gns making an average of 1733gns for three lambs.
William Sherrard sold his third placed shearling ram, Logie Duno Senator, sired by Rhaedar Orlando, for 1150gns and Stephen Macauley received 900gns for his Erenagh Pacman son from Donegal breeder Jim Devenney.
Female Champion and Reserve both came from the Ballynoe House Flock of Ian Craig, two smart ewe lamb daughters of Knockin Shop selling for 900gns and 600gns. Ian’s Ballynoe House pen averaging 673gns for their three ewe lambs.
The club would like to thank Danske Bank, Provita, J Thompson and Sons and Dungannon Saleyard for their generous sponsorship and to David Norman of the Kirkhouse Flock, Cumbria for giving of his time to judge the pre-sale classes.