TO say the Cowan family was delighted with their first ever production sale would be an understatement – they never anticipated how successful it would be. A 100 per cent clearance, with 70 per cent exported to UK and the Republic of Ireland, and breaking the breed record not once but twice is just phenomenal.
The family was also delighted that Lot 86, which it had donated to Children’s Heartbeat Trust, sold for 1000gns to Jim Devenney and daughter Gillian from Donegal.
Drew Cowan said: “We would like to thank David and Liz Mawhinney for joining us on the day with a small consignment of Rockvilla in-lamb ewes which sold to a top of 1700gns to Jim Devenney, Donegal, an Arbryn Panther daughter out of a Wernfawr Rex sired dam. The Rockvilla pen averaging 680gns for 10 sold.”
Leading the way in the Tullyear pens was Lot 10, a two shear ewe which was always a standout ewe in the flock with great power and style. After some steady bidding this ewe, sired by Tullyear Egbert and out of a Bawnard Keystone daughter, was knocked down to the Ingram family of the Logie Durno Flock and Loanhead Flock, Aberdeenshire, for the female record-breaking price of 7500gns.
Not to be outdone by her older comrade and causing quite a stir and attracting a lot of attention was the in-lamb shearling, Lot 98, ‘Uptown Lady’, sired by Loanhead Topgun and out of a home bred Tullyear sired dam. A cracker of a ewe with great style and presence, ewes like her are hard to find so it was no surprise that she attracted a flurry of bids before finally being knocked down to Graham Foster for his Springhill Flock at another record-breaking female price of 7500gns.
Lot 22, Tullyear ‘Uptown Girl’, always a hot contender for the top of the line-up, presented herself perfectly. Sired by Edstaston Toulouse and out of a Bawnard Keystone dam, this stunning girl was much sought after with Robert and Jeanette Gregory of the Edstaston Flock picking up the final bid at 5500gns.
Lot 7, a two shear Logie Durno Finnegan daughter and out of one of the flock’s best ever French dams, generated a lot of interest, this choice ewe going once again to the Ingram family for 3000gns.
The Ingrams finished off their shopping spree with Lot 55, an in-lamb shearling sired by Tullyear Silver Dollar and out of a Castellau Millionaire sired dam, this well-muscled ewe selling for 2900gns.
The well known Ballyhibben Flock of Michael Power and son Alymer from County Limerick purchased Lot 80, a powerful Loanhead Topgun daughter out of an Oakchurch Royal Ryan dam, selling for 2600gns.
Last but not least in the sale, Lot 118 sold to Donegal for 2100gns, sired by Ardcath Sullivan and out of a Tullyear Oman sired dam, this very smart ewe going to Karol Gallen.
P O’Kane made his purchases from the senior ewes, Lot 19, A Sullivan daughter with an Oman sired dam sold for 1800gns. Lot 14, a Kilmacshane Skyfall daughter and a Lisfuncheon Limited Edition dam, sold for 950gns
Bushmills breeder David Anderson chose a great bodied two shear ewe to join his Ballyhunsley Flock, Lot 4, sired by Springhill Royal Commander and out of a Tullyear Oman sired daughter, this lot selling for 1750gns. David also went to 1000gns for Lot 82, another Springhill Royal Commander daughter out of a home bred Tullyear sired dam.
Two other two shears sold for 1650gns, both heading to the Republic, Lot 11 selling to Cyril Clarke, this one sired by Oakchurch Royal Ryan and out of a Lisfuncheon Limited Edition sired dam, and Lot 18, a Kilmacshane Skyfall daughter and out of a Highway Obelisk sired dam going to Eamonn Shanahan, County Cork.
County Antrim breeders Tommy and Derek Fenton added a choice lot to their Lineside Flock, a Springhill Royal Commander daughter and out of a Banville sired dam, Lot 95 selling for 1500gns.
Lot 84, another Springhill Royal Commander daughter and out of a Lisfuncheon Limited Edition dam, was purchased by the relatively new Killybodagh Flock of John Waddell for 1200gns.
Donal Keaney from County Roscommon purchased two lots, Lot 64 selling to 1200gns, a Springhill Royal Commander son and out of Highway Obelisk sired dam. Mr Keaney also bought Lot 113 for 1100gns, a Loanhead Topgun daughter and out of a Lisfuncheon Limited Edition sired dam.
James Danforth was able to secure his bid online for Lot 29, this one a smart Edstaston Toulouse daughter and out of a French sired dam selling for 1150gns.
National Chairman of the Charollais Society, Arwyn Thomas, purchased Lot 31 for his Arbryn Flock, a great bodied Ardcath Sullivan daughter and out of a Highway Obelisk sired dam, this one selling for 1150gns.
Patrick Tully from Somerset went to 1150gns to secure Lot 40 for his Bincombe Flock, a powerful Tulllyear Silver Dollar daughter and a Castellau Millionaire sired dam. Patrick also purchased Lot 108 for 1000gns, an Ardcath Sullivan daughter and out of a Tullyear sired dam.
Lot 106, a family favourite, went to Scotland to the Rigghead Flock of the Sloan family, this big strong Ardcath Sullivan daughter and out of an Oakchurch Royal Ryan sired dam selling for 1150gns.
The Evans family from Wales made several purchases, their top at 1150gns for Lot 90, a powerful Kilmacshane Skyfall daughter and a Knockychottaun Leprechaun sired dam.
Several lots sold to 1100gns, Lot 38 selling to P Duggan, Dungannon, a Tullyear Silver Dollar daughter and out of a Lisfuncheon Limited Edition dam. Mr Duggan also purchased Lot 46 for 850gns, this one an Arbryn Tyson sired daughter and out of an Oakchurch Royal Ryan dam.
Pat Mollahan, County Roscommon, made three purchases, Lot 66, a Springhill Royal Commander daughter with a homebred Tullyear sired dam sold for 1100gns, Lot 83, another Springhill Royal Commander daughter, sold for 900gns and Lot 102, an Ardcath Sullivan daughter with an Oakchurch Royal Ryan sired dam, also sold for 900gns.
Lot 110 went to local breeder Brian Cowan, a Loanhead Top Gun daughter and out of an Oakchurch Royal Ryan sired dam, this lot selling for 1100gns.
English breeders Madders and Johnson purchased Lot 37 for 1050gns, a great bodied Ardcath Sullivan sired daughter and out of a Cardoonan sired dam.
Overall the Tullyear sales averaged £1,100 for 108 sold.
The family extends a huge thanks to everyone who supported them and hopes the ewes will go on and do well for the purchasers. Thanks also to sponsors G A Allen, Britmilk and Thompsons.
Thanks also go to Richard Beattie and his team at Beatties Livestock Yard, also a big thank you to Alfie Shaw for the brilliant photographs and Seamie McDonald for providing transport.