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Record Charolais trade at Swatragh

THE Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s annual November Charolais sale took place on November 5 at the new location in Swatragh (previously held in Ballymena).

Over the course of the afternoon, 31 bulls sold to an average price of £4,515 and a clearance rate of 86 per cent.

Two in-calf females were also sold, reaching an average price of £4,357.50.

The highest price of the day, at 15,000gns, was reached by the Supreme & Senior Champion Stranagone Reagan. Reagan is no stranger to success, having earned the titles of Reserve Supreme and Junior Champion at Balmoral in October 2021.

This impressive 20-month-old

comes from the herd of R McWilliams of Maghera, County Londonderry, and was sired by Balmoral 2016’s Supreme Champion Stranagone Jones.

His dam is Falleninch Fanna, a daughter of Prime Colombo. Reagan will be making the journey to Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, to join the herd of winning bidder W Kingaby.

The next highest price of 9400gns was secured by Reserve Overall & Intermediate Champion Tullygarley Roscoe. Roscoe was bred by J K Currie of Ballymena, County Antrim, and was born to Tulleygarley Flojo – a daughter of Tullygarley Rollerball. His sire is the popular easy-calver Blelack Digger.

Winning the bid and taking Roscoe home to their herd is S Hunter.

Coming in at a price of 8400gns was another Blelack Digger son, this time from the herd of T Phair of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh: Brogher Robroy.

Robroy’s dam is Brogher Natalia, a daughter of the 26,000gns Balbithan Vespasian. Robroy will soon be settling into his new home under the care of winning bidder J Carson.

Next to sell was Reserve Intermediate Champion Kenaghan Ronsie, reaching a price of 7,800gns.

Ronsie was bred by L Ruddy of Strabane, County Tyrone, and was sired by the popular AI bull Liscally Eti.

His dam is Tawny Java, a Pirate daughter, who boasts an impressive calving ease direct EBV of +10.2.

W Donnell was the lucky winning bidder, who will soon be introducing Ronsie to his herd.

Securing the title of Junior Champion and reaching a price of 6700gns was another from the herd of R McWilliams: Stranagone Roman.

Like Reagan before him, Roman was also sired by the very easy-calving Stranagone Jones. Roman is out of Stranagone Hadi, a daughter of the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort.

Taking this charming young 13-month-old home is winning bidder S Taylor.

The next highest price of the day was 6000gns, obtained by Reserve Senior Champion Woodpark Robin.

This 19-month-old comes from the well-known herd of W Short of Omagh, County Tyrone, and was sired by the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin.

Robin’s dam is Woodpark Melody, a daughter of Blelack Digger. Robin will be journeying to his new home courtesy of winning bidder W J Frazer & Sons.

Killadeas Roly secured the next highest price of 5800gns from the herd of S & D Bothwell in Ballinamallard, County Ferm-anagh.

Roly is out of Killadeas Nora, a daughter of Gwenog Braveheart, and was sired by Westcarse Houdini, who sold for 14,000gns at Carlisle in 2013. Winning bidder S Gowdy will soon be introducing Roly to his new herd.

The hammer came down twice at the next highest price of 4000gns, firstly for another bull from S & D Bothwell’s herd, Killadeas Rodney.

This 15-month-old’s sire is the 11,000gns Battleford Laser, who was Intermediate Champion at

Stirling in 2017. His dam is Killadeas Holly, a daughter of another Stirling Champion: the 16,000gns Blackford Dynamite. Securing the winning bid this time was J Adams.

The second bull to sell for 4000gns was Sandelford Rafa, a 17-month-old from the herd of G Henderson in Bushmills, County Antrim.

Rafa was born to Sandelford Maria, a daughter of the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator, and his sire is the popular AI bull Harestone Hercules.

Rafa will soon be settling into his new herd, courtesy of winning bidder J Bradley.

Finally, the top price for females was 4600gns, and was secured by Reserve Female Champion Brogher Ruth.

Ruth is another from the herd of T Phair, and was scanned at four months in calf to Whitecliffe James at the time of sale.

Ruth’s sire is the 10,000gns Goldies Icon, and her dam is Brogher Janet, another daughter of Blelack Digger.

Winning the bid and taking Ruth home to their herd is S Doonan.

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