A super Bank Holiday Monday sale saw records tumble at the NI Rouge Premier Show and Sale at Dungannon Farmers’ Market for the second successive year.
With last year’s female record being set by Tullyvallen for a gimmer, this year it was the turn of the males with the Crawfordsland flock of the Boyd family in Doagh selling the Overall Champion, a ram lamb, for a NI Rouge record of 5600gns. This lamb, Crawfordsland Young Gun, stood overall Champion as judged by Brian Matthews of the Quarrymount Flock in County Offaly.
Young Gun is a February born lamb sired by Oldwood Watch This Space (stock ram at Glenkeen and Hilltop flocks) and from a Tullyvallen Dam. After strong bidding Young Gun was knocked down to a trio of buyers consisting of the Graham family (Tullyvallen Flock), Oliver and Claire Keaskin (Seeorum Flock) and judge Brian Matthews (Quarrymount).
Next in the leading prices for the ram lambs was one from the Graham family (Tullyvallen Rouge). Tullyvallen Ya Belter earlier in the day stood third place in the ram lamb class in the judging and went on to realise 1500gns when sold to the Powerhouse Rouge flock of Colin and Wendy Phillips, based in Herefordshire. This lamb was a Ballyhivistock Upperclass son bred from the 2017 RUAS champion Tullyvallen Superwoman.
The next to achieve a four figure sum was George Knox of the Kinsella Flock. His ram lamb, Kinsella Yogi, was a January born Sunrise Wildcard son bred from a homebred ewe, Kinsella Underline. This ram lamb was sold for 1000gns to Robert Calvin of the Ballyhivistock flock based in Ballymoney.
Robert Calvin then went on to recoup some of his outlay when he sold the reserve male champion and second place ram lamb Ballyhivistock Yabba Babba Doo for 640gns to Shay Kennedy of the Townhill flock in County Waterford.
Shearling ram trade was topped by the Oldwood flock of James M Houston at 460gns for the first prize shearling ram. He was Oldwood William sired by Ruval Ufo and off a Homebred Dam.
Trade for the day remained brisk and averages were as follows:
Ram Lambs – £745 for 21 sold;
Shearling Rams – £399 for two sold;
Aged Ram – £399 for one sold.
The female champion and reserve overall champion on the day was awarded to a ewe lamb from
the Ballyhivistock flock of Robert Calvin. Ballyhivistock You Beauty was sired by Tullyvallen Wall Street and off a homebred dam. This ewe lamb then went on to sell for 900gns and went home with the Tinney Brothers of the Dunduff’s flock based in County Donegal.
This price was only outdone for ewe lambs by her pen-mate and third prize on the day. This was Ballyhivistock Yvonne, bred from Ruval Unique and off a dam purchased from the Bennachie flock. This ewe lamb went on to sell for 1100gns to Ali Jackson based in Scotland.
Winning the red rosette in the gimmers was the Tullyvallen flock of the Graham family for Tullyvallen Wing It, sired by Ballyhivistock Upper Class and from a homebred dam. This gimmer was also reserve female champion on the day and went on to sell for 2400gns and the second highest price of all sheep on the day. Picking her up was Colin and Wendy Phillips of the Powerhouse Rouge Flock based in Herefordshire.
Shearling Ewes – £777 for eight sold; Ewe Lambs – £460 for nine sold.
Overall it was a very successful day’s trading. The NI Rouge Society would like to firstly thank Brian Matthews for judging the stock on the day, and everyone else that contributed to a very well run sale and Dungannon Farmers’ Market for providing the venue.
Also a big thanks to sponsors Tannahill Livestock Care, NFU Mutual Ballymoney, Thomas Smyth Farm Supplies, Randalstown, and George Kennedy, Agricultural Eq-uipment and the main sponsor Volac.
The club would like to wish all the purchasers the best of luck with their stock and remind anyone who missed out that there are two sales coming up:
n Omagh Sale: Evening sale, Friday, September 24.
n Ballymena Sale: Monday, October 4.
For anyone who would like more details regarding the sales or access to catalogues please either contact Jayne Tannahill on 07872 832334 or Moore Hamilton on 07894 804893. Alternatively follow the NI Rouge Society on Facebook, which will be updated with details.