THE 2021 Charollais Sheep Premier sale proved a great success with averages up in both ram sections and the breed record broken by an impressive shearling ram from the Artnagullion Flock of William McAllister selling to 4400gns.
The Pre Sale Show was judged very efficiently by Emyr Hughes of the Bronwydd Flock, Pembrokeshire. He
chose his champion from the Iskeymeadow pen of Richard and Harry Powell, an Arbyn Viper son and out of a Loanhead Dam.
Reserve Champion was presented by Graham Foster, a Springhill Viper son and out of a Rhaeadr dam. Female Champion was presented by McConnell Brothers, a Hollylodge Voldemort daughter. The Group of Three was won by Graham Foster.
Kicking off the trade to an impressive start was a tremendous shearling ram, Artnagullion Viceroy, from the Artnagullion pen of William McAllister. Taking first place in the shearling class, this tremendous ram,
a triplet Knockin Shop son and out of a Riverdale Preacher Dam, went on to top the sale with a record breaking price of 4400gns, selling to a County Down commercial breeder.
Shearlings from Graham Foster’s Springhill pen were also in demand with his fourth prize winner, Springhill Viper, a Rhaeadr son, selling to Glenmore Estate, County Donegal, for 2200gns.
The same buyer also purchased Graham’s second prize winner, sired by Logie Durno Untouchable and out of a Rhaeadr dam this lot sold at 1500gns. The third prize winner, another Knockin Shop son from William McAllister’s pen, also sold for 1100gns to Glenmore Estate.
It was certainly a day to remember for the Iskeymeadow Flock of Richard Powell and son Harry.
Their first time showing at the Premier Sale and they came away with Champion and two of the top prices in the ram lambs.
The Champion lamb was in his pen, an Arbryn Viper son and out of a Loanhead Dam, he stood first in the early December Class, this lot later selling to the Artnagullion and Ballynoe House flocks of William McAllister and Ian Craig for 3400gns. His pen mate, another strong Arbryn Viper son, this one from a Logie Durno Dam, sold to David Argue, County Cavan, for 3400gns. Another Viper son and the first of the Iskeymeadow run, sold to County Wicklow breeder John O’Toole for 2100gns. The Iskeymeadow Flock averaged 1825gns for six.
Graham Foster’s Springhill pen featured well in the prizes and the prices, his top price achieved by a Springhill Viper son and out of a Robleston Superman sired Dam. County Mayo breeder Aiden Loftus had to go to 2750gns to purchase this lot. Another smart Springhill Viper son who stood first in the late December Class and went on to be placed Reserve Champion by the judge, Emyr Hughes, sold for 2300gns to Paul Brophy, County Carlow.
Third placed in the January Ram Class was the first ram lamb to be offered for sale out of Tullyear Uptown Lady and sired by Logie Durno Van the Man, selling to County Donegal breeder Daniel McLaughlin for 2100gns.
Finbar O’Connor from County Ros-common had to go to 1350gns to purchase his Springhill ram, a fourth prize winner in the late December Class, this one sired by Springhill Vodka and out of a Boyo Dam. The Springhill pen averaged 1440gns for eight.
The Tullyear pen of Drew and Stephen Cowan generated a lot of interest, their first ram in, a Tullyear Untouchable son and out of an Oakchurch Royal Ryan sired dam, sold for 3000gns to Albert Ferguson, County Cork.
Their next lot was an eye-catching ram who stood second in the late December Class. A Logie Durno Van
The Man son and out of a dam purchased at the Parkgate dispersal sale, selling for 2700gns to Ian Macbeth, County Donegal. Another lot from the Tullyear pen, a Topgun son out of Oakchurch Royal Ryan Dam sold for 1050gns to Alan Crockett, County Tyrone.
The Tullyear pen averaged 1173gns for eight.
The Artnagullion pen of William McAllister sold to a top of 1800gns for a Loanhead Upperclass son out of a Knockin Shop sired dam selling to James Walsh, County Cork. Scottish breeder Ben Radley went to 1500gns for a Rockdale Vespasian son who stood first in the January Class. Another Loanhead Upper Class son sold for 1000gns to F Muldoon, County Donegal. The Artnagullion pen averaged 1300gns for four.
Top out of Alistair Moore’s Hillside pen was a Padrig Upperclass son and out of a Kirkhouse Remo sired dam, selling for 1620gns to County Donegal breeder Stephen Devlin. Another Padrig Upper Class son from this pen and out of a Tullyear dam sold for 1500gns to Stephen Mulvey, County Meath.
Rams from the Ballynoe pen of Ian Craig were also in demand with his two first lots in selling for 1400gns. The first, who stood third in the early December class, a Loanhead Upper Class son out of a Knockin Shop sired dam, sold to local breeder Sam Watson, Ballymena, and another Upper Class son, this one by a Wedderburn dam, sold to another County Antrim breeder, David Ander-son.
Top lot in the Lornbrook pen of Jim Bell and Diane Christie sold for 1800gns. Jonathan Wales, Cumbria, purchasing this Loanhead Ur The Boy son and out of a Logie Durno Officer sired dam for his Thackwood Flock in Cumbria.
McConnell Brothers sold their top at 1100gns to Tommy Fenton, County Antrim. Second in the January Class, he is sired by Loanhead Ur The Boy and out of an Edstaston San Miguel sired dam.
Another one sired by Hollylodge Voldermort and by a Ballynoe House Felix sired dam sold for 1050gns to Sam Wasson, County Donegal.
Topping the trade in the females was the Female Champion, shown by McConnell Brothers, a very smart lamb sired by Hollylodge Voldemort and out of Rhaeadr Prospect sired dam, selling for 1200gns to Paul Barnes, Ballymote.
Standing first in the Shearling Ewe Class was a lot presented by Glenn Baird’s Aghavilly Flock. Sired by Artnagullion Tornado and out of a Tullyear dam, this lot sold for 680gns to Albert Ferguson, County Cork. The Aghavilly pen sold seven shearling ewes to average 485gns.
Alistair Moore sold his four ewe lambs to average 600gns, three of them heading to Tom Newth, Somerset.
The Iskeymeadow pen of Richard and Harry Powell sold seven ewe lambs to average 557gns.
Shearling Rams: 10 sold to average 1210gns;
Ram Lambs: 81 sold to average 841gns;
Shearling Ewes: Seven sold to average 485gns;
Ewe Lambs: 31 sold to average 487gns.
The NI Charollais Sheep Club would like to thank judge Emyr Hughes for taking the time to come across and judge the pre sale show, all sponsors for their generosity, Danske Bank, Provita Animal Health, J Thompson and Sons, Dungannon Saleyard and Strabane Mills Ltd.
Thanks also to Dungannon Market staff for the efficient way in which they ran the sale and Alfie Shaw and daughter Kathryn for the pictures.
Shearling Rams: 1st William McAll-ister, 2nd Graham Foster, 3rd William McAllister, 4th Graham Foster.
Early December Class: 1st Richard Powell, 2nd McConnell Brothers, 3rd Ian Craig, 4th McConnell Brothers.
Late December Class: 1st Graham Foster, 2nd Drew and Stephen Cowan, 3rd Ian Goudy, 4th Graham Foster.
January Class: 1st William McAllister, 2nd McConnell Brothers, 3rd Graham Foster, 4th Trevor Bell.
Group of Three: 1st Graham Foster, 2nd William McAllister, 3rd Richard Powell.
Shearling Ewe: 1st Glenn Baird, 2nd Glenn Baird.
Ewe Lambs: 1st McConnell Brothers, 2nd David Anderson, 3rd Jonathan Aiken, 4th David Anderson.
Female Champion: McConnell Bro-thers.
Male Champion: Richard and Harry Powell.
Reserve Champion: Graham Foster.
Supreme Champion: Richard and Harry Powell.