DESPITE Covid restrictions, trade for Charollais at their Premier Sale in Dungannnon was tremendous with huge demand from Southern breeders, especially for females.
The live online bidding proved a great success allowing those who couldn’t make it to the sale to purchase from the comfort of their own home. It did seem strange that there was no pre-sale show to allow breeders to show off their stock but hopefully we will be back to normal soon.
Topping the trade was a great muscled ram from the Greenvale pen of William Sherrard achieving the top price of 3400gns. Sired by Logie Durno Senator, he heads across the water to Huw Roberts, Ruthin, Wales.
The Hollylodge Flock of MConnell Brothers had avery good day’s trade selling to a top of 3200gns. This smart Loanhead Ur the Boy son sold to the Ballyhibbon Flock of Southern breeder Michael Powers. Another Hollylodge ram, this one sired by Edstaston San Miguel, also went to a Southern breeder Liam Woods for 1100gns. The Hollylodge pen averaging 1075gns for six sold.
The Springhill Flock of Graham Foster sold his top to Donegal breeder John McCafferty for 2100gns. This ram sired by Logie Durno Untouchable and out of a Rhaeadr dam. Another two lots from this pen sold for 1000gns. Springhill Vibrant, another Untouchable son, sold to a County Fermanagh breeder and a Rhaeadr Undercover son sold to Ben Radley, Scotland. The Springhill pen averaged 1016gns for six sold.
Norman McMordie sold his top at 1300gns, an Edstaston Ultravox son selling to James Andrews, Ayr, Scotland. Selling at 1200gns to County Clare breeder was a Rockdale Tornado sired ram. Two other rams from this pen sold for 1000gns, another Tornado son selling to County Fermanagh and an Edstaston Ultravox son selling to County Donegal. The Riverdale pen averaged 1030gns for five.
Top priced shearling was presented by the Aghavilly pen of Glenn Baird. This stylish shearling sired by Artnagullion Tornado and out of a Loanhead dam selling for 850gns.
The top priced female heads across the water to Tom Newth, Somerset, an Aldby Tyson ewe lamb presented by Alistair Moore sold for 980gns.
David Anderson sold his top ewe lamb to the Springhill Flock of Graham Foster, a Robleston Superman daughter selling for 950gns.
Nine shearlings averaged 533gns
54 ram lambs averaged 743gns
19 ewe lambs averaged 577gns
A huge thanks must go to the Wylie Family and the staff at Dungannon Market for the professional manner in which they carried out the sale ensuring that all regulations were complied with and as little disruption as possible.
The next Charollais ram sale will be in Ballymena on Monday evening August 31.