There was a brisk trade for Charolais bulls at Dungannon on the 25th May when 19 bulls sold to an average of £3023 and a top price of 5,600gns with a clearance rate of 86%.
The top price of 5,600gns went to Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry for his supreme and male champion Coolnaslee Jenson. This 16 month old son of the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend and out of a homebred dam going back to the 14,000gns Allanfauld Superscot was purchased by James Richardson, Annaghmore, Co Armagh.
From the same vendor was another Maerdy Fiend son, the 15 month old Coolnaslee Josh who had claimed the junior male championship earlier in the day. He sold to RD Armstrong, Lisburn, Co Antrim for 4,000gns.
Next, selling to R Pedlow from Lurgan, Co Armagh for 3,700gns came the reserve junior male champion, 13 month old 16,000gns Blackford Dynamite son Killadeas Jonny, exhibited by Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, Co Fermanagh.
The same purchaser also bought the 17 month old reserve supreme champion Innisrush Igor TI +44 SRI +39 for 3,400gns. Exhibited by William Whyte of Portglenone, Co Antrim Igor is sired by Lochend Apache and out of a homebred dam going back to Doonally New.
Cappagh James sold for 3,500gns to Aiden Hughes, Dungannon, Co Tyrone. This 13 month old Blelack Dynamite son came from Robin and Agnes Todd, Corbet, Co Down.
Next being purchased for 2,900gns by James McDowell, Magherfelt, Co Derry was the 19 month old class winner Corryglass Iceberg TI +52 SRI +46 sired by Blelack Digger and exhibited by Brian Phair, Letterbreen, Co Fermanagh.
Two bulls were purchased for 2,800gns. Liam Johnston, Tempo, Co Fermanagh was the first with Mountain Jack. This 16 month old Lisbawn Valour son went to Gregory Birney, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh. Then a 15 month old Goldies Eddy son Solitude Justthejob TI +51 SRI +44, from John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down sold to JHS Fraser, Belfast, Co Antrim for the same price.
A bid of 2,700gns secured Dartonhall Imperial for William McMaster, Carvagh, Co Derry. Bred and exhibited by John Erskine, Killylea, Co Armagh, Imperial is a 17 month old by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.
Next up at 2,600gns from Patrick Grue, Kilturk, Co Fermanagh was Knoxwell Jack, a 16 month old son of the 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi, he was purchased by B Allison, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone.
Three bulls sold for 2,500gns each. First up was the 16 month old Toberlane Invincible from William Causey, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, sired by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat, he was knocked down sold to RW Gourley, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
Next purchased at the same price by Paula Cullen, Coleisland, Co Tyrone was Kiltybane Jake. This 16 month old son of the 19,000gns Corrie Alan was bred and exhibited by Seamus Bellew, Cullyhanna, Co Down.
The final call of 2,500gns was made by Andrew Bailie, Newry, Co Down for Coolnaslee Jupiter from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. A 15 month old, Jupiter is by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite.
The female trade was led at 2,800gns by the class winner Moorlough Impulse, a 22 month old by Corrie Alan and out of a homebred dam going back to the 18,000gns Fury Action, she was sold in calf. Bred and exhibited by James McBride, Strabane, Co Tyrone she sold to A O’Kane, Ballykelly, Co Londonderry.
Finally at 2,300gns was Dartonhall Isla from John Erskine, Killylea, Co Armagh and purchased by William Harron, Crumlin, Co Antrim. This 18 month old is sired by Dartonhall Golddigger.
Averages: 19 bulls £3,023, two females £2677.50
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Charolais Showing Class Results
Class 1 – Bulls born 14/07/13 -08/10/13
1st: Corryglass Iceberg owned By Brian Phair
Class 2 – Bulls born 10/10/13 – 31/12/13
1st: Innishrush Igor ET owned by W Whyte
2nd: Dartonhall Imperial owned by John Erskine
3rd: Toberlane Invincible owned by W Causey
Class 3 – Bulls born 12/01/14 – 30/01/14
1st: Coolnaslee Jenson owned by G J Crawford
2nd: Mountain Jack owned by Liam Johnston
3rd: Coolnaslee Jupiter owned by G J Crawford
Class 4 – Bulls born 01/02/14 – 20/02/14
1st: Coolnaslee Josh owned by G J Crawford
2nd: Derrygiff Jester owned by K S Brady
3rd: Solitude Justthejob ET owned by J & W McMordie
Class 5 – Bulls born 08/03/14 – 01/05/14
1st: Killadeas Jonny owned by S & D Bothwell
2nd: Cappagh James owned by R & Mrs A Todd
3rd: Drumconnis Juno owned by John McGrath
Class 6 – Females born 03/03/13 – 14/11/14
1st: Moorlough Impulse owned by James McBride
2nd: Dartonhall Isla owned by John Erskine
3rd: Silverbridge Isbel owned by WJJ Brown
Class 7 – Females born 26/01/14 – 23/07/14
1st: Tonnaghmore Jasmine owned by H & K Crawford
2nd: Tonnaghmore Juliet owned by H & K Crawford
3rd: Tonnaghmore Julia owned by H & K Crawford
Female Champion: Tonnaghmore Jasmine owned by H & K Crawford
Res. Female Champion: Tonnaghmore Juliet owned by H & K Crawford
Senior Male Champion: Coolnaslee Jenson owned by G J Crawford
Res. Senior Male Champion: Innishrush Igor ET owned by W Whyte
Junior Male Champion: Coolnaslee Josh owned by G J Crawford
Res. Junior Male Champion: Killadeas Jonny owned by S & D Bothwell
Male Champion: Coolnaslee Jenson owned by G J Crawford
Res. Male Champion Innishrush Igor ET owned by W Whyte
Supreme Champion in Show: Coolnaslee Jenson owned by G J Crawford receives the Elmpark Cup
Res. Supreme Champion: Innishrush Igor ET owned by W Whyte
We are indebted to our sponsor Moore Concrete Ballymena representative Jeff Haslett for giving up his time to attend the show and sale. We would like to thank the staff at Dungannon Mart for their assistance with this sale. To our judge Paul Kingham Cullaville herd for judging the classes and championships and to all who supported us at the sale.