March 2016

March 11, 2016 British Charolais breeders respond to commercial demand

Genetic improvement continues for calving ease

British Charolais breeders are continuing to respond to commercial producers’ demands to deliver bulls that leave not only efficient high performance progeny but ones that are easier to calve, according to the Herdbook’s annual Breedplan report.

The Charolais average calving ease direct EBV has increased by 2.0% since 2011 according to the Breedplan genetic evaluation system.

British Charolais Cattle Society chairman, Steve Nesbitt comments: “The Breedplan system has enabled breeders to respond to commercial demand, they have carefully selected their herd’s genetics and following year on year progress, for the first time have resulted in the calving ease direct EBV moving into positive territory.

“What’s more they have been financially rewarded for their efforts. At the Society’s official sale in Stirling last month, bulls within the top 25% for calving ease direct sold for an average £7,291 whilst those in the bottom 25% averaged £5,901.”

He adds: “We are confident that these genetic trends will continue to gain momentum as more progeny come into the system  by the easier calving bulls.”


March 4, 2016 Jack takes Top Spot at Dungannon 4 March 2016

Charolais cattle met with a ready trade in Dungannon on Friday 4 March topping at 4,800gns with 46 lots selling at a clearance rate of 82% and a bull average of £3039.

Trade topper was Ardmachree Jack TI +59 SRI +55, a 16 month old from Aaron Quigley, Macken, Co Fermanagh. This son of Blelack Digger and out of an imported dam was purchased by WE Carson, Ballydargen, Co Down.

Top price Ardmachree Jack 4,800gns

Top price Ardmachree Jack 4,800gns

Next along was another Digger son this time exhibited by John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down. The October 2014-born Solitude Jackpot TI +59 SRI +56 caught the eye of J Kennedy, Downpatrick, Co Down who paid 4,500gns.

Solitude Jackpot 4,500gns

Solitude Jackpot 4,500gns

The McMordie’s also sold another top lot at 3,500gns this time going home to Carryduff, Co Down with C Shaw. Solitude Leopold was a first prize winner and also the youngest bull of the sale. He was sired by Oldstone Egbert and out of Goldstar Guadalupe who was crowned the senior female champion at the Irish National Show.

Class Winner Solitude Leopold 3,500gns

Class Winner Solitude Leopold 3,500gns

The Reserve Supreme Champion Drumlone Jackpot TI +46 SRI +36 was next to sell at 4,200gns and was bred and exhibited by Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh. Jackpot is a 15 month old son of Goldstar Echo and was snapped up by P Brown, Hilltown, Co Down.

Reserve Supreme Champion Drumlone Jackpot 4,200gns

Reserve Supreme Champion Drumlone Jackpot 4,200gns

Knocked down at 4,100gns was the December 2014-born Hillviewfarm Jackson TI +46 SRI +45 sired by Blelack Digger. This lad was offered by Adrian Richardson and Sons, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh and purchased by J O’Connor, Dungiven, Co Derry.

Hillviewfarm Jackson 4,100gns

Hillviewfarm Jackson 4,100gns

The Supreme Champion Corrick Jupiter was the first of two to sell for 4,000gns. He is an 18 month old son of Drummeer Donald who himself was the top priced lot when he sold in 2010 and has also gone on to become the reserve intermediate male champion at Clogher show. Jupiter was bred and exhibited by Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone and was purchased by B Blaney, Cushendall, Co Antrim.

Supreme Champion Corrick Jupiter 4,000gns with Neil McIlwaine, Judge Steven Nesbitt and sponsor Rodney Brown manager of Danske Bank

Supreme Champion Corrick Jupiter 4,000gns with Neil McIlwaine, Judge Steven Nesbitt and sponsor R Brown manager of Danske Bank

From the same vendor came the September 2014-born Blelack Digger son Corrick Jackal TI +49 SRI +51 who was purchased by J Giles, Beragh, Co Tyrone for 3,500gns.

Also going for 4,000gns was the red ticket winner Shaneglish Jaguar purchased by D Patterson, Magerlin, Co Armagh. G Ardis, Craigavon, Co Armagh offered this 19 month old sired by Clonoulty Andraemon.

Class Winner Shaneglish Jaguar 4,000gns

Class Winner Shaneglish Jaguar 4,000gns

Another class winner was next to sell at 3,800gns to H Crawford, Glenarm, Co Antrim. Entered by S and A McKenna, Clogher, Co Tyrone, Ballyoak Jericho is a 16 month old son of the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman.

Will Short, Beragh, Co Tyrone offered the next lot at 3,600gns. The September 2014-born Deeside Gulliver son and blue ticket winner Woodpark Jimbob TI +54 SRI +47 was purchased by J McArthur, Limavady, Co Derry.

Selling for 3,500gns was the reserve senior male champion Brogher Joiner, a May 2014-born Goldies Eddy son. Bred and exhibited by Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh he was purchased by D and B Thornton, Florencecourt, Co Fermanagh.

Reserve Senior Male Champion Brogher Joiner 3,500gns

Reserve Senior Male Champion Brogher Joiner 3,500gns

Just behind at 3,300gns was an entry from William Whyte, Portglenone, Co Antrim. Innishrush Jayjay TI +45 SRI +43, a 17 month old by the 12,000gns Gwenog Banjo went home to Aughnamore, Co Tyrone with T Smith.

Two bulls sold for a 3,100gns price tag and the first to go was another 17 month old, Royaldowns Jaguar TI +48 SRI +47. Mervyn McKeown exhibited this Caithness Foxley son who was knocked down to M Nicholas, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone.

The final bidder at the same price was J Shannon, Ballinaleck, Co Fermanagh. He liked the look of the 13 month old Alwent Goldbar son Corbally Louie who earlier in the day had secured a blue rosette for M Tumelty, Downpatrick, Co Down.

Female Section

Leading the bids for the females at 2,900gns was the female champion Hillviewfarm Justine who was bred and exhibited by Adrian Richardson and Sons, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh. This 23 month old daughter of the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend went home to Garvaghy, Co Tyrone with I Wight.

Female Champion Hillviewfarm Justine 2,900gns

Female Champion Hillviewfarm Justine 2,900gns

Also selling for the same 2,900gns price tag, this time for exhibitor James McBride, Strabane, Co Tyrone was Moorlough Jenna, a March 2014-born sired by the Highland show reserve junior bull Elgin Davinci. Forking out the cash for this one was C Grante, Mullaghbawn, Co Down who went on to buy three more lots.

Moorlough Jenna 2,900gns

Moorlough Jenna 2,900gns

Following on at 2,700gns was the class winner Coolnaslee Jenny. Another daughter of Elgin Davinci bred and exhibited by Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry. WM Whyte, Portglenone, Co Antrim bought this 22 month old.

Mr Crawford carried on his success when he received a bid of 2,500gns for the reserve female champion Coolnaslee Janelle. The May 2014-born sired by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan was snapped up by M Donnolly, Killybarn, Co Tyrone.

Reserve Female Champion Coolnaslee Janelle 2,500gns

Reserve Female Champion Coolnaslee Janelle 2,500gns

Averages: 36 bulls £3039, 10 heifers £2394.

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart

Show Results

Senior Male Champion Burnside Janitor

Senior Male Champion Burnside Janitor

Senior Male Champion
B McAllister – Burnside Janitor – s. Clyth Diplomat
Reserve Senior Male Champion
Trevor Phair – Brogher Joiner – s. Goldies Eddy

Junior Male Champion
C McIlwaine – Corrick Jupiter – s. Drummeer Donald
Reserve Junior Male Champion
Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Jackpot – s. Goldstar Echo

Overall Male Champion
C McIlwaine – Corrick Jupiter – s. Drummeer Donald
Overall Reserve Male Champion
Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Jackpot – s. Goldstar Echo

Female Champion
LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Justine – s. Corrie Alan
Reserve Female Champion
Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Janelle – s. Maerdy Fiend

Supreme Champion
C McIlwaine – Corrick Jupiter – s. Drummeer Donald
Reserve Supreme Champion
Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Jackpot – s. Goldstar Echo

Class One – Bulls born on or between 28/3/2014 & 14/06/2014
1st – B McAllister – Burnside Janitor – s. Clyth Diplomat
2nd – Trevor Phair – Brogher Joiner – s. Goldies Eddy
3rd – JP Pyers – Tullyconnaught Jupiter – s. Blelack Goldenboy
4th – S & A Bellew – Kiltybane Jackpot – s. Kiltybane Highflyer

Class Two – Bulls born on or between 17/06/2014 & 20/07/2014
1st – G Ardis – Shanegish Jaguar – s. Clonoulty Andraemon
2nd – S & A Bellew – Kiltybane Jumper – s. Plexus
3rd – CO McAskie – Mountjoy Jake – s. Alwent Goldbar
4th – Balfour Brothers – Clonatrig Justice – s. Alwent Goldbar

Class Three – Bulls born on or between 02/08/2014 & 29/08/2014
1st – Brian Quinn – Hillview Jock – s. Indurain
2nd – Mr P & Mrs V McDonald – Glencoe Jedi – s. Alwent Goldbar
3rd – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Jerk – s. Maerdy Fiend
4th – Pat Grue – Kilturk Jason – s. Balthazar 85

Class Four – Bulls born on or between 02/09/2014 & 27/09/2014
1st – C McIlwaine – Corrick Jupiter – s. Drummeer Donald
2nd – W Whyte – Innisrush Jayjay – s. Gwenog Banjo
3rd – M McKeown – Royaldowns Jaguar – s. Caithness Foxley
4th – Mr W & Mrs M Nelson – Drumacritten Jacob – s. Corrie Alan

Class Five – Bulls born on or between 29/09/2014 & 28/10/2014
1st – S & A McKenna – Ballyoak Jericho – s. Burradon Talisman
2nd – Will Short – Woodpark Jimbob – s. Deeside Guilliver
3rd – J & W McMordie – Solitude Jackpot – s. Blelack Digger
4th – Will Short – Woodpark Joromino – s. Rumsden Fawkes

Class Six – Bulls born on or between 14/11/2014 & 28/12/2014
1st – Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Jackpot – s. Goldstar Echo
2nd – LA Richardsons & Sons – Hillviewfarm Jackson – s. Blelack Digger
3rd – J McBride – Moorlough Jak – s. Roundhill Doc
4th – John Erskine – Dartonhall Jethro – s. Kilboy Napoleon

Class Seven – Bulls born on or between 01/01/2015 & 14/02/2015
1st – J & W McMordie – Solitude Leopold – s. Oldstone Egbert
2nd – M Tumelty – Corbally Louie – s. Alwent Goldbar

Class Eight – Females born on or between 17/05/2013 & 25/12/2013
1st – John Erskine – Dartonhall Ivonne – s. Prime Roberto

Class Nine – Females born on or between 10/02/2014 & 07/09/2014
1st – LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Justine – s. Corrie Alan
2nd – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Janelle – s. Maerdy Fiend
3rd – J McBride – Moorlough Jenna – s. Clyth Diplomat
4th – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Julie – s. Maerdy Fiend

Class Ten – Females born on or between 09/09/2014 & 17/02/2015
1st – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Jenny – s. Maerdy Fiend
2nd – Gilbert Crawford – Coolnaslee Joy – s. Maerdy Fiend
3rd – LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Jody – s. Thrunton Voldemort

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