November 2017

November 23, 2017 Pedigree Calf Fair Beef Expo Northern Ireland

This year’s Pedigree Calf Fair was held at Balmoral showground on Saturday 18 November and Councilman Neil Blyth from Elwick, Cleveland travelled over the water to judge the Charolais classes.

Senior Champion Hollywell Mojito and Reserve Senior Champion Currins Maddie with sponsor MSD Bovipast RSP and judge Neil Blyth

Senior Champion Hollywell Mojito and Reserve Senior Champion Currins Maddie with sponsor MSD Bovipast RSP and judge Neil Blyth

The senior championship was won by the 14-month-old Hollywell Mojito from John and Sandra Middleton, Upper Creevagh, Co Derry. Mojito is sired by the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and out of the Doonally Nicefor-sired Hollywell Harriet. Placing in reserve was an entry from Josh Armstrong, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh. Currins Maddie is a November-2016-born son of Goldstar Echo and Drumlone Jasmine who goes back to Doonally New.

Junior Champion Brigadoon Newman

Junior Champion Brigadoon Newman

Both the champion and reserve in the junior section were won by the Connolly family, Ballynahinch, Co Down. Their champion was the seven-month-old Brigadoon Newman who is out of the Royal Captain-sired Brigadoon Icequeen and their reserve Brigadoon Nova is out of Brigadoon Felicity who is sired by the 18,000gns Sackville Claudius. Both entries are sired by the 10,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion, Goldies Icon.

Reserve Junior Champion Brigadoon Nova

Reserve Junior Champion Brigadoon Nova

Class Results

Class 31 – Bull, born on or between 01/09/16 & 31/12/16
1st – J&S Middleton – Hollywell Mojito – s. Thrunton Fairfax
2nd – S&D Bothwell – Killadeas Matador – s. Blelack Digger
3rd – R McWilliams – Stranagone Makemyday – s. Stranagone Jones

Class 32 – Heifer, born on or between 01/09/16 & 31/12/16
1st – J Armstrong – Currins Maddie – s. Goldstar Echo
2nd – A Richardson – Hillviewfarm Margaret – s. Blelack Digger

Class 33 – Bull, born on or between 01/01/17 & 31/03/17
1st – N&G Matchett – Birches Nutcracker – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
2nd – S Bradley – Slievemore Native – s. Thrunton Bonjovi
3rd – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Notorious – s. Goldies Icon

Class 34 – Heifer, born on or between 01/01/17 & 31/03/17
1st – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nevada – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nyoka – s. Goldies Icon
3rd – Kenneth Veitch – Drumlone Nancy ET – s. Major

Class 35 – Bull Calf, born after 01/04/17
1st – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Newman – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – S&D Bothwell – Killadeas National – s. Gwenog Braveheart
3rd – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nemesis – s. Brampton Petition

Class 36 – Heifer Calf, born after 01/04/17
1st – WD&JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nova – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – N&G Matchett – Birches Nancy – s. Doonally New
3rd – A Richardson – Hillviewfarm Naughtygirl – s. Blelack Digger


November 18, 2017 Mountain Tops Carlisle Charolais

A small but high-quality offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 5,500gns and an average of £3,304, for the 15 bulls sold at Borderway Mart for the breeds last official sale of the year on Friday 17 November. The clearance rate was up by 18% on the year, continuing the trend that has been consistent throughout every one of this year’s Society sales.

Whitecliffe Mountain - 5,500gns - Top price & Reserve Supreme Champion

Whitecliffe Mountain – 5,500gns – Top price & Reserve Supreme Champion

The trade topper at 5,500gns was the reserve supreme and reserve male champion from breeders Mark and Jane Hayhurst, Kirbymisperton, North Yorkshire. The 18-month-old Whitecliffe Mountain is sired by the home-bred Whitecliffe Highlight and out of Whitecliffe Harriete, who goes back to the 38,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Goldies Champion and was purchased by G McClanachan and Sons, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire. A delighted Jane said that “He was a great calf out of Whitecliffe Highlight who is producing progeny perfect for meeting todays market specifications. His homebred sons have sold to 6,200gns this year through the ring, are selling just as well from home and he is producing well on other farms too through AI sales. We also use him on our sucklers and his first commercial progeny sold this spring at just over 12 months old. One went to ABP at 12 months and nine days, with a dead weight of 446kg and making a total of £1498, while another sold live at 800kg, five days younger for £1450”.

Bassett Magnet - 5,400gns

Bassett Magnet – 5,400gns

Next and selling for 5,400gns to PL Heard, Okehampton, Devon, was the February-2016-born, yellow ticket winner Bassett Magnet, from Jean Atkinson, Malton, North Yorkshire. His sire is Bassett Inspector and his dam Bassett Dolly is sired by the Northumberland-bred Thrunton Troubadore.

Glenbuck Mint - 5,200gns - Supreme Champion

Glenbuck Mint – 5,200gns – Supreme Champion

Following on at 5,200gns was Glenbuck Mint ET who had been selected by Judge Eimear McGovern as the day’s supreme and male champion. The 22-year-old Eimear travelled over from Clogher, Co Tyrone, with a film crew who have been filming the McGovern family throughout the year for the up-coming TV show Rare Breed – A Farming Year, which will be aired on UTV and TV3 in Northern Ireland from January, and will also available on ITV player. She commented “I feel very honoured to be asked to judge here today and chose Mint as Champion for his power, shape and locomotion”. The 19-month-old Major-sired Mint, whose dam Yambo Hanora who goes back to Doonally New was snapped up by AJ Ewing, Annan, Dumfriesshire, from breeders and exhibitors Robin and Damien O’Mullan, Rasharkin, Co Antrim.

Holstead Lottie - 3,800gns - Reserve Female Champion

Holstead Lottie – 3,800gns – Reserve Female Champion

Heading up the female section at 3,800gns was the reserve female champion from Fred, June and Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire. The September-2015-born Holtstead Lottie, is sired by Balthayock Hamish and out of the Royal Show senior male champion Gretnahouse Archangel-sired Thrunton Debutante. She was purchased in-calf by David Hazell, Bicester, Oxfordshire.

Also in the money for the Andrews family was a cow and calf outfit selling for 3,700gns to JR Germany, Coltishall, Norfolk, having been placed second in their class earlier at the pre-sale show. Mother Holtstead Imagine, who was crowned breed junior champion at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2014, is a 2013-born daughter of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal and Holstead Veronique, who goes back to 10,500gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Gretnahouse Noel, and her 3-month-old daughter Holtstead Nigella is sired by Goldies Eddy.

As an added feature of the sale there were drafts from three Charolais herds. The first was the Gretnahouse herd of Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire, whose heifers took the fancy of aforementioned David Hazell from Bicester, who managed to bag four out of the five on offer. The highest priced at 2,400gns, was the June-2016-born Gretnahouse Mulona, whose breeding includes the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and the homebred Gretnahouse Fulona who in-turn is sired by the 25,000gns Perth senior champion Thrunton Camelot.

Then D Smith and sons, Mauchline, Ayrshire offered four cow and calf pairs. The top priced at 2,200gns was a mother and daughter set, Lawersbridge Hope and Lawersbridge Nettle. Hope is a daughter of herd sire Smithston Elite and Redheughs Essex who goes back to the Northern Ireland National Charolais Show reserve male champion Glencoe Vision, while her daughter Nettle is sired by the Dumfries Show male champion Lawersbridge Iceberg. Both travel on to Balerno, Mid Lothian with purchasers Messrs Wardlaw.

Finally, there was a major reduction from the Ashby herd of David and Carol Noton, Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Their top priced was Ashby Lucy, who is an October-2015 born daughter of Blelack Digger and the Clyth Diplomat-sired Ashby Hyacinth, she also purchased by David Hazell, this time for 2,500gns.

Averages: 15 Bulls £3,304; two cow and calves £3,203; two heifers £2,730; five Gretnahouse heifers £2,331; four Lawersbridge cow and calves £2,021; five Ashby cow and calves £2,079; one Ashby cow £1,890, three Ashby heifers £1,820.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

completed sale catalogue

Show Results

Supreme & Male Champion
R and Damien O’Mullan – Glenbuck Mint ET – s. Major
Reserve Supreme & Reserve Male Champion
M & J Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Mountain – s. Whitecliffe Highlight

Female Champion
D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Heidi – s. Blelack Digger
Reserve Female Champion
F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Lottie – s. Balthayock Hamish

Class One – Bulls born on or between 30/05/15 and 10/01/16
1st – MR McCornick – McCornick Morpheus – s. Thrunton Hermes
2nd – W Richardson & Sons – Laverock Logo – s. Cottage Devon
3rd – Hackleton Farms – Hackleton Manwell – s. Thrunton Doubletop

Class Two – Bulls born on or between 28/01/2016 and 31/03/16
1st – Jenny & John Rix – Wissington Mercedes – s. Thrunton Hammerstein
2nd – JD Leavesley – Tutbury Mecedes – s. Esgob Ferrari
3rd – Jean Atkinson – Bassett Magnet – s. Bassett Inspector

Class Three – Bulls born on or between 01/04/16 and 22/04/16
1st – R and Damien O’Mullan – Glenbuck Mint ET – s. Major
2nd – Ouston Farms – Ravensworth Max – s. Doonally New
3rd – JHC Campbell & Son – Thrunton Midas – s. Thrunton Gladiator

Class Four – Bulls born on or after 24/04/16
1st – M & J Hayhurst – Whitecliffe Mountain – s. Whitecliffe Highlight
2nd – JD Leavesley – Tutbury Matlock – s. Esgob Ferrari
3rd – Jean Atkinson – Bassett Monsoon – s. Bassett Inspector

Class Five – Cows served and/or suckling
1st – D Smith & Sons – Lawersbridge Heidi – s. Blelack Digger
2nd F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Imagine – s. Newhouse Bigal

Class Six – Served/Maiden Heifers
1st – F, J & EC Andrews – Holtstead Lottie – s. Balthayock Hamish
2nd – D Smith & Son – Lawersbridge Lulu – s. Lawersbridge Ferocious


November 13, 2017 Stars of the Future 2017 Results

Reserve Continental Senior Champion - Falleninch Mars

Reserve Continental Senior Champion – Falleninch Mars

Reserve Continental Senior Champion, Charolais Senior Champion & Charolais Senior Male Champion
Andrew Hornall – Falleninch Mars – s. Fairway Jefferson

Formakin Narvana

Reserve Continental Junior Champion – Formakin Narvana

Reserve Continental Junior Champion, Charolais Junior Champion & Charolais Junior Female Champion
McMurrich Partnership – Formakin Nirvana – s. Cyrano

Allanfauld Napoleon

Reserve Junior Champion – Allanfauld Napoleon

Reserve Charolais Junior Champion & Charolais Junior Male Champion
A MacGregor Ltd – Allanfauld Napoleon – s. Dingle Hofmeister

Reserve Charolais Junior Female Champion
J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Neena – s. Goldies Decider

Reserve Charolais Junior Male Champion
Mr DM Lyle – Loganbar Northwest – s. Westcarse Jumbo

Reserve Senior Champion - Blackford Monarch

Reserve Senior Champion – Blackford Monarch

Reserve Charolais Senior Champion
J & J Graham – Blackford Monarch – s. Clyth Diplomat

Charolais Senior Female Champion
G Russell – Lesliepark Molly – s. Barnsford Ferny

Reserve Charolais Senior Female Champion
J Morris – Olrig Minny – s. Blelack Blackberet

Class 16 – Charolais Heifers born 1st March to 4th May 2017
1st – Mr T Atkinson – Balbithan Nabraska – s. Davally Illusion
2nd – J & E Wight – Midshield Nadia – s. Blelack Jerrylee
3rd – MR McCornick – McCornick Nutella – s. Balmyle Jupiter

Class 15 – Charolais Heifers born 2nd January to 12th February 2017
1st – McMurrich Partnership – Formakin Nirvana – s. Cyrano
2nd – J Watson & Co – Tweeddale Neena – s. Goldies Decider
3rd – RA Milne – Elgin Nancy – s. Woodpark Elgin

Class 14 – Charolais Bulls born 1st Jan to 18th May 2017
1st – A MacGregor Ltd – Allanfauld Napoleon – s. Dingle Hofmeister
2nd – Mr DM Lyle – Loganbar Northwest – s. Westcarse Jumbo
3rd – RA Milne – Elgin Neuer – s. Woodpark Elgin

Class 13 – Charolais Heifers born 24th October to 24th December 2016
1st – J Morris – Olrig Minny – s. Blelack Blackberet
2nd – Mr G Russell – Lesliepark Maggie – s. Mandela Dillon1
3rd – DM Lyle – Loganbar Muriel – s. Westcarse Jumbo

Class 12 – Charolais Heifers born 2nd July to 21st Sept 2016
1st – G Russell – Lesliepark Molly – s. Barnsford Ferny
2nd – Mr DM Lyle – Loganbar Madame – s. Bostonia Invincible
3rd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Marie – s. Kilbline 1 Intigator

Class 11 – Charolais Bulls born 8th October to 25th December 2016
1st – J & J Graham – Blackford Monarch – s. Clyth Diplomat
2nd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Mover – s. Blelack Giggsey
3rd – J Morris Esq – Olrig Montblanc – s. Blelack Blackberet

Class 10 – Charolais Bulls born 20th July to 2nd Sept 2016
1st – Andrew Hornall – Falleninch Mars – s. Fairway Jefferson
2nd – J Irvine & Son – Inverlochy Morgan – s. Kilbline 1 Intigator
3rd – Mr D Thornley – Dooley Matador – s. Davally Igolo


November 11, 2017 Charolais averages and clearance rates continue to rise

A combination of pedigree and commercial interest saw a flying trade of Charolais bulls at Welshpool on Thursday 9 November. Bidding peaked at 7,200gns, while 13 lots traded at 5,000gns and above. The 43 bulls sold averaged £4444.19, an increase on last year of £588 and clearance rates were also up on the year by an incredible 31% to 84%, proving that the demand for Charolais bulls is on the rise.

Society CEO Peter Phythian commented, “We are delighted that Charolais trade is going from strength to strength, with every Society sale this year improving on numbers sold and average prices. The commercial producers were out in force today looking to secure a Charolais bull so that they can capitalise on the recent trend in the store markets where Charolais sired suckler calves are topping the markets on weight for age”.

Top Price & Reserve Champion Cliftonpark Madoc - 7,200gns

Top Price & Reserve Champion Cliftonpark Madoc – 7,200gns

The sale leader at 7,200gns was the reserve champion Cliftonpark Madoc from Mrs JM Robinson, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. The March-2016-born Madoc is sired by the French bred Rosanna Fameux and out of the homebred dam Cliftonpark Irish, who goes back to the 10,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Thrunton Bravado. He was purchased by Messrs P and M Davies, Sennybridge, Powys.

Moelfre Maestro - 7,000gns

Moelfre Maestro – 7,000gns

Close behind at 7,000gns and the first of three to sell for breeder and exhibitor Kevin Thomas, Capel Iwan, Dyfed – whose sales averaged £6,300 – was the 18-month-old Moelfre Maestro. Maestro who was purchased by E Jones, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, is the first bull to sell by the 12,500gns Balmyle Impression, whose daughters have been retained, while the dam is the Gretnahouse Vigorous-sired Moelfre Dollar.

Moelfre Major - 6400gns

Moelfre Major – 6400gns

Also in the money for Mr Thomas was the yellow-ticket winner and April-2016-born Moelfre Major. Another son of herd sire Impression, this time out of Moelfre Ianna who in-turn is sired by the 16,000gns Royal Welsh show reserve male champion Anside Foreman, he was purchased by B Bayliss and Co, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire for 6,400gns.

Esgob Magnumgold - 6,800gns

Esgob Magnumgold – 6,800gns

Securing 6,800gns was the April-2016-born Esgob Magnumgold, who was one of three bulls to top his class in the pre-sale show, for breeder and consigner Gareth Jones, Bala, Gwynedd, who went on to sell all three for an average price of £6,055. Staying local when snapped up by J Roberts, Bala, Gwynedd, Magnumgold is sired by Alwent Goldbar and his dam Esgob Gold is a former Royal Welsh Show junior female champion by the 26,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Anside Excalibur.

Esgob Mint - 5,500gns

Esgob Mint – 5,500gns

Mr Jones next highest priced offering was the red-ticket-winning Esgob Mint, who is out of another Anside Excalibur daughter, Esgob Impulse and sired by Goldies Eddy. IW Roberts, Dolwyddelan, Conwy was the purchaser of this 17-month-old at 5,500gns.

Hendy Majestic - 6,000gns

Hendy Majestic – 6,000gns

Four bulls were knocked down at 6,000gns a piece, with the first coming from JAW Rees, Llanidloes, Powys. TJ and DA Stephens, Neath, West Glamorgan, were the last men in on the March-2016-born Hendy Majestic, who is sired by Tullygarley Rollerball and out of Hendy Topsy who goes back to Balthayock Matthew.

Champion Seawell Merlo - 6,000gns

Champion Seawell Merlo – 6,000gns

Another to bring 6,000gns when chapped down to TN Lightfoot, Callington, Cornwall, was Peter and Sheelagh Donger’s supreme champion Seawell Merlo. The 19-month-old Merlo is a son of the French bred Maerdy Flambeau and Seawell Creative who in-turn is sired by the renowned Irish AI bull Doonally New.

Maerdy Myfanwy - 6,000gns

Maerdy Myfanwy – 6,000gns

Also selling for a 6,000gns ticket price was the April-2016-born Maerdy Myfanwy who was snapped up by DT Edwards and Co, Trecastle, Powys. The breeding here includes sire the French bred Maerdy Gouverneur and dam Maerdy Glorious, a daughter of the Irish National Show champion Baladin. Myfanwy placed second in his class for breeder and exhibitor, Flintshire Vet Esmor Evans, who had a successful show also securing first and third places for his other entries.

Maerdy Morlo - 6,000gns

Maerdy Morlo – 6,000gns

Equalling the 6,000gns price tag for Mr Evans was the 17-month-old, yellow ticket winner, Maerdy Morlo, who was purchased by Simon and Suzanne Frost, owners of his sire Vexour Freddy. Simon who runs a 125-spring-calving suckler herd in Bakewell, Derbyshire, did his homework before visiting the sale and selects his bulls very carefully on EBV’s as well as looks commented that, “He has an undoubtedly superior carcase and he has out-scanned his intermediate figures”. Morlo’s dam Maerdy Gwin is sired by the proven high performing short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger.

Caylers Maverick - 5,600gns

Caylers Maverick – 5,600gns

Commanding a 5,600gns bid from Tynybryn Farms, Tregynon, Powys, was the April-2016-born Caylers Maverick. Sired by the Irish bred Rosanne Jupiter and out of the Maerdy Uniroyal sired Caylers Ella, Maverick was bred and exhibited by the Barker family of Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire.

Teme Magnum - 5,500gns

Teme Magnum – 5,500gns

Next in the trade stakes at 5,500gns was a 16-month-old bull offered by the Corbett family, Felindre, Powys, and purchased by Messrs Evans, Pwllhelli, Gwynedd. Teme Magnum who had been tapped out second in his class at the pre-sale show, boasts some top-class pedigree breeding behind him. His sire is the 70,000gns Royal Welsh supreme champion Barnsford Ferny, while his dam Pedr Indigo – who can count breed champion awards at both the Shropshire and Oswestry show amongst her many ring successes – is sired by the 12,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Thrunton Classic.

The females on offer met with a ready trade, with all six finding new homes and averaging £2,826.25. Leading the bids at 4,000gns was the female champion from Gerwyn Jones, Nebo, Conwy.
The March-2015-born Graiggoch Lucy, is a daughter of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat and the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion Mowbraypark Orlando sired Thrunton Starband. She was purchased by Kevin Thomas who was in the mood to spend after doing so well with his bull sales earlier in the day.

The 18-month-old reserve female champion from EH Pennie and Son, Montgomery, Powys was next in the trade stakes at 3,100gns. Sarkley Marianna who was purchased by T Rich, Mold, Flintshire, is sired by Lisnagre Hansome and out of Sarkley Brianna who goes back to Roundhill Rocky.

Finishing off the female trade and trading for 2,700gns apiece, were a pair of two-year-old Anside Excalibur daughters, bred and exhibited by the aforementioned Gareth Jones. Esgob Lollypop and Esgob Lea who sold served to the 12,000gns Caylers Hustler, both took the fancy of Mr D Owen and went on home with him to Aberdovey, Gwynedd.

Averages: 43 bulls: £4,444.19; six heifers: £2,826.25
Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales
Show Judge: James Kimber, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Completed sale catalogue

Show Results

Supreme Champion
PM & SM Donger – Seawell Merlo – s. Maerdy Flambeau

Reserve Supreme Champion
Mrs JM Robinson – Cliftonpark Madoc – s. Rosanna Fameux

Female Champion
Mr G Jones – Graiggoch Lucy ET – s. Clyth Diplomat

Reserve Female Champion
EH Pennie & Son – Sarkley Marianna – s. Lisnagre Hansome

Class One – Bulls born between 15/12/15 – 26/2/16
1 – JC Bostock & Son – Roundshill Magnificent – s. Allanfauld Vagabond
2 – Caylers Charolais – Caylers McCarthy – s. Thrunton Goldeneye
3 – PM & SM Donger – Seawell Marillion – s. Coolnaslee Ivanhoe

Class Two – Bulls born between 02/03/16 – 27/03/16
1 – PM & SM Donger – Seawell Merlo – s. Maerdy Flambeau
2 – Mrs JM Robinson – Cliftonpark Madoc – s. Rosanna Fameux
3 – G Jones & Son – Tynddol Moses – s. Alwent Goldbar

Class Three – Bulls born between 02/04/16 – 14/04/16
1 – Mr GM Jones – Esgob Magnumgold – s. Alwent Goldbar
2 – PM & SM Donger – Seawell Muir – s. Alsnow Euro
3 – Mrs A Orr-Ewing – Foxacre Memnon – s. Wesley Forceful

Class Four – Bulls born between 15/04/16 – 28/04/16
1 – Mr GM Jones – Esgob Marlon – s. Oldstone Egbert
2 – Mr DE Evans – Maerdy Fyfanwy – s. Maerdy Gouverneur
3 – Mr KJ Thomas – Moelfre Major – s. Balmyle Impression

Class Five – Bulls born between 01/05/16 – 20/05/16
1 – PM & SM Donger – Seawell Mann – s. Culla Highflyer
2 – Roberts & Jones – Montgomery Major – s. Balmyle Harlequin
3 – C & R Currell – Solo Master – s. Nibheath Thoroid

Class Six – Bulls born between 26/05/16 – 30/06/16
1 – Mr GM Jones – Esgob Mint – s. Goldies Eddy
2 – Mrs SM Corbett & Daughters – Teme Magnum – s. Barnsford Ferny
3 – DE Evans – Maerdy Morlo – s. Vexour Freddy

Class Seven – Bulls born between 17/07/16 – 22/09/16
1 – DE Evans – Maerdy Midleson – s. Maerdy Heracles
2 – RA Owen – Trefaldwyn Monacle – s. Goldies Eddy
3 – RA Owen – Trefaldwyn Merlot – s. Goldies Eddy


November 4, 2017 Dungannon 3 November 2017

Record breaking Charolais female trade at Dungannon

A bumper show of Charolais backed by soaring demand produced a record breaking trade at Dungannon on Friday 3 November, at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club Autumn sale. Bidding peaked at 8,000gns in both the male and female sections and 26 bulls sold to an average of £3,428.65. The 8,000gns secured for the trade topping female Battleford Lola is a Charolais sale centre record.

Leading the bids for the bulls at 8,000gns was the May-2016-born Mountjoy Morgan, who had been tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show for breeder and consigner Caldwell McAskie, Mountjoy, Co Tyrone. Morgan is sired by the Royal Welsh reserve male champion Montgomery Ianto and is out of the homebred dam Mountjoy Ultra who goes back to Gaer Positive. He goes on to work in Derryhouse, Co Armagh for Messrs McGinnity.

The supreme, male and senior champion Coolnaslee Martin was next in the trade stakes at 6,000gns. He was exhibited by herd manager Stuart Wilson on behalf of his owner and new custodian of the Coolnaslee herd Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry, son of the late Gilbert Crawford. The 17-month-old Martin was snapped up by Seamus Conroy, Tassagh, Co Armagh, and his breeding includes his sire, the 10,000gns Carlisle intermediate champion Ratoary Icebreaker, who is rated amongst the top five percent of the breed for calving ease and dam Coolnaslee Gina who in turn is sired by the Balmoral Show supreme champion Goldies Carnival.

Another entry from Mr Crawford sold for 4,400gns. Coolnaslee Max a June-2016-born son of Ratoary Icebreaker and the Goldies Carnival sired Coolnaslee Honor was purchased by S Windrum, Ballygowan, Co Down.

Commanding a 5,200gns bid from the Rogers Family, Ballynahinch, Co Down, was the reserve senior male champion Sandelford Mason from breeder and exhibitor George Henderson, Revallagh, Co Antrim. The 17-month-old Mason is sired by the 13,000gns Stirling reserve intermediate champion Conval Frank and out of Sandelford Fern, a daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Usher.

Liam Johnston Mountain herd from Tempo, Co Fermanagh was behind the next transaction, when Mountain Magnificent was purchased by Messrs McKeagney, Maghera, Co Derry for 5,000gns. Magnificent who was tapped out third in his class at the pre-sale show, is a 16-month-old son of the Ballymena Show champion Derrygiff Jester and the Oscar sired Derrygiff Clare.

The next highest price of 4,200gns was bid by James Watson, Portadown, Co Armagh for one of the youngest lots of the sale. The 12-month old Brogher Major who stood second in his class earlier in the day for consigner Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh, comes from show-winning breeding, being sired by the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and bred out of the Fintona Show class winner Brogher Gigi who goes back to the 55,000gns Balmoral Show interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo.

Just behind at 4,100gns was the February-2016-born Cunnsallagh Mick from Vincent G Cunningham, Dromore, Co Down. This son of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion Clyth Diplomat and homebred, Pirate sired Cunnsallagh Hermoine attracted a bid from Liam Mullan, Coleraine, Co Tyrone.

Staying local when snapped up by Robert O’Neill, Dunloy, Co Antrim was a yellow ticket winning entry from John Currie, Ballymena, Co Antrim. Tullygarley Marco, a June-2016-born by Davally Illusion and out of the Blakestown Endorse sired Tullygarley Harriet was sold for 3,600gns.

An 18-month-old son of the 10,000gns Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi, bred out of Ballymather Ivy, a Coolnaslee Asprey daughter, was next in the trade stakes at 3,100gns. Ballymather Matrix from Ian Rea, Nutts Corner, Co Antrim was purchased by WJ McClenaghan, Drumreagh, Co Down.

Females

The star of the female section was the two-year-old female champion Battleford Lola ET, who broke the sale centre record for Charolais females when she was knocked down at 8,000gns. This entry from Bartley Finnegan, Moy, Co Tyrone, who is sold in-calf to Blelack Immaculate, will be travelling across the water with her new owner Blair Duffton from Huntly, Aberdeenshire. She is sired by the Black Isle Show champion Lochend Apache and her dam Blelack Usp is sired by the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Royal Show junior male champion Thrunton Socrates.

Attracting a bid of 5,000gns when she was purchased by Clare Ferris, Millisle, Co Down, was the 19-month-old class winner Hillviewfarm Margo from Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh. Margo who is sired by the renowned easy calving and popular Blelack Digger is out of Hillviewfarm Gina who goes back to the 14,000gns Royal Ulster Show junior male champion Killadeas Jack.

The next three entries were all consigned by Robin and Agnes Todd, Corbet, Co Down. Firstly, selling for 2,600gns was the blue-ticket-winning Cappagh Lydia, sold served to Alwent Goldbar, the April-2015-born Lydia, by the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and out of the 14,000gns Goldies Usher daughter Cappagh Esther, caught the eye of David Adams, Portglenone, Co Antrim.

Matching the 2,600gns price tag for the Todd family was the 25-month-old Cappagh Lois, this time going home to Teer, Co Down, with Phelim and Bronagh Caragher. The Blelack Goldenboy sired Lois, whose dam Cappagh Dawn is sired by 15,000gns Carlisle Supreme champion Burradon Talisman ,collected a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show and is sold served to the aforementioned Conval Frank.

Mr and Mrs Todd went on to secure 2,500gns for another 25-month-old Goldenboy daughter, this time out of the Burradon Talisman sired Cappagh Divine. Cappagh Lily who is in-calf to Davally Illusion was purchased by Stephen McGuinness, Greysteel, Co Derry.

The final lot to make 2,500gns was Drumlone Marina, who had placed second in her class for breeder and exhibitor Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh. Micheal McVeigh, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was the man with his hand in the air when the hammer when down on this January-2016-born, Pirate sired daughter of the Irish-born Doon Eleonora, who in turn is sired by the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action.

Averages 26 bulls £3,428.65, 14 heifers £2902.50 Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart Sponsor: Excel Roofing and Cladding Judge: Robert McWilliams, Maghera, Co Derry

Completed sale catalogue

Female Champion, Battleford Lola ET for Barley Finnegan. Sold £8,000

Female Champion, Battleford Lola ET for Barley Finnegan.

Stuat Wilson & Jonathan Crawford with the Senior & Overall Champion of the Show Lot 24 Coolnashee Martin. Sold £6,000

Stuart Wilson & Jonathan Crawford with the Senior & Overall Champion of the Show  Coolnashee Martin.

David Bothwell with Junior Champion & Reserve Overall Champion Killadeas Magnet.

David Bothwell with Junior Champion & Reserve Overall Champion Killadeas Magnet.

Reserve Senior Champion for Gary Henderson with Sanelford Mason. Sold $5,200

Reserve Senior Champion for Gary Henderson with Sandelford Mason.

Reserve Junior Champion, Altnacree Macho with Anthony McGuinness, Jackie Conn & Eoin Kerrigan

Reserve Junior Champion, Altnacree Macho with Anthony McGuinness, Jackie Conn & Eoin Kerrigan

Reserve Female Champion Burnside Miedi for Mcallister & Sons

Reserve Female Champion Burnside Miedi for Mcallister & Sons

HillviewFarm Margo, Junior Heifer Class winner for L.Richardson. Sold £5,200

HillviewFarm Margo, Junior Heifer Class winner for L.Richardson.

Show Results

Supreme Champion, Overall Male Champion & Senior Champion
Mr Crawford – Coolnaslee Martin – s. Ratoary Icebreaker
Reserve Supreme Champion, Reserve Overall Male Champion & Junior Champion
S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Magnet – s. Blackford Dynamite

Reserve Senior Champion
G Henderson – Sandelford Mason – s. Conval Frank
Reserve Junior Champion
O Kerrigan & J Conn – Altnacree Macho – s. Lochend Apache

Female Champion
B Finnegan – Battleford Lola ET – s. Lochend Apache
Reserve Female Champion
B McAllister & Son – Burnside Miedi – s. Brampton Nacodar

Class One – Bulls born between 15/11/15 – 08/04/16
1st – PJ & S O’Kane – Mccaldrick Miller – s. Prime Isac ET
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Mork – s. Goldies Icon
3rd – I Rea – Ballymaher Magnum – s. Thrunton Bonjovi

Class Two – Bulls born between 22/04/16 – 30/05/16
1st
– Caldwell McAskie – Mountjoy Morgan – s. Montgomery Ianto
2nd – A Armstrong – Tanhill Monty ET – s. Elgin Davinci
3rd – KS Brady – Derrygiff Matt – s. Pirate

Class Two – Bulls born between 01/06/16 – 17/06/16
1st
– Mr Crawford – Coolnaslee Martin – s. Ratoary Icebreaker
2nd – G Henderson – Sandelford Mason – s. Conval Frank
3rd – JK Currie – Tullygarley Marco – s. Davally Illusion

Class Three – Bulls born between 22/06/16 – 18/07/16
1st – P Goodwin – Rocknacrieve Milo – s. Tonaghmore Augusto
2nd – Mr G Henderson – Sandelford Mac – s. Conval Frank
3rd – L Johnston – Mountain Magnificent – s. Derrygiff Jester

Class Five – Bulls born between 22/07/16 – 22/08/16
1st
– O Kerrigan & J Conn – Altnacree Macho – s. Lochend Apache
2nd – Devine Brothers – Brownhill Mickyjoebadger – s. Thrunton Voldemort
3rd – Mr & Mrs JA Watson – Cornascriebe Maurice – s. Thrunton Flying Scotsman

Class Six – Bulls born between 04/09/16 – 26/10/16
1st
– S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Magnet – s. Blackford Dynamite
2nd – T Phair – Brogher Major – s. Wesley Equinox
3rd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Material – s Gwenog Braveheart

Class Seven – Females born 17/04/15 – 27/10/15
1st
– B Finnegan – Battleford Lola ET – s. Lochend Apache
2nd – Mr RS & Mrs A Todd – Cappagh Lydia – s. Thrunton Fairfax
3rd – Mr RS & Mrs A Todd – Cappagh Lois – s. Blelack Goldenboy

Class Eight – Females born between 07/11/15 – 12/02/16
1st
– B McAllister & Son – Burnside Miedi – s. Brampton Nacodar
2nd – KC Veitch – Drumlone Marina – s. s. Pirate
3rd – A&O Quigley – Ardmachree Lala – s. Goldies Eddy

Class Nine – Female born between 13/03/16 – 07/08/16
1st – LA Richardson & Sons – Hillviewfarm Margo – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – HC Stubbs & AA Burleigh – Derryharney Molly – s. Davally Illusion
3rd – KC Veitch – Drumlone Miranda – s. Doonally New