May 2018

May 21, 2018 Charolais put on 5 Star Performance at Balmoral Show

There was no doubting the quality on show for the Charolais breed this year.  They took the most sought-after title of the week in the Beef rings – clinching the prestigious title of “Supreme Champions” in Interbreed Group of Five.

The group was led by Drumshane Mademoiselle, who had taken the title of Supreme Charolais Champion earlier in the week, also taking 2nd Reserve in the Interbreed Championship.  Mademoiselle is no stranger at the top of the class, as she took the Junior Championship accolades at the Royal Highland and the Yorkshire show last year.  B & G Feeney from Enniscrone, Co Sligo didn’t hesitate in purchasing her from the Knox family who are originally from Co Fermanagh but now farm in Essex. She was 2 years old in March and is sired by Inverlocky Gurka and Knox’s homebred cow Drumshane Freesia; stockman Darragh McManus for the Bostonia made sure that Mademoiselle was the crowning glory for the Bostonia team who had a superb day across the Charolais classes.

The Charolais reserve champion from the Devine Brothers Brownhill Mo, stood alongside Mademoiselle in the Group of 5. Brownhill Mo, is a July 2016 born daughter of Brownhill Indigo and sired by Maerdy Fiend. Also in the line-up was home-bred Stranagone Jones, exhibited by Robert McWilliams, sired by Blelack Digger.  Making up the group of five was Bessiebell Millie and Bessiebell Molly sired by Newhouse Bigal exhibited by B & G Feeney; purchased from Jack Smyth after taking the Junior Championship honours at last year’s Balmoral show. The Group of Five was judged by Kay Adam, Newhouse of Glamis.

The Charolais breed also took the Reserve Supreme Championship spot in the Group of Three, with Molly and Millie coming together with Newhouse Maxamus newly purchased stockbull, sired by Maerdy Heartthrob for the Brigadoon herd of W D & J A Connolly. The Group of Three was judged by Sharon Bothwell.

The Junior Champion for the day was Brigadoon Nyoka a Goldies Icon daughter bred and exhibited by WD and JA Connolly, having been awarded Junior Female champion, reserve junior female was Gallion Niceone exhibited by Edgar Johnston & Sons, sired by Alwent Goldbar.

It was double honours for Jonathan Crawford in the Male Championship ring taking both the Male Champion and Reserve positions with Coolnaslee Nolan ET sired by Blathayock Justice and Coolnaslee Norton sired by Rotary Icebreaker respectively.  With Nolan taking the Overall Reserve Junior Championship position.

Judge in the Charolais section was Tracey Nicoll who manages the Balthayock Charolais herd in Perthshire, with husband David.  The Balthayock herd is synonymous with the breed and has had significant success across the years, David and Tracey also have their own Dounreay herd.  Tracey was one of 50 ladies invited to judge at the prestigious 150th Royal Ulster Agricultural Society show held for the 6th year at Balmoral Park. Exhibitors from across Northern Ireland put on a bumper display on the day, with entries up on last year.  Alongside many of the regular faces, the NI Club welcomed Andrew McCammond and his daughter Tammy and Leanne Titterington who showed for the first time.  The Bostonia herd also went on to take 3rd prize in the Best Beef Stand awards across all breeds.

There was a huge level of interest in the Charolais breed across the four days of the show, with commentators complimenting the high levels of quality across the classes, with many breeders spending significant time as ringside and in the cattle lines.  The club also attracted much discussion at the breed stand where a superb Charolais Beef display from the Corrie family.

Young breeders also took to the lawns in the Young Showmanship classes with Co Mayo breeders Shannon and Aidan Kinahan and first-time shower Tammy McCammond putting on a great show with their young animals and being placed in the short lead.

The club is indebted to the British Charolais Society the section sponsor and the RUAS; their staff and many committees and sub groups, as well as the farming press for all their hard work in rolling out the Balmoral Showcase.

Full Results

Interbreed Classes

Coolnaslee Nolan

Class 664 – Beef Recorded Bull, continental breed, born on or after 01/01/2017
2nd – Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Nolan ET – s. Balthayock Justice

Class 666 – Beef Recorded Heifer, continental breed, born on or after 01/06/2016
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Maiden – s. Goldies Icon

Breed & Female Champion Drumshane Mademoiselle

Beef Champion of Champions
3rd – Brendan Feeney – Drumshane Mademoiselle – s. Inverlochy Gurkha

Reserve Champion Interbreed continental group of three

Reserve Champion Interbreed Beef Group of Three
Charolais – Newhouse Maximus, Bessiebell Millie ET & Bessiebell Molly

Champion Interbreed Team of Five
Charolais – Stranagone Jones, Brownhill Mo, Drumshane Mademoiselle, Bessiebell Millie ET & Bessiebell Molly

Charolais Classes

Supreme & Reserve Champions Drumshane Mademoiselle & Brownhill Mo

Breed Champion, Female Champion & Best Heifer from classes 593 – 595
Brendan Feeney – Drumshane Mademoiselle – s. Inverlochy Gurkha
Reserve Breed Champion, Reserve Female Champion & Reserve Best Heifer from classes 593 – 595
Martin Devine – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend

Junior Heifer Champion Brigadoon Nyoka with David Connolly & Reserve Junior Heifer Champion Gallion Niceone with Edgar Johnston

Junior Breed Champion & Junior Female Champion
WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nyoka – s. Goldies Icon
Reserve Junior Female Champion
Edgar Johnston & Sons – Gallion Niceone – s. Alwent Goldbar

Male Champion, Junior Male Champion & Reserve Junior Breed Champion Coolnaslee Nolan with Reserve Male & Reserve Junior Male Champion Coolnaslee Norton

Male Champion, Junior Male Champion & Reserve Junior Breed Champion
Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Nolan ET – s. Balthayock Justice
Reserve Male Champion & Reserve Junior Male Champion
Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Norton – s. Ratoary Icebreaker

Junior Champion Brigadoon Nyoka & Reserve Coolnaslee Nolan ET

Best Cow or Cow Heifer
WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lolly – s. Brigadoon Himself
Reserve Best Cow or Cow Heifer
Patrick Gallagher – Rumsden Donegal – s. Corrie Alan

Best Bull Exhibited by a Northern Ireland Charolais Club Member
Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Nolan ET – s. Balthayock Justice

Best Animal Exhibited by a Northern Ireland Charolais Club Member
Martin Devine – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend

Brownhill Mo – Reserve Supreme & Reserve Female Champion owned by Devine Bros

Best Homebred Animal Exhibited by a Northern Ireland Charolais Club Member
Martin Devine – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend

Class 591 – Cow, born before 01/01/2015, in calf or milk having had at least one calf
1st – Patrick Gallagher – Rumsden Donegal – s. Corrie Alan

Brigadoon Lolly

Class 592 – Cow or Heifer, in milk or in calf born in 2015
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lolly – s. Brigadoon Himself
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Lady – s. Brigadoon Himself

Class 593 – Heifer, born on or between 01/01/2016 – 30/06/2016
1st – Brendan Feeney – Drumshane Mademoiselle – s. Inverlochy Gurkha
2nd – Brendan Feeney – Bessiebell Millie ET – s. Newhouse Bigal
3rd – Jonathan Crawford – Balbithan Millie – s. Loganbar Goran

Class 594 – Heifer, born on or between 01/07/2016 – 31/12/2016
1st – Martin Devine – Brownhill Mo – s. Maerdy Fiend
2nd – Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Maid – s. Maerdy Fiend
3rd – Leanne Titterington – Goldstar Matilda – s. Goldstar Echo

Brigadoon Nyoka – Junior Champion

Class 595 – Heifer, born on or after 01/01/2017
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Nyoka – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – Edgar Johnston & Sons – Gallion Niceone – s. Alwent Goldbar
3rd – Barney & Steven O’Kane – Gallaran Nicole – s. Rumsden Fawkes

Class 596 – Bull, born on or before 01/01/2017
1st – Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Jones – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – WD & JA Connolly – Newhouse Maximus – s. Maerdy Hearthrob

Brigadoon Notorious

Class 597 – Bull, born on or between 01/01/2017 – 31/03/2017
1st – WD & JA Connolly – Brigadoon Notorious – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – Robert McWilliams – Stranagone Numberone – s. Stranagone Jones

Coolnaslee Norton

Class 598 – Bull, born on or after 01/04/2017
1st – Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Nolan ET – s. Balthayock Justice
2nd – Jonathan Crawford – Coolnaslee Norton – s. Ratoary Icebreaker
3rd – Patrick Gallagher – Brigadoon Newman – s. Goldies Icon

Group of Three
1st – Brendan Feeney
2nd –  WD & JA Connolly
3rd – Jonathan Crawford

May 14, 2018 Neptune amongst the stars at Carlisle

There was a good trade for Charolais at Carlisle on Saturday 12 May where bidding peaked at 13,000gns, five lots traded at five figure sums and 60 bulls sold to an average of £5,384 – £226 up on the year – with a clearance rate of 80%.

Leading the bids at 13,000gns was a yellow ticket winner from Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire, who also had the day’s leading average of £10,150 for his three bulls. The 13-month-old Balmyle Neptune, who is sired by the 28,000gns Perth supreme champion Brampton Nacodar and out of Balmyle Image, who goes back to the 22,000gns Balthayock Diplomat, was purchased by Will Palmer and Son, Truro, Cornwall.

Balmyle Neptune at 13,000gns

Mr Bruce’s other top price offering was the February 2017-born Balmyle Nugget who had been tapped out first in his class at the pre-sale show and took the fancy of Mark Ross who paid 11,000gns to take him home to Gorebridge, Midlothian. Nugget’s dam Balmyle Juliet is a daughter of the 20,000gns Perth reserve junior champion Balmyle Magnate, while his sire is the 31,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight.

Balmyle Nugget at 11,000gns

A trio of bulls sold for the next highest price of 10,000gns and the first was the class winner Elgin Marvel, a son of the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and the 15,000gns Royal Highland Show reserve supreme champion Edenhurst Cognac-sired Elgin Isobelle. The 18-month-old Marvel was purchased by AJ MacGregor, Lockerbie, Dumfries-shire and offered for sale by breeders Roy and Matthew Milne, Lhanbryde, Elgin.

Elgin Marvel at 10,000gns

The second to sell at the 10,000gns price tag was the reserve supreme and intermediate champion from Archie Macgregor (Allanfauld) Ltd, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Allanfauld Napoleon, who was awarded reserve champion at Stars of the Future Calf Show in November, is a January 2017-born son of the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and out of the home-bred Allanfauld Empress, a daughter of the French-bred Harestone Tyrol. DG McKenzie were the successful bidders and take him home to their Aberdeenshire-based unit.

Allanfauld Napoleon at 10,000gns

Charles McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was the next to purchase a 10,000gns lot. Mornity Nimbus, a 13-month-old from Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Alyth, Perthshire, is by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini and his dam is the Balnuith Universe-sired Mornity Dilly.

Mornity Nimbus at 10,000gns

The blue-ticket winner Caylers Merlin, was the first of three to be knocked down at 9,000gns. The Barker family, Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire, were the consigners of the December 2016-born Merlin, whose breeding includes the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend and Caylers Juniper, a 10,000gns Thrunton Goldeneye daughter. J Nelson, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, was the successful bidder.

Caylers Merlin at 9,000gns

The Barker family had another successful day on the back of their solid trade at Welshpool a fortnight ago and this time traded five lots which averaged £5,775. Their other top priced lot was purchased by J Brown, Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries-shire for 6,000gns. Caylers Nelson, a 13-month-old is sired by the Irish-born Rosanne Jupiter and out of Caylers Gytha who goes back to Thrunton Dominator.

The next 9,000gns lot was presented by Jonathan Watson & Co, Bowsden, Northumberland, who also had a good day selling a total of three to average £6,755. Tweeddale Nenuphar who stood second in his class at the previous day’s show is out of the Tattenhall Impeccable daughter Lakenheath Ellen and is sired by the 14,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Goldies Decider. The 16-month-old Nenuphar, was purchased by A Wallace and Co, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

Tweeddale Nenuphar at 9,000gns

Also making 9,000gns when he was knocked down to father and son Roger and Rodney Gregory, Truro, Cornwall was the supreme and junior champion from Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor, Cheshire. Sportsmans Neptune, is a January 2017-born son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show supreme champion Barnsford Ferny and Sportsmans Heartbeat, a 45,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Express daughter.

Sportsmans Neptune at 9,000gns

The youngest bull lot to sell was the reserve junior champion Silvermere Nolimit from Cornish breeder Michelle Hanson. Nolimit boasts an impressive pedigree being sired by the 16,000gns Royal Welsh Show reserve supreme male champion Anside Foreman, while his dam Rumsden Gamble was a Royal Cornwall Show and National Show supreme champion. This 13-month-old was knocked down to MPB Ashton, Welshpool, Powys for 8,500gns.

Silvermere Nolimit at 8,500gns

Earlier in the sale H Garside and Son, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, paid 7,500gns for Brogher Masterpiece, a November 2016-born, yellow ticket winner offered for sale by Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh. Masterpiece is sired by the proven short gestation and easy calving Blelack Digger and out of the Lyonsdemesne Tzar-sired Brogher Fiona.

Brogher Masterpiece at 7,000gns

Also selling for 7,500gns, this time jointly purchased by Stirlingshire breeders, John Christie and Iain Millar, was the 17-month-old Gretnahouse Ming. A son of the 12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion Wesley Equinox and Blelack Digger daughter Gretnahouse Iusilla, he was bred and exhibited by Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, Dumfries-shire.

Two animals sold for the next highest price of 7,000gns and the first was another from Mr Houston. Gretnahouse Major, who is sired by the 17,000gns Balthayock Gladiator who also bred the 25,000gns Gretnahouse Lord, placed second in his class at the pre-sale show. His dam Gretnahouse Hayesse is a Wesley Equinox daughter and the November 2016-born Major was purchased by A Smellie, Peebles, Roxburghshire.

Gretnahouse Major at 7,000gns

Another to bring 7,000gns when chapped down to George and Sheena Coghill, Birsay, Orkney was Ian and Dorothy Goldie’s reserve senior champion and July 2016-born Solwayfirth Mailman from Cummertrees, Dumfries-shire. Solwayfirth Hannibal is the sire here and his dam Solwayfirth Foxy is by the aforementioned Dingle Hofmeister.

Solwayfirth Mailman at 7,000gns

The Goldies went on to sell three more and averaged £5,381 for the bunch. Their other top priced lot was the November 2016-born class winner Solwayfirth Milo, a son of home-bred couple Solwayfirth Javelin and Solwayfirth Jaylo, who was purchased by the Clints Farming Partnership, Heriot, Midlothian for 6,000gns.

Solwayfirth Milo at 6,000gns

Another from Northumberland breeders Jonathan and Jane Watson was next highest priced at 6,500gns. This time bred out of Blelack Digger daughter Tweeddale Icecream and sired by Balthayock Darcy, the 17-month-old Tweeddale Manwell goes home to work in Crocketford, Dumfries-shire, for the Glenkiln Farm Partnership.

The star of the female section was the 15-month-old Crookdake Nightingale from David and Sharon Miller, Waveton, Cumbria, who not only secured the top price of 4,000gns but was also crowned female champion. Nightingale is by the French-bred Vald’or-Ra and out of Crookdake Diamond, herself sired by the 25,000gns Perth supreme champion and Royal Highland show junior champion Goldies Unbeatable. She was knocked down to Pembrokeshire breeders DR and RL Bowen of Molleston who went on to purchase two more female lots.

Crookdake Nightingale at 4,000gns

Their next purchase at 2,900gns was the reserve female champion Holtstead Misshalfpenny, whose dam is the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter Holtstead Halfpenny and she is sired by Wesley Equinox. The 27-month-old Misshalfpenny was bred and consigned by Fred, June and Emma Andrews, Holmfirth, Yorkshire.

One of Hamish Goldie’s females, Goldies Melissa also caught the eye of the Bowen family. Balthayock Influence is the sire of this 24-month-old and her dam Goldies Angelina goes back to the above-mentioned Goldies Unbeatable.

Also amongst the top priced females at 3,000gns was another entry from the Watson family of Bowsden, Northumberland. Tweeddale Missholly, a 16-month-old by Tweeddale Justthejob and out of the Blelack Blackberet-sired Tweeddale Jemdeholly was purchased by Tom Story, Canonbie, Dumfries-shire.

Averages: 60 bulls £5,383.88; three served heifers £2572.50; 13 maiden heifers £2245.38

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.

Judge: Allen Drysdale


May 8, 2018 Goldies Moonlight tops the Stirling Charolais sale at 9,200gns

Trade held up well at the Charolais Society sale where buyers came out in force to ensure a steady demand which resulted in the averages improving by £815 from last year, at Stirling on Monday 7 May. Bidding peaked at 9,200gns, 15 lots traded at five thousand and above and 27 bulls sold to an average of £5,402 with and 82% clearance rate.

The sale leader was the September 2016-born Goldies Moonlight from the day’s top selling vendor Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire, who sold four bulls averaging £8321.25 apiece. Moonlight is sired by the top performing 15,000gns Gretnahouse Heman, while his Dam Goldies Judy is from same female line as the Stirling February top priced female and champion Goldies Madame who is herself sired by the 34,000gns Perth supreme champion Goldies Uppermost. The successful bidder at 9,200gns was Colin Morrison from Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist.

Goldies-Moonlight at 9200gns

Also in the money at 7,800gns for Mr Goldie was the yellow ticket winner and 18-month-old Goldies Moonbeam who caught the eye of Mr Macintyre, Southend, Argyll. He is the first son for sale by the homebred and retained Goldies Jetset and his dam Goldies Hazel, who goes back to the 12,000gns Goldies Elation has previously bred an 8000gns son.

Goldies Moonbeam at7800gns

Next to sell for Mr Goldie at 7,500gns was Goldies Mercedesbenz who stood second in his class at the pre-sale show. His dam Goldies Irene is a daughter of Blelack Blackberet and he is sired by the short gestation easy calving Goldies Formidable who has bred over 100 progeny into the herd and produced 23,000gns and 26,000gns sons. The November 2016-born Mercedesbenz was purchased by WSL Muir, Stenness, Orkney.

Goldies Michael, the final top price offering from Hamish Goldie, was snapped up for 7,200gns by the Aitken Bros, Linlithgow, West Lothian. Michael is a 19-month-old heifer’s calf by the aforementioned Gretnahouse Heman, his dam Goldies Jean goes back to Goldies Formidable.

Goldies Michael at 7200gns

The days reserve champion came from the JHC Campbell & Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland and is by Thrunton Gladiator who has sired more than 160 progeny into the herd. The June 2016-born Thrunton Maestro, who was purchased for 8,000gns by G Wilson and Son, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, is out of Thrunton Hirondelle who goes back to Thrunton Doubletop.

Thrunton-Maestro at 8000gns

Next from the same vendor was another Gladiator son. Thrunton Monty, a 19-month-old, whose dam Thrunton Amelia is sired by the 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman, was purchased by Lour Farms, Ladenford, Angus, for 5,500gns.

Purchased for 7,500gns by the RSPB, Loch Gruinart Reserve, Isle of Islay, was the 11,000gns Woodpark Elgin son Spittalton Newton. Newton’s, a 15-month-old whose dam Elrick Idelle is a daughter of the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin, was offered for sale by John Burnett and Sons, Blairdrummond, Stirlingshire.

Spittalton-Newton at 7500gns

The next highest price of 6,500gns was paid for Baillieston Mint, a yellow ticket winner from Ronnie Baillie, Toab, Orkney. Sired by the 25,000gns Stirling supreme champion Maerdy Hasse and out of Baillieston Gretel, a 15,000gns Maerdy Deiniol daughter, the May 2016-born Mint was knocked down to Glenpark Farms, Balerno, Midlothian.

Baillieston Mint at 6500gns

Two bulls then came under the hammer for 6,200gns, with the first being a 19-month-old class winner Spittalton Maverick from the aforementioned John Burnett and Sons. Out of the same dam as Newton but this time sired by the 31,000gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Whitecliffe Highlight, he was purchased by C and C Adam, Cushnie, Aberdeenshire.

Spittalton Maverick at 6200gns

Matching the 6,200gns price tag was a November 2016-born entry from Peter and Allen Drysdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Glenericht Manhatten, caught the eye of J and R Mitchell, Auchterarder, Perthshire, is out of the Blelack Digger-sired Glenericht Glamourgirl and by the 15,000gns Highland Show junior beef cattle interbreed champion Maerdy Hwre.

Glenericht Manhattenat 6200gns

T Dun and Sons, Heriot, Mid Lothian, were next to secure a Charolais bull, when they paid 6,000gns to take home the 20-month-old Kersknowe Messiah. The breeding here includes the 20,000gns Stirling supreme champion Inverlochy Fencer and the 13,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Elrick Solution daughter Kersknowe Alana. Messiah who was bred and exhibited by James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburghshire, also secured a yellow ticket at the pre-sale show.

A class winner from Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire, was next up, also selling for 6,000gns. Harestone Macbeth, a 19-month-old who is sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless and out of the Irish-bred Barracks Ulna, goes on to work in Halkirk, Caithness for Alan Mowat and Sons.

Harestone MacBeth at 6000gns

Mr Barclay went on to sell another top priced lot at 5,500gns, this time to W and A Strachan, Millfield, Aberdeenshire. Harestone Marsbar, a July 2016-born son of the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless and the 10,500gns Carlisle reserve supreme champion Gretnahouse Noel daughter Allanfauld Bandana.

Minutes earlier, Aitken Bros, Linlithgow, West Lothian, paid 5,800gns for another of the above-mentioned Ronnie Baillie’s lots. The 22-month-old and blue ticket winner Baillieston Morris, also sired by Maerdy Hasse is out of Baillieston Amy, who goes back to Haymount Royce.

Baillieston-Morris at 5800gns

Also hitting the 5,800gns price tag was the day’s champion from Jim Muirhead, Arbroath, Angus. Firhills Majestic, a 17-month-old who is by the 20,000gns Royal Welsh show supreme champion Maerdy Grenadier, is bred out of the 14,000gns Perth reserve senior champion Goldies Banker-sired Ugie Heidi, and was purchased by June Mackenzie, Boat-Of-Garten, Invernessshire.

Firhills Majestic at 5800gns

Averages: 27 bulls; £5,402
Auctioneers: United Auctions
Judge: Neil Blyth, Elwick, Hartlepool

May 8, 2018 Dungannon Charolais sell to 4,500gns

13 Bulls sold to a top price of 4,500gns and an average of £2,835 at the Northern Ireland Charolais club spring sale at Dungannon on Monday 7 May.

Topping the lots at 4,500gns was a 16-month-old entry from Jonathan Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry, who earlier in the day had been crowned supreme and junior champion in the pre-sale show. Coolnaslee Noel, who is the first son to be sold from the 50,000gns Balthayock Justice, is out of Coolnaslee Hanna, a daughter of the 55,000gns Balmoral interbreed champion Sportsmans Columbo and was purchased by Ian Gouldy, Greyabbey, Co Down.

Junior & overall Male Champion Coolnalsee Noel for Coolnaslee Herd with Judge Ian Rea. Sire: Balthayock Justice. Sold 4,500gns

Next in the trade stakes at 3,600gns and purchased by Nigel Smyth, Randalstown, Co Antrim, was the 14-month-old Dernaseer National, who was bred and exhibited by Dominic Arthurs, Dungannon, Co Tyrone. Bred out of the 18,000gns Perth intermediate champion Fury Action daughter Dernaseer Dorreen, he is sired by Palace Garfield.

The days senior champion came from Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh and sold in a 3,400gns deal. Brogher Master, a November 2016-born son of Vexour Freddy and Brogher Eva, who goes back to Prime Roberto caught the eye of Mr A Loughran, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Senior Champion Brogher Master owned by T Phair with judge Ian Rea and Conor Pahir

Just behind at 3,100gns was the class winner Ovill Neymar. D Brown, Springfield, Co Fermanagh, was the man behind the money on the purchase of this 14-month-old, by popular AI sire Davally Illusion, bred out of the Doonally New-sired Ballymakea Carmel, from the O’Kane Bros, Dungiven, Co Derry.

Class Winner for the O’kane Brothers with Ovill Neymar. Sold 3,100gns

The reserve supreme and reserve junior champion Drumlone Norman was another top priced lot, securing 2,900gns for breeder Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh. The January 2017-born Norman is sired by Goldies Echo and out of Drumlone Hilda who goes back to Oldstone Egbert. He goes on to work in Tempo, Co Fermanagh for Mr C Fee.

Reserve Junior & ; reserve overall Male Champion for Drumlone Norman with Kevin Veitch, Judge Ian Rea & Sponsor Moore Concrete. Sire: Sold 2,900gns

Purchased at 2,500gns by S Murphy, Mullaghbawn, Co Down, was another Balthayock Justice son from the aforementioned Jonathan Crawford. Coolnaslee Moonbeam who stood second in his class earlier in the day, is a November 2016-born son of Sportsmans Columbo daughter Coolnaslee Ganet.

The female section was headed by the female champion and 20-month-old Derryharney Margharita from Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Crummy, Co Fermanagh. Margharita who is sired by the 8,000gns Blelack Blackberet and out of a 19,000gns Doune and Dunblane champion Corrie Alan homebred daughter Derryharney Jamboree, was purchased by George Nelson, Drumacritten, Co Fermanagh.

Averages: 13 Bulls: £2,835; one heifer £2,100
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Judge: Ian Rea, Crumlin, Co Antrim
Sponsor: Moore Concrete

May 1, 2018 Charolais AHDB Live to Dead demonstration

On the 7th March we held our first L2D demonstration courtesy of AHDB and Dunbia Sawley, it was a practical and educational event which allowed members to handle live animals and make assessment of fat cover, conformation using the EUROP grid and carcase weight.

Sue and Steve Powdrill AHDB assessing one of the Charolais cross cattle for finish

We then saw the same animals on the hook in the chillers with the actual classification, so we could compare our assessments made whilst the animals were alive.

Assessing the carcase against the live assessment with David Eden from MLCSL.

After reassessing the carcase’s we were shown the cutting room where all the meat is packed and processed for several different retailers, we then walked the line starting at the stunning box and observed all the operation right through to the independent classification carried out by MLCSL and fridges where the carcases are hung, there was also plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications too.

We discussed the EUROP grids advantages, disadvantages and interestingly an R4L now suits approximately 85% of the markets needs, with 56% of the carcase being minced and a higher percentage of the rounds minced.

One of the key messages that came out of the day was that we need to keep our focus on the width, depth and length of loin the high value cuts, its far more important than producing animals with poor loins and large rounds with the rounds being of less value and possibly minced

Some of the key slides from the day

Prime beef selection | Carcase classification grid

The green area is the key target area for demand with the amber and especially the red less so.


Prime beef selection | Understanding cattle and carcases

An R4L now suits 85% of the markets needs

Finishing cattle


Finishing cattle and the cost to the industry for having over fat cattle, it’s not only an extra cost to the farmers producing fat cattle (and getting penalised for its classification) but a cost to the abattoirs who then must trim the fat off and in some cases valuable joints are having to be minced

On the pictures below, you can see the difference between the two classifications of rib eye with the 5H showing an excess in the Subcutaneous, intramuscular and intermuscular fat levels


Classification R4L

Classification R5H

Liver Fluke

One of the things we discussed was the effect of liver fluke to the industry and here we have an infected condemned liver which is full of fluke this not only hits the daily live weight gains of the animals but costs the industry many £1000’s in livers that are not fit to use.

Injection damage

This was another issue which is costing the industry a lot of money here are two silversides which have been damaged from injecting in the wrong area with dirty needles, the conclusion was its better to inject into the neck muscles with new needles from an animal welfare point and spoiling more expensive cuts of meat.


It was an excellent day both in the classroom and in the abattoir Steve and David from AHDB are good down to earth people who understand the industry and its always great to learn something about the industry we all work in.

A big thankyou to Dunbia Sawley for hosting the event and providing a great buffet dinner.

If you fancy coming along, please give the office a call and we’ll put you on the waitinglist.

Photos courtesy of AHDB