What has been an unpredictable and unprecedented year; COVID-19 has certainly created many challenges to the farming industry, and with restrictions still heavily in place it was not possible to hold our normal pre-sale show. Despite this, it did not deter breeders from entering the sale nor the purchasers from bidding; and the demand to buy Charolais bulls continues to rise.
25 bulls sold to average £3878.70, up £262.76 on the year with a 66% clearance.
David Thornley of the Dooley herd from Hartshorne, Derbyshire, who is an avid supporter of the Welshpool sale, once again secured the top price of the day with Dooley Pringo, selling for 6,000gns. This 15-month-old lad is sired by the 31,000gns bull Whitecliffe Highlight, his dam Balnuith Honesty, is a daughter of the well-known, easy calving Blelack Digger. Pringo went under the hammer to H Edwards, A’I Gwmni, Bwlch-Y-Mawn, Corwen.
From the same stable, Dooley Polo seized the second top price of the day selling for 5,200gns. This bull is a son of Balmyle Nathan, his dam Dooley Jazzy is by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite. This 14-month-old bull heads off to Hereford and was purchased by D J Cleland of Glebe Farm.
Three bulls went under the hammer at 5,000gns. First up was Wissington Philippo, bred by Mrs J Rix, Wissington Grove Farm, Essex. Sired by Davally Igolo who is in the top 1% for calving ease direct. His dam Wissington Hazel is sired by Goldies Cassanova. This 19-month-old bull was purchased by P Edwards & Co of Tredomen Farm, Mid Glamorgan.
Next to be knocked down at 5,000gns was Esgob Prince, bred by G M Jones of Gwynedd. Born in May 2019, this bull is sired by the 12,000gns bull Caylers Hustler and out of a Anside Excalibur daughter Esgob Hiphop. A C & DT Hughes secured the winning bid, and Prince heads to his new home at Brychyni, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.
I Davies of Bedlwyn, Tredegyr Newydd secured the last to reach 5,000gns, when the hammer went down for the last time for Belan Persistance, this stylish bull is bred by Mr J S Abel of Hendreaur, Cwmbelan, Powys. This lad, also born in May 2019 is sired by Tweeddale Marcus, and out of Belan Lily, a daughter of the 18,000gns bull Thrunton Fairfax.
Another from the Dooley stable went on to reach 4,800gns, this time it was Dooley Purdy, one of the last bulls through the ring and also from the same breeding as Dooley Pringo. This August-2019 born bull caught the eye of Meistri Williams and heads off to Parcybryncelyn, Ynys Mon.
The gavel came down three times at 4,500gns, with the first being offered for sale from by Mrs J Rix, Wissington Grove Farm, Essex. Wissington Pavarotti, also sired by Davally Igolo and out of Wissington Fancy, a Thrunton Aristocrat daughter. This 20-month-old lad was snapped up by J&R Vaughan-Jones of Caethle, Gwynedd.
The second to sell at 4,500gns was Seawell Panther, bred by P M & S M Donger of Seawell Grounds, Towcester, Northamptonshire. This April-2019 born lad is sired by the 13,000gns bull Balthayock Jonathan, his dam Seawell Icassia is a daughter of the 20,000gns Maerdy Flambeau. B & M James captured the bid and Panther will start his work at Upper Black Hill, Powys.
The hammer went down to T & M Lewis of The Lands, Llandrindod Wells, who take home Sportsmans Punch after securing their bid of 4,500gns. This July-2019 born bull is a son of the 26,000gns bull Goldies Jerry, his dam Sportsmans Isis is a daughter of the Royal Welsh 2013 Supreme Champion Barnsford Ferny, who sold at Stirling for 70,000gns in 2011.
Seawell Pretender was not far behind, banging down at 4,200gns, another bull presented by P M & S M Donger of Seawell Grounds, Towcester, Northamptonshire. This 19-month-old lad is also sired by the 13,000gns bull Balthayock Jonathan and out of Seawell Gita, a daughter of Seawell Compact. Pretender also heads off to A C & DT Hughes, Brychyni, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, their second purchase of the day.
Montgomery Pedr, bred by Roberts & Jones of Parc, Llangadfan, Powys. A son of Gretnahouse Jugular, out of Montgomery Iarll, a daughter of the famous Dingle Hofmeister who sold for 30,000gns in 1994. Born in June-2019, Pedr sold for 4,000gns to R E Griffiths and heads off to his new home at Llywn-Y-Mafon, Criccieth, Gwynedd.
HERE’S A FEW MORE PICTURES FROM THE DAY
November 9, 2020 PRINCE AND PHEONIX RISE TO THE TOP AT 6,200GNS AT THE DUNGANNON SALE ON THE 6TH NOVEMBER 2020. FEMALES REACHED A TOP PRICE OF 4,600GNS
With what normally would have been a packed ringside, the current COVID-19 restrictions meant a limited number of purchasers were permitted in the Mart. However, this did not discourage buyers from attending the sale or registering to bid via the on-line auction. Even in these unprecedented times it was clear to see the demand to buy Charolais cattle is still going strong.
Bidding peaked for the bulls at 6,200gns, with 15 bulls selling to average £3,647, up £370.24 on the previous year. The females went on to peak at 4,600gns, with 6 heifers selling to an average of £3,867.50, up by £1727.35 on the previous year, with a 67% clearance.
Two bulls secured the top price of 6,200gns. First to go under the hammer was Glencoe Phoenix, bred by Mr P & Mrs V McDonald of 73 Seavers Road, Ballinliss, Killeavy, Newry. This April 2019 born bull is sired by Indurain and out of Glencoe Magic, a daughter of Plexus. This lad was purchased by D Kennedy of 12 Tullynagin Road, Armagh.
Next to secure 6,200gns was the July 2019 born Fymore Prince, bred by Mr S McCaughey of 3A Derryclooney Road, Augher, Co. Tyrone. A son of Killimor In Time, his dam Fymore Jewel is a daughter of 18,000gns bull Fury Action. This bull sold to R Ward of 11 Slievebane Road, Omagh.
Will Short, of Wood Park, Omagh received the third top price of the day with Woodpark Pistol, this 15-month-old bull is fully parent verified to Blelack Marmaduke and Woodpark Jessie J, a daughter of Deeside Gulliver who is in the top 1% for calving ease direct. Woodpark Pistol went under the hammer at 4,300gns selling to A Semple of 67 Magheramore Road, Co Londonderry.
Selling at 4,000gns was Killadeas Paul, bred by S & D Bothwell, St Angelo, Ballina Mallard, Co. Fermanagh. An April 2019 born bull, sired by the 11,000gns bull Battleford Laser. His dam Killadeas Ginny is by the 16,000gns bull Blackford Dynamite. This lad was purchased by C Clarke of 16 Chapel Road, Co. Armagh.
Not far behind at 3,900gns was Carnview Phoenix, bred by Mr J J Mcguigan, 31 Slaughtneil Road, Maghera, Co. Londonderry. Sired by the famous Davally Illusion and out of Balbithan Georgia, a daughter of the 10,000gns bull Chunal Dougie. This 18-month-old bull was purchased by P Mullan of 6 Liscall Road, Co. Londonderry.
The gavel came down at 3,700gns for Tullygarley Phantom, bred by Mr J K Currie, 153 Whitesides Road, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Born in June 2019, this bull is sire verified to the famous 14,000gns bull Westcarse Houdini and out of Tullygarley Indie, a daughter of Tullygarley Gordon. This lad was purchased by J McHenry of Knockmore House, Stranocum.
Topping the days trade for the females was Bessiebell Olympic, bred by Mr J Smyth of 12 Milltown Road, Magheracolton, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone. Sired by Goldies Eddy and out of Bessiebell Incredible, a Goldies Unbeatable daughter. This March 2018 born, in-calf heifer peaked at 4,600gns and was purchased by Dreamteam Charolais, Co Donegal
Two then followed at 4,300gns. Killadeas Ouch was the first female to go under the hammer at 4,300gns. Born in September 2018, this in-calf heifer is bred by S & D Bothwell, St Angelo, Ballina Mallard, Co. Fermanagh. Her sire is the 11,000gns bull Battleford Laser, out of Killadeas Imogen, a daughter of the 16,000gns bull Blackford Dynamite. This heifer sold to S Kingham of Cullaville, Co, Monaghan.
Brogher Oelly was next to sell at 4,300gns. PD’d in calf, this November 2018 born heifer is bred by Mr T Phair, 35 Killybracken Road, Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Sired by Balbithan Vespasian and out of Brogher Elly, a daughter of Private. This heifer was purchased by B Baxter of Keel Park, Co Fermanagh.