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.