Charolais Spring Spectacular Tops at 9,200gns
Friday 4th March 2022 marked the return of Charolais animals to the Clogher Valley Livestock Mart, courtesy of the Northern Ireland Charolais Club. The day saw a return of the pre-sale show, with many high-quality animals shown and sold. Bulls averaged to £4501 and 2 heifers also found new homes to an average price of £3202.50.
The day’s Overall Champion was CRUMMER RAMBO, a powerful young 20-month-old bred by A Dunne of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Rambo was sired by the 10,000gns Goldies Icon, and his dam is Crummer Jazmine, a homebred daughter of the notorious Blelack Digger.
Taking the day’s highest price of 9,200gns was Reserve Intermediate Champion KILLADEAS RAYMOND from the well-established herd of S & D Bothwell of Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh. Raymond’s sire is the 11,000gns Battleford Laser, former Intermediate Champion at Stirling in 2017. His dam is Killadeas Lisa, a daughter of Gwenog Braveheart. Winning the bid for this 17-month-old was N McElwaine, who will be taking him home to Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
The next highest price, 7,000gns, was attained by 12-month-old SLIEVEMORE SECRETARIAT, who is from S P Bradley’s herd in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This strapping young lad was sired by the 25,000gns Inverlochy Ferdie, who also secured the title of Reserve Supreme Champion at Stirling in 2012. Secretariat’s dam is Roughan Natasha 2, an Irish-born daughter of Roughan Justin. Taking Secretariat back to their herd is winning bidder J O’Kane of Ballymena, Co. Antrim.
Coming in at the third highest price of 6,300gns was BROGHER RADAR, a 16-month-old bred by T Phair of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Radar was born to Brogher Emmy, a daughter of the popular French AI bull Sang-D’or. He was sired by Maerdy Ignition, who previously sold for the top price of 22,000gns at Stirling in 2014. Radar caught the eye of winning bidders A & G Shaw, who will be taking him back to their holding in Carryduff, Co. Down.
Close behind Radar at 6,200gns was DRUMACRITTEN RAMBO, the day’s Intermediate and Reserve Overall Champion. Rambo is from the herd of G Nelson in Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh and was sired by the popular easy-calver Whitecliffe James. His dam is Drumacritten Orla, a daughter of former Balmoral Reserve Male Champion Thrunton Flyingscotsman. Rambo will be heading back to Co. Fermanagh, this time to Enniskillen, under the care of winning bidder N Johnston.
17-month-old ROSTREVOR ROCKY from Rostrevor Charolais in Rostrevor, Co. Down secured the next highest price of 4,100gns. Rocky was born to Goldies Lucy, a daughter of the 14,000gns Goldies Banker. Meanwhile his sire is the ever-popular French AI bull Diplo Gir. Rocky will be making the trip over to Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, to the herd of winning bidders N & E Daly.
The hammer came down twice at the next highest price of 4,000gns, firstly for PALACE ROMEO, a local bull from the herd of M Connolly of Clogher, Co. Tyrone. Romeo was sired by the easy calving Mornity Nero, and his dam is Palace Jiffy, a daughter of former Dungannon Supreme Champion Fymore Glory. Winning the bid and taking Romeo home was P Gilleece of Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh.
Also selling for 4,000gns was the day’s Female Champion BIRCHES POPPY from N Natchett of Portadown, Co. Armagh. At the time of the sale, Poppy had been scanned in-calf to the easy-calving Mornity Nero. Poppy was sired by the Irish-born Laheens Master, and her dam is Doon June, a daughter of the 16,00gns Anside Foreman. This beautiful heifer caught the attention of C Kelly, who won the bid and will be introducing Poppy to their herd in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
Class 1 – BULL, born on or between 9 May & 5 July 2020
1st – A Dunne – Crummer Rambo – s. Goldies Icon
2nd – W Short – Woodpark Remus – s. Deeside Gulliver
3rd – W Short – Woodpark Ricardo – s. Deeside Gulliver
4th – E Johnston & Sons – Gallion Rocky – s. Liscally Eti
Class 2 – BULL, born on or between 7 July & 3 September 2020
1st – A & O Quigley – Ardmachree Ria – s. Maerdy Jamaica
2nd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Rodger – s. Battleford Laser
3rd – M Connolly – Palace Romeo – s. Mornity Nero
4th – P J Mullarkey – Mullyboy Rambo – s. Knockmoyle10 Loki
Class 3 – BULL, born on or between 10 September & 4 October 2020
1st – G Nelson – Drumacritten Rambo – s. Whitecliffe James
2nd – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Raymond – s. Battleford Laser
3rd – Rostrevor Charolais – Rostrevor Rocky – s. Diplo Gir
4th – O’Kane Bros – Ovill Rex – s. Ovill Instant
Class 4 – BULL, born on or between 4 October & 1 November 2020
1st – K Veitch – Drumlone Rancher – s. Blelack Fabulous
2nd – J MacGuire – Moniendogue Rusty – s. Cavelands Fenian
Class 5 – BULL, born on or between 2 November & 30 November 2020
1st – P Quigley – Rossavalley Rascal – s. Blelack Digger
2nd – T Phair – Brogher Radar – s. Maerdy Ignition
3rd – T Phair – Brogher Regent – s. Whitecliffe James
4th – J McBride – Moorlough Rocky – s. Blelack Immaculate
5th – M McKeown – Royaldowns Rocky – s. Royaldowns Hemingway Deras
6th – M McKeown – Royaldowns Regan – s. Royaldowns Hemingway Deras
Class 6 – BULL, born on or between 1 December 2020 & 19 February 2021
1st – W Short – Woodpark Simon – s. Blelack Immaculate
2nd – W Short – Woodpark Ragnor – s. Liscally Nijinsky
3rd – J & W McMordie – Solitude Ryder – s. Solitude Narcos
4th – S P Bradley – Slievemore Secretariat – s. Inverlochy Ferdie
5th – W Short – Woodpark Ruben – Blelack Marmaduke
Class 7 – HEIFER, born on or after 7 August 2019
1st – N Matchett – Birches Poppy – s. Laheens Master
2nd – L Ruddy – Kenaghan Sophie – s. Pirate
3rd – L Ruddy – Kenaghan Sally – s. Westcarse Houdini
4th – B Quinn – Hillview Ruby – s. Roughan Mask
Senior Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 1-2
Champion – A Dunne – Crummer Rambo – s. Goldies Icon
Reserve – W Short – Woodpark Remus – s. Deeside Gulliver
Intermediate Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 3-4
Champion – G Nelson – Drumacritten Rambo – s. Whitecliffe James
Reserve – S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Raymond – s. Battleford Laser
Junior Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 5-6
Champion – P Quigley – Rossavalley Rascal – s. Blelack Digger
Reserve – W Short – Woodpark Simon – s. Blelack Immaculate
Female Championship – Overall best heifer from Class 7
Champion – N Matchett – Birches Poppy – s. Laheens Master
Reserve – L Ruddy – Kenaghan Sophie – s. Pirate
Overall Championship – Overall best bull from Classes 1-6
Champion – A Dunne – Crummer Rambo – s. Goldies Icon
Reserve – G Nelson – Drumacritten Rambo – s. Whitecliffe James