Yet again the commercial demand for Charolais cattle was evident, this time it was at the early annual spring sale at Swatragh on 23 February 2024. 19 bulls sold to a top price of 9,200gns with an 83% clearance to an average of £5620, a whopping £1370 up on 2023. The pre-sale show was skilfully judged by mother and son duo Leanne and Jamie Workman. Mr Trevor Phair trumped the sale with Brogher Trump, a Whitecliffe James son going back to Blelack Digger and out of the Mornity Nero sired Brogher Ripple. This October-2022 born son sold for the top price of 9,200gns to W. J. Fraser & Sons, Ballindalloch, Scotland.

Brogher Trump – 9,2000gns – W J Frazer & Sons

The reserve intermediate champion Drumacritten Toby (ET) from Mr G. E. Nelson, was next at 9,000gns, selling to C McDonnell, Glenariff, Co. Antrim. Out of Drumacritten Jessie this bull was also sired by Whitecliffe James and carried two copies of F94L.

Drumacritten Toby (ET) – 9,000gns – Colla McDonnell

The senior champion, male champion and overall champion was awarded to S. & D. Bothwell’s, Killadeas Trevor, a Cloonglasna11 Padraig son out of Killadeas Octavia who also carried two copies of F94L. This August-2022 born champion was snapped up by J & G Smith, Stromness, Orkney for 8,000gns.

Senior & Overall Champion – Killadeas Trevor – 8,000gns – J & G Smith, Orkney

The intermediate champion Glencoe Thanos born in October-2022 from Mr P. & Mrs V. McDonald made 6,800gns and went to the home of M. Johnston, Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. This Liscorran Magic son is out of a Clyth Diplomat sired daughter, Beechdale Lupin.

Intermediate Champion – Glencoe Thanos – 6,800gns – M. Johnston

Pedigree breeders J. & D. Watson & C. Curry from Northumberland, England put their money on the reserve junior champion Stranagone Unrivaled by Ocean sired Strangagone Saphir born in January-2023. This bulls heads across the water to join the Tweeddale and Burradon herds for 6,000gns.

Reserve Junior Champion – 6,000gns – J & D Watson (Tweeddale) & C. Curry (Burradon)

N. Blair, Limavady, Co. Londonderry paid, 5,800gns for T. Phair’s Culmvale Novello son, Brogher Tyson, out of Brogher Fancygirl, born in October-2022 whilst G. & J. Armstrong, Florence, Co. Fermanagh paid 5,600gns for a bull out of the same stable, Brogher Trader, this time a myostatin free November-2022 born bull sired by Goldies Icon and out of Brogher Pamala. At the same money 5,600gns, P. Hackett sold second prize Fury Turbo born in September-2022, out of Fury Jewel and by Domino sired Fury Action to R. Watters, Stewartstown,Co. Tyrone.

Brogher Tyson – 5,800gns – N. Blair

The Sagesse Pierre sired son, Damview Thor from Miss C. Ferris made 5,500gns, this June-2022 bull out of Derryharney Naughtygirl went to the home of Mr. J Newell, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. S. Bradley, Draperstown, Co. Londonderry backed his pick October-2022, Stranagone Tucker by Stranagone Jones, out of Coolnaslee Rainbow for 5,200gns and Mr. S McLean, Maghera, Co. Down also secured Mr. W. Short’s second prize Woodpark Elgin son, Woodpark Toronto (ET) for 5,200gns.

Tamnamore Taxas – 4,600gns S. Hill
Woodpark Tinker, 4,600gns – A. Reid
Ashview Texas – 3,000gns – T. Treanor

The female trade was led by the female champion, January-2023 born Ashview Upmarket (ET) from Mr V. & Mr. S. Keys with their double Q204X Lisnagre Elite ET sired heifer out of Ashview Rebecca, she joins the herd of Mr. C. McVeigh, Tassagh, Co. Armagh for 3,500gns.

Female Champion – Ashview Upmarket (ET) – 3,500gns – C. McVeigh

Matching the top female bid of 3,500gns was Mr. K. C. Veith’s Drumlone Sonia by Fury Action, out of Drumlone Edwina she was sold in-calf to Drumlone Navigator to Mr. W McElmurray, Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone. Topping the trade of Mr. W. Short’s draft at 3,400gns was July-2022 Woodpark Tara, by Deeside Gulliver and out of the prolific Woodpark Ermintrude who is still going strong at fourteen years of age, she sold to E & C McCloskey, Colraine, Co. Londonderry. Drumlone Tina from Mr. K. C. Veitch a Simpsons Gregg daughter out of Drumlone Nora found a new home with pedigree breeders W. D. Connelly, Ballynahinch, Co. Down for 3,300gns.

The Northern Ireland Charolais Club and the British Charolais Cattle Society would like to thank all the vendors for supporting the sale and all the staff at Swatragh market for their kind hospitality and hard work. A special thank you to Leanne and Jamie Workman for judging the classes and to all the stewards, committee, and helpers for such a successful show and sale.

Class 1 – Senior bulls on or born between 6 March & 26 June 2022
1st Tamnamore Texas, Mr Sean McMahon
2nd Damview Thor, Miss Claire Ferris
3rd Moorlough Taylor, Mr J McBride

Class 2 – Senior bulls born on or between 7 July & 10 August 2022
1st Killadeas Trevor, S&D Bothwell
2nd Woodpark Tinker, Mr Will Short
3rd Killadeas Thunder, S&D Bothwell

Class 3 – Intermediate bulls on or between 22 August & 30 September 2022
1st Drumacritten Toby, Mr George Nelson
2nd Fury Turbo, Mr P Hackett
3rd Killadeas Troy, S&D Bothwell

Class 4 – Intermediate bulls born on or between 1 October & 23 October 2022
1st Glencoe Thanos, Mr P&V McDonald
2nd Woodpark Toronto, Mr Will Short
3rd Brogher Trump, Mr Trevor Phair
4th Brogher Tyson, Mr Trevor Phair

Class 5 – Junior bulls born on or between 31 October & 1 December 2022
1st Ashview Texas, Mr V&S Keys
2nd Brogher Trader, Mr Trevor Phair
3rd Stranagone Tucker, Mr Robert McWilliams
4th Tamnamore Travis, Mr T McArdle

Class 6 – Junior bulls born on or between 16 December 2022 & 2 February 2023
1st Mountain Tommy, Mr L Johnston
2nd Stranagone Unrivaled, Mr Robert McWilliams

Class 7 – Heifers born on or between 27 May 2021 & 28 January 2023
1st Ashview Upmarket, Mr V&S Keys
2nd Drumlone Tina, Mr K Veitch
3rd Brownhill Tina, Devine Brothers
4th Drumlone Sonia, Mr K Veitch
5th Altnaderog Tory, Mr G&G McShane

  • Supreme Champion: Killadeas Trevor, S&D Bothwell
  • Reserve Supreme Champion: Glencoe Thanos, Mr P & V McDonald
  • Female Champion: Ashview Upmarket, Mr V&S Keys
  • Overall Male Champion: Killadeas Trevor, S&D Bothwell
  • Res. Overall Male Champion: Glencoe Thanos, Mr P&V McDonald
  • Senior Male Champion: Killadeas Trevor, S&D Bothwell
  • Reserve Senior Male Champion: Woodpark Tinker, Mr Will Short
  • Intermediate Male Champion: Glencoe Thanos, Mr P&V McDonald
  • Res. Int. Male Champion: Drumacritten Toby, Mr George Nelson
  • Junior Male Champion: Mountain Tommy, Mr L Johnston
  • Res. Junior Male Champion: Stranagone Unrivaled, Mr Robert McWilliams


LotVendorPrice (gns)Surname
3MR J MCBRIDE3900Pat O’Neill
6MISS C FERRIS5500James Newell
7Sean McMahon4600Seamus Hill
8MR W SHORT4600Alan Reid
9S & D BOTHWELL3700Patrick McElhone
12S & D BOTHWELL8000J & G Smith, Orkney
15S & D BOTHWELL2900Mr J Heatherington
16S & D BOTHWELL4000Hugh Conn
17MR P HACKETT5600Robin Watters
18MR G NELSON9000Colla McDonnell
23MR T PHAIR5800N. Blair
24MR P & MRS V MCDONALD6800M. Johnston
25MR T PHAIR9200W J Frazer & Sons
27MR W SHORT5200Samuel MacLean
29MR R MCWILLIAMS5200S. Bradley
30MR V & MR S KEYS3000Terry Treanor
31MR T PHAIR5600G & J Armstrong
35MR W SHORT3100Kirk Balfour
40MR R MCWILLIAMS6000J & D Watson
43MR K C VEITCH3500Mr Wayne McElmurray
47MR K C VEITCH3300W D Connelly
49MR V & MR S KEYS3500C. McVeigh
50MR V & MR S KEYS2700C McVeigh
51MR W SHORT3200G S Fleming
52MR W SHORT3000David Millar
53MR W SHORT3000Sean Doonan
54MR W SHORT3400E & C McCloskey
56MR W SHORT3000J & R Treanor


81Straws of SemenJupiter3£45per strawJ. Paynter
66Straws of SemenExcellent4£25per strawG. King
69Straws of SemenDoonally Sovereign5£10per strawI. Lydon
70Straws of SemenClenagh Lyle5£10per strawE. Johnston
71Straws of SemenClenagh Lyle5£10per strawE. Johnston
78Straws of SemenClyth Diplomat1£35per strawJ. Paynter
58Straws of SemenBalthayock Hamish2£15per strawJ. J. Morrow
60Straws of SemenDoncamilo3£10per strawI. Lydon
64Straws of SemenThrunton Vodermart3£10per strawA.B. & J.C. Edgar
61Straws of SemenHideal3£10per strawI. Lydon
80Straws of SemenMaerdy Dublin2£10per strawA. Quigley

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