March 9, 2021 Ballymena Sales Report
Northern Ireland Charolais Club Bull Sale – Sales Report, 6th March 2021
Woodpark Presley and Birches Prettylady top the bids at Ballymena at 6,000 gns.
Saturday 6th March saw the Northern Ireland Charolais Club host their annual Charolais Bull Sale for the first time at Ballymena Livestock Market. With a mix of bidding happening in person, online and over the phone due to the current COVID-19 restrictions still in place. A steady trade took place which saw the two top selling animals go for 6,000 gns each. 11 bulls sold with an average price of £3081.
Top price bull of the day, at 6,000 gns was WOODPARK PRESLEY, bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This 19-month-old bull is sired by the easy calving Deeside Gulliver and out of Woodpark Ellie, a daughter of Major. The hammer went down with a bid from W J Fraser & Son who will be taking him home to Banffshire.
The next highest price, with a bid of 3,400 gns was PINEHILL RONALDO, bred by Mr C Todd of Lisburn, Co. Down. Sired by Mornity Nero, out of Pinehill Naomi, a daughter of the easy calving Blelack Digger. This 14-month-old lad caught the eye of A McMullan and will be making his way to his new home in Castlewellan, Co. Down.
The third top price of the day, with a bid of 3,300 gns was for the 2019 born MOUNTJOY PAGAN, bred by Mr C O Mcaskie of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. His sire, Montgomery Ianto is the 2014 Royal Welsh Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Junior Champion. His dam, Mountjoy India, is the daughter of Corrie Alan, the 19,000 gns Reserve Junior Champion from Perth in 2006. The successful bidder and taking him home is S J Mcilmurray of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
23-month-old ROYALDOWNS PABLO sold for the next highest bid of 3,000 gns. Sired by Hideal and out of Drumfin Damsel, a daughter of Doonally Ducdenever. Bred by M McKeown Esq of Downpatrick, Co. Down. He will be making the journey to his new home in Limavady, Co. Londonderry to the farm of Mr N Blair.
OVILL PRIME is bred by the O’Kane Bros from Dungiven, Co. Londonderry. Prime sold for 2,900 gns and caught the eye of H Small of Ballymena, Co. Antrim. This 17-month-old lad is parent verified, sired by Ovill Lancelot, his dam is Ovill Jessica, a daughter of Doonally Nicefor.
20-month-old ROYALDOWNS PATROL sold for 2,800 gns, sired by the 18,000 gns Thrunton Fairfax, his dam, Royaldowns Erica is the daughter of Allanfauld Velocity. Patrol also from the stable of M McKeown Esq of Downpatrick, Co. Down, and will be heading home with J Wilson of Ballyclare, Co. Antrim.
Also selling for 2,800 gns was 17-month-old DRUMACRITTEN PAUL from the stable of Mr G Nelson of Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh. Sired by Whitecliffe James, this lads dam, Drumacritten Marylou is the daughter of Maerdy Dublin, who sold for 11,000 gns in Carlisle in 2009. The successful bidder was Mr S Dobbin of Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.
WOODPARK PABLO is bred by Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This 20-month-old lad is sired by the easy calving Deeside Gulliver, his dam, Woodpark Jan is sired by Rumsden Fawkes. Pablo caught the eye of Mr W Hanna of Kilkeel, Co. Down who secured their purchase with a bid of 2,700 gns.
WOODPARK PIXEL, another from the stable of Mr W Short of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This bull is 19 months old and is fully parent verified. His sire is Deeside Gulliver and his dam is Woodpark Nectar. Pixel sold for 2,600 gns and is going home with J Lavery from Lurgan, Co. Armagh.
2019 born ALTNADEROG PAJO, selling for the price of 2,500 gns, comes from the herd of by M G & G McShane of Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Sired by Deeleview Horace, out of Burnside Lappy, a daughter of Conval Frank, Reserve Intermediate Champion at Stirling in 2012 who sold for 13,000 gns. Pajo will be going home with Mr M Dooher of Strabane.
Top price female of the day, with a bid of 6,000 gns was BIRCHES PRETTYLADY, bred by Mr & Mrs N Matchett or Portadown, Co. Armagh. This 25-month-old heifer is sired by Elgin Jackman, out of Tawny Jasmine, who is sired by Doonally New. Prettylady’s successful bidder was Simone McCabe of Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan.
28-month-old BROGHER OMYGIRL was the final female to sell, with the hammer going down on a bid of 3,400 gns. Bred by Mr T Phair of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Omygirl is sired by the 26,000 gns Balbithan Vespasian, out of Brogher Fancygirl, a daughter of Lyonsdemesne Tzar. Omygirl will be making her way home with Mr K Murphy of Newry, Co. Down.
June 13, 2016 Charolais at Ballymena
A small offering of Charolais bulls saw a high of 3,100gns at the Northern Ireland club show and sale at Ballymena on Friday 10 June.
Topping the sale at 3,100gns was Pat Hackett, Clogher, Co Tyrone with the 15 month old Fury Link. Link who is out of the homebred dam Fury Glitter going back to Lyonsdemesne Tzar and sired by the 25,000gns Stirling Intermediate Champion Inverlochy Ferdie went on to Kilwaughter, Co Antrim to work for Matthew Workman.
Following on at 2,350gns was the class winner and Alwent Goldbar son Bessiebell Lego. This March 2015 born lad consigned by J Smyth, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, caught the eye of A Stevenson, Ballymoney, Co Antrim.
Next to go from Eamon McGarry, Broughshane, Co Antrim was Deerfin Libra who earlier in the day had been tapped out as the reserve champion by judge Gerard McShane. This 16 month old sired by the 14,000gns Goldies Usher was knocked down sold for 2,250gns to Ian Gibson, Broughshane, Co Antrim.
The Supreme Champion Rawbrooke Judge was the next to sell for 2,200gns. This September 2014-born bull was purchased by William Whyte, Portglenone, Co Antrim, was exhibited by Clive Hoey, Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone and is sired by the 25,000gns Supreme Perth Champion Thrunton Socrates.
Finally selling at 2,000gns was Burnside Lusher an entry who stood second in his class for Brian and William McAllister, Ballymena, Co Antrim. Messrs A and J McClelland, Ballyclare, Co Antrim were the men behind the money on this 16 month old 14,000gns Goldies Usher son.
Five bulls averaged £2499
Auctioneers Ballymena Livestock Mart
April 21, 2015 Charolais at Ballymena
A small consignment of Charolais sold to a top price of 3,000gns at the Northern Ireland club sale in Ballymena on Friday 17 April, judged by sisters Eimear & Caoimhe McGovern.
The top price of 3,000gns went to the 19 month old Stranagone Ican ET TI +29 SRI +28 from Robert McWilliams, Maghera, Co Derry. This Oldstone Egbert son went to Hugh Doherty, Randalstown, Co Antrim.
Next to go from Brian McAllister & Son, Ballymena, Co Antrim was the Reserve Champion Burnside Inspire ET TI +39 SRI +44. The 18 month old sired by Blelack Digger was knock down sold for 2,800gns to Alex Burleigh, Ballymena, Co Antrim.
Then Cargin Icarus, a 16 month old 10,000gns Supreme Perth Champion Thrunton Bonjovi son from M and E Murphy Newry, Co Down was purchased by J McCracken, Randalstown, Co Antrim for 2,400gns.
Lastly selling at 2,300gns and 2,200gns respectively for exhibitor Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry were two sons of the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend. Coolnaslee Islander was sold to Patrick McKendry, Ballymoney, Co Antrim and the 15 month old Coolnaslee Jason sold to J Taylor, Ballymoney, Co Antrim.
5 Bulls Averaged £2667
Auctioneers Ballymena Livestock Mart
April 28, 2014 Ballymena Charolais peak at 3,500gns twice
Charolais sold to a top of 3,500gns twice at the breed’s Northern Ireland Club sale which featured a small entry of 11 bulls forward in Ballymena on Friday 25 April.
First through the ring at 3,500gns was Ballyreagh Hero, a 22 month old Mogador son bred by S Somerville and offered by Patrick Grue, Lisnaskea, Fermanagh. The buyer was JH Fraser, Glencairn, Belfast.
Next entry in the ring was another 22 month old from Mr Grue, this time the homebred Kilturk Hero, a Cottage Devon son making 3,000gns to John McKeague, Ballymena, Antrim.
The day’s second leading 3,500gns call was made by David McClurkin, Ligoneil, Belfast for Aughafad Harry, an 18 month old Thrunton Voldemort son from RH Sinnamon, Pomery, Tyrone.
Next at 3,400gns was Coolnaslee Harold, a 17 month old by Corcreevy Dingle from Gilbert Crawford, Magherra, Derry. The buyer was TA Fenton, Ballymena.
Averages: eight bulls £2,756
Auctioneers: Ballymena Livestock Mart
April 23, 2013 Charolais Champion tops Ballymena at 4,400gns
Charolais trade topped at 4,400gns at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s show and sale at Ballymena Livestock Mart on Friday 19 April.
The top price of 4,400gns went to the day’s supreme champion Crosskeys Gomesy from C and K Marshall, Ballymena, County Antrim. This 19 month old by Bassett Judge and out of a homebred dam was purchased by C Maxwell, Downpatrick, County Down.
Knocked down sold at 4,300gns was first prize winner Moorlough Hugh by the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldemort and out of a homebred dam sired by Oldstone Egbert. Bred by J McBride, Strabane, County Tyrone, the 14 month old Hugh was secured by J Smyth, Randalstown, County Antrim.
A call of 3,900gns was made for Adams General, a 17 month old by the Doonally New sired Melvin Gal and out of Kilnock Varanasi. Bred by E Reid, Omagh, County Tyrone, General was consigned by K C Veitch, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh and bought by T McCaster, Larne, County Antrim.
Burnside Honky ET sold for 3,000gns to D McCollum, Ballymena, County Antrim. Bred by B McAllister and Son, Ballymena, County Antrim, this 14 month old was by the 16,000gns Clyth Diplomat and out of a homebred dam.
Averages: 10 bulls, £3,213.00.
Auctioneers: Ballymena Livestock Mart
April 20, 2012 Two bulls share the top spot at Ballymena at 4,000gns
Charolais bulls went to 4,000gns twice with an overall average of £3,027.50 at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official April show and sale at Ballymena on Friday 20 April.
Supreme Champion Killadeas Fearless exhibited by David Bothwell with judge Sandra Cochrane and Michael Stewart representing sponsor Moore Concrete, Ballymena
First to be knocked down at 4,000gns was the 20 month old pre-sale supreme champion Killadeas Fearless TI +20, SRI +20, also taking home the Simpson Trophy. By the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding and out of a home-bred dam by Oldstone Egbert this entry from S and D Bothwell, Ballina Mallard, County Fermanagh was purchased by D Rainey, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
The pre-sale reserve supreme champion, Coolnaslee Foremost from G Crawford, Maghera, County Derry also sold for 4,000gns. By the 9,000gns Goldies Carnival and out of Mullagh Sylvia, this 17 month old was secured by a bid from R Workman, Larne, County Antrim.
Kilturk Frank by Anneskeagh Ulysses and out of Rossharbour Augusta went for a call of 3,400gns. Bred by P Grue, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh this 17 month old was acquired by J Gilfillan, Limavady, County Derry.
A call of 3,100gns won 15 month old Cargin Gallant ET for Glencrew Farms, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. This one was bred by M Murphy, Newry, County Down and was by Oldstone Egbert and out of Monksland Claire.
Female trade saw only one lot entered with 14 month old Rowandale Gem from D McKay, Ballymena, County Antrim selling for 1,200gns. Out of Rowandale Drake and a home-bred dam, she was knocked down sold to P O’Neill, Toomebridge, County Antrim.
Averages: 9 bulls, £3,027.50. 1 yearling heifer £1,260.
Auctioneers: Ballymena Livestock Mart