It was standing room only at the Charollais Sheep Premier Sale in Dungannon with buyers from across the UK and southern Ireland represented at the sale resulting in good demand from both pedigree and commercial breeders.
Several sheep went south despite the high differential between currencies with some also heading across to Scotland and England. Trade was a lot better than anticipated with the depressed lamb trade, although falling away towards the end of the sale as buyers filled up.
The Tullyear Flock of Drew and Stephen Cowan had a memorable day winning the overall championship in the pre-sale show and also taking top price with their first prize shearling ram Lot 13, which proved to be lucky.
Judge Edward Buckley from Co Cork chose his Champion from the first prize early December born ram lamb class, sired by last year’s top priced ram, Tullyear Oman.
The judge commented that this was “a very correct ram with great length and stature, superb skin and great muscle”. The judge later backed up his judgment in the sale ring purchasing Tullyear Perfection for 1200gns.
Reserve Champion went to the winner of the late December ram lamb class, John Graham’s Riverview Flock, this lot selling for 520gns.
First in the January class was a smart Rhaeadr Norman son presented by the Carnew Flock of Jonathan Aiken, this lot selling for 660gns. Taking first in the shearling ram class and also the top price of the day was a tremendous shearling ram from the Tullyear pen. Sired by a homebred ram this lot sold to a Rathfriland buyer for 2,400gns.
Female champion was won by Ronnie Scott and Sons with a smart Ashtonelle Kamalot sired ewe lamb out of a Doughery dam. This lot sold for 550gns.
The J Thompson and Sons Animal feeds sponsored group of three was won by Tullyear Pen of Drew and Stephen Cowan.
Top lamb price of 1,400gns went to Ian Craig and his Ballynoe House Flock. This Lisfuncheon sired ram stood second in the late December line up and was sold to David Roberts, Shrewsbury. The Ballynoe House Pen also sold their second prize early December ram for 1,200gns, a Gogwell King of Trumphs son, purchased by Graham Foster.
McConnell Brothers sold to a top price of 1,000gns for a Lornbrook Nutcracker son, this one selling to Dympna and Gerry Grogan, County Kildare. Also selling to 1,000gns was Lot 19 a shearling ram from the Lornbrook Flock of Diane Christie and Trevor Bell.
Co Donegal breeder Jim Devenney purchasing this Hollylodge Made To Measure son who stood third in the Shearling class.
Chairman William McAllister sold his second placed Shearling for 950gns,this great carcase Leelaw Hardnut selling to Co Down. Top priced female was sold by Stephen MaCauley achieving 560gns for his second placed Rhaeadr Oak sired Ewe lamb.
23 shearlings sold to average 675gns up 41gns from last year. Ram lambs averaged 477gns for 63 sold down slightly, seven ewe lambs sold for 428gns. Top shearling pen was Drew and Stephen Cowan averaging 977gns for six. Top ram lamb pen was Ian Craig with 633gns for six.
Club chairman William McAllister expressed his thanks to Danske Bank, Dungannon Market and J Thompson and Sons Animal Feeds for their continued sponsorship and to Mr Buckley for judging
Shearling rams: Drew and Stephen Cowan, 2400gns, Diane Christie,1000gns, William McAllister 950gns, Diane Christie 850gns, Drew Cowan 800gns,David Mawhinney 800gns, Diane Christie 800gns, Drew Cowan 780gns, Drew Cowan 780gns 600gns.
Ram lambs: Ian Craig 1400gns,1200gns,Drew Cowan 1200gns, McConnell Brothers 1000gns, Drew Cowan 800gns, Tommy and Derek Fenton 750gns, Roberty and Gary Scott 700gns Wesley Cousins 680gns, McConnell Brothers 680gns, Jonathan Aiken 660gns, Robert and Gary Scott 600gns, David Mawhinney 550gns
Shearling ram class: 1st Drew and Stephen Cowan, 2nd William McAllister, 3rd Diane Christie and Trevor Bell
Early December Class: 1st Drew and Stephen Cowan, 2nd Ian Craig 3rd William McAllister
Late December class: 1st John Graham, 2nd Ian Craig, 3rd Kenny and Sheila Malcomson
January class: Jonathan Aiken, 2nd Diane Christie and Trevor Bell, 3rd Diane Christie and Trevor Bell
Group of three: 1st Drew and Stephen Cowan, 2nd David and Liz Mawhinney,3rd Jonathan Aiken
Ewe lamb; 1st Ronnie Scott and Sons, 2nd Stephen Macauley, 3rd Ronnie Scott and Sons
Male champion: Lot 115 Drew and Stephen Cowan
Female champion: Lot 166 Ronnie Scott and Sons
Reserve champion: Lot 128 John Graham
Champion: Lot 115 Drew and Stephen Cowan.