Charolais are in high demand

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At the recent Club Sale Charolais bulls peaked at 5,400gns achieved a 91% clearance and an average of £3,067 for the 29 entries sold at the breed’s Northern Ireland club sale in Dungannon on Friday 6 March.

The reserve senior male champion, Tullygarley Imp TI +54 SRI +54 a 19 month old Blelack Digger son bred and exhibited by J and R Currie, Ballymena, Co Antrim, sold for the top price of 5,400gns to Pat Fox, Carrickmore, Co Tyrone.

The second top price of 4,600gns was paid by John McPartland, Newry, Co Down for the 18 months old Ballyoak Iceman by the 15,000gns Carlisle champion Burradon Talisman, from S and A McKenna, Clogher, Co Tyrone.

The male and supreme champion Drumlone Invader TI +46 SRI +34 by Cottage Devon from Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh sold for 4,500gns to Andrew Canning Dungiven, Co Londonderry.

At 4,200gns came Topline International the junior and reserve male champion. This 16 month old son of the Balmoral show champion Rumsden Fawkes was exhibited by Niall O’Kane, Cookstown, Co Tyrone and was purchased by Malcolm Fleming, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry.

Next for LA Richardson and Sons, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh was the Blelack Digger son, Hillviewfarm Iceman TI +50 SRI +47, a 15 month old purchased by Ivan Wright, Garvagh, Co Down for 3,700gns.

Two 18 month old Blelack Digger embryo transplant sons were amongst the top prices for C O McAskie, Omagh, Co Tyrone. Mountjoy Icecube TI +69 SRI +67 was sold to Jonathan Muldoon, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh for 3,600gns and his full brother Mountjoy Icebreaker TI +68 SRI +66 achieved 3,100gns from GJ Devine, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone.

Solitude Ingot TI +37 SRI +34 from J and W McMordie, Newtownards, Co Down, was knocked down sold to Derek Johnston, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh at 3,400gns. This 16 month old is by Oldstone Egbert while his dam Goldstar Guadlupe was senior female champion at the NI National Charolais show.

Selling to Ian Smyth, Castlewellan, Co Down for 3,300gns was the 18 month old class winner, Drumconnis Immense TI +54 SRI +33 by Newhouse Bigal, from John McGrath, Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Two bulls sold for 3,000gns. The first was purchased by Oscar Clingen, Augher, Co Tyrone, the 19 month old Tedd Ivan TI +38 SRI +30 by the 13,000gns junior Royal Highland show champion Kelton Trident from Stephen Hunter, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh. Next was the 15 month old Newhouse Bigal son Drumacritten Ivan from W and M Nelson, Rosslea, Co Fermanagh. He was bought by John Kelly, Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Female Section

Top price of 3,000gns in the female section went to the female and reserve supreme Charolais champion, Drumacritten Irene TI +50 SRI +38 from W and M Nelson, Rosslea, Co Fermanagh. This 15 month old maiden, the youngest heifer entry and a daughter of the 22,000gns Newhouse Bigal, was purchased by Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Londonderry.

Two heifers made 2,500gns. The first was the 23 month old, Moorlough Ivy by the 19,000gns Corrie Alan, from James McBride, Strabane, Co Tyrone and purchased by Robert Watters, Stewartstown, Co Tyrone. Harold Stubbs and Andrew Burleigh, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh sold the 20 month old Derryharney Innocent TI +21 SRI +15 by the 10,000gns Perth champion Thrunton Bonjovi to Hugh Rutledge Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh.

Averages: 29 bulls £3067, eight heifers £2139 - Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart

Showing Class Results

Class 1 - 29/04/13 -06/07/13 - nos. 1-9 inc: 1st, Altmartin Ivory owned by G Moane; 2nd, Toberlane Imp owned by W Causey; 3rd, Drumcullion Irvine owned by Mr J & Mrs H Gervis

Class 2 - 01/08/13 -30/08/13 - nos. 10-21 inc: 1st, Drumlone Invader owned by K C Veitch; 2nd, Tullygarley Imp owned by J & R Currie; 3rd, Tedd Ivan owned by Stephen Hunter

Class 3 - 05/09/13 -11/10/13 - nos. 22-32 inc: 1st, Drumconnis Immense owned by John McGrath; 2nd, Mountjoy Icecube ET owned by Caldwell McAskie; 3rd, Kilbride Ivor owned by W H Robson & Sons

Class 4 - 20/10/13 – 02/12/13 - nos. 33-37 inc: 1st, Topline International owned by Niall O’Kane 2nd, Killadeas Immanuel owned by S & D Bothwell; 3rd, Liscorran Ideal owned by Adrian Ellison

Class 5 - 27/12/13 -05/02/13 - nos. 38-48 inc: 1st, Lisnadill Justnew owned by George King; 2nd, Glenbridge John owned by C Chartres & D Farrell; 3rd, Solitude Iceman owned by J & W McMordie

Class 6 - 11/08/13 -04/12/13 - nos. 60 -68 inc: 1st, Toberlane Helma owned by W Causey; 2nd, Dartonhall Holly ET owned by John Erskine

Class 7 - 06/09/12 -15/10/12 - nos. 49 -50 inc: 1st, Moorlough Ivy owned by James McBride; 2nd, Derryharney Innocent owned by H C Stubbs & A A Burleigh; 3rd, Topline Incredible owned by Niall O’Kane

Class 8 - 06/03/13 -10/07/13 - nos. 51 -59 inc: 1st, Drumacritten Irene owned by Mr W & Mrs M Nelson; 2nd, Solitude Ida owned by J & W McMordie; 3rd, Solitude Imogen owned by J & W McMordie

Charolais Championships:

Female Champion: Drumacritten Irene owned by Mr W & Mrs M Nelson

Res. Female Champion: Moorlough Ivy owned by James McBride

Senior Male Champion: Drumlone Invader owned by K C Veitch

Res. Senior Male Champion: Tullygarley Imp owned by J & R Currie

Junior Male Champion: Topline International owned by Niall O’Kane

Res. Junior Male Champion: Killadeas Immanuel owned by S & D Bothwell

Male Champion: Drumlone Invader owned by K C Veitch

Res. Male Champion: Topline International owned by Niall O’Kane

Supreme Champion in Show: Drumlone Invader owned by K C Veitch

Res. Supreme Champion: Tullygarley Imp owned by J & R Currie

The Northern Bank Salver for the Supreme Champion is awarded to K C Veitch along with the Millar Cup for the best homebred animal in show. The First Trust Bank Salver is awarded to Mr W & Mrs M Nelson for the Female Champion in show.

The club is indebted to Danske Bank for sponsoring the show and to Mr Rodney Brown, Agri Business representative, for attending to present the ribbons to the winners. The club would thank the judge Mr Liam Devine Brownhill Charolais for judging the show and to Dungannon Farmers Mart for their assistance with the show and sale.