Charollais title for Hollylodge Flock

First prize in December Class at the Charollais Sale in Ballymena was Ian Craig. Also pictured is judge Harold McBratney and Michael Copeland representing sponsor GE MCLarnon and Sons
First prize in December Class at the Charollais Sale in Ballymena was Ian Craig. Also pictured is judge Harold McBratney and Michael Copeland representing sponsor GE MCLarnon and Sons

The Hollylodge Flock of McConnell Brothers notched up another championship at the Charollais Sheep Show and Sale in Ballymena Market.

Judge Harold McBratney selected this smart well-muscled ram lamb sired by Blakeney King Louis as his first prize winner in the January Class and then went on to make him champion in the final line up. This lot took the top price of the night selling for 650gns.

Reserve champion at Charollais Sale in Ballymena was Drew Cowan with judge Harold McBratney and Michael Copeland representing sponsor GE MCLarnon and Sons

Reserve champion at Charollais Sale in Ballymena was Drew Cowan with judge Harold McBratney and Michael Copeland representing sponsor GE MCLarnon and Sons

Standing reserve was the first prize winner in the shearling ram class. This was a strong shearling ram shown by Drew and Stephen Cowan sold for 400gns.

First prize in the December lamb class was a smart lamb from the pen of Ian Craig. Sired by Goghill King of Trumphs, this lot later sold for 520gns.

Seven shearlings sold to an average £386, 47 ram lambs £301.

Club chairman thanked G E McLarnon and Sons for their sponsorship.

Champion at Charollais Sale in Ballymena was Stephen McConnell with judge Harold McBratney and Michael Copeland representing sponsor GE McLarnon and Sons

Champion at Charollais Sale in Ballymena was Stephen McConnell with judge Harold McBratney and Michael Copeland representing sponsor GE McLarnon and Sons

Show results:

Shearling Rams: 1st, Drew and Stephen Cowan. 2nd, David and Liz Mawhinney, 3rd, David and Liz Mawhinney

December ram lamb class: 1st, Ian Craig, 2nd, David and Liz Mawhinney, 3rd, William McAllister

January ram class: 1st, McConnell Brothers, 2nd, William McAllister, 3rd, Diane Christie

Champion: McConnell Brothers

Reserve champion: Drew and Stephen Cowan

Sale prices

Shearlings: David and Liz Mawhinney 400gns,380gns, 380gns, Drew and Stephen Cowan 400gns,380gns, Ian Goudy 400gns, 380gns

Ram lambs: McConnell Brothers 650gns, Ian Craig 520gns, William McAllister 400gns, 360gns. Drew and Stephen Cowan 400gns, Tommy Fenton 380gns, McConnell Brothers 320gns. Ian Craig 320gns, Drew and Stephen Cowan 320gns, 320gns.