McCarron Butchers, Raphoe, pull a double Christmas cracker

The first Friday in December always heralds the annual fatstock show and sale in Raphoe.

The judges Alan McCrea and Christopher McCrea had an unenviable task.

Winners at the Raphoe Mart Christmas sheep show and sale with the champion pen of Texel cross lambs, from left are Bertie Houston, third Suffolks,  Nigel Gibson, Clonleigh Co-Op, Joshua Miller, first and second Suffolks, Robert Brownlee, Natural Nutrition, Anne Harkin, mart manager, Christopher Holmes, show champions and champion Texels, Alan Lecky, judge, Geoffery Magee, reserve champions and second Texels and Robert Smith, thirrd Texels. Photo Clive Wasson

Winners at the Raphoe Mart Christmas sheep show and sale with the champion pen of Texel cross lambs, from left are Bertie Houston, third Suffolks, Nigel Gibson, Clonleigh Co-Op, Joshua Miller, first and second Suffolks, Robert Brownlee, Natural Nutrition, Anne Harkin, mart manager, Christopher Holmes, show champions and champion Texels, Alan Lecky, judge, Geoffery Magee, reserve champions and second Texels and Robert Smith, thirrd Texels. Photo Clive Wasson

The supreme champion, winning the John Witherow Cup, was a top quality young heifer owned by John Anthony McMullan from Convoy and bought by a northern customer.

The reserve champion was awarded to well-known exhibitor Roy Stevenson with a top class bullock purchased by Dolan Brothers, Killygordon, for John Penny and Sons, England.

A number of butchers, factory agents and Northern buyers enhanced the sale with William Doherty, butcher, Clonmany buying prizewinning animals for his butcher shop for the Christmas market, with Dolan Brothers, Killygordon purchasing for export to England to John Penny and Sons and Dawn Meats, Ballyhaunis also purchasing.

Northern buyers were also very active with the supreme champion of the show exhibited by John Anthony McMullan, Convoy, being exported to Northern Ireland.

Locally McCarron’s Butchers, Raphoe, purchased Christian Wilson’s Best Butcher Animal.

The sale was a great success with good prices and enthusiasm in the sales ring.

The judge Alan McCrea complimented all the exhibitors and the manager, Ann Harkin thanked all the customers for their support throughout the year.

CLASS WINNERS:

BEST FAT COW: First – John Toye, Manor, second – James Thornton, Letterkenny, third – Teresa Coyle, Raphoe

BEST BUTCHER ANIMAL: First – Christian Wilson, Raphoe, second – Martin Tinney, Letterkenny, third – Joe Friel, Newmills

BEST HEIFER – NO TEETH: First – Mark McLaughlin, Carndonagh, second John Doherty, Buncrana, third – Bobby Patterson, Raphoe

BEST HEIFER – 2 OR MORE TEETH: First – John A McMullan, Convoy, second – John McCloskey, Carndonagh, third – Roy Stevenson, Letterkenny

BEST PAIR OF FEMALES: First – William McCarron, Newtown, second – Raymond Burns, Kilmacrennan, third – Raymond Burns, Kilmacrennan

BEST BULLOCK – NO TEETH: First – Roy Stevenson, Letterkenny, second – Clive Barnett, Raphoe, third – John Harkin, Gleneely

The good trade continued with Monday’s Christmas lamb show and sale.

Tyrone judge Alan Lecky awarded Christopher Holmes, Drumkeen, champion of the sale with a pen of Texel cross lambs.

McCarron’s Butchers, Raphoe, again purchasing these and also the reserve champion pen of Texel cross lambs exhibited by Jeffrey Magee, Raphoe.

Gallagher’s Quality Butchers, Castlefin, Ballybofey and Strabane bought the first placed pen of Suffolks exhibited by Joshua Miller, Letterkenny.

David Houston, Newtown and Robert Smyth, Culdaff were also among the prize winners.

Good lamb prices were helped with a number of butchers and factory agents present.

This concluded an exciting few days of competition.