“Utopia” For Hollylodge Flock at Dungannon Premier Sale
The Charollais Sheep Premier Show and Sale in Dungannon Livestock Market once again proved another successful event with plenty of enthusiastic buyers around providing a steady trade and high clearance. The uncertainty in the sheep industry didn’t affect trade with total clearance of all females and averages up
Taking joint top price of the day were the Champion and Reserve Champion. Judge Jim Jeffrey from County Cork choosing his Champion from the Hollylodge pen owned by McConnell Brothers. Hollylodge “Utopia”, Lot 62 stood first in the Early December Born ram Lamb Class, an Edstaston San Miguel son and out of a Lornbrook Nutcracker bred dam later selling in the ring to Cookstown Breeder Derek Bell for 2000gns. Two more San Miguel sons from this pen selling for 1500gns and 1000gns, Lot 63 crossing the water to Scotland and Lot 67 heading South to County Mayo.
Reserve Champion was shown by David Anderson of the Ballyhunsley Flock, Lot 70, Ballyhunsley “Upper Class” winner of the Late December born Ram Lamb Class, a Robleston Superman son and out of a Springhill O’Driscoll bred dam selling to Jim Devenney, County Donegal for 2000gns.
Alistair Moore’s Hillside Flock had a tremendous sale achieving the top ram lamb pen average of 1125gns for five. Selling to a top of 1600gns for a Kirkhouse Remo son and out of a Tullyear dam, Lot 76, Hillside “Under and Over” stood 2nd to the Reserve Champion in the late December Class, selling to David Dolan, Roscommon. His next top sold for 1500gns, Lot 80, third prize winner in the January Class, another Remo son and out of a Beechview dam selling to Eddie O’Gorman, County Tipperary. Lot 79, a second prize winner in the same class selling for 1000gns to David Norman, Cockermouth, this lot sired by Foulrice Supreme and out of a home bred dam.
The Artnagullion Flock also had a good day receiving the red rosette in the Shearling Ram Class with Lot 7, “Artnagullion Thunder”,a Knockin Shop son and out of a home bred dam, selling to a Southern Buyer for 800gns. Lot 92, “Artnagullion Ultimate” stood first in the January born Ram lamb Class, sired by Knockin Shop and out of a homebred dam, this lot selling to UK Breeder Mike Miller for 1700gns. Another Knockin Shop son, ”Artnagullion Uber” out of this pen selling for 900gns to County Donegal.
Topping the trade for Shearlings at 1000gns was the Springhill Flock of Graham Foster, Lot 17, a Robleston Superman Son and out of a Springhill O’Driscoll dam selling to County Donegal Breeder Rodney Goudie. Also going South was the third placed Shearling, Lot 15 shown by Alistair Moore, another Remo son and out of a Tullyear dam, this one selling to Eamonn Quinlivan , County Clare for 880gns.
The Malcomson Family sold their Stock Ram, Lineside Super Sam for 900gns
Wesley Cousins achieved a top of 1000 gns for the top in his pen, Lot 57,a Foulrice Rachamin son and out a homebred daughter, selling to Newtownstewart breeder, Robert Scott.
UK Breeder, Charles Sercombe made a worthwhile trip purchasing from the Greenvale pen of William Sherrard. Lot 97 a third placed ram in the late December Class ,sired by Ballynoe House Playboy and out of a homebred dam this signet recorded lamb sold for 1000gns.
Top Price in the Tullyear Pen was achieved by Lot 122, a Loanhead Top Gun son selling for 1000gns to the Rockvilla Flock of David Mawhinney.
Champion Female of the day was Alistair Moore with a stylish Kirkhouse Remo daughter and out of a Tullyear dam, Lot 143, “Hillside Untouchable” selling to Paul Brophy, County Carlow for 1200gns. David Anderson also shared the top female price of 1200gns for a powerful Ballynoe House Playboy daughter and out of a homebred dam, Lot 153, “Ballyhunsley Unicorn”, selling to County Carlow Breeder.
Achieving a top of 1000gns for a Knockin Shop daughter was Ian Craig’s Ballynoe House Pen, lot 133, a stylish ewe lamb selling to Ben Radley, Scotland. Two other Knockin Shop daughters from this pen selling for 820gns and 800gns to a County Down Buyer. The same buyer went on to purchase the second prize ewe lamb shown by McConnell Brothers for 800gns, this lot 137 sired by Edstaston San Miguel. Two Rhaeadr Prospect daughters from this pen selling for 800gns and 750gns.
The Club are once again indebted to Jim Jeffrey for giving of his time and expertise to judge the presale classes and Sponsors, Danske Bank, Provita Animal Health, Thompson’s Feed Innovation and Dungannon Saleyard.
15 Shearling Rams £638.40
60 Ram lambs £666.75
2 Shearling Ewes £441
29 Ewe Lambs £573.52
Shearling Ram: 1st William McAllister, ZGQ03556, 2nd Graham Foster, WLK03946, 3rd Alistair Moore VBK00270
Ram Lamb Early December Class – 1st McConnell Brothers, XWZ00535, 2nd Graham Foster WLK04435, 3rd William McAllister ZGQ03948
Ram Lamb, Late December Class – 1st Jim & David Anderson, XSR00941, 2nd Alistair Moore, VBK00350, 3rd William Sherrard, WJT00305
January Ram Lamb – 1st William McAllister, ZGQ03973, 2nd Alistair Moore, VBK00378, 3rd Alistair Moore, VBK00395
Ewe Lamb: 1st Alistair Moore, VBK00380, 2nd McConnell Brothers, XWZ00526, 3rd Jim & David Anderson, XSR00946
Group Of Three: 1st McConnell Brothers, 2nd William McAllister, 3rd Alistair Moore
Female Champion: Alistair Moore
Male Champion: McConnell Brothers
Overall Champion: McConnell Brothers.
Reserve Overall Champion: Jim and David Anderson.