August 5, 2020

Sale Reports 2020

Tullyear Flock Reduction Sale 2020

Record Breakers at Tullyear Charollais Production Sale

The auction sale record for a Charollais ewe was broken twice at the production sale from the Tullyear Flock of Drew and Stephen Cowan, held at Beattie Livestock Yard, Omagh, Northern Ireland on Saturday 14th November. A 100% clearance was achieved, with 70% of the stock being exported to the UK mainland and Southern Ireland

Leading the way at 7,500 gns was a two-shear ewe with great power and style. After some rapid bidding including many on-line bids, the ewe sired by Tullyear Egbert and out of a Bawnard Keystone daughter was knocked down to the Ingram Family of the Logie Durno and Loanhead Flocks, Aberdeenshire. The ewe was carrying a single to a ram of their breeding; Logie Durno Van the Man. The previous record for a female Charollais was 7,000 gns set in 2011.

Causing quite a stir and attracting a lot of attention was the in-lamb shearling, Tullyear Uptown Lady, sired by Loanhead Topgun and out of a home bred Tullyear sired dam. A cracker of a ewe she attracted a flurry of bids before finally being knocked down to Graham Foster for his Springhill Flock in Northern Ireland, at another record breaking female price of 7,500gns.

Tullyear Uptown Girl was a hot contender for the top of the line-up presented at the sale. Her sire was Edstaston Toulouse and out of a Bawnard Keystone Dam; this stunning girl was much sought after with Robert and Jeanette Gregory of the Edstaston Flock, from Shropshire picking up the final bid at 5,500gns.

A two-shear Logie Durno Finnegan daughter out of one of the flock’s best ever French dams generated a lot of interest. This ewe once again went to the Ingram Family for 3,000gns. The Ingrams finished of their shopping spree with an in-lamb shearling sired by Tullyear Silver Dollar and out of a Castellau Millionaire sired dam, this well-muscled ewe selling for 2,900gns. Both these ewes are in-lamb to their breeding, Logie Durno Van the Man.  

The well-known Ballyhibben Flock of Michael Power and son Alymer from County Limerick purchased a powerful, deep-bodied Loanhead Topgun daughter out of an Oakchurch Royal Ryan dam selling for 2,600gns.

The Cowan family sold one lot for the charity, the Children’s Heartbeat Trust and were delighted that the ewe made a 1000gns sold to Jim Devenney and daughter Gillian from Donegal.

Overall the Tullyear Sales averaged £1,100 for 108 sold

Auctioneer : Richard Beattie
Images : Alfie Shaw


Dungannon Female Export Sale 2020

Flying Trade For Charollais At Dungannon Market

With Covid restrictions and lockdowns Charollais sellers were naturally a little apprehensive before their Female Sale on Monday, but they needn’t have worried. Averages were well up with 53 Shearlings averaging 813gns, and 42 Ewe Lambs 588gns. Topping the trade at 2920 was Lot 24 a powerful In-Lamb Ewe from the Artnagullion Pen of William McAllister, a Knockin Shop sired daughter and out of a homebred ewe sired by Castellau Figurehead. Purchaser was Richard Powell of the Iskeymeadow Flock in Armagh who also purchased another Knockin Shop daughter out of the same pen for 1850. Another Knockin Shop daughter caught the eye of Harold and Rebecca McBratney, this one selling for 1200gns. The Artnagullion Pen averaging 1990gns for three.

The Ringclare Flock of the Malcomson Family also had a super day selling. First into the ring out of their Ballyhibbon dam Lulu selling at 1700gns after a flurry of online bidding to Duncan’s of Crumlin. Their next top at 1600ngns was a Lulu Grand daughter purchased by Michael Power, who also purchased her full sister from the same pen at 1100gns. Jim Devenney from Donegal purchased two from the Ringclare pen going to 1300gns for a Lulu Granddaughter sired by Knockin Shockin and 1050gns for another Lulu Granddaughter. The Devenney also went to 1300gns for a Logie Durno daughter sired by Hollylodge Supreme. The Ringclare Pen averaging 933gns for twenty sold.

The Banville Pen of Berry Brothers sold their top at 1550gns to Donegal Breeder, Michael Brolly, a great muscled ewe sired by Super Mario from the H13 French Flock. Lot 10 from the same pen selling to Eamonn Shanahan,County Cork

The top from the Rockvilla Flock of David and Liz Mawhinney went to County Cork, Lot 36,an Artnagullion Trojan daughter selling to Eamonn Shanahan for 1650gns. Another Trojan daughter from the same pen selling for 1200gns to Jim Devenney, Donegal.

Topping the ewe lamb trade at 1450gns was the Springhill Pen of Graham Foster, out of a Rhaeadr Dam and sired by Logie Durno Untouchable,last years Worcester Champion, this lot selling to New Breeder Harry Stevenson, Portadown. County Carlow Breeder,Sinead Brophy purchased two from the Springhill Pen at 1400gns and 1250gns,Lot 89 sired by Rhaeadr Undercover and Lot 94 a Logie Durno Untouchable sired lamb. County Tyrone buyer Allister Crawford went to 1020 for another daughter from a Rhaeadr dam,this lot sired by Cannahars Super Star. Nine ewe Lambs selling to average 913gns

Ian Craig’s pen of ewe lambs generated a lot of interest with Graham Foster purchasing his first lot in at 1350gns for a Knockin Shop sired daughter. Next lot in went to Brian Macallister for 1000gns. County Cork Breeder Jim Jeffery had to go to 1250gns for Lot 79, a full ET sister to first lamb in Lot77.

The Hillside Flock of Alistair Moore sold to a 1000gns twice to James Walsh, County Cork, Lot 98 sired by Aldby Tyson and Lot 101 sired by Foulrice Supreme

Thanks to everyone at Dungannon Market for providing a safe environment for Buyers and Sellers and for the efficient way they ran the sale.


High Flyers Female Sale 2020

Charollais Ewes Flying High at Hereford

The aptly named ‘High Flyers’ collective sale of in-lamb Charollais ewes and ewe lambs saw a top price of 3,100 gns with a 100% clearance and averages up across the board at Hereford Market (17th October).

Leading the sale was the pen of shearling ewes from Society Chairman, Arwyn Thomas from Whitland, Carmarthenshire. He offered his top show lamb from 2019 at the sale and she was knocked down for the top price of 3,100 gns to David Roberts from Kenley in Shropshire. The shearling was sired by Wernfawr Thunder out of a Glyncoch JPR and was carrying twins to Arbryn’s exciting new stock tup, Skyefall Virgill Van Dijk. Mr Thomas sold a further two shearling ewes for 1,600 gns apiece. The first a Bronwydd Terminator sired ewe went to Justin Evans from Glamorgan. She was carrying triplets to the 1st prize winning shearling ram at the Royal Welsh Show 2019, Arbryn Tonto. Helen Sloan from the Rigghead Flock in Dumfries took the next one; a full sister to the top-priced animal and again carrying to Van Dijk. The Arbryn Flock sold a total of 15 shearling ewes to average £1,067.50.

Just short of the top price was a shearling ewe from Jennifer Curtis’s Elmwick Flock in Evesham. This show winner as a lamb in 2019 also goes home to the Boyo Flock of David Roberts, who paid 3,000 gns for her. She was by the home-bred tup Elmwick Solsbury Hill out of a Elmwick Mr McGregor ewe. The same buyer took the next one in the run for 1,100 gns.

The Wernfawr Flock of David and Paul Curran, Brecon had a tremendous run of ewe lambs forward and achieved a top price of 1,600 gns twice. A December born, embryo transfer lamb by Bronwydd Tomahawk out a top producing Glyn Coch Night to Remember ewe was the choice of James Neil for his Runningburn Flock in Stichill, Kelso.   Robert and Sam Tindall from Yorkshire paid 1,600 gns and 1,400 gns for two Wernfawr Ultimate Warrior embryo sisters.

Plenty of buyers from Ireland were putting in telephone bids for the top quality stock on offer; 3 Arbryn shearlings are going across the water to a top of 1,350 gns to David Dolan, Roscommon as well as ewe lambs at

1,000 gns from Wernfawr and Emyr Hughes’s Bronwydd Flock to the same buyer.

Buying 7 lots at the sale were relatively new breeders, B J & D E Baker from Olives Farm, Battle, East Sussex. They added the 2 top priced ewes from Tim Prichard’s Castellau Flock, as well further Castellau shearlings and one at 800 gns from Arjane Flock.

Sale Averages :
Ewes (6)                            £444.50
Shearling Ewes (51)      £855.85
Ewe Lambs (10)             £1,128.75


Skipton Female Sale 2020

Strong averages and excellent clearance rates at CCM Skipton Charollais females annual highlight

Good clearance rates and strong across the board averages, both showing a marked increase on the previous year, were seen at the British Charollais Sheep Society’s annual autumn sale of registered breeding females at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Oct 10)

Six recognised breeders were in action in the sale ring, the 25 shearling ewes successfully sold averaging £579, up on 2019’s £516, with ewe lambs, which achieved total clearance, averaging £431, against the previous year’s £312, and a brace of older ewes averaging £472, compared to £395 last year.

Leading and long-standing pedigree breeders, the Marwood family – Charles and Valerie, and son Stephen – who run the high performance Foulrice flock at Whenby, 13 miles north of York in Hambleton, achieved a top price coup for the second year running with their 1,000gns in-lamb shearling ewe. Their much fancied 2020 price leader is by the Dalby Mount Aloe son, Foulrice Osprey, two renowned sires that have proved integral to the success of the flock. Out of a Wernfawr Jim-sired ewe and scanned carrying twins to Galtres Upper Class, the shearling found a new home north of the border when claimed by 25-year-old Ben Radley, who runs the Loaningfoot pedigree flock in Georgetown, Dumfries. He had travelled down purposely to Skipton for the first time after taking note of the ewe on social media and seeking to add different bloodlines to the flock.

Another Foulrice shearling ewe, this one a daughter of Dalby Sherman, again in-lamb to Upper Class, sold at 650gns and made its way across the Irish Sea with Gordon Houston, of Randalstown in Co. Antrim, who judged last year’s show classes.

For good measure, the Marwoods sold the two 2014-born adult ewes entered at 450gns each. Both were again by Mount Aloe, also scanned carrying twins to Upper Class.

Another well-known breeder, Kenton Foster, who runs the Fosters flock in Garriston, Leyburn, caught the eye with a brace of 900gns shearling ewe sales, both scanned in-lamb to home-bred tups.

First up was a triplet by the well utilised Gwyndy, out of a Castellau-sired dam. She stood third as a ewe lamb at last year’s Great Yorkshire Show, also picking up red rosettes at local shows. With twins in her, she joined David Roberts, of Shrewsbury, the same buyer also taking home the second 900gns shearling ewe, another triplet by Crogham Five Star, out of a Gwyndy-sired dam, and herself scanned carrying triplets.

Mr Foster also made 750gns with a third in-lamb shearling ewe, a single by Galtres Ramases out of another Gwyndy-sired dam. Also part of last year’s show team and scanned carrying a single lamb, she too found a new home in Scotland with the Royan family in Duns, Berwickshire. The Fosters flock sold nine shearlings ewes in total at a leading average for the section of 600gns. “Clearance rates were excellent throughout and the ewe lambs in particular were a credit to breeders, with 100% clearance at a good average” said Mr Foster.

Ewe lambs topped at a solid 620gns for the pen leader from Chris Crowther’s Dudston flock, travelling for the first time to Skipton from Chirbury in the Vale of Montgomery. By the Oakchurch Ruben son, Knockin Umptious, a brother of the high priced Knockin Shockin, out of a Lowereye Rioja-sired dam, the leading price ewe lamb found of new home locally with Skipton regular Robert Towers, who farms with his wife, Jackie, at Greenlands Farm, Ingleton. Mr Crowther sold a second ewe lamb for 480gns.

Another Skipton regular, John Stott Jnr, who runs the Kingsland flock in Crosscrake, Kendal, seeing three from a strong pen of ewe lambs achieve sales of 500gns, 440gns and 420gns.

David Norman, North of England Chairman update “Everyone was very happy with how the sale was run during this pandemic. It was a very successful sale all things considered. Good to see support from members not only from North of England but also Scotland, Central, Eastern Region and strong interest from over the water, Northern Ireland. Thank you all. Thank you Ted Ogden and Skipton Auction Mart staff”


Saucy Sale 2020

Prices were up across the board and spread across the flocks at the collective sale of Charollais in-lamb shearling ewes and ewe lambs held at Worcester Market last Saturday (3rd October). Some outstanding quality animals attracted four-figure prices including the sale leader, an ewe lamb from the Ingram Family’s Logie Durno flock in Aberdeenshire. Their daughter of Logie Durno Umpire sold for 3,000 gns to Jeremy Price, Oakchurch Flock in Herefordshire. The same buyer took a further ewe lamb from the Ingrams at 1,450 gns; this time sired by Logie Durno Untouchable.

Next best in the prices was from Robert Gregory’s Edstaston Flock in Shropshire at 2,000 gns. The ewe lamb was sired by the record-breaking Knockin Shockin out of the flock’s most successful female line. The lamb had Signet Performance figures in the top 1%. Buyer for her was Declan Miley from County Roscommon in Ireland.

Helen Sloan and her daughter Hannah from Dumfries had a smart consignment of 5 shearling ewes forward for the first time. They were rewarded with a top bid of 1,400 gns for the Dumfries Show Champion in 2019. Her buyer was Robert Gregory, Edstaston Flock. Irish breeder, Declan Miley took a Leelaw sired shearling in lamb to Springhill Viking at 1,200 gns.

Regular vendor Adrian Davies from Carmarthen had a top price of 1,350 gns for an in-lamb shearling sired by Arbryn SamJay. Going to this money was David Roberts from Kenley, Shropshire for his Boyo Flock. Close behind at 1,300 gns was a Wernfawr Stormer shearling, the pick of Ben Radley from Dumfries.

Dewi Evans from Anglesey achieved 1,400 gns for a Edstaston Sotogrande shearling ewe, carrying twins to his new stock ram, Dalby Veainu. Justin Evans from the Vale of Glamorgan was the buyer.

The Dalby Flock of Charles Sercombe was also in four figures for a high performance index shearling by Dalby Ranieri carrying twins. This one also went across the water to M. Brolly, Co Donegal. Another Irish buyer, D Fennell, Co Carlow went to a 1,000 gns for an Oakchurch Ruben shearling from Abbie Moseley, Oswestry.    

Sale Averages 2020 :
32      Shearlings averaged                        £748.02 (+£170.26)               
13      Ewe lambs averaged                        £1030.61 (+£48.91)


Exeter Female Sale 2020

John Osborne held a highly successful dispersal sale of his Trebarn flock, as part of the annual female sale held at Exeter Market (9th October 2020). As well as local support, buyers came from as far afield as Aberdeenshire and Yorkshire. Topping the day’s trading was a shearling ewe by an Artnagullion sire out of a Arbryn Nugget ewe. She was knocked down at 2,000 gns to Patrick Tully for his Bincombe Fock in Bridgwater, Somerset. The ewe was in lamb to Bronwydd Undeniable purchased for 2,400 gns.

Mr Tully also took the next highest priced sheep at 850 gns; this was a 2-shear ewe by the Nugget sire.

New breeder Mrs L Gregory from Launceston in Cornwall took several lots including a shearling ewe from the dispersal group for 700 gns. This ewe was very similarly bred to the top-price animal.

The last lot through the ring, a Foulrice Utah sired ewe lamb from the Trebarn flock sold for 650 gns to Tom Newth, Castle Cary. The Prestleigh Flock had the top price amongst the other sale vendors; their 2-shear ewe sold for 500 gns to Joanne Singer, Inverurie, Abedeen.

Amy Pedrick, Chairman of the South West Region was pleased with the outcome “we achieved a 100% clearance of stock forward and some good high prices. Also several new members will be joining the Society as a result of their purchases.”

Sale Averages :
Trebarn Dispersal
Ewes (18)             £430.50
Shearlings (10)     £579.60
Ewe Lambs (7)     £330.00

Open Sale
Ewes (4)              £425.25
Shearlings (7)       £378.00
Ewe Lambs (10)   £294.00

Dungannon Premier Sale 2020

Super trade for Charollais at Dungannon Premier despite Covid restrictions, topping the trade was a great muscled ram from the Greenvale pen of William Sherrard achieving the top price of 3400gns,Lot 28, Sired by Logie Durno “Senator” he heads across the water to Huw Roberts, Ruthin Wales.

The Hollylodge Flock of MConnell Brothers had very good trade selling to a top of 3200gns, Lot 97, this smart Loanhead “Ur the Boy” son selling to the Ballyhibbon Flock of Southern Breeder Michael Powers. Another Hollylodge ram, this one sired by Edstaston San Miguel, Lot 96, also went to a Southern Breeder,Liam Woods for 1100gns. The Hollylodge pen averaging 1075gns for 6 sold.

The Springhill Flock of Graham Foster sold his top to Donegal Breeder John McCafferty for 2100gns, Lot 21, this ram sired by Logie Durno Untouchable and out of a Rhaeadr Dam. Another two lots from this pen selling for 1000gns.lot 17, Springhill Vibrant, another Untouchable son selling to a County Fermanagh Breeder and lot 20 a Rhaeadr Undercover son selling to Ben Radley,Scotland. The Springhill Pen averaging 1016gns for six sold

Norman McMordie sold his top at 1300gns, Lot 57, an Edstaston Ultravox son selling to James Andrews, Ayr,Scotland. Selling at 1200gns, Lot 60, to County Clare Breeder was a Rockdale Tornado sired ram. Two other rams from this pen selling for 1000gns, lot 61 another Tornado son selling to County Fermanagh and lot 57 an Edstaston Ultravox son selling to County Donegal. The Riverdale pen averaging 1030gns for 5.

Top priced Shearling, Lot 16, was presented by the Aghavilly pen of Glenn Baird, this stylish Shearling sired by Artnagullion Tornado and out of a Loanhead Dam selling for 850gns

The top priced female heads across the water to Tom Newth, Somerset Lot 122 an Aldby Tyson ewe lamb presented by Alistair Moore selling for 980gns

David Anderson sold his top ewe lamb to the Springhill Flock of Graham Foster, lot 107 a Robleston Superman daughter selling for 950gns.

Sale Averages:
9 Shearlings averaged 533gns
54 Ram Lambs averaged 743gns
19 Ewe Lambs averaged 577gns


Worcester Premier Sale 2020

Foxhill Charollais Flock hits the heights at 16,000 gns

Charollais breeders were delighted to be in Worcester Market for probably the first pedigree ram sale of the year to be held live. Strict Covid measures were in place that allowed this sale to go ahead. Taking the sale by storm was Mike and Melanie Alford’s Foxhill Flock of Charollais from Devon. Their ram lamb Va Va Voom was knocked down for 16,000 gns after a flurry of bids from all round the sale ring. Beating the opposition were the Ingram family from the renowned Logie Durno and Loanhead Flocks in Aberdeenshire. The dam of this lamb was described by the Alford’s as the ‘best in the flock’; a daughter of Crogham Hannibal II, the ewe was Breed and Interbreed Champion at the Devon County Show. Va Va Voom’s sire was Loanhead Triathlon, sired by the Royal Highland Show Charollais Champion of the Decade, Rhaeadr Orlando. The Foxhill flock also achieved 2,500 gns for the next best in their pen, also sired by Triathlon Foxhill Victor went to Jeremy Price, Hereford and Esmor Evans from Mold.

Leading the shearling trade was a strong, well-fleshed ram from Jonathan Wales’s Thackwood flock in Cumbria. This January born tup by Netherton Sea the Stars was knocked down for 4,600 gns to Mike Alford.

The Ingrams had taken the decision to offer their ram lambs for sale privately prior to the sale, due to the uncertainty of trading conditions, but presented two pens of cracking shearling tups. Leading their trade at 3,600 gns was Loanhead Unstoppable. This very heavily fleshed tup was sired by Cannahars Super Star and goes back to Cumbria to join Jonathan Wales’s Thackwood Flock. Also going to Cumbria was Logie Durno Ultra, a son of Hollylodge Supreme, which sold for 2,500 gns to David and Johnathan Norman for their Kirkhouse Flock. Another son of Supreme, a huge tup Logie Durno Upperclass sold for 2,300 gns to Simon Turkington from Melrose.

Next best in the lamb category were two lambs at 3,200 gns. First was Wernfawr Vinnie from David Curran’s flock in Brecon. His sire was Bronwydd Tomahawk out of a consistent Glyn Coch Night to Remember sired ewe. Determined to secure this smart lamb was Colin Bowen from Pembrokeshire, Gwyndy Flock.

Artnagullion Vagabon made the same money for William McAllister over from Northern Ireland for the sale. This good looking lamb was sired by the flock’s purchase from last year’s premier sale, Loanhead Upper Class out of a Knockin Shop ewe with show pedigree. Tim Prichard from the Castellau Flock in Glamorgan secured him at 3,200 gns.

A very high performance index tup lamb from Robert Whittaker, Jedburgh attracted a trio of Signet flocks. Hundalee Volcano had very high figures for all traits putting him in the Top 1% for the breed. His sire was Edstaston U R The Man, purchased at last year’s sale. Sharing the 2,500 gns price tag were the Redhill Flock, Rutland, Rainbow Flock, Cheshire and the Lowerye Flock from Powys.

Emyr Hughes from Pembrokeshire had a super pen of lambs forward all sired by Ffrwd U Belter, topping the trade at 2,000 gns was Bronwydd Vinnie Jones sold to Geoff Biddulph from the Gawsworth Flock in Cheshire. Close behind at 1,900 gns was Bronwydd Va Va Voom which sold to Chris Timm, Wensleydale Flock in Yorkshire. His third lamb went to regular German buyer, Volker Derbisz for 1,600 gns.

Another smart pen of lambs was presented by Justin Evans from Glamorganshire. His leader was Sant Andras Vanquish, a Bronwydd Tomahawk sired lamb with style and power which sold for 2,000 gns to Grug Flock of Geraint Evans from Newcastle Emlyn. New Charollais flock owner, Richard White from Yorkshire bought Sant Andras Vantage for 1,600 gns.

Society Chairman Arwyn Thomas from Carmarthenshire sold his son of Arbryn Tonto for 1,900 gns to Gail Hodgson and George Wearmouth for their Shield Ash flock in County Durham. At the same price was Ffrwd Vunipola from Dewi Evans on Anglesey. The buyer for this son of Edstaston Sotogrande was D A Thomas, Dafolog Flock Carmarthenshire.

Although numbers forward were down on previous years the average prices achieved matched other sales; shearling rams were up by £567 and ram lambs back by only £73.

Sale Averages: 
11 Shearling Rams averaged £1,911.95 (+£567.00)
71 Ram Lambs averaged £1,278.48 (-£73.68)
Auctioneer : Clive Roads and James Amphlett, McCartneys