Charollais Top NSA Early Ram Sale at 1,600gns
Demand for Charollais rams was flying at the NSA Early Ram Sale as it returned to the Royal Welsh Showground. Topping all the day’s trading was the Champion Charollais; a shearling ram from Charles and Stephen Marwood’s Foulrice flock, near York. This son of Foulrice Osprey was knocked down at 1,600 gns to J G & E V Roberts from Denbigh in North Wales. Next best was another from the Foulrice pen; this time a high index son of Cavick Up and Away attracted a 1,200 gns bid from breeder, Neil Oughton from Montgomery, Powys. Their 21 shearling rams all sold to average £711.50.
A super pen of strong, well-fleshed shearling rams from Gwyn and Gail Jones’s Springfield Flock in Chepstow had terrific trade all from commercial buyers to finish on an average just short of £900 for 7 sold. “We are so pleased with such a great average” stated Gail Jones. Their pen leader was a son of Artnagullion Thunderbolt which sold for 1,020 gns to D G & S A Rees from Ceredigion.
“It was great to see a lot of buyers coming back after buying in the past, they knew what they wanted – rams with a good skin”. Gwyn Jones
A large pen of shearling tups from Deborah Whitcher’s Galtres Flock, in Yorkshire topped at 1,100 gns selling to A H J Jones from Brecon, Powys. The flock averaged £726 for 15 sold.
The overall average for the 70 shearling rams was £678.90.
The best of the ram lambs also hit the four-figure mark with most trading around the £400-500 figure. Leading this trade was an Arbryn Tonto son from R G & R A Jones, Robleston Flock. Going to 1,000 gns was R J & B E Kimber for their Beanhill Flock in Wiltshire.
G J & J E Williams, Padest Flock had the leading pen of ram lambs. Their 10 performance recorded lambs sold to a top of 780 gns to average £638.40.
Records Tumble as Prices soar at the Dungannon Premier Sale
The 2021 Charollais Sheep Premier proved a great success with averages up in both ram sections and the breed record broken by an impressive shearling ram from the Artnagullion Flock of William McAllister sold to 4,400gns. The Pre-Sale Show was judged very efficiently by Emyr Hughes of the Bronwydd Flock, Pembrokeshire. He chose his Champion from the Iskeymeadow pen of Richard and Harry Powell, Lot 58, an Arbyn Viper son and out of a Loanhead Dam. Reserve Champion was Lot 64 presented by Graham Foster, a Springhill Viper son and out of a Rhaeadr dam. Female Champion was Lot 185 presented by McConnell Brothers, a Hollylodge Voldemort daughter. The Group of Three was won by Graham Foster
Kicking off the trade to an impressive start was a tremendous shearling ram, Lot 18 Artnagullion Viceroy, from the pen of William McAllister. Taking first place in the shearling class this tremendous ram a triplet Knockin Shop son, out of a Riverdale Preacher Dam went on to top the sale with a record breaking price of 4400gns, sold to a County Down Commercial Breeder.
Shearlings from Graham Foster’s Springhill Pen were also in demand with his 4th prize winner, Lot 16 Springhill Viper, a Rhaeadr son sold to Glenmore Estate, County Donegal for 2200gns. The same buyer also purchased Graham’s second prize winner, Lot 17, sired by Logie Durno Untouchable and out of a Rhaeadr dam, this lot sold at 1500gns. The third prize Winner Lot 20 another Knockin Shop son from William McAllister’s Pen also sold for 1100gns to Glenmore Estate.
It was certainly a day to remember for the Iskeymeadow Flock of Richard Powell and son Harry, their first time showing at the Premier Sale and they came away with Champion and two of the top prices in the ram lambs, a great achievement. The Champion lamb was Lot 58 in his pen, an Arbryn Viper son and out of a Loanhead Dam. He stood first in the Early December Class and sold to the Artnagullion and Ballynoe House Flocks of William McAllister and Ian Craig for 3,400gns. His pen mate, Lot 55 another strong Arbryn Viper son, this one from a Logie Durno Dam sold to David Argue, County Cavan for 3400gns. Lot 54, another Viper son and the first of the Iskeymeadow run, sold to County Wicklow Breeder John O Toole for 2100gns. The Iskeymeadow Flock averaged 1,825gns for six.
Graham Foster’s Springhill pen featured well in the prizes and the prices, his top price achieved by a Springhill Viper son and out of a Robleston Superman sired Dam. County Mayo Breeder Aiden Loftus having to go to 2,750 gns to purchase this lot Number 69. Lot 64, another smart Springhill Viper son, who stood first in the late December Class and went on to be placed Reserve Champion sold for 2,300 gns to Paul Brophy, County Carlow. Lot 66 who stood third in the January Ram Class was the first ram lamb to be offered for sale out of Tullyear Uptown Lady and sired by Logie Durno Van the Man, sold to County Donegal Breeder, Daniel McLaughlin for 2,100gns.
Finbar O’Connor from County Roscommon had to go to 1,350gns to purchase his Springhill ram, Lot 67 a fourth prize winner in the late December Class, this one sired by Springhill Vodka and out of a Boyo Dam. The Springhill pen averaged 1440gns for eight.
The Tullyear pen of Drew and Stephen Cowan generated a lot of interest, their first ram in, Lot 81, a Tullyear Untouchable son and out of an Oakchurch Royal Ryan sired dam sold for 3000gns to Albert Ferguson, County Cork. Their next Lot in Lot 82 was an eye-catching ram who stood 2nd in the late December born Class. A Logie Durno Van the Man son and out of a Dam purchased at the Parkgate Dispersal sale sold for 2700gns to Ian Macbeth, County Donegal. Lot 83 from the Tullyear pen, a Topgun son out of Oakchurch Royal Ryan dam sold for 1050 to Alan Crockett, County Tyrone. The Tullyear Pen averaged 1173gns for eight.
The Artnagullion Pen of William McAllister sold to a top of 1800gns for Lot 121, a Loanhead Upperclass son out of a Knockin Shop sired dam sold to James Walsh, County Cork. Scottish breeder, Ben Radley went to 1500gns for Lot 117, a Rockdale Vespasian son who stood first in the January Class. Lot 119, another Loanhead Upper Class son sold for 1000gns to F Muldoon, Co Donegal. The Artnagullion Pen averaged 1300gns for 4.
Top out of Alistair Moore’s Hillside pen was Lot 38 a Padrig Upperclass son and out of a Kirkhouse Remo sired dam, sold for 1,620 gns to County Donegal breeder, Stephen Devlin. Lot 40 from this pen another Padrig Upper Class son and out of a Tullyear dam sold for 1500gns to Stephen Mulvey,County Meath
Rams from the Ballynoe pen of Ian Craig were also in demand with his two first lots in, sold for 1400gns apiece. Lot 73 who stood third in the early December class a Loanhead Upper Class son out of a Knockin Shop sired Dam sold to local Breeder Sam Watson, Ballymena and Lot 74 another Upper Class son this one by a Wedderburn dam sold to another County Antrim Breeder, David Anderson.
Top lot in the Lornbrook pen of Jim Bell and Diane Christie was 105 and sold for 1,800 gns. Jonathan Wales, Cumbria purchased this Loanhead Ur The Boy son and out of a Logie Durno Officer sired dam for his Thackwood Flock in Cumbria.
McConnell Brothers sold their top at 1100gns to Tommy Fenton, County Antrim. Lot 48, second in the January Class he is sired by Loanhead Ur The Boy and out of an Edstaston San Miguel sired dam. Lot 46, this one sired by Hollylodge Voldermort and by a Ballynoe House Felix sired dam sold for 1050gns to Sam Wasson, County Donegal.
Topping the trade in the females was the Female Champion, Lot 185 shown by McConnell Brothers, a very smart lamb sired by Hollylodge Voldemort and out of Rhaeadr Prospect sired dam, sold for 1,200 gns to Paul Barnes, Ballymote
Standing first in the Shearling Ewe Class was Lot 145 presented by Glenn Baird’s Aghavilly Flock. Sired by Artnagullion Tornado and out of a Tullyear Dam this lot sold for 680 gns to Albert Ferguson, County Cork. The Aghavilly Pen sold seven shearling ewes to average 485 gns
Alistair Moore sold his four ewe lambs to average 600 gns, three of them heading to Tom Newth, Somerset. The Iskeymeadow pen of Richard and Harry Powell sold seven ewe lambs to average 557gns.
Shearling Rams: 10 sold to average £1,270.50
Ram Lambs: 81 sold to average £883.05
Shearling Ewes: 7 sold to average £509.25
Ewe Lambs: 31 sold to average £511.35
The N I Charollais Sheep Club would like to thank Judge Emyr Hughes for taking the time to come across and Judge the Pre sale Show, all sponsors for their generosity, Danske Bank, Provita Animal Health, J Thompson and Sons, Dungannon Saleyard and Strabane Mills Ltd.
Thanks also to Dungannon Market Staff for the efficient way in which they ran the sale, Alfie Shaw and daughter Kathryn for the pictures.
Shearling Rams: 1st William McAllister,2nd Graham Foster,3rd William McAllister, 4th Graham Foster
Early December Class:1st Richard Powell,2nd McConnell Brothers,3rd Ian Craig,4th McConnell Brothers
Late December Class: 1st Graham Foster,2nd Drew and Stephen Cowan,3rd Ian Goudy,4th Graham Foster
January Class; 1st William McAllister,2nd McConnell Brothers,3rd Graham Foster, 4th Trevor Bell
Group of Three: 1st Graham Foster,2nd William McAllister,3rd Richard Powell
Shearling Ewe: 1st Glenn Baird,2nd Glenn Baird
Ewe Lambs: 1st McConnell Brothers, 2nd David Anderson, 3rd Jonathan Aiken, 4th David Anderson
Female Champion: McConnell Brothers
Male Champion: Richard and Harry Powell
Reserve Champion: Graham Foster
Supreme Champion: Richard and Harry Powell
Charollais set the bar for 2021 sales season
Charollais breeders set the bar high for the 2021 tup sales season when the breed’s Premier Sale, Worcester saw a 17,000gns top call, a trio of five figure sales and a new record ram lamb average.
Setting the sale alight at 17,000gns (pictured below) for Cullompton, Devon-based Michael and Melanie Alford was Foxhill Charollais Walkabout. A son of last year’s 4600gns purchase Thackwood U Corker, this one is out of a dam by Carthorpe Grand Duke which has previously bred lambs to 2500gns.
A mid-December-born twin lamb, this one was subject to a frenzied bidding war, eventually falling to the Ingram family, Aberdeenshire, for their Logie Durno and Loanhead flocks.
Second top call at 15,000gns (pictured below) came from a quartet of breeders when buying Cavick What A Boy from Mitchell Britten and Elizabeth Barber, Wymondham, Norfolk. Sired by a Loanhead tup and out of a homebred dam by Loanhead Midas Touch, and was the pick of Messrs Probert, Worcester, Jeremy Price, Staunton on Wye, T H Roberts, Ruthin and Esmor Evans, Mold.
The Ingram family then recouped some of their outlay when taking 10,000gns (pictured below) for Loanhead Washington from Gregor and Bruce’s flock. This one is by the 16,000gns Foxhill Charollais Va Va Voom and out of a dam by Rhaeadr Orlando. He sold to Arwyn Thomas, Whitland and RG & RA Jones, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
Close behind at 8500gns (pictured below) was another from the Ingram’s this time from the Logie Durno pen of William and Carole. This was Logie Durno Wall St, another by the 16,000gns Va Va Voom and this time out of a Loanhead Talisman daughter. Buying this one in a two-way split were Paul Curran, Talgarth, Brecon and Adrian Davies, Llandeilo, Carms.
And then at 6200gns was Dalby Woki Poki from Charles Sercombe, Frisby on the Wreake, Leics. Sired by the homebred Dalby Veainu and out of Dalby Tutti Frutti, a Foulrice Regis daughter which sold for 12,500gns at the recent Dalby Coral Anniversary Sale. He was knocked down to Carwyn Lewis, Haverford West, Pembrokeshire, with an index of 390.
Next up at 6000gns (pictured below) was Knockin Wagamama, a first prize winner from the pre-sale show from Abbie Moseley, Oswestry, Shropshire. This Knockin Vunipola son is out of a dam by Loanhead Titan and sold carrying an index of 369. This one sold across the water to Liam Woods, Mullingar, Co West Meath. Co Meath.
Selling at 4500gns (pictured below) for Gerald Burrough, Honiton, Devon, was Sheldon Windsor, a Loosebeare Tornado son out of a dam by Sheldon Rambo. This one found a new home with R Bamforth, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Then making 3800gns (pictured below) was the lamb and overall reserve champion from the pre-sale show, Logie Durno War Horse from the Ingrams. This Arbyn Viper son is out of a Rhaeadr Orlando daughter and sold to H E G Davies, Whitecairns, Aberdeenshire.
Jonathan Aiken, Wigton, Cumbria, then took the same money for his best sale of the day for Carnew Warrior (pictured below), a Ffrwd Top Notch son out of a Wernfawr Prospect daughter. Buying this one were F A and C J Elsworthy, Tiverton, Devon.
Ben and Amelia Watts, Ashburton, Devon, took a 3600gns (pictured below) bid for their pen leader, Willow Whiskey, a son of a Ffrwd tup and out of a dam by Oakchurch Smuggler. He headed away with Messrs Gray, Lanark and C D Timm, Pickering.
And wrapping up the leading lamb trade at 3500gns (pictured below) was another from society chairman Charles Sercombe in the form of Dalby Wun Tun. This one is a full ET brother to the 6200gns Woki Poki and sold to Jonathan Wales, Raughton Head, Carlisle.
Topping the shearling ram trade at 5000gns (pictured below) was previous lamb buyer Jonathan Wales’ Thackwood Victor, a Tilton Dan son out of a dam by Loanhead Nailer. This third prize winner from the pre-sale show went home with the judge, Robert Towers, Carnforth, Lancashire.
Getting away at 2600gns was Loanhead Vantastic from Gregor and Bruce Ingram. This Logie Durno Untouchable son is out of a Rhaeadr Orlando daughter and, having stood champion in the pre-sale show, was taken by G Jones, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.
Following him at 2400gns was Foxhill Charollais Viagra from the Alford family. A full ET brother to last year’s sale topper, Va Va Voom, he was another to head back to Chepstow with Mr Jones.
A 2250gns call came for another from Jonathan Wales in the form of Thackwood Viking. This Knockin The Nail In son is out of a Loanhead Nailer daughter and sold to Sheila Coghill, Orkney.
Completing a strong day’s trade for the Alford family and stockman Will Price, they also dominated proceedings with their female offering when they lead the shearling ewe trade at 2700gns (pictured below). Foxhill Charollais Venom is a full ET sister to last year’s 16,000gns Va Va Voom and she caught the eye of Neil Oughton, Montgomery, Powys, for his Lowereye flock.
Second best here was 2600gns for a Logie Durno gimmer, 20ZNN32015, a Logie Durno Untouchable daughter out of a dam by Riverdale Noble. This one sets sail for the Emerald Isle when joining Richard Powell, Armagh, Northern Ireland.
The same buyer and vendor combination was then responsible for a 2500gns sale for 20ZNN31989, a Crogham Umpire daughter out of a dam by Rhaeard Orlando with an index of 303.
112 ram lambs £1900.30,
22 shearling rams £1380.75,
14 shearling ewes £1327.50 (McCartneys).
Charollais female records smashed at Dalby Coral Sale
Having set a new female breed record at their last major celebration sale 10 years ago, Charles and Helen Sercombe of the Dalby flock smashed all expectations on Saturday at their Dalby Coral Celebration sale by setting a new female breed record at 12,500gns.
The Melton Mowbray, Leicester based flock’s sale leader was Dalby Tutti Frutti, a 2017‐born Foulrice Regis daughter out of one of the flock’s most successful females, Dalby Rhapsody. Having won the Great Yorkshire Show as a ewe lamb in 2018, this one carries an index of 369 putting her in the top 1% of the breed and has a scan weight EBV of 12.92, the highest of any Charollais female. After a spirited bidding war between ring side goers and internet bidders, the final bid of 12,500gns was knocked down to W and C Ingram for their Logie Durno flock, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
Next up at 3,400gns was the highest priced shearling ewe on the day, Dalby Vera. By Edstaston Tulloch, this one is out of Dalby Matilda, a Foulrice Regis daughter. This top 5% index female caught the eye of Messrs Madders and Johnson, Hopton, Stafford. The second highest shearling ewe at 2,800gns was a maternal sister to the sale leader in the form of Dalby Venita, an ET‐bred Knockin Shockin daughter out of Dalby Rhapsody. Again, selling with a top 5% performance index, this one went home with Arwyn Thomas, Whitland, Carmarthenshire, for his Arbryn flock.
Just shy of that price at 2,500gns was another strong aged ewe, the 2018‐born Dalby Uzabelle. This Dalby Ranieri daughter is out of Loanhead Maggie, a Bawnard Bolt daughter. She was knocked down to Tim Prichard, Llantrisant, Glamorgan, for his Castellau flock. Then selling for 2,350gns was another 2018‐born female, an ET‐bred female out of Dalby Rhapsody by one of the flock’s most influential sires, Rockvilla Golden Promise. This one sold on the internet to David Argue, Co Cavan, Ireland.
At 2, 000gns was Dalby Ula‐laa, another by Edstaston Tulloch, this one previously stood first at the Norfolk Show in 2019 and she carries a top 1% index of 347. Buying this one for their Crogham flock were Jonathan and Carroll Barber, Wymondham, Norfolk. A charity auction at the end of the sale saw semen straws being offered from Rockvilla Golden Promise which sold to a top of 290gns/straw with proceeds going to the farming charity RABI.
Averages: 30 breeding ewes £1,250.90; 41 shearling ewes £850.24 (McCartneys).