November 4, 2012

Sales Results 2016

SALE Total  Entry Category Number Entered Number Forward Number Sold Average 2016 Top Price Gns
WORCESTER PREM. 231 Shearling Rams 40 37 29 £905.90 2100
Sat 2nd July Ram Lambs 189 173 127 £1,187.65 7000
Ewe Lambs 2 2 2 £336.00 420
DUNGANNON 180 Shearling Rams 40 24 18 £570.50 1300
Monday 25th July Ram lambs 115 95 60 £669.20 2300
Females 25 19 14 £453.00 1200
BUILTH WELLS NSA 241 Adult Rams 3 3 0
Mon 1st August Shearling Rams 162 135 103 £530.00 1220
Ram Lambs 76 67 35 £385.65 660
CHELFORD 27 Shearling & Rams 9 9 7 £468.00 620
Thursday 11th August Ram lambs 18 18 10 £395.85 580
EXETER NSA SALE 197 Shearling Rams 79 71 48 £541.63 1000
Wednesday 17th August Ram Lambs 87 73 38 £340.97 480
Older Ewes 15 10 9 £381.50 650
Shearling Ewes 13 13 13 £436.15 800
Ewe Lambs 3 3 1 £630.00 600
CARLISLE 63 Shearling & older rams 32 31 13 £514.50 950
Friday 26th August Ram lambs 28 26 12 £323.75 500
Shearling Ewes 3 3 0
DUNGANNON SEPT. 110 Shearling Rams 34 33 22 £412.36 680
Monday 5th Sept. Ram Lambs 76 66 30 £351.40 680
SKIPTON 59 Shearling Rams 26 26 13 £470.89 750
Tuesday 13th Sept Ram Lambs 33 31 13 £309.35 360
BUILTH WELLS II 494 Senior Rams 7 6 4 £406.88 500
Mon 19th September Shearling Rams 256 229 205 £536.88 1600
Ram Lambs 231 196 153 £474.62 2100
BALLYMENA 69 Shearling Rams 18 18 13 £443.42 700
Mon. 19th Sept Ram Lambs 51 51 45 £333.20 700
WELSHPOOL 162 Senior Ram 4 3 3 £490.00 600
Thursday 29th Sept. Shearling Rams 99 93 78 £462.27 850
Ram Lambs 59 39 28 £326.63 420
Sat. 8th October Shearling Ewes 36 20 13 £466.15 1100
Ewe Lambs 37 34 22 £319.55 500
DUNGANNON FEMALES 152 Shearling Ewes 73 72 61 £471.48 1400
Mon 31st October Ewe Lambs 79 73 39 £311.03 1200
WELSHPOOL FEMALES 87 Ewes 32 32 17 £368.47 820
Sat 5th November Shearling Ewes 51 44 30 £425.04 620
Ewe Lambs 4 0 0 0
2146 2146 1879 1328

Final Day for Lionel Organ’s Charollais Flock tops at 3,000 gns

Thirty years of breeding came to a close as the Tymaen Flock of Charollais sheep from renowned pedigree breeder, Mr Lionel Organ came under the hammer on his farm in Llangeler, Carmarthenshire at the weekend.   Due to advancing years, Lionel had regretfully decided to disperse the flock and was rewarded with a top of 3,000 gns for his junior stock ram, Arbryn Roberto.  Last lot in the sale, his buyer was T & D Fenton from Ballymena in Northern Ireland.

Ewes topped at 2,300 gns for a 2013 born ewe carrying triplets to the top-priced tup.  Putting in the final bid was R & J Andrew from Maybole in Ayrshire for this heavily fleshed daughter of Rainbow Marmaduke.

Taking a number of sheep back to County Donegal in Eire was Mr Devenney.  His highest priced animal was 2,000 gns, a shearling ewe that was breed champion at the 2016 Pembrokeshire Show.  Her sire was Wrenvale New Age Reveller and again she was carrying triplets to the Arbryn tup.  Mr Devenney took a 2013 born ewe, catalogued as Lionel’s favourite for 1,700 gns.  This Riverdale Mastermind ewe was in lamb to Oakchurch Professor and due twins.  Another shearling by Mastermind was knocked down to the same buyer for 1,350 gns, this time with twins by Arbryn Roberto.

The sale also had the dispersal of the Glantren Flock for Huw and Bronwen Evans and their top-priced sheep at 1,300 gns was also purchased by Mr Devenney.  This 2012 born ewe was sired by Glyn Coch Konga and scanned with triplets to Glyn Coch Night to Remember.   They sold two further four-figure ewes; one at 1,250 gns to G & E Price from near Aberystwyth with triplets by the Glyn Coch sire and also at 1,000 gns a Logie Durno Magnum ewe to Nigel Sheldon from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire.   A successful show shearling ewe from the Glantren flock made 1,000 gns to Mr Evans from Llanwrda also by the Logie Durno sire.

Ewe lambs were tremendous trade with the Tymaen Flock securing the best price of the day of 1,650 gns twice.  Mr Timm from Yorkshire purchased nine of the lambs going to the top figure for a Logie Durno Mack the Knife daughter.  He also paid 1,350 gns for an Oakchurch Professor triplet lamb and 900 gns for one from the show team.   Also in the market for ewe lambs was Witton Farms from Angus; they paid 1,650 gns for a Tymaen Mad Max lamb, one from the 2016 show team.  Their next highest price was 1,200 gns for a daughter of Riverdale Mastermind and at 1,000 gns one from the Glantren Flock by Loanhead Magnum.

David Roberts from Kenley, Shropshire went to 1,250 gns to secure another show lamb this time by Oakchurch Professor from the Tymaen Flock.

Trade throughout the sale for the 174 lots was brisk which resulted in the Tymaen Flock averaging £475 for 112 sold and the Glantren Flock averaging £504 for 62 sold.

Auctioneer : Dai Lewis, Llandysul

Marwoods make hay again at Skipton Charollais females showcase

Father and son Charles and Stephen Marwood’s all-conquering Foulrice flock at Whenby, near York, added yet more accolades to its ever-growing tally when not only retaining the 2015 championship, but also presenting the reserve champion and top prices shearling ewe at the 12th annual autumn show and sale of registered breeding females, staged under the auspices of the British Charollais Sheep Society at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Oct 8)

The title winner, the first prize December, 2014, shearling ewe by the Castellau Krypton daughter, Foulrice Lightening, out of a Edstaston Head Master ewe, formed an integral part of the 2016 Marwood show team, standing first in class at both Ryedale and Kilnsey Shows this summer.

Scanned carrying twins to Foulrice Osprey, the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show male champion and champion at both Otley and Kilnsey Shows, who has sired sons to 3,200gns, the Skipton victor was chosen by show judge David Roberts, from Kenley in Shropshire, who then backed his judgement in the sale ring when claiming her for 800gns.

However, it was the Marwoods’ second prize shearling ewe and reserve champion that clinched top call of the day at 1,100gns when finding a new home in Cumbria with E McCann, of Askam-in-Furness.

The March, 2015, ewe is by Lowereye Neil’s Favourite, described as “a tremendous carcase breeder” by Mr Marwood, who acquired the sire as a lamb in 2013 from Welsh breeder Neil Oughton, of Montgomery in Powys. The Skipton top price, out of a Dalby Mount Aloe ewe, with a top 5% index of 3809, has also been scanned carrying twins to a recent Marwood purchase, Bronwydd Ready to Rumble.

The Marwoods also sold another Lightening daughter for 520gns to the Sandham family in East Carlton, Yeadon, along with two further shearling ewes at 350gns, supplemented by ewe lambs at 420gns and 400gns, this for their second prize-winning daughter of Dalby Mount Aloe.

The third prize shearling ewe came from BCSS North of England Region 3 chairman. Kenton Foster’s Fosters flock in Garriston, Leyburn. The January, 2015, daughter of Edstaston Montpelier, from the Ashby flock of Lincolnshire’s Edward Middleton, made 400gns when joining AV Bailey in Masham.

Mr Foster sold two further shearling ewes at 420gns, both to regular local buyer Neville Smith’s Fold flock in Lothersdale. The same vendor also made it a hat-trick of 420gns sales with his second highest priced ewe lamb, interbreed champion at Wensleydale Show this year, which sold to Lewis Thompson, from Fadmoor, York

Northants breeders Geoff and Carol Watson, of Eastbrook Hill, Desborough, made 450gns with another shearling ewe, this falling to another local buyer, Airton’s David Hargreaves.

Cyril Dougherty’s Shamrock flock, based at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire, presented the third prize and top price 500gns ewe lamb, which this year stood first at both Malton and Egton Shows. By Edstaston Normandy, she found a new home north of the border with Messrs Watson & Sutherland, from Pool of Muckhart in Clackmannanshire.

The red rosette-winning ewe lamb from Don Green’s Regen flock at Sutton, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, is a twin daughter of Wernfawr Nijinsky, who has sired ram lambs to 4,000gns, out of a Wernfawr ewe purchased last year carrying the Skipton class winner. She sold for 400gns to Skipton regular, Robert Towers, of Camp House Farm, Farelton, Lancaster,

Shearling ewes averaged £489 per head, an increase on the 2015 average of £451, and ewe lambs £335, compared to £385 last year.

Auctioneers : Craven Cattle Marts

Banwy Flock tops Builth Sale at 2,100 gns

 90% clearance on shearling rams for an average price of £537.

Arwel Owen’s Banwy flock topped the Charollais section at the NSA main ram sale held at Builth Wells (Monday 19th September 2016).  His ram lamb sired by Aberkinsey Nitrogen was knocked down for 2,100 gns to Herefordshire breeder, Jeremy Price.  The pen of lambs from the Banwy flock were displayed untrimmed and attracted much attention from commercial farmers and breeders alike.  The 10 lambs all sold to average £683.55.

The next best price came from the champion pen of rams, 18 ram lambs all sired by Knockin Pucker Up from Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr Flock near Denbigh.  These were the choice of pen judges Peter and Robert Whittaker from Jedburgh.  “The pen just stood out a mile; consistent, well-shaped lambs with that extra bit of style.”  The sire was purchased at the Worcester Premier Sale in 2015 for 4,400 gns.  Leading the way was the first lamb in the ring, which sold for 2,050 gns to Marc Davies from Carmarthenshire for his Topstone Flock.  Next best at 1,000 gns was out of a Wernfawr Neo ewe again by Pucker Up which went to G Davies, Ceredigion for his Moelfryn Flock.  The 18 lambs averaged £711.66.

The individual ram lamb champion came from Arwyn Thomas’s Arbryn flock in Carmarthenshire.  His early December born son of Elmwick Mr McGregor sold for 1,400 gns to D T & S M Owen from Leominster.  But his top price was 1,700 gns for the winner of the Royal Welsh Show ram lamb class this year.  Taking this son of Shamrock Northern Star back to Holland was regular visitor to our sales, Harry de Vleigher.   A full embryo brother to the top-price lamb sold for 1,050 gns to Messrs C & C Davies from Aberystwyth.  The flock finished the day with an average of £930 for 7 sold.

The Arbryn flock also had the shearling and overall champion in the individual show classes judged by Charollais chairman, Mr David Mawhinney.  This March born triplet was sired by Shamrock Northern Star out of a Loanhead Liberator ewe.  Mr Mawhinney backed his judgement by going to 1,600 gns to take this smart tup back to Northern Ireland.

Large pens of well-fleshed, shapely shearling rams certainly attracted the buyers.  Huw Roberts’s consignment from his Bachymbyd Flock near Ruthin topped at 1,100 gns for a Maerdy Musketeer son out of a Mortimer Kingpin ewe.  Taking this one was R H Buckley & sons from Llangedwyn, Oswestry.  His group of 15 sold to average £524.30.

Regular vendors Geoff Probert from the Mortimer Flock in Herefordshire sold his pen of 26 shearling tups to average £656.65.  He hit the 1,000 gns mark twice; first time selling a strong and well-muscled son of Galtres Never Say Never Again to Janet Davies from Aberystwyth.  Taking a tup with probably the best gigot in the building was Jonathan Barber who paid this sum for a March born son of Foulrice Notorious.

The Ingram family had two pens of shearling rams at the sale.  Their first pen of 22 sheep averaged £602.80 with a top of 920 gns for a Logie Durno Officer April born quadruplet.

The reserve champion pen of rams was Adrian Davies’s group of very well-grown and smart ram lambs from his Glyn Coch flock in Carmarthenshire.  Their first prize winner from the January born class sold for 1,120 gns to Mr C Parkinson from Fishlake, near Doncaster.  His sire was a Castellau tup out of a Logie Durno Magnum ewe.  Also achieving 4 figure prices was Tim Prichard from Glamorgan.  At 1,100 gns was his red ticket lamb from the Signet Performance class which went to Messrs Morgan-Jones Ltd from Llanrhystud.  By the same sire, Logie Durno Officer was Castellau Roberto which sold for 1,000 gns to Mr A Radcliffe from Penmark, Nr Barry.

Average prices for all sheep sold was on a par with 2015; with buyers showing a clear preference for shearling rams from the larger groups and quality stock.


Older Rams 

Average      £406.88      Top Price Lot 4179         500gns

Forward 6           Sold 4 (66.6%)

Shearling Rams   

Average      £536.88       Top Price Lot 4395       1600gns

Forward 229       Sold 205 (90%)

Ram Lambs           

Average      £474.62      Top Price Lot 4459        2100gns

Forward 196       Sold 153 (78%)


Double Delight for McConnell Brothers at Dungannon Premier Sale 2016

It was certainly a Breeders Market at the Charollais Premier Ram Sale with keen demand for both Males and Females. Buyers were once again present from throughout the UK and Southern Ireland with 25% heading South.  Averages were well up on last year for similar amount sold.

Topping the trade and the Show Ring were McConnell Brothers from Parkgate with both the Champion and the Reserve Champion coming from this pen.  Judge, Arwyn Thomas of the Arbryn Flock from Wales backed up his judgement purchased the Champion, Lot 98, for 2300gns.  Not far behind was their Reserve Champion, Lot 100, James and Elizabeth Gould having to go to 2000gns to secure this ram for their Ringsend Flock.  Both of these star quality rams were sired by Blakeney King Louis and stood first and second in the early December Ram class.  The McConnells Hollylodge Pen averaged 1536gns for five sold.

First in the shearling ram class was the Tullyear Flock of Drew and Stephen Cowan who achieved the top shearling price of 1300gns for this strong ram, Lot 37, sired by a Cardoonan ram. The Tullyear shearling pen averaging 780gns for 4 sold.

The late December Class was won by Jonathan Aiken with a Castellau Lord Mayor son, Lot 83, this well-muscled ram selling for 580gns to David Cromie, Rathfriland.

Standing at the top of the January ram lamb Class was a big upstanding ram from the Rockvilla pen of David and Liz Mawhinney, Lot 81, this lot selling to Cullybackey Breeder Sam Watson for 600gns.

The red rosette and Female Champion went to the Springhill Flock of Graham Foster, this strong smart female, Lot 158, sired by Ballynoe House Playboy selling for 1200gns. Standing second to the Female Champion was another from the Springhill Flock, Lot 156, this one sired by Springhill O’Driscoll and selling for 800gns.This pen averaging 800gns for 4 sold.  The Springhill Flock also achieved a top of 2000gns for a Playboy son, Lot 122, this strong January born ram selling to County Wexford.  Another Playboy son from this pen, Lot 123, sold for 1400gns. The Springhill ram pen averaged 1306 gns for 3 sold.

The Group of Three sponsored by J Thompson and Sons Animal Feeds was won by McConnell Brothers.

The Riverdale Flock of Norman McMordie had a tremendous day sold to a top of 1800gns for a Logie Durno Nobleman son, Lot 44, this lot heading to Scotland.  Another Nobleman son, Lot 48, sold for 1100gns, also going to Scotland.  The Riverdale Flock achieved a pen average of 1000gns for six,

Ian Craig’s Ballynoe House Flock sold to a top of 1100gns, Lot 146, this strong Springhill O’Driscoll son selling to County Mayo.

60 Ram Lambs £670,
18 Shearlings £570,
14 Ewe Lambs £452.55

The Northern Ireland Charollais Sheep Club are once again indebted to Danske Bank, J Thompson and sons Animal Feeds and Dungannon Market for their Sponsorship.


Show Results:

Shearling Ram: 1st Drew and Stephen Cowan, 2nd Robert and Gary Scott, 3rd Trevor Bell and Diane Christie
Early December Ram lamb; 1st McConnell Brothers, 2nd McConnell Brothers, 3rd David and Liz Mawhinney
Late December Ram Lamb: 1st Jonathan Aiken, 2nd McConnell Brothers, 3rd Robert and Gary Scott
January Ram Lamb: 1st David and Liz Mawhinney, 2ndStephen Macauley, 3rd Graham Foster
Group of Three: 1st McConnell Brothers, 2nd Kenny and Sheila Malcomson, 3rd Graham Foster
Ewe lamb: 1st Graham Foster, 2nd Graham Foster, 3rd Jonathan Aiken
Female Champion: Graham Foster
Male Champion:  McConnell Brothers
Reserve Champion: McConnell Brothers
Supreme Champion:  McConnell Brothers


Sparkling Trade and a Top of 7,000 gns for Charollais at Worcester

A real buzz was in the air at Worcester Market on Saturday (2nd July) for the Charollais sale.  Averages for ram lambs were up over £200 with more sold and a higher clearance across the board.

Topping the trade at 7,000 gns was the reserve show champion, a very smart lamb from David Curran, Brecon, Powys.  Wernfawr Red Bull was knocked down to William and Carol Ingram from Aberdeenshire for their Logie Durno Flock.  The December born tup lamb was sired by Wernfawr Nijinsky out of a Logie Durno Hercules sired ewe.  The Wernfawr flock also had two high prices both at 3,700 gns.  The first Wernfawr Rocket was by Wernfawr Powerhouse and his dam by Logie Durno JR, buyer for him was Mark Worthington from Bury in Lancashire.  Society Chairman, Mr David Mawhinney from Northern Ireland secured Wernfawr Rex, also sired by Wernfawr Nijinsky for his Rockvilla Flock.

Next highest price went to another Welsh flock.  Myfyr Evans from Denbighshire sold Rhaeadr Real Deal for 6,200 gns to Arwyn Thomas from Whitland in Carmarthenshire.  This triplet born lamb was by Knockin Pucker Up purchased for 4,400 gns at the 2015 premier sale out of a Ballyhibben Klass Act ewe.

The Foulrice flock of Charles Marwood and Son had a highly successful sale which was topped at 4,800 gns for Foulrice Rachamin a high index lamb by Dalby Mount Aloe.  Buyer for this one was Janet and Jonathan Corbett from Newent in Gloucestershire.  The Marwood’s next best price was 3,200 gns for Foulrice Regis; a son of Foulrice Osprey which sold late in the day to Charles Sercombe from Melton Mowbray for his Dalby Flock.

Also late in the ballot but in the money was Emyr Hughes from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.  Bronwydd Ragin Bull, a well-fleshed son of Skelton Whin Oddysey made 3,700 gns to O J Williams & Co, Cwmpadest, Powys.

The pre-sale classes were judged by Mr Russell Gray from Lanarkshire and he picked his champion from the strong pen of lambs from Jeremy Price, Herefordshire all sired by Banwy Oh What a Boy.  Oakchurch Rascal sold for 1,650 gns to Patrick Tully from Dorset.  But another from the same pen made 3,200 gns; Oakchurch Ruben was the choice of Abbie Moseley from Knockin, near Oswestry.

The Arbryn Flock of Arwyn Thomas from Carmarthenshire had a great sale with prices of 3,200 gns twice and 2,600 gns.  All were sired by Shamrock Northern Star and took the show award for the best progeny group.  Tim Prichard from Glamorganshire took the first lamb, Arbryn Romulus a massive embryo lamb from a prize-winning ewe by Galtres Dominator.  A full embryo lamb to the first sold to Lionel Organ, Llandysul for his Tymaen Flock.  This lamb had the highest recorded eye muscle depth of 40.10 mm for this year’s Charollais lamb crop.   Arbryn Rhodri made the long journey to Orkney being the pick of Mrs Sheena Coghill.

The performance recorded lamb class was the largest of the day, with all entrants required to be in the top 25% from the breed.  Leading the way was a smart lamb from Robert Gregory’s Edstaston flock near Shrewsbury.  Going to 3,000 gns for this son of Arbryn Olazabal was Ben Danforth from West Yorkshire.

The lambs were certainly flavour of the day for the pedigree buyers but a couple of shearlings made over the 2,000 gns figure.  Selling for 2,100 gns was Oakchurch Perfection from Jeremy Price, Staunton on Wye.  This son of Banwy Ninja went to Cyril Dougherty from his Shamrock flock in Malton, North Yorkshire.  Next best in this section was a 2,000 gns bid for Foulrice Prometheus who had recorded very high figures for muscle and gigot score.  His buyer was B Cornish from Tiverton in Devon.

Jonathan Barber, Chief Executive said at the conclusion of the sale with clearances, numbers and averages up there was plenty to be positive about for the breed.  Not only did breeders find top quality pedigree sires for their flocks but there were plenty of commercial buyers looking for top quality crossing rams.

Averages :

29 shearling rams sold to a top of £2,205, averaged £905.90
127 ram lambs sold to a top of £7,350 averaged £1187.66

Auctioneer : Clive Roads, McCartneys

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