It was standing room only at the Charollais sheep Premier Sale in Dungannon with buyers from across the UK and Southern Ireland represented at the sale resulting in good demand from both pedigree and commercial breeders.  Trade was a lot better than anticipated with the depressed lamb trade although falling away towards the end of the sale as buyers filled up.

The Tullyear Flock of Drew and Stephen Cowan had a memorable day winning the Overall Championship in the Pre Sale Show and also taking top price with their 1st prize shearling ram Lot 13, lucky for some!   Judge Mr Edward Buckley from County Cork chose his Champion from the 1st Prize Early December born Ram Lamb Class, sired by last year’s top priced ram, Tullyear Oman.   The Judge commented that this was  “a very correct ram with great length and stature, superb skin and great muscle”.  The Judge later backed up his judgement in the sale ring purchasing Tullyear Perfection for 1200gns.

Reserve Champion went to the winner of the late December ram lamb class, John Graham’s Riverview Flock, this lot selling for 520gns. First in the January Class was a smart Rhaeadr Norman son presented by the Carnew Flock of Jonathan Aiken this lot selling for 660gns. Taking 1st in the shearling ram class and also the top price of the day was a tremendous shearling ram from the Tullyear pen, sired by a homebred ram.   This lot sold to a Rathfriland buyer for 2400gns.

Female Champion was won by Ronnie Scott and sons with a smart Ashtonelle Kamalot sired ewe lamb out of a Doughery dam, this lot selling for 550gns.
J Thompson and Sons Animal feeds sponsored Group of Three was won by Drew and Stephen Cowan.

Top lamb price of 1400gns went to Ian Craig and his Ballynoe House Flock this Lisfuncheon  sired ram stood second in the late December line up and was sold to David Roberts, Shrewsbury. The Ballynoe House pen also sold their second prize Early December ram for 1200gns, a Gogwell King of Trumps son, purchased by Graham Foster.  McConnell Brothers sold to a top of 1000gns for a Lornbrook Nutcracker son this one selling to Dympna and Gerry Grogan, County Kildare.

Also selling to 1000gns was Lot 19 a shearling ram from the Lornbrook Flock of Diane Christie and Trevor Bell, County Donegal Breeder Jim Devenney purchasing this Hollylodge Made To Measure Son, who stood third in the Shearling Class.

Chairman William McAllister sold his second placed shearling for 950gns, this great carcase Leelaw Hardnut son, selling to County Down.  Top priced female was sold by Stephen MaCauley achieving 560gns for his second placed Rhaeadr Oak sired ewe lamb.

 Averages :

23 Shearlings sold to average 675gns up 41gns from last year.
63 Ram Lambs averaged 477gns down slightly
7 ewe lambs sold for 428gns.

Top shearling pen was Drew and Stephen Cowan averaging 977gns for 6.
Top ram lamb pen was Ian Craig with 633gns for 6.

Club Chairman,William McAllister expressed his thanks to Danske Bank, Dungannon Market and J Thompson and Sons Animal Feeds

Show Results:

Shearling Ram Class: 1st Drew and Stephen Cowan, 2nd William McAllister,3rd Diane Christie and Trevor Bell

Early December Class: 1st Drew and Stephen Cowan,2nd Ian Craig 3rd William McAllister

Late December Class: 1st John Graham, 2nd Ian Craig,3rd Kenny and Sheila Malcomson

January Class: Jonathan Aiken, 2nd Diane Christie and Trevor Bell, 3rd Diane Christie and Trevor Bell

Group of Three:  1st Drew and Stephen Cowan, 2nd David and Liz Mawhinney,3rd Jonathan Aiken

Ewe Lamb; 1st Ronnie Scott and Sons, 2nd Stephen Macauley, 3rd Ronnie Scott and Sons

Male Champion Lot 115 Drew and Stephen Cowan

Female Champion Lot 166 Ronnie Scott and Sons

Reserve Champion Lot 128 John Graham

Champion Lot 115 Drew and Stephen Cowan