With Covid restrictions and lockdowns Charollais sellers were naturally a little apprehensive before their Female Sale, but they needn’t have worried. Averages were well up with 53 Shearlings averaging 813gns, and 42 Ewe Lambs 588gns. Topping the trade at 2920gns 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 1850gns. 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 1020gns 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 lot 77.
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.