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