Charolais females met a solid demand from a crowded ringside, selling to a top of 5,500gns in Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday 6 June when Gilbert Crawford, staged a major production sale from his Coolnaslee herd based at Maghera, County Derry.
Sale leader at 5,500gns Shoyswell Upperclass with her six month old bull, Coolnaslee Clifton
Sale leader at 5,500gns was Shoyswell Upperclass, a 2003 born cow bred by R Barnes (Farms) and sold with her six month old bull, Coolnaslee Clifton by the herd’s current senior sire, the 14,000gns Allanfauld Superscot. The buyer was Gordon Cutler, Florencourt, Enniskillen.
Minutes later Coolnaslee Vee, a four year old Blakestown Iontach daughter offered with her October 2007 born heifer, Coolnaslee Cora by Superscot was knocked down sold for 4,400gns to Nigel and Gail Matchett, Cloncarrish, Portadown. The couple went on to make two more purchases: they paid 3,000gns for Coolnaslee Brenda, a two year old heifer by Superscot and in calf to Oscar Sydney and 2,800gns for Coolnaslee Ruby, a Derrygiff Mills daughter sold in calf to Superscot.
A second 4,400gns bid was made towards the end of the day, this time by Stuart Wilson, Derrylin for Coolnaslee Berry, a two and a half year old maiden by Superscot. Next at 4,000gns was the Superscot sired first calver, Coolnaslee Avril offered with Coolnaslee Charolotte, a December 2007 heifer calf by Coolnaslee Notable. Avril was sold in calf to Sandleford Berkamp to Arthur Magill, Carnlough.
Aiden Mulry, Roscommon forked out 3,200gns for Coolnaslee Annette, a three year old Superscot daughter and her eight month old heifer, Coolnaslee Cloud by Oscar Sydney. Following close behind at 3,000gns was the 2003 born Coolaslee Unique purchased by Noel McCrea, Cookstown for flushing purposes.
Coolnaslee Angela, a two and a half year old Beechdale Uplift daughter was knocked down sold for 2,900gns to breed newcomer, Robert Flynn, Saintfield. Frank McCaughan, Bushmills went to 2,800gns for Mullagh Tonic, a six year old by Roundhill Ohoh, bred by M McLean and offered with her two month old bull by Superscot. Leading entry secured at 2,600gns by Libby Clarke, Springfield, Lurgan was Coolnaslee Rosalie, a Balmoral first class prize winner by Derrygiff Mills and in calf to Superscot.
Heading the bull trade at 2,100gns was Coolnaslee Chaplin, a yearling Superscot son and out of Mullagh bred cow going back to Derrygiff Mills. The buyer was Brian Quin, Dungannon.
Three lots shared a 2,000gns bid. First to go was Coolnaslee Cruising, a 12 month old by Coolnaslee Abricot and out of a homebred dam going back to Superscot. He sold to David Allen, Richill, Armagh. Noel McCrea made the next 2,000gns call for Coolnaslee Commissioner, an 11 month old Superscot son. The final 2,000gns bid came from Cumbria breeder, Paul Stobart, Penrith for Coolnaslee Calvert, another July 2007 born Superscot son.
Also travelling back over the water were two cow and calf lots with R and R Weir, Cumnock, Ayr. The partners went to 1,900gns for Coolnaslee Address, a three year old by Superscot with her February born bull, Coolnaslee Donald, by Oscar Sydney. At 1,700gns the Weirs secured the Cumbrian bred Mossermains Verity, a four year old by Coolnaslee Statesman with Coolnaslee Delila at foot, her January born heifer by Superscot.
Averages: 19 cows / heifers with calves at foot £2,439.15; 44 in calf cows / maiden heifers £1,724.10; 7 bulls £1,949.85.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers’ Mart
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