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NI Charolais Meet Record Demand in Dungannon
10/03/09

Charolais met a record demand underpinned by the commercial sector in Dungannon on Saturday 7 March at the breed society’s NI club spring show and sale where bidding peaked at 6,100gns and a record NI breed average of £3,332.50 was achieved together with 98% clearance, 46 out of the 47 entries found buyers.

Atnaveigh Cracker - 6,100gns

Atnaveigh Cracker

“This fixture’s insatiable demand for bulls was driven by the commercial sector’s confidence in Charolais’ ability to deliver calves with superior growth rates through to traditional finishing weights and beyond the former 400kgs barrier, and continue to grade within the specification,” commented the society’s David Benson.

Sale leader at 6,100gns was Atnaveigh Cracker, a 16 month old by Doonally New son and out of a Gretnahouse sired dam from S and R Thompson, Newry, County Down. Cracker who earlier on had been awarded the reserve supreme and junior male championships, was knocked down sold to Colin Hamilton, Castlederg.

Killadeas Colum - 5,700gns

Killadeas Colum

The day’s second highest call at 5,700gns was made for the supreme champion, Killadeas Colum from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh. This 19 month old Dunlon Ulick son and out of a Brampton Embark daughter went home with Brian Pedlow, Lurgan.

Two entries shared a 5,000gns price tag. First to go was Brogher Cracker, an 18 month old by Doonally New and out of a home bred dam by Oldstone Egbert. Cracker who was in the breed’s top 5% on both Terminal Index, TI +34 and Self Replacing Index SRI +41, was bred by Trevor Phair, Enniskillen and sold to A McGill, Carnlough.

The day’s second 5,000gns bid was made by Edward McErlean, Portglenone for the 16 month old Tarabe Collin, a Royal Picasso son out of a Blakestown dam bred by B and J Buchanan, Hillsborough, County Down.

Two lots were bid to 4,600gns each. Dartonhall Corrie, a 16 month old by Doonally New from John Erskine, Killylea, County Armagh made 4,600gns to David Finlay, Ballygowan. The second 4,600gns call went to the day’s reserve junior champion, Coolnaslee Clifton from Gordon Cutler, Enniskillen. This 15 month old youngster was by Allanfauld Superscot and out of a Shoyswell bred cow. He sold Hazel Morrell, Coleraine.

Next at 4,500gns was the 17 month old Aughafad Caleb, an Allanfauld Vagabond son from RH Sinnamon, Pomeroy to W Smyth, Limavady. Minutes later, the November 2007 born Burradon Talisman son, Moorlough Chico from J McBride, Strabane commanded another 4,500gns bid, this time from M Wright, Lisnaskea.

The first lot in the ring, Dunmore Cracker, a rising two year old by Goldstar Vladamir from D Campton, Cookstown attracted a 4,000gns call from A Douglas, Limavady. Two more lots sold to 4,000gns each, with the next in the ring Tamnamore Cody, an 18 month old Uranus son changing hands to J Burke, Derrylin. The final 4,000gns entry, Riverview Cracker, a 17 month old Doonally New son offered by Neville Hicks, Enniskillen sold to A Stevenson, Ballymoney.

The female trade was led at 1,800gns for Melvin Bessie from HA Kerr, Ballinamallard, This November 2006 born Dartonhall Viking daughter out of a Grove Enterprise sired dam sold to Eric Connor, Maghera.

Averages: 46 bulls £3,332.50; six females £1,645

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers’ Mart

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