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Charolais Female Champion Tops at 6,600gns in Dungannon

A packed ring-side reflecting the surge in interest in Charolais cattle was reflected in a solid trade, peaking at 6,600gns in Dungannon on Friday 5 November at the NI Club’s official autumn show and sale.

Hollywell Decota, the female champion and leader at 6,600gns
Hollywell Decota

The 6,600gns sale leader was the female champion, Hollywell Decota TI+23, SRI+29, a rising two year old heifer bred and exhibited by John and Sandra Middleton, Upper Creevagh, Londonderry. Sired by Oldstone Egbert, she was out of a homebred dam going back to Doonally New. The buyer was C Ferris, Crossgar, County Down.

The reserve male champion, Derryharney Elvis at 5,000gns

Derryharney Elvis

Next highest price at 5,000gns was the reserve male champion, Derryharney Elvis, a 21 month old by the 10,000gns Perth champion, Thrunton Bonjovi and out of a Loughside cow, by Chesham Flint. Bred and exhibited by Harold Stubbs, Lisnaskea, Elvis was knocked down sold to H Wilson, Ballymena, Antrim.

Dartonhall Exeden, a 17 month old Knockane Collen son and out of a homebred dam from John Erskine, Killylea, Armagh attracted a bid of 4,300gns from WM Jeffers, Coleraine. Minutes before, Dartonhall Excellent, another 17 month old from the same breeder, this time by Ashleigh Victor, was secured for 3,000gns by K McManus, Enniskillen.

A bid of 4,000gns was made for the day’s male champion, Glassdrummond Echo by A Gallacher, Newtownstewart. This 20 month old bred by Peter Vallely, Derrynoose, Armagh was by the 55,000gns Perth supremo Thrunton Voldemort and out of a Kiliskeen bred cow.

Next at 3,900gns was Cloncarrish Ernie, a 14 month old bred by Mr and Mrs N Matchett and offered by M Ritchie, Richhill, Armagh to F Connon, Ballymena, Antrim. A Millstreet Charlo son, he was out of a Greentown bred cow.

Two lots shared a 3,600gns price tag. First to go was Drumconnis Enterprise, a 20 month old by Oldstone Egbert bred by John McGrath, Dromore, Omagh to R Robertson, Killinchy, Newtownards. The second 3,600gns bid was made by H Lennox, Moneymore, Magherafelt for Cuillmore Elton, a Keane bred 18 month old by Pirate and out of a Doonally bred dam from Victor Bothwell, Eniskillen. The same vendor offered another 18 month old Pirate son, this time the McGovern bred Crossane Eoin at 3,200gns to B McNamee, Sixmilecross, Omagh.

Mullaghbane Egbert, a 15 month old Sang-d’Or son and out of a homebred dam going back to Doonally New from Fred Elliott, Florencecourt, Fermanagh made 3,500gns to A Butler, Ballycastle, Antrim.

Coolnaslee Eldorado, an 18 month old Sandelford Bergkamp son and out of a dam by Allanfauld Superscot from Gilbert Crawford, Maghera sold for 3,200gns to W McGookin, Larne.

Four more lots were secured for 3,000gns. First through the ring was Toberlane Ellison TI+24, SRI+28, a 21 month old Doonally New son and out of a Derrygiff Mills homebred dam from Will Causey, Cookstown, Tyrone to S McGorrian, Downpatrick.

Next at 3,000gns was the 19 month old Ballyoak Euro TI+24, SRI+29, a Dunlon Ulick son bred by S and A McKenna and offered by father and son team, Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballinamallard, Fermanagh. Ballyvaddy Eldorado, another 19 month old this time by Ballyvaddy Utopia from William McVey, Carnlough, Ballymena followed shortly at 3,000gns to W Hanna, Ballymoney. The final 3,000gns call came from A Butler, Callycastle, Antrim for Burnside Eldarado, a 17 month old by the 16,000gns Balmyle Vagabond from Brian and William McAllister, Kells, Ballymena.

Other leading female lots included Tullylagan Estella, a 20 month old heifer by Gwenog Braveheart from S Hammond, Cookstown to Gilbert Crawford, Maghera at 2,800gns. At 2,600gns, Harold Crawford, Fintona, Tyrone sold Tonaghmore Faith, a 10 month old heifer by Mullaghbane Topline and out of a Maerdy dam to M Irwin, Fintona.

Averages: 34 bulls £2,751; 22 females £1,832.25.

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers’ Mart

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