Charolais bulls met with a ready trade in Dungannon on Monday 2nd May, topping at 4,300gns with 24 bulls selling at a clearance rate of 77% and a bull average of £2687.50. The sale was sponsored by Dovera Genetics and the judge was Philip Hammond of Tullylagan Cookstown.

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The 24 lots were topped by an entry from Malcolm Surphlis, Ballyhullagh, Co Fermanagh. Waterview Jupiter an 18 month old son of the French imported Pirate was purchased by A Stevenson, Ballymoney, Co Antrim.

Breeder Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Derry came up with the goods securing the supreme and reserve supreme championships. Firstly, at 4,000gns was his supreme champion the 15 month old 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo son Coolnaslee Lincoln who caught the eye of Andrew Morrison, Milford, Co Armagh. Earlier in the sale Mr Crawford bagged 3,700gns for the reserve supreme and senior male champion Coolnaslee Jim. The November 2014-born Jim sired by the 12,000gns Maerdy Fiend went home with F and A King to Warrenpoint, Co Down.

The next top priced at 3,300gns and purchased by John Mullin, Pomeroy, Co Tyrone was the class winner Riverview Jeronimo TI +51 SRI +52 an 18 month old Blelack Digger son from Neville Hicks, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh. Three lots sold for 3,000gns the first was Ardmachree Joker bred and exhibited by Aaron Quigley, Macken, Co Fermanagh. The November 2014-born Goldies Eddy son Joker went home to Carrickmore, Co Tyrone with Pat Slane. At the same price of 3,000gns Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh was next to sell his yellow ticket winner Brogher Jack TI +48 SRI +51. James McKee, Kilkeel, Co Down was the man behind the money on this 16 month old son of Vexour Freddy. The third lot to sell for 3,000gns was the reserve senior male championship from Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh with the December 2014-born Killadeas Joe. Gwenog Braveheart is the sire of this lad and his homebred dam Killadeas Gail goes back to the 16,000gns Blackford Dynamite, he journeys on to work at Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh with Cyril Brown.

The first lot of the day was knocked down at 2,900gns to the new owner J Kane, Aghalee, Co Antrim. The April 2014-born Royaldowns Jetstream TI +58 SRI +58 shown by Mervyn McKeown, Crossgar, Co Down is a son of Alwent Goldbar. Following on at 2,800gns was Kilturk Lucas from Patrick Grue, Kilturk, Co Fermanagh. This Cottage Devon sired lad was the youngest bull at the sale at 12 months and went home to Newtownhamilton, Co Armagh with Melvyn Watt.

In the female section Stuart and David Bothwell exhibited the Female Champion which was the first to sell at 2,500gns. Killadeas Isla is a daughter of the 16,000gns Blackford Dynamite while her dam is the Oldstone Egbert-sired Killadeas Alpine. JP McCooey, Keady, Co Armagh was the man behind the money on this November 2013-born in-calf heifer.

The final bidder at 2,100gns was Ross Baird, Strabane, Co Tyrone who took home the reserve female champion from James McBride, Strabane, Co Tyrone. Moorlough Jenny is a 25 month old daughter of the Highland Show reserve junior bull Elgin Davinci and out of the homebred Moorlough Ellen.

Averages 24 bulls £2687.50, 2 females £2300

Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart

Showing Class Results

Class 1 - Bulls born 18/04/14 -10/06814 1st: Tullygarley Judge owned by John K Currie 2nd: Roundroad Judore owned by P & D Kelly

Class 2 - Bulls born 04/09/14 -26/10/14 1st: Riverview Jeronimo owned by Nevillle Hicks 2nd: Glence Juggernaut owned by V & P McDonald 3rd: Woodpark Jason owned by Will Short

Class 3 - Bulls born 04/11/14 -29/12/14 1st: Coolnaslee Jim owned by Gilbert Crawford 2nd: Killadeas Joe owned by S & D Bothwell 3rd: Brogher Jack owned by Trevor Phair

Class 4 - Bulls born 01/01/15 – 12/02/15 1st: Coolnaslee Lincoln owned by Gilbert Crawford 2nd Tullyquin Lucas owned by Adrian Ellison 3rd: Skysea Lord owned by K C Veitch

Class 5 - Bulls born 14/02/15 -10/04/15 1st: Glencoe Lesnar owned by V & P McDonald 2nd: Hollywell Lotto owned by S & J Middleton 3rd: Bessiebell Lego owned by Jack Smyth

Class 6 - Females born 20/101/14 -29/08/14 1st: Killadeas Isla owned by S & D Bothwell

Class 7 - Females born 2015 1st: Moorlough Jenna owned by James McBride

Charolais Championships:

Female Champion: Killadeas Isla owned by S & D Bothwell

Res. Female Champion: Moorlough Jenna owned by James McBride

Senior Male Champion: Coolnaslee Jim owned by Gilbert Crawford

Res. Senior Male Champion: Killadeas Joe owned by S & D Bothwell

Junior Male Champion: Coolnaslee Lincoln owned by Gilbert Crawford

Res. Junior Male Champion: Glencoe Lesnar owned by V & P McDonald

Male Champion: Coolnaslee Lincoln owned by Gilbert Crawford

Res. Male Champion Coolnaslee Jim owned by Gilbert Crawford

Supreme Champion in Show: Coolnaslee Lincoln owned by Gilbert Crawford

Res. Supreme Champion: Coolnaslee Jim owned by Gilbert Crawford

The Simpson Cup for the Supreme Champion is awarded to Gilbert Crawford.

Date for Diary: Next Charolais Sale is in Ballymena on Friday 10th June 2016