7 June 2002

Best Charolais for 40 years

THE best selection of Charolais cattle to grace the Portadown ring for almost 40 years was how breeders described the Coolnaslee reduction sale where prices reached 5600gns for a maiden heifer.

Herd owner Gilbert Crawford of Maghera saw averages for the total entry of 42 cows, served and maiden heifers nudge £2000.

It was the yearling heifer Coolnaslee Sally that moved the crowd into top gear to sell at 5600gns. Sally is by the successful herd sire Derrygiff Mills; a bull bought at Perth four years ago for 10,000gns and now established as a top producer.

Sally is out of the Shamley Deacon-sired Toberlane Harriet and was bought by Joe Wilson & Sons, Newry.

Coolnaslee Patrice had caught the eye of breeders after her second placing at this years Royal Ulster Show. She is a daughter of the Derrygiff sire and is out of a Warninglid cow. Due to calve shortly to Goldies Picado she joins the Foydragh Charolais herd at Maguiresbridge at 4600gns.

Alastair Houston made the trip from Gretna Green where he is re-establishing his successful Gretnahouse herd. He claimed Coolnaslee Presence at 4200gns. By Mills and suckling a stylish heifer calf by Roundhill Ohoh, she had a Beef Value of 22.

Another Ohoh daughter found favour when Harold Stubbs of Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh paid 3850gns for Coolnaslee Rosebud – an embryo daughter of Shamleys Evasion.

Elizabeth Magowan established a new herd with the purchase of her first female. She gave 3050gns for a daughter of the French import Hermes and out of Maerdy Jabot.

Averages: Eight cows and calves £1988; 17 served heifers £1970 and 17 maidens £1822. (Automart) &#42