Top billing for prize Charollais ram lamb
CHAROLLAIS Sheep Society chairman John Geldard partnered fellow Cumbria breeder Richard Harrison and John Andrew, Ayrshire, to pay the top price of 1300gns at the breed societys Northern Ireland show and sale at Portadown.
The leading bid was paid for the second prize-winning ram lamb from Drew Cowans Tullyear flock in Co Down.
New breeder Malcolm Reid from Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, reaped the benefits of substantial investments made in good foundation ewes bought from Northern Irish, Scottish and French flocks.
He snatched the championship from established breeders with a ram lamb from his Meadowvale flock. The ram lamb made 1000gns to Peter Rafferty.
The Riverdale flock owned by the McMordie family from Saintfield, Co Down, fared well selling a second prize-winning ram lamb by a Scratchmere sire to Co Kildare breeders Mr and Mrs Neville Coyle at 650gns.
Another from the same home, sired by their new stock ram Beechlodge Brilliant, went to John Fleming, Downpatrick, at 580gns.
Leading the performance recor-ded ram lamb class was a an entry from Newtownards breeder David Mawhinney which made 500gns.
The shearling and senior rams averaged £392 and peaked at 540gns for a shearling from Mr Cowans consignment. A senior ram from Jim Bell and Diane Christies Lornbrook flock at Newtownards made 500gns.
Averages: 14 shearling rams £391; 69 ram lambs £344 and seven ewe lambs £275. (Automart) *