Premier Sale Report 2016

The Bimeda sponsored Irish Charollais Sheep Society 27th Premier Show and Sale was held on Saturday 30th July at Tullow Mart. In the sunshine Mr. Robert Hopper, Devon, UK, had the unenviable job of judging an excellent show of sheep.

156 sheep were catalogued for the sale but only 146 were offered for sale. The trade on the day recouped the ground it lost last year and gained some more. The sale averaged €738 on average, up €50 a head on last year. Clearance was also up 5% to 65%. The biggest jump came in the Ram Lambs with an average price of €784, an increase of €134 on 2015.

The first event of the day was the judging with the hogget ewes. Eddie and Paul O’Gorman, Cahir, Co Tipperary took the red rosettes with a daughter of Lisfuncheon Rambo. This stylish hogget was sold for €700 to Donegal breeder James Devenney. Jim and Frampton Jeffery, Midleton, Co. Cork took the blue rosettes with a daughter of Carriganeela Cracker. She sold to another Co. Cork breeder James Walsh for €1,050. Co. Waterford breeder Patrick Whyte took third placed with his hogget sired by Attiknockan Noble Art. She sold for €400 to Roscommon breeder Donal Keaney. The hogget ewes averaged €568, up €161 on last year.

Liam Conway, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway exhibited the winning ewe lamb, who also took the honor of Female Champion and Overall Reserve Champion. This lady was sired by June Johnnie and was unsold. The Jeffery Brothers were again in the blue rosettes position with a daughter of Carriganeela Cracker selling for €520 to Co. Mayo breeder Aidian Loftus. A Bunderg Nailer daughter bred by Andrew Gilmore Kingscourt Co. Cavan took third prize and was unsold. Ewe lambs had a top of €650 with an averaged €441 with a down €50 on 2015.

It was now the turn of the males to take the yard and biggest class of the day was the ram lamb class, which was won by Edward Buckley Macroom, Co. Cork. This son of Kilbarry Obaamaa who displayed fine breed characteristics, went on to claim the title of Supreme Champion of the day. He was later sold to the judge, Mr. Robert Hopper for €1,650. William Gleenson’s lamb by Lisfuncheon Mississippi from Fethard-On-Sea, Co. Wexford took second position. This powerfull lamb was sold for €1,400 to Owne Griffin Co. Meath. The yellow rosette of third place went to Eddie and Paul O’Gorman with a son of Lisfuncheon Rambo who was sold for €1600 to Cork breeder Maria Philpott. The top price of the day, €2,900 paid by Finbar Godfery Co. Kerry, went to Joe & Michael Byrne Glenealy, Co. Wicklow, for their Lamb Foynes Rolls Royce sired by Logie Durno Laird. Also hitting the high mark was another lamb from the pin of Edward Buckley. This lamb by Kilbarry Peacemaker was sold to Co. Mayo breeder Aidian Loftus for €2,100

Next up was the hogget ram class. Killian Traynor Shercock, Co. Cavan took first place with a son of Cloghala Comanche. This first prize winner sold for €1,120 to Kevin Heatherton Co. Meath while the the second prize winner owned by James Murphy Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny sold for €620 to John Graham Co. Tyrone. This ram was sired by Lisfuncheon Bruce. Eddie and Paul O’Gorman picked up another yellow rosettes with a son of Knockcroghery Constable and sold for €700 to James O’Neill Co. Carlow The hogget rams sold to an average of €710.