Breed records for Charollais females were broken on two occasions at Drew and Stephen Cowan’s production sale of the Tullyear flock from Northern Ireland, when a ewe and a gimmer both sold for 7500gns each.

The sale, staged at the Beattie Livestock Yard, Omagh, attracted huge interest with 70% of the stock being exported to the UK mainland and Southern Ireland.

First to surpass the previous breed high of 7000gns paid in 2011, was a two-shear ewe by Tullyear Egbert bred from of a Bawnard Keystone daughter. She was knocked down to the Ingram family of the Logie Durno and Loanhead flocks, from Pitcaple, Inverurie, and sold carrying a single to Logie Durno Van the Man.

Two others heading home to Aberdeenshire with the Ingrams at 3000gns and 2900gns with both in lamb to Logie Durno Van The Man. The former, a two-shear Logie Durno Finnegan daughter is bred from one of the flock’s best French-bred dams, while the latter a gimmer, is by Tullyear Silver Dollar and out of a Castellau Millionaire-sided dam.

Also selling for a record breaking 7500gns was the in-lamb gimmer, Tullyear Uptown Lady, a daughter of Loanhead Topgun bred from a ewe by a Tullyear ram. She sold to Northern Ireland’s, Graham Foster, buying for his Springhill flock.

Tullyear Uptown Girl made 5500gns to Robert and Jeanette Gregory of the Edstaston flock from Shropshire. This similarly aged entry is by Edstaston Toulouse and out of a Bawnard Keystone dam.

Overall 108 lots were sold to average £1100.