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Tullyear Flock wins Norbrook Champion Flock Award`

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The Annual Dinner and Prize Giving of the Northern Ireland Charollais Sheep Society was held in Corick House. Members and friends were welcomed by Club Chairman Jonathan Aiken, a special welcome was given to the National Chairman,David Mawhinny,  Jacqueline Hamilton representing Norbrook, sponsor of the Flock Competition and Jim Jeffrey from County Cork who judged the Flock Competition. Following a lovely meal the club trophies were awarded, Male of the Year went to Hollylodge “Made to Measure”.  A son of Blakeney King Louis he was purchased at Dungannon Premier 2012 by the Lornbrook Flock for 3600gns.Bred by McConnell Brothers,Parkgate “Made to Measure” has won several Interbreed Championships during this year’s Show Season. Female of the Year went to Lornbrook J-Lo who has also had Interbreed success this year, J-Lo also won the Continental Championship at Clogher Show.  The Glenbrook Show Trophy for the highest Show Points gained over the Show season was once again won by the Lornbrook Flock.
Male of theYear:  Hollylodge “Made to Measure” shown by Diane Christie and Trevor Bell
Female of the Year:  Lornbrook J-Lo shown by Diane Christie and Trevor Bell
Glenbrook Show Team: Lornbrook Flock
Chairman’s Trophy: Sheila Malcomson
Cowan Trophy for Worcester Premier: Jonathan Aiken
Gardiner Trophy for Dungannon Premier: William McAllister
Mr Jim Jeffery was called upon to announce the results of the Flock Competition which were presented by Jacqueline Hamilton representing sponsor Norbrook. Mr Jeffery congratulated all those who had taken part in the Flock Competition, he had spent a very enjoyable two days looking at some terrific sheep.
Winning the Large Flock and the Overall Champion Flock was the Tullyear Flock of Drew and Stephen Cowan. Reserve Champion went to the Beechview Flock of George and Jason Booth who also won the Ram Lamb Class with Aberkinsey Notorious,a son of Glyn Coch Mr T, Notorious was purchased at Worcester Premier for 2900gns from Meilir Jones. Winning the Stock Ram Class was a Penrhos Ibanez son, Castellau Lord Mayor owned by Jonathan Aiken, the Overall Ewe Lamb Class was also won by Jonathan Aiken’s Carnew Flock.
Flock Competition Results
 Small Flock
1st William McAlister Artnagullion
2nd Norman McMordie Riverdale
3rd Jonathan Aiken Carnew
Medium Flock
1st Kenneth Malcomson, Ringclare
2nd Jason Booth, Beechview
3rd Harold MCBratney, Ashtonelle
Large Flock
1st Drew and Stephen Cowan, Tullyear
2nd Ian Goudy, Cardoonan
3rd Berry Brothers ,Banville

Ewe Lambs (Small Flock)
1st Jonathan Aiken
2nd William McAllister
3rd Norman McMordie

Ewe Lambs (Medium Flock)
1st Jason Booth
2nd Kenneth Malcomson
3rd Harold McBratney

Ewe Lambs (Large Flock)
1st Drew Cowan
2nd Gary Scott
3rd Ian Goudy
Champion Ewe Lambs:  Jonathan Aiken
Stock ram
1st Jonathan Aiken:  Castellau Lord Mayor
2nd Gary Scott: Bunderg Keelan
3rd John Graham:  Tullyear Limelight
Ram Lambs:
1st Jason Booth:  Aberkinsey Notorious
2nd Jonathan Aiken: Rhaeadr Norman
3rd Drew & Stephen Cowan: E2 Napoleon

Overall Champion:  Drew and Stephen Cowan:  Tullyear Flock
Reserve Champion Jason Booth: Beechview Flock.
Chairman Jonathan Aiken concluded the formal part of the evening by thanking Jim Jeffery for taking time to Judge the Flock Competition, Jacqueline Hamilton,representing Norbrook for their generous sponsorship and Corick House for the splendid meal and service.
The next major events for Charollais Sheep Breeders are the Female Sales
Dungannon  Monday 28th October 1.00pm
Omagh: Saturday 2nd November 1.00pm




Top Honour For Northern Ireland Charollais Breeder

Northern Ireland Charollais Breeders were delighted to hear of the recent election of David Mawhinney as National Chairman of the British Charollais Sheep Society, this is the first time a member from Northern Ireland has held this prestigious position. David farms with his wife Liz on the Ards peninsula,  their Rockvilla Flock is well known throughout GB and Ireland. David bought his first Charollais sheep in 1987 at a Society sale in Lockerbie where he purchased two in-lamb Females. He was attracted to the breed initially because of the Charollais ability to thrive on grass as he saw them as a low cost addition to his farming enterprise, this valuable trait continues to prove a major asset to the Breed as margins get tighter.  One of the highlights of David’s Charollais career was topping the market at the Premier Sale in Worcester in 2005 with his ram Rockvilla Ferrari, another was watching as a ram he had sold, Rockvilla Golden Promise won the Supreme Interbreed Championship at the Royal Welsh Show.
David feels that the Charollais Breed is well equipped to meet the many challenges facing the sheep industry his aim is to “ ensure that the Charollais breed continues to make progress and assert its position as a leading terminal sire. There is always room for improvement in any breed and Charollais Breeders have always adapted well to new demands from their commercial customers”



Ardaragh Feeds Sponsor Charollais Stock Judging

Ardaragh Animal feeds sponsored the recent Information and Stock Judging night held at the Farm of Drew Cowan. On hand to share their expertise were some of the stalwarts of the Charollais Breed who many strive to emulate in the show ring. The Lornbrook Flock Owners of Diane Christie, Jim and Trevor Bell is renowned throughout the UK and Ireland for their Showmanship, few if any have clocked up the miles and put in the hours to present to the public the high standard of stock which can be produced in Northern Ireland. The Interbreed Championships and Special Awards which they have achieved testimony to their dedication and hard work. This year alone winning Interbreed Sheep Championships at Ballymena, Lurgan. Armagh,Newry, Saintfield and the Continental  sheep Final at Clogher Show.  Charollais Sheep Chairman,Jonathan Aiken is also no stranger to winning in the Showring, the Carnew Flock never standing far from the top end of any class and also achieving Interbreed and Special Award Success, his Charollais Ewe winning the NISA/Danske Bank Ewe  Final at Antrim Show.  The McAllister Family from Parkgate have had an unbelievable year in both the Cattle and the Sheep ring taking the Prestigious Interbreed sheep title at Balmoral and also Interbreed at Ballymoney and Castlewellan. With all these experts on hand to offer advice Charollais Breeders were provided with a wealth of practical experience. The important factor emphasised throughout was the need to supply rams which will be an asset to the buyer and his Flock.
Judges for the Stock Judging Event were Jim Bell and Gilbert Anderson
Senior Section:
1st Robert Scott
2nd Gary Scott
3rd Ian Goudy
Junior Section:
1st Morgan Family
2nd Sophie McAllister
3rd Charlotte McAllister
The next big event for Charollais Breeders is Monday 2nd September with two Charollais Ram sales scheduled. There are entries of One hundred and twenty Rams for Dungannon Commercial Ram Sale. Show will commence at 11am with sale at 1.00pm. Forty seven Rams are catalogued for Ballymena Market, sale to commence at 7.00pm

Charollais Fat lamb Competition in Ballymena

1st John McFerran ,John runs forty Suffolk X  ewes on his Glarryford farm, last year he purchased a Charollais Ram from Mr Tommy Fenton at the Charollais Sheep ram sale in Ballymena. He is well impressed with his lambs, they are very even and have grown on well. He couldn’t believe how they weighed.
2nd Graham Martin, Broughshane, Graham has been using a Charollais Ram on his Flock of 150 Texel X ewes for a number of years now, he uses Charollais as he finds the lambs easy fleshed and quicker to finish.
3rd John Coleman from Glarryford showed a well matched pen of Charollais X Texel Lambs, John is pleased with how his Charollais lambs have done.
Judge,Drew Cowan was well pleased with the quality of the lambs presented, the first placed pen had  terrific loin and great backends. All lambs showed had great conformation
The N Ireland Charollais Sheep Club much appreciate the sponsorship from Reas of Ballymoney and The Charollais Sheep Society.
The next sale of Charollais Sheep will be in Ballymena market on Monday 23rd September, Show 5.30 Sale 7.00pm



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The new Balmoral Show Grounds certainly proved to be a winner for the Charollais Sheep Breed and in particular William McAllister of Kells, Ballymena.  The Breed won all Three Major Interbreed Championships,the Group of Three, The Pairs and the Supreme Interbreed Champion. Artnagullion Miss Diva was the Overall  Star of the Show, shown by the MCallister family this impressive Shearling Ewe,sired by Ballyhibbon Kickstart is no stranger to the show ring having taken first place in the ewe lamb class at Balmoral 2012; this years Charollais Judge Mr Jim Aiken had no hesitation in placing her Breed Champion. Standing beside her as the Interbreed Pairs Winners was the Charollais Male Champion,Gogwell Kicking King shown by Diane Christie and Trevor Bell. The Interbreed Group of Three was made up of the same winning combination plus a McAllister Ewe Lamb.
The top spots in the Charollais Classes were once again dominated by the Lornbrook and Artnagullion Flocks. The Lornbrook Flock winning both the Senior Ram and Shearling Ram Classes,their Senior Ram Gogwell Kicking King taking the Male Championship for the second year in a row. Winning the Shearling Ram Class was Hollylodge “Made To Measure”,purchased by Diane Christie and Trevor Bell at Dungannon Premier Sale 2012 from McConnell Brothers for 3600gns
Their first outing to Balmoral was certainly special for the Martin Family,standing top of his class was  their Ram Lamb sired by Tawelfa Knockout
The Senior Ewe Line Up contained some prominent names with last Year’s Breed Champion and Reserve Interbreed Champion Ballynoe House Princess Katie contesting for the top spot with last year’s Female of the Year Artnagullion Looby Lou. After some deliberation Judge Jim Aiken awarded the Red Rosette to Katie with Looby lou taking second place.
A strong class of Shearling Ewes created a lot of interest from spectators with the Judge choosing Artnagullion Miss Diva as his first placed ewe,in second stood the Lornbrook Flock with a ewe purchased from the Garriston dispersal sale of Kenton Foster. the Ewe lamb Class followed a similar pattern with the Artnagullion Flock once again taking the Red Rosette.


The Aiken Family from Dromara hosted the recent Charollais Sheep Open evening, the large crowd in attendance demonstrating the popularity of this event with people travelling from across the six counties and they were not to be disappointed with an excellent display of sheep and a delicious BBQ. The Stock Judging Competition as usual provided some debate with Master Judge Brian McAllister having the final say! Ardaragh Feeds kindly sponsored the Prizes for the Stock judging.
The Charollais Breed has been very much to the fore at the local shows, the Lornbrook Flock of Diane Christie and Trevor Bell taking Reserve Interbreed at Balmoral with Ballynoe House Princess Katie and winning Interbreed at Lurgan with a Shearling Ewe. The Lornbrook Senior ewe sired by Parkgate Glenmorangie has won Interbreed Success at Armagh and Saintfield Shows. The Artnagullion Shearling Ewe,Looby Lou was placed Reserve Interbreed at Ballymoney and Interbreed Champion at Newry. At Armagh Show Charollais once again scooped the three Interbreed sheep Championships with the Lornbrook Flock winning the Supreme Interbreed and the Group of Three and William McAllister’s Artnagullion Flock winning the Interbreed Pairs.  Jonathan Aiken was also flying the flag for Northern Ireland at the Royal Highland Show where his Shearling Ram Castellau Lord Mayor was place First in the Shearling Ram Class and Reserve Male Champion.
Charollais Breeders are now preparing for sales, the UK Premier at Worcester kicking the sales of to a great start with averages once again up. Top priced ram came from the Aberdeen Flock of the Ingrams, this Crogham Hanniball 11 son selling for 7800gns. Top pen of lambs was presented by Welsh Breeder, Myfyr Evan who averaged 2607gns for ten Rams sired by Ballyhibbon Klass Act

Averages: 47 Shearling Rams, 1088gns
154 Ram lambs, 1120gns
25 Shearling ewes, 874gns
                   10 ewe lambs, 528gns


Klassie Lassie Stars at Antrim and Clogher


The Charollais Breed started off the show season with a flourish when the Shearling ewe Ballynoe House Princess Katie shown by Diane Christie won the Supreme Interbreed Championship at Balmoral  and another Charollais Shearling ewe, Artnagullion Klassie Lassie shown by William MCAllister brought the show season to a grande finale claiming two major titles at Antrim and Clogher.  The stylish Charollais Gimmer, fighting off stiff competition to claim the McCaughan Animal Health/Zermex title at Antrim Show. Charollais were well represented in the final line-up taking three out of the top five places, Jonathan Aiken was in third position with his shearling,Carnew Katie whilst in fifth position was Diane Christie of Comber. Charollais success at Antrim show continued with the Artnagullion Charollais Flock of William McAllister winning the Interbreed Group of Three and Jonathan Aiken winning the Interbreed Pairs.
Clogher Show proved to be another red letter day for Klassie lassie and the McAllister family with the Shearling ewe once again showing her star quality, winning the hotly contested Continental Sheep final at Clogher, the Charollais Breed were very much to the fore in the final line-up with Jonathan Aiken taking Reserve spot and Diane Christie in fourth and fifth position.





Lucky Winner of Guess The Weight

The Charollais Stand at the recent NSA event attracted a lot of interest, people were very impressed with the standard of sheep on display and the “Guess the weight competition” certainly demonstrated how well Charollais lambs can weigh! The lucky winner of the £50.00 voucher to be used at the Charollais Premier on Monday 25th July was Anthony McShane, Carlingford, the correct weight being 174.50kgs

Robert Cromie, Banbridge and Ian Craig, Antrim on the Charollais Stand at the recent NSA event






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Charollais Breeders new and old recently met for a very successful workshop at the farm of Banbridge Breeder Drew Cowan. New members were given a skilful demonstration on how to prepare and present their sheep for sale by Club Chairman Jonathan Aiken and members Jim Bell and Diane Christie. A stock judging competition focused members on what they should be looking for in the Charollais Breed and thanks must go to Ronnie Davidson from Ardaragh Feeds for generously sponsoring the prizes.
Results from the Stock Judging
1st Open Class Stuart Cromie
1st Under Eighteen, Brian and Peter McGerrity
1st  Ladies Class, Rosemary McAllister
2011 has been a very successful year so far for the Charollais Sheep Breed,starting the year on a high note with a Shearling Ewe from the Lornbrook Flock of Diane Christie winning the Supreme Interbreed Championship at Balmoral Show; this tremendous ewe,”Ballynoe House Princess Katie “, has added to her success winning Supreme Interbreeds at Saintfield and Armagh.The Carnew Flock of Jonathan Aiken won the Interbreed Group and Pairs at Armagh and the Artnagullion Flock of William McAllister won the Interbreed Ewe Lamb at Omagh Show. Charollais have also hit the headlines in the UK with a record top price of £10,800gns at the Worcester Premier Sale,this was paid for a Shearling ram from the Aberdeen Flock of William Ingram.  The Charollais Stand at the recent NSA Event generated much interest, the high standard of the sheep on display certainly did the Breed proud, thanks to William McAllister and Robert Cromie for supplying the sheep.  The Guess the Weight Competition was won by Anthony McShane,Carlingford, the correct weight being 174.50kgs. Charollais Breeders here are now looking forward to their own Premier sale which takes place in Dungannon on Monday 25th July, Show 9.30,Sale 1.00pm





Charollais Tops at Castlewellan

The Charollias sheep Breed had a very successful day at Castlewellan Show with the Breed winning the Supreme Interbreed Championship with a Shearling ram shown by the Malcomson Family from Donaghmore,County Down. Riverdale Kydd was purchased by the Malcomsons for 1200gns from Norman McMordie  at the Dungannon Charollais Sheep Sale in September 2010 where he was placed Champion.  The Charollais were also at the front in the highly contested Norbrook  Closamectin Championship with a pair of ewe lambs from William McAllister’s Artnagullion Flock awarded the top spot, in third place was another Charollais pair this time shown by the Aiken Family from Carnew and taking fifth place was the Charollais pair shown by Diane Christie. The NISA/Northern Bank Championship provided another winning rosette for the Charollais with a Charollais ewe from William McAllister’s pen placed third in a very strong class.
Don’t miss the Charollais Premier Sale on Monday 25th July Dungannon Market, Show 10.30, Sale 1.00pm


Kenny and Geoffrey Malcomson with Grandson Callum



Libby McAllister and David Fullerton




Clean Sweep For Charollais At Armagh Show


Armagh Show proved a winning day for Charollais Sheep claiming all three Interbreed Titles. Ballynoe House Princess Katie once again showed her star quality, this outstanding Shearling ewe taking the Breed and Supreme Interbreed Championship for the Lornbrook Flock of Diane Christie and Trevor Bell. Princess Katie is no stranger to Championship rosettes having already won the Supreme Interbreed Championship at Balmoral this year.
The Interbreed Group and Interbreed Pairs were also won by Charollais, the Carnew Flock of Jonathan Aiken placed top in both these sections.
Charollais Breeders are reminded of the workshop at the farm of Drew Cowan on Tuesday Evening 28th June, this will include a clipping demonstration and Stock Judging Event, prizes for which are being kindly sponsored by Ardaragh Feeds. Anyone interested in the Breed is very welcome to come along.




Top Accolade For Charollais Sheep at Balmoral

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Celebrations for the twenty fifth anniversary of the Northern Ireland Charollais Sheep Club certainly got off to a memorable start with the Breed taking the Supreme Interbreed Championship at Balmoral Show. The Charollais Breed were also placed Reserve in the Interbreed Pairs and third in the Group of Three. Claiming top honours in the Championship was Ballynoe House Princess Katie,shown by the Lornbrook Flock of Diane Christie; this outstanding Shearling Ewe was described as a potential winner by Ian Craig when he sold her as a ewe lamb at the Charollais Female Sale in Dungannon,sired by a Ballyhibbon Stock Ram purchased from Michael Powers and with two influential Grand sires, Kingsland Highflyer and Castellau Formidable Katie was a worthy winner.The high standard of Charollais Sheep on show attracting favourable comments from the large crowd watching around the ringside as Judge Richard Geldard from Cumbria went about his job. First into the ring were the Senior Rams with the Four Year old Ram,Honddu Investigator Ram presented by David and Liz Mawhinney claiming the honours,this ram no stranger to red rosettes having previously won the Ram Lamb class at the Royal Welsh in 2008.
Next out were the Shearling Rams,Group leader in this class was Garriston Knockout shown by the Lornbrook Flock of Diane Christie,this well-balanced fleshy Ram out of a Dam by Coventry Fosterman went on to win Male Champion. In a highly contested Senior ewe class the Lornbrook Flock were once again to the fore,after much deliberation Judge,Richard Geldard placing their Parkgate Glenmorangie daughter as his first choice. Two strong well fleshed  Ram Lambs from the Rockvilla Flock of David and Liz Mawhinney caught the Judge’s eye in the Ram lamb Class with his first choice going to a Logie Durno Jackpot son, Rockvilla Lord of the Ring, the dam of this lamb was purchased at the Southam Dispersal Sale 2010 for 3000gns.

Winning first place in the Ewe lamb class was a very smart ewe lamb from the Riverdale Flock of Norman McMordie, sired by Rutland Humdinger and out of a homebred ewe this stylish ewe lamb Riverdale Lavender went on to win Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Breed Champion.

Breed Champion: Ballynoe House Princess Katie shown by Diane Christie
Reserve Champion: Riverdale Lavender shown by Norman McMordi

Tullyear Flock Scoops The Awards In The Janssen Charollais Sheep Flock Competition

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Charollais Sheep Breeders enjoyed an excellent night out at the Ross Park Hotel, Kells for their Annual Dinner and Prize giving with superb food and a “bit of craic”. The night proved a successful occasion for the Tullyear Flock of Drew and Stephen Cowan, the Tullyear Flock claiming a virtual clean sweep of the awards in the recent Janssen Animal Health sponsored Charollais Sheep Flock Competition winning the Overall Champion Flock, the Large Flock, the Ewe Lambs Trophy and the Junior Ram Trophy. Reserve Overall spot went to the Banville Flock of Berry Brothers, winner of the Medium Flock section. Winning the Small Flock was the Riverdale Flock of Norman McMordie
Meilir Jones had travelled over from Wales to judge the event and was very lucky to get two dry days to travel around viewing the Flocks; this certainly made his job more enjoyable and showed the sheep to their best advantage.  Commenting on the excellent sheep he had seen on his travels Meilir said he was looking for a Flock of ewes which had the characteristics to produce good commercial lambs as this should be the focus for any Pedigree Flock.
Charollais Sheep Chairman, Jonathan Aiken welcomed everyone to the event and congratulated all those who had won awards throughout the season, the high standard of sheep presented at shows providing great promotion for the breed. In particular he congratulated the Lornbrook Flock on wining the NISA/Northern Bank Ewe Championship and also the All Ireland Continental Championship. He thanked all those who sponsored the Club throughout the year and especially Janssen Animal Health who sponsor the Flock Competition
Flock Competition Results:
Small Flock Ewes: 1st Norman McMordie, 2nd William McAllister, 3rd Jonathan Aiken
Small Flock Ewe Lambs: 1st William McAllister, 2nd Jonathan Aiken, 3rd Norman McMordie
Medium Flock Ewes: 1st Marcus Berry, 2nd Noel Barton, 3rd Ian Craig
Medium Flock Ewe Lambs::1st Matt Taggart, 2nd Marcus Berry, 3rd Ian Craig
Large Flock Ewes: 1st Drew & Stephen Cowan, 2nd Robert & Stuart Cromie, 3rd Ian Goudy
Large Flock Ewe Lambs: 1st Drew & Stephen Cowan, 2nd Robert & Stuart Cromie, 3rd David & Liz      Mawhinney
Overall Winner Ewe Lambs: Drew and Stephen Cowan
Junior Stock Ram: 1st Drew & Stephen Cowan, Arjane Kukri, 2nd Ian Goudy, Riverdale Kingpin, 3rd Jonathan Aiken Carnew Kingpin
Senior Stock Ram: 1st David & Liz Mawhinney, Honddu Investigator, 2nd David Gordon, Highlander, 3rd Berry Brothers, Banville Handsome
Reserve Overall Flock: Banville Flock of Berry Brothers
Champion Overall Flock: Tullyear Flock of Drew and Stephen Cowan

Awards Presentation
Male of the Year: XWM 8007 shown by the Lornbrook Flock
Female of the Year: ZHV 9007 shown by the Lornbrook Flock
Glenbrook Trophy for the Show Team of the Year; Lornbrook Flock
Novice Award:  James and David Rea
Chairman’s Trophy: Rosemary McAllister
Gardiner Trophy for Premier Sale: Jonathan Aiken
Cowan Trophy for Worcester Premier Sale: David & Liz Mawhinney



Charollais Sheep BBQ A Sizzling Success

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Charollais Sheep Breeders enjoyed a very successful BBQ and family fun night at Ballymena Rugby Club.  In thanking everyone for coming Jonathan Aiken, Club Chairman commented on how pleased he was with the turnout of members and friends, in particular he thanked Norbrook Animal Health for their Sponsorship of the event. The games were very well organised by Libby Wilson and Jeanette Stirling and certainly succeeded in getting everybody involved with some members going home slightly pinker than they arrived!



The members of the Northern Ireland Charollais Sheep Club are very proud to extend their congratulations to their secretary Sheila Malcomson on her recent admirable achievement. At the British Charollais Sheep AGM in Cumbria she was presented with the prestigious Terry Robinson trophy for her services to the Charollais Sheep Society.  This award was presented to the British Charollais Sheep Society by Mr Terry Robinson OBE in 2001 but this is the first time it has been awarded to someone from the Northern Ireland region. Sheila has been secretary of the Northern Ireland Charollais Sheep Club for sixteen years during which she has worked with four Regional Chairmen all of whom have held her in the highest esteem. Sheila was introduced into the Charollais Sheep breed in the early 90s when she and her husband Kenneth first established their Ringclare Flock of Charollais Sheep at their Donaghmore farm, since then they have achieved many successes with their sheep but this is one trophy that Sheila can deservedly be very proud of.



Charollais Impress At Castlewellan

Charollais Sheep certainly had a red letter day at Castlewellan Show, in particular the Lornbrook Flock of Trevor Bell from Comber with his ewe Lornbrook Gem. Gem claimed not only the Charollais Breed Championship but also went on to win the NISA Ewe Championship and Reserve Interbreed Championship. Gem is no stranger to fame as she previously won this prestigious title two years ago
In the lineup for the Norbrook ewe lamb pairs there were four Charollais pairs in the final twelve which was no mean feat in a strongly contested class. Achieving third place with their Charollais was the father and son team of Kenny and Geoffrey Malcomson.



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New and Old members of the Charollais Sheep Club enjoyed a very practical and informative evening at the home of the McAllister family Kells.   Sponsored by Norbrook,Pharmaceuticals this took the form of a demonstration by some of the more experienced members on the presentation of animals for sale, this proved very beneficial with some of the younger members keen to try to their hand at trimming.  The stock judging classes caused much deliberation between members, Master Judge for the evening was David Mawhinney who highlighted the special characteristics exclusive to the charollais which it is important that breeders ensure they retain.  Members were able to view the McAllister Charollais Flock which was very impressive and provided newer members with the opportunity of seeing a first class flock at first hand.
The evening ended with a very welcome B-B-Q which gave everyone the opportunity to have a chat. Jonathan Aiken,Chairman of the Northern Ireland Charollais Sheep Club thanked the McAllister family for hosting the evening and everyone else for coming, it’s great to see such a large turnout especially of younger members and he hoped that the evening had been beneficial for them.

Winners of the Stock Judging competition were;

Ladies: Mrs Watson, Cullybackey
Juniors: Jonathan Watson, Cullybackey
Seniors: Stuart Cromie, Banbridge
Winners of Stock judging classes were presented with body warmers courtesy of Norbrook Pharmaceuticals
Members are now looking forward to their Premier Sale which takes place in Dungannon market on Monday 26th July at 1.00pm.