A solid commercial trade and a very good clearance rate underpinned the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Spring Sale of Bulls & Females at Dungannon Mart earlier this week.

Leading trade with a 3,600gns bid was Trueman Hummer bred by H Savage and Sons, Cullyhanna. This June 2012-born bull by Hartlaw Excaliber and out of Trueman Concert, who has Nenuphar and Sympa bloodlines sold to Farmers Weekly Awards winner Sam Chesney, Kircubbin.
Trueman Hummer 3600gns

Three bulls then made the second best bid of 3,300gns, the first being Culnagechan Hacka bred by D Hume, Randalstown. This June 2012 bull is bred out of the herd’s stock bull Culnagechan Exceptional and out of Ballydonaghy Uglybird. He headed home with R Robertson, Newtownards.

The second bull at this price was the June-2012 born bull Ballyrobin Holyfield bred by J Gilliland, Antrim. Sired by Carmorn Copilot he is out of the Nenuphar daughter Ballyrobin Beata. With a Beef Value of LM+25 he was purchased by S McConvey, Ardglass.

Also making 3,300gns was Carmorn Hitchhiker, bred by C and F McAuley, Toomebridge. This December 2012 bull is sired by Ampertaine Eliminator, a and out of Carmorn Virginia. He was purchased by G Corrie, Newtownards.

Next best price was 2,900gns for the overall supreme champion Rahoney Hezekiah bred by Messrs H and D McFarland, Trillick. This May 2012-born bull had been picked out by judge, local breeder and NI Limousin Club Committee Member, David Kenwell, Dromore. This bull holds a Beef Value of LM+28 and is sired by the 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount and is out of Rahoney Ethel, a Homebryes Visitor daughter. This bull was snapped up by F Watson, Newtownards.

Other bulls fetching 2,900gns were Shanhill Hercules bred by L Crilly, Newry, a Sympa son and out of the dam Limo Vixen when selling to Mackin Farming, Newtownhamilton. The Junior Champion, Eniver Hull, bred by M McKeefry, a Ampertaine Bermuda son and out of Eniver Elly, made the same sum when knocked down to F Watson, Cloughey.

Four bulls secured bids of 2,800gns: Aghadolgan Henri from RAG Savage; Ballyrobin Highflyer (J Gilliland); Carnew Highlight (J & J Aiken); and Trueman Hymn (H Savage & Sons).

In the females, judged by Derek Frew, Antrim, the youngest heifer and reserve female champion, Craigatoke Iloveit, bred by M Conway, Plumbridge realised 3,000gns. This February 2013-born heifer is sired by Plumtree Deus and is out of the homebred dam Craigatoke Chantelle, a Haltcliffe Underwriter daughter and she now heads to C O’Reilly, Keady. Second top female price of 1,900gns went to the overall female champion, Kendrom Gail, bred by D Kenwell, Dromore. This heifer is sired by Procters Cavalier and is out of the dam Laurelbank Tarna and now heads to her new home with J Cranny, Newry.

Averages
40 Bulls £2,556.75
9 Heifers £1,662.15

Auctioneer: Dungannon Farmers Mart