The Aberdeen Angus breed society’s show and sale of bulls at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart resulted in a 90% clearance with a top price of 4,000gns.
In all a total of 18 bulls went under the hammer to an average of £2,806 – an increase of £860 on this time last year according to auctioneer Trevory Wylie.
Taking the lead on the day at 4,000gns was Kiltariff Duke K326 (pictured above) from father and son duo Kenneth and Steven Bready, who run a herd of 10 pedigree cows at Rathfriland, County Down.
Born in June 2010, this one is by Nightingale Proud Jake G405, and is out of a home-bred dam by BJ’s No Limits 15S. He boasts a milk figure of +15, an eye muscle area of +4.1, a Terminal Index (TI) of +30 and a Self Replacing Index (SRI) of +40; the buyer was James Thompson, Culmore, County Londonderry.
The next leading price on the day of 3,600gns went to the male champion (pictured above), March 2010-born Lana Easy K721, from husband and wife team Alan and Lana Cheney, Trillick, Country Tyrone.
Snapped up by Colin Maxwell, Clough, Downpatrick, County Down, this one is by the Nightingale Easy Papa G728 son, Blackhaugh Easy Pape G728, and out of Newpark Wonder. He has a milk value of +10, a TSI of +36 and a SRI of +49.
Also at this price was Drumlone Europa K557 from Kenneth Veitch from Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh. This one is by the 36,000gns The Moss Mr Eshton D409 and out of Highland Colossal 101E daughter Drumlone Essy G702. The buyer was John Loughrin, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
Meanwhile, Richhill Bouncer K401, from Robin Lamb and Sons, Richhill, County Armagh, sold for 3,500gns. Sired by the Canadian-bred Hi Diamond Greenstone 504, and out of Bronte Lion. He was snapped up by Thomas Hamill, Downpatrick, County Down.
More championship results
In the championships, the reserve male title was awarded to Tamneymullan Juryman K777 (pictured above), an ET son of Ranui W Impact 762 from Robert and Keith Sufferin, Maghera, County Londonderry. He was sold for 2,600gns to William Henry, Gravagh, County Londonderry.
And in the female classes, the title of female champion went to May 2010-born maiden heifer Ballygannon Gay (pictured above), from Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw. This one is by KBJ Jetta 64D and out of Lochgarman Unite; she sold for 1,700gns to H Cleland, Downpatrick.
A reduction sale from the Whistlinthorns herd owned by Alan Wells, Portadown, County Armagh, reached a ceiling of 1,400gns. Sale leader was the four-year-old cow with calf at foot, Whistlinthorns Mayflower H482, by the Fordel Eisenhower Y423 son, Liss Best Man. The buyer was P Owens, Ballygawley, County Tyrone.
Next best at 1,080gns was the April 2008-born Whistlinthorns Mayflower H537. She is by the Rawburn Transformer son, Liss Bonny Man F707, and was snapped up by John Best from Poyntzpass.
AVERAGES: 18 bulls £2806; 4 show heifers £1549; 9 cows from dispersal £993 (Dungannon Farmers Mart).