Powerful Aberdeen Angus bulls with good conformation and above average figures met a buoyant trade at the native breeds show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Prices peaked at 3,800gns, and five lots attracted bids of 3,000gns and over.
Sale leader was the reserve male champion Old Glenort Earthmover N065 TSI+29 SRI+37 from James Porter’s 70-cow herd at Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn. Sired by stock bull Luddenmore Eclipse J067, he is bred from Old Glenort Black Bianca J201. Earthmover is in the breed’s top 15% for eye muscle area +4.4, and top 30% for milk +11. Born in January 2013 this one joins a Clogher-based herd.
Next best at 3,100gns was the fifteen-month-old supreme male champion Drumhill Jumbo Eric P086 bred by Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, Cookstown. Described by judge Nigel Heatrick, County Monaghan, as a well grown and correct bull with tremendous Breedplan figures, he is in the breed’s top 5% for milk and top 10% for eye muscle area +and top 15% for self replacing index. Sired by Blelack Prince Consort A286 and out of Rawburn Joyful Erica H772 he sold to Wilbert Hanna, Rasharkin, County Antrim.
Also selling at 3,100gns was the third prize winning Sess Elim N061 TSI+28 SRI+35, a July 2013 born Friarstown Edition G028 son bred by Margaret Buchanan, Augher, County Tyrone. He was bred from the Fordel Eisenhower Y423 daughter Sess Essie E633, and joins a County Down herd.
Next best at 3,000gns was Dartrey Diageo N156 from Hylda Mills and AW Buller, Scarva. This two-year-old entry was sired by Logie Lustre F473, and is out of Wedderlie Duchesse E031. Buyer was Andrew Dobbs, Carrickfergus.
Also commanding a bid of 3,000gns was the third prize winning Lana Ephraim P771, a fourteen-month-old entry consigned by Alan and Lana Cheney, Trillick, County Tyrone. Sired by the herd’s stock bull Blackhaugh Easy Papa G728 and out of Friarstown Elba J157, this one is in the breed’s top 10% for milk +16, top 15% for daughter calving ease +2.5 and self replacing index +48, and top 20% for terminal sire index. New owner is DJ Hatrick, Creggan Farm, Londonderry.
Female champion was James Porter’s twenty-five-month-old heifer Old Glenort Emer N437. He also scooped the reserve female championship with the May 2013 born Old Glenort Elana N625. She sold for 1,200gns to Sean Moore’s Millbrae herd at Derrynoose, Armagh. They were the first daughters to be offered for sale by the herd’s 16,000gns stock bull The Moss Quebec K027.