After a successful day’s trading at Stirling last week Angus breeders from across the water in Nothern Ireland fared rather less well at their sale at Dungannon on Tuesday when prices peaked at 4000gns.
Leading the sale, which auctioneer Trevor Wylie described as sticky, was Old Glenort Kit from James Porter, Lisburn. This one had taken a red ticket in the pre-sale show and is by 2009 Balmoral Show champion, The Moss Mr Eshton, and out of Old Glenort Kathleen, a granddaughter of 17,000gns Kathleen of Fordafourie. With a terminal sire index of +20 and a self replacing index of +34, he sold to pedigree producers Dessie and Isolbel Mackey for their Moneybroom herd, Lisburn.
Next best of 3300gns was the reserve champion from the pre-sale show, Kiltariff Lord Trendsetter from Kenneth and Steven Bready, Rathfriland, Co Down. One of the first sons of Canadian-bred sire BJ’s No Limits to be offered in Northern Ireland, he is out of a homebred dam by Ankoninan Elixir. May 2008-born Lord Trendsetter has a TSI of +25 and an SRI of +31 and sold to A Buchanan, Victoria Bridge, Strabane.
Selling at 3250gns was Drummeer Pedro, a June 2008-born son of Nakkeg Nord from Alan Morrison, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh. He is out of Galcantry Peral, a Hurdcott Eurocrat daughter. Pedro had previously stood breed champion at Eniskillin Show last year and sold to commercial producer Philip Dillon.
Next best at 2600gns was Lana Vinron from Alan Cheney, Trillick,
And then at 2500gns was the first prize winning Killaney Exel H616 brought out by the husband and wife team of John and Sandra Blackburn, Clogher, County Tyrone. This 22 month-old bull was sired by the Tivanagh Baron son, Coneyisland Legend E112, and is out of a home-bred dam by Tui Tidy Ben. He sold to Sam Campbell, Coleraine, Co Londonderry.
The youngest bull through the sale ring, Ballyheather Krackerjack H277, came under the hammer at 2400gns for John and Liz Henderson, Strabane, and sold to Drew Lynn, Omagh,
The female championship went to Woodvale Eyrie H815, a June 2008-born Woodvale Mr Awesome E207 daughter, exhibited by Alwyn and Carol Armour, Dromara. She is out of the Woodvale Roscoe Y054 daughter, Woodvale Eyrie D894, and sold at 1800gns to pedigree breeder, John Best, Poyntzpass.
Averages; 14 bulls £2317 (Dungannon Farmers Mart).