The overall champion and reserve bulls shared the top price of 4200gns yesterday’s Limousin sale at Dungannon.
Joint trade leaders at 4200gns were Eniver Eoin and Culnagechan Engineer respectively.
Eoin was the male and intermediate champion. This is an August 2009-born bull consigned by M McKeefry, Carhill Road, Garvagh, Coleraine. A powerful Ampertaine Abracadabra son and out of the homebred Ronick Hawk daughter, Eniver Alice, he carried a Beef Value of +41 placing him squarely in the top 1% of the breed. Purchasers were Messrs M and I Robinson, Ballyleany, Richhill. Also fetching the same price was the reserve overall male and junior male champion Culnagechan Engineer bought forward by Derek Hume, Maghereagh Road, Randalstown. Another AI son of the prolific 29,000gns Ampertaine Abracadabra, this September 2009-born bull is out of Kype Viva, a Waverbank Nassau daughter. A strong beef value of +29 combined with good calving figures to convince new owner D McCann, Castlewellan.Next best was the senior male champion, Madden Espoir, who realised 3000gns for vendor A Graham, Tandragee. A Rocky son and out of Madden Annabelle, a cow with good breeding lines including Greensons Gigolo and Ocean, this rising 22-month-old bull sold to D McBeth, New Buildings.
Also making 3000gns was Aghadolgan Eric, forward from R A G Savage, Blakes Road, Articlave, Castlerock. A Glenrock Ventura son and out of the homebred Aghadolgan Vivette, a Ronick Iceman granddaughter, this September born bull heads to J Kerr, Coleraine.
A solid female trade was topped at 3100gns by the female champion, Erne Ely, brought forward by Raymond Crawford, Rathkeeland, Maguiresbridge. April 2009-born, this elegant heifer is an embryo calf sired by Haltcliffe Olympus and out of a dam imported from France, Tour. She was sold for 3100gns to purchaser G Hazley, Portadown.
Lynderg Estelle, the female reserve champion brought forward by Jim Quail, Northwood, Tullyear, Banbridge made 3000gns. Sired by Guards Boomer, and continuing his string of recent successes, this stylish February 2009-born heifer is out of the Ocean daughter, Lynderg Babs when going under the hammer to R Boyd, Drumquinn.
Averages; 20 bulls £2520, nine females £1720 (Dungannon Farmers’ Mart).