A packed gallery and ringside at Dungannon Farmers Mart on Monday evening witnessed an excellent trade for all classes of stock at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders Club annual Spring Show and Sale.
A quality entry of bulls saw prices peak at 5000gns paid for the reserve supreme champion, Ashland Teviot, from the father and son team of Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo. An October 2006 born son of Raceview Nigel, the herd’s stock bull with the dam, Corlesmore Clodagh being female champion at an Elite sale in Naas, some years ago, Teviot sold to F Watson, Cloughey, Newtownards.
The 15 month old Corrick Vanguard, having lifted the red ticket from class three fetched 2900gns for his breeders, Cecil and Neil McIlwaine. Bred from the popular AI sire Kilbride Farm Newry and the homebred Carnkern Titan dam, Corrick Limelight, Vanguard was keeping the Newtownstewart based Corrick herd to the forefront having bred the 2007 sale champion.Twin bulls from the Rosslea farm of Keith Nelson certainly turned heads both in the judging ring and sale ring. Scribby Farms Venus and Virtue, born March 2007, sired by the homebred Drumacritten Samson and from the Dyfed Hello bred Cleenagh Naomi had contrasting fortunes, Venus lifted the Supreme Championship in the judging ring and sold for 2200gns while his brother beat the champion in price, selling for 2600gns.
Topping the pedigree female section was the second prizewinning Omorga Prince sired Lisglass Vicky. Brought out by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, Vicky sold for 2800gns
Best Opposite Sex to the champion, Drumagarner Vicky was forward from Messrs M and E McCloskey, Kilrea. This junior heifer, born January 2007 was sired by the Blackford Explosion son, Lisglass Python and from the dam, Treetops Legacy. Having failed to meet her reserve, Vicky left the ring unsold. The ten pedigree heifers sold to average 1620gns.