A top price of 5200gns and an overall clearance rate of 72% marked a sucessful end of year sale for Limousins at Dungannon last weekend with trade topped by the intermediate male champion Derriaghy Crackerjack.
May 2007-born Crackerjack from D G Green and Son, Derriaghy Road, Lisburn is by the French AI sire, Omer, and out of Killowen Paulina, a Duc daughter and sold to M Stevenson, Girvan, Scotland, with a beef value of +23.
Second top price of 3750gns was claimed by Tom Adams’ June 2007 born entry Fedneyhouse Connor, the junior champion from his Shot Lane, Banbridge, holding. By the Adams’ stock bull, Ulm, and out of French dam, Upsilon, by Flint, Connor sported a beef value of +35 which placed him squarely in the top 10% of breed and heads to new owner David McKee, Kilkeel, Co Down.
Next up was Carnew Classact from Jim & Johnny Aiken, Dromore, selling at 3200gns. A son of the prolific Ronick Hawk and out of Carnew Venus, an Ocean daughter, this one sold with a beef value of +37 to M Fleming, Magherafelt. Also trading at 3200gns was Millgate Carlos with an +28 beef value from Michael Loughran, Cookstown. By Ballyline Udolf, a Mas du Clo son, and out of the French dam, Ariane, this one was secured by Norman Cruickshank, Cleghorn, Lanark, for his Normande herd.
Alistair Gault’s Forkins Classic, a March 2007 bull born by Embryo Transfer, made 300ogns selling to V Quinn of Kilkeel, Co Down. This one is a Forkins Classic is by Nenuphar and out of Sweetwall Fancy.
A strong heifer trade saw the day’s top price go to the nine-month-old Reserve Female Champion, Oldehouse Didi, a February 2008 born daughter of Ronick Hawk and out of Bailea Atlanticmist, which took the eye of everyone, including the Judge. Shown by J Ferguson & Son, Comber, she was sold to prolific Limousin buyer Raymond Crawford for 3000gns.
Other leading Bull prices:
William McElroy’s Artanagh Charlie by Sympa out of Goldies Ulrika to G J Coulter Cookstown, Co Tyrone for 2700gns
J & J Aiken’s Carnew Characteristic by Ludo out of Carnew Uptowngirl to E Gillespie Ballygawley, Co Tyrone for 2500gns
Derek Hume’s Culnagechan Comrade by Ronick Luke out of Cornascribe Starlet to C Kerrigan Claudy, Co Londonderry for 2200gns
Messrs McKinney Bros. Heathmount Colonel by Graham’s Victorian out of Heathmount Vicky to K McEvoy, Kilkeel, Co Down for 2100gns
Messrs L & R Allison’s Scotchtown Casanova by Scotchtown Victor out of Scotchtown Valentine to D. Foster, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh for 2100gns
The Rodgers Family’s Draperhill Calvin by Soldat out of Draperhill Renate to J Adams, Broughshane, Ballymena for 2000gns
Joseph Rafferty’s Rafferty’s Colonel by Ballinnascraw Vavavoom out of Ronick Rinkle to E Doran, Kilkeel, Co Down for 2000gns.
H & D McFarland’s Rahoney Cavalier by Tanat Mostyn out of Rahoney Tigra to J Kelly Downpatrick, Co Down for 2000gns
Other leading Heifer prices:
Christopher Murray’s Annadale Bane by Ludo out of Bellview Oneida to S J Hall of Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone for 1500 gns
H & D McFarland’s Rahoney Caroline by Ronick Hawk out of Rahoney Tigra to N Megarry, Crumlin, Co Antrim for 1500gns.
Christopher Murray’s Annadale Biscuit by Ludo out of Milbrook Shy to J Gibson Hillsborough, Co Down for 1450 gns
Michael Loughran’s Millgate Camilla by Ballyline Udolf out of Vanua to J Mulholland for 1400gns
Michael Loughran’s Millgate Clodagh by Ballyline Udolf out of Vishnou to P Young, Moneymore, Co Londonderry for 1350gns
John Ferguson’s Seaview Caramel by Rocky out of Seaview Thelma to C McQuaid Trillick, Co Tyrone for 1300gns
Michael Loughran’s Millgate Cookie by Ballyline Udolf out of Millwater Petunia to D Gilchrist Ardglass, Co Down for 1200gns
Michael Loughran’s Millgate Crystal by Uchon out of Carmorn Twinkle to S J Hall Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone for 1200gns