Simmental bulls reached a ceiling of 4,200gns at this week’s export show and sale, hosted by the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
The sale attracted buyers from all over
This bull is in the breed’s 10% for calving ease at +3.8, and in the top 1% for eye muscle area +4.4. He has a TSI of +93 and a SRI of +96, and milk +6. Buyer was Mr C McDonnell from Armoy,
Next best at 3,500gns was the day’s male and supreme overall champion Coolcran Canavan, brought out by brothers Shane and Paul McDonald from Tempo.
Almost thirteen-months-old, the champion is by the Carnkern Titan son, Celtic Rock, and is bred from the Raceview King daughter, Corlesmore Sue – a former junior champion at Balmoral Show. He is +4 for milk, +3.3 for eye muscle area, and has a TSI of +82 and a SRI +95. This one sold for export to Mr E Ormiston from Mullagh,
Judge Raymond O’Malley, Ardee,
The father and son team of Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea,
NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club vice-chairman Richard Rodgers, and father Robert, from Portglenone, County Antrim, realised 3,200gns for the third prize winning Hiltonstown Callum. This thirteen-month-old entry is by the home-bred Raceview King son, Hiltonstown Warrior, and is bred from a dam by the herd’s former stock bull Ballintlea King. He has an eye muscle figure of +3.1, TSI +62 and SRI +59. Buyer was John Logan from Katesbridge,
Following close behind at 3,100gns was the third prize winning Killynure Challenger, brought out by the husband and wife team of Raymond and Joan Porter, Omagh,
David Hazelton, Dungannon,