30 November 2001

Belgian Blues draw the bids

STRONG commercial bidding from dairy farmers and suckled calf producers added a spark to the trade for Belgian Blue bulls at the breeds Northern Ireland Club show and sale where prices reached 4000gns.

And it was another bonanza day for Jack and Ann Morrison, who brought a striking string of young sires from their Chatham herd at Ballymoney.

They scooped the jackpot this time with three of the top four prices. In front at 4000gns was the white bull Chatham Silas sired by the herds stock bull Lenborough Oliver – the reigning male champion at last years Balmoral Show – and out of a cow by Janot Den Haut.

Silas has a beef value of 19 putting him among the breeds elite. He was bought by Matt Workman, Ballymena.

The Morrisons also sold Chatham Southwind at 3300gns. This son of Railway View Hector (by Mourns View Edward) is out of a dam by Stoneleigh Devonian Diablo. He has a beef value of 15 and a 400-day weight of 601kg. Buyer was Jim Wright, Portadown.

The next bull in the ring earned 2800gns for the Morrisons. Chatham Simon is also by Railway View Hector and out of a cow by Bassibones Dicken. He joins D Bristows herd at Ballymena.

The supreme championship went to the black-and-white Lukeroyal Snort from Mel and Diane Lucass herd in Antrim.

A tall bull with length and width, he is by Ministere de la Chevratte out of a Indecis du Stordeur sired cow. He realised 3450gns to T Whiteside, Co Antrim.

Collecting the reserve title was the white bull Woodview Roland from Andrew Craig, Coleraine. He is by Navire de Septon and sold at 2100gns to Mrs Church, Co Londonderry (Automart). &#42