21 November 1997

Big turnout at NI Lim fixture

NORTHERN Ireland Limousin breeders turned out in force for the official autumn event at Portadown, where the biggest turnout for many years met a flying trade.

Topping the 120-strong entry was Charles McAuleys Carmorn Magnet, a well muscled son of the imported sire Ferry from his herd at Toomebridge, Co Antrim. He had a Beef Value of 49 putting him in the top 1% of young bulls and was awarded the reserve supreme championship by judge, Johnny Thompson, from Cumbria.

Buyers at 4500gns were Messrs Magill and Hunter, Ballymena.

A son of the RUAS winner Mereside Filipo from John and Samantha Allens Derg herd in Strabane stood champion and made 2550gns to William Wray, Dungiven. A Hydesville Commander son from Anne and David Adams Laurelbank herd in Co Down made 3200gns.

A fast demand for females was heightened by new breeders. Top call was 3300gns for Ballycreelly Locket, an outstanding in-calf heifer by Rake Terence from Kevin McCarthy, Comber, Co Down. Buyer was William Campbell, who runs the Spage herd at Ballymena. (Automart.) &#42