23 November 2001

Bull demand high at show

AUTUMN bull buying was in full swing at the British Limousin Cattle Societys show and sale at Portadown where 44 deals levelled at £1872 and a 4000gns bid led the trade.

Commenting after the sale auctioneer Tom Clarke described the demand as "powerful" and those that benefited were Trillick breeders Howard and Donald McFarland whose string of five entries averaged £2163.

It was their Rahoney Reuben, an impressive son of Tanat Mostyn (by Ronick Hawk), that drew the sales top bid of 4000gns. Reuben is out of a Shire Handsome dam and boasted a beef value of 21 to go with his good looks.

He collected the junior and overall championship before being knocked down to the Alison Bros of Limavady who will use him in their Scotchtown pedigree herd and on commercial sucklers.

Bulls from the McCauley familys Carmorn herd at Toomebridge, Co Antrim, are well known for their outstanding muscling, but combine that with exceptional performance figures.

Carmorn Rocky, by the successful sire Jockey (whose first son realised 14,000gns), is out of a Broadmeadows Cannon dam and had a 400-day weight of 605kg. His beef value of 32 was the highest in the sale and it puts him in the breeds top 100 young recorded sires.

Rocky sold to L McEldowney, Maghera, at 3700gns while herdmate Carmorn Romeo – also by Jockey – realised 3300gns to C Caven, Downpatrick. Romeo is bred from one of McAuleys best female lines which has produced bulls to 4500gns.

The first bull in the ring was a smart son of Ronick Hawk combining muscle power with mobility. He earned 3250gns for owners Judith and Hazel McCracken who run the Seaview herd at Newtownards. He is bred out of a Talent dam and has a beef value of 32. Buyer was Alan Croskery, Downpatrick.

There were show winners on both sides of the pedigree of Carnlough breeder William Campbells Spage Rambo which stood reserve senior champion. He is by Broadmeadows Cannon and out of a cow by the Royal Ulster Show winner Mereside Filipo. He made 3200gns. (Automart). &#42