15 March 2002

Calves fuel sire demand

GOOD prices for Charolais suckled calves fuelled demand for sires at the breed societys show and sale in Northern Ireland, where 52 bulls averaged £2546.

Females sold equally well, with 12 selling to average £2245. But sale topper was the bull Turnadall Record consigned by Newtownstewart breeders Anna and Robert Gordon.

Sired by their stock bull Corcreevy Offshoot and out of a dam by former Royal Show champion Fleets Vibrant, this June 2000-bred bull has a beef value of 23 and took the reserve senior title under judge David Murray, Forfar.

Record realised 5000gns to Paul Savage, Castlewellan.

Oldstone Egberts progeny can never be overlooked and several top quality young bulls on offer from this sire Killadeas Robuster from the well known herd of Stuart and David Bothwell got the ringside vote.

Out of a cow by Brampton Embark and with beef value of 24, he generated a flurry of bids from enthusiastic suckled calf producers. Staying the distance to 4700gns was Brendan Kelly, Ballymena.

The Killadeas team, including some smart bulls by stock sire Harestone Nighthawk, averaged £2995 for six.

Father and son partnership of Brian and William McAllister, Ballymena collected the supreme championship with Burnside Ringo. He is by the Egbert son Burnside Littlejohn and out of a cow by Blelack Gold Standard. Buyer at 4600gns was Adrian Wilson, Ballymena.

The Dartonhall herd of John Erskine hit the headlines last autumn topping the breed sale at 8200gns. This time the herd was back with a string of 10 bulls and heifers and peaked at 4600gns selling a son of Oldstone Egbert to Pat Smyth, Dromore, Co Tyrone (Automart). &#42

BurnsideRingo from BMcAllister and Son took the championship and sold for 4600gns.