By FWi staff

A FLYING bull trade greeted Charolais breeders at the Northern Ireland clubs show and sale at Portadown.

Eight deals were settled over 2800gns, and 50 transactions levelled at 2360.

The highest price ran to 8200gns for an outstanding bull from the Dartonhall herd, acclaimed as one of the best Charolais bulls ever on offer in Ulster.

Dartonhall Ranaldo is son of the Provinces popular sire Brigadoon Ulsterman and out of the Grove Victor dam Loughduff Iback, which has been one of vendor John Erskines most successful breeding cows.

Ranaldos superior conformation was enhanced by his impressive beef value of 18.

He was bought by Messrs Gilmore and Michael of Kilrea.

Mr Erskines three bulls averaged 4463.

Allanfauld Vagabond, the top Scottish-bred bull that has sired so many primestock winners, produced another eye-catcher in John Browns Silverbridge Robert.

Scarcity value – Vagabond semen is no longer available – combined with this well-grown bulls impressive style and shape to take bidding to 7600gns.

From his owners herd at Clogher, Silverbridge, Robert is out of a Grove Enterprise-sired dam and was bought by Denzil Johnston, Enniskillen.

Both the top-priced bulls shared Grove breeding.

One of the youngest bulls in the sale yard was Coolermoney Ricki from ME and AB Parke, Strabane, but youth was no disadvantage.

Ricki is by Yellowford Oscar and caused a stir with his muscling and fluid movement.

Oscar is by Erudit whose sons have sold to 10,000gns. The buyer was Mr Donnelly, Londonderry.

Derrygiff Mills sired several of the string of five bulls from the Coolnaslee herd of Gilbert Crawford, Maghera.

Top call was 4450gns given for Coolnaslee Runaway, a Mills son out of a Chartley Frisk dam bred in the Mossermains herd in Cumbria.

Runaways beef value of 24 was one of the highest on offer. Buyer was R H Sinnamon.

The reserve junior champion came from the Ballymoney herd of Banbridge based breeder Noel Kilpatrick.

He produced a son of the 6500gns Perth purchase Gretnahouse Meikle (by Brampton Chopper) which sold for 4300gns to G Hackett, Clogher.

Glenleary Remarkable collected the supreme ticket for Cyril Millar, Coleraine.

By the Royal Ulster and Royal Show champion Drummeer Major, Remarkables beef value of 29 was the highest on show.

He was bought by regular Glenleary bull buyer Norman McBurney, Ballymena, who paid 4000gns.