3 April 1998

Simmental bull makes 2300gns

A BULL described as "a real carcass builder" made the top price of 2300gns at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders Club show and sale at Portadown.

In line with the trend at earlier spring sales of pedigree beef bulls at this centre, a packed ringside generated good business for breeders with nearly every animal sold.

Demand was evenly split between beef and dairy farmers looking for new crossing bulls and it was an entry from the Ballymoyer herd of Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Co Armagh which made the top price after claiming the reserve championship under judge Alfie Shaw, Dung-annon.

Ballymoyer Giggsy, a Camus Brandy son whose impressive conformation was supported by a Beef Value of 18, heads for work in the Ballymena suckler herd of T J Carson and Sons.

Third generation home breeding proved its worth for Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart. His Corrick Handsome, by Corrick Reputation, proved a popular winner of the championship. Showing excellent growth for his 14-months, he made 1750gns to Jack Elkin, Omagh.

The youngest bull in the sale was a 12-month-old Brinkton Brilliant son from Harold Stubbs herd at Lisbellaw. He stood second in his class and made 1560gns to A Fleming, Omagh.

Adrian Richardson, Maguires-bridge collected the female ticket with a smart heifer by Carnkern Titan. She made 900gns to John Henderson, Ballyheather. (Auto-mart)