Bidding was fierce from start to finish as Aberdeen-Angus bulls sold to a top of 4,300gns at this week’s breed society show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Society chief executive Ron McHattie was delighted with the day’s trade, confirming a 97% clearance with 22 bulls selling to level at £2,580 a head.
Sale leader at 4,300gns was the second prize Sess Eon L567, a May 2011-born Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 son from Margaret Buchanan’s long-established herd at Augher, County Tyrone. He is out of the Cheeklaw Eirwyn D165 daughter Sess Ethel G366. With a milk value of +14, he sold to Kevin Murray from Cullyhanna, Newry, County Armagh.
Next best at 4,000gns was the reserve male champion Richhill Rambler L666, brought out by Robin Lamb and sons, Stuart, Ben and Peter, from Richhill, County Armagh. Born in March 2011, he is by the herd’s former stock bull Drumcrow Lord Hunter J354 and is out of the Baronagh Euro A043 daughter, Richhill Rosanna G067 – one of 35 cows in the herd which was founded in 1999.
This bull won his class at the NI Aberdeen Angus Club’s 8th annual Calf Show in November, while his dam won the exhibitor-bred championship at Balmoral as a two-year-old heifer. Highest bidder was Mr D Dunbar, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone.
The third prize Drumawhey Pansonic L181 from Samuel and Timothy Scott’s herd based at Newtownards, County Down, came under the hammer at 3,400gns. Sired by The Moss Mr Eshton D409 son, Old Glenort Knockmore J153, he is out of a home-bred dam by Laymore Phantom A346. Born in February 2011, he was sold to John McArdle from Middletown, County Armagh.
The husband and wife team of John and Avril Robson, Augher, County Tyrone, took 3,150gns for their May 2011-born Glenhoy Black Titan L447. This one is an ET-bred son of the Canadian-bred DBRL 03M Titan 4T and is out of the TC Stockman 365 daughter, Coldstream Blackbird 68J ET. This first prize winner sold to Wilfred Scott from Castlederg, County Tyrone.
Following close behind at 3,100gns was the third prize winning Birches Daniel L956 consigned by new breeder Robert Davidson from Banbridge, County Down. Bred by the Matchett family, this April 2011-born entry is by the Birches herd’s Irish-bred stock sire Carrigroe Fred and is out of the Coneyisland Legend E112 daughter, Carbery Emma. Buyer was Robert Anderson, Richhill, County Armagh.
Females peaked at 1,600gns, paid to Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Moneymore, County Londonderry, for the nine-year-old cow Coltrim Lady Joy D851. She is by the noted Fordel Eisenhouwer Y423 and out of the Coltrim Proud Esquire daughter, Coltrim Lady Joy. Included in the price was her five-week-old calf by Curragh David J513. This cow and calf outfit joins Adrian and Graeme Parke’s Coolermoney herd based at Strabane, County Tyrone.