Doonally New sons in demand at Dungannon

Charolais bulls met a flying trade selling to 7000gns in Dungannon on Saturday at the Northern Ireland Charolais club’s official early spring show and sale. Strong demand for Charolais females was reflected in the bidding to a top of 4200gns twice.

Sale topper was the event’s senior male and reserve overall champion, Solitude Aled (CH34) from John McMordie, Ballygowan who 10 days earlier had turned out the supreme Perth champion, Solitude Attaboy that sold for a 32,000gns NI record.

A Doonally New son, and out of one of best breeding females from his eight cow herd, Aled qualified for the NI Elite Beef Quality Initiative and he sold to Noel McIlwaine, Plumbridge.

John McMordie continued his success when Aled’s twin, Solitude Alec commanded a bid of 3,800gns from J Muldoon, Kesh, while Solitude Adonis, another Doonally New son and out of a Derrygiff bred dam made 3500gns to Barney McKeown, Newry.

Doonally New sons were in demand throughout, with the day’s second highest call at 6400gns going to Brogher Adam, a first prize winner and BQI qualifier from Trevor Phair, Florencecourt. Bred from a cow going back to Oldstone Egbert, Adam was knocked down sold to Damien McGarrell, Glenarm.

Father and son team, Stuart and David Bothwell, Ballinamallard, offered another Doonally New son, this time with a 5600gns price tag to Dominic McParland, Camlough. A second class prize winner and BQI qualifier, Killadeas Andy was out of a cow by Harestone Nighthawk.

W H Robson and Sons, Ballyclare sold the next three highest lots. Kilbridefarm Allstar, an Allanfauld Superscot son made 5000gns to A Magill, Carnlough.

Noel McCrea, Coagh paid 4500gns for Kilbridefarm Alladin, another Superscot son who earlier secured the junior male and overall supreme championship. Finally, Kilbridefarm Antrim, a Doonally New son carried off the reserve senior male championship and sold for 3800gns to Messrs Harron, Glenavy.

Other breeders in the money included George Henderson, Bushmills who sold Sandelford Alonso, a first class prize winner by Goldies Usher for 3600gns to James O’Rawe, Ballymena.

Topping the female prices was Trevor Phair’s Brogher Beverley, a maiden heifer by Moorlough Palo making 4200gns to Ian Newell, Portadown. Earlier on she had been awarded the female and overall reserve champion.

A second 4200gs bid was made for Tullygarley Ricicle, a Bassett Judge daughter offered with her heifer calf at foot by the 25,000gns Goldies Unbeatable. Bred by John Currie, Ballymena, the pair sold to E McKee, Tandragee.

The reserve female champion Drumlone August was exhibited by Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw and made 3100gns to Philip White, Garvagh who also paid 3900gns for Hillviewfarm Apricot, a Brampton Embark daughter out of an Oldstone Egbert sired cow from Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge.