Aberdeen-Angus bulls reached a ceiling of 2800gns and 11 lots sold to average £1871 at the native breeds show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Monday 25th October.
Trade was underpinned by dairy and suckler producers with the stronger, better fleshed bulls finding a ready market, while the plainer types proved harder to sell.
Topping the trade at 2800gns was the reserve male champion, Drumcorn Elbando J685, brought out by husband and wife team John and Ann Henning, Maghaberry, County Armagh. This April 2009-born entry was sired by the US easy calving trait leader and high performance bull, GT Triple Band. His multi-award winning dam, Drumcorn Elist D313, by Drumlister Cherry Boy, is bred from the herd’s foundation cow – Elcara of Drumlister, who attained more than 30 championships in her long show career.
Boasting a Self Replacing Index of +38, and a milk value of +6, he sold to William and David McMurtry, Coleraine, County Londonderry.
Second highest price of the day, 2700gns, was paid to William Wallace, Dromore, for the second prize Woodvale Bachelor J874. Bred by Alwyn and Carol Armour, he was born in March 2009 and is by the Vermilion Dateline son, Woodvale Mr Awesome E207. His dam is the Ankonian Elixir daughter, Woodvale Beautiful Kitty. He sold to Pat Breen, Kircubbin, County Down.
Next best at 2100gns was John and Avril Robson’s March 2009 born Glenhoy Einar J134. This third prize winner was sired by the 32,000gns Rawburn Rommel E423, and is out of the privately purchased Idvies Euxette B106. He was snapped up by dairy farmer, David Todd, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
Mr Todd also paid out 1800gns to secure the fourth prize Findrum Pajo J243 bred by Sean McCullagh, Ballygawley, County Tyrone. This March 2009-born bull was sired by Cheeklaw Eirwyn D165 and is out of a home-bred Fordel Eisenhower Y423 daughter.
Leo Cherry from Cookstown, sold his best at 1900gns. The March 2009-born Tamnaskenny Emerald J066, by Bramley Grange Black Brindley D064 out of a home-bred Bruno of Spittal Shore daughter, Tamnaskenny Etaar E797, sold to J J McDowell, Castlereagh, Belfast.
Judge, Tom Noble, Lisbellaw, awarded the male championship to the March 2009-born Glenhoy Einar J134, exhibited by John and Avril Robson, Augher, County Tyrone. By the Hoff Limited Edition son, BJ’s No Limits 15S and out of Logie Ladymire F458, this bull attracted attention from many admirers around the sale ring, but failed to meet his reserve and was withdrawn unsold at 2800gns.
The collective entry of Aberdeen-Angus females peaked at 2800gns for one from James Porter, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, for the May 2008 born female champion, Croftburn Edwina H497. She was sired by Netherton Kular D318, and is out of the Liss Banker Y213 daughter, Croftburn Edwina C622. She was scanned in-calf and joins the Dartrey herd owned by Hilda Mills, Scarva.Scooping the reserve female championship was the March 2009-born Home Farm Roscor Beaut J732, brought out by Fintan Keown, Belleek. Sired by Fordel Eisenhower Y423, she was bred from a Galcantray Preditor V9 daughter. This heifer attracted strong attention from the packed ringside audience, but failed to meet the vendor’s expectations and was withdrawn unsold at 3100gns.
Adrian Parke’s two-year-old heifer Coolermoney Rose H922 came under the hammer at 1800gns, selling to Rory Best, for his Loughans herd, Poyntzpass, County Armagh. This Rawburn Eventer 2nd daughter is out of the home-bred Coolermoney Rosita Y301.
A draft entry of females from Robert Campbell’s Lister herd based at Seaforde, County Down, reached a ceiling of 2300gns and six lots sold to average £1563.
His sale leader was the eight-year-old cow, School House Eclipse B335. Sired by 2000 Royal Highland reserve supreme champion, Ballamanaugh Estefan, she is out of the Barbi of Skaill daughter, Espirit of Drumlister. Scanned in-calf to Lister Ebon J604, she was accompanied by her March born Lister Extra Special G453 heifer calf and sold to John McCauley, Downpatrick, County Down.
A draft entry from Hilary Baxter’s Lochmore herd, Newry, saw prices peak at 2000gns, while the six females changed hands to level at £1461 a head.
Leading the Lochmore offering was the March 2006 born Ringbane Kathy Pride F056. Sired by Ankonian Elixir 100, she sold with her January-born heifer calf by Jeremy Eric of Bridgefoot to Ken Craig, Ballyclare, County Antrim.
Averages: 11 bulls £1871 (Dungannon Farmers Market).