Records were smashed at last weekend’s sale of Herefords at Dungannon Mart, Northern Ireland, with new centre records set for both males and females.
Leading the way at 4000gns was the youngest bull in the sale, Dorepoll 1 Einsteine from the Haire family, Dundrod. Sired by last year’s Balmoral Show champion Dorepoll 1 Jonathan, Einsteine stood first in the junior bull class and demonstrated impressive growth, weighing in at 840kg at 16 months old.
Out of homebred cow Dorepoll 1 Ravette, Einsteine was much sought after by ringsiders, with mainland buyers battling with southern Irish bidders to secure him. Eventual winners of the bidding war were Fife-based John and Margaret Cameron buying for their Baldinne herd.
Next best among the bulls were a brace of 2400gns bid for the champion from the pre-sale show, Solpoll 1 Dakota from J and W McMordie, Ballygowan. Sired by Udel 1 R51 Vindicator, Dakota is out of Solpoll 1 Starlet.
Second at this money was Graceland 1 Dempsey from Robin Irvine. Dempsey is by Udel 1 R51 WWW Dot and out of homebred cow Graceland 1 Amber, buyer of this one was Coleraine-based organic producer Rex Humphries
Setting a new female centre record at 2200gns was the pre-sale show female champion, Solpoll 1 Dainty, again from the McMordie family. Sired by Panmure 1 Alexander and out of a homebred dam by Costhorpe 1 Kellog, Dainty was sold in-calf to Solpoll 1 Daynamite, the current sire of the year. This one joined the top-priced bull on the wagon home to Fife with the Camerons.