Big turnout at NI Lim fixture
NORTHERN Ireland Limousin breeders turned out in force for the official autumn event at Portadown, where the biggest turnout for many years met a flying trade.
Topping the 120-strong entry was Charles McAuleys Carmorn Magnet, a well muscled son of the imported sire Ferry from his herd at Toomebridge, Co Antrim. He had a Beef Value of 49 putting him in the top 1% of young bulls and was awarded the reserve supreme championship by judge, Johnny Thompson, from Cumbria.
Buyers at 4500gns were Messrs Magill and Hunter, Ballymena.
A son of the RUAS winner Mereside Filipo from John and Samantha Allens Derg herd in Strabane stood champion and made 2550gns to William Wray, Dungiven. A Hydesville Commander son from Anne and David Adams Laurelbank herd in Co Down made 3200gns.
A fast demand for females was heightened by new breeders. Top call was 3300gns for Ballycreelly Locket, an outstanding in-calf heifer by Rake Terence from Kevin McCarthy, Comber, Co Down. Buyer was William Campbell, who runs the Spage herd at Ballymena. (Automart.) *