Pedigree Hereford bulls reached a ceiling of 2,000gns twice at the native breeds show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
William McMordie, Ballygowan, exhibited the male champion Hereford Appel 1 Mike.
First into the salering at 2,000gns was the third prize winning Ashtree Frankie brought out by Desmond Martin from Saintfield, County Down. Born in March 2010 he was sired by the Churchill Storm son, Glaslough Esquire, and is bred from a Yarram Pompei daughter carrying the Coolfore prefix. Buyer was Ernest Dalton from Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh.
Also selling at 2,000gns was the April 2010 born Lisrace Lionheart X bred and exhibited by David Wilson from Magheraveely, County Fermanagh. This third prize winner was sired by the home-bred Lisrace Lionheart IV, and is out of a dam by Lisrace Lifeliner. He has a Breedplan self replacing index of +31 and is +3 for milk. Successful bidder was R Beattie from Dunloy, County Antrim.
Messrs Haire, Dundrod, County Antrim, realised 1,650gns for the fourth prize winning Dorepoll 1 499 Gold Run. Born in April 2010 he is by the herd’s noted stock bull, Dorepoll 1 73J Jonathan, and is bred from Dorepoll 1 HL Duchess. This bull boasts a milk value of +10 and an SRI of +33.
Auctioneer Trevor Wylie said trade was selective for the small entry of Herefords.
The male championship at the pre-sale show went to the January 2010 born Appel 1 Mike brought out by Andrew McMordie from Ballygowan, County Down. Bred by Frank Appelby from Cork, he was purchased privately as a seven-month-old calf and is by Udel 1 Webb Ellis – breed champion at Tullamore in 2010. The champion failed to meet his reserve and was withdrawn from the salering unsold.
Scooping the reserve male championship award was Graceland 1 Gus, a May 2010 born entry from Robin Irvine’s 16-cow herd in Whitecross, County Armagh. He was sired by the herd’s stock bull, Greenyards 1 Dougie – reserve bull of the year 2011, while his dam is a daughter of Udel 1 WWW Dot. This bull has a self replacing index of +32.
Portadown-based breeder James Graham dominated the female championship line-up.
The female champion was Richmount 1 Florrie, a May 2009 born heifer by the herd’s 3,800gns stock bull Graceland 1 Colin – champion at Dungannon in January 2008. Her dam is the Bor Tona daughter, Graceland 1 Christina – which also bred the Balmoral reserve champion, and the national bull calf champion. Carrying in-calf to Greenyards 1 Dougie, she was snapped up for 1,600gns by Laurence Moore.
Mr Graham’s reserve female champion was the June 2008 born Richmount 1 Apples. She is by Udel 1 WWW Dot, while her dam is Graceland 1 Christina – one of seven cows in the herd.
Results from the judging ring include:
Bull, born between 16/01/10 and 18/04/10 – 1, and male champion, Andrew McMordie, Ballygowan, Appel 1 Mike by Udel 1 Webb Ellis; 2, J and W McMordie, Ballygowan, Solpoll 1 Global by Dorepoll 1 Nationwide; 3, Desmond Martin, Saintfield, Ashtree Frankie by Glaslough Esquire.
Bull, born between 21/04/10 and 21/05/10 – 1, and reserve male champion, Robin Irvine, Whitecross, Graceland 1 Gus by Greenyards 1 Dougie; 2, Messrs Haire, Dundrod, Dorepoll 1 Guardsman by Dorepoll 1 Jonathan; 3, David Wilson, Magheraveely, Lisrace Lionheart X by Lisrace Lionheart IV.
Female, under three-years-old – 1, and female champion, James Graham, Portadown, Richmount 1 Florrie by Graceland 1 Colin; 2, and reserve female champion, James Graham, Richmount 1 Apples by Udel 1 WWW Dot; 3, Sam Coleman, Glarryford, Polldona 1 Sweet by Udel 1 WWW Dot.
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