Quality Aberdeen-Angus bulls met a buoyant trade with prices reaching a ceiling of 4000gns at this week’s breed society show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart. Following a 90% clearance auctioneer Trevor Wylie reported that 18 bulls changed hands to level at £2806 – an increase of £680 on the same period last year.
Aberdeen Angus sale topper at 4,000gns was the third prize winning Kiltariff Duke K326 shown by Kenneth Bready, and son Steven, from Rathfriland.
Sale leader at 4000gns was the third prize winning Kiltariff Duke K326 brought out by the father and son team of Kenneth and Steven Bready, who run a herd of 10 pedigree cows at Rathfriland, County Down. Born in June 2010 he is by Nightingale Proud Jake G405, and is out of a home-bred dam by BJ’s No Limits 15S. With a milk figure of +15, an eye muscle area of +4.1, a Terminal Index (TI) of +30 and a Self Replacing Index (SRI) of +40, he sold to James Thompson, Culmore, County Londonderry.
Alan Cheney's male champion Lana Easy K721 sold for 3,600gns.Judge Desmond Mackey, who runs the 37-cow Moneybroom herd based at Magheragall, Lisburn, awarded the male championship to the March 2010-born Lana Easy K721. Bred by the husband and wife team of Alan and Lana Cheney, Trillick, County Tyrone, this well fleshed entry is by the Nightingale Easy Papa G728 son, Blackhaugh Easy Papa G728. His dam Newpark Wonder, is by the noted DMM Distinction 17G.This bull has a milk value of +10, a TSI of +36 and an SRI of +49 and sold at 3600gns to Colin Maxwell, Clough, Downpatrick, County Down.
Claiming the reserve male championship was Tamneymullan Juryman K777, an ET son of Ranui W Impact 762, brought out by Robert and Keith Sufferin, Maghera, County Londonderry. With a milk value of +12, a TSI of 27 and an SRI of 41, he sold at 2600gns to William Henry, Gravagh, County Londonderry.
The second prize Drumlone Europa K557 consigned by Kenneth Veitch from Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, came under the hammer at 3600gns. Born in September 2010 he is by the 36,000gns The Moss Mr Eshton D409 and his dam is the Highland Colossal 101E daughter, Drumlone Essy G702. Buyer was John Loughrin, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
Following close behind at 3500gns was the fourth prize winning Richhill Bouncer K401 exhibited by Robin Lamb and Sons, Richhill, County Armagh. Sired by the Canadian-bred Hi Diamond Greenstone 504, he is out of a home-bred dam by Bronte Linton. This March 2010-born entry caught the eye of Thomas Hamill, Downpatrick, County Down.
The long-established Coltrim herd of Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Moneymore, County Londonderry, sold two bulls to average £3570 each. Both were sons of the herd’s jointly owned stock bull, Wedderlie Net Profit. Coltrim Lord James K597 came under the hammer at 3500gns. Born in September 2010, he sold to Turlough McAlister, Cushendall, County Antrim and has a TSI of +31, an SRI of +43 and a milk value of +13.
Herd mate, Coltrim Everest K531 stood second in his class and changed hands for 3300gns. This May 2010-born bull was snapped up by suckler herd owner James McCracken who runs 140 cows at Bellarena, County Londonderry. He is +10 for milk, has a TSI of +24 and an SRI of +31.
The Lamb family were back in the money again, this time at 3000gns with the first prize winning Richhill Black John K456. He is by the home-bred Justamere Time Regulator 333N son, Richhill Dynasty H126 and is out of Richhill Black Mist F754. Buyer was H Cleland, Downpatrick, County Down.
Female champion Ballygannon Gay came under the hammer at 1700gns for Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw. This May 2010-born maiden heifer is by KBJ Jetta 64D and is out of Lochgarman Unite. She also sold to H Cleland, Downpatrick.
John Lawrence, Magherafelt, County Londonderry, claimed the reserve female championship with the April 2010-born Carmean Ester K266. Sired by Woodvale Total G616, she is out of the Cheeklaw Eirwyn daughter, Carmean Edna H207. Buyer at 1600gns was Jim Donaldson, Killylea, County Armagh.
Also selling at 1600gns was Eden Vale Elisa K581 bred by Mike Frazer of the Templepatrick-based Bruces Hill Cattle Co. Born in August 2010 she is by the herd’s 7600gns stock bull Clougher Enoch – reserve male champion at Dungannon in April 2009. Her dam is the Woodvale Exclusive E141 daughter, Ashvale Ersal. Buyer was ten-year-old Alex Cleland who plans to establish a pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd on the family’s County Down dairy farm.
A reduction sale from the Whistlinthorns herd owned by Alan Wells, Portadown, County Armagh, reached a ceiling of 1400gns. Sale leader was the four-year-cow with calf at foot, Whistlinthorns Mayflower H482, by the Fordel Eisenhower Y423 son, Liss Best Man. Buyer was P Owens, Ballygawley, County Tyrone.
Next best at 1080gns was the April 2008-born Whistlinthorns Mayflower H537. She is by the Rawburn Transformer son, Liss Bonny Man F707, and was snapped up by John Best from Poyntzpass.
Averages: 18 bulls £2806; 4 show heifers £1549; 9 cows from dispersal £993 (Dungannon Farmers Mart).
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