Simmental bulls reached a ceiling of 4,200gns at this week’s export show and sale, hosted by the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Top priced bull at 4,200gns was John Moore's Omorga Chieftain shown by Moses Irwin.
Sponsored by Animax and Millburn Concrete, the sale attracted buyers from all over Ireland, and following a 78% clearance auctioneer Trevor Wylie reported that 20 bulls changed hands to average £2,551 per head. A small entry of heifers peaked at 2,100gns twice, with five lots selling to level at £1,900 each.
Sale leader at 4,200gns was the first placed Omorga Chieftain ET from Harry and John Moore’s herd based at Beragh in County Tyrone. Born in January 2011, he is by the 20,000 Euro record breaker Curraheen Tyson, and is out of a home-bred dam by the 21,000gns Corrick Kentucky Kid.
This bull is in the breed’s top ten per cent for calving ease at +3.8, and in the top one per cent for eye muscle area +4.4. Other Breedplan figures include terminal sire index +93, self replacing index +96, and milk +6. Buyer was Mr C McDonnell from Armoy, County Antrim.
Next best at 3,500gns was the day’s male and supreme overall champion Coolcran Canavan, brought out by brothers Shane and Paul McDonald from Tempo. The County Fermanagh duo claimed their first championship at a club show and sale, and set a new herd record for the nine-cow herd which was founded in 2006.
Almost thirteen-months-old, the champion is by the Carnkern Titan son, Celtic Rock, and is bred from the Raceview King daughter, Corlesmore Sue – a former junior champion at Balmoral Show. He is +4 for milk, +3.3 for eye muscle area, and has a terminal sire index of +82 and a self replacing index of +95. This one sold for export to Mr E Ormiston from Mullagh, County Cavan.
Judge Raymond O’Malley, Ardee, County Louth, described Coolcran Canavan as a clear winner. “He was a very easy choice for champion, and is one of the best junior bulls I’ve seen in a long time. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the organising committee for inviting me judge, and congratulations to all of the exhibitors who took part in today’s show.”
Sponsors Sam Thompson from Animax, and Nigel Glasgow from Millburn Concrete, were on hand to present the awards and congratulate the winners who featured in the championship line-up.
The father and son team of Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, County Londonderry, realised 3,400gns for the April 2011 born Drumagarner Ciaran. This second prize winner was sired by the Raceview Tiger son, Barnattin Wally, and is out of a dam carrying the noted Darshams prefix. With a Breedplan eye muscle area of +3.5 putting him in the breed’s top 15 per cent, he has a terminal sire index of +75 and a self replacing index of +68. Highest bidder was Gerald McCauley from Omagh, County Tyrone.
NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club vice-chairman Richard Rodgers, and father Robert, from Portglenone, County Antrim, realised 3,200gns for the third prize winning Hiltonstown Callum. This thirteen-month-old entry is by the home-bred Raceview King son, Hiltonstown Warrior, and is bred from a dam by the herd’s former stock bull Ballintlea King. His Breedplan figures include eye muscle +3.1, terminal sire index +62 and self replacing index +59. Buyer was John Logan from Katesbridge, County Down.
Following close behind at 3,100gns was the third prize winning Killynure Challenger, brought out by the husband and wife team of Raymond and Joan Porter, Omagh, County Tyrone. Born in February 2011 he is by Omorga Regan, and is out of a home-bred dam by Milnafua Graduate. Successful bidder was Gerry Morris from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone.
David Hazelton, Dungannon, County Tyrone, sold his best at 2,600gns. The fifth prize winning Ranfurly Colorado ET TSI+46 and SRI+44 was born in January 2011, and is by the German-bred AI sire Humdinger. His dam is the show winning Whitemire King Kong daughter, South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd. Buyer was Mr C Clarke from Dungannon, County Tyrone.
Claiming the reserve male championship award was the November 2010 born Corrick Boston brought out by Cecil McIlwaine from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. Sired by the home-bred Corrick Kentucky Kid son, Corrick Nebraska – a former stock bull in Hector MacAskill’s noted Woodhall herd in Scotland, he is bred from a Raceview King daughter carrying the Corbally prefix. He is in the breed’s top five per cent for milk +8, and in the top 15 per cent for calving ease at +2.6. This one came under the hammer at 2,300gns, selling to M McKenna from Maghera, County Londonderry.
The female and reserve supreme champion was Lisglass Bamboo, a December 2010 born Slimero Victory 2nd daughter exhibited by Leslie Weatherup, and son Christopher, from Ballyclare, County Antrim. She is bred from the Raceview Stanley daughter Lisglass Wanda, and came under the hammer at 2,100gns, selling to Sam Beattie from Ballyclare, County Antrim.
Also selling at 2,100gns was the second prize winning Drumagarner Cute shown by Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea. This thirteen-month-old heifer was sired by Barnattin Wally, and is out of a home-bred dam by Lisglass Python. Buyer was Duncan McDowell who runs the Castlemount herd based at Newtownards, County Down.
The McCloskey duo also scooped the reserve female championship ribbons with Drumagarner Catchy, which sold at 1,800gns to Steven Etherson from Ballymoney, County Antrim. Born in April 2011 she is also by Barnattin Wally, and is out of home-bred Glebefarm Tyson daughter.
Results from the judging ring include:
Bull, born between 29/07/10 and 31/12/10 – 1, and reserve male champion, Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, Corrick Boston by Corrick Nebraska; 2, Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Lisbellaw, Derrycallaghan Brilliant by Slimero Victory; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Cookstown, Bridgewater Farm Ballis by Samark Superman.
Bull, born between 01/01/11 and 05/02/11 – 1, Harry and John Moore, Beragh, Omorga Chieftain ET by Curraheen Tyson; 2, David Hazelton, Dungannon, Ranfurly Champion by Max; 3, Robin Boyd, Portglenone, Slievenagh Consort by Omorga Volvo.
Bull, born between 14/02/11 and 21/03/11 – 1, Robert and Richard Rodgers, Portglenone, Hiltonstown Carter ET by Kilbride Farm Newry; 2, Brian and Lynda Cowan, Fivemiletown, Owenskerry Commander by Owenskerry Atilla; 3, Raymond and Joan Porter, Omagh, Killynure Challenger by Omorga Regan.
Bull, born between 25/03/11 and 22/04/11 – 1, male champion and supreme overall, Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo, Coolcran Canavan by Celtic Rock; 2, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, Drumagarner Ciaran by Barnattin Wally; 3, Robert and Richard Rodgers, Hiltonstown Callum by Hiltonstown Warrior.
Female, born between 03/11/10 and 21/03/11 – 1, female champion and reserve supreme champion, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, Lisglass Bamboo by Slimero Victory 2nd; 2, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Drumagarner Cute by Barnattin Wally; 3, John Whyte and Sons, Portglenone, Inishrush Keira by Kilbride Farm Newry.
Female, born between 02/04/11 and 24/014/11 – 1, and reserve female champion, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Drumagarner Catchy by Barattin Wally; 2, William and Keith Stubbs, Irvinestown, Rehall Caron by Omorga Regan; 3, William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Charlene by Omorga Regan.
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