Aberdeen Angus bulls led the way with a top price of 4,400gns at this week’s native breeds show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Camus Escort - 4,400gns
The sale leader was the April 2011 born Camus Escort, which set a new herd record price for Joe Campbell BVMS MRCVS from Strabane. Sired by the 8,500gns Cheeklaw Eirwyn, he is out of the home-bred Camus Erin – one of 6 cows in the County Tyrone-based herd. Buyer was suckler herd owner Kenneth Craig, and son Stefan, from Ballyclare, County Antrim.
Earlier in the day Camus Escort secured the reserve male championship award from judge Alan Irwin, who runs the 12-cow Ecclesville herd based at Fintona, County Tyrone.
Securing his third successive male championship award at a breed society sale was Jonathan Doyle, Cookstown, County Tyrone, who brought out the June 2011 born Drumhill Earl. Sired by Rawburn Rugged, he boasts a milk value of +15 and an eye muscle area of +3.5. This much admired young bull failed to meet his reserve and was withdrawn from the salering unsold.
“It has been a privilege to judge today’s pre-sale show. There was a small show of quality bulls and females. The champion caught my eye, and is a powerful, stylish and well turned out bull; while the female champion is a strong, upstanding heifer.”
Second highest price of the day 2,300gns, was realised by the third prize winning Ardigon Eric from Jim Scott’s herd at Killyleagh, County Down. Born in May 2011, he is by the 24,000gns Lockerley Legolas, and is out of a Carlhurlie Deity daughter carrying the Lanson prefix. Highest bidder was Herbie Lucas from Dungannon, County Tyrone.
The second prize winning Birches Prince came under the hammer at 2,000gns for the sister and brother team of Sarah and Sam Matchett, Portadown. Sired by the herd’s prize winning stock bull Cloghogue Evolution, this May 2011 born entry is bred from the Lissard Mark daughter Drumcrow Perola. He was champion bull calf at last year’s calf show, and was snapped up by Albert Foster from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
Pedigree Aberdeen Angus females peaked at 2,400gns, paid to James Porter, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, for the June 2010 born female champion Old Glenort Jewel Erica. Sired by Netherton Fleur’s Legacy, she is out of a home-bred dam by the 36,000gns The Moss Mr Eshton. In-calf to the Moss Quebec, this one joins Clive Richardson’s pedigree herd based at Annaghmore, County Armagh.
NI Aberdeen Angus Club vice-chairman Michael Lagan, Upperlands, County Londonderry, realised 1,900gns for the fourth prize winning Macknagh Mills Lady Jane. Born in June 2010, she is by Fordel Eisenhower, and is bred from Woodvale Lady Jane. Buyer was Ulster rugby star Rory Best from Gilford, County Armagh.
The father and son team of Adrian and Graeme Parke, Strabane, County Tyrone, scooped the reserve female championship ribbons with the April 2011 born maiden heifer Coolermoney Ribbon. She was sired by the noted Ankonian Elixir, and is out of a home-bred Burthlene Patriot daughter. This one failed to meet her breeder’s expectations and was unsold.
An entry of cows with calf at foot from Mike Frazer’s Bruces Hill Cattle Company based in County Antrim, reached a ceiling of 2,200gns. Leading the way was the August 2008 born Ashvale Ersal by Woodvale Exclusive. She was accompanied by her ten-month-old Clougher Enoch bull calf. Buyer was Kenneth Craig from Ballyclare.
Mr Craig also paid out 1,500gns to secure the March 2008 born Woodvale Eyrie by Woodvale Mr Awesome. Included in the price was her six-month-old bull calf by Woodvale Exclusive.
The same price was paid to Jonathan Doyle for the February 2011 born heifer Drumhill Lady Ross L206 ET. Sired by Rawburn Rommell, she is out of a dam by Rawburn Transformer and is in-calf to Bosullow Elmark. This one also joins Clive Richardson’s pedigree herd.
An August 2006 born Skaill Edward daughter realised 1,450gns for the husband and wife team of Ian and Gillian Browne, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. This one was accompanied by her seven-month-old Netherton Eastern Cruz bull calf. Buyer was pedigree breeder Leo Cherry, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
Averages: 6 bulls £2,415; 4 heifers £1,575; and 9 cows with bull calf at foot £1,465.
Results from the judging ring:
Bull, born between 09/11/10 and 11/04/11 – 1, Joe Campbell BVMS MRCVS, Strabane, Camus Escort by Cheeklaw Eirwyn; 2, James Porter, Upper Ballinderry, Old Glenort Eldorado by Old Glenort Ennis; 3, Michael Lagan, Upperlands, Macknagh Mills Dynamic by Black Banner X1 if Idvies.
Bull, born between 27/04/11 and 16/06/11 – 1, and male champion, Jonathan Doyle, Cookstown, Drumhill Messi by Fordel Eisenhower; 2, Sarah and Sam Matchett, Portadown, Birches Prince by Cloghogue Evolution; 3, Jim Scott, Killyleagh, Ardigon Eric by Lockerley Legolas.
Female, born between 31/05/10 and 02/06/11 – 1, and female champion, James Porter, Old Glenort Jewel by Netherton Fleurs Legacy; 2, and reserve female champion, Adrian Parke, Strabane, Coolermoney Ribbon by Ankonian Elixir; 3, Michael Lagan, Macknagh Mills Lady Anne by Galcantray Preditor.
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