Richard Beattie left the rostrum delighted with how the Inaugural Spring Balmoral Bull Sales had performed at the weekend.
Purchasers were delighted with the quality on offer right across the board, and stuck in and got their new stock bull bought right from the word go.
Hitting the headlines at the sales top price of 7200 guineas were the McWilliams family, Maghera with their outstanding Charolais bull “Stranagone Ilikeyou”. No stranger to success in the show ring this April 2013 bull has notched up reserve junior championships at both the National Charolais Show, and the Stars of the Future. He was tapped out breed champion at the Balmoral Bull Sales by judge Liam Muir, Orkneys. The McWilliams purchased his dam from Andrew Hornall, Falleninch and he is the first son of Dereskit Fernando to be sold at auction. He was snapped up by Kennedy Watters, Stewartstown.
Aberdeen Angus bulls were in demand reaching 4500 guineas paid for the Champion brought out by Fintan Keown, Belleek. “Home Farm Evan” is sired by Spangager Tommy Boy, and out of a homebred Nakked Nord daughter. He now travels to a commercial farm in Dunloy, Co Antrim.
Well known Charolais breeders Stuart and David Bothwell were in the money at 4300 guineas paid for their son of Blackford Dynamite. “Killadeas Ironman” is out of a homebred Doonally New daughter, and had super style and shape. He was purchased by leading commercial farmers McKenna Bros, Clogher.
Jack and Anne Morrison realised 4000 guineas for their British Blue bull “Chatham Iain”. Sired by their new stock bull Auchenlay Eli, this all white bull sold to Dean Wright, Portadown.
This duo also sold a blue and white son of Paulern Verdi for 31 guineas. There was strong demand for British Blue bulls at the sale with 100% clearance.
Jonathan & Jeremy Aiken enjoyed a good days trading with Limousins from their Carnew herd. They brought home 4000 guineas for their son of Roundhill Cramses, forked out by JT Lennox, Cookstown.
Females from the Aikens reached 3200 guineas paid by Hughes Brothers, Middlesborough for their daughter of Procters Commander.
There was fierce demand for Charolais females with a special heifer from Will Short, Omagh securing the lead call of 6600 guineas. “Woodpark Ingrid ET” is the first female to be offered from this highly successful herd, and is sired by their stock bull Corrie Alan. Her dam has bred bulls to 11,000 guineas on more than one occasion. After some spirited bidding she was knocked down to Mr Coward for his Thorney herd at Peterborough.
Her full sister “Woodpark Icicle ET” also caught the eye selling for 4900 guineas selling to Mr Houston, Castlederg.
Right from the first lot hit the ring buyers certainly meant business at this Spring event which recorded a 95% clearance.
Richard Beattie has announced details of the next Balmoral Bull Sale which will take place as a one day format on Tuesday 28th April. Sale will commence at 7pm.
For more information contact Richard Beattie 07984 694616 or download entry forms at www.richardbeattielivestocksales.com.