Despite the difficult economic times Hereford breeders generally went home happy from the Premier show and sale at Dungannon Mart. There was a good mix of dairy and suckler farmers in attendance with good quality bulls selling to every County in Northern Ireland.
The champion, Black Water Limelight shown by Sam and Nigel Heatrick from Middletown Co. Armagh, sold for the joint top price of 3,000gns. This June 2014 bull is by their stock bull Kye Sting 595. They also sold Black Water Lancer, by the same sire, for 2,100gns.
The Reserve Champion exhibited by J & W McMordie from Ballygowan, Co. Down also sold for 3,000gms.
Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger, a superior carcase sire, is by the current UK Sire of the Year Panmure 1 Henry, a bull renowned for his exceptional carcase figures with eye muscle area and intramuscular fat both in the top 1% of the Breed.
The McMordie’s also sold two other “Henry” sons. The first was prize-winning Solpoll 1 Lively for 2,900gns and the second prize bull Solpoll 1 Landini for 2,500gns. John Conlon, from Markethill, Co. Armagh, sold Drumatee Frank a third prize winner by the homebred Drumatee Flamenco for 2,600gns.
Norman and Christa McMordie, from Saintfield, showed River-Dale 1 Maximus to took the first prize ticket in the youngest class. This 16 month old son of the highly acclaimed three times Royal Ulster Show Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite sold for 2,400gns.
Bertie and Greer Watson, from Crossgar, Co. Down, had the only heifer forward, Barnburn 1 Lydia Lady, served recently to Pinmoor 1 Kingsley the joint 2015 NI Bull of the Year she sold for 1,500gns.
Sixteen out of the 18 bulls sold to average £2,292, although the average was slightly down of the previous year’s sale (less than £100), there was a better clearance with three more bulls sold.
The Northern Irealnd Hereford Breeders’ Association would like to thank the judge Des Kelly, Mullin Herefords, Co. Tyrone, and Dunbia for their continued sponsorship of the show and sale.