Stirling success for NI Simmental breeders

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Simmental breeders from Northern Ireland have a long history of success in Stirling, and this week’s spring sale didn’t disappoint with local exhibitors securing many leading prices and the majority of the show’s top accolades.

As United Auctions celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Perth/Stirling Bull Sales, Northern Ireland breeders traded 33 Simmental bulls to level at £5,167 each, which is £203 above the sale average of £4,964 for 129 lots sold.

Female champion Ballinlare Farm Ellie sold at 3,600gns for Joe Wilson, Newry. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Female champion Ballinlare Farm Ellie sold at 3,600gns for Joe Wilson, Newry. Picture: Julie Hazelton

Quality bulls with good conformation met a steady demand from commercial bidders. Society chief executive Neil Shand commented on the increasing number of new customers at the Scottish saleyard, and was delighted with the breed’s 80% clearance rate – the highest recorded at the multi-breed event.

Toast of the show ring and joint sale leader at 12,000gns was Derrycallaghan Ernest who set a new herd record for Harold Stubbs, Lisnaskea, and grandson Alan Burleigh. This fourteen-month-old entry was the youngest bull in the catalogue, but beat off stiff competition to take the junior and supreme overall championship honours .

Sired by the noted Kilbride Farm Newry, he is bred from the Raceview King daughter Derrycallaghan Beauty – one of four cows in the County Fermanagh herd. This one is in the breed’s top 5% for terminal sire index +80, self replacing index +94, and milk +9, and in the top 15% for daughter calving ease +2. English judge Michael Barlow later backed up his decision securing him for the Lancashire-based Denizes herd.

Six bulls attracted five-figure price tags, including the first placed Kilbride Farm Emperor which led the Robson family’s offering at 10,000gns. Born in August 2013, he is by Kilbride Farm Warren, and is out of the Cairnview Snazzy daughter Kilbride Farm Eunice 118C. This one is in the top 5% for milk +9, TSI+88 and SRI+96.

Billy Robson OBE, and sons Michael and Norman, from Doagh, Ballyclare, sold seven bulls at Stirling to average £6,045 each.

Next best at 8,500gns was the first prize winning Kilbride Farm Esquire TSI+71 SRI+81, a May 2013 born son of stock bull Crugmelyn Brenin. His dam Kilbride Farm Dora 28V offers outcross French and Danish bloodlines. With an eye muscle area +3.9 in the top 5%, he travels back across the Irish to join John Warnock’s Templefyn herd at Carrowdore.

Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw, secured the reserve intermediate championship with the August 2013 born Drumlone Engineer TSI+69 SRI+68. Sired by Omorga Murray, who goes back to the 21,000gns Corrick Kentucky Kid, this one is bred from a Milton Lord Tiffany daughter. He came under the hammer at 9,500gns, selling to the Strathbogie herd owned by JC Innes and Sons, Dunscroft, Aberdeenshire.

Brian and Linda Cowan, Fivemiletown, had a memorable second outing to Stirling, selling Owenskerry Excellent for a herd record of 9,000gns. Born in September 2013, he is by Omorga Volvo and out of the Dripsey Super King daughter Owenskerry Vicky – one of five cows in the herd. This first prize winner is in the top 1% for eye muscle +5.5, and top 5% for TSI+87 and SRI+100. He sold to L Forster, West Nubbock Farm, Hexham.

The Cowan family also realised 4,200gns for Owenskerry Elliott TSI+57 SRI+67. Sired by Popes Barclay, this September 2013 born bull was bred from the Omorga Murray daughter Stralongford Shannon.

Cecil McIlwaine, and sons Scott and Neil, who run 20 pedigree cows at Newtownstewart, won the intermediate championship with Corrick Extreme. This August 2013 born entry is by the 12,000gns Kilbride Farm Bantry, and is bred from the Corrick Nebraska daughter Woodhall Verbena. In the top 1% for TSI +94, and top 5% for SRI+ 92 and eye muscle +3.8, he was snapped up at 8,000gns by M Meldrum, Shenval, Banffshire.

The father and son team of Val and Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor, secured 6,000gns for the third placed Knockreagh Elvis TSI+65 SRI+72. Born in May 2013, he is by the Omorga Volvo son Knockreagh Champion – sold at Stirling in 2013 for 8,200gns; while his dam Knockreagh Annabelle is one of eight cows in the herd founded in 2003. This bull is in the top 5% for eye muscle +4, and sold to J and G Smith, Cauldhame, Orkney.

Next best at 5,800gns was the second placed Castlemount Ernie TSI+ 66 SRI+ 81, a May 2013 born Curaheen Vio son bred by Duncan McDowell, Newtownards. He is bred from Slievenagh Mattie, and has an eye muscle area +4. Buyer was Terry Coghill, Muce, Birsay, Orkney.

Duncan McDowell sold three bulls to level at £3,745 per head.

NI Simmental Club chairman Richard Rodgers, and father Robert, Portglenone, realised 5,200gns for the first prize winning Hiltonstown Everest TSI+86 SRI+88. Born in June 2013 he is by the herd’s stock bull Auroch Amos, and out of the Dirnanean Salvador daughter Slievenagh Annie. This bull is a half brother to the 17,000gns Hiltonstown Dominic – sold at Stirling in October 2013.

The fourth placed Ranfurly Eagle TSI+64 SRI+70 came under the hammer at 5,000gns for David Hazelton, Dungannon. Born in May 2013, he is by Omorga Volvo and bred from the Balist daughter Ranfurly Weikel 2nd. Ranked in the top 1% for milk +14, he sold to Terry Coghill.

The 10,000gns Stirling supremo Drumlone Anchor was behind the breeding of Jonny Hazelton’s Ranfurly Emperor TSI+57 SRI+51. Born in June 2013, his dam is the Milnafua Graduate daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 7th. This one attracted a bid of 3,500gns from S and K Smith, Bankhead Farm, Aberdeen.

John Moore from Beragh sold three lots from his noted Omorga herd to level at £4,200 each. His best at 5,000gns was the second prize winning Omorga Einar. Born in September 2013, he is by the Raceview King son Ashland Brandy, and is out of Omorga Daffodil 14. This one is in the breed’s top 1% for TSI+96 and SRI+104, and top 5% for eye muscle +4. Buyer was J Dykes, West Slipperfield, West Linton, Peebleshire.

The September 2013 born Omorga Ennis won the reserve junior championship for John Moore. He was sired by Kilbride Farm Bantry, and is out of the Raceview King daughter Omorga Elegant 2nd. In the top 5% for TSI+87 and SRI+94, he sold at 4,500gns to Rumbletonlaw Farm, Duns, Berwickshire.

Adrian Richardson, and son Clive, Maguiresbridge, sold the fifth placed Cleenagh Egbert ET TSI+70 SRI+78 for 4,800gns. Born in September 2013, he is a full brother to the 12,000gns Cleenagh Avon – sold at the 2010 elite sale in Omagh. With an eye muscle area +3.8 in the top 5%, and a calving ease score +3.1, he sold to Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire.

New breeder Elizabeth Wilson, Kells, attracted a bid of 4,000gns for the unplaced Glebefarm Endeavour TSI+55 SRI+61. Sired by Cruithill Buddy, he was bred from the Stirling Herkules daughter Glebefarm Sunrise.

Also selling at 4,000gns was Ard-Machree Excellent TSI+69 SRI+77 bred by Aaron Quigley, Enniskillen. This July 2013 born bull was sired by Dripsey Super King, and is out of an Omorga Murray daughter carrying the Stralongford prefix. He is in the breed’s top 5% for milk +9 and eye muscle area +4.2.

Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, realised 3,800gns for Drumagarner Elton TSI+81 SRI+81. Born in October 2013, he is by the herd’s Irish-bred stock bull Barnattin Wally, and out of Darsham Rosie.

The father and son team also secured 3,200gns for the fifth placed Drumagarner Energy TSI+71 SRI+77 . Born in December 2013, he was sired by the Carnkern Titan son Curaheen Wakeman, and is out of a home-bred dam by Glebefarm Tyson.

Seamus O’Kane, Drumquin, sold Dressogue Eddie TSI+90 SRI+101 for 3,200gns. Sired by Banwy T-Rex, this April 2013 born entry is out of a home-bred dam by Dripsey Super King. He is in the top 1% for milk +11.

Next best at 3,000gns was the September 2013 born Stranlongford Esquire TSI+76 SRI+90 bred by the Hanna family from Trillick. He was sired by Ashland Brandy, and is out of a Rickardstown Jumbo daughter carrying the Seaview prefix.

Also selling at 3,000gns was Edenbann Exporto TSI+78 SRI+85, an October 2013 born Auchorachan Wizard son bred by Garvagh vet Nevin Smith. His dam is a home-bred Cashel Ryan daughter.

Nevin Smith also realised 2,800gns for the October 2013 Edenbann Everest TSI+65 SRI+70. He is a son of Kilbride Farm Newry, and is out of a home-bred Carnkern Titan dam.

Brothers Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo, sold the third prize winning Coolcran Emperor TSI+74 SRI+85 for 3,000gns. He is by Ashland Brandy, and out of the Siegfried daughter Camus Valentine. This one is in the top 5% for daughter calving ease +3.7 and eye muscle +3.9.

Joe Wilson, Newry, secured the female championship with the June 2013 Ballinlare Farm Ellie. She is by the herd’s 20,000gns stock bull Auchorachan Wizard – junior and supreme Perth champion in February 2010. Her dam is the Innerwick Krackerjack daughter Ballinlare Farm Tallulah. She travels back to Northern Ireland, having been secured for 3,600gns by Robert and Richard Rodgers for their Hiltonstown herd.

Four Auchorachan Wizard daughters from Ballinlare Farm sold to average £2,730 per head.

Adrian and Clive Richardson claimed the reserve female championship with Cleenagh Eliza, a June 2013 Drumlone Anchor daughter which sold for 3,500gns to G Brown, Springfield Farm, Penicuik. She is out of a home-bred dam by the 20,000 Euro Curaheen Tyson.

The first prize winning Breaghey Elberta sold at 2,900gns for Wesley Abraham from Irvinestown. Bred by Andrew Clarke, Tynan, this April 2013 born heifer was sired by Dripsey Super King, and is out of the 3,100gns Corrick Vida.