This event, organised by the local Hereford Breeders Association in conjunction with the Native Breeds sale in Dungannon Farmers Mart, again offers the largest selection of young Hereford sires in the province.
Quality is guaranteed by the pre-sale veterinary inspection and weighing to ensure performance is up to breed standard. The event is recognised as an official sale by the Hereford Cattle Society and the entries are DNA tested to prove parentage and freedom from genetic defects.
All entries are BVD vaccinated and the health status of the herd will be displayed in the catalogue and at the sale.
Their tremendous docility and the ability of Hereford sired progeny to finish earlier of grass are just a few of the many attributes that are proving highly desirable in today’s market.
Farmers using Hereford sires have discovered that the better beef price is only part of the story however.
The natural feed efficiency and ease of fleshing of the Hereford cross means that cattle will reach slaughter condition earlier and with less expensive feed than continental bred cattle.
This means a shorter finishing period and lower feed rates, resulting in a much more efficient system and major cost reductions.
For producers this combination of low input costs and higher prices for the end product represents a “win – win” and makes the Hereford the natural choice for crossing in either beef or dairy herds.
With dairy in mind, fertility and longevity mean you get the value out of your bull. What’s more, with a shorter gestation period, of one week less than the average continental bull, cows will be back in the parlour more quickly.
This year’s event sees the return of the pre sale show in order to view available lots prospective purchasers are advised to be on site from 10.30am in order to view of the catalogued entries.
Catalogues are available from Dungannon Farmers Mart and can be viewed on the Hereford Society website - www.herefordcattle.org