There were plenty of buyers keen to do business at the NI Hereford Breeders Association Show and Sale which saw strong demand from start to finish at the Dungannon Mart venue.
Prices were led at 3000 guineas paid to John & William McMordie for their son of Panmure 1 Henry who was placed Reserve Champion earlier in the day. “Solpoll 1 Lumberjack” was snapped up by Raymond and Maurice Hughes, Kircubbin.
Just behind this at 2900 guineas was “Benaughlin Tommy” exhibited by G & W Burleigh.
This son of Lisblake Henry was purchased by Robert Anderson, Dungannon
Two bulls sold at 2700gns, first to go was Newtownbutler 1 Jackdaw, an 18 month old Graceland 1 Giorgio son from Tom Mohan, followed by the 16 month old Solpoll 1 Lightning, another Panmure 1 Henry son from J & W McMordie.
First time exhibitor Stuart Forsythe sold his 16 month old Solpoll 1 Ferrari son Tullyraine 1 Legend for 2500gns. C & M Beatty & son sold their 1st prize winning Castlepoll 1 Storm at 2300gns. This 14 month old was a son of Clooncullane Esquire.
Aaron Patterson sold three sons of Corlismorepoll 1 Rafter, topping his entry at 2300gns was the 16 month, Ballymartin 1 Henry, closely followed by the 1st prizewinning Ballymartin 1 Ben selling at 2200gns.
The sale champion went to the 20 month old Dorepoll 1 579 Knight Hawk, from JE RI & W Haire. The biggest bull in the yard this Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage son caught the eye of Judge Robin Boyd, but unfortunately failed to meet his reserve.
Females sold to 2000gns for the 1st prize winner Solpoll 1 Starlet K13, this in calf heifer sold to Mervyn Thompson, a new breeder from Tandragee.
13 Bulls sold to average £2390 and a spokesperson commented that an increase in demand for Hereford sired cattle had brought a strong crowd of buyers to the sale and thanked Dunbia for their continuing sponsorship.