Aberdeen Angus bulls reached a ceiling of 3,300gns at the society’s December show and sale hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Assistant breed society secretary Neil Caul said: “It was a good show of commercial bulls. There was a ready market for naturally fleshed bulls with level tops, good locomotion and breed character.”
Auctioneer Trevor Wylie confirmed that ten lots traded to level at £2,500 per head.
Sale leader was the day’s male champion Drumhill Embassador P204 TSI+22 SRI+25 consigned by Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, who run a herd of 30 breeding females at Cookstown, Co Tyrone. Born in April 2014 he was sired by stock bull Blelack Lord Handsome L739 – purchased at Stirling in February 2013 for 11,000gns. His dam is the Beltie Gaffer Cruz Z053 daughter Deveron Elize C079, bought privately from Scottish breeder Hamish Sclater. In the breed’s top 1% for milk +12, he sold to Messrs DS and JS Hatrick from Londonderry.
This was the Drumhill herd’s fourth male championship at a breed society sale in Dungannon. They exhibited the winners in April and October 2012, April 2015, and won the reserve male award in February 2014. Judge Stephen Wallace from the 100-cow Baronagh herd in Garvagh described the champion as a clear winner.
“He has breed character, great conformation, good width and a fantastic backend.”
Next best at 3,000gns was the fifth placed Lana Lord Harley P907 TSI+40 SRI+51 bred by Alan Cheney from Trillick, Co Tyrone. He was yearling bull champion at the NI Aberdeen Angus Club’s annual calf show six weeks ago. Sired by stock bull Nightingale Playfair K527, this one is bred from Blackhaugh Easy Papa G728 daughter Lana Lady Happy K647 – a former Ulster Champion, and dam of the 2013 calf champion, and 2014 yearling heifer champion. In the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle area +6.5, he sold to Seamus Connolly from Victoria Bridge, Strabane.
Freddie Davidson from Banbridge brought out the reserve male champion Ember Lord James P945 TSI+23 SRI+32 which sold to Seamus Hughes, Newtownards, for 2,800gns. This April 2014 born entry was sired by former stock bull Old Glenort Earl K632, and is bred from Birches Lady Joanne K876 – one of 12 breeding females in the Ember herd.
Judge Stephen Wallace added: “The reserve male champion is a well-balanced bull with a lovely Aberdeen Angus head and good conformation.”
Following close behind at 2,700gns was the second placed Carmean Engelbert P221 TSI+29 SRI+ 42 bred by John Lawrence from Magherafelt. Born in March 2014, he was sired by Wedderlie Net Profit E916, and is out of the home-bred Cheeklaw Eirwyn D165 daughter Carmean Edith J233 – one of 17 breeding females in the herd. In the top 5% for calving ease +3.9, and top 20% for milk +13, he was snapped up by John Phair from Florencecourt, Co Fermanagh.
James Porter, Dromore, Co Down, realised 2,500gns for the first prize winning Old Glenort Kramer P023 TSI+27 SI+39. Sired by The Moss Quebec K027, he is bred from the Eastfield Elevator Z024 daughter Old Glenort Kathleen E657. This March 2014 born bull is in the breed’s top 5% for daughter calving ease, and caught the eye of David Matthews from Omagh.
Aberdeen Angus females peaked at 1,300gns twice, with five maiden heifers from John Lawrence’s herd selling to average £1,117 each.
First to go at 1,300gns was the unled Carmean Eve P232 TSI+35 SRI+49 , a March 2014 born Thrunton Rocket L282 daughter bred from a dam carrying the Drumawhey prefix. This one joins Jim and May Jack’s Strule herd based at Fivemiletown.
Also selling at 1,300gns was the April 2014 Wedderlie Prize Fighter H606 daughter Carmean Paula P254 TSI+23 SRI+27. Buyer was Seamus Connolly from Victoria Bridge.
John Lawrence secured the female championship award with Carmean Ella P184 TSI+16 SRI+26. Born in February 2014, she is by BJ’s No Limits 15S, and is out of a home-bred dam by Mancini of Drumlister. Buyer at 950gns was James Armstrong, Maguiresbridge.
Results from the judging ring include:
Bull, born between 03/02/14 and 23/03/14 – 1, James Porter’s Old Glenort Kramer P023 by The Moss Quebec K027; 2, John Lawrence’s Carmean Engelbert P221 by Wedderlie Net Profit E916; 3, Samuel Scott’s Drumawhey Roby P715 by Crerogue Vallis L354.
Bull, born between 06/04/14 and 24/05/14 – 1, and male champion, Jonathan and Lisa Doyle’s Drumhill Embassador P204 by Blelack Lord Handsome L739; 2, and reserve male champion, Freddie Davidson’s Ember Lord James P945 by Old Glenort Earl K632; 3, Leo Cherry’s Tamnaskenny Etock P335 by Ankonian Elixir 100.
Bull, born between 09/06/14 and 04/09/14 – 1, Alan Cheney’s Lana Lord Holiday P933 by Nightingale Playfair K627; 2, Neville and Ivan Forsythe’s Coltrim Dingo P931 by Coltrim Eagle L822.
Female, born15/02/14 and 25/05/14 – 1, and female champion, John Lawrence’s Carmean Ella P184 by BJ’s No Limits 15S.