Good trade for Elite Herefords at Dungannon

Hereford bulls and females both sold in a sharper trade at the Elite Breeders Sale in Dungannon on Monday.

This new event was introduced to the sales calendar to meet the increased demand for breeding stock at this time of the year.

Topping the bull trade was Glenside Lawson from C & R Pogue from Benburb.

This big, clean growthy bull weighed in at 820 kgs at just eighteen months of age and boasted impressive figures for weight gain and carcass traits. Lawson attracted keen interest from the packed gallery of customers and this was reflected in the sale ring with auctioneer Trevor Wylie fielding a flurry of bids before bringing the hammer down for the day’s top price of 2,900 guineas. Lawson’s stable mates Leo and Lawrence, again sired by the successful Dreemore Titanic were also in demand selling for 2,300 and 2100 guineas.

Two bulls from the Graceland herd of Robin and James Irvine were also much admired in the pre-sale parade and attracted keen buyer interest – both selling at 2,600 guineas.

Both bulls were supported by excellent EBV’s with Graceland 1 Merlin eligible for the Superior Carcass payment. Selling at 2,500 guineas was Annaghbeg 1 Berlusconi from M & L Moore.

The female section was keenly contested and a complete clearance was achieved as a number of new breeders competed to add quality females to their herds.

Roy and Pat Mc Clenaghan had another successful outing, selling Brookfield 1 Megan for the top price of 2,900 guineas. Carrying the service of Wiruna 1 Daffy this stylish young heifer joins a newly established pedigree herd in Co. Tyrone.

Allowdale Tinkle - presented to perfection by Adrian and Sandra Irvine was another quality heifer which appealed to the buyers – selling for 2,600 guineas after a tense battle of bids.

The five heifers sold to an average price of £2,440 each.