The first of the Ulster Bank Ltd sponsored suckled calf show and sales had a great start at Ballymena Mart on September 24.
Judge Packie Donnelly, Ballymena, along with Executive Committee member Leslie Hood stood in the mart with some exceptional Limousin cross breeding.
Mr L Hood mentioned that he was impressed with the fine example of using good Limousin genetics and the right bulls to produce excellent commercial calves right for today’s market.
Packie Donnelly had his work cut out as he judged four great classes of heifer and bull calves split into two age groups with the champion going to A & D McAfee for his 442kg bull and reserve spot going to P J O’Kane for his young heifer weighing in at 380kg and sold later for top price of £1,400.
Placings, weights and prices for classes prize-winners were as follows:
Heifers three to six months: 1st, O Maginnis 284kg sold £1,000, 2nd, O Maginnis 274Kg sold for £880, 3rd, O’Kane Bros 236kg sold for £900.
Bulls three to six months: 1st, G Corrie 332Kg sold £900, 2nd, D Robinson 314Kg sold £900 (Cantona), 3rd, F Harbinson, 364Kg sold £880.
Heifers seven to 10 months: 1st, P J O’Kane, 380kg sold £1,400 (sired by Rocky son), 2nd, E Hopes 378kg sold £1,000, 3rd, S Williamson, 364Kg sold £910.
Bulls seven to 10 months: 1st, A & D McAfee 442Kg Not sold, 2nd, G Corrie 418Kg sold 940, 3rd, G Corrie, 340Kg sold £880. Another top price for A & D McAfee was a 378Kg calf sold for £1360.
The NI Limousin Cattle Club now look forward the rest of the suck calf sales left in October and the upcoming Bull & Female BLCS Sale at Dungannon sponsored by Ulster Bank Ltd and Norbrook on October 21, show starts at 10am, with the sale commencing at 1pm.
This will offer an excellent opportunity to buy more great Limousin breeding suitable for both pedigree and commercial markets.