Maximus tops Hereford sale at Dungannon Mart

Alan McFadden with J D Maximus - top seller at the elite Hereford Breeders Sale
Alan McFadden with J D Maximus - top seller at the elite Hereford Breeders Sale

Alan McFadden made the headlines with his top selling bull at Monday’s Elite Breeders sale in Dungannon.

Having made his sale debut at this event in 2016 with one of the top prices Alan was back with a full brother to last year’s entry to go one better by securing the day’s top bid of 2,500 guineas.

Raymond Pogue of the Elite breeders and Wilbert Steen from Greenmount college congratulate Matthew Donaghy who won the students judging competition

Raymond Pogue of the Elite breeders and Wilbert Steen from Greenmount college congratulate Matthew Donaghy who won the students judging competition

J D 1 Maximus is sired by top Australian sire Wirruna Daffy who is one of the top performers in the Hereford breed in terms of calving ease and carcass quality.

Maximus was much admired in the pre-sale parade for his style and presence and attracted keen interest when he came to the sale ring.

Following closely behind Maximus and selling for 2,400 guineas was Graceland 1 Mack presented by Robin and James Irvine from Whitecross.

Mack is the first bull to be offered from Fisher 1 Jubilee, senior sire with the Graceland herd and he impressed onlookers with his power and scale.

Robin Irvine is congratulated by sale sponsor, Jane Bond of R and J Lyness Feeds

Robin Irvine is congratulated by sale sponsor, Jane Bond of R and J Lyness Feeds

The Elite breeders again invited students from Greenmount college to the event and following a short presentation on bull selection they were invited to put their judging skills to the test.

Students closely scrutinised the bulls in the pre -sale parade. They considered the performance figures and estimated breeding values printed in the catalogue and the health status of the animals on offer before making their selections.

The winner – the student whose selections correlated most closely with the prices paid in the sale – was Matthew Donaghy from Camlough in Co Armagh.

The next event on the Elite Breeders calendar will be the spring sale – scheduled for Monday 3rd April and again to be held in the Dungannon mart.

Richard Primrose from Bank of Ireland was on hand to offer congratulations to Alan McFadden

Richard Primrose from Bank of Ireland was on hand to offer congratulations to Alan McFadden

A good entry of useful young bulls is anticipated but this event will also feature a unique offering of quality females suitable for new or expanding pedigree herds.

Greenmount Agricultural College students enjoy their visit to the Elite Breeders Sale

Greenmount Agricultural College students enjoy their visit to the Elite Breeders Sale

Students studying the form at the pre-sale parade

Students studying the form at the pre-sale parade