Powerful Aberdeen Angus bulls with good conformation and above average figures met a buoyant trade at the native breeds show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Prices peaked at 3,800gns, and five lots attracted bids of 3,000gns and over. Auctioneer Trevor Wylie confirmed a 74% clearance with 14 bulls changing hands to level at £2,614 each.
Sale leader was the reserve male champion Old Glenort Earthmover N065 TSI+29 SRI+37 from James Porter’s 70-cow herd at Upper Ballinderry, near Lisburn. Sired by stock bull Luddenmore Eclipse J067, he is bred from the Netherton Fleur’s Legacy F390 daughter Old Glenort Black Bianca J201. A half brother to last year’s Balmoral Show champion, he is in the breed’s top 15% for eye muscle area +4.4, and top 30% for milk +11. Born in January 2013 this one joins a Clogher-based herd.
Next best at 3,100gns was the fifteen-month-old supreme male champion Drumhill Jumbo Eric P086 bred by Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, who run a herd of 25 breeding females at Cookstown. Sired by Blelack Prince Consort A286, his dam is the Rawburn Lord Ross C216 daughter Rawburn Joyful Erica H772 – purchased privately as a maiden heifer. A full brother sold to a pedigree herd for an undisclosed five-figure sum.
Described by judge Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough, County Monaghan, as a well grown and very correct bull with excellent ring presence, the champion also boasts tremendous Breedplan figures. He is in the breed’s top 5% for milk +20, top 10% for eye muscle area +5.3 and terminal sire index +38, and top 15% for self replacing index +47. His daughter calving ease score of +1.5 ranks him in the top 30%. Buyer was Wilbert Hanna, Rasharkin, County Antrim.
Also selling at 3,100gns was the third prize winning Sess Elim N061 TSI+28 SRI+35, a July 2013 born Friarstown Edition G028 son bred by Margaret Buchanan, Augher, County Tyrone. He was bred from the Fordel Eisenhower Y423 daughter Sess Essie E633, and joins a County Down herd.
The fourth prize winning Dartrey Diageo N156 came under the hammer at 3,000gns for Hylda Mills and AW Buller, Scarva. This two-year-old entry was sired by Logie Lustre F473, and is out of Wedderlie Duchesse E031. Buyer was Andrew Dobbs, Carrickfergus.
Also commanding a bid of 3,000gns was the third prize winning Lana Ephraim P771, a fourteen-month-old entry brought out by the husband and wife team of Alan and Lana Cheney, who run 30 pedigree cows at Trillick, County Tyrone. Sired by the herd’s stock bull Blackhaugh Easy Papa G728, his dam is the Aynho Rossiter Eric B125 daughter Friarstown Elba J157. This one is in the breed’s top 10% for milk +16, top 15% for daughter calving ease +2.5 and self replacing index +48, and top 20% for terminal sire index. New owner is DJ Hatrick, Creggan Farm, Londonderry.
Female champion was James Porter’s twenty-five-month-old heifer Old Glenort Emer N437.
He also scooped the reserve female championship with the May 2013 born Old Glenort Elana N625. She sold for 1,200gns to Sean Moore’s Millbrae herd at Derrynoose, Armagh.
They were the first daughters to be offered for sale by the herd’s 16,000gns stock bull The Moss Quebec K027.
Results from the judging ring include:
Bull, born between 28/01/13 and 24/12/13 – 1, and reserve male champion, James Porter, Old Glenort Black Earthmover N065 by Luddenmore Eclipse J067; 2, James Porter, Old Glenort Earthquake N382 by Luddenmore Eclipse J067; 3, Miss Margaret Buchanan, Sess Elim N061 by Friarstown Edition G028.
Bull, born between 02/01/14 and 29/01/14 – 1, and male champion, Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, Drumhill Jumbo Eric P086 by Blelack Prince Consort A286; 2, Alan and Lana Cheney, Lana Ephraim P771 by Blackhaugh Easy Papa G728; 3, Alan and Lana Cheney, Lana Demetri P701 by Nightingale Playfair K527.
Bull, Born between 16/02/14 and 23/04/14 – 1, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Rueben P412 by Mogeely Joe H979; 2, Alan and Naomi Morrison, Drummeer Prince P444 by Blelack Evermore J231; 3, Damien Ward, Leggygownan Everest P785 by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377.
Female, born between 17/03/13 abd 25/05/13 – 1, and female champion, James Porter, Old Glenort Emer N437 by The Moss Quebec K027; 2, and reserve female champion, James Porter, Old Glenort Elana N625 by The Moss Quebec K027.