A solid pedigree and commercial demand for Aberdeen-Angus bulls saw the breed witness an impressive trade at their premier show and sale at United Auctions, Stirling on Monday with success for both breeders and vendors from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
With a top price of 18,000gns on the day and a further seven bulls selling for 10,000gns or more, some 117 bulls sold (14 more than this time last year) for £5735 with a clearance rate of 76%.
Flying the flag for Northern Irish vendors were Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, Cookstown, who returned to Stirling off the back of a highly successful October sale where they took the overall championship and top price of the day.
This week’s success story, Drumhill Lord Harry R635, is an ET son of Nightingale Proud Jake G405 out of Blelack Lady Heather J169, making him a full brother to their October champion. He sold for 8500gns to Pat and Finbar Cahill, Co Cavan for the father and son’s Shankill herd.
Also over selling bulls from the North was Ballyclare-based Michael Frazer who sold Eden Vale Destry R463 for 3500gns to M Fleming and Sons, Berwick Upon Tweed, Scottish Borders. This home bred son of the Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 son, Eden Vale Julius Eric M193 is out of a Rawburn Transformer daughter.
Two bulls also sold for 3000gns, the first being Dromore-based Alwyn and Carol Armour and Sons’ Woodvale Kool Profit R876, a son of Wedderlie Net Profit E916. This one sold to D J Hull and Partners, Essex. The next at the same money was Gerard McPeake, Coleraine, who sold Grove Grazer Polo Pershore R332, another Peter Pershore son. This one heads back across the water with S O’Neil, Dungannon.
Of those breeders looking for new bloodlines, Albert and Jennifer De Cogan of the successful Co Cork-based Mogeely herd paid 10,000gns for the overall Aberdeen-Angus champion, Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535 bred by David Lucas and family, Duns, Berwickshire. This one is a Cardona Proud Punch L752 son.
The first place Glassel Blackbeard R002 from Moir Lockhead will now stand as an AI sire with Dovea Genetics as he was sold for 7000gns. This one is a son of Eastfield Jacobite K149 and is out of a Wedderlie-sired daughter.
Two bulls also headed to Northern Ireland with a 6000gns price tag, the first of which, Rawburn Duke Winchester R128, bred by the Elliot family, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, sold to J and L Greer, Ballyclare. This one is home bred on both sides and is by Rawburn Dublin K218.
Father and son team, Victor and Stephen Wallace, then secured Martin McCornick’s McCornick Dual R147, a Wedderlie Even Bonus J939 son for their Co Londonderry herd. Meanwhile, paying 5800gns was Robin Lamb who liked the look of Caroline Orr’s Keirsbeath Kingsland R537, a son of Duncanziemere Edwin J311.
Edward Caffrey, Co Sligo, paid 4500gns for Blelack Blackrock R622, a Warrenho Emperor M425 son, bred by the Massie family. He also bought another bull from David Lucas for 3000gns.
Of the female trade, which saw an average across the board of £3613 for 24 sold, Strabane-based Samantha Allen sold her July-born heifer calf Crew Lady Jasmine S247, for 3200gns. This Netherton Fabulous Cruz Y300 daughter out of a Mogeely Joe H979 daughter was overall calf champion at the Northern Ireland Club Calf Show in Dungannon last year and now joins the Stirling-based Stephick herd of current YDP senior winner Stephanie Dick.
Cookstown-based Kevin McOscar then paid 3000gns for the February 2015-born Linton Gilbertines Black Bird R928 from the Trustees of the late Gordon Brooke. This one is a daughter of the popular sire, Rawburn Black Hawk L261.