Aberdeen-Angus bulls led the way with a top price of 4400gns at yesterday’s native breeds show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
The sale leader was the April 2011 born Camus Escort, which set a new herd record price for Joe Campbell, Strabane. Sired by 8500gns Cheeklaw Eirwyn, he is out of the home-bred Camus Erin – one of six cows in the County Tyrone-based herd. Buyer was suckler herd owner Kenneth Craig, and son Stefan, Ballyclare, County Antrim.
Earlier in the day Camus Escort secured the reserve male championship award from judge Alan Irwin, who runs the 12-cow Ecclesville herd based at Fintona, County Tyrone.
“It has been a privilege to judge today’s pre-sale show. There was a small show of quality bulls and females. The champion caught my eye, and is a powerful, stylish and well turned out bull; while the female champion is a strong, upstanding heifer.”
Second highest price of the day at 2300gns was the third prize winning Ardigon Eric from Jim Scott’s herd at Killyleagh, County Down. Born in May 2011, he is by 24,000gns Lockerley Legolas and is out of a Carlhurlie Deity daughter carrying the Lanson prefix. Buying him was Herbie Lucas, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
The second prize winning Birches Prince was knocked down at 2000gns for the sister and brother team of Sarah and Sam Matchett, Portadown. Sired by the herd’s prize winning stock bull Cloghogue Evolution, this May 2011 born entry is bred from the Lissard Mark daughter Drumcrow Perola. He was champion bull calf at last year’s calf show, and was snapped up by Albert Foster, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
Females peaked at 2400gns, paid to James Porter, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, for the June 2010 born female champion Old Glenort Jewel Erica. Sired by Netherton Fleur’s Legacy, she is out of a home-bred dam by 36,000gns The Moss Mr Eshton. In-calf to The Moss Quebec, this one joins Clive Richardson’s pedigree herd based at Annaghmore, County Armagh.
NI Aberdeen Angus Club vice-chairman Michael Lagan, Upperlands, County Londonderry, realised 1900gns for the fourth prize winning Macknagh Mills Lady Jane. Born in June 2010, she is by Fordel Eisenhower, and is bred from Woodvale Lady Jane. Buyer was Ulster rugby star Rory Best, Gilford, County Armagh.
An entry of cows with calf at foot from Mike Frazer’s Bruces Hill Cattle Company based in County Antrim, reached a high of 2200gns. Leading the way was the August 2008 born Ashvale Ersal by Woodvale Exclusive. She was accompanied by her ten-month-old Clougher Enoch bull calf. Buyer was Kenneth Craig from Ballyclare.
Mr Craig also paid out 1500gns to secure the March 2008 born Woodvale Eyrie by Woodvale Mr Awesome. Included in the price was her six-month-old bull calf by Woodvale Exclusive.
The same price was paid to Jonathan Doyle for the February 2011 born heifer Drumhill Lady Ross L206 ET. Sired by Rawburn Rommell, she is out of a dam by Rawburn Transformer and is in-calf to Bosullow Elmark. This one also joins Clive Richardson’s pedigree herd.
An August 2006-born Skaill Edward daughter realised 1450gns for the husband and wife team of Ian and Gillian Browne, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. This one was accompanied by her seven-month-old Netherton Eastern Cruz bull calf. Buyer was pedigree breeder Leo Cherry, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
Averages: 6 bulls £2,415; 4 heifers £1,575; and 9 cows with bull calf at foot £1,465.