Ballymena Sale 8th May 2019

Champion tops Ballymena Simmental sale at 2,900gns

Bulls reached a ceiling of 2,900gns at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s evening show and sale, held at Ballymena Mart.

Topping trade was the male and supreme overall champion Ranfurly Jason TSI+77 SRI+88 bred by David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. Sired by the easy calving Cleenagh Flasher, this January 2018 bull is bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Ranfurly Beauty 8th ET – full sister to the noted Raceview Merle Beauty. Ranked in the top 15% for calving ease +3.9, and top 10% for eye muscle area +5.1, he sold to E Kelly from Downpatrick. 

Supreme champion Ranfurly Jason realised a top price of 2,900gns for David and Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon.

Judge Keith Nelson, Rosslea, County Fermanagh, described the champion as a very correct young bull with good conformation and breed character. “He caught my eye when he entered the show ring, and I couldn’t go by him.”

Ballymena Simmental judge Keith Nelson from Rosslea, County Fermanagh.

Claiming the second highest bid of 2,700gns was the reserve male and reserve supreme champion Cladymore Justice TSI+75 SRI+69 from Archie Reaney, and sons Simon and Paul, from Mowhan, County Armagh. Born in April 2018 he was sired by Kilbride Farm Dragoon, and is out of the home-bred Borness Troy daughter Claydmore Blossom – one of 15 cows in the herd. Buyer was J Humphrey from Coleraine.

Paul Reaney, Markethill, exhibited the reserve champion Cladymore Justice sold for 2,700gns at the NI Simmental Club's Ballymena show and sale.

“The reserve champion is a muscly bull with good conformation and style,” added the judge.

Paul Reaney exhibited the reserve champion Cladymore Justice sold for 2,700gns. Adding their congratulations are judge Keith Nelson, Rosslea; and sponsor Jonny Connon, Connon General Merchants.

Next best at 2,200gns was the second placed Corrick Justice TSI+82 SRI+82 bred by Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Newtownstewart. Born in January 2018 he is by the home-bred Corrick Nebraska, and bred from the Omorga Tarbuck daughter Corrick Claire. This one sold to pedigree and commercial suckler herd owners Robert and William Ferguson from Stewartstown. 

Two lots came under the hammer of auctioneer Graham Loughrey at 2,000gns each.

First to sell was the fourth placed Stralongford Ivan TSI+59 SRI+59 from Andrew Hanna’s herd at Trillick. Born in October 2017 he is by Omorga Murray, and is out of the Rickardstown Jumbo daughter Seaview Trixie Belle. This one was snapped up by dairy farmers Mervyn and Gareth Smyth, Cloughmills.

Also selling at 2,000gns was the January 2018 Coolcrannel Jacob bred by William Phair from Lisbellaw. This second prize winner was sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral breed champion Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of a home-bred dam by the 10,000gns Drumlone Anchor. With a Breedplan calving ease score +3.5, he also sold to Robert and William Ferguson.

Female champion was Magheracrigan Kia shown by Allen Shortt, and owned by Wesley Abraham, Irvinestown. Included is judge Keith Nelson, Rosslea

Pedigree Simmental cows with calf at foot peaked at 2,500gns twice, paid to twin brothers Gary and Jonny McCammond from Randalstown.

They included the November 2015 Maghereagh Daffodil 1st ET. She is by the Camus Vibrant son Sheestown Tsar, and is out of the Kilbride Farm Newry daughter Omorga Daffodil 10th ET. Included in the price was her August 2018 Kilbride Farm Glenhead bull calf. Buyer was Victor Campbell from Magheragall, Lisburn.

Also selling at 2,500gns was the February 2016 Sterling Evita’s Helen. She was sired by Sterling Cotswold, and bred from the Medick Butch daughter Sterling Bacardi’s Evita. This one was accompanied by her January Sneumgaard Imperator bull calf, and is P’d in-calf to Woodvale Ferrari. Buyer was Mike Frazer from Templepatrick.

Maiden heifers topped at 1,650gns, paid to Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, for the September 2017 Lisglass Imogen.  She is a daughter of herd sire Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of a home-bred dam by Omorga Prince. Highest bidder was Thomas Freeburn from Waringstown.

Commercial Simmental females peaked at £1,420 and £1,380, paid to K McKinstry from Magherafelt. Other leading prices include £1,150 paid to Jonathan Fowler, Dungannon; and £1,080 paid to R Henderson, Desertmartin.

The NI Simmental Club is indebted to Connon General Merchants for its continued sponsorship of the evening show and sale.

Results from the judging ring:

Bull, born between 05/08/17 and 05/10/17 – 1, Jackson McCaw, Ashdale Ideal by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, Gary and Jonny McCammond, Maghereagh Ivanhoe by Kilbride Farm Newry; 3, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Drumagarner Iceman by Curaheen Wakeman.

Bull, born between 09/10/17 and 16/01/18 – 1, male and supreme champion, David Hazelton, Ranfurly Jason by Cleenagh Flasher; 2, Cecil and Scott McIlwaine, Corrick Justice by Corrick Nebraska; 3, Tom and Chrissy O’Reilly, Drumgreenagh Icon by Keeldrum Capone.

Bull, born between 20/03/18 and 25/02/18 – 1, Shane and Paul McDonald, Coolcran Julius by Coolcran Gunther; 2, Phair Bros, Coolcrannel Jacob by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Jude by Sterling Gino.

Bull, born between 27/02/18 and 12/04/18 – 1, reserve male and reserve supreme champion, Archie Reaney and Sons, Cladymore Justice by Kilbride Farm Dragoon; 2, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh Jupiter by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3,William and Keith Stubbs, Rehall Jack by Curaheen Gunshot.

Heifer, born between 15/03/17 and 16/04/18 – 1, and female champion, Wesley Abraham, Magheracrigan Kia by Omorga Murray.

Stirling October Bull sales, including the Dispersal of the Sterling herd on behalf of Boddington Estates Ltd - Sale report

The Dispersal of the Sterling Herd of Boddington Estates Ltd smashed the Female Breed Record with Sterling Barcardi’s Hawaii, an Annick Exocet daughter out of a Sterling Flint daughter sold for a staggering 28,000gns to Messrs Barker & Borlase of Sacombe Hill Farm, Watton on Stone.

Sterling Barcardi's Hawaii

Sterling Barcardi's Hawaii

The Sterling herd also secured the Second Female Breed Record with Sterling Celia’s Fifi and her heifer calf, selling for 22,000gns to Harte Peat Ltd, Leonards Island, Clones, Co Monaghan.

Sterling Celia's Fifi

Sterling Celia's Fifi

Overall, 13 cows and calves averaged at £5605, 25 in-calf heifers averaged at £2375, 14 in calf heifers averaged at £3135, 17 maiden heifers averaged at £4101 and the 14 young bulls averaged at £1560.

Judging the Stirling Autumn pre-sale show was Mr Brian Sutherland from Connachie, Kellas, Elgin IV30 8TS

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Topping trade on the day at 22,000gns was Manor Park Hansome, bred by Mr D C Houldey, Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3HD. A Slievenagh Extra Special 13 son out of a Blackfrod Worzel 2 daughter. Purchased by G Behan, Cloneygowan, Portlaois, Eire.

Manor park Hansome

Manor park Hansome

Second top price on the day, out of the same stable was the Overall and Intermediate Champion Manor Park Hayden, bred by Mr D C Houldey, Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3HD. A Blackford Worzel 2 son out of an Ashland Perfect daughter, selling for 18,000gns to A Wright, West Lundie, Doune.

Manor Park Hayden

Manor Park Hayden

Next, selling for 15,000gns was Islavale Hogan, bred by Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN. A son of Wolfstar Elusive 13, out of a Clonagh A Super Star daughter. Purchased by K Eunson, Braebuster, Deerness.

Islavale Hogan

Islavale Hogan

Following on at 13,000gns was the Reserve Overall and Reserve Intermediate Champion Rockytop Hurricane, bred by Gary & Angela Christie, Birchfield, Glass, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4XS. A son of Corskie Cannon, out of a Brinkton Major daughter. Purchased by W J Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Sheffield.

Rockytop Hurricane

Rockytop Hurricane

Two bulls then traded at 11,000gns, the first being Aultmore Hamlet, bred by W M Patterson & Son, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, Moray, AB55 6QT. A Banwy Bonzo son, out of a Whitemire King Kong daughter, sold to J Innes & Son, Dunscroft, Huntly.

Aultmore Hamlet

Aultmore Hamlet

Next at 11,000gns was Strathisla Hagrid, bred by, Mr A Ivory, Strathisla Farms, Moolies, Meigle, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH12 8RF. This Islavale Donald son, out of a Omorga Samson daughter sold to J Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso.

Strathisla Hagrid

Strathisla Hagrid

Innerwick Hotshot, bred by Mr & Mrs L Moffat, Innerwick Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1SE. A son of Braidwood Everest, out of a Strathisla Kaiser daughter sold for 10,000gns to JI & WN Stout, Whitehall, Stronsay, Orkney.

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Innerwick Hotshot

Two bulls then traded for 9000gns, Kilbride Farm Holestone bred by W H Robson & Sons, 106 Cogry Road, Doagh, Ballyclare, County Antrim, N Ireland BT39 0PX. A son of Sneumgaard Imperator, out of a Seaview Prince daughter sold to A & J Craig, Craigton, Castle Douglas.

Kilbride Farm Holestone

Kilbride Farm Holestone

Next at 9000gns was the Reserve Junior Champion Corskie Harbro, bred by Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. A Dirnanean Bradley son, out of a Islavale Sabre daughter, purchased by A D Sutherland, Connachie, Elgin.

Corskie Harbro

Corskie Harbro

The 61 bulls sold through the ring averaged at £5720, up by £337 on the year. 14 Bulls sold after the sale and 14 bulls were sold at the Sterling dispersal. In total we sold 89 bulls on the day which is the most sold across all the other breeds.

Female Champion Williams Belle’s Hannah, bred by Mrs H Clarke, William Clarke Livestock Ltd, Model Farm, Brick Kiln Road, Hevingham, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 5NL. A daughter of Clonagh Diehard Gallant, out of a Heathbrow Mischief daughter, sold for 3500gns to Harte Peat Ltd, Leonards Island, Co Monaghan.

Williams Belle's Hannah

Williams Belle's Hannah

Dungannon Sale 24th March 2017

Simmental bulls to a top of 3,400gns at Dungannon

Cookstown breeder Nigel Glasgow topped the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s Dungannon show and sale with bids of 3,400gns and 3,300gns.

Quality bulls with good conformation and above average Breedplan figures attracted a ready market from the packed ringside audience. Auctioneer Stephen Redmond confirmed that 15 bulls sold to level at £2,604 per head – a marginal increase of £14 on last year’s average, but with a significant rise in the number of bulls finding new homes.

Securing the day’s top bid of 3,400gns was the January 2016 born Bridgewater Farm Hector TSI+67 SRI+79. Sired by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral breed champion Dermotstown Delboy, this second prize winner is out of the home-bred Anatrim Bodybuilder daughter Bridgewater Farm Phyliss.

In the breed’s top 15% for calving ease +4, and top 25% for milk +7, he sold to Dermot Trainor from Kilkeel, County Down.

Following close behind at 3,300gns was herd mate Bridgewater Farm Gazza TSI+63 SRI+76. This first prize winner was born in November 2015 and is also by Dermotstown Delboy. His dam is the Samark Superman daughter Bridgewater Farm Simone. Boasting a calving ease score of +8.4 in the breed’s top 1%, and a milk figure of +8 in the top 20%, he was snapped up by Peter Morris from Newtownstewart.

Judge Frank Kelly from the Ashdale Herd inTempo, awarded the Animax-sponsored supreme championship honours to the male champion Ranfurly Goodfellow TSI+60SRI+55 from David and Jonny Hazelton’s herd in Dungannon. Sired by Omorga Murray, his dam is the Milnafua Graduate daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 7th ET. Buyers at 3,000gns were suckler herd owners Messrs Edgar from Downpatrick.

The first prize winning Drumlone Hotrod TSI+64 SRI+89 sold at 2,900gns for Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw. Born in January 2016, and sired by the outcross sire Curaheen Apostle, he is bred from a Raceview King daughter carrying the Corbally prefix. With a calving ease score of +5.3 in the top 5%, he caught the eye of Ian Brown from Macken, Enniskillen.

Two lots came under the hammer at 2,800gns each.

First to sell was the October 2015 born Kilbride Farm Gary TSI+44 SRI+58 from the Robson family at Doagh. This second prize winner was sired by Curaheen Dickens, and is bred from the Crugmelyn Brenin daughter Kilbride Farm Jolly 13E. Buyer was G McAteer from Newry.

Also selling at 2,800gns was Cleenagh Handy Andy TSI+68 SRI+77, a fourth prize winner bred by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge. Born in March 2016 he was sired by the herd’s jointly owned 10,000gns stock bull Drumlone Anchor. His dam is the Dripsey Super King daughter Cleenagh Miss Daffodil. This one sold to Ian Thompson from Tempo.

The reserve male and reserve supreme champion Hiltonstown Giles TSI+66 SRI+76 sold at 2,400gns for Richard Rodgers, Portglenone. Born in September 2015, and sired by Mohona Dandy, he is out of a home-bred Auroch Amos daughter. Buyer was Joe Hughes from Dungannon.

Females peaked at 2,600gns, paid to Adrian Richardson for the female champion Cleenagh Gaynor. Sired by Drumlone Anchor, her dam is the Bridgemount Vixon daughter Stralongford Courtney. This maiden heifer sold to Robert Stinson from Spingfield, Enniskillen.

The same price was paid to club vice-chairman Conrad Fegan, and father Val, from Rostrevor, for the third placed Knockreagh Gail. This June 2015 born heifer is a daughter of Popes Barclay. Scanned in-calf to Kilbride Farm Comber, she sold to Thomas Stewart from Garvagh.

Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, realised 2,300gns for the reserve female champion Castlemount Cute. Born in January 2016, she is by Longhbeach Darius, and out of Drumagarner Cute. Buyer was David Carson from Garrison, County Fermanagh.

Results from the judging ring:

Bull, born between 14/06/15 and 13/08/15 – 1 and male champion, D and J Hazelton, Ranfurly Goodfellow ET by Omorga Murray; 2, M and D Frazer, Edenvale Gabriel by Sneumgaard Imperator.

Bull, born between 03/09/15 and 11/10/15 – 1 and reserve male champion, Richard Rodgers, Hiltonstown Giles by Mohona Dandy; 2, Robert Forde, Mullyknock Greg by Anatrim Bodybuilder; 3, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Gala by Corskie Damario.

Bull, born between 23/10/15 and 14/11/15 – 1, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Gazza by Dermotstown Delboy; 2, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Gary by Curaheen Dickens; 3, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Goliath by Delfur Decider.

Bull, born between 23/11/15 and 02/03/16 – 1, Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone Hotrod by Curaheen Apostle; 2, Nigel Glasgow, Bridgewater Farm Hector by Dermotstown Delboy; 3, D and J Hazeton, Ranfurly Goldstar by Kilbride Farm Warren.

Female, born between 24/06/15 and 15/11/15 – 1 and female champion, Adrian Richardson, Cleenagh Gaynor by Drumlone Anchor; 2, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Drumagarner Gemma by Hirwaun Rooney; 3, Val and Conrad Fegan, Knockreagh Gail by Popes Barclay.

Female, born between 01/01/16 and 15/01/16 – 1 and reserve female champion, Duncan McDowell, Castlemount Cute by Longbeach Darius; 2, Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Hottytotty by Kilbride Farm Delboy; 3, W and S Stubbs, Rehall Helen by Omorga Baldwin.

Male and supreme overall champion at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale in Dungannon was Ranfurly Goodfellow shown by Jonny Hazelton, Dungannon. Included are judge Frank Kelly, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Reserve male and reserve supreme champion was Hiltonstown Giles exhibited by Richard and Rhys Rodgers from Portglenone. Adding their congratulations are judge Frank Kelly, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, exhibited the female champion Cleenagh Gaynor sold for 2,600gns. Included are Neill Acheson, Animax, sponsor; and judge Frank Kelly, Tempo.

Richard McKeown exhibited the reserve female champion Castlemount Cute on behalf of Duncan McDowell, Newtownards.

The sale leaders at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale in Dungannon were the 3,400gns Bridgewater Farm Hector and the 3,300gns Bridgewater Farm Gazza, shown by Nigel Glasgow and Conor Loane, Cookstown.

Dungannon Simmental judge Frank Kelly from Tempo.

Carlisle Spring sale, including the Leading Ladies 22nd April 2016

The Carlisle Spring sale which included the Leading Ladies was judged by Mr Robin Boyd of Slievenagh Farm, 78 Ballynafie Road, Portglenone, County Antrim.

Topping the trade on the day at 5000gns was the Leading Ladies Champion Corskie Enita from Mr W J & J Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. This Greencap Ace daughter out of a Kilbride Farm Tarrant daughter was purchased by Mr D C Houldey, Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3HD.

CORSKIE ENITA

CORSKIE ENITA

Also selling at 5000gns was the Reserve Leading Ladies Champion Midhope Entise from Mr W J Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Midhopestones, Sheffield S36 4GW. A Delfur Chas daughter out of a Corskie Wealth daughter, she was sold to Mr P V Jolliffe of Star Green Farm, Cotton Oakmoor, Stoke on Trent, Staffs, ST10 3BL

MIDHOPE ENTISE

MIDHOPE ENTISE

Nexttop price at 3600gns was Corskie Easter also from Mr W J & J Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. This Corskie Bowen daughter out of a Islavale Sabre daughter was purchased by Mr N A Shand of Cairnorrie Farm, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7BU.

CORSKIE EASTER

CORSKIE EASTER

Leading Ladies averages – Eight served heifers @ £3517.50; five maiden heifers @ £2005.50

Draft averages:

Williams @ £1614

Blackpool @ £1846

Starnhill @ £1417

Blakewell @ £1746

 

BULLS

Selling at 4700gns the top price bulland Male Champion was Midhope Farmer's Friend from Mr W J Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Midhopestones, Sheffield S36 4GW. This Delfur Chas son out of a Corskie Wealth daughter was purchased by Auchencheyne Ltd, Auchencheyne Cottages, Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4EW.

MIDHOPE FARMER'S FRIEND

MIDHOPE FARMER'S FRIEND

Second top price at 4600gns was Corskie Flynn from Mr W J & J Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. A Dirnanean Bradley son out of an Islavale Sabre daughter was sold to Newbottle Estate Farms, Forceleap Farm, Hinten in the Hedges, Brackley, Northants, NN13 5PJ.

CORSKIE FLYNN

CORSKIE FLYNN

Next, selling at 4400gns was Corskie Fries also from Mr W J & J Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7NN. This Dirnanean Bradley son out of a Strathisla Nugget daughter was purchased by J Muir & Son of Cleughbrae Farm, Mouswald, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire DG1 4JS.

CORSKIE FRIES

CORSKIE FRIES

Next, at4200gns was Denizes Fortune from Mr M A Barlow of Four Oaks, Ulnes, Walton Lane, Nr Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 8LT. An Auroch Ace son out of an Ashland Tornado daughter, he was purchased by R C Robinson, Woodcock Hill Farm, Church Lane, Pannal, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1NQ.        

DENIZES FORTUNE

DENIZES FORTUNE

18 bulls averaged @ £3348.33.

Dungannon Sale 18th March 2016

Simmental heifers to 5,400gns and

bulls to 4,600gns at Dungannon

Pedigree Simmental heifers soared to 5,400gns while bulls reached a ceiling of 4,600gns at the Northern Ireland breed club’s spring show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

Claiming the day’s top price was the female champion and reserve supreme champion Cleenagh Good Girl, a thirteen-month-old heifer bred by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge. Sired by the Raceview King son Ashland Brandy, her dam is the Omorga Murray daughter Cleenagh Vikki. She won the Dale Cup at Fermanagh County Show last year, and was reserve junior champion at the inaugural Pedigree Calf Fair held at Balmoral in November.

After spirited bidding she came under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie at 5,400gns, selling to Oliver McGuinness from Eglinton, County Londonderry.

Topping bull trade at 4,600gns was the unshown Lakeside Fred TSI+73 SRI+85 consigned by Cecil Chartres and David Farrell, Lisbellaw. Born in June 2014, he was sired by the 10,000gns Perth champion Drumlone Anchor, and is out of a home-bred dam by Kilbride Farm Newry – one of six pedigree cows in the herd. In the breed’s top 5% for daughter calving ease +5.3, and top 25% for eye muscle area, he sold to Raymond Pedlow who runs an engineering business and a herd of 180 suckler cows at Lurgan, County Armagh.

Next best at 3,400gns was the reserve male champion Lisglass Fortress TSI+78 SRI+83 bred by the father and son team of Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. This sixteen-month-old entry was sired by stock bull Dermotstown Delboy – Balmoral champion in 2014 and 2015; and is bred from Fole Vivian 59th – one of 35 cows in the herd.  Buyer was Nigel Kee from Douglas Bridge, Strabane.

The Weatherup duo also realised 2,500gns for the second placed maiden heifer Liglass Foxy. Born in August 2014, she is by Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of the Kilbride Farm Porter daughter Lisglass Danielle 3rd. This was the first Dermotstown Delboy to be offered for sale. She joined Chris Traynor’s Kilmore Herd based at Armagh.

Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, realised 2,350gns for the April 2013 born Castlemount Ruby ET. She was sired by Curaheen Vio, and is out of the Cleenagh Flasher daughter Slievenagh Ruby. Included in the price was her three-month-old Hockenhull Alibaba heifer calf. Buyer was Robert Duncan from Magherafelt.

Judge Shane McDonald, Tempo, awarded the male and supreme overall championships to Ashdale Flint, an October 2014 born bull bred by Jackson McCaw, Killinchy. Sired by the Hamlet son Hillcrest Valentine, he was bred from Ashdale Haley 12th.This one changed hands for 2,300gns, selling to pedigree herd owner and livestock haulier Malcolm Workman from Monaghan.

 Also selling at 2,300gns was the August 2014 born Bridgewater Farm Fernando TSI+66 SRI+59 bred by Nigel Glasgow from Cookstown. Sired by the Omorga Volvo son Lisglass Colombus, he is out of a home-bred dam by Hockenhull Maverick. Buyer was W Black from Pomeroy.

Claiming the day’s reserve female championship was the two-year-old in-calf heifer Kilbride Farm Eunice 174F bred by the Robson family from Doagh. Sired by was sired by the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy, and is out of a home-bred dam by Kilbride Farm Warren. This one failed to meet her reserve and returned home unsold.

Commercial females attracted a ready market, with in-calf heifers selling to a top of £1,320, paid to Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea. Maiden heifers peaked at £1,350 and £1,250, realised by Tom Bogue from Brookeborough.

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is indebted to its sponsors, Animax and Millburn Concrete.

Averages: 12 bulls £2,450 (71%); 6 heifers £2,358 (55%); and 2 cows and calves £2,205 (100%).

Adrian Richardson's female champion and reserve supreme champion Cleenagh Good Girl attracted a top bid of 5,400gns at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale, Dungannon. Adding their congratulations are judge Shane McDonald, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Adrian Richardson's female champion and reserve supreme champion Cleenagh Good Girl attracted a top bid of 5,400gns at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale, Dungannon. Adding their congratulations are judge Shane McDonald, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Reserve male champion Lisglass Fortress sold at 3,400gns for Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Included are sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax; and judge Shane McDonald, Tempo. 

Reserve male champion Lisglass Fortress sold at 3,400gns for Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Included are sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax; and judge Shane McDonald, Tempo. 

Gavin McCaw, Killinchy, exhibited the male and supreme overall champion Ashdale Flint. Adding their congratulations are judge Shane McDonald, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Gavin McCaw, Killinchy, exhibited the male and supreme overall champion Ashdale Flint. Adding their congratulations are judge Shane McDonald, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Norman Robson, Doagh, exhibited the reserve female champion Kilbride Farm Eunice 174F. Included are judge Shane McDonald, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

Norman Robson, Doagh, exhibited the reserve female champion Kilbride Farm Eunice 174F. Included are judge Shane McDonald, Tempo; and sponsor Neill Acheson, Animax.

David Farrell, Lisbellaw, realised 4,600gns for the unshown Lakeside Fred. 

David Farrell, Lisbellaw, realised 4,600gns for the unshown Lakeside Fred. 

A delighted first-time exhibitor Jamie Bell, Aughnacloy, with his first prize winning bull Drumearn Flame. The bull was shown by Zara Stubbs. 

A delighted first-time exhibitor Jamie Bell, Aughnacloy, with his first prize winning bull Drumearn Flame. The bull was shown by Zara Stubbs. 

Simmental Club committee member Nigel Glasgow is pictured with Malcolm Thom, Millburn Concrete, sponsor of the commercial section of the spring show and sale, Dungannon. 

Simmental Club committee member Nigel Glasgow is pictured with Malcolm Thom, Millburn Concrete, sponsor of the commercial section of the spring show and sale, Dungannon. 

'THE MOTHER OF ALL BEEF BREEDS'


STIRLING FEBRUARY BULL SALES 14TH & 15TH FEBRUARY 2016

SALE REPORT

The breed saw tremendous trade at the Spring sale at Stirling on Monday 15th February, the pre sale show on Sunday was judged by Gary Christie, Birchfield, Glass, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4XS.

122 Bulls sold through the ring to average £5675, an increase of £711 on the year for an 80% clearance, the highest of any breed so far this year.

Topping the day's trade was the Intermediate & Reserve Overall Champion Kilbride Farm Foreman from W H Robson and Sons, 106 Coghry Road, Doagh, Ballyclare, County Antrim, N Ireland, BT39 0PX, a Crugmelyn Brenin son out of a Milnafua Graduate daughter, selling for 22,000gns to Clive Houldey, Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie, DG11 3HD.

KIlbride Farm Foreman

KIlbride Farm Foreman


Second top at 17,000gns was Wolfstar Flying Scotsman, bred by Mr A King, Wolfstar, Ormiston, East Lothian, EH35 5NH. A Team Celtic son out of a Starline Klassik daughter, purchased in partnership by  by Mr D Lowry, Newsteadings Farm, Cartland, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 7RB and Bridget Borlase, Sacombe Hill Farm, Sacombe Hill, Waton on Stone, Hertfordshire, SG14 3NL

Wolfstar Flying Scotsman

Wolfstar Flying Scotsman


Next at 16,000gns was Senior Champion  Islavale Ferrari, bred by Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN, a Curaheen Bandit son out of a Darsham Lucky Strike daughter, purchased by Mrs A Jukes, Swallowhill House, Bourne Lane, Sandhurst, Kent, TN18 5NT.

Islavale Ferrari

Islavale Ferrari


Selling for 15,000gns was the Reserve Intermediate Champion Kilbride Farm Fearless from W H Robson and Sons, 106 Coghry Road, Doagh, Ballyclare, County Antrim, N Ireland, BT39 0PX, a Crugmelyn Brenin son out of a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter. The purchaser was the Judge Gary Christie, Birchfield, Glass, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4XS.

Kilbride Farm Fearless

Kilbride Farm Fearless


Selling for 14,000gns was Wolfstar Fearless bred by Mr A King, Wolfstar, Ormiston, East Lothian, EH35 5NH, a Team Celtic son out of a Dirnanean Vincent daughter, purchased by Mr J Shouler, Elm Tree Farm, Wendlebury, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 2QA.

Wolfstar Fearless

Wolfstar Fearless


Four bulls then traded at 10,000gns. First, was the Reserve Junior Champion Denizes Fantastic from Mr M A Barlow of Four Oaks, Ulnes, Walton Lane, Nr Leyland, Lancashire PR26 8LT, this Whitemire King Kong son out of a Ashland Tornado daughter was purchased by Mr J Wilson, 4 Martins Lane, Dorans Hill, Newry, County Down, N Ireland, BT35 8PJ.

Denizes Fantastic

Denizes Fantastic


Next, also at 10,000gns was Corskie Freddy, bred by Mr WJ & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray IV32 7NN. This Greencap Ace son out of a Popes Laird daughter was purchased by Mr C J G Clarke, Villa Farm, Cretingham Road, Otley, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9PB.

Corskie Freddy

Corskie Freddy


Again at 10,000gns was Popes Fendt bred by M/S J H & V G Wood of Popes Farm, Longridge Road, Dutton, Preston, Lanchashire, PR3 2YT, a Kilbride Farm Comber son out of a Banwy Wonderboy daughter, purchased by Mr Thomas Hill, 1 Mill Farm, Daw Lane, Wadworth, Doncaster, DN11 9DX.

Popes Fendt

Popes Fendt


The last at 10,000gns was Drumlone Fabulous bred by K C Veitch, Drumlone, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, N Ireland, BT94 5PN, a Carnkern Titan son out of a Raceview King daughter, purchased by Mr H Brunton, Crudie Farm, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 2NR.

Drumlone Fabulous

Drumlone Fabulous


Selling at 8,000gns was theOverall & Junior Champion Derrycallaghan Fireworks, bred by Mr H C Stubbs & A A Burleigh, 4 Innisrooisk Road, Crummy, Ballindarragh, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, N Ireland, BT92 0PJ. This Slimero Victory 2 son out of a Derrycallaghan Hamilton daughter was purchased by W S L Muir, Upper Onston, Stenness, Stromess, Orkney KW16 3JX.

Derrycallaghan Fireworks

Derrycallaghan Fireworks


Female Champion and selling at 3,900gns was Slievenagh Flirt, bred by Mr R J Boyd, Slievenagh Farm, 78 Ballynafie Road, Portglenone, County Antrim, N Ireland BT44 8DQ, an Auroch Amos daughter out of a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter purchased by Mr J N Glasgow, 30 Creevagh Road, Cookstown, County Tyrone, N Ireland, BT80 9QU.

Slievenagh Flirt

Slievenagh Flirt


The Reserve Female Champion Drumsleed Flick sold for 3,800gns, bred by Mr G W Smith, Drumsleed, Fordoun, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, AB30 1SL. This Grangewood William daughter out of a Drumsleed Lanzarote daughter was purchased by Mr J E Dyet, East Merkland Farm, Sandford, Strathaven, Lanarkshire ML10 6PR.

24 Heifers @ £2275

The Complete Adult portion of the Broombrae herd saw Broombrae Snowdrop A20 by Woodhall Regent out of a Milnafua Kent daughter  top at 7000gns, purchased by W J & J Green (Corskie)

Broombrae Snowdrop A20

Broombrae Snowdrop A20

27 in calf cows @£3481

4 cows & Calves @£2809

7 Bull calves @£2595









Stirling February Bull sales 14th & 15th February 2016

We had a very successful sale on Monday, top prices went to the following:

  • LOT 147 Delfur Fergus sold for 8000gns
  • LOT 158 Dirnanean Fivestar sold for 9500gns

  • LOT 163 Senior Champion Islavale Ferrari sold for 16,000gns

  • LOT 185 Wolfstar Fearless sold for 14,000gns

  • LOT 188 Corskie Freddy sold for 10,000gns

  • LOT 217 Intermediate Champion & Reserve Overall Champion Kilbride Farm Foreman sold for 22,000gns

  • LOT 232 Reserve Intermediate Champion Kilbride Farm Fearless sold for 15,000gns

  • LOT 209 Popes Fendt sold for 10,000gns

  • LOT 257 Auchorachan Fakeman sold for 8000gns 

  • LOT 269 Corskie Fruit Pastille sold for 8000gns

  • LOT 300 Overall & Junior Champion Derrycallaghan Fireworks sold for 8000gns

  • LOT 331 Reserve Junior Champion Denizes Fantastic sold for 10,000gns

  • LOT 334 Drumlone Fabulous sold for 10,000gns

  • LOT 341 Wolfstar Flying Scotsman sold for 17,000gns

Sale report and pictures to follow shortly.

Champion heifer tops elite Simmental entry at 6,600gns

Bidding reached a ceiling of 6,600gns at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s 45th Anniversary Elite Female Show and Sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at Moira.

Hitting the headlines in both the show and sale rings was the much-admired Lisglass Emerald, an August 2013 born heifer consigned by Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. Sired by the 20,000gns Stirling junior and supreme champion (Feb 2010) Auchorachan Wizard, she is bred from the Kilbride Farm Newry daughter Lisglass Babe – one of 35 cows in the County Antrim herd.

She stood second in the intermediate heifer class at Balmoral Show in May, and caught the eye of breed society president and judge David Donnelly, Derbyshire, to secure the supreme championship ribbons at the anniversary event. 

Mr Donnelly who runs the 10-cow Atlow herd said:”The champion looks a million dollars. She has length, top, a great backend, and oozes femininity and breed character.”  

After spirited bidding from the packed ringside audience, auctioneer Michael Taaffe brought the hammer down at 6,600gns, with the successful bid coming from Simmental breed stalwart Thelma Gorman, who founded her select Woodford Herd at Armagh almost 40 years ago.

Next best at 5,600gns was the day’s reserve champion Kilbride Farm Eunice 169E from the Robson family, Billy, Michael and Norman, who run 90 pedigree cows at Doagh, County Antrim. This two-year-old heifer was sired by Kilbride Farm Warren, and is out of a home-bred Carnkern Titan daughter. 

Scanned in-calf to Danish stock bull Sneumgaard Imperator, she sold to County Londonderry breeders Roger Henderson, and son Jonathan, who established the Drumsamney herd in 2011. 

Claiming the day’s second reserve award was Ballinlare Farm Elegance, a July 2013 Auchorachan Wizard daughter from Joe Wilson’s herd at Newry, County Down. She is out of a home-bred Kilbride Farm Newry daughter, and is scanned in-calf to Curaheen Apostle. This one failed to meet her reserve and was unsold.

County Fermanagh’s Harold Stubbs, and grandson Alan Burleigh, realised 4,600gns for the first prize winning Derrycallaghan Fancy Me. Born in April 2014, her sire is the 21,000gns Corrick Kentucky Kid, while her dam is the Popes Laird daughter Corskie Vesna . 

She was runner-up at the Woodcraft Kitchens (Kilrea) junior heifer derby at Lurgan, and was placed second in her class at Enniskillen Show. This one joins Gareth Wilson’s Hillhead Farm Herd at Garvary, Enniskillen. 

David Hazelton’s fourth prize winner Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th by Raceview King attracted considerable attention, including interest from a telephone bidder, but was withdrawn from the sale ring unsold at 4,500gns.

The Robson family’s Kilbride Farm Herd which dates back to the breed’s importation 45 years ago, sold four heifers to average £3,426 per head. Selling for export to Patrick Hogan, County Carlow, at 3,500gns was Kilbride Farm Eunice 168E. This fifth prize winner is a daughter of the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy, and is bred from a Kilbride Farm Newry dam. 

Harry Moore, and son John, Beragh, County Tyrone, sold four heifers from their noted Omorga herd to average £2,992 each. Their best at 3,200gns was the third placed Omorga Fabia, a June 2014 Ashland Brandy daughter, bred from a Blackford Explosion dam. This one goes back to the noted Cleenagh Daffodil, and caught the eye of John Barlow from the Denizes Herd based in Lancashire. 

The March 2014 Omorga Faith sold at 3,100gns. She is by Dermody Butcher, and is out of a home-bred dam by Glebefarm Future. This one joins Cecil McIlwaine’s Corrick Herd based at Newtownstewart, County Tyrone.

David Donnelly thanked the NI club for inviting him to judge “I love Simmental females, and the quality of the heifers on show today makes me proud to be president of the society. It has been a great show, and the cattle are a credit to the breeders involved.”

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is indebted its sponsors: Irwins Feed, Tulivin, Bimeda, Animax, T-Met, Comfort Mats, Ag-Con Products Ltd and Crystalyx.

Average: 14 heifers £3,282.

Results from the show ring include:

Heifer, born between 08/03/13 and 21/08/13 – 1, and supreme champion, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, Lisglass Emerald from Auchroachan Wizard; 2, and second reserve champion, Joe Wilson, Newry, Ballinlare Farm Elegance by Auchorachan Wizard; 3, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Rosslea, Scribby Farms Elegant by Drumlone Anchor; 4, David Hazelton, Dungannon, Ranfurly Lady Diana 21st by Seabank Flint.

Heifer, born between01/09/13 and 01/12/13 – 1, and reserve champion, WH Robson and Sons, Doagh, Kilbride Farm Eunice 169E by Kilbride Farm Warren; 2, Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, Cleenagh Easypeasy by Whitemire King Kong; 3, Stephen Millar, Irvinestown, Glenock Eggbrit by Curaheen Vio ; 4, Shane and Paul McDonald, Tempo, Coolcran Susie’s Erica by Raceview Nigel.

Heifer, born between 02/01/14 and 30/04/14 – 1, Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Lisnaskea, Derrycallaghan Fancy Me by Corrick Kentucky Kid; 2, William and George Nelson, Rosslea, Drumacritten Frances by Drumlone Anchor;  3, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Dora 71F by Crugmelyn Brenin; 4, David Hazelton, Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th by Raceview King.

Heifer, born between 14/06/14 and 16/10/14 – 1, Eamon and Michael McCloskey, Kilrea, Drumagarner Finna by Kilbride Farm Bantry; 2, Archie Reaney, Markethill, Cladymore Felicity by Omorga Baldwin; 3, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Eunice 185F by Crugmelyn Brenin; 4, Harry and John Moore, Beragh, Omorga Fabia by Ashland Brandy.

Kilbride Farm leads Dungannon Simmental trade at 3,000gns twice

Male and supreme overall champion at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale, Dungannon, was Kilbride Farm Eric ET shown by Michael Robson, Doagh. Adding their congratulations are Andrew Clarke, Tynan, judge; and Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank, sponsor.
Male and supreme overall champion at the NI Simmental Club's spring show and sale, Dungannon, was Kilbride Farm Eric ET shown by Michael Robson, Doagh. Adding their congratulations are Andrew Clarke, Tynan, judge; and Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank, sponsor.

Simmental bulls reached a ceiling of 3,000gns twice at the Northern Ireland Club’s spring show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

Joint sale leader was the day’s male and supreme overall champion Kilbride Farm Eric ET bred by Billy Robson OBE, and sons Michael and Norman, from Doagh, County Antrim. Sired by the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy, this naturally polled bull is out of a home-bred dam by the Danish sire Lamhoj Supery. Two full brothers averaged 7,000gns in Stirling.

He is in the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle area +4.3, and terminal sire index +86, and in the top 10% for self replacing index +87.  This November 2013 born entry was snapped up by T McCartney, Jerrettspass, Newry.

Judge Andrew Clarke from the 8-cow Breaghey herd based Tynan, County Armagh, described the champion as a long, well fleshed bull with nice hindquarters and a good thick loin.”

Also selling at 3,000gns was the Robson family’s second prize winner Kilbride Farm Earl TSI+68 SRI+76. Sired by the Ardadoney Volvo son Kilbride Farm Barrister, he is bred from the Cairnview Snazzy daughter Kilbride Farm Dora 40B. Highest bidder on this eighteen-month-old bull was V Ferguson, Dungannon.

Next best at 2,800gns was the third placed Corrick Exodus TSI +66 SRI+77 consigned by Cecil and Hazel McIlwaine, and sons Scott and Neil, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. Sired by stock bull Carbery Carribbean, this November 2013 entry is out of a home-bred dam by Carnkern Titan. In the breed’s top 10% for eye muscle area +3.5, he sold to Norman Hammond, Stewartstown, County Tyrone.

The Robson family were in the money again at 2,400gns, realised by the second prize winning Kilbride Farm Eagle TSI+71 SRI+76. He was sired by stock bull Crugmelyn Brenin, and is out of a home-bred dam by the popular Kilbride Farm Newry. In the top 5% for eye muscle area, this November 2013 born bull sold to Malcolm Fleming, Magherafelt, County Londonderry.

Andrew Clarke awarded the reserve male championship to Haystar Eclipse TSI+67 SRI+69, an October 2013 born Omorga Murray son bred by Gavin Hayes, and sons Kyle, James and Sam, Upper Ballinderry, County Antrim.  He was bred from the Hillcrest Champion daughter Carralavin Winford – one of six breeding females in the herd. This one failed to meet his reserve and returned home unsold.

Claiming the female and reserve supreme championship awards sponsored by Danske Bank was the September 2013 born Knockreagh Emily exhibited by the father and son team of Val and Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor, County Down. She was sired by the 20,000gns Stirling junior and supreme champion Auchorachan Wizard, and is out of a home-bred dam by Omorga Volvo. Buyer at 2,600gns was judge Andrew Clarke.

“This is a lovely sweet heifer. She is long and oozes femininity.”

The Fegan’s 8-cow herd founded in 2003 also produced the reserve female champion Knockreagh Ella Rose. This October 2013 Auchorachan Wizard daughter secured a bid of 2,300gns from K Bell, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone.

There was a solid demand for commercial Simmental heifers with prices soaring to £775 over weight. The commercial section was sponsored by Millburn Concrete, Cookstown.

Maiden heifers ranged in weight from 335kgs to 595kgs, with prices peaking at £1,270, £1,250 and £1,160.

In-calf heifers peaked at £1,380, £1,280 twice and £1,240.

Averages: 6 pedigree bulls £2,590; 3 pedigree heifers £2,257.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Richard Rodgers is pictured at the club's Dungannon show and sale with Malcolm Thom, Millburn Concrete, sponsor of the sale's commercial section.
NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Richard Rodgers is pictured at the club's Dungannon show and sale with Malcolm Thom, Millburn Concrete, sponsor of the sale's commercial section.
Female and reserve supreme champion was Knockreagh Emily which sold at 2,600gns for Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor. Also pictured are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank, sponsor.
Female and reserve supreme champion was Knockreagh Emily which sold at 2,600gns for Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor. Also pictured are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank, sponsor.
Reserve female champion was Conrad Fegan's Knockreagh Ella Rose which sold for 2,300gns. Included are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and sponsor Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank.
Reserve female champion was Conrad Fegan's Knockreagh Ella Rose which sold for 2,300gns. Included are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and sponsor Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank.
Reserve male champion was Haystar Eclipse whon by Kyle Hayes, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn. Included are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and sponsor Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank.
Reserve male champion was Haystar Eclipse whon by Kyle Hayes, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn. Included are judge Andrew Clarke, Tynan; and sponsor Andrew Tecey, Danske Bank.
Taking a keen interest in the judging at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club's Dungannon show and sale are, from left: Tom Bogue, Brookeborough; Neil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart; vice chairman Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and William Ferguson, Stewartstown.
Taking a keen interest in the judging at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club's Dungannon show and sale are, from left: Tom Bogue, Brookeborough; Neil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart; vice chairman Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and William Ferguson, Stewartstown.
Spectators around the showring at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club spring show and sale, Dungannon.
Spectators around the showring at the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club spring show and sale, Dungannon.

Simmental females in demand at Dungannon

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A buoyant trade for Simmental females at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart resulted in pedigree heifers selling to a top of 2,000gns; while commercial entries peaked at £1,110 over their weight. Sale leader in the pedigree section was the fourth placed Coolcrannel Edna bred by Willie Phair from Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh. Born in April 2013, she is a daughter of the former 10,000gns Stirling champion Drumlone Anchor, and is out of a home-bred dam by Dripsey Super King. Buyer was David Toner from Camlough, County Armagh.

Two lots came under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie at 1,700gns each. First to sell was the fifth placed Woodford Paula 2nd from Thelma and Peter Gorman’s Armagh-based herd. Almost two-years-old, she is by the popular AI sire Kilbride Farm Newry, and is out of the herd’s prize winning show cow Woodford Paula. This heifer was shown successfully throughout the summer, and was snapped up by Peter Jordan from Dungannon, County Tyrone.

Also selling at 1,700gns was Castlemount Vienna, a second prize winner by Omorga Volvo, bred and exhibited by Duncan McDowell from Newtownards, County Down. Her dam was the Slievenagh Fantastic daughter, Slievenagh Vienna – purchased privately for the 15-cow herd founded in 2011.

The pre-sale show was judged by the club’s vice-chairman Matthew Cunning, Glarryford, and generously sponsored by Animax – manufacturers of the leading bolus brand Tracesure.

Claiming the day’s female and reserve supreme championship awards was Breaghey Elberta, an April 2013 born Dripsey Super King daughter offered for sale by Wesley Abraham from Irvinestown, County Fermanagh. She was bred from the Derrycallaghan Hamilton daughter Corrick Vida - 3,100gns Dungannon female champion in spring 2009. This heifer failed to meet her reserve and was withdrawn from the salering.

The reserve female championship went to Ballinlare Farm Dancer, a twenty-three-month-old heifer from Joe Wilson’s herd at Newry, County Down. Sired by the herd’s 20,000gns Stirling champion Auchorachan Wizard, she is out of a home-bred dam by the noted Camus Brandy. This heifer was shown throughout the summer, and despite a bid of 3,000gns she returned home unsold.

The male and supreme overall championship awards went to the May 2013 born Castlemount Ernie bred by Duncan McDowell. Sired by the Hillcrest Champion son Curaheen Vio, he was bred from a dam carrying the Slievenagh prefix.

Taking the reserve male championship was Ballinlare Farm Equaliser, a May 2013 born Auchorachan Wizard son exhibited by Joe Wilson. He is out of a home-bred dam by former stock bull Innerwick Krackerjack.

A draft entry from Andy Weatherup’s herd at Larne saw prices peak at 1,800gns, realised by the October 2007 born Ballyvallough Valerie. Sired by Omorga Shogun, she is out of a home-bred Glebefarm Marksman daughter. Included in the price was her unregistered heifer calf, and a confirmed pregnancy to Slimero Everest.

The commercial section of the sale met a solid trade with in-calf heifers peaking at £1,750 and £1,550 paid to C Daly from Benburb, County Tyrone. Next best at £1,500 and £1,450 were in-calf heifers bred by Seamus Casey, Dungannon.

Maiden heifers topped at £266 per 100 kilos, paid to David Henderson, Tamlaght, County Fermanagh, for a 465kgs heifer at £1,240. He also realised £1,200 for a 490kgs heifer (£245); and £1,200 for a 480kgs heifer (£250). Leslie Weatherup, Ballyclare, 405kgs at £1,000 (£247); and Messrs Rice, Castlewellan, County Down, 490kgs at £1,200 (£245).

A spokesman for the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club commented that bull trade reflected the current economic climate. “We had a small entry of bulls. Buyers were sticking to a budget, which unfortunately for the vendors, fell short of their expectations. The autumn sale can be tricky for bulls.

“However, trade for pedigree and commercial females remains strong, as suckler herd owners continue to recognise the breed’s sought-after characteristics– fertility, milk and mothering ability, and docility.”

Female and reserve supreme champion was Breaghey Elberta shown by Wesley Abraham, Irvinestown. Included are judge Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and sponsor Neil Acheson, Animax.

Alan Wilson, Newry, exhibited the reserve female champion Ballinlare Farm Dancer. Also pictured are judge Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and sponsor Neil Acheson, Animax.

Male and supreme overall champion was Castlemount Ernie bred by Duncan McDowell, Newtownards. Handler Richard McKeown was congratualted by Matthew Cunning, judge, Glarryford; and Neil Acheson, Animax, sponsor.

Reserve male champion was Ballinlare Farm Equaliser shown by Neil Wilson, Newry. Included are judge Matthew Cunning, Glarryford; and sponsor Neil Acheson, Animax.

Averages: 10 pedigree heifers £1,670 in an 84% clearance; one cow with calf at foot £1,890.

Stirling February Bull Sale Report

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Strong Commercial trade underpinned the spring Sale at Stirling judged by Mr John Rixon, Lopmede Farm, Thame, Oxford.

With a clearance of 83% a clear indication the breed is increasing its share of the market.

Topping the trade on the day was Kersknowe Dandy, a Starline Apollo son out of a Skerrington Top of The Pops daughter, he sold for 16000gns, into the Peasiehill herd of Brian and Lynn Soutar.

Kersknowe Dandy

The Supreme and Junior champion was next best at 15000gns, from the Atlow stud of David Donnelly, this Lisglass Barnabus son out of a Cairnview Snazzy daughter heads to Aberdeenshire to the Islavale herd of Stewart, Hazel and Stewart jnr Stronach.

Atlow Dixon

The third top price of 14000gns came from the Stronach's pen, Islavale Donald a Curaheen Bandit son out of a Glenturk Premier daughter, he heads for Perthshire to Adrian Ivory's Strathisla herd.

 Islavale Donald

A Half brother of last years breed record priced Bel Dhu Capercaillie was next, selling at 11500gns Bel Dhu Drummer, a Drumlone anchor son of Blackford Wagtail (Capercaillie's dam) was purchased by Mr Strachan,Clochie, Lethnot, Brechin.

Bel Dhu Drummer

Then at 11000gns came Innerwick Dougal from Dorothy Moffat, this Castlegale Titan son out of an Oakhill Ned daughter was purchased by WA Penny, Cranshaws, Duns Berwickshire.

Three bulls traded at 10000gns, the first completing a great day for John Jeffery, Kersknowe Deputy, another Starline Apollo son, out of a Sterling Parliamentarian daughter,. this one was purchased by  Mr Marshall, Beeches, Blendewing, Lanarkshire.

Kersknowe Deputy

Andy and Steph Ryder traded Ryden Darthvader at 10000gns, this Clonagh Tiger Gallant son out of a Salisbury Challenger daughter was purchased by Macfarlane Farms, Quixwood Farm, Duns in Berwickshire.

Ryden Darthvader

The last of the 10000gns bulls came from Michael Barlows Denizes herd, Denizes Dictator, an Ashland Tornado son out of a Salisbury Challenger daughter, purchased by  SB Morriosn, Easter Urray, Muir of Ord , Ross-shire.

Denzies Dictator

119 Bulls sold to average £5267.

Female trade was also brisk with the top two units making 4800gns

First was Skerrington Rhona 21st, a Sterling Nelson 2nd daughter out of a Dovefields Gallant daughter, this former Royal Highland Breed Champion and Reserve Interbreed Champion was purchased by Jimmy and Vicki Wood for their Popes herd in Lancashire.

Skerrington Rhona

Then from the McGowan's draft selling at 4800gns was Dirnanean Calypso d1(p) and Arkmill Franklyn daughter out of a Halnook Panache daughter was purchased by David and Lesley Sapsed for their Heathbrow herd at Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

Then at 4000gns was  Female Champion from, Mr W E Nelson & Mr G E Nelson, Drumacritten Delia, a Drumlone Anchor daughter out of a Dripsey Super King dam selling to C R Fovargue Bros, Bottom Farm, Coalville , Leicestershire for use in their Edroda Herd.

Drumacritten Delia

46 heifers @ £2415

  • Dirnanean 10 @ £2488.50
  • Skerrington 11@ £2412.00
  • Beeches 7 @ £2070
  • Derwentwood 6 @ £1855.00
  • Broombrae  3@ £2520
  • Innerwick 3@ £3150

British Simmental Cattle Society 2nd Sale of Leading Ladies

connie

The British Simmental Cattle Society held its second Leading ladies Sale at Carlisle on Saturday 14th September 2013.

Judge for the day was Mr John Moore, Omagh, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

His over-all champion Newbiemains Connie, a Blackford Albatross daughter consigned from Jim and Patricia Goldie, Newbiemains Farm, Annan, Dumfries made the top price of the day selling to new breeders Greyhound Estates Ltd, Upper Bucklebury, Reading, Berks for 8000gns

Newbiemains Connie

Second top price on the day again went to The Goldies for Newbiemains Charmer, another Blackford Albatross daughter, she sold for 3900gns to Heather Duff, Pitmudie, Brechin, Angus.

Newbiemains Charmer

Third top went to Society President Iain Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Elgin for Corskie Donna, a Popes Laird daughter selling to Greyhound Estates Ltd for 3800gns.

Corskie Donna

13 heifers sold to average £3174 a 73% clearance.

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington

Simmental bulls to 3,400gns and heifers to 2,400gns at Dungannon

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Pedigree bulls reached a ceiling of 3,400gns in a selective trade at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s autumn show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on 11th October.

The top priced bull at 3,400gns was the third prize winning Pointfarms Columbo shown by Richard Rodgers, and owned by Matthew Cunning, Glarryford.

Topping the sale and setting a new herd record of 3,400gns was the March 2011 born Pointfarms Columbo, bred and exhibited by Frank and Matthew Cunning from Glarryford, County Antrim.

Sired by the Raceview King son Hiltonstown Warrior, he is bred from the Cleenagh Nelson daughter Pointfarms Vixen – one of 12 cows in the herd which was established in 2006. This third prize winning entry caught the eye of Jim Hewitt.

New breeder Stephen Millar from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, who founded the 12-cow Glenrock herd three years ago, was making his debut in the show and sale rings, and was delighted to secure the day’s male and supreme overall championship plaudits.

The male and supreme champion was Glenock Cannon Ball, which sold at 2,600gns for Stephen Millar, Newtownstewart. At the halter is Jack Smyth.

Leading the prize winning line-up was the July 2011 born Glenrock Cannon Ball, a Hillcrest King son, bred from a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter carrying the Magheracrigan prefix. He came under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie at 2,600gns, selling to pedigree breeder Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh.

Woodford Crackerjack came under the hammer at 2,500gns for Mrs Thelma Gorman from Armagh.

Following close behind at 2,500gns was the July 2011 born Woodford Crackerjack, bred and exhibited by Mrs Thelma Gorman from Armagh. Sired by Kilbride Farm Newry, he was bred from the Ballintlea King daughter Woodford Paula. Shown successfully during the summer, he was snapped up by Kenny Veitch from Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh.

Judge Thomas Hamilton, Rock, Dungannon, awarded the reserve championship to Knockreagh Conrad, a June 2011 born Omorga Volvo son, shown by the father and son team of Val and Conrad Fegan from Rostrevor, County Down. This one was bred from a Freighduff Brendan daughter carrying the Raceview prefix. He failed to meet his reserve and was withdrawn from the salering unsold.

“The champion and reserve complement one another very well. The overall winner is a super ended bull with good conformation, and carried himself well on sound legs and feet,” added the judge.

Bruces Hill Cattle Company and Farm Shop has presented a new cup to the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club. Stephen Buick handed over the trophy to club chairman Nigel Glasgow.

The pre-sale show was generously sponsored by Bruces Hill Cattle Company and Farm Shop, who provided a new trophy for the overall champion. Stephen Buick presented the Bruces Hill Perpetual Cup to Stephen Millar.

Female champion was Corrick Chelsea shown by Scott McIlwaine, Newtownstewart. Included are club chairman Nigel Glasgow, and judge Thomas Hamilton, Rock

Pedigree females peaked at 2,400gns, paid to Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, for the female champion Corrick Chelsea. Born in March 2011 and sired by Omorga Tarbuck, she is bred from the Hillcrest Naughty daughter Corrick Sunset, and is a full sister to Corrick Benson – intermediate and supreme Perth champion in October 2011. Buyer was Robin Boyd who runs the noted Slievenagh herd based at Portglenone, County Antrim.

Next best at 2,200gns was the fifth prize winning Sperrin View Crystal, a June 2011 born daughter of the 20,000 Euro Curaheen Tyson, out of a home-bred dam by Ballinlare Farm Rival. Consigned by William Ferguson, Stewartstown, she sold to Richard Booth.

The May 2010 born in-calf heifer Woodford Bluebell came under the hammer at 2,100gns for Mrs Thelma Gorman, Armagh. Sired by Sacombe Edgar, this second prize winner is bred from the Ballintlea King daughter Woodford Paula. In-calf to Kilbride Farm Newry, she sold to John Jardine.

Pedigree bulls averaged £2,690, while 10 pedigree heifers changed hands to level at £1,885 each.

An entry of commercial Simmental females met a ready market with in-calf heifers peaking at £1,160 twice, paid to Seamus Casey, Dungannon, and Henry Rice, Castlewellan. Other leading prices include: Seamus Casey £1,120, Henry Rice £1,080 and £1,020 twice.

Maiden heifers achieved a top of £710 over weight, paid to Roland Hadden, Dungannon, for a 490kgs heifer at £1,200 (245); and £680 over weight, also paid to Roland Hadden for a 500kgs heifer at £1,180 (236). PJ Kearney, Plumbridge, also realised £680 over weight for a 420kgs heifer at £1,080 (258).

Cows with bull calf at foot sold at £1,260 and £1,240 for John Perry, Dundonald.

The commercial section of the sale was kindly sponsored by McGirr Haulage based at Tempo, County Fermanagh.

Stephen Buick presents the Bruces Hill Perpetual Cup for the supreme champion to first-time exhibitor Stephen Millar, Newtownstewart. Included are handler Jack Smyth, and judge Thomas Hamilton, Dungannon

Results from the judging ring include:

Bull, born between 23/12/10 and 10/04/11 – 1, William Ferguson, Stewartstown, Sperrin View Champion by Delfur T Bone; 2, John Warnock, Carrowdore, Templefyn Caleb by Dirnanean Reno; 3, Frank and Matthew Cunning, Glarryford, Pointfarms Columbo by Hiltonstown Warrior.

Bull, born between 07/05/11 and 04/07/11 – 1, Val and Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor, Knockreagh Conrad by Omorga Volvo; 2, John Warnock, Templefyn Clint by Kilbride Farm Newry; 3, David and Margaret Thompson, Ahoghill, Lummin Conrad by Hiltonstown Aristocrat.

Bull, born between 07/07/11 and 25/09/11 – 1, Stephen Millar, Newtownstewart, Glenrock Cannon Ball by Hillcrest King; 2, David and Margaret Thompson, Lummin Cecil by Hiltonstown Aristrocrat; 3, Sean Burns, Rathfriland, Longbeach Caesar by Kilbride Farm Viduka.

Heifer, born between 23/05/10 and 24/02/11 – 1, Joe Wilson, Newry, Ballinlare Farm Cinders by Raceview Valintino Miracle; 2, Mrs Thlema Gorman, Armagh, Woodford Bluebell by Sacombe Edgar; 3, Harry and John Moore, Beragh, Omorga Connie by Sterling Herkules.

Heifer, born between 13/03/11 and 29/04/11 – 1, Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, Corrick Chelsea by Omorga Tarbuck; 2, Cecil McIlwaine, Corrick Chloe by Omorga Tarbuck; 3, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, Lisglass Connie by Omorga Regan.

Heifer, born between 21/05/11 and 06/07/11 – 1, Andrew Hanna, Irvinestown, Stralongford Candice by Bridgemount Vixon; 2, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Lisglass Cream by Raceivew Stanley; 3, Andrew Hanna, Stralongford Carol by Omorga Volvo.

Scott McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, exhibited the reserve female champion Corrick Chloe.