It was standing room only at this years N.I. Simmental Cattle Breeders Club Spring Show and Sale in Dungannon Farmers Mart on Tuesday 6th April 2010. A packed ringside witnessed an outstanding show of both pedigree and commercial Simmental cattle.
Judge Kenneth Veitch from Lisbellaw awarded the Northern Bank Supreme Championship to the June 2008 born bull Drumbulcan Waterfall, from County Fermanagh breeders Harold Stubbs and Andrew Burleigh. Bred by Kenneth Stubbs, this popular champion was sired by Omorga Regan, out of the Barnattin Larry dam Drumbulcan Risotto. The judges choice was justified when Waterfall topped the sale at 4000 gns selling to Malcolm Fleming from Magherafelt.
Camus Ascot 09 picked up the Reserve Championship for breeder Joe Campbell from Strabane. Sired by Brinkton Brilliant and out of the Hillcrest King cow Camus Polly, this January 2009 born bull sold readily for 3100 gns to John Blair from Moneymore.
The award for the best opposite sex to the champion went to Drumagarner Annabelle, exhibited by Eammon McCloskey from Kilrea. This yearling Derrycallaghan Hamilton daughter was knocked down for 2100 gns to P Ward from Strabane. Top price in the pedigree female section was 2900 gns for Cladymore Tinkerbell, a January 2006 Dirnanean Nugget cow with bull calf at foot, shown by Archie Reaney from Armagh and selling to M McDonnell of Omagh.
The highlight of the sale, however, was the outstanding demand for commercial heifers, with buyers eager to acquire Simmental genetics as a foundation for their suckler herds resulting in a complete clearance. Cecil McIlwaine topped this section with a 470 kg heifer selling for £1750 to R McConnell from Newtownstewart, closely followed by M Fegan’s £1700 for 460 kg to W Fleming of Magherafelt. R N Weatherup’s 560 kg heifer made £1600 selling to M Fleming, Magherafelt, while Adrian Richardson averaged £1340 for 5 heifers with an average weight of 500 kg.
Two young cows with calves at foot averaged £1550 for Seamus Casey. 36 commercial heifers, weighing 437 kg, averaged £1075 each in this commercial section, generously sponsored by Connons General Merchants, Ballymena.
Leading prices - Bulls Drumbulcan Waterfall - 4000 gns Corrick Admiral 09 - 3500 gns Omorga Admiral 09 - 3400 gns Camus Ascot 09 - 3100 gns Omorga Alex 09 - 2800 gns Kilbride Farm Action 09 - 2600 gns Omorga Wagner - 2600 gns Templefyn Wilbur - 2500 gns
27 bulls averaged 2244 gns
Leading prices - Females Cladymore Tinkerbell - 2900 gns Drumagarner Annabelle - 2100 gns Drumagarner Ace - 2000 gns Rehall Wilma - 1900 gns Drumagarner Whisper - 1800 gns Knockreagh Wilma - 1800 gns
7 heifers averaged 1807 gns 1 cow and calf 2900 gns
Show Results Class 1: 1st Drumbulcan Waterfall; 2nd Templefyn Wilbur; 3rd Ashdale Wilson
Class 2: 1st Camus Ascot 09; 2nd Corrick Admiral 09; 3rd Camus Action 09
Class 3: 1st Cleenagh Ashley 09; 2nd Omorga Alex 09; 3rd Omorga Admiral 09
Class 4: 1st Kilbride Farm Action 09; 2nd Kilbride Farm Armoy 09; 3rd Longbeach Almighty 09
Class 5: 1st Drumagarner Whisper; 2nd Edenbann Wispa; 3rd Edenbann Wallflower
Class 6: 1st Drumagarner Annabelle; 2nd Drumagarner Ace; 3rd Rehall Wilma