Judge for the day was Mr A Ryder,Black Hamilton Farm, Blackford, Carlisle, CA6 4EJ
Top price was Caistor Domitius, home bred on both sides from Mr Brian Lundy,Caistor Moor Farm, Caistor, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN7 6SD, selling for 4900gns to WW Dunlop & Son, Commonside, Hawick, Roxburghshire.
Next at 4200gns was Gerrard Drummer from Robert and Andrew Carter,Gerrard House, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 8NR, a Kilbride Farm Newry son out of a Gerrard Horace daughter, purchased by J A Ord and sons, Field House, Lesbury, Alnwick, Northumberland.
From the same stable Gerrard Dougie,another Newry son out of a Salisbury Challenger daughter made 4000gns to ASM Farming, Easter Fodderlie, Hawick, Roxburghshire.
15 bulls @ £3220
From the collective show of heifers the Reserve Overall Champion on the day Midhope Diamond from WL Hollingsworth,Midhope Hall Farm, Midhopestones, Sheffield, S36 4GW, this daughter of Corskie Wealth, out of a Dirnanean Snowie daughter sold for 3700gns to Mr P. Jolliffe, Star Green Farm, Cotton, Oakmore, Staffordshire.
then at 2700gns from the same Midhope stable and off to the same home of Mr Jolliffe was Midhope Dolly, again by Wealth and out of a Snowie daughter, both heifers were in calf to the 10,000gn Delfur Chas.
Served heifers3@ £2677.50
Maiden Heifers 11 @£1370.25
Cows and heifers served/suckling 3@ £2555.00
Newbiemains anniversary sale 7@ £2880.00
Top price from Newbiemains was Newbiemains Centre Fold, a Blackford Albatross daughter out of a Kilbride Farm Rainman daughter, selling to the Merkland herd of Mr J Dyet, East Merkland Farm, Sandford, Strathaven, Lanarkshire, ML10 6PR
Courance Farms dispersal
The Inaugural Pedigree English Premier Show and Sale took place at Newark on Saturday 29th March. Judge for the day was Mr Simon Key, Abbey Farm, Mundham, Norwich.
Top price on the day was for Williams Draco, a Darhsam Playboy son, out of a Blackford Lancer daughter from Hayley and Andrew Clarke, Mrs H Clarke, William Clarke Livestock LTD, Model Farm, Brick Kiln Road, Hevingham, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 5NL, selling for 4000gns to messrs Player Nottingham.
Next best was the 3rd placed Burghbridge Damian, a strathisla Popeye son out of a BrinktonMajor daughter selling for 3500gns
At 3000gns, Shannock Danny Boy from Ian and Julie Turvey, Mr I & Mrs J Turvey, 10 Litester Close, North Walsham, Norwich, Norfolk NR28 9JA , a Rathlee Ben son out of a Shannock Pride daughter.
Champion on the day came from the Midhope herd of John, Val and Craig Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Midhopestones, Sheffield S36 4GW, Midhope Cherry, a Corskie Wealth daughter, out of a Dirnanean Snowie daughter, she sold in calf to Delfur Chas for 3300gns
Reserve Champion came out of the same Midhope stable, and was the same way bred, Midhope Dove, again in calf to Delfur Chas selling for 3500gns
3rd top price female and completing a day of domination also came from the Midhope herd, Midhope Charm, a Dirnanean Snowie daughter, out of a Dyfed Lord daughter, again in calf to Delfure Chas selling for 3000gns - Mr P V Joliffe Star Green Herd
Averages 6 Bulls @£3132 19 Females @£2013
Bulls sold to a top of 3,000gns, while heifers peaked at 2,500gns, at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s spring show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Despite a strong entry of good quality bulls trade was somewhat lack lustre, reflecting the current downturn in beef prices and the uncertainty facing the industry in the wake of the CAP proposals.
A spokesman for the club said: “Buyers were bidding on a budget which left many bull vendors disappointed. However, on the positive side we managed to retain our share of a decreasing market, selling the same number of bulls as last year.”
Sale leader at 3,000gns was the second prize winning Kilbride Farm Drennan from breed stalwart Billy Robson OBE, and sons Michael and Norman, Doagh, Ballyclare, County Antrim. This fifteen-month-old entry was sired by the 9,500gns Kilbride Farm Warren – reserve intermediate champion at Stirling in February 2010, and is bred from a dam by the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy. He is in the breed’s top 10% for terminal sire index +77 and self replacing index +85, and in the top 5% for milk +10. Buyer was pedigree breeder Joe Wilson who runs the 60-cow Ballinlare Farm herd at Rathfriland, County Down.
Next best at 2,800gns was the second prize winning Inishrush Denis consigned by brothers William and Philip Whyte from Portglenone, County Antrim. Sired by the 6,600gns Omorga Baldwin – supreme champion at Dungannon in February 2011, he was bred from the Stirling Nelson daughter Inishrush Sheila – one of 15 cows in the herd which is being dispersed at the end of May. With a TSI+86 and an SRI+90, he is in the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle area +3.9. This September 2012 born entry sold to suckler herd owner Michael McManus from Swatragh, County Londonderry.
Three lots came under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie at 2,600gns. First to go was the fourth placed Dressogue Defender TSI+74 SRI+83, a July 2012 born Banwy T-Rex son from Seamus O’Kane’s herd at Drumquin, County Tyrone. He is bred from Samark Glitter, and is a maternal brother to the 14,000gns Dressogue Victorious and the 10,000gns Samark Superman. Buyer was David Orr from Omagh, County Tyrone.
The Cairnview Snazzy son Kilbride Farm Ahoghill was behind the breeding of the second placed Ashland Dale TSI+71 SRI+74, brought out by the father and son team of Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo, County Fermanagh. Born in November 2012, he is bred from the Celtic Nobleman daughter Corrib Susie. Selling for 2,600gns, he went to Oliver Donnelly, Augher, County Tyrone.
Also selling at 2,600gns was the day’s male and reserve supreme champion Castlemount Downtown TSI+70 SRI+84, bred by Duncan McDowell from Newtownards, County Down. Born in November 2012, he is by the Cleenagh Flasher son Omorga Volvo, and is the second calf from Ranfurly Kleeb 23rd – purchased at Dungannon in October 2010 for 2,900gns. In the top 10% for eye muscle area +3.8, he was snapped up by Eric Speers from Hamiltonsbawn, County Armagh.
Judge William McMordie, Ballygowan, described the reserve champion as a very sweet and correct bull. “He came from the day’s strongest class. This bull has a great backend and is well put together.”
Next best at 2,400gns was the third prize winning Lisglass Dasher TSI+57 SRI+56, an October 2012 born entry from Leslie Weatherup, and son Christopher, from Ballyclare, County Antrim. Sired by Kilbride Farm Porter, he is bred from Woodhall Sontana – purchased at the Woodhall reduction sale in Perth for a top price of 8,000gns. Buyer was John Morton, Armagh, County Armagh.
Male and supreme overall champion was the September 2012 born Derrycallaghan Duke TSI+51 SRI+58 bred by Harold Stubbs, and grandson Alan Burleigh, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh. Sired by Drumlone Anchor, he is bred from Delfur Tanya, and attracted a bid of 2,150gns from Michael McCullagh, Loughmacrory, County Tyrone.
Pedigree Simmental heifers met a strong demand selling to a top of 2,500gns, paid to Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, for the reserve female champion. The seventeen-month-old Drumlone Dusty TSI+59 SRI+68 was sired by the 10,000gns Drumlone Anchor, and is bred from the Strathisla Nuggat daughter Corskie Vashka, whose sons have sold to a top of 9,000gns. Buyer was G Morris from Omagh, County Tyrone.
The October 2012 born Knockreagh Donna Marie TSI+ 81 SRI+97 sold at 2,300gns for Val Fegan, and son Conrad, who run an 8-cow herd at Rostrevor, County Down. Sired by Hockenhull Matthew, she is bred from a Cleenagh Flasher daughter purchased privately from the Omorga herd. This one caught the eye of Oliver Quinn from Kilkeel, County Down.
Female champion was Drumagarner Deena TSI+47 SRI+53 bred by the father and son team of Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, County Londonderry. Sired by the herd’s 2,800 Euro stock bull Barnattan Wally, she is bred from the Lisglass Python daughter Drumagarner Toner – one of 30 cows in the herd founded in 1973. She joins the Castlewood Farm herd founded recently by Gary Peters, Castlewellan, County Down.
A small entry of commercial Simmental females saw in-calf heifers reach a ceiling of £1,400 and £1,280 paid to Rodney Wilson, Dungannon.
Maiden heifers sold to a top of £1,085 over weight, paid to Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, for a 515kgs heifer at £1,600 (310p per kg). The same vendor realised £1,070 over weight for a 480kgs heifer at £1,550 (323p per kg).
The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is indebted to its sponsors, Danske Bank and Millburn Concrete.
Results from the judging ring:
Class 1 – Bull born between 21/04/12 and 05/09/12 – 1, Ian Davidson, Larne, Stewartstown Dynamite by Cairnview Snazzy; 2, Frank and Matthew Cunning, Glarryford, Pointfarms Dominator by Hiltonstown Warrior; 3, Tom Bogue, Brookeborough, Gola Davin by Drumlone Anchor.
Class 2 – Bull born between 06/09/12 and 29/09/12 – 1, male and supreme champion, Harold Stubbs and Alan Burleigh, Derrycallaghan Duke by Drumlone Anchor; 2, William and Philip Whyte, Portglenone, Inishrush Denis by Omorga Baldwin; 3, JJ Hanna, Irvinestown, Stralongford Darcy by Omorga Watson.
Class 3 – Bull born between 03/10/12 and 05/11/12 – 1, Keith and Andrea Nelson, Rosslea, Scribby Farms Dazzler by Drumlone Anchor; 2, Pat Kelly, Ashland Dale by Kilbride Farm Ahoghill; 3, Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare, Lisglass Dasher by Kilbride Farm Porter.
Class 4 – Bull born between 11/11/12 and 22/02/13 – 1, reserve male and reserve supreme champion, Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, Castlemount Downtown by Omorga Volvo; 2, WH Robson and Sons, Doagh, Kilbride Farm Drennan by Kilbride Farm Warren; 3, Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge, Cleenagh Elvis by Longbeach Bosco.
Class 5 – Heifer born between 12/04/12 and 20/10/12 – 1, and female champion, Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, Drumagarner Deena by Barnattin Wally; 2, Val and Conrad Fegan, Rostrevor, Knockreagh Donna Marie by Hockenhull Matthew; 3, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Dora 62D by Cairnview Snazzy.
Class 6 –Heifer born between 24/10/12 and 10/02/13 – 1, and reserve female champion, Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw, Drumlone Dusty by Drumlone Anchor; 2, Kenny Veitch, Drumlone Dunbia by Drumlone Anchor; 3, Cecil Chartres and David Farrell, Lisbellaw, Lakeside Eileen by Kilbride Farm Newry.
Averages: 18 bulls £2,324; and 8 females £2,192.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers’ Mart
Judge Mr J Wilkie selecting Tolquhon Director as the over-all champion from Mr A A Sleigh, Newseat of Tolquhon, Tarves, Ellon. this son of Seepa Newman sold for 3500 gns.
Top price went to W S Stronach, Berryleys, Grange, Keith for Islavale Darrel, a Chestermann Varney son out of a Darsham Lucky Strike daughter selling for 5000gns.
7 bulls sold to average £3750, a clearance of 78%
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Trade was buoyant considering budgets are tight in Agriculture at the moment after a long extended costly winter.
Judge for the day was Alister Clark, Stratheast, Holm Orkney.
Leading the trade on the was Kilbride Farm Doubleaction from W H Robson and sons, Kilbride Farm, Cogry Road, Doagh, Northern Ireland , a Kilbride Farm Warren son out of a Seaview Prince Charming daughter selling at 18,000 gns to Billy and Anne MacPherson at Blackford, Croy. Inverness.
Next best at 17,000gns from Robert and Richard Rogers, Hiltonstown Road, Portglenone, Ballymena,. Northern Ireland, Hiltonstown Dominic, a Auroch Amos son out of a homebred daughter selling to Brian Grant, Druid Temple Farm, Old Edinburgh Road South, Inverness.
Two Bulls traded at 13,000gns, first the Senior and reserve over-all champion from Lachlan Quarm, Holehouse Farm, Annick Lodge Estate, Irvine, Annick Dalwhinnie, a Skerrington Visa son out of an Innerwick Lancelot daughter, purchased by WJ Barclay, Ardiecow Farm, Fordyce, Banff, Aberdeenshire.
Then again at 13,000gns was Islavale Daz, from Stewart Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Aberdeenshire, a Chestermann Varney son out of a Darsham Lucky strike daughter selling to A Wright, West Lundie, Argaty Doune.
Two bulls traded at 12,000gns, first Corrick Dictator, a Drumlone Anchor son out of a Woodhall Premier daughter from Cecil McIlwaine, Corrick, Plumbridge Road, Newtonstewart, Northern Ireland selling to the judge, Alister Clark, Stratheast, Holm in Orkney.
Also at 12,000gns another from W H Robson and sons, Kilbride Farm, Cogry Road, Doagh, Northern Ireland, Kilbride Farm Duke again a Kilbride farm Warren son out of a Seaview Prince Charming daughter, selling to Henry and Susan Wddicombe,Ashprington Court, Ashprington,Totnes, Devon.
Cecil McIlwaine, Corrick, Plumbridge Road, Newtonstewart, Northern Ireland, sold his Junior Champion for 11,000gns, Corrick Duneden a Clonagh Tiger Gallant son out of an Omorga Prince Daughter to d N Campbell and Sons, Bardnaclavan,Wesfield, Thurso, Caithness.
Last of the 5 figure bulls came from John Dykes, Mendick Lea, West Linton, Mendick Delboy a Delfur All At Once son, out of a Hockenhull Matthew daughter selling for 10,500gns to G M McFarland, Killymore Road, Newtonstewart, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
J Innes and sons Dunscroft, Huntly, Aberdeenshire purchased both Female and Reserve Female Champions.
The Champion from Brian and Kitty raymond, Nantymab Isaf Farm, Nantgaredig, Camarthen, was Ben-nant Cadi a Hirwaun Rooney daughter out of a Corskie Norman daughter sold for 4000gns.
The Reserve Champion from Wesley Abraham, Braeside farm, Irvinestown, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, was Magheracrigan Clare 2nd an Omorga Volvo daughter, out of a Camus Vibrant daughter also traded at 4000gns.
79 bulls sold to average £5641 % heifers averaged £3276 Bruchag draft 5 @ £1995
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OFFICIAL SOCIETY SIMMENTAL SHOW & SALE (Incorporating the South West and Centre West Simmental Breeders Club)
Judged by Mr David Mills, Wellington, Somerset.
Demand for the breed was again evident with a 93% clearance on the bulls, 15 selling to average £3521.00 with a centre record price of 6600gns for New Trend Cocker-Leeky-Soup from C H Evans and Son, Abbey Farm, Wroxall, Warwickshire.
This Polled son of Tiset Darwin sold to Mr C M Mercer, Bowley Court Farms, Leominster, Herefordshire. The same buyers took the second top price at 5000gns, Beanhill Caesar, a Curaheen Tyson son from Mr & Mrs R J & B E Kimber, Beanhill Farm,Christian Malford, Chippenham.
Next best was the Male Champion from MR R H Widdicombe, Ashprington Court, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, Starline Commissioner, a Skerrington Warlord son out of a Starline Decision daughter selling for 4900gns.
Top price female on the day was from the Loxton reduction, Loxton Girlie, a Dirnanean Solomon daughter out of a Blackford Harvester daughter, selling for 3350gns with her heifer calf at foot.
Female Champion from Mr & Mrs AS & YA Leedham, Gunby Lea Farm, Grangewood, Netherseal, Grangewood Bracken a Kilbride farm Newry daughter achieved 2400gns.
Judge, Mr John Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Leyland. Trade was selective on the day with 22 Bulls selling to average £3904.
Top price lot was from Mr J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, Corskie Conrad, a Celtic Rock son, out of a Popes Laird daughter selling for 8,500gns to Hogg and Partners, Birkenside, Earlston, Lauder.
Selling at 5,800gns was Islavale Campbell, a Woodhall Walker son from Mr W S Stronach, Berryleys, Grange Keith, bought by Mr Porter, Carrabus Farm,Bridgend,Isle of Islay,Argyll.
3rd top was the day's Champion Haystar Cracker from G Hayes & Son, 10 Lough Road, upper Ballinderry lisburn, Northern Ireland, this son of Blackford Harvester selling to Mr G Smith, Drumsleed, Fourdon, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire for 4,800gns.
Judge: Mr T Coghill, Orkney.
Leading the trade at 8,800gns was Scotland Hill Cairo 11 from Doncaster-based breeder Thomas Hill. This Scotland Viper son, from a Brinkton Excellent dam, has earlier been tapped out as the Male and Overall Champion at the pre-sale show. He now travels to East Anglia, to join the Thursford Herd of new owner Mr D Mitchell, Norfolk.
Following at 5,000gns was Burghbridge Chester 11 from Mr C J G Clarke, Otley. Sired by Brinkton Major he carried a Self Replacement Index of +80, Buying this time was Mr K Preston, Cathpair, Galashiels.
Next best at 4,800gns was Newbiemains Conformer 11 from Jim and Patricia Goldie, Annan. A Blackford Albatross son,he was purchased by Lanton Estate, Northumberland.
A run of bulls traded at 4,600gns; firstly Bavington Courageous from JJ & JM Sanders, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. he was knocked down to the day’s judge, Mr Terry Coghill, Orkney. W J Hollingsworth, Sheffield then hit the same price with Midhope Commander 11. Sired by Corskie Wealth, and carrying solid across-the-board EBV’s, he now travels to Ayrshire with buyers J Mevlville & Sons, Girvan. Glenturk Cosworth 11, from BG & L Allan, Dumfriesshire, followed again at the same money. he was knocked down to Messrs C & J McBryde, Lockerbie.
Females topped at 2,000gns twice. The first to sell at this price was Sterling Samantha’s Dream, a Darsham Lucky Strike daughter from a Corskie Principal-sired dam from the Sterling Herd of Boddington Estates Ltd. Followed by Sterling Anna’s Duchess at the same price, a Sterling Boston daughter, Purchasing both times was Mr R McCulloch, West Lothian for the growing Overhill House prefix.
Included in the sale was the dispersal of the noted Dolwen Herd of Bryn and Rhiannon Jones, Abergele. Stealing the limelight was Penwern Branwen, a 2010-born Samark Superman daughter with an Auchorachan Wizard heifer calf at foot. She was knocked down for 6,100gns and also heads to West Lothian with buyer Mr R McCulloch Overhill House.
Going under the hammer at 4,200gns was Blackford Rhiannon; 2004-born and sired by Kilbride Farm Millar, she sold with a Keeldrum Schubert bull calf at foot and stays with her stablemate; again heading to Mr R McCulloch.
Averages: 24 Bulls - £4032.95, 96% clearance 10 Females - £1578.90. Dolwen Herd: 10 Females - £2929.50, 1 Bull Calf - £1207.50.
7 bulls sold to average £3120 a 70% clearance and Simmentals had top prices for both Bulls and Heifers.
Demand remains strong for Simmental Bulls, selling to a top of 3800gns for Grangewood Commander, a Dirnanean Salvador son from Mr & Mrs A.S. &Y.A. Leedham, Gunby Lea Farm, Grangewood, Netherseal, Derby.
Earlier in the day judge Mr David Burkhill selected Burghbridge Charles as his male and over-all Champion, a Brinkton Major son from Mr CJG Clarke, Villa Farm, Cretingham, Otley selling for 3000gns.
Reserve male and Reserve over-all Champion Swallowhill Chieftan from A.W & A Jukes, Swallowhill House, Bourne Lane, Kent. a Blackford Tonka son, sold for 3000gns.
Female Champion as last year was consigned from Mr W J Hollingsworth, Midhope Hall Farm, Midehopestones, Sheffield. Midhope Carly, a Dirnanean Snowie daughter sold for 3600gns.
Pedigree bulls reached a ceiling of 5,000gns at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s March show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
There was standing room only at the County Tyrone saleyard as bulls achieved a 78% clearance, with 18 lots selling to average £3,045 per head – an increase of £179 on the same period last year.
Sale leader at 5,000gns was the first prize winning Kilbride Farm Doagh, brought out by Billy Robson OBE, and sons Michael and Norman, from Doagh, Ballyclare. This fourteen-month-old entry was sired by the home-bred Kilbride Farm Newry son, Kilbride Farm Warren, and is out of a dam by the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy.
This bull is in the breed’s top 25% with a Breedplan terminal sire index of +68, and a self replacing index of +77; and in the top 5% with an eye muscle area of +4.4. Highest bidder was Norman Wilson from Templepatrick, County Antrim.
Next best at 4,600gns was the day’s reserve male champion Hiltonstown Cyclone, a September 2011 born entry from the 35-cow herd of Robert Rodgers, and son Richard, Portglenone, County Antrim. Sired by the herd’s stock bull Auroch Amos – purchased at Roscommon in November 2010 for 4,000 Euro; he is bred from the Ballinlare Farm Rival daughter, Innerwick Valentine – bought privately from Scottish breeder Dorothy Moffat.
The Hiltonstown herd was founded 18 years ago, and this was the first Amos son offered for sale. He is in the breed’s top 15% for calving ease +3.4, has an eye muscle area of +4.4, a terminal sire index of +92, and a self replacing index of +98. Buyer was J Torrens from Garvagh, County Londonderry.
The first prize winning Breaghey Charlie came under the hammer at 4,200gns for Andrew Clarke, Tynan, County Armagh. This fifteen-month-old Cairnview Snazzy son was bred from the Hillcrest champion daughter, Brogeen Tara – one of six females in the herd which was founded in 2008. He was snapped up by Messrs D and S McCauley from Downpatrick, County Down.
The Carnkern Titan son, Cleenagh Flasher, was behind the breeding of Ranfurly Cassius which sold at 4,200gns for David Hazelton, Dungannon. Born in December 2011, he is bred from the Dovefields Gallant daughter, Old Engine Guinevere 2nd, and sold to Ballymena suckler herd owner Kevin McAuley. This one has a terminal sire index of +82 and a self replacing index of +85, placing him in the breed’s top 5%; while his eye muscle area +3.6 is in the top 10%; and calving ease +3.6 is in the top 15%.
Another Kilbride Farm Warren son from the Robson family sold at 4,000gns. The December 2011 Kilbride Farm Crusader TSI+71 SRI+75 was bred from the Seaview Prince Charming daughter, Kilbride Farm Eunice 52T – one of 80-cows in the long-established herd. This one is a full brother to the 4,000gns Kilbride Farm Blizzard –reserve champion at last year’s spring show and sale at Dungannon.
The father and son team of Michael and Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea, County Londonderry, realised 3,400gns for the fourth placed Drumagarner Darragh TSI+46 SRI+54. Born in January 2012, he is by herd sire Barnattin Wally, and is bred from the Marbelhill Liam daughter, Drumagarner Alexandra. Buyer was Eric Lindsay from Strabane, County Tyrone.
Judge Zara Stubbs, Irvinestown, awarded the male and supreme overall championship ribbons, sponsored by Danske Bank, to the August 2011 born Haystar Cracker TSI+62 SRI+74, brought out by Gavin Hayes, and sons Kyle, James and Sam, from Upper Ballinderry, near Lisburn. Sired by the Rosten Barney son, Blackford Harvester, he is bred from the Omorga Prince daughter, Hillcrest Vine.
“The overall champion really stood out. He is a stylish bull, full of breed character, with a great backend and good locomotion,” said the judge. Haystar Cracker failed to meet his reserve and was withdrawn from the salering unsold.
The Robson family also topped pedigree female trade when the second prize winning Kilbride Farm Eunice 121 came under the hammer at 3,600gns. Born in March 2011, she is by the Seaview Prince Charming son, Kilbride Farm Vaten, and is out of a home-bred dam by the 12,000gns Dovefields Gallant. This one is in-calf to the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy, and sold to Chris Traynor for his Rose Meadow Farm Herd based at Armagh, County Armagh.
Harold Stubbs, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, claimed the female and reserve supreme championship honours with the November 2011 born Derrycallaghan Crown Princess. She was sired by the Blackford Explosion son, Glebefarm Reputation, and is out of a dam by the home-bred Derrycallaghan Hamilton.
Described by the judge as a very sweet and stylish heifer, she attracted a bid of 3,250gns, and sold to John Withers from Lisburn, County Antrim.
Next best at 2,800gns was the reserve female champion Owenskerry Chaz, bred by Brian Cowan from Brookeborough, County Fermanagh. This May 2011 born heifer is a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter, out of the Omorga Murray sired Stralongford Shannon. Buyer was Niall McKiver from Dungannon, County Tyrone.
An entry of nine pedigree heifers achieved a complete clearance, selling to average £2,497 per head.
The commercial section of the sale was sponsored by Connon General Merchants, Ballymena.
In-calf heifers sold to a top of £1,450 and £1,400, paid to William Dick, Saintfield; £1,420 paid to Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea; and £1,380 paid to John Perry, Dundonald.
Eamon McCloskey also realised £1,600 for a cow with bull calf at foot.
Maiden heifers topped £1,400, realised by Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart; while Nigel Glasgow, Cookstown, sold at £1,160. David Chartres and Cecil Farrell, Lisbellaw, achieved £1,140; with £1,120 and £1,080 paid to Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea. Messrs RJ and SR Mawhinney, Draperstown, sold maiden heifers for £1,100, £1,080, £1,050 and £1,000.
Results from the pedigree judging ring include:
Bull, born between 17/06/11 and 29/09/11 – 1, and male champion, Gavin Hayes and Sons, Upper Ballinderry, Haystar Cracker by Blackford Harvester; 2, and reserve male champion, Robert and Richard Rodgers, Portglenone, Hiltonstown Cyclone by Auroch Amos; 3, Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, Corrick Captain by Clonagh Tiger Gallant.
Bull, born between 15/01/11 and 08/12/11 – 1, Andrew Clarke, Tynan, Breaghey Charles by Cairnview Snazzy; 2, David Hazelton, Dungannon, Ranfurly Commander by Max; 3, Andrew Clarke, Breaghey Charlie by Cairnview Snazzy.
Bull, born between 15/12/11 and 18/02/12 – 1, WH Robson and Sons, Doagh, Kilbride Farm Doagh by Kilbride Farm Warren; 2, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Crusader by Kilbride Farm Warren; 3, John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, Solitude Delboy by Omorga Volvo.
Female, born between 24/03/11 and 11/07/11 – 1, and reserve female champion, Brian Cowan, Brookeborough, Owenskerry Chaz by Kilbride Farm Newry; 2, WH Robson and Sons, Kilbride Farm Eunice 121 by Kilbride Farm Vaten; 3, Wesley Abraham, Irvinestown, Sperrin View Candy by Omorga Watson.
Female, born between 06/11/11 and 26/01/12 – 1, and female champion, Harold Stubbs, Lisnaskea, Derrycallaghan Crown Princess by Derrycallaghan Winner; 2, Cecil Chartres and David Farrell, Lisbellaw, Lakeside Debbie by Kilbride Farm Newry; 3, Cecil Chartres and David Farrell, Lakside Dion by Kilbride Farm Newry.
Fast trade continued at the Society Sale in Aberdeen on February 27th with 7 of the 8 bulls selling through the ring to average £4575, the eighth selling post sale for £4000. Top price being Drumsleed Challenger selling for 7200gns. Auctioneers: Aberdeen & Northern Marts
Report By Neil Shand
Topped off with the record price being smashed for Simmental bulls when Bel Dhu Capercaillie, Senior and over-all Champion sold for 45,000gns, purchased jointly by Society President and judge for the day Iain Green and Andy Anderson of Smallburn Farms. Capercaillie was by Hockenhull Waterloo out of a Kilbride Farm Strabane daughter, bred by Miss Anne MacPherson, Blackford, Croy, Inverness.
Nest best was Islavale Chip, Reserve Senior and Reserve over-all champion from W. S Stronach, Grange, Keith, Banffshire a Glenturk Premier son out of a Kilbride farm Newry daughter, selling for 12,000gns to C R Fovargue Bros, Bottom Farm, Farm Town, Coleorton, Coalville Leicester.
In total 121 bulls sold and increase of 2 on the year to average £5665 with a clearance of 79%, the breeds second highest spring sale average.
Commercial trade was brisk, 9 bulls sold to 10,000gns or above with 3 of these purchased for Commercial use, an indication of the commitment from Commercial suckler herds to invest in quality bulls.
Keeldrum Capone, form Mr D Lowry, Newsteadings Farm, Cartland Lanark sold for 12,000gns to Lestig cattle Breeders stud. Capone is by Hillcrest Valentine out if a Caldwell Potentate P daughter.
Next at 11,000gns was Annick Clansman, from Mr L D Quarm, this Skerrington Visa son out of a Sterling Nelson 2nd daughter is off to Aberdeenshire for Commercial use.
Two bulls traded at 10,500gns
Firstly Drumsleed Casino from Mr G W Smith, Drumsleed, Fourdon, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, this Ashland Perfect son out of a Craighill Laser daughter is off to Orkney from Commercial use.
Also selling at 10,500gns was Corskie Cannon from Mr J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, this Islavale Sabre son out of a Popes Laird daughter was purchased by G & A Christie (Rockytop) Midtown of Glass, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
3 bulls traded at 10,000gns
Firstly Boswell Cracker from Mr D Smith, Swellhead Farm, Blairs, Aberdeenshire, this Ashland Perfect son, out of a Beeches Kestrel daughter selling to Mr R MacGregor (Team) Kirkton of Mailler, Craigend, Perth.
Then Woodhall Capercaillie from H MaCaskill, Woodhall Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar, an Annick Talisker son out of a Millbrook Mike daughter selling to I Mathers , Wardes, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire for commercial use.
Also at 10,000gns was Kilbride farm Chieftain from WH Robson & Sons,106 Cogry Road, Doagh, Northern Ireland, this Seaview Prince Charming son out of a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter selling to Colin Inglis (Greencap) Greencap Cottage, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour.
Female trade was also very brisk with 5 selling at 5000gns or above. best was from the Corskie herd of MR J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, at 6000gns Corskie Buffy a Ballinalare Farm Nightrider daughter, out of a Burghbridge Lane daughter sold to MR A Tallentire (Swingletree) High Griseburn, Gt Asby, Appleby, Cumbria.
Champion female, Denizies Cadette 29th from MA Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes Walton Lane Preston, this Ashland Tornado daughter out of a Pasturefields Hartshorne daughter selling to Mr W J Hollingsworth (Midhope) Midhope Hall Farm Sheffield.
Mr Hollingsworth paid 5000gns twice more firstly, for Boars Head Grace 7th form MR R J Grenham, Boars Head Farm, Boars Head, Crowborough. a Seaview Prince Charming daughter out of a Sway Harvest daughter.
Also going to the Midhope Herd is Kilbride Farm Eunice 124c, a Kilbride farm Alyth daughter out of a Seaview Prince Charming daughter.
15 Heifers traded to average £3248 Drafts Dirnanean 8@ £3425.25 Skerrington 8@ £2428.13 Derwentwood 4@ £1653.75 Saltire 4@ £2205.