The NI Hereford Breeders Association recorded strong interest in both bulls and females at their recent show and sale held at Dungannon Farmers Mart. Commercial beef producers are being heavily rewarded for their Hereford sired stock which are attracting substantial bonus payments and fierce demand through the live rings.
Auctioneer Trevor Wylie saw spirited bidding throughout, with the sale leader at 3000 guineas coming from the Solpoll herd of J & W McMordie. This was paid for the Champion “Solpoll 1 Kahn”. This very muscular young bull was sired by the McMordie’s stock bull Panmure 1 Henry.
John and Karen Taggart notched up the Reserve Championship with “Carney Hill 1 King”. There was good interest in this son of Lisola 1 Centurion with the hammer falling at 2900 guineas. John Gill from Killinchy sold the biggest bull in the sale Lusky 1 Jubilee by Solpoll 1 Classic for 2700gns.
Beef and dairy farmers were keen to select their new stock bull at the sale with a virtual clearance noted at an average of £2615.
There was also super interest in a select offering of Hereford females. J & W McMordie sold their first prize heifer Solpoll 1 Starlet K17 for 2200gns. Sired by Fisher 1 Charlie she sold in calf to Panmure 1 Henry. John Gill sold Lusky 1 Hope, another in calf heifer by Solpoll 1 Classic for 1950gns.
Females levelled at an average of £1848.
The NIHBA would like to thank Irwin Feeds for their kind sponsorship, represented at the sale by Ian Cummins.