Hereford bulls met a solid trade at Dungannon Farmers Mart on Friday 23rd January. Sale leader was 16 month old Solpoll 1 Lumberjack from J & W McMordie, Co. Down. Sired by senior stock bull Panmure 1 Henry, “Lumberjack”, who took the pre-sale Reserve Championship, sold to Raymond & Maurice Hughes of Kircubbin for 3,000gns.
The second top price of 2,900gns was paid for 21 month old Benaughlin Tommy, a son of Lisblake Henery and bred by G & W Burleigh. “Tommy” who is out of Lisrace Bridge Girl V and by Lisblake Henery was purchased by local farmer Robert Anderson, Dungannon.
Two bulls sold at 2,700gns, first to go was Newtownbutler 1 Jackdaw, an 18 month old Graceland 1 Giorgio son from Tom Mohan, followed by the 16 month old Solpoll 1 Lightning, another Panmure 1 Henry son from J & W McMordie.
First time exhibitor Stuart Forsythe sold 16 month old Tullyraine 1 Legend, a Solpoll 1 Ferrari son, for 2500gns.
C & M Beatty & Son sold their 1st prize winning 14 month old Castlepoll 1 Storm at 2,300gns. “Storm” pictured below is out of Castlepoll 1 Losmo 8th and by Clooncullane Esquire.
Aaron Patterson sold three Corlismorepoll 1 Rafter sons – topping his entry at 2,300gns was 16month Ballymartin 1 Henry, closely followed by the first prize winning Ballymartin 1 Ben pictured below who sold at 2,200gns.
The Show Champion went to 20 month old Dorepoll 1 579 Knight Hawk, from JE, RI & W Haire. The biggest bull in the yard, this Dorepoll 1 499 Heritage son caught the eye of Judge Robin Boyd, but unfortunately failed to meet his reserve.
Females sold to 2,000gns for the 1stprize winner Solpoll 1 Starlet K13, this in-calf heifer by Remitall Super Duty 42S sold to Mervyn Thompson, a new breeder from Tandragee.
In total thirteen bulls sold to average £2,390, and a spokesperson from the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association commented that an increase in demand for Hereford sired cattle had brought a large crowd of potential buyers to the Show & Sale and thanked sponsors Dunbia for their continued support.