Breeders braved the elements as a thick layer of snow covered Northern Ireland to take part in the NIHBA Premier Show and Sale at Dungannon Livestock Mart. 29 bulls and 5 females went under the hammer on Friday 19th January.
Taking overall Supreme Champion was John Taggart’s homebred Bull Carney Hill 1 Nectar, this April 16 Bull certainly impressed the judge on the day, Nectar didn’t disappoint in the sale ring making 2600 guineas and was purchased by Dickson and Sons of Drumquin with Reserve overall going to Nigel Heatrick’s Black Water Napoleon. Nigel Bull Black Water Nelson also made the top price on the day of 2700 guineas who is now proudly owned by Derek McCrea of Bready, Strabane. Other class wins went to Trevor Andrews from Larne with Mountview 1 Finn in the September 16 born Bull Class. Drumnamether McCaw owned by PJ Cully took first in the March 2016 class with Glen Mortons Nancy 1 Angus 2nd winning a strong May 2016 class. Winning the female class on the day was Ian McFadden with his smart October Heifer Bellshill 1 Nancy who topped the female price at 1900 guineas again going to Dickson and Sons of Drumquin.
Sale average in the day was 2450 for bulls and 1700 for females despite a lower than expected turn of buyers due to the adverse weather.
Class 2 1st Peter Cully Drumnamether McCaw 2nd John Conlon Drumatee Freeman 3rd JE RI & W Haire Dorepoll 1 Nashville
Class 3 1st J & K Taggart Carney Hill 1 Nectar 2nd DR Wilson Lisrace Lackey Boy 10th 3rd D R Wilson Lisrace Landlord 27th
Class 4 1st G Morton Nancy 1 Angus 2nd JE RI & W Haire Dorepoll 1 Navigator 3rd S Baxter Umgola 1 Impact 8th
Class 5 1st S & N Heatrick Black Water Napoleon 2nd S & N Heatrick Black Water Nelson 3rd A & A Armour Woodvale 1 Next Step
Class 6 1st T Andrews Mountview 1 Finn 2nd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Fortune 3rd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Norman
Class 7 1st I & J McFadden Bellshill 1 Nancy 2nd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Lily 3rd P Beatty Tirelugan 1 April
Champion J & K Taggart Carney Hill 1 Nectar
Reserve Champion S & N Heatrick Black Water Napoleon