The emergence of the Hereford breed as a first choice for premium beef producers was confirmed at the recent Elite Breeders sale.
New record prices were set at the Dungannon event as a strong demand for Hereford bulls pushed prices to a top of 5,200 guineas and an average of £3,300.
A packed gallery viewed the pre sale parade and commentary as prospective purchasers made their selections. Two exceptional young bulls from Robin Irvine’s Graceland herd,and sired by the successful Greenyards 1 Dougie, attracted much favourable comment and they went on to top the sale.
Graceland 1 Keynote, described as an exceptional young bull with real power and character had many admirers and his impressive set of EBV’s qualified him as a Superior Carcass Sire with the Hereford Cattle Society. Bidding opened at 3,000 guineas and rose rapidly before auctioneer Trevor Wylie brought the hammer down at 5,000 guineas.
Next into the ring was Graceland 1 Kojak, a favourite with the pre sale pundits, he attracted a number of hopeful bidders and after a prolonged battle was knocked down for the top price of the day at 5,200 guineas.
Corraback Holster from Mervyn Richmond sold for 3,300 guineas with Coraback Huzzar and Corraback Horizon both making 3,000 guineas. Also selling for 3,000 guineas were John Conlons, Drumatee Mack and Robin Irvines Graceland 1 Kris.
David Smyth made 2,900 guineas for Magheraknock 1 Kudos with the same price paid for Graceland 1 Kevin from Robin Irvine. The youngest bull in the sale, Annaghbeg 1Alpha from M & L Moore and one of the stars of the recent calf show was admired for his impressive growth and sold for 2,800 guineas.
Heifer trade followed pattern of the bulls with quality animals in keen demand. Top price of 3,000 guineas was paid to A & S Irvine for Pallas 1 Eva, a stylish young heifer carrying the service of Wirruna Daffy. Two well grown heifers from the Brookfield herd owned by Mrs P Mc Clenaghan, a relatively new breeder from Holywood sold at 2,900 guineas and 2,600 guineas.
The Elite Breeders group are indebted to Bank of Ireland, R & J Lyness Feeds and A1 Transport for their continued support for this event.