As storm Ciara brought the worst days weather of the winter so far it coincided with the NIHBA Premier Show and Sale at Dungannon Livestock Mart on Tuesday 11thFebruary with 29 bulls and 3 females entered.
Judge for the day was William Smith Co Meath of the well renowned Millbrook Limousin herd & former Hereford breeder, his choice for Champion was John & William McMordie’s Solpoll 1 Rambo a 22 month old son of Moeskaer Upgrade with a Panmure 1 Henry sired dam, he was bred the same way as December Champion & Top Priced bull. Backed by exceptional figures and after spirited bidding from suckler and dairy farmers in the sale ring he was knocked down to Nigel Patterson for his Mullantine pedigree herd, Portadown at 4500gns.
Taking the days second top price was the 3000gns Solpoll 1 Real Thing, again from John & William McMordie. A 23 month son of NBG The Wonderer,he had previously stood Male Champion at last years Balmoral Show and was knocked down to Lurgan based suckler farmers, Felix, John & Jack McStavick.
JR Whitlow, Worcester purchased the days next highest priced bull in the shape of the 2500gns Drumatee Rocket to join the HighHouse herd. 22 month old Rocket was sired by Cill Cormaic Nevada winner of the best stockbull in the herds competition for the last 2 years for John Conlon’s herd.
1st prize winner in the last bull class was Brookfield 1 Superstar from Roy & Pat McClenaghan. This 18 month old Normanton 1 Laertes son had several figures in the Top 5% of the breed and sold for 2300gns to David Hamilton Rathfriland.
Selling at the same price was the youngest bull in the sale the 16 month old Thornbank 1 Superman. A son of previous sale winner and top price bull Thornbank 1 Mightyman from Hunter Stewart he sold to join MH Farms, Comber.
Joining Superman in Comber was the 1st prizewinning Female from Adrian & Sandra Irvine. This 17 month old maiden heifer Fingerpost AR Grace, sired by the imported Allowdale Rambo she sold for 2100gns.
Bulls sold to average £2567, the next sale will be on Tuesday 21st April when there will be another strong offering of bulls at Dungannon Farmers Market.