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24 April 2019

There was a strong demand for pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls at the breed society’s April show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

Prices peaked at 4,500gns, and following a complete clearance auctioneer Trevor Wylie reported that 10 lots changed hands to average £3,370 per head – an increase of £523 on last year’s sale.

Claiming the male championship and the day’s top bid of 4,500gns was the January 2018 Cloghogmill Eric U546 brought out by the father and son team of Adrian and Graeme Parke from Strabane. Bred by Robert and Joyce Smyth, he was purchased privately as a two-month-old calf at the foot of his dam, Cloghogmill Emma R244.

Sired by the Friarstown Ideal Pete K2092 son, Cloghogmill Prince Pete R255, he was reserve bull calf champion at the NI Aberdeen Angus Club’s calf show in November 2018. Described by judge Robert Sufferin, Maghera, as a well-made bull with great conformation and breed character, the champion was snapped up by Messrs D and JS Hatrick from Londonderry.

Two lots sold for 4,000gns each.

First to sell was the second placed Drumhill Dazzler T652 ET from Jonathan and Lisa Doyle’s herd at Cookstown.  Born in November 2017, he was sired by the Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 son Blelack Equity J127, and is out of the Blelack Blackrod J160 daughter Skaill Diana L596. Ranked in the breed’s top one per cent for milk +25, he sold to Bernard Venny from Downpatrick.

Also selling at 4,000gns was the third prize winning Ballyvaston Elgin U074 from Christopher Strain’s herd at Downpatrick. Sired by Rawburn Enigmatic, this fifteen-month-old entry is out of a home-bred dam by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052.  Buyer was Stephen Cargill from Parkgate, Ballyclare.                  

The reserve male championship went to the January 2018 Denamona Blacksmith U592 bred by Moses Irwin Jnr from Fintona. Sired by Blelack Egotist K531, he was bred from the Camus Eden G431 daughter Denamona Black Bessie K151 – one of 65 cows in the herd. This one came under the hammer at 3,900gns, selling to S Caldwell from Beragh, County Tyrone.

Next best at 3,100gns was the second placed Coolermoney Lord Harry U832 bred by Adrian and Graeme Parke. Born in January 2018, and sired by Hallington Evo L333, this one was bred from Mogeely Lady Hilda N241 – one of nine cows in the Strabane-based herd.   Buyer was Ian McKinstry from Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn.                                                     

The female championship went to Christopher Strain’s Ballyvaston Lady Thelma U085. Sired by the Rosemead Karona J957 son Ballyvaston Euan S026, she was bred from Drumawhey Lady Tilly J901. This January 2018 heifer sold at 1,000gns to WA Houston from Kilkeel.

Results from the judging ring…

Bull, born between 03/07/17 and 11/11/17 – 1, Neville and Ivan Forsythe, Coltrim Enhancer T841 by Donaumoos Lord Zorro J602; 2, Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, Drumhill Dazzler T652 ET by Blelack Equity J127; 3, Andrew Napier, Hazeldene Eddie T407 by Woodvale Top Papa P692.

Bull, born between 03/01/18 and 13/01/18 – 1, and male champion, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Cloghogmill Eric U546 by Cloghogmill Prince Pete R255; 2, and reserve male champion, Moses Irwin jnr, Denamona Blacksmith U592 by Blelack Egotist K531; 3, Christopher Strain, Ballyvaston Elgin U074 by Rawburn Enigmatic P886.

Bull, born between 25/01/18 and 07/04/18 – 1, Freddie Davidson, Ember Prince Kevin U391 by Cheeklaw Edgar R515; 2, Adrian and Graeme Parke, Coolermoney Lord Harry U832 by Hallington Evo L333; 3, Mr C and Miss K Marshall, Waterloo Elite U016 by Bova Lord Vonanza N266.

Female – 1, and female champion, Christopher Strain, Ballyvaston Lady Thelma U085.

Some images from the event are shown below:

Shown below is Dungannon Aberdeen-Angus judge Robert Sufferin from Maghera:


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Shown below is sisters Amelia, Jasmine and Alesha Parke from Strabane take a keen interest inthe judging at the Aberdeen-Angus show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers' Mart.

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Shown below is Gemma Parke exhibited the male champion Cloghogmill Eric U546 sold for a top price of 4,500gns at the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society's Dungannon show and sale


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Shown below is Male champion at the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society's show and sale in Dungannon, was Cloghogmill Eric U546 owned by Adrian and Graeme Parke, and shown by Gemma Parke.

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Shown below is Female champion was Ballyvaston Lady Thelma U085 bred by Christopher Strain, Downpatrick, and shown by granddaughter Ellie Edgar.

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Shown below is Reserve male champion Denamona Blacksmith U592 attracted a bid of 3,900gns for Moses Irwin Jnr from Fintona.

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Shown below is Noel Hooke exhibited the second placed Drumhill Dazzler T652 ET bred by Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, Cookstown. He sold for 4,000gns at the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society's Dungannon show and sale.

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Shown below is Ellie Edgar exhibited the third placed Ballyvaston Elgin U074, which realised 4,000gns for her grandfather Christopher Strain from Downpatrick.

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