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15 February 2017

Bidding reached a ceiling of 6,200gns at the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society’s spring show and sale in Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

Suckler herd owners and dairy farmers were out in force, with auctioneer Trevor Wylie confirming that a number of bidders went home empty handed. The 14 bulls on offer met a complete clearance and sold to average £3,000 each, representing an increase of £655 on this time last year.

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The day’s top bid of 6200gns came late in the sale for Cookstown breeders Jonathan and Lisa Doyle who sold the second placed June 2015 born Drumhill Icebreaker R672 TSI+38 SRI+52. Sired by stock bull Blelack Equity J127, a Netherallen Peter Pershore E052 son bought privately from Neil and Graham Massie, this one is bred from Friarstown Ideal J126 – purchased as a heifer at the Friarstown reduction sale, and dam of the popular Irish-bred AI bull Friarstown Ideal Pete. The Doyle’s established their 40-cow herd eight years ago, and realised 8,500gns for a Nightingale Proud Jake 405 son at last week’s breed society sale in Stirling.

The sale leader is in the breed’s top one per cent for milk +23, and top 15% for eye muscle area +5.3. He was snapped up by suckler farmers Robert and Guy Clements for their 50-cow herd based at Beragh, County Tyrone. They finish all calves off the farm and are members of the Aberdeen Angus Quality Beef Scheme.

Next best at 4000gns was the first prize winning Woodvale Network R854 TSI+32 SRI+50 bred by Alwyn and Carol Armour and sons. This May 2015 born entry was sired by the herd’s jointly owned stock bull Wedderlie Net Profit E916, and is out of Woodvale Nelmerica M471 – one of 12 cows in the County Down herd. He boasts a calving ease figure of +4.0 in the top five per cent of the breed, and sold to Robin Boyd who was bidding on behalf of AI Services (NI) Ltd.

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Bushmills breeder Sam McCollum realised 3600gns for the fourth prize winning Priestland Eddy R567, and 3000gns for the third placed Priestland Vinny R534.  Born in March 2015 they are both sons of herd sire Tonley Palacios K715 ET. The Priestland Herd dates back to 1954 and currently comprises of 12 pedigree cows.

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Judge Pat Cahill from the 40-cow Shankill Herd in County Cavan awarded the male championship to Coolermoney Ronaldo R563 TSI+23 SRI+ 27, a September 2015 born Netherton Mr Brazilian E377 son bred by Adrian and Graeme Parke, Strabane.

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His dam is the Nakkeg Nord 913 daughter Coolermoney Rachel K051- one of seven cows in the herd, and a former calf champion and yearling heifer champion at the NI Aberdeen Angus Club’s annual calf show. Coolermoney Ronaldo secured the senior championship at the Balmoral Pedigree Calf Fair in November. He attracted a bid of 2,900gns from Oliver McKeown from Ballynahinch, County Down.

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Runner-up in the male championship line-up was the March 2015 born Island Farm Flannigan R213 TSI+26 SRI+35 bred by Kevin McOscar who founded his 10-cow herd four years ago. This second prize winner was sired by stock bull Glenbuchat Edgar M324, and is out of Glenbuchat Fearn M345 – purchased at the herd dispersal in Stirling. He was the first lot into the salering and sold for 2300gns to R Stewart from Toomebridge.

Female champion Drumlone Esther R776 sold at 2,200gns for Kenneth Veitch from Lisbellaw. Sired by Blelack Egotist K531, she is bred from the Highland Colossal 101E daughter Drumlone Essy G702. This heifer was bought as a foundation female for Gareth Sproule’s Ardbarron Herd in Castlederg.

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Results from the judging ring:

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Bull, born between 07/03/15 and 20/04/15 – 1, and reserve male champion, Keivn McOscar’s Island Farm Flannigan R213 by Glenbuchat Edgar M324; 2, James Porter’s Old Glenort Black Bullseye R933 by Haymount Wessuro B198; 3, Sam McCollum’s Priestland Vinny R524 by Towley Palacios K715.

Bull, born between 03/05/15 and 16/06/15 – 1, Alwyn and Carol Armour’s Woodvale Network R854 by Wedderlie Net Profit E916; 2, Jonathan and Lisa Doyle’s Drumhill Icebreaker R672 by Blelack Equity J127; 3, Adrian and Graeme Parke’s Coolermoney Royal Legion R526 by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377.

Bull, born between 10/07/15 and 06/11/15 – 1, and male champion, Adrian and Graeme Parke’s Coolermoney Ronaldo R563 by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377; 2, Leo Cherry’s Tamnaskenny Easterby R383 by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377; 3, Mrs Fiona Troughton’s Tullybryan Black Brandy R755 by Lisduff Dandy K895.

Female, born between 30/04/15 and 10/12/15 – 1, and female champion, Kenneth Veitch’s Drumlone Esther R776 by Blelack Egotist K531; 2, and reserve female champion, Alan Cheney’s Lana Miss Easy R224 by Blackhaugh Easy Papa G728.