70% clearance
Top price Archies Buttercup 2,250gns
40 females average £1,207

A Limousin cow and calf unit from Messrs McKenna Bros, Main St, Bellaghy, Co Derry topped the all-female trade at the Society Sale held on 23rd January at Ballymena Mart. Overall 40 lots averaged £1,207 with a good clearance rate of 40 from 57 lots forward with the keenest demand for in-calf heifers which averaged £1,764.

Archies Buttercup (Oxygene)
with her March 2009 heifer calf Archies Ellie by Malibu 

Archies Buttercup (Oxygene)

The day’s top price of 2,250gns went to Messrs McKenna with their June 2006 born first calver, Archies Buttercup, sold with her March 2009 born heifer calf at foot, Archies Ellie, sired by Malibu. By the AI sire Oxygene, sire of the 30,000gns Wilodge Tonka, Archies Buttercup is out of the dam Shanesview Sadie. Purchaser was Mr Alan Armstrong, Seskin Road, Ballyclare who bought a total of four lots including the McKennas’ 1,750gns Archies Daisy, by Nestor and out of the Ronick Hawk daughter, Kirtlevale Vicky, and carrying a Beef Value of LM+26.

Another heading to Mr Armstrong was the top-priced in-calf heifer, Seaview Clarissa, consigned by Mr H McCracken, Ganaway Rd, Ballywalter, Newtownards. Clarissa is by the homebred sire, Seaview Alfy, and out of the Grahams Samson daughter, Seaview Vanessa. Sporting a Beef Value of LM+18 she was sold in-calf to the Nectar son, Seaview Captain, for 1,880gns.

Bodearg Dani, a June 2008 maiden heifer by Sauvignon 

Bodearg Dani, a June 2008 maiden heifer by Sauvignon

At the 1,900gns mark was the June 2008 born heifer, Bodearg Dani, brought forward by Mr S Cullinan, Edergole Rd, Fintona, Co Tyrone. Nineteen months old, she is by Sauvignon and out of the dam, Oxtown Jinney. Purchaser was Mr Paul Campbell, Ballyvaddy Road, Carnlough for the Spage herd.

Oakfarm Daisy, a January 2008 Rahoney Umar heifer
ai’d with Wilodge Vantastic 

Oakfarm Daisy

Other Leading Prices:
Lot 21 Oakfarm Daisy 1,750gns   SA Rainey to Mr J O’Kane, Garvagh
Lot 22 Brablagh Daisy 1,650gns   McCormick Bros to Mr M McKinstry, Crumlin
Lot 31 Lisnisk Deirdre 1,600gns   J&E Wilson to Mr M McKinstry, Crumlin

Sponsor: Francis Connon, Connon General Merchants, Ballymena.

5 in-calf heifers £1764
3 cows with calves at foot £1680
31 maiden heifers £1307.25
1 cow £1552.50
Overall 40 lots £1207.50

John Ferguson’s Oldhouse heifers ready for the sale ring