25 Bulls average £2,585 – Averages up £247 – Clearance Rate 71%
26 Females £1,461 – Averages up £463 – 77% Clearance
Sale grosses £102,637
The British Limousin Cattle Society’s Autumn Limousin Show & Sale held at Dungannon on Monday 7th November 2011 realised a firm trade with bulls selling to 4,500gns and females to 3,500gns. The trade came from local commercial and pedigree producers but the bidding also saw bulls selling into Scotland and a number of heifers heading to the Republic of Ireland.
Top price of the day went to Senior Male and Overall Champion, Millgate Fantastic bred by Mr M Loughran, Dunamore, Cookstown. An April 2010 born bull sired by Wilodge Vantastic and out of the homebred Malibu daughter, Millgate Vain, this stylish bull sold with a Beef Value of LM+33 at the top price of the day of 4,500gns to Dumfriesshire beef producer M & G Barr, Meiklekirkland, Crocketsford. The same buyer purchased the second of Mr Loughran’s bulls, the 2,900gns Millgate Ferrari, another by the 42,000gns sire Wilodge Vantastic and out of the Rake Terence daughter, Ashmara Sportyspice when sporting a Beef Value of LM+36. Michael Loughran’s success here came hard on the heels of the 32,000gns achieved for Millgate Fame at the October Carlisle Bull Sale which equaled the N Irish record for a Limousin bull sold at auction.
Local judge Owen Crawford from Kircubbin, a commercial breeder who won the medium section of the NI Limousin Cattle Club’s Suckler Herd Competition in 2010 said: “The overall quality of the Limousins on show was excellent with a strength in depth throughout the classes.”
Second top price went to another stylish bull, Reserve Junior Male Champion Albian Fieldsman, owned by DT Johnston, Killarbran, Co Tyrone and bred by KC Veitch, Lisbellaw. Another Wilodge Vantastic son and out of Albian Tara, a Broadmeadows Cannon daughter, he sold to M Rodgers, Hillhead Road, Moneynabane, Upper Crossgare, Ballynahinch for 3,800gns. The same vendor also sold Albian Falcon, by Drummin Beau and out of Albian Aloha for 2,900gns to N McCracken, Limavady .
At 3,000gns was the Reserve Intermediate Male Champion Derriaghy Fortknox brought forward by Messrs DG Green, Derriaghy. This May born 2010 bull is sired by Broadmeadows Cannon and is out of the Samy daughter, Aghadowey Beauty, when going under the hammer to P Gilroy, Derrylin, Enniskillen.
Leading the female trade at 3,500gns was Croobview Flo bred by Messrs J & D Jardine, Banbridge. This November 2010 born heifer is by Wilodge Tonka and is out of the homebred dam, Croobview Dolly, a Ronick Hawk daughter. The sweet-looking, shapely heifer had previously won the youngest heifer class and was sold to the Southern Irish breeder S Richardson, Newtowngore, Co Letrim. 6 heifers in all went south of the border.
Messrs Jardine also sold their Wilodge Tonka-sired June 2010 born heifer Croobview Fancy at the 3,000gns mark to D Johnston, Fivemiletown. Reserve Female Champion Oxtown Eve achieved the second best price of the day at 3,100gns. This powerful Haltcliffe Underwriter daughter, who also had Jockey bloodlines on her dam side, was sold in calf toUlmto C Traynor,Armagh.
Other leading prices:
Trueman Faure H Savage & Sons 2,900gns to P McKeag, Newtownards
Riverview Fabregas N & E Hicks 2,800gns to R Black, Ardmore
Carmorn Foreman C & F McAuley 2,700gns toS Loughran, Cookstown
Rahoney Flossy Messrs H & D McFarland 2,600gns to R Hanley, ROI
Raffertys Fiona Moses Irwin Jnr 2,400gns to A Geary, Keady
Lynderg Eugenie J Quail 2,200gns to J ODonnell, ROI
25 Bulls £2,585.10 (+£247)
26 Females £1,461.92 (+£463)
Auctioneer: Dungannon Farmers Mart