40 Bulls Average £2,556
8 more bulls sold on the year
89% Clearance Rate
Sale grosses £118,891
A solid commercial trade and a very good clearance rate underpinned the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Spring Sale of Bulls & Females held at Dungannon Mart on Monday 10th February 2014. Overall, 40 out of 45 bulls found homes averaging out at £2,556 with 9 out of 10 heifers levelling at £1,662 representing a near 90% clearance rate for both bulls and females. Eight more bulls sold on the year.
The top price of the day was the 3,600gns paid for Trueman Hummer bred by H Savage & Sons, Cullyhanna. This June 2012-born bull holds a Beef Value of LM+42 and is sired by Hartlaw Excaliber and is out of the homebred dam, Trueman Concert, who has Nenuphar and Sympa bloodlines. He now heads to the home of Sam Chesney, Kircubbin for his well-known commercial enterprise.
Following on from that, three bulls in all made the second best price of 3,300gns, the first being Culnagechan Hacka bred by D Hume, Randalstown. This June 2012 bull is bred out of the herd’s stock bull Culnagechan Exceptional whose bloodlines include Heros and Carmorn Penny. The bull’s dam is Ballydonaghy Uglybird, a consistent breeding cow, and Hacka now heads to commercial breeder R Robertson, Newtownards.
The second bull to fetch 3,300gns was Ballyrobin Holyfield bred by J Gilliland, Antrim. This June 2012-born bull is sired by Carmorn Copilot and is out of the homebred dam Ballyrobin Beata, a Nenuphar daughter who also has Broadmeadows Cannon in her back pedigree. Ballyrobin Holyfield holds a Beef Value of LM+25 and was purchased by S McConvey, Ardglass.
Also making 3,300gns was the youngest bull catalogued, Carmorn Hitchhiker, bred by C & F McAuley, Toomebridge. This December 2012 bull is sired by Ampertaine Eliminator, a Glenrock Ventura son, and bred out of the dam Carmorn Virginia, a Nenuphar daughter. This young bull was purchased by commercial breeder G Corrie, Newtownards.
Next best price was 2,900gns for the Overall Supreme Champion Rahoney Hezekiah bred by Messrs H & D McFarland, Trillick. This May 2012-born bull had been picked out by judge, local breeder and NI Limousin Club Committee Member, David Kenwell, Dromore. This bull holds a Beef Value of LM+28 and is sired by the 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount and is out of Rahoney Ethel, a Homebryes Visitor daughter. This bull was snapped up by F Watson, Newtownards.
Other bulls fetching 2,900gns were Shanhill Hercules bred by L Crilly, Newry, a Sympa son out of the dam Limo Vixen selling to Mackin Farming, Newtownhamilton and Reserve Junior Champion, Eniver Hull, bred by M McKeefry, a Ampertaine Bermuda son out of Eniver Elly and sold to F Watson, Cloughey.
Four bulls secured bids of 2,800gns: Aghadolgan Henri from RAG Savage; Ballyrobin Highflyer (J Gilliland); Carnew Highlight (J & J Aiken); and Trueman Hymn (H Savage & Sons).
In the females, judged by Derek Frew, Antrim, the youngest heifer and Reserve Female Champion, Craigatoke Iloveit, bred by M Conway, Plumbridge realised 3,000gns. This February 2013-born heifer is sired by Plumtree Deus and is out of the homebred dam Craigatoke Chantelle, a Haltcliffe Underwriter daughter and she now heads to C O’Reilly, Keady. Second top female price of 1,900gns went to the Overall Female Champion, Kendrom Gail, bred by D Kenwell, Dromore. This heifer is sired by Procters Cavalier and is out of the dam Laurelbank Tarna and now heads to her new home with J Cranny, Newry.
40 Bulls £2,556.75
9 Heifers £1,662.15
Auctioneer: Dungannon Farmers Mart