• Bulls clearance rate of 71%
  • 22 bulls, eight more on the year, sold to average £2625
  • 7 females average £2170, up by £613


The British Limousin Cattle Society’s autumn sale in Northern Ireland was held at Dungannon mart on Friday 16 November 2018.

A solid demand saw 22 bulls sold, up by eight on the year, to an average of £2625. The clearance rate was also up on the year to 71% with 22 of the 31 bulls forward selling. A small offering of 7 met with a clearance rate of 86% and an average price of £2170, up by £613 on the same sale last year.

First through the sales ring, and the top priced bull of the day at 3500gns, was Droit Minty from Richard J Mowbray, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. A November 2016 born embryo calf, Monty is by Ampertaine Gigolo and out of the Larkhill Firmount daughter Haltcliffe Harriot. He was knocked down to R M Sterritt, Newry, Co Down.

Droit Minty, 3500gns

At the pre-sale show Mrs Leanne Workman, Larne gave the Overall Champion, Male Champion and Intermediate Champion prizes to the homebred Derriaghy Noddy, from D G Green & Sons, Lisburn, Co Antrim. This April 2017 born son of Norman Ely and out of the dam Derriaghy Hermonie sold for 3,200gns to Oliver Cairns, Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.  Derriaghy Noddy was Reserve Male Champion at Balmoral Show in 2018 and with strong performance figures is in the top 10% for both calving ease and muscle.

Derriaghy Noddy 3,200gns

Millgate Nemo, Reserve Overall Champion, Reserve Male Champion and Junior Male Champion sold for 2,900gns. Home bred by Michael Loughran, Dunamore, Co Tyrone this June 2017 born bull was also sired by Norman Ely and is out of the dam Millgate Hilary. Nemo was purchased by Andrew Knight, Antrim, Co Antrim.

Millgate Nemo 2,900gns

Also selling for 2,900 gns was Aghadolgan Noble bred by R A G Savage, Drumahoe, Co Londonderry. This April 2017 born bull is by Hartlaw Excaliber and out of the dam Aghadolgan Fesmerela. Noble heads to a new home with Thomas Rafferty, Cappagh, Co Tyrone.

Standing second in his class Fairgreen Nipper was the third bull to sell at the 2,900 gns mark. This July 2017 born bull is by Lowerffrydd Empire and out of the dam Fairgreen Juliet. Nipper was bred by Thomas and Christopher O’Reilly from Keady, Co Armagh and was purchased at the sale by Harold Turner, Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone.

Reserve Female Champion Hillviewfarm Nicky sold for the day’s second top price of 3,300 gns. Bred by L A Richardson, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh, this September 2017 born female is by the famous AI sire Ronick Hawk and out of the dam Newtown Harmony. Nicky was purchased by James McGarrigle, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh.

Hillviewfarm Nicky 3,300gns

Achieving 2,500gns was Derriaghy Otopia, a January 2018 born female from D G Green & Sons, Lisburn, Co Antrim. Otopia is by Ampertaine Gigolo and out of the dam Derriaghy Hitopia, a Wilodge Tonka daughter. She was purchased by Samuel Murphy, Waringstown, Co Armagh.

Fedneyhouse Nanette bred by T J Adams, Banbridge, Co Down sold for 2,000gns. A March 2017 born female by Aghadolgan Illustrator and out of the dam Fedneyhouse Laura, Nanette was scanned in calf to Haltcliffe Underwriter. She was purchased by William Lucan, Armagh, Co Armagh.

The N.I. Limousin Cattle Club would like to thank Leanne Workman, Larne for talking the time out from her busy schedule to judge the pre-sale show. First time exhibitors at Agri Expo in 2017, the Workman family were overjoyed to take home the Supreme Champion title with Bexy Boo, a July 2016 born female by the renowned Limousin bull Wilodge Vantastic.

Thanks also go to Dungannon Mart for the use of their facilities.