The November 2021 born Drumlone Malcom from Kenny Veitch, Lisbellaw, sold for 4,000gns to top the sale of Simmental bulls held at Dungannon Farmers' Mart on Friday last, March 24.

A heifer’s calf by AI, Drumlone Malcom is by Curaheen Wakeman, a Carnkern Titan son, and is out of the Cleenagh Flasher, daughter Drumlone Kirsty. Earlier in the day this bull had won his class before lifting the overall championship in front of the judge for the day, Andrew Patterson of the Wilandale pedigree Simmental herd, Cookstown.

He said; "He was a very good bull which would stand up anywhere, a bull with great shape and a nice size”.

During the sale of bulls afterwards, Drumlone Malcom was bought by the commercial breeder William Hall, Netwonabbey, Co Antrim.

Seven of the eight bulls forward sold to average £3,075, up on the year by £30 and for one more bull sold.

All of the bulls were purchased by commercial producers and first time Simmental buyers at sale.

Among the other bulls sold, was the price of 2,800gns paid for the October 2022-born bull, Gortdonaghy Norman. Presented for sale by Mark Cutler, Enniskillen, he was purchased by Geoffrey Armstrong, Florencecourt. The bull was sired by the Irish National Senior Male Champion, Anatrim Bodybuilder, bred out of Kickhams Ginger.

The seven bulls sold averaged £3,075.

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