There was a strong demand for Aberdeen Angus bulls at the Native Breed’s Show and Sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart, Julie Hazelton reports.

A small, but quality entry, of Aberdeen Angus bulls achieved a complete clearance with seven lots coming under the gavel of auctioneer Trevor Wylie to average £3,885 – an increase of almost £40 on this time last.

Securing the day’s top price of 5,400gns was the pre-sale show champion Bessiebell Lord Tyrone X245 bred by Jack Smyth, Newtownstewart. This sixteen-month-old entry was sired by the 2019 Yorkshire Show and Royal Welsh Show breed champion Shadwell Evolution T003 ET. He sold to Colin Maxwell from Downpatrick.

Judge Ivan Forsythe from the 30-cow Coltrim Herd at Moneymore, described the male and supreme overall champion as a stylish, well-muscled young bull.

“He has everything, breed character, length, conformation and good locomotion.”

Fintan Keown from Belleek, County Fermanagh had a good day at the Dungannon saleyard, averaging £3,570 for first and second placed bulls, and also winning the female championship with the maiden heifer Home Farm Lady Heather Y743.

Leading his entry at 3,500gns was the second prize winning Home Farm Lord Hector Y732, snapped up by Brendan Starkey from Downpatrick. This fifteen-month-old bull was sired by Blackhaugh Time F610 ET, and is out of the Mogeely Joe H979 daughter, Home Farm Lady Hallow V415 – one of 10 pedigree and 25 commercial cows in the herd.

Next best at 3,300gns was the yearling bull Home Farm Lord Harry Y765, purchased by Neil NcMullan, Downpatrick. He was sired by the home-bred Westellen Diego M734 son, Home Farm Edge W507 – the 3,500gns male champion sold at Dungannon in February 2022.

The third placed Tullybryan Lord Jono Y455 bred by Fiona Troughton, Ballygawley, attracted a bid of 3,000gns from Alan Graham, Ballinamallard. Born in January 2022, he was sired by Stouphill Bomber T182, and is out of a home-bred dam by Bunlahy John G. This bull was calf champion at the NI Aberdeen Angus Club’s annual Calf Show last year.


Results from the showring

Bull, born between 03/01/22 and 16/01/22 – 1, Freddie Davidson, Ember Pete Y962 by Drumcarbin Richie; 2, Fintan Keown, Home Farm Lord Hector Y732 by Blackhaugh Time F610 ET; 3, Mrs Fiona Troughton, Tullybryan Lord Jono Y455 by Stouphill Bomber T182.

Bull, born between 25/01/22 and 31/03/22 – 1, Fintan Keown, Home Farm Lord Harry Y765 by Home Farm Edge W507; 2, Christopher Strain, Ballyvaston Elliott Y203 by Rawburn Jagger Eric R094.

Female, born in January 2022 – 1, and female champion Fintan Keown, Home Farm Lady Heather Y743 by Netherton Americano M703 ET.