Local pedigree beef breeders made their mark at the multi-breed spring bull sales hosted by United Auctions at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
Harold Stubbs, Ballindarragh, Lisnaskea, and grandson Alan Burleigh, celebrated their second successive junior and supreme Simmental awards; while Lisnaskea butcher Adrian Richardson claimed the senior and reserve supreme Charolais championships.
Two bulls led the County Fermanagh consignment with price tags of 10,000gns each. First to go was the November 2014 born Simmental bull Drumlone Fabulous TSI+77 SRI+86 bred by Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellaw. He was sired by the noted Carnkern Titan, and is bred from a Raceview King daughter carrying the Corbally prefix. This second prize winner sold to Hugh Brunton, Crudie Acres Farm, Arbroath, Angus.
Also securing a 10,000gns bid was Adrian Richardson’s reserve supreme Charolais winner Hillviewfarm Judge TSI+24 SRI+25. Born in May 2014, he was sired by the 25,000gns Perth supremo Mowbraypark Orlando, and is out of a home-bred dam by the noted Burradon Talisman. Ranked in the breed’s top 1% for milk +14, he sold to Messrs J and G Smith, Orkney.
Next best at 8,000gns was the Simmental champion from the Stubbs and Burleigh partnership. Derrycallaghan Fireworks TSI+59 SRI+59 was born in October 2014, and is a son of the 10,000gns Slimero Victory 2 – reserve champion at Perth in 2009. His dam is the home-bred Derrycallaghan Hamilton daughter Derrycallaghan Winner. Buyer was Orknery suckler producer Liam Muir.
The same vendors realised 5,500gns for the 14-month-old Derrycallaghan Foxtrot TSI+90 SRI+99. This third prize winner was sired by Kilbride Farm Delboy, and is out of the Raceview King daughter Derrycallaghan Beauty. He sold to Mayne Farms based at Elgin in Morayshire.
The unplaced Drumacritten Fermanagh TSI+78 SRI+95 attracted a price tag of 7,500gns for Simmental herd owners William and George Nelson, Rosslea. Born in June 2014 he was sired by Omorga Volvo, and is out of a home-bred dam by Slievenagh Fantastic. In the top 5% for eye muscle area +4.6, he sold to W Mitchell from Hazelside, Lanark.
Mr Mitchell also paid out 5,500gns to secure the fifth placed Drumacritten Franko TSI+63 SRI+69 from the Nelson duo. This May 2014 born bull was sired by the herd’s jointly owned 10,000gns stock bull Drumlone Anchor – junior and supreme Stirling champion in 2010, and is out of a home-bred Dripsey Super King daughter. 
Adrian Richardson received 7,500gns for the fifth placed Simmental bull Cleenagh Fred TSI+72 SRI+74. This July 2014 born Whitemire King Kong son was bred from the Hillcrest Jerome daughter Celtic Vine. He sold to Messrs N and B Isbister, Stromness, Orkney.
The June 2014 born Drumlone Finley TSI+68 SRI+81 sold at 5,200gns for Kenneth Veitch bred from Omorga Volvo. This third prizewinner was sold to Terry Coghill, Orkney.
In the Charolais sale ring Trevor Phair, Bellanaleck, realised 5,000gns for the October 2014 born Brougher Jupiter TSI+72 SRI+76. Sired by Belack Digger, and out of a home-bred Sang D’Or daughter, he is in the breed’s top 1% for eye muscle area +6.1, and top 15% for calving ease +8.1. It was bought by J Kelly from Bellarena, County Londonderry.
The Simpsons Gregg son Hillviewfarm Perfect was the sire of Kenneth Vetich’s 4,000gns Drumlone Jumbo TSI+35 SRI+30. Bred from the Major daughter Drumlone Hilary, he sold to Greystoke Farm based at Penrith.
Charolais females topped 4,000gns, paid to the Stubbs and Burleigh partnership for their first prize winning heifer August 2014 Derryharney Jane. Sired by the 18,000gns Derryharney Outstanding, from a home-bred dam by 10,000gns stock bull Thrunton Bonjovi,  Perth champion in February 2002, she was sold to C Smeaton, Fofar, Angus.
Simmental bulls sold to a top of 22,000gns, with 122 lots averaging £5,675 in a 79% clearance (+£711).
Charolais bulls reached a ceiling of 26,000gns, and 123 lots were sold (69%) to average £5,960 (-£861).
Aberdeen Angus bulls peaked at 24,000gns, and 94 lots (70%) averaged £5,742 (+£544).
Beef Shorthorn trade reached a ceiling of 9,500gns, and 34 bulls (51%) averaged £4,348 (-£586).
Limousin bulls sold to a top of 10,000gns, with 56 bulls (74%) averaging £4,601 (-£24).
Salers topped at 8,000gns, with 13 lots traded (81%) to a level at £5,088 (+£1,138).
A small entry of British Blues peaked at 4,000gns, with three lots (100%) averaging £3,850.