THE ‘standout’ January 2021 born bull calf Omorga Murphy, pictured, from HJW & JC Moore, Coolesker, Omagh, made 16,000gns to lead a strong Simmental trade at the inaugural Next Generation Sale of Females & Weaned Calves held at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Friday, December 3.
Winning the Hugo Arnold Trophy for Overall Champion Weaned Calf in the pre-sale show judged by Colin Inglis, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour, Fife, Omorga Murphy was purchased by Clive Houldey for his
170-cow Manor Park pedigree herd at Kirtleton House, Waterbeck, Lockerbie.
Omorga Murphy is sired by Omorga Isaac, who is ‘breeding very well’ for AI Services in Northern Ireland, and his dam, Omorga Juliet is one of the top Mullyknock Gallant heifers in the Omorga herd and going back to Kilbride Farm Eunice 49T.
Commenting on his Champion Weaned Calf, and the day’s top sale price, the pre-sale show judge Colin Inglis said: “Omorga Murphy was just a stand-out bull calf on the day.
“Well-grown, he carried tremendous length, had a great backend, good legs, and walked very well for the shape he was carrying. He had tremendous breed character and very much fits the bill of a ‘modern’ Simmental.”
With the added challenges presently faced by Northern Irish breeders bringing and trading cattle in England and Scotland, the decision to enter three bull calves paid off with the Omorga trio selling to a gross of £24,885. For the Omorga herd of 40 breeding females the 16,000gns represented the second top price at sale and behind the 22,000gns bull Omorga Samson.
Very much endorsing the judge’s comments, Clive Houldey said: “We’ve been looking for a stock bull for a little while and we think this calf has all the attributes to fit that bill for the Manor Park herd.
“He’s got length, style and character, shape, and depth down his back legs.
“We’ll look to use him a little bit in July next year and then ease him into the herd thereafter.”