Caulfield March On, a year old Shorthorn bull shown by Mr Samuel J Kelly of Moohan, Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone, joined the small select band of Ulster bred animals which have topped the 1,000 guinea mark in the showring when it was knocked down for the highest price of 1,200 guineas at last week’s Royal Dublin Society’s spring show and sale at Ballsbridge.
The animal, which was bought by Sir John Galvin of Clondalkin, County Dublin, and which had earlier won the Shorthorn supreme championship, also brought Mr Kelly his highest ever sale price – his previous best being 270 guineas.
Mr Kelly might have sold the animal at Balmoral a week earlier had he not reasoned that the animal had a better chance of attracting an exceptional bid at Dublin.
“It turned out that way but although I knew he was a good bull I didn’t realise he would make so much,” said a delighted Mr Kelly afterwards.
Caulfield March On, sired by Doorless Standard, had as its dam Friarstown Melody 7th, which bred the reserve Shorthorn champion at the RUAS October sale in 1968.
The reserve Shorthorn champion, a bull entered by Mr Benjamin Williams, Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, was bought by the Northern Ireland Ministry of Agriculture for 1,100 guineas – the second highest price of the day.
For the first time in several years there were no Ulster pig exhibitors at Dublin, and generally the North had a lean time in the cattle showrings, especially in the 400-strong Hereford and Friesian sections.
Newtownbutler exhibitor Mr Edward N Gregg collected the prize for the best group of three Shorthorns while Mr John W Veitch of Lisbellaw took the award for the best trio of Aberdeen Angus.
A bull entered by Mr Donald Hackett of Gortaclare, Omagh, was judged the reserve champion Aberdeen Angus while Mr Albert Lucy of Monea, Enniskillen, was the only successful Northerner in the Hereford ring.