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Blue days at Dungannon Mart

BLUE cattle breeders are heading for Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday, October 22, to the annual and well established Four Breeds Sale, an ideal venue for dairy and suckler herd owners seeking a sire that adds value to every calf destined for the beef sector.

Fresh from British Belgian Blue successes at Balmoral Show, which attracted some exciting new entries, there is a buzz about the ultimate beef terminal sire breed.

In a time of trade disruption for most industries due to the pandemic and Brexit, 2021 has been a better year for farming with exceptional weather and grass galore right into autumn.

Milk prices are considered good, stock are selling extra well and good eye-catching Blue bred calves are flying high in suckled calf rings.

The trend is towards dairy farmers using sexed semen at the start of the breeding year and then a beef bull with the rest of the herd. Although other breeds are on offer beware of missing that mighty British Blue bonus.

Thanks to the British Blue having a shorter gestation, milk output is increased, calving is easier and these crosses have a marvellous ability to become beef cattle that sell at premium prices.

On suckler herds the British Blue as terminal sire keeps on producing quality stock with great muscling and lean meat.

Gavel wielding auctioneer Trevor Wylie takes to the box on Friday, October 22, from noon with four breeds on offer, British Blue, Saler, Simmental and Blonde.

For catalogues contact Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on (028) 8772 2727, email trevor.wylie@btconnect.com or visit them on Facebook.

Next month Dungannon Farmers’ Mart hosts the annual Four Breed Pedigree Calf Show on Saturday, November 27. Blue bred calves born after September 1, 2020, will be judged by Graham Brindley from the Bringlee Herd in Shropshire. Entries by Friday, October 29, with £10 entry fee to NI Blue Cattle Club secretary Annabel Cleland, 5 Corbally Road, Downpatrick, BT30 8TD.

Event organiser David Gibson says this friendly event is all about encouraging new young breeders into the ring. “All four pedigree clubs, Blues, Salers, Simmentals and Blondes, are working as one to make this a family day out that will encourage an influx of new exhibitors at shows and sales for years to come.”

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