There was a large attendance of buyers when the Cloverlea Herd of pedigree Hereford cattle, the property of the Rev H H Morrow, Ballinderry Rectory, Cookstown, was dispersed by auction last week.
The Rev Morrow, who is going to Australia to the parish of Bordertown, on the Victoria, South Australia border, established the herd only four years ago, but has enjoyed considerable success in that short time.
A ten month old bull, Cloverlea Apollo, was purchased by Mr Samuel Davis, Ballygillan, Coagh for 150 guineas. Cloverlea Wendy, a 14 month old heifer also attracted a bid of 150 guineas – from Mr W J Patterson, Killymuck, Ballinderry Bridge, Cookstown.
Maghera buyer Mr T R Keyes went to 146 guineas for Dungorran Druscilla, a seven year old in-calf, while a four year old springing cow, Dungorran Turtle, was knocked down to Mr S H Watterson, Magherafelt, at 145 guineas. Mr Watterson also paid 120 guineas for a three year old cow, Gransha Whiterock.
Cairncastle Colleen went at 134 guineas to Mr Short, Edergall, Omagh, who also purchased the cow’s four week old calf, Cloverlea Silver, for 100 guineas.
Glenhue, Cullybackey buyer Mr R Watson, purchased Dungorran Turtle 2nd, a two year old in-calf cow for 135 guineas, while Mr S Coleman, Glarryford, went to 130 guineas for Cloberhill Doreen 3rd.
A four year old cow, Dungorran Druscilla 2nd, which was running with Colorado Silver – the imported Canadian bull, owned by Mr Samuel Douglas, Dungannon – changed hands for 127 guineas, the buyer being Mr Crawford Crewe, Maghera.
Two heifers, Cloverlea Hilary and Cloverlea Heather, were purchased by Mr A Alexander, Randalstown, and Mr Watt, Donaghmore, Dungannon, at 121 and 120 guineas respectively.
Several lots of cows with calves at foot were on show, selling to £138 per lot with store cattle realising to £84 10s each – paid for a Charolais bullock.
The auction was conducted by W Gamble and Co, Magherafelt.