CLOGHER Valley Livestock Producers held its first ever Christmas beef show and sale recently at the cattle market in the heart of Tyrone.
Brainchild behind this event was yard manager Robert Simpson, a keen fatstock exhibitor himself, who explained: “I always felt it was something we needed back in County Tyrone and, with some top quality cattle being shown with us on a busy Saturday sale, I thought why not try a Christmas Beef Show and Sale?”
Robert went on to say that he was overwhelmed with the response he got from farmers right across the country who were willing to come and support Clogher market and also to the local butchers who travelled to support the sale.
After months waiting on a response from HSE and Defra about being allowed to run a special event under strict Covid-19 protocols, the show and sale passed without any problems. Clogher market would also like to thank everyone who attended the sale and obeyed all the guidelines.
A total of 166 prime beef cattle went through the sale ring with a 97 per cent clearance rate. There was a total of 1,894 viewers watching the sale online with a total of 17 cattle purchased by online bidders. There was nine cattle exported to England and one exported to the Republic of Ireland.
There was great support from local butchers with one buying a total of 15 heifers.
Highlight of the night was the Overall Champion from S&K Williamson, a catchy roan Limousin bred heifer weighing 500kg. After strong ringside and online bidding, she sold to a record price of £5,050, a whopping £10.10 a kg. The successful buyer was teenager Freddie Miskelly from Downpatrick.
Reserve Champion was a British Blue bred heifer from Vincent Lennon, weighing in at 640kg and sold for £2,200 (£3.43 a kg) to Farm Gate Meats, Magherlin.
Housewife choice was a Limousin
bred heifer from Alan Veitch weigh-
ing 600kg and sold for £4,000
(£6.65kg) to Farm Gate Meats.
Reserve Housewives Champion was a Charolais bred heifer from R Law weighting 575kg at £2,500 (£4.34kg), selling to Campbell Butchers, newly opened in Roslea, County Fermanagh.
Results, prices and buyers are as follows:
FAT COWS – 1st R Leonard 945kg, £2500 sold to Frazer livestock; 2nd J Killen 970kg, £2020 sold to John Dillon; 3rd Drumgose farm 840kg, £2450 sold to John Dillon.
Limousin Heifer – 1st S&K Williamson; 2nd Alan Veitch; 3rd R Law 640kg, £2000 sold to Jake Cummings.
Charolais Heifer – 1st J Killen 630kg, £1750 to Clogher Valley Meats; 2nd D Aiken 660kg, 1700 to Kitson’s butchers Yorkshire; 3rd N Harvey 570kg,£1580 to Kitson’s butchers Yorkshire.
AOB Heifer – 1st V Lennon; 2nd J Brown 700kg, £1940 to John Dillon; 3rd G Mohan 570kg, £1480 to S Erskine.
Native Breed Heifer – 1st G Corrie 600kg, £1460 to Andrew Thompson; 2nd M Trotter 650kg, £1640 to J Sawyers.
Limousin Bullock – 1st Nathan Harvey 800kg, £2000 to MD Livestock; 2nd Drumgose farms 630kg, £1620 to Philip Bailey; 3rd O Loughran 540kg, £1600 to C Donnelly.
Charolais Bullock – 1st D Grimes 750kg, £1780 to Alister Lyons; 2nd D Grimes 740kg, £1700 to Philip Bailey; 3rd A Whyte 645kg, £1560 to Andrew Thompson.
AOB Bullock – 1st B Wilson 660kg, £1600 to MD Livestock; 2nd Drumgose farm 770kg, £1840 to MD Livestock; 3rd T McClure 625kg, £1600 to Kitson’s butchers Yorkshire.
Native Breed Bullock – 1st A Burlegh 620kg, £1750 to Creightons of Balmoral shop Belfast; 2nd B Wilson 730kg, £1780 to MD Livestock; 3rd G Corrie 620kg, £1580 to Andrew Thomson.
Other highlights include:
n D Boles, Limousin heifer 585kg at £2600 to M Daire, Roscommon;
n G Corrie, Charolais heifer 755kg at £2000 to Hutton Meats, Cookstown;
n A Ferguson, Charolais heifer 790kg at £2060 and 730kg at £2000 to Hutton Meats, Cookstown;
n P&E McKenna, Limousin heifer 670kg at £1840 to J Sawyers, Omagh;
n M Toal, British Blue bullock 650kg at £1800 to Kitson’s Butchers, Yorkshire.
n Limousin champion – S&K Williamson; Reserve – Alan Veitch
n Charolais champion – John Killen; Reserve – D Grimes
n AOB champion – V Lennon; Reserve – B Wilson
n Native Champion – A Burleigh; Reserve – G Corrie
Special thanks to judge TJ Duffy from County Mayo for doing a fantastic job on the night and to all sponsors of the show for their support for the mart’s first Christmas beef show and sale.
Other buyers on the night buying top quality stock included Brogan Meats, Minehill Farms, Pat Tray-nor Butchers, Ballygawley, Hutton Meats, Cookstown, C&J Meats, Lakeview Meats, Linden Foods, Doherty & Gray.
We hope to see everyone back again next year for a bigger and better event with hopefully a lot less restrictions in place.