HEREFORD bulls sold to 2,900 guineas and an average of £2,450 at last week’s Native Breeds Sale in Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Taking the Championship and the top price was Thornbank 1 Real Deal consigned by Hunter Stewart from Castlederg. This well balanced son of Solpoll 1 Dynamite had the scale and power to match up to his strong EBVs for growth and muscle – and follows on the footsteps of his full brother who also took the Championship and top price at this event in 2017.
The reserve champion from James Graham also featured among the top prices. This muscular son of Grousehall 1 Premier attracted considerable interest from the packed gallery – going on to sell for 2,600 guineas.
Buyers were showing a preference for big strong bulls to go straight to work and the entries from Robin Irvine’s Graceland herd also seemed to fit the bill. Graceland 1 Prince and Graceland 1 Prophet, rising two year old sons of Fisher 1 Jubilee both sold for 2,700 guineas to local dairy farmers.
Lisrace Loyalist 18th from the Wilson family from Magheraveely was another to find favour with the bidders – selling for 2,500 guineas.
The only female on offer – Corraback Guinevere, an attractive young heifer by Kye Rodge, was sold at 2,200 guineas for Mervyn and Henry Richmond from Roslea.
Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders Association chairman Adrian Irvine was very satisfied with the event. “Our offering was considerably reduced as many of the entries had found new homes prior to the sale but we are pleased to see 11 bulls selling to a respectable average of £2,450 and we very much appreciate the support of Dunbia in running this event,” said Adrian.