Although an Ulster bred animal made the highest price at the Royal Dublin Society’s spring show and sale at Ballsbridge prices generally did not come up to expectations and several Northern Ireland exhibitors felt their animals would have attracted higher prices at Balmoral the previous week.
One man who had no regrets about deciding to sell at Dublin was Shorthorn exhibitor Mr Samuel J Kelly, of Moohan, Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone, whose 10 month old supreme champion, Caulfield March On, secured 1,200 guineas, paid by Sir John Galvin, of Clondalkin, County Dublin.
The Northern Ireland Ministry of Agriculture paid the second highest price of 1,100 guineas for Dairy Chancellor, another Shorthorn, shown by Mr Benjamin C Williams of Cloughjordan, County Tipperary.
Several Ulster Shorthorn exhibitors like Mr Robert Mulligan, of Banbridge, and Mr John Purvis of Magherafelt, found prices disappointing and withdrew their animals from the salesring unsold the first time round.
Mr Purvis commented that his bull would have made a better price at Balmoral the previous week.
In the Aberdeen Angus section, the most successful Northerner was Mr George H McCrea, of Fivemiletown who received 445 guineas for his bull, Eupator 2nd of the Laurels, bought by the Northern Ireland Ministry of Agriculture. Mr McCrea also received 250 guineas from the Eire Department of Agriculture for another Angus bull, Blueduster of the Laurels.
Mr Donald Hackett of Gortaclare, Omagh, received 250 guineas for Fernaghdrum Emperor, a fifth prizewinner in the Friesian section, while in the Hereford ring, no Ulster-bred animals made over 300 guineas.
Total Hereford sales amounted to 49,900 guineas (average 312), Shorthorns 9,600 (average 309), Friesians 10,400 (average 232) and Aberdeen-Angus 9,000 (average 265).
Some of the leading transactions (in guineas) involving Northern Ireland farmers were:
1200 – Samuel J Kelly, Castlecaulfield, Caulfield March On to Sir John Galvin, Clondalkin, County Dublin.
1100 – Benjamin C Williams, Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, Dairy Chancellor to the Northern Ireland Ministry of Agriculture.
300 – Jack Anderson, Cookstown, Doorless Crown to Eire Department of Agriculture.