DUNGANNON Farmers Market was the venue for one of the best sales of Hereford bulls in years with a new record average of £3,477 returned for nine bulls with a 100 per cent clearance rate and a new individual record price of 5500gns at the venue.
Leading the prices was Graceland 1 Silas, a June 2019 son of Blakesley 1 Nathan, a bull from Robin & James Irvine with top 20 per cent weight and eye muscle figures and after a flurry of bids he was knocked down by auctioneer Trevor Wylie to join the Ai Services stud in Antrim to help meet its ever increasing demand for Hereford semen.
Taking the day’s second top price of 4300gns was the youngest bull forward, the July 2019 born Brookfield 1 Teddy from Roy & Pat McClenaghan. A superior carcase sire, he was backed with top five per cent eye muscle and Retail Yield figures. T McAuley Ballymoney was the buyer of this Moorside 1 Joseph son.
Getting the sale started in good fashion with the first bull in the ring selling for 3800gns was Solitide 1 Sunshine from Andrew McMordie. This 23 month old son of the current Sire of the Year Moeskaer Upgrade sold to A Porter, Omagh.
Next best in the prices was the 3600gns River-Dale 1 Spartacus from the McMordie family. Another Superior Carcase Sire, this May 2019 born Panmure 1 Henry son sold to Coleraine to join JA Humphrey.
Commenting after the sale, NIHBA President James Graham said there was a tremendous atmosphere at the sale and demand for bulls was fierce with many disappointed buyers heading home without bulls: “To have a 100 per cent clearance and a new record average shows that the quality of the bulls forward matched with what customers demanded and bodes very well for the year ahead for our members and for the breed.”
The next sale will be on Tuesday, April 20, in Dungannon Farmers Market.