Pedigree bulls and heifers attracted a steady trade at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s May sale, hosted by JA McClelland and Sons Ltd at Ballymena Livestock Mart.
Prices peaked at 2650gns, paid to Nigel Glasgow, Cookstown, for the first bull into the sale-ring, Bridgewater Farm Kentucky TPI+81 SRI+90.
Sired by the Cleenagh Flasher son Samark Superman, he was bred from Cloone Hilda – joint winner of the Danske Bank reserve female of the year title in 2018. Buyer was Sylvia McFarlane from Dungiven.
Nigel Glasgow also secured a bid of 2500gns for the December 2019 Bridgewater Farm Kasper TPI+65 SRI+69. He was sired by the Delfur Decider son Bridgewater Farm Jenson, and is out of a home-bred dam by the 2014 and 2015 Balmoral champion Dermotstown Delboy.
This one came under the hammer of auctioneer Shaun Irvine, selling to Matthew Hyndman from Upperlands, Maghera.
Robert Joseph Farrell, Dromore, County Tyrone, realised 2380gns and 2220gns for April 2020 born bulls. Both were sired by the herd’s £7,500 Scottish-bred stock bull Newbiemains Interceptor.
A draft entry of females from Alan and Ann Kennedy’s Lurgill Herd, Ballinderry, Lisburn, peaked at 1840gns.
Leading the line-up was the December 2019 Lurgill Kim, sired by Curaheen Apostle and bred from the Dermotstown Delboy daughter Lurgill India. This maiden heifer caught the eye of Philip Rosbotham, Dromore, County Down.
Next best at 1780gns was the in-calf heifer Lurgill Kirsty. Sired by Islavale Donald, she is out of the home-bred Omorga Murray daughter Lurgill Eva. Buyer was Sylvia McFarlane.
Averages: Five bulls £2,505 and four heifers £1,822 (90 per cent clearance)
The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is staging a 50th anniversary sale at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday, October 22.
The ‘Simmental Spectacular’ will include pedigree bulls, a selection of elite pedigree heifers, and a choice entry of cross-bred weanling heifers. Watch Press and club Facebook page for further details.