THE Commercial Cattle Club held its annual “Young Stars” event at Dungannon on February 21, with 53 calves entered.
Judging was in the capable hands of Jennifer Hyslop from Stirling in Scotland. Jennifer tapped out her overall champion of the show which was from the stable of Alan Veitch from County Fermanagh. Alan’s Charolais sired steer earlier stood breed champion before being sold for £3,100 to the judge.
Reserve Champion of the Show went to Jack Smyth from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. This Blue sired steer was earlier tapped out as British Blue champion and later sold to Blair Duffton from Scotland for £3,550.
Top price of the day went to Jack Smyth for a full ET sister to the reserve champion. This smart little Blue heifer caught the eye of JCB Commercials and sold for £4500. Other highlights of the day were:
Sean Doyle’s Lim sired heifer – £3800 to Colin Woodside
Alan Veitch’s Charolais sired heifer – £3400 to G Mulholland
Jack Smyth’s Blue sired steer – £3200 to Blair Duffton
A&A Callaghan’s Blue sired heifer – £3100 to Gary Bell, Lockerbie, Scotland
Williamson family’s Charolais sired heifer – £3000 to Andrew Ewing, Scotland
Williamson family’s Blue sired heifer – £2700 to F Gormley
Williamson family’s Blue sired heifer – £2550 to Colin Woodside
William Hall’s Limousin sired heifer – £2500 to Mckinstry Farms
Alan Burleigh’s Blue sired heifer – £2300 to Stephen O’Kane
A total of 47 cattle sold out of 53 to average £1,751. There were five cattle exported to Great Britain and three cattle exported to the Republic of Ireland. The Commercial Cattle Club would like to thank the sponsor, Ireland Genetics, the judge and the auctioneer, Stephen Redmond from Dungannon Farmers’ Market. It would also like to thank all the exhibitors and buyers from the sale.
Limousin Champion – Quinn Family; Reserve – Sean Doyle
British Blue Champion – Jack Smyth; Reserve – Jack Smyth
Charolais Champion – Alan Veitch; Reserve – Williamson Family
Native Champion – WJ Ervine; Reserve – WJ Ervine
AOB Champion – S Murray;
Reserve – Chris Johnston
Breeding heifer Champion – A&A Callaghan.