Tuesday 25 April 2023
The April native breed sale at Dungannon Farmers Mart was led by the junior bulls, with the last class providing the top three prices. Taking the top price of 3,300gns was the last bull into the ring, the December 2021-born River-Dale 1 Wrangler from the McMordie Family, Saintfield. A son of the 2021 Balmoral Show reserve male champion Solpoll 1 Real Good, its dam River-Dale 1 Dainty’s Dashing was a daughter of past NI sire of the year Panmure 1 Henry. Backed with impressive figures its terminal and self replacing indexes were in top 10 per cent. It sold to William McCullough, Newry.
Following closely behind at 3,200gns was the reserve male champion and winner of the youngest class Solitude 1 Washington. Bred by Andrew McMordie, Ballygowan it was a son of the successful Solpoll 1 Promoter with its dam Solitude 1 Duchess P946 again sired by Panmure 1 Henry. It had the highest terminal and self replacing figures in the sale, both in the top five per cent, it sold to A McCrea, Strabane.
Also selling for the same price was Barnburn 1 Volcano from Bertie and Greer Watson, Raffrey. Sired by last year’s sire of the year Solpoll 1 Ringo, its dam Barnburn 1 Priscilla was reserve supreme champion Balmoral Show in 2018. A second prize winner it was a full brother to last year’s champion and top price and sold to T Nicholson, Kilkeel.
Judge Ivan Forsythe selected his champion from the intermediate class with the August 2021-born Black Water Vegas, from Nigel Heatrick, Middletown. Sired by stockbull Clondrina 1110th its home-bred dam Black Water Pepsi was sired by Kye Sting. It also sold to A McCrea, Strabane for 3,000gns.
The winner of the senior class was April 2021-born Graceland 1 Victor, from Robin and James Irvine, Whitecross. Sired by stockbull Blakesley 1 Nobility from a Fisher 1 Jubilee dam, it sold for 2,800gns to William Irvine, Armagh.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart
Average: 8 bulls, £3,071.25