A new record average of £3,477 after a 100 per cent clearance was set at the premier sale at Dungannon Farmers Mart, while a record top price was also established.
Leading the day’s trade was Graceland 1 Silas from Robin and James Irvine, Whitecross, Co Armagh which changed hands for 5,500gns to AI Services NI stud in Co Antrim, to help meet the ever-increasing demand for Hereford semen. This June 2019-born Blakesley 1 Nathan son sits in the top 20 percentile for weight and eye muscle figures and is out of a home-bred female, sired by Greenyards 1 Dougie.
Next in the money at 4,300gns was the youngest bull forward, Brookfield 1 Teddy from Roy and Pat McClenaghan, Holywood, Co Down which went home with T McAuley, Ballmoney, Co Antrim. A superior carcase sire, this Moorside 1 Joseph son also sits in the top five per cent for eye muscle and retail yield figures.
At 3,800gns, and first animal through the ring, was Solitude 1 Sunshine from Andrew McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down which sold to A Porter, Omagh, Co Tyrone. This 23 month old is by Moeskaer Upgrade and out of Solitude 1 Helen G131, which is a Solpoll 1 Dynamite daughter.
Not far behind was River-Dale 1 Spartacus from the McMordie family, Saintfield, Co Down, selling to JA Humphrey, Coleraine, Co Londonderry for 3,600gns. Another superior carcase sire, this May 2019-born Panmure 1 Henry son is out of a home-bred female.
The next sale at Dungannon Farmers Mart will be held on Tuesday 20 April.
Averages: 9 bulls, £3,477
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart