Dartrey Herd leads Dungannon Aberdeen-Angus trade at 2,600gns:
A small entry of Aberdeen-Angus bulls sold to a top of 2,600gns at the native breeds sale with a 57% clearance rate, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Tuesday 1st December 2020.
Sale leader was the twenty-month-old Dartrey Ebenetze V237 TSI+30 SRI+40 bred by Hylda Mills and Brian Johnston, who run 35 pedigree cows at Scarva, County Down. Bred from the Logie Lustre F473 daughter Dartrey Esme N134, he was sired by the home-bred Dartrey Elliott S467, crowned best stock bull in the NI Aberdeen-Angus Club’s 2020 herd competition.
Displaying great presence and conformation he caught the eye of suckler herd owner Sarah Conn from Magilligan, County Londonderry.
Second highest bid of the day 2,500gns was paid to Richard and Fiona, McKeown, Templepatrick, for the June 2019 Ashvale Monty V134. He was sired by the Netherton Mr Brazilian E377 son Ashvale Lord Jasper T285, and is out of Ashvale Millie T215. Buyer was Daniel Campbell from Lurgan, County Armagh.
Following close behind at 2,400gns was the February 2019 Ember Proud Kuga V531 TSI+33 SRI+45 bred by Freddie Davidson, Banbridge. Sired by Cheeklaw Edgar R515, his dam is the Nightingale Dunbar K551 daughter Drumcrow Karla – one of 16 cows in the herd. Buyer was dairy farmer Fred Burrows from Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone, who has been using Aberdeen-Angus stock bulls in his 60-cow herd for over 15 years.
Robin Lamb, and sons Stuart, Ben and Peter from Richhill, County Armagh, realised 2,200gns for the March 2019 Richhill Electro V281 TSI+35 SRI+48. He was sired by the 40-cow herd’s stock bull Weeton King Lear R452, and is bred from the Friarstown Prairie Chief M228 daughter Richhill Ellen Erica R845. Buyer was dairy herd owner Seamus McQuaid from Trillick, County Tyrone.
Females sold to 2,000gns, paid to Kevin McOscar, Cookstown, County Tyrone, for the July 2018 Island Farm Esmeralda U445. Sired by Balmachie Lord Jock R198, she was bred from Cheeklaw Ellon L385. Included in the price was her September born Belack Lord Handsome L739 heifer calf.
Average: 4 bulls £2,564