Prices reached a ceiling of 8,800gns at the 2nd production sale from the noted Ballinalare Farm and Ranfurly Simmental herds, conducted by Taaffe Auctions at Dungannon.
Leading the entry from David Hazelton’s Ranfurly Herd was the much-admired Ranfurly Lady Diana 24th, winner of numerous accolades throughout the show season, and recipient of the Danske Bank Female of the Year Award.
Born in April 2014 she is by Raceview King, and out of the Dovefields Gallant daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 10th. Scanned in-calf to Omorga Murray she attracted an opening bid of 5,000gns from the packed ringside audience, and after a bidding frenzy guest auctioneer David Lowry brought his gavel down at 8,800gns, selling to telephone bidders Fovargue Bros for their Edroda Herd based at Coleorton, Coalville in Leicester.
Just minutes before the Whitemire King Kong daughter Ranfurly Blende 5th, secured a bid of 5,100gns from Jimmy and Vikki Wood, owners of the Popes Herd based at Dutton in Lancashire. This April 2014 born heifer is bred from the Raceview King daughter Ranfurly Blende 2nd. She is scanned in-calf to Omorga Murray.
Omorga Murray was behind the breeding of Ranfurly Lady Diana 26th which sold to Harry and John Moore’s Beragh-based Omorga Herd at 5,800gns. Born in April 2015, her dam is the Cleenagh Flasher daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 16th.
Also on Harry and John Moore’s shopping list at 4,300gns was the seven-month-old heifer calf Ranfurly Weikel 19th ET. Sired by Carnkern Titan, and bred from the herd’s prolific brood cow South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd, she is a full sister to the 15,000gns Ranfurly Formula 1 ET – supreme champion at Stirling in October 2015.
Following close behind at 4,250gns was the July 2014 born Ranfurly Weikel 14th. Also by Raceview King, she is bred from the Balist daughter Ranfurly Weikel 2nd. This one joins Seamus O’Kane’s Dressogue Herd at Omagh, and is in-calf to the Cleenagh Fasher son Ranfurly Confederate – purchased by the Islavale Herd at the Dirnanean dispersal sale.
Jonny Hazelton’s offering peaked at 4,500gns, realised by the 2016 Balmoral reserve junior champion Ranfurly Weikel 16th. This January 2015 Cleenagh Flasher daughter is bred from a dam by Hillcrest Champion. She sold to an undisclosed pedigree breeder in England.
The 12,000gns Dovefields Gallant was the behind the breeding of Ranfurly Lady Diana 25th. Bred from the Cleenagh Flasher daughter Ranfurly Lady Diana 14th, she sold for 4,200gns and is in-calf to Raceview King. This one joins Nigel Glasgow’s Bridgewater Farm Herd at Cookstown, County Tyrone.
Topping Joe Wilson’s Ballinalare Farm offering at 3,000gns was the Omorga Murray daughter Ballinalare Farm Favourite Lady. Born in June 2014, she is bred from Ballinalare Farm Chanel – a daughter of the herd’s 20,000gns stock bull Auchorachan Wizard – supreme Perth champion in February 2010. In-calf to Hillcrest Valentine, this one joins Archie Reaney’s Cladymore pedigree herd at Mowhan, County Armagh.
The youngest heifer in the catalogue, Ballinalare Farm Honey sold at 2,800gns to Kieran Mullarkey’s Lissadell Herd at Ballinfull, County Sligo. Sired by Auchorachan Wizard, her dam is the Raceview Valintino Miracle S daughter Ballinlare Farm Allegra – first prize senior cow at Balmoral Show in May.
The nine-month-old Kilbride Farm Drennan daughter Ballinlare Farm Glamour Puss sold to Alan and Ann Kennedy’s Lurgill Herd at Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, for 2,300gns. She is out of a Wizard daughter bred from Kilbride Farm Eunice 26R.
Taaffe Auctions confirmed a 77% clearance, with 13 Ranfurly heifers selling to average £4,180 per head, and 19 Ballinalare Farm heifers selling to level at £2,111 each.
Pedigree Simmental heifers soared to 5,400gns while bulls reached a ceiling of 4,600gns at the Northern Ireland breed club’s spring show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Claiming the day’s top price was the female champion and reserve supreme champion Cleenagh Good Girl, a thirteen-month-old heifer bred by Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge. Sired by the Raceview King son Ashland Brandy, her dam is the Omorga Murray daughter Cleenagh Vikki. She won the Dale Cup at Fermanagh County Show last year, and was reserve junior champion at the inaugural Pedigree Calf Fair held at Balmoral in November.
After spirited bidding she came under the hammer of auctioneer Trevor Wylie at 5,400gns, selling to Oliver McGuinness from Eglinton, County Londonderry.
Topping bull trade at 4,600gns was the unshown Lakeside Fred TSI+73 SRI+85 consigned by Cecil Chartres and David Farrell, Lisbellaw. Born in June 2014, he was sired by the 10,000gns Perth champion Drumlone Anchor, and is out of a home-bred dam by Kilbride Farm Newry – one of six pedigree cows in the herd. In the breed’s top 5% for daughter calving ease +5.3, and top 25% for eye muscle area, he sold to Raymond Pedlow who runs an engineering business and a herd of 180 suckler cows at Lurgan, County Armagh.
Next best at 3,400gns was the reserve male champion Lisglass Fortress TSI+78 SRI+83 bred by the father and son team of Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, Ballyclare. This sixteen-month-old entry was sired by stock bull Dermotstown Delboy – Balmoral champion in 2014 and 2015; and is bred from Fole Vivian 59th – one of 35 cows in the herd. Buyer was Nigel Kee from Douglas Bridge, Strabane.
The Weatherup duo also realised 2,500gns for the second placed maiden heifer Liglass Foxy. Born in August 2014, she is by Dermotstown Delboy, and is out of the Kilbride Farm Porter daughter Lisglass Danielle 3rd. This was the first Dermotstown Delboy to be offered for sale. She joined Chris Traynor’s Kilmore Herd based at Armagh.
Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, realised 2,350gns for the April 2013 born Castlemount Ruby ET. She was sired by Curaheen Vio, and is out of the Cleenagh Flasher daughter Slievenagh Ruby. Included in the price was her three-month-old Hockenhull Alibaba heifer calf. Buyer was Robert Duncan from Magherafelt.
Judge Shane McDonald, Tempo, awarded the male and supreme overall championships to Ashdale Flint, an October 2014 born bull bred by Jackson McCaw, Killinchy. Sired by the Hamlet son Hillcrest Valentine, he was bred from Ashdale Haley 12th.This one changed hands for 2,300gns, selling to pedigree herd owner and livestock haulier Malcolm Workman from Monaghan.
Also selling at 2,300gns was the August 2014 born Bridgewater Farm Fernando TSI+66 SRI+59 bred by Nigel Glasgow from Cookstown. Sired by the Omorga Volvo son Lisglass Colombus, he is out of a home-bred dam by Hockenhull Maverick. Buyer was W Black from Pomeroy.
Claiming the day’s reserve female championship was the two-year-old in-calf heifer Kilbride Farm Eunice 174F bred by the Robson family from Doagh. Sired by was sired by the 15,000gns Cairnview Snazzy, and is out of a home-bred dam by Kilbride Farm Warren. This one failed to meet her reserve and returned home unsold.
Commercial females attracted a ready market, with in-calf heifers selling to a top of £1,320, paid to Eamon McCloskey, Kilrea. Maiden heifers peaked at £1,350 and £1,250, realised by Tom Bogue from Brookeborough.
The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club is indebted to its sponsors, Animax and Millburn Concrete.
Averages: 12 bulls £2,450 (71%); 6 heifers £2,358 (55%); and 2 cows and calves £2,205 (100%).