Judge Packie Donnelly, Ballymena, along with Executive Committee member Leslie Hood stood in the mart with some exceptional Limousin cross breeding.
Mr L Hood mentioned that he was impressed with the fine example of using good Limousin genetics and the right bulls to produce excellent commercial calves right for today’s market.
Packie Donnelly had his work cut out as he judged four great classes of heifer and bull calves split into two age groups with the champion going to A & D McAfee for his 442kg bull and reserve spot going to P J O’Kane for his young heifer weighing in at 380kg and sold later for top price of £1,400.
Don’t hold off on home heating oil in hopes of price drops, expert urges Northern Ireland consumers
Multi-million pound overhaul for Dundonald Ice Bowl
Firms who export cross border twice as likely to experience strong growth
New retirement living development proposed for East Belfast
Planning system in Northern Ireland to go down for three weeks as computer crisis looms
Placings, weights and prices for classes prize-winners were as follows:
Heifers three to six months: 1st, O Maginnis 284kg sold £1,000, 2nd, O Maginnis 274Kg sold for £880, 3rd, O’Kane Bros 236kg sold for £900.
Bulls three to six months: 1st, G Corrie 332Kg sold £900, 2nd, D Robinson 314Kg sold £900 (Cantona), 3rd, F Harbinson, 364Kg sold £880.
Heifers seven to 10 months: 1st, P J O’Kane, 380kg sold £1,400 (sired by Rocky son), 2nd, E Hopes 378kg sold £1,000, 3rd, S Williamson, 364Kg sold £910.
Bulls seven to 10 months: 1st, A & D McAfee 442Kg Not sold, 2nd, G Corrie 418Kg sold 940, 3rd, G Corrie, 340Kg sold £880. Another top price for A & D McAfee was a 378Kg calf sold for £1360.
The NI Limousin Cattle Club now look forward the rest of the suck calf sales left in October and the upcoming Bull & Female BLCS Sale at Dungannon sponsored by Ulster Bank Ltd and Norbrook on October 21, show starts at 10am, with the sale commencing at 1pm.
This will offer an excellent opportunity to buy more great Limousin breeding suitable for both pedigree and commercial markets.