The sale-topper at the NI Commercial Cattle Exhibitors’ Club’s annual young stars show and sale, which was held on Friday, February 21st, came in the form of Jack Smyth’s Belgian-Blue-cross heifer.
Hitting the £4,500 (approximately €5,260) price-tag, this full ET sister to the reserve champion, a Blue-sire steer, which sold to Blair Duffton and Gareth Small for £3,550, which was also presented for sale by the young breeder, caught the eye of JCB Commercials.
Jenifer Hyslop from Stirling in Scotland, tapped out Alan Veitch’s Charolais-sired steer as her overall champion of the show; he went on to sell for £3,100.
Other highlights of the day included;
- Sean Doyle’s Limousin-sired heifer – £3800 to Mr Colin Woodside;
- Alan Veitch’s Charolais-sired heifer – £3400 to Mr G Mulholland;
- Jack Smyth’s Blue-sired steer – £3200 to Mr Blair Duffton;
- A&A Callaghan’s Blue-sired heifer – £3100 to Mr Gary Bell;
- Williamson family’s Charolais-sired heifer -£3000 to Andrew Ewing Scotland;
- Williamson family’s Blue-sired heifer -£2700 to Mr. F Gormley;
- Williamson family’s Blue-sired heifer -£2550 to Mr Colin Woodside;
- William Hall’s Limousin-sired heifer – £2500 to Mckinstry Farms;
- Alan Burleigh’s Blue-sired heifer – £2300 to Mr Stephen O’Kane.
A spokesperson for NI Commercial Cattle Exhibitors’ Club said: “A total of 47 cattle sold out of 53 to an average £1751; there were five cattle exported to the UK and three cattle exported to Ireland.”
“The commercial cattle club would like to thank our sponsor, Ireland Genetics, our judge and our auctioneer, Stephen Redmond from Dungannon Farmers’ Market. We also would like to thank all the exhibitors and buyers from last Friday’s sale.”
Image source: NI Commercial Cattle Exhibitors’ Club Facebook – Credit: Bo Davidson