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PHOTOS: 7,000gns for Simmental heifer

A top call of 7,000gns, and further prices of 5600gns, 5500gns, 5200gns, were recorded at the much-anticipated third production sale from the Ranfurly and Ballinalare pedigree Simmental herds.

There was a “healthy trade” at the sale was held on Friday, September 4th at Dungannon Farmers Mart, according to a spokesperson.

In all, eleven lots from the forty-two sold made 4,000gns or more.

Strong interest

The sale attracted interest from all over the UK and Ireland with animals selling to Scotland, England, Wales, Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland.

Taking the top price at 7,000gns for Mr WD & JD Hazelton, Cohannon House, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was the January-2019-born heifer, Ranfurly Beauty 13th K2.

By Grinalta’s Excel 8N, she is out of Ranfurly Beauty 8th F9 (ET). Beauty’s dam is a genetic full sister to Curaheen Tyson, Vio and Bandit, the same cow family as the 16,500gns Beauty 5th C4.

Heading over to Scotland, this heifer was purchased by Mr WS Stronach for his well-known Islavale herd at Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire.

‘With a lot of potential for the future’ 

Commenting on his purchase, Stewart Stronach, who had travelled over to N Ireland to see the Ranfurly cattle before bidding online on sale day, said: “I really liked what I saw across all of the sale cattle, they were ready for the sale, not overdone, and looking 100%. Ranfurly Beauty 13th K2 is just our style of heifer with a lot of potential for the future.”

“She brings something different in the bloodlines for us to try being by the Canadian bull and combines that with proven breeding in the dam line.”

The Ranfurly herd put forward eighteen lots on the day which averaged a respective £4243.75.

The day’s second top price was the 5600gns paid for the maiden heifer, Ranfurly Weikel 30th K1 [pictured below].

Januar-2019-born this heifer, which was a junior heifer class winner at the NI Simmental National Show at Omagh in 2019, is by Cleenagh Flasher and is out of Ranfurly Weikel 18th H2.

Another to go over the waters, this animal was purchased by B & E Chadwick for their Chadston pedigree herd at The Hedgerows, Hilton, Derby.

5,500gns or under

5,500gns or under 

From the same breeding line, Ranfurly Weikel 27th J16 [pictured] sold for 5500gns to M Quinn, Dunamore Road, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

A rising two-year-old, this heifer is by Team Celtic 11 and is out of Ranfurly Weikel 4th W20, whose previous progeny had sold to 9,100gns at the herd’s first production sale.

Ranfurly Weikel 27th J16 carried an impressive milk figure of +21 and was sold PD’d in calf to Curaheen Bandit.

5,500gns or under

The very last lot in the ring, Ranfurly Weikel 38th L5, confirmed the day’s strong trade when making 5200gns.

January-2020-born, this heifer calf is by Carnkern Titan and out of the noted South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd EX 93.

Combining pedigree and performance, Weikel 38th L5 is a full sister to Ranfurly Formula One, supreme champion at Stirling October 2016, who sold for 15000gns.

Purchasing this calf was SP McDonald, who runs the pedigree Coolcran herd at Coolcran, Tempo, Co Fermanagh.

Other notable prices 

The top price in the Ballinalare herd offering from Mr J & Mr A Wilson, Dorans Hill, Newry, Co. Down, was the 4900gns paid for Bannhill Farm Jinx.

April-2018-born, this heifer, scanned in-calf to Rabawn Ernie, is by the noted Raceview King, and is out of Ballinalare Farm Fleur, an Auchoracan Wizard daughter.

This calf was snapped up by Mr DG Rooney for their Veaghmore pedigree herd at Ballymartin, Newry, Co Down.

The second top price from the Wilson’s offering was the 4400gns paid for the September-2018-born Bannhill Farm Juliet. This heifer, by Kilbride Farm Bantry and out of Ballinalare Farm Fuscia, was sold scanned in-calf to the noted Camus Brandy.

Heading to the Republic of Ireland, this heifer was bought by G Neenan, Coolnafarna, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.

4,800gns or under 

At 4,800gns was the September-2018-born Ranfurly Kleeb 41st J14 [pictured below]. With a full brother having previously sold at Stirling for 6500gns, this heifer is another by Team Celtic 11 and is out of Ranfurly Kleeb 32nd D14 EX 92.

Again, with a strong milk figure of +17, Ranfurly Kleeb 41st J14 was bought by Mr JN Glasgow for his Bridgewater Farm herd at Creevagh Road, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

4,800gns or under

The good trade for maiden heifers continued with the April-2019-born Ranfurly Weikel 32nd K10 making 4600gns when selling to the Lisglass herd of JL & CJ Weatherup, Irish Hill, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.

By Anatrim Bodybuilder, this heifer is out of Ranfurly Weikel 20th H6 VG, making her the first granddaughter of South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd EX93 to be sold.

The very next lot, and from similar breeding, Ranfurly Weikel 34th K12 sold for 4500gns. This ET calf is by Salisbury Challenger and out of the noted South Park King Kong Weikel 2nd EX93. Buying this lot was W McKittrick, Ternagreeve Road, Loughgall.

Averages:

  • Ranfurly Herd: 18 animals averaged £4243.75;
  • Ballinalare Herd: 25 animals averaged £2614.50;
  • Sale gross: £141,750.

Image source: British Simmental Cattle Society Facebook – Credit: Tricia Kennedy

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