dungannon spring sale 2006
Saturday 1st April 2006
Buoyant Prospects for Belgian Blues with a Sound and Steady Trade at Dungannon
Pre-sale interest around the pens at the Northern Ireland Club’s spring sale of Belgian Blues at Dungannon was keen, with many prospective buyers busily marking up their catalogues.
Interest was further heightened when the judging commenced under the skilful hand of Sean O’Brien, from Burnfoot, Donegal.
The first red rosette, for Class’ Bulls born 2/10/03 – 30/4/04, being awarded to Norman Hammond, with ‘Annaghone Valiant, an October 2003 bull by ‘President Des 1000 Fontaines (IS), out of ‘Ridge Dean Nelly. The judge, subsequently putting this animal up as Supreme Champion, with Martin Brothers ‘Springhill Womble’, a March 2003 bull by Cornlan Ryan, out of ‘Springhill Trudy’, coming a close second in this class and eventual Overall Reserve Champion.
The female championship being awarded to ‘Baronagh Blues Wynona, by ‘Tintin De My (IS), out of ‘Hillview Olga’ a 17 month heifer bred and exhibited by Club Secretary, Robert McCormick. The Reserve ticked going to ‘Bessy Bell Wendy ET’, ‘Label de spy (IS), out of Bessy Bell Savannah, bred by Adrian and Andrew McKelvey
Auctioneer, Trevor Wyllie, commenced the sale with a packed ring. Bidding was selective, with quality being sought after. Reserve Champion, ‘Springhill Womble’ finding a new home with Kenneth Veitch, Lisbellow, Co. Fermanagh for the top price of 2900gns. Three bulls fell to the hammer for 2500 gns, namely Annaghone Valiant, Knockagh Wombat, from Jim Ervine and last but by no means least, Chatham Warrior, from the Jack and Anne Morrison stable.
‘Bessy Bell Willow’, by ‘Arlequin Des Peupliers (IS), out of ‘Bessy Bell Tanya’, bred by Adrian and Andrew McKelvey, topping the female trade, being knocked down to Wm. Neill, Crossgar, Co. Down for 1550gns.
Society Secretary, John Fleming commenting “It was a sound and steady
trade, with brisk bidding for quality stock. The trade’s demand
for quality Belgian Blue crossbreds continues to outstrip supply, maintaining
a health premium; with the opportunity of the door to exports opening shortly,
the prospects for Belgian Blue genetics can but only be further enhanced. This
is on top of booming demand for Belgian Blue semen from the dairy sector.”
Other Show results
Class 2 Bull Born 26/5/04 to 24/8/04
Class 3 Bulls born 11/10/04 to 12/1/05
Class 4 Females born 4/8/03 to 1/5/04
Class 5 Females born 23/7/04 to 12/11/04
12 Bull £2170
Auctioneers – Dungannon Farmers Mart, Tel 028 8772 2727