BELGIAN BLUES AT PORTADOWN
20th March 2002
The popularity of the Belgian Blue reached new heights in Ulster this week, as red hot demand for bulls resulted in a record average for an entire sell out.
Suckler producers and dairy farmers sat together around the packed ring-side, all of which had their sights firmly set on acquiring a Belgian Blue stock bull for their farm enterprises. This was emphasised in the remarkable average price of £2804, the highest for any breed in the Province this season and the highest average price for Belgian Blues in the United Kindgom to-date.
It was Jack and Anne Morrisons Chatham Herd which led the way in the price stakes when their son of Lenborough Oliver commanded the top sales return of 3800 guineas. Chatham Supreme was placed first in his class by judge, Alan Cleland, Downpatrick and was a strong contender in the Championship line up. There had been tremendous interest in this marvellous all white bull, combining tremendous size for age with style and mobility.
His sire Lenborough Oliver has proved to be a highly successful stock bull in the Chatham Herd, having produced the top-selling animals at the last two Belgian Blue Shows and Sales. He has also enjoyed a notable show ring career having notched up Male Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion at Balmoral Show in 2000.
Hot on the heels of this at 3500 guineas was another superb bull from the Chatham Herd. Chatham Samson is another son of Lenborough Oliver and out of a Garanti De Maurage dam. This bull also laid claim to a first prize rosette, en route to collecting the Male and Reserve Supreme Championship awards. The Ulster Bank sponsorship was distributed by Robert McMurray and David Ervine.
The second bull in the ring, Rathlyon Raymond, also caused a stir, realising 3300 guineas for vendor Gordon Buchanan, travelling from Lisbellaw. There was great power in this mighty black & white bull, who has already proved himself with quality calves on the ground. Greystone Jackpot was behind this well muscled bull and he was out of an imported dam.
It was back to the Chatham Herd for the final
member of their team, this time sired by another household name Railway
View Hector. Chatham Sandy changed hands at 3050 guineas, with
the trio of bulls levelling at a terrific £3623 each.
Brian Brodison secured 3050 guineas for his smart all white bull Drumey Rex ET. This willing seller, travelling from Dungannon, had two full brothers in the sale, with the other entry fetching 2250 guineas. These were sired by Bison de Somme and out of Springhill Minky, bred by Martin Bros, Newtownards.
Adrian Richardson cashed in a son of Totem de Chocquenee, Hillview Sean, for 3000 guineas from his noted Hillview Herd based at Maguiresbridge. This weight-recorded bull had great calving figures with a value of BB2C.
The Supreme Champion was a very smart October 99 born heifer, brought out by first time exhibitor, Nathaniel Small, Randalstown. Having already proved to be a successful donor for flushing, this daughter of Seduisant De Fooz failed to meet her reserve.
RESULTS FROM THE SHOW RING
Leading Sale Prices Bulls
15 bulls averaged £2804
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