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22 FARM WEEK
NEWS
NOVEMBER 09 2017
UK Sires Direct
UK Sires Direct is the new marketing arm
of UK Sire Services, the south Devon-based
company founded in 2001 and the largest
fully independent EU-licensed bull stud and
semen store in the UK.
The decision to expand was based on the
principle of adding further top-class service
to UK farmers and breeders by offering
semen from British-bred bulls and the very
best imported genetics, including very
reasonably priced sexed semen.
With semen from almost 50 breeds in their
store, UK Sires Direct pride themselves that
they can find the sires to meet the needs
of all dairy systems. Currently available to
cattle breeders in Northern Ireland is semen
from both proven and genomic Holsteins,
proven British Friesians and Fleckviehs.
Included in this selection in Stanton
Motivator, ranked at number 5 by Holstein
UK for Type Merit among all the genomic
Holsteins available. Also available are both
sexed and conventional semen from LadysManor PL Shamrock, the proven sire from
the USA with over 20,000 milking daughters
in his proof who is renowned for breeding
medium sized daughters that last.
British Friesians are represented by two
well-proven sires in Lismulligan Mufasa
and Nerewater Launcher, whilst recent
demand for the Fleckvieh breed has seen
the importation of two breed-leading sires
from Germany, Impression and Iserda.
The UK Sires Direct team consists of
Director Rob Wills, Head of Sales Megan
Povey and Simon Gee, formerly of Holstein
UK. If you would like to discuss the sires
available; please contact Megan on 01458
555551 or email her at megan.povey@
uksiresdirect.com
LEFT: Supreme
Champion
Coolnaslee Martin,
with stockman
Stuart Wilson and
owner Jonathan
Crawford, fetched
6,000gns.
RIGHT:
Hillviewfarm
Margo from Adrian
Richardson,
Maguiresbridge,
sold for 5,000gns
Record breaking Charolais
female trade at Dungannon
A
bumper show of Charolais backed by
soaring demand produced a record
breaking trade at Dungannon on
Friday, November 3, at the Northern
Ireland Charolais Club Autumn sale.
Bidding peaked at 8,000gns in both the male
and female sections and 26 bulls sold to an
average of £3,428.65. The 8,000gns secured for
the trade topping female Battleford Lola is a
Charolais sale centre record.
Leading the bids for the bulls at 8,000gns was
the May 2016-born Mountjoy Morgan, who had
been tapped out first in his class at the presale show for breeder and consigner Caldwell
McAskie, Mountjoy, County Tyrone. Morgan is
LEFT: Female Champion Battlefield Lola ET sold
for a new centre record price of 8,000gns.
sired by the Royal Welsh reserve male champion
Montgomery Ianto and is out of the homebred
dam Mountjoy Ultra who goes back to Gaer
Positive. He goes on to work in Derryhouse,
County Armagh, for Messrs McGinnity.
The supreme, male and senior champion
Coolnaslee Martin was next in the trade stakes
at 6,000gns. He was exhibited by herd manager
Stuart Wilson on behalf of his owner and new
custodian of the Coolnaslee herd Jonathan
Crawford, Maghera, County Derry, son of the
late Gilbert Crawford.
The 17-month-old Martin was snapped up by
Seamus Conroy, Tassagh, County Armagh, and
his breeding includes his sire, the 10,000gns
Carlisle intermediate champion Ratoary
Icebreaker, who is rated amongst the top five
per cent of the breed for calving ease and dam
Coolnaslee Gina who in turn is sired by the
Balmoral Show supreme champion Goldies
Carnival.
Another entry from Mr Crawford sold for
4,400gns. Coolnaslee Max, a June 2016-born son
of Ratoary Icebreaker and the Goldies Carnival
sired Coolnaslee Honor was purchased by S
Windrum, Ballygowan.
Commanding a 5,200gns bid from the Rogers
Family, Ballynahinch, was the reserve senior
male champion Sandelford Mason from
breeder and exhibitor George Henderson,
Revallagh, County Antrim. The 17-month-old
Mason is sired by the 13,000gns Stirling reserve
intermediate champion Conval Frank and out
of Sandelford Fern, a daughter of the 14,000gns
Goldies Usher.
Liam Johnston, Mountain herd from Tempo,
was behind the next transaction, when
Mountain Magnificent was purchased by
Messrs McKeagney, Maghera, for 5,000gns.
Magnificent, who was tapped out third in his
class at the pre-sale show, is a 16-month-old
son of the Ballymena Show champion Derrygiff
Jester and the Oscar sired Derrygiff Clare.
The next highest price of 4,200gns was bid
by James Watson, Portadown, for one of the
youngest lots of the sale. The 12-month-old
Brogher Major who stood second in his class
earlier in the day for consigner Trevor Phair,
Bellanaleck, County Fermanagh, comes from
show-winning breeding, being sired by the
12,000gns Carlisle reserve senior champion
Wesley Equinox and bred out of the Fintona
Show class winner Brogher Gigi, who goes back
to the 55,000gns Balmoral Show interbreed
champion Sportsmans Columbo.
Just behind at 4,100gns was the February2016-born Cunnsallagh Mick from Vincent G
Cunningham, Dromore, County Down. This
son of the 16,000gns Stirling junior champion
Clyth Diplomat and homebred Pirate sired
Cunnsallagh Hermoine attracted a bid from
Liam Mullan, Coleraine.
Staying local when snapped up by Robert
O’Neill, Dunloy, was a yellow ticket winning
entry from John Currie, Ballymena. Tullygarley
Marco, a June-2016-born by Davally Illusion and
out of the Blakestown Endorse sired Tullygarley
Harriet was sold for 3,600gns.
An 18-month-old son of the 10,000gns
Perth supreme champion Thrunton Bonjovi,
bred out of Ballymather Ivy, a Coolnaslee
Asprey daughter, was next in the trade stakes
at 3,100gns. Ballymather Matrix from Ian
Rea, Nutts Corner, was purchased by WJ
McClenaghan, Drumreagh, County Down.
The star of the female section was the twoyear-old female champion Battleford Lola
ET, who broke the sale centre record for
Charolais females when she was knocked
down at 8,000gns. This entry from Bartley
Finnegan, Moy, who is sold in-calf to Blelack
Immaculate, will be travelling across the water
with her new owner Blair Duffton from Huntly,
Aberdeenshire.
She is sired by the Black Isle Show champion
Lochend Apache and her dam Blelack Usp
is sired by the 25,000gns Perth supreme
champion and Royal Show junior male
champion Thrunton Socrates.
Attracting a bid of 5,000gns when she was
purchased by Clare Ferris, Millisle, was the
19-month-old class winner Hillviewfarm Margo
from Adrian Richardson, Maguiresbridge.
Margo who is sired by the renowned easy
calving and popular Blelack Digger is out
of Hillviewfarm Gina who goes back to the
14,000gns Royal Ulster Show junior male
champion Killadeas Jack.
The next three entries were all consigned by
Robin and Agnes Todd, Corbet, County Down.
Firstly, selling for 2,600gns was the blueticket-winning Cappagh Lydia, sold served to
Alwent Goldbar, the April-2015-born Lydia, by
the 18,000gns Thrunton Fairfax and out of the
14,000gns Goldies Usher daughter Cappagh
Esther, caught the eye of David Adams,
Portglenone.
Matching the 2,600gns price tag for the Todd
family was the 25-month-old Cappagh Lois, this
time going home to Teer, County Down, with
Phelim and Bronagh Caragher. The Blelack
Goldenboy sired Lois, whose dam Cappagh
Dawn is sired by 15,000gns Carlisle Supreme
champion Burradon Talisman, collected a
yellow ticket at the pre-sale show and is sold
served to the aforementioned Conval Frank.
Mr and Mrs Todd went on to secure 2,500gns
for another 25-month-old Goldenboy daughter,
this time out of the Burradon Talisman sired
Cappagh Divine. Cappagh Lily who is in-calf to
Davally Illusion and was purchased by Stephen
McGuinness, Greysteel.
The final lot to make 2,500gns was Drumlone
Marina, who had placed second in her class
for breeder and exhibitor Kenneth Veitch,
Lisbellaw. Micheal McVeigh, Dungannon, was
the man with his hand in the air when the
hammer went down on this January 2016-born,
Pirate sired daughter of the Irish-born Doon
Eleonora, who in turn is sired by the 18,000gns
Perth intermediate champion Fury Action.
Averages: 26 bulls £3,428.65, 14 heifers
£2902.50; Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers
Mart; Sponsor: Excel Roofing and Cladding;
Judge: Robert McWilliams, Maghera.

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