‘Napoleon’ Bull-a-parte as he tops the NIHBA January Sale!
Breeders braved the elements as a thick layer of snow covered Northern Ireland to take part in the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association (NIHBA) Premier Show & Sale at Dungannon Farmers Mart. Twenty nine bulls and five females went under the hammer on Friday 19th January.
Taking the Overall Supreme Championship was John Taggart's home-bred Bull Carney Hill 1 Nectar (pictured right), this April 2016 born bull certainly impressed the judge on the day. ‘Nectar’ didn't disappoint in the sale ring either making 2,600 guineas and was purchased by Dickson & Sons of Drumquin.
The Reserve Overall Championship went to Nigel Heatrick's Black Water Napoleon (pictured below left), who went on to make the top price on the day of 2700 guineas and is now proudly owned by Derek McCrea of Bready, Strabane.
Other class wins went to Trevor Andrews from Larne with Mountview 1 Finn in the September 2016 Born Bull Class. Drumnamether McCaw owned by PJ Cully took first in the March 2016 Born Class with Glen Mortons Nancy 1 Angus 2nd winning a strong May 2016 Born Class.
Winning the Female Class was Ian McFadden with his smart October Born Heifer Bellshill 1 Nancy, she later sold for the top price female at 1900 guineas and was another top acquisition for Dickson & Sons of Drumquin.
Sale average in the day was £2,570 for bulls and £1785 for females despite a lower than expected turnout of buyers due to the adverse weather.
Class 2 1st Peter Cully Drumnamether McCaw 2nd John Conlon Drumatee Freeman 3rd JE RI & W Haire Dorepoll 1 Nashville
Class 3 1st J & K Taggart Carney Hill 1 Nectar 2nd DR Wilson Lisrace Lackey Boy 10th 3rd D R Wilson Lisrace Landlord 27th
Class 4 1st G Morton Nancy 1 Angus 2nd JE RI & W Haire Dorepoll 1 Navigator 3rd S Baxter Umgola 1 Impact 8th
Class 5 1st S & N Heatrick Black Water Napoleon 2nd S & N Heatrick Black Water Nelson 3rd A & A Armour Woodvale 1 Next Step
Class 6 1st T Andrews Mountview 1 Finn 2nd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Fortune 3rd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Norman
Class 7 1st I & J McFadden Bellshill 1 Nancy 2nd G & W Burleigh Benaughlin Lily 3rd P Beatty Tirelugan
Champion J & K Taggart Carney Hill 1 Nectar
Reserve Champion S & N Heatrick Black Water Nepoleon