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PAST DAYS: Hereford Cattle in Focus at Spring Balmaral Sale

Two-year-old Patrick Leach from Dromore at the Massey Ferguson 35 at the Glenavy and District Old Car Rally in March 2007. Photo: Colm O'Reilly / Ulster Star Archive
Two-year-old Patrick Leach from Dromore at the Massey Ferguson 35 at the Glenavy and District Old Car Rally in March 2007. Photo: Colm O’Reilly / Ulster Star Archive

The lively trade in whiteheads was started by the breed champion and the reserve champion, who earned 220 guineas each.

Verne’s blood dominated the pedigrees of these two “big bulls”, which were shown by Major Madden of the Clones, Koh Monahen.

But the choice of the first prize Hereford The bull, Cranston Signal, which was exhibited by Jervis Williamson of Calciran, Danganon, Co. Tyrone, became the main prize of the sale – 230 guineas.

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Richard Bingham shows James McGeege his Anglia 105 convertible in a Glenavy and a District Vintage Car at a rally in March 2007. Photo: Colm O’Reilly Archive / Ulster Page

All in all, Farming Life noted, Herefords have received several “outstanding winners, attracted high prices to boost their popularity among farmers in Northern Ireland”.

It was the first time Major Madden had exhibited Hereford bulls at an exhibition and sale in Balmoral Spring, and he was pleased with his success.

A Farming Life correspondent at the show and sales remarked: “He tells me he has six other bulls that will go on sale in Dublin next week, and he considers two of them ‘even better’ than his Balmoral entries.”

Cyril Gardner with his Ford 4000 tractor at the Glenavy and District Old Car Rally in March 2007. Photo: Colm O’Reilly Archive / Ulster Page

Due to the fact that Hereford’s bull selection is still too small to meet demand in Northern Ireland, Major Madden’s success “may encourage more Eire breeders to come north,” Farming Life noted.

Before the Herefords entered the sales ring, the highest price – 210 guineas – was “held” by a 12-month-old Aberdeen Angus heifer, shown by J. H. and U. H. McConnell of Rutfreland, Co Down, who were known winners in the bull classes.

There was good trade for the strong bulls of Aberdeen-Angus, which sold two to 190 guineas each. The breed champion Mr. Albert Ethan was shot with 170 guineas, and Mr. J. W. Litch received 170 guineas for his reserve champion.

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Mark Ross, Assistant Secretary of the Glennys and County Committee on Vintage Cars, Walter Jess, member of the Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Vintage Cars of Glenn and County, and Alan Ross of the Ferguson T20 at the March 2007 rally. Photo: Colm O. Archives Reilly / Ulster Star

Mr. Samuel Williams, a well-known breeder of Coolcower, Co Cork, who judged Aberdeen Angus, was impressed with the “quality of the tops”. He said he has found significant improvement since he last judged a few years ago, and was “pleasantly surprised” that there was no bigger tail.

Bulls of size and material were in good demand, but “simple” Aberdeen Angus met with slow trade. Farming Life noted, “Too few good bulls and too many defective types.”

Dairy Shorthorns has released several outstanding winners with a maximum price of 200 guineas per champion. It was noted: “They did not meet the high standards of the autumn sale of 1961.”

TWO TOP Ulster BULLS FOR EXPORT

Four-year-old Thomas McCarry on a Massey Ferguson tractor at the Glenavy Vintage Club Rally in March 2007. Photo: Colm O’Reilly / Ulster Star Archive

Two Ulster bulls – Aberdeen Angus and Dairy Shorthorn – were to be exported to Argentina, according to Farming Life.

They were acquired by Mr. EM Alexander, a “famous Scottish exporter” who also looked at other animals of Northern Ireland. Mr. Alexander, who arrived from Glasgow for Balmoral sales, told Farming Life that he had purchased the Aberdeen-Angus bull from Mr. R. Sproul of Oma. The acquisition of Shorthorn was in the herd of Mr. Duncan Stewart of Templar, Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone. Mr. Alexander told Farming Life: “We are willing to pay a good price for a good bull, but we are not interested in a bad one at any price. Sending good as well as bad costs the same. ”

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