MOST bulls changed hands in the January premier show and sale of Herefords at Dungannon.
Trade topped at 3,000gns twice for bulls and the average was less than £100 down on the year.
The sale drew a good mix of dairy and suckler farmer buyers, with good quality bulls selling to every county in Northern Ireland.
The champion, Black Water Limelight, shown by Sam and Nigel Heatrick, Middletown, Co Armagh, sold for the joint top price of 3,000gns.
This June 2014 bull is by their stock bull Kye Sting 595. Messrs Heatrick also sold Black Water Lancer, by the same sire, for 2,100gns.
The reserve champion from J. and W. McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down, also sold at 3,000gns.
Solpoll 1 Lone Ranger, a superior carcase sire, is by the current UK Sire of the Year, Panmure 1 Henry, which has eye muscle and intramuscular fat scores in the top one per cent of the breed. The McMordies also sold two other Henry sons, Solpoll 1 Lively, for 2,900gns and Solpoll 1 Landini for 2,500gns.
John Conlon, Markethill, Co Armagh, sold Drumatee Frank by the home-bred Drumatee Flamenco for 2,600gns.
Norman and Christa McMordie, Saintfield, showed River-Dale 1 Maximus to first place in the youngest class and later sold this 16-month-old son of three-time Royal Ulster Show champion, Solpoll 1 Dynamite, for 2,400gns.
Bertie and Greer Watson, Crossgar, Co Down, had the only heifer forward. Barnburn 1 Lydia Lady, served recently to Pinmoor 1 Kingsley, the joint 2015 Northern Ireland Bull of the Year, sold for 1,500gns.
16 bulls (18 forward), £2,292.
Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart.