Solpoll 1 Perfection from J. and W. McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down, was the pick of both buyers and the judge at the Hereford Cattle Society show and sale at Hereford.
Having stood grand male champion in the pre-sale show, the March 2017-born Panmure 1 Henry son was knocked down at 8,000gns to S.C. and G.L. Hartwright, Abingdon. This bull has been used heavily at Solpoll and was reserve inter-breed performance recorded champion at Royal Ulster.
Havenfield 1 Rufus, an October 2017-born bull from E.L. Lewis and Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire was next at 6,400gns selling to J.R. Williams, George Nympton, Devon. By Solpoll 1 Lawman, supreme champion at Tullamore Show in 2016 and 2017, this young bull was best bull calf at the 2018 Christmas Calf Show, Shrewsbury.
Another McMordie bred bull, first prize winner, September 2017-born Solpoll 1 Rawhide, also by Panmure 1 Henry, realised 6,000gns selling to M.G.S. Gibson, Stitchcombe, Wiltshire.
Romany 1 Roxburgh BL R34 from J.R.B. Wilson and Sons, Kelso, sold to pedigree breeders, N. and G. Robinson, Bury, Lancashire for 5,200gns. This bull with full eye pigmentation is by the Hereford Cattle Society’s 2018 sire of the year, Barwise 1 Lancer.
Dendor 1 Myrtle 13 from D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones, Caersws, Powys led the heifer trade at 5,500gns, selling to Rachel Aidley, Elworth, Cheshire. By Canadian-bred Harvie Java 52J, which has twice been Danish national Hereford male champion, it sold in-calf to Dendor 1 Nairobi.
Making 5,000gns was Shraden 1 Alice R834 by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster, from M.J. and H.M. Timmis, Shrewsbury, which sold to Uel Shaw, Dungannon.
Averages: 46 bulls, £3,394; 22 show females, £3,021; 24 for sale only females, £1,330.