Ashland Topaz Janet, took the top spot at the NI Simmental cattle breeders’ Club’s autumn show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

The sale leader was the first prize maiden heifer selling at 2800gns for Pat and Frank Kelly from Tempo, County Fermanagh.

Topaz Janet is a daughter of the 11,000gns Team Celtic, she is the first calf out of the home-bred Ashland Topaz 2nd. This fifteen-month-old heifer went home with the Barlow family’s Denizes Herd based in Lancashire.

Following close behind at 2700gns was the male champion and reserve supreme champion Longbeach Juncker TSI+77 SRI+90 bred by Sean Burns, Rathfriland which was knocked down to Messrs Dickson from Drumquin, County Tyrone. This June 2018 born bull, is sired by Curaheen Gunshot, and out of a home-bred dam by the 20,000gns Auchorachan Wizard.

The reserve female champion, Glenock Daphne 4th realised 2200gns for Stephen Millar, Newtownstewart. Born in April 2018, she is by Woodhall Ferrari and out of a home-bred dam by Lykke Sirius. This one sold for export to Scotland, having been snapped up by Albert and Rachel Ann Henry from Knockallan, Castle Douglas.

LEADING awards

Bull, born between 14/02/18 and 27/09/18 – 1, and male champion, Sean Burns' Longbeach Juncker by Curaheen Gunshot; 2, and reserve male champion, William and Keith Stubbs' Rehall Jordan, by Delfur Decider; 3, Brian, Linda and Craig Cowan's Owenskerry Josh by Drumlone Anchor.

Female, born between 5/10/17 and 23/04/18 – 1, female and supreme champion, Wesley Abraham's Magheracrigan Iris by Kilbride Farm Bantry; 2, and reserve female champion, Stephen Millar's Glenock Daphne 4th by Woodhall Ferrari; 3, Wesley Abraham's Magheracrigan Kia by Omorga Murray.

Female, born between 18/05/18 and 22/10/18 – 1, Pat and Frank Kelly's Ashland Topaz Janet by Team Celtic; 2, William and Keith Stubbs' Rehall Jennifer by Curaheen Gunshot; 3, Andrew Clarke's Breaghey Jenny by Omorga Regan.