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‘Ultimate’ was selected by the MLC Young Bull Promotion Scheme in 2003 based on the fact that he not only looked the part but had the BLUP figures to back this up, this was the first time in over fifteen years a Hereford had been selected for the scheme. ‘Ultimate’ has not only left his mark in the Solpoll herd as he has been used throughout Great Britain and Ireland, the sales of the semen were no doubt aided by the dominance of ‘Ultimate’ progeny in the show ring in 2005, led by Dainty A4 who was Female of the Year.

 

 

‘Alexander’ was selected in the summer of 2005 to join the Solpoll Herd. His sire is FS 1 Versache who has sired sons to 6000gns. His Dam Panmure 1 Plum T6 was Female Champion at The Scottish National in 2004 and is an impressive cow. The deal bringing ‘Alexander’ to the Solpoll Herd saw Solpoll 1 Brigadier go in the opposite direction to join the Panmure Herd and where he went on to win the Highland Show the following year weighing 930kgs at 18 months. After a successful two years Alexander moved on to join the Moypoll herd where he will continue to work with Solpoll females. A daughter ‘Dainty D4’ sold for an NIHBA Sale record price in 2009. Sons have sold to 3200gns for ‘Editor’ helping him to secure the Sire of the Year award for 2008/09.

‘Vindicator’ was selected in the autumn of 2004 to succeed ‘Ultimate’ as our leading herd sire. The bull was selected on a visit to David Carroll’s Udel herd were he was running with his cows whilst Udel 1 Veteran, twice Irish National Champion, was shown. The strength of Vindicator’s dam was also a considerable factor and his sire Doonbiddie Hustler has been used worldwide and extensively throughout the British Isles. A leading English breeder commented on ’Vindicator’ as “the best bull I’ve seen to meet the demands of the breed today”. His calves have always shown great potential and his 2006 crop of spring born calves were one the best groups we have had. His first bull calf born was sold in January 2007 and made a N.I. Record Price which helped to secure the award of Sire of The Year 2006/07 which he won again for 2007/08. Three sons have been used in the herd with his best son ‘Dynamite’ a breed legend.   

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‘Granite’ had been spotted on his first show outing when he stood Junior & Reserve Supreme Champion at the 1991 Shropshire & West Midlands Show but he was not for sale, he was eventually purchased in 1993 after winning the UK Bull of the Year for 6000gns at the Event of the Year Sale. He left very saleable bulls and his females were tremendous cows and in the background of most of the current herd. A daughter ‘Dainty N11’ was the Reserve Female of the Year 1997 and he is a past Sire of the Year and Sire of the Progeny Pair of the Year.

‘Radar’ is an imported Canadian embryo which we owned in partnership with Christies Herefords. Sired by twice Canadian National Champion  Remitall Patriot 13P, the record selling bull at $195 000 for half interest. Patriot had the largest ribeye ever measured on a bull calf at Agribition. His dam Amber 96H, was regarded as “one of the most dynamic power cows produced at Remitall” Radar also is backed with very impressive index values placing him in the top 1% of the breed. Radar’s calves born on farm have had very moderate birth weights averaging 37kg. A daughter ‘Stardust F19’ was Junior Female Champion at the National Show 2010.

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The most influential bull used in our herd, bought for 3800gns in 1977. He was twice NI Bull of the Year and 4 times Sire of the Year. His daughters left a legacy in our herd, siring 2 Female & 2 Reserve Females of the Year, including Dainty S59, National Champion 1988. His sons sold to top price of 10,000gns in 1981 for Pioneer, who was Reserve UK Bull of the Year 1982 as well numerous other bull sale champions and top prices in Edinburgh and in NI. He was very easy calving and we are using him again in our herd again and semen is available for sale.

Charlie was purchased from the Weybrook herd on the strength of his progeny, with his first son selling for 3000gns at fourteen months at the 2009 Spring Sale in Hereford. At the Royal Show a thirteen month old daughter was Reserve Junior Female Champion. He also sired the Reserve Champion at the Hereford Spring Sale in 2011 selling for 3000gns and another for 4000gns. Charlie has been used heavily on Vindicator daughters with this combination producing ‘Handsome’ sold for 3800gns.  His Grand Sire is Kilmorlie 430H Banker who was Interbreed Champion at the Royal Highland in 1984. He has proven to be extremely easy to calf and in 2012 he was the number 1 bull in the UK for Calf Ease. 

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