Spirited bidding throughout the sale ensured a full clearance in record time with a top price of 4,100 and an overall average just a tenner under 2,500 for the cows, heifers and stock bull on offer.
Given current interest in the Hereford breed it was no surprise that there was a packed ringside from the off at Granard mart for The Breaney Hereford Herd dispersal. The herd on offer represented a lifetimes toil and endeavour by Henry and Kathleen Tynan, Breaney, Ardagh, Co Longford. Reluctantly offered for sale due to ill health and advancing years the stock have now found new homes at various destinations from south Tipperary to Donegal.
The herd carefully developed over the years through the use of the best bulls available through AI and natural service. Stock from the herd has been successfully exhibited at Society sales and at local shows and more recently direct from the farm to repeat customers. The successful Dovea AI bull Breaney Sam is possibly the best known from the herd. On offer were good honest, solid cattle offering potential to existing and new entrants to the breed.
The evening’s top price of 4,100 was paid for a well-made young cow Breaney Kim. Five months pregnant with her second calf she is by Ballyaville Wally a Gageboro Burly son and out of Breaney Gillian a Churchill Storm daughter. The purchaser was William Kennedy, Coolatubber, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon.
Nelson McCrabbe who has in recent times been selectively putting together a nice herd Demesne, Raphoe, Co Donegal purchased an additional four females for his Ardstewart herd. These included Breaney Marisa a Gageboro Horatio daughter out of Breaney Heidi by Ballyaville Wally. The breeding goes back on the sire side to Bishophill General and Gageboro Suave two of the most successful Hereford sires to stand at Enfield AI. Mr McCrabbe took out several interested parties to secure this very promising maiden heifer at 3,700. He had earlier purchased her dam Heidi which has had three calves to date and is currently scanned seven months in calf at 2,600.Breanry Leticia an in calf heifer by Ballyaville Wally out of Churchill Storm daughter Breaney Daisy was purchased at 2,850 while the in calf Breaney Laura again by Wally out of Breaney Hilda by the homebred Breaney Don a Churchill Storm son at 2,550completed his purchases to average 2,925 for the four females.
New entrant to the breed Richard Lalor, Lisrough, Clonmel secured two females. Breaney Gillian a Churchill Storm daughter and dam of the 4,100 top priced cow Breaney Kim with her four month old heifer calf Niamh at foot by stock bull Grianan Krusader was a snip at 2,800. Mr Lalor also purchased Breaney Gina an SNS Generator 28X daughter out of Breaney Daisy scanned five months in calf at 2,550.
Other sales included Breaney Katelyn a rising four year old cow by Wally out of Breaney Dorothy to James Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co Carlow at 2,500 and Breaney Leah again a Wally daughter and seven months in calf heifer at 2,500 to James Brady, Clonleam, Delvin, Co Westmeath.
The majority of cows and heifers were running with or in calf to the well-bred, three year old stock bull Grianan Krusader a bull of tremendous length and substance by Grianan Highflyer ET a GH Neon 17N son bred by T & A Fitzgerald. With several interested parties he was purchased by Peter Lalor, Mounttelier, Bohernabreena, Co Dublin when the hammer dropped at 3050.
Following the sale Society auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill stated that given the quality of stock on offer and the number of active customers his job was made very easy. He went on to state that demand for Hereford sired stock at GVM Kilmallock where he sells each Monday has reached an all-time high drawing new customers to the venue from as far away as Wexford.
The Society will offer all stock from the Lislaughtin Herd for sale on farm for the Fitzell Family at Ballylongford, Co Kerry on Saturday August the 30th at 1.00pm