Newcomers to the breed Enda & Johnny Flynn, Newtownforbes, Co Longford and Christine Drumm, Crowenstown, Delvin featured in the top prizewinners and the top prices.
The Irish Hereford Society’s spring bull sales came to a close at Nenagh on Saturday last with an offering of younger bulls. The lions share of the older bulls are now sold and going about the business of putting cows in calf to produce Hereford cross stock on the ground in early 2016. Bulls met very good demand with the youngest bull in the yard selling at €3,300.
ChampionLios Breackpoll 1 Harry €3,400 with judge Henry Dudley, Society President Ivor Deverell and owners Enda and Johnny Flynn
The show Champion selected by judge Henry Dudley, Dovea was Lios Breacpoll 1 Harry the first pedigree Hereford bull calf produced by Enda and Johnny Flynn, Newtownforbes, Co Longford. The duo were very pleased with their win and delighted when the hammer dropped at €3,400. This 18 month old is sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Captain out of Lios Breac Lady Maud by Glaslough Esquire and was purchased by John Walker.
The Reserve Champion F.H. Jack, the youngest bull in the yard was bred and exhibited by veteran breeder Frank Harrington, Ballinafad House, Strokestown. A Bowmont Vancouver son he is out of F.H. Miss Silver ET a Dunrobin 603 87J daughter he sold at €3,300 to Nicholas Cronin, Berrings, Co Cork who runs a large suckler herd.
The day’s top price €3,500 went to the locally bred Ballinveney Pedlar a Yarram Star General W251 son out of a Bowmont Storm A584 daughter Ballinveney Judy. Breeder Rory Farrell and his three enthusiastic sons Daniel, Brian and Sheamus were on hand to ensure Pedlar was well groomed. The purchaser was James Thompson Rathvilly, Co Carlow who had earlier sold his Ballyraggan Matador 774th at €3,000 to John Mulvihill. Matador is a Woodview Everest son out of Ballyraggan 706th.
Crowenstown Charlie was a first prizewinner for first time Society sale exhibitor Christine Drumm, Crowenstown, Delvin, Co Westmeath. A Glaslough Esquire son he is out of Kilsunny Doreen’s Ivy a daughter to Ballyaville Caradoc. The purchaser is local man Liam Tierney,Borrisokane.
Other principal prices included €3,050 paid by Martin and William Gorman for Boveen Niall a Corran Hill Classic son from Joe O’Connor, Sharavogue, Birr and €3,000 to Philip Lynch, Finea, Mullingar for the Hollow Point Broker sired Carrick Jeff out of an Ervie Classic S30 daughter Carrick Lass. The purchaser Padraig and Fiona O’Suileabhan is from Co Kilkenny.
Carrick Jeff €3,000 with purchaser Peadair O’Suileabhain and owner Philip Lynch
Prices ranged from €3,500 TO €2,000 and averaged €2,750 with a 75% clearance.