1. Spring show Tullamore 2017 Michael Molloy beside John Kemp (Judge) with his Champion bull Moyclare Olivier sold for €4,750.
The wintry conditions certainly didn’t help as many people who had to make the long journey woke to a blanket of snow resulting in a number of exhibitors unable to attend the event. A number of private on farm sales and those sold at the Kilkenny sale reduced the numbers present.
The cold weather conditions made it a miserable day but people weren’t long getting warmed up once the show got underway. Competition was tough with animals in each class being of very good quality. Our adjudicator for the day, John Kemp of the Auckvale Herd in the UK, received many compliments from both spectators and exhibitors on his judging decisions and deserves massive thanks.
The overall show Champion, Moyclare Olivier a son of herd sire Brocca Saviour sold for €4,750. Reserve senior champion at the calf show in November last he is bred by Michael Molloy, Belmont, Birr, Co. Offaly. The purchaser David Lovett traveled all the way from Castlemaine to secure his new sire for his dairy herd.
It was however the 1st prize-winner, Cill Cormaic Nevada who “Cilled” the competition to claim the crown for top price. The breeder, David Larkin who is also from Kilcormac, Birr, Co. Offaly beat last year’s top price when John Conlon from Co. Armagh placed a final bid of €5,200 to become the new owner.
2. David Larkin with his top priced bull and class winner Cill Cormaic Nevada which sold for €5,200 (Watch the video on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zqr3rO-1SA&feature=youtu.be)
Well known Co. Roscommon breeder Frank Harrington exhibited F.H. Unique a half-brother to F.H. William recently acquired by Dovea A.I. A son of F.H. Queen Rose and a class winner sold at €4,000 to J.J. Melody, Bunratty, Co Clare.
3. Frank Harrington’s bull F.H. Unique winner of class 5 sold for €4,000 to J.J. Melody from Ennis, Co. Clare.
Sam and Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough Co Monaghan who have made their name known within the Hereford society for breeding excellent stock had a number of bulls on display. Glaslough Rooney a son of Glaslough Navigator born August ’15 won his class and was purchased jointly by Longford breeder J.J. Farrell and Padraig McGrath, Kye, Elphin at €3,900. Mr Farrell himself later sold has entry Trillick Volvo to Denis Crowley from Tipperary. The Heatricks also exhibited Glaslough Pompeii a second prize-winner which caught the fancy of Percy Kingston, Waterford at €3,700.
4. Glaslough Rooney, bred by Sam & Nigel Heatrick in Co. Monaghan sold for € 3,900 to J.J. Farrell and Padraig McGrath.
Tony Hartnett was in the spotlight again as his bull Riverrock Gold Star which championed the calf show in November took the title of Reserve champion this time round. Riverrock Gold Star while securing a bid of €3,400 failed to reach his reserve and remained unsold.
5. Tony Hartnett with his nephew Gerry O’Riordan and Reserve Champion bull Riverrock Gold Star
6. Aidan McCabe with his bull Drumgoon Hill Kestrel, winner of class 2 sold for €2,800 to Joseph Finn from Co. Laois
Bulls sold prior to the sale included two sold at Kilkenny for Tom Brennan, Freshford Balleen Perfection at €3,400 and Balleen Diplomat at €3,400. Also sold prior to this sale was Trillick Emmet sired by Haven Kingpin by J.J. Farrell from Co. Longford at a substantial undisclosed sum to Eurogene A.I. Another top bull sold in advance was the junior national calf show junior champion Shiloh Farm Dynamite from the herd of Hugh and Sarah Murray, Moate, Co. Westmeath. It is reported he has sold to top Cavan Hereford breeder Sean McKiernan once again at an undisclosed but believed to be a substantial sum.
The overall sale average was excellent but demand for bulls in the €2,200 to €2,800 range was not as solid as in spring 2016. The society has further sales at Bandon April 5th plus Nenagh and Carrick on Shannon on April 8th.