The Hereford Society held its Premier Autumn Sale on Saturday 20th October in Tullamore mart. Although there was a large number of animals present at the event, it didn’t take too long to get through the pre-sale showing exhibition thanks to the expert judging of Robin Irvine from the Graceland herd. Some very strong bulls were exhibited on the day with a large crowd present from early that morning right through to the end of the sale with the heifers in particular selling very well, achieving a clearance rate of 93%.
Irvine tapped forward David Larkins bull as his Male Champion who also went on to make top price on the day. Having won 2nd prize in his class at the Nation Hereford show earlier this year ‘Cill Cormiac Perseus’ is a bull of great shape, length and strength at just 18 months old, making him a fine candidate to be named after the great Greek hero. Sired by Cill Cormaic Lincoln who is out of one Davids older stock bulls – Cedar Liam, a bull who has bred very well for the Cill Cormaic herd combined with the superb breeding lines of Cill Cormaic Jolie a Dam who has bred a number of show winners, most notably Cill Cormaic Niamh who was Tullamore female Champion back in 2016.
Three trait and fertility tested, this years premier champion attracted many admirers and quickly bid his way up over the 4,000 mark from a number of potential buyers. It was Declan Donnelly from the very successful and long established Clondrina herd that triumphed the bidding war securing his new bull with a final price of €4,850.
David Larkin with his Cill Cormaic Perseus that sold for €4,850
Larkin wasn’t finished yet as he entered the ring again with another bull who also performed well at the National Hereford show back in August winning first in his class. ‘Cill Cormaic Pius’ scored five stars for terminal combined with a very attractive calving figure of 3.3% made him an ideal addition to Tom Mahers herd at a price of €3,500.Joey Larking and Tom Maher with his new bull -sold for €3,500
Next in the ring was Michael Molloy with his smashing 18 month old bull ‘Moyclare Quality’ who took the rosette for Reserve Champion at the event. This very stylish bull with tremendous breed character shares the same dam as last years sale topper, Moyclare Phoenix who sold for €6,600. It’s clear that Moyclare Rose 29 is breeding very well for Mr. Molloy, with ‘Moyclare Quality’ selling at €3,300.Moyclare Quality sold for €3,300 with owner Michael Molloy
Having enjoyed great success at numerous shows this summer ‘Kye Gerard 793’, a very classy bull quickly hit the €3,100 mark upon entering the ring. Owned by Padraig McGrath this bull is sired by Steil Gerard who’s progeny have proven successful in both the sales and show circuit over the past few years.Padraig McGrath in the ring with Kye Gerard 793 that he sold for €3,100
John Cantys bull ‘Portanob Rob’ who was exhibited in the earlier classes was a very attractive looking animal of superb Hereford quality and a sweet head, selling for €3,000. Sharing bloodlines from a sire (Balleen Revival) and dam (Ballymartin Karen) who are both descendants of some of the oldest breeding herds in the country, ‘Rob’ would be an excellent addition to any pedigree, commercial or dairy herd. John Canty’s Portanob Rob who generated a lot of interest at the sale and also at this years National Ploughing when he was on was display on the Irish Hereford Society stand – sold for €3,000
New breeder Shane O’Driscoll exhibited a remarkable young bull that performed well at a number of shows earlier this year winning Supreme Hereford Champion at Cork Show, Reserve Male Champion at Charleville and Reserve Munster Junior Bull of the year. ‘Butlerstown Duke’ also performed well on paper scoring 4 and 5 stars respectively for Terminal and Replacment. Aidan Farrell from Moate, Co. Westmeath will now become the new owner securing Duke with a price of €3,000.Shane O’Driscoll with Butlerstown Duke which made €3,000
Cavan man Gary McKiernan from the Corlismore herd made a total of €5,800 for his two 15 month old bulls ‘Corlismore Leonardo 927’ & ‘Corlismore Masterplan 926’. The dam of ‘Leoanardo’ (Corlismore Oyster 800) enjoyed a formidable showing career having been crowned Champion at numerous summer shows back in 2016 and is recognised by the McKiernans as having the best female line at Corlismore having bred Corlismore Sydney who was triumphant at many shows earlier this year.
Similarly the dam of ‘Masterplan’ enjoyed a successful showing spell back in 2014 & 2015 winning Champion at many of the shows she attended and contains the lines of two time National Hereford Champion Grianan Firecracker.
Corlismore Leonardo 927 owned by Sean McKiernan and sold for €3,000
Gary & Evelyn McKiernan with their first prize winner Corlismore Masterplan 926 that made €2,800
A great demand for heifers was enjoyed with Nigel Heatricks Glaslough Tina securing the highest price of the day selling for €3,000. Having won her class Tina was a stunning heifer exhibiting great feminine qualities and proven bloodlines with sires such as Clondrina 1110th, Balleen Gilbert and Gageboro coded in her DNA.Nigel Heatrick with his sale topping heifer Glaslough Tina – sold for €3,000
Remaining in the ring, Heatrick put his Female Reserve Champion ‘Glaslough Saffron’ on display who was just shy of her herd mate’s price selling at €2,900 followed by “Glaslough Sara 2” who sold €2,550.Reserve Heifer Champion Glaslough Saffron that sold for €2,900 with owner Nigel Heatrick
Also hitting the €2,550 mark was father and son duo Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald with their stunning polled heifer ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange S 812’. Sired by the well established Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid this very impressive heifer scored top maternal marks with 5 stars for replacement.Anselm Fitzgerald with Griananpoll 1 Orange S 812 which made €2,550
Champion heifer was ‘Ardmulchan Clover 735’, owned by long time breeder Phil Smyth this stunning heifer is bred from his senior stock bull Church Preen Galileo who has proven to be very successful for the Ardmulchan herd based in Navan.IHBS President Martin Murphy presents the Hereford Female Champion Cup to Catherine Smyth – sold for €2,450
Overall the sale was quite respectable with some of the younger bulls selling very well combined with a huge demand for heifers. On behalf of its members the society would like to wish all the successful bidders the best of luck with their purchases. We will be running our final Hereford Autumn Sale this Friday 26th October in Kilmallock and as usual our annual Calf Show will take place in November which is dated for Sunday the 11th.