Judge: Coote Geelan | Baltymore Herefords
The final Hereford Autumn Sale took place in Kilmallock before the October Bank Holiday. A number of double entered bulls which were sold the previous week in Tullamore along with a number of private sales led to a total of 42 bulls appearing on the day out of the cataloged 68. From this 18 were sold leading to a clearance rate of 43% and a combined average price of €2,350 which was satisfactory given the tough year experienced by farms from all enterprises. Many farmers expressed their interest in buying a bull but also added that it would be next Spring before they’d be making a purchase, which will hopefully lead to a strong demand for bulls at the first of our Spring sales in 2019.
Tom Brennan, owner of the long established Balleen herd in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny retained the Champion title having previously won the accolade back in 2017 and also went on the top the sale on the day with a total of €4,000. With popular sires in his breeding lines such as Churchill Storm, Gageboro Eugenic and Mawarra Sentimental combined with exceptional length and conformation its clear why ‘Balleen Banjo’ attracted a lot of interest from spectators on the day. Tom Brennan’s Champion ‘Balleen Banjo’ – sold for €4,000
New breeder Shane O’Driscoll is on a role, securing an additional €50 on the price he made from his sale at the Premier Show the week before meaning he left with an empty trailer and €3,050 in his pocket for his very stylish bull ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ who was also crowned Reserve Champion on the day. Sired by Trillick Hotspur, O’Driscolls ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ had a formidable showing season earlier in the year winning Supreme Hereford Champion at Bandon, Male Champion at Charleville and Reserve Champion at Barryroe Show. Reserve Champion on the day ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ with owner Shane O’Driscoll who was sold for €3,050
National Hereford Calf Show
Sunday 11th November in Tullamore GVM
Starting at 10am