Mr. John Ludgate, Mallow, Co. Cork will be holding a full herd clearance Sale in Kanturk mart on Tuesday February 4th 2020 at 2pm.
There will be 16 lots of cows with calves at foot, heifers & bulls for sale on the day.
The Fortfarm Herd
The Fortfarm Herd was founded in the early 1960’s by the current owner. From the outset the aim was to put emphasis on quality rather than on quantity. Quality females were added to the herd usually purchased at realistic prices when the opportunity arose at Society sales. One such purchase was a young heifer from the well-established Clonwhelan herd of R & L White, Clonwhelan House, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford. Prior to purchase she had been recently mated to Ballyholey Famous. The resulting calf a heifer which was named “Fortfarm Judy”. The first of several quality offspring “Judy” went on to win at RDS and was Queen of the show circuit winning whenever and wherever exhibited. Her first bull calf was Fortfarm Judo was awarded Supreme Champion at the Society’s Premier Spring Show & Sale then (1979) held at Goff’s Sale complex in Co Kildare. The judge on that occasion was Mr Roger Snell one of the foremost Hereford cattle breeders in the UK. At the sale following “Judo” was purchased at 2,200 by the Irish Department of Agriculture and joined the stud at Dovea AI station where he went on to be a most successful sire producing several champions and many successful herd sires. Their Clonwhelan bred dam has had a strong influence on the development of the herd in the intervening years.
Bulls in more recent years are sold for the most part to repeat customers who return again and again. Heifers considered of lesser quality than desired are sold commercially or for slaughter in order to maintain and improve the overall quality of the herd. Herd sires purchased were carefully selected on bloodlines and type.
Advancing years has meant that in more recent years, cattle have not been exhibited at the summer shows and has now prompted the sale of the herd and watch a younger generation enjoy breeding and showing Hereford cattle. The cattle are offered for sale in the hope and expectation that they will prove successful for their new owners.
Sires used in Herd
Arlinstown Storm by Bowmont Storm
Dunsinane Freeman by Chuchhill Adrian
Rathregan Marcus by Moyclare Courallie
Blean Mark by Knockglass Ridge
Trillick Best by Ballyaville Nairn
Fortfarm Larry by Boyanna Private
Meiltron Leisure by Bishophill General
Boyanna Private by CH 3223 VISA
Fortfarm Famous by Grianan Trooper AI
Rinvanny Diver by Ribstone Lad 8N
T.B. Test of Herd completed 16.1.2020