The second Elite Genetics Production Sale took place last Saturday 4th September at 3pm in GVM Tullamore. This sale was a prime opportunity for existing and new breeders alike to acquire new blood lines into their herd. The sale included 33 heifers and two lots of embryos being auctioned from; Balleen Herefords – Kilkenny, Corlismore Herefords – Cavan & Trillick Herefords – Longford.
There was a strong interest in the lots from buyers both sides of the border with a good in person & online presence. Of the 33 lots, 28 were sold on the day including the embryos. The average price for the 26 heifers sold was €2850/head.
The top of the town was Lot 7: Balleen Pansy 51222, bred by Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords, Kilkenny. This March 2020 born heifer was sired by Highhedges Ripsnorter and bred from a Gageboro Eugenic dam. Described by Tom as their ‘star lot’ – Pansy did not disappoint when she was sold to a Louth breeder for €6,000.
Tom also sold the second top priced heifer of the day with a Gageboro Eugenic granddaughter & Cill Cormaic Leo daughter; Balleen Ceci 1204. This February 2020 born heifer sold to a fellow Limerick breeder for €4500.
Balleen Yoko 1189 is a Highhedges Ripsnorter daughter, from the Balleen Yoko line which is the oldest line in the herd and possibly dates back to 1932. This October 2019 born heifer has a four star replacement value and 5 stars for milk and was sold for €3900.
There was great success for the McKiernan family of Corlismore Herefords when only their second lot into the ring sold for €4000. Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 078 is an outstanding Panmure 1 Henry daughter with a four star replacement index. This January 2020 born heifer is a grand-daughter of the famous Udel 1 Sydney Gem, who produced three National show champions to date.
There was a fancy for Corlismore heifers from one particular Dublin breeder who before purchasing Corlsimorepoll 1 Sydney 078, also purchased the first heifer from the McKiernans on sale; Corlismore Honesty 072 for €3300. This outstanding heifer was bred by the 2018 National Hereford champion; Dynamite. She was served in June and has held in calf to Allowdale Rory 594.
Another Dynamite heifer that sold very well for Corlismore was lot 26: Corlismore Oyster 097. This June 2020 born heifer has massive potential for a show heifer which didn’t go unnoticed by a Wexford breeder who purchased the heifer for €2800.
JJ & Ciaran Farrell of Trillick Herefords also had a very successful sale of heifers on the day with in particular their first lots into the ring. Lot 6: Trillick Pet sold for €3200. Pet is a super heifer full of quality and scanned in calf to Trillick new herd sire; Corlismore Commander.
Lot 9: Trillick Cleo was a November 2019 born heifer, sired by Freetown Nevada. Cleo is a heifer with great style, bred from a dam who is a consistent breeder in the Trillick herd. Cleo was also scanned incalf to Corlismore Commander and was sold to North of the border to a Tyrone herd for €3200 also.
Trillick’s first lot into the ring was Trillick Gemma as lot 3. Sired by Glaslough Rooney – Gemma is a heifer with great pedigree on both sides. This April born heifer is scanned in calf to Pulham Ranger and due to calf on 1st December. Gemma was sold to a Cavan herd for €3000.
The sale was a huge success all round and a credit to the three breeders involved. The society would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Brennans, McKiernans & Farrells on the running of such a successful sale for the second time running. Many thanks also and well done to all involved in the sale including GVM Tullamore, Tom Cox as auctioneer and all the volunteers on the day.