Hereford demand surpasses supply in Bandon

***Please note there was an error in the below report – Springvilla Brody by the Roycroft family sold for joint top price of €3550***

Herefords were in hot demand yesterday at the annual Show & Sale in Bandon mart with more customers then there were bulls for.

The sale was a great success with 100% clearance rate and an average price of €3000. Half of the bulls sold for €3000 during the sale and many customers left the sale without being able to purchase a bull.

The top price of the sale was earned by Hazel Grove Gladiator who sold for €3550 who was also crownd Reserve Champion by show judge; Mr. Adrian Bateman, IHBS President. This September 2020 born bull was bred by Dermot Whelton of Hazel Grove Herefords, Skibberean. Gladiator, sired by Pulham Powerhouse and bred from a Trillick Best dam, has five stars for carcase weight and milk.

Reserve Champion: Hazel Grove Gladiator sold for €3550, with breeder Dermot Whelton and IHBS Preisdent, Adrian Bateman.

Mr. Bateman tapped lot 14 – Skehanore Gleeful forward as Bandon Sale Champion who was bred by Tom and Paddy Hickey, Ballydehob, Cork. This July 2020 born bull is sired by Freetown Peerless, who was crowned National Hereford Champion 2021 and also sired Skehanore Fruitful who is currently standing in Dovea AI. Bred from an Allowdale Exceller cow – Gleeful has a five star terminal index rating and was sold for the next highest price of €3450 to a fellow breeder from Meath.

Champion: Skehanore Gleeful sold for €3450, with breeder Paddy Hickey and IHBS President Adrian Bateman presenting the Frank Appelbe memorial cup.

There was further success for the Skehanore herd when their second lot of the day also sold for €3450. Skehanore Genuine is sired by Freetown Peerless also and bred from a Balleen Plomber dam. This June 2020 bull has a four star replacement index rate.

Skehanore Genuine sold for €3450, with breeder Paddy Hickey

The first lot in the sale to sell was the second lot in the ring, bred by Declan Murphy, Ballinhassig, Cork. Arlinstown George 24th received the joint third top price on the day when he was purchased by a Cork farmer for €3350. This March 2020 bull was sired by Trillick George and bred from a Drumberagh Kasper dam. George has fours stars for both the replacement and terminal index.

Arlinstown George 24th sold for €3350.

There was also success for the Springvilla Hereford herd by the Roycroft family, Dunmanway, Cork. Springvilla Brody, sired by Drumboy Jamie and bred from an Ocean Storm dam was also purchased by a fellow Cork farmer for the joint third top price of €3550.

Springvilla Brody sold for €3350, with breeder Robert Roycroft

The final lot of the day was Clydapoll 1 Diego, bred by John Cronin, Mallow, Cork. This polled bull was sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star and bred from a Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy dam. The December 2020 born bull has five stars for terminal index and four stars for both the replacement index and milk. Diego was sold on the day for €3250.

Clydapoll 1 Diego sold for €3250, with breeder Ray Cronin and Martin Murphy

Congratulations to all exhibitors on a very successful sale day and the very best of luck to all the purchasers.

Ennis Multi-breed Bull Sale

There was also great success for Herefords in Ennis this week when Herefords proved to be “were the highlight of the day”! Hereford bulls on the day sold for upto €3300 with over half of the bulls on the day selling for over €3000!

Upcoming Hereford Sales

Fear not if you missed your opportunity to purchase a Hereford bull yesterday in Bandon – our next Spring Hereford Show & Sale is this Saturday April 16th in GVM Kilmallock!

There are 55 bulls catalogued for sale with the show starting at 11am followed by the sale at 1pm. The sale is also available on LSL auctions.

Kilmallock catalogue available- CLICK HERE!

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