Mountwilliams Panama kicks off the season on a high in Kilkenny!

The annual March Kilkenny multi-breed sale was held on Wednesday 22nd March. The sale hosted 18 Hereford bulls on the day alongside other breeds. The show kicked off the day with the majority of bulls exhibiting in two classes ahead of the Championship. The Hereford classes were judged by Mr. Padraig Murphy. The sale was a smasher with all bulls sold to one, an average price of €3,300 & 85% of bulls sold for over €3000.

The championship was awarded to local breeder; Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords. Mr. Murphy tapped out Balleen Taxman as the show Champion. This December 2021 born bull was sired by Cill Cormaic Quade and bred from a Gageboro Eugenic dam and has an above average DBI figure of €87. Taxman went onto sell for €4,000.

Champion: Balleen Taxman with breeder Tom Brennan, Judge Padraig Murphy, exhibitor Eoin Sheehy & sponsor from Daltons Lisa Cullen

The second lot of the day from Balleen Herefords was Balleen Cone, another Cill Cormaic Quade son. Balleen Cone was bred from Balleen Prettymaid 870 – a daughter of Balleen Achiever – sold for €3500 to a dairy farmer.

Sale Topper!

The sale topper of the day was Mountwilliams Panama, bred by Aidan Farrell, Westmeath. Panama was sired by Butlerstown Duke and bred from a Churchhill Storm dam. Born in September 2021 & having four stars for the replacement index – this bull topped the sale at €4,400 when purchased by James Thompson from Ballyraggan Herefords, Carlow.

Mountwilliams Panama with breeder Aidan Farrell & purchaser James Thompson

Alongside the purchase of a bull at the sale – the sale turned out to be a super success for Ballyraggan Herefords when they sold all four lots exhibited after winning reserve Champion during the show also.

Ballyraggan Woodrow 1043rd was the first Hereford into the Show ring and what a smasher to start the sale with. This March 2021 born bull was sired by Airhill Oisin and bred from Ballinveney Pedlar dam. He was purchased for €4,000.

Ballyraggan Woodrow 1043rd with breeder James Thompson Junior.

The second Hereford into the sales ring did not disappoint either when he sold for €4,000 also. Ballyraggan Hotspur 1045th, also a March 2021 born bull was sired by Kye Hulk 706 and bred from a Ballyaville Fine Tune dam. Hotspur 1045th has five stars for both the terminal index and carcase weight and an above average DBI figure of €98.

Ballyraggan Hotspur 1045th with breeder Hazel Thompson

Ballyraggans only polled entry of the day; Ballyragganpoll 1 Warner was crowned Reserve Hereford Champion. Born in April 2021, Warner was sired by Ballyraggan Isaac 862nd, a Black Water Lad son and bred from a Grianan Firecracker granddaughter. Warner was sold for €3,200.

Reserve Champion: Ballyragganpoll 1 Warner with breeder James Thompson Junior

The final lot of the day for Ballyraggan Woodson 1053rd sold for €3,000. Woodson, having four stars for the terminal Index and five stars for carcase weight, was sired by Kye Hulk 706 and bred from a Churchill Storm granddaughter.

Ballyfrunk Herefords by Pat Murphy, Kilkenny also had a super sale when he sold all three Herefords exhibited. The top of the three lots was May 2021 born Ballyfrunk Mascot 3133 – sired by Free Town Hotspur and bred from a Bowmont Storm dam. Mascot has four stars for the replacement index, five stars for the terminal index, low calving figures and €100 DBI. Mascot was purchased for €3600.

Ballyfrunk Mascot 3133

Ballyfrunk Marksman 3137 did not disappoint either when he sold for €3,200. Marksman, another May born son of Free Town Hotspur, was bred by a Turlough Graceful daughter. He has an above average DBI figure of €90 and four stars for the replacement index.

The last lot of the day for Ballyfrunk was Ballyfrunk Galahad 3136, another May born son of Free Town Hotspur. Galahad was bred from a Moyclare Lucky dam and was sold for €2900.

The success continued when Listrolin Oscar sold for €3,100 by Pat Rohan, Kilkenny. This June 2021 born bull was sired by Conmelvin Ollie and bred from a Kilsunny Goliath dam. Oscar has a Five Star Replacement index and four stars for Carcase weight and conformation.

Luck was on John McNulty’s side from Leitrim during the sale when he re-ran Lavaghpoll 1 Dermot for a second spin through the ring and earned €3,200. This young July 2021 born bull was sired by Trillick George and bred from  a Dorepoll 1 93n Transatlantic dam.

Another bull sold for €3,200 on the day was Drumcarbin Thunder by Shane McKiernan, Cavan. This September 2021 born bull was sired by IHBS Breed Improvement Sire – Battalion Undertaker and bred from a Church Preen Galileo dam.

Joe O’Connor of Boveen Herefords, Offaly, also sold two lots for €3,000. Boveen Virgil, five-star terminal bull was sired by Ballyvlinngold Captain and bred from a Corran Hill Classic dam. Boveen Vindicator, four-star terminal bull was sired by IHBS Breed Improvement Sire; Haven Kingpin and bred from Phocle Keystone dam.

The final two lots of the day were exhibited by Christy Finn from Bawngarriff Herefords, Kilkenny. Bawngarriff Douglas Eleven, sired by Forestview Douglas and bred from a Kilsunny Goliath dam was sold for €2,700.

Bawngarriff Doughlas 12, sired by Forestview Douglas also and bred from a Cill Cormaic Omorga dam was sold for €2,600.

We wish all purchaser the very bets of luck.

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