Kilkenny annual multi breed bull sale was held on 10th May 2023.
There were 25 bulls catalogued for sale but only 12 presented on the day – a sign of continued demand for Hereford bulls off farm nationwide. The sale was a flyer to finish the season in Kilkenny with the average price coming in at €3,490 and 10 out of the 12 bulls presented for sale being sold on the day.
The sale topper was lot 64 – Cave Hill George 3 by Padraig Farrell who earned €4,100. This October 2021 born bull was sired by Trillick George and bred from Cave Hill Germoine, a Kilsunny Goliath dam.
The joint second top price for the day was €3,800. Boveen Vince by Joe O’Connor, Offaly, was sired by Caislean Jake and bred from a Freetown Nadal dam. Vince has four stars for the terminal index and carcase conformation along with an easy calving figure of 1.1%. Vince sold for €3,800.
Lot 69 – Knockduffpoll 1 Ladman by Mairead Curtis & Michael Jones, Wexford, also sold for €3,800. This January 2022 born bull was sired by Duibhgiolla Lad and bred from Knockduffpoll 1 Tuilip Et, a Rathcor Ranger daughter.
The next top price of the day was awarded to lot 65 – Mountwilliams Pirate, by Aidan Farrell, Westmeath. Pirate, born October 2021, was sired by Cill Cormaic Marvel and bred from a Kilsunny Goliath dam. Pirate has four stars for the terminal index and carcase weight.
Another Caislean Jake also sold well – Moyclare Upton by Michael Molloy, Offaly, sold for €3,600. Also bred from a Free Town Nadal dam, Upton has four stars for the terminal index, five stars for carcase weight, a very easy calving figure of 1.4% and is also tested free from Hypotrichosis.
John Farrell of Boyanna and Pike Herefords, Westmeath, had a successful days trading when he sold two bulls for €3,500. The first lot was polled bull Pike 1 Eriksen, sired by Solpoll 1 Lawman and bred from Pike 1 Tess, a Glaslough Esquire dam. This June 2021 bull has five stars for both the terminal and the replacement index.
Boyanna Ashton, fully horned bull by John Farrell also sold for €3,500. This January bull was sired by Boyanna Storm 1st and bred from a Bowmont Storm dam.