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Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny Hse, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary claimed the first major championship of the Irish summer show circuit at last weekend’s Bandon Agricultural Show in West Cork with his four year old pedigree Hereford cow, ‘Kilsunny Lass Lily’ winning the Hereford championship before going on to emerge victorious in the prestigious inter-breed beef championship of the show. This competition was fiercely contested by all of the other champions in the various beef breeds (including all the continental breeds) and it was the latest major victory in a string of show ring success for ‘Kilsunny Lass Lily’ that also includes two 1st prize wins at the National Hereford Show, Tullamore.

Female and overall champion ‘Kilsunny Lass Lily’

Bandon Show Results.

Judge: John Neenan

Female and Overall Champion: Kilsunny Lass Lily– Trevor Dudley

Female and overall champion ‘Kilsunny Lass Lily’ with exhibitor Trevor Dudley and Judge John Neenan.

Male and Reserve Champion: Gurteragh Oakley– Michael O’ Keeffe

Male and Reserve Champion ‘Gurteragh Oakley’ with breeder Michael O’Keeffe and Judge John Neenan.

Registered Bull any age:

1st Michael O’Keeffe, Newmarket, Co. Cork- “Gurteragh Oakley”, s: Balleen Bonus, DOB 02/01/15

Male and Reserve Champion “Gurteragh Oakley’ with breeder Michael O’Keeffe and Judge John Neenan.

Registered Cow any age:

1st Trevor Dudley, Thurles, Co. Tipperary- “Kilsunny Lass Lily“, s: Glaslough Judge, DOB 18/10/14

2nd Anthony Mccarthy, Banteer, Co. Cork- “Banteer 1 Gem“, s: Yalgoo Boulder Z250, DOB 05/10/14

3rd Shane O’Driscoll, Bandon, Co. Cork- “Skehanore Violet A812, s: Balleen Plomber, DOB 05/02/15

1st Place – Registered cow any age – ‘Kilsunny Lass Lily’ with exhibitor Trevor Dudley and Judge John Neenan.

Registered Heifer Born between 01/09/16-31/08/18

1st Michael O’Keeffe, Newmarket, Co. Cork- “Gurteragh Starlet“, s: Gurteragh Justice, DOB 03/01/18

2nd Dermot Whelton, Leap, Co. Cork- “Hazel Grove Damzel“, s: Gageboro Morgan, DOB 13/11/17

3rd Mary Pat Dineen, Bandon, Co. Cork- “Dunworley Heather”, s: Gageboro Morgan, DOB 01/11/17

1st Place- Registered Heifer born between 01/09/16-31/08/18 – ‘Gurteragh Starlet’ with breeder Michael O’Keeffe.

Male Calf born on or after 01/08/18

1st Shane O’ Driscoll, Bandon, Co. Cork- “Butlerstown Freddie”, s: Gurteragh Romeo, DOB 03/09/18

2nd Adrian Cronin, Killarney, Co. Kerry- “Racomane Edgar“, s: FH William, DOB 15/08/18

3rd Anthony Mccarthy, Banteer, Co. Cork- “Banteer 1 Snowdrop 35“, s: Corlismore 1 Lad, DOB 14/08/18

1st place Male calf born after 01/08/18 ‘Butlerstown Freddie’ with breeder Shane O’Driscoll and Judge John Neenan.

Female Calf born on or after 01/08/18

1st Trevor Dudley, Thurles, Co. Tipperary- “Kilsunny Lass Prim“, s: Glaslough Judge, DOB 03/08/18

2nd Dermot Whelton, Leap, Co. Cork- “Hazel Grove Emerald“, s: FH William, DOB 29/09/18

3rd Shane O’Driscoll, Bandon, Co. Cork- “Butlerstown Money Penny“, s: Gurteragh Romeo, DOB 01/09/18 

1st place – Female calf born on or after 01/08/2018 ‘Kilsunny Lass Prim’

Top price for Herefords at Nenagh Spring show and sale of €3700.

The Nenagh Spring show and sale was held on Saturday 18th May 2019, with top quality stock for sale. There were 38 quality bulls exhibited on the day. Some of the bulls booked in did not exhibit as they had been sold off the farm previous to the sale which is a good sign of the demand for quality Hereford bulls.

Louth breeders, father and son duo, Eamon and John McKiernan took home the top price of €3700 for the superb 14 month old bull ‘Knockmountagh Drifter’, sired by ‘Cill Cormaic Kasper’ and bred from ‘Knockmountagh Sweet Pea’.

‘Knockmountagh Drifter’ with exhibitor John McKiernan, Co. Louth €3700 .

 The average price for the sale was €2400, similar to that of the previous sale in Kilmallock in April.

Although a tough start to the day, there was continued success for long time breeder, JJ Farrell with two bulls exhibited taking home a total of €5950, achieving an impressive €3200 for ‘Trillick Jake’, sired by ‘Free Town Hotspur’ and bred out of ‘Cloughran Sally’ and €2750 for ‘Trillick Vern’, sired by ‘Clipston Squire’ and bred out of ‘Trillick Diva 2’.

‘Trillick Jake’ with Longford breeder JJ Farrell €3200.
‘Trillick Vern’ with breeder JJ Farrell €2750

Champion bull ‘Balleen Benefit’, sired by ‘Towra Brilliant’ and bred from homebred ‘Balleen Molly’ , was of fantastic quality and a half brother of the Champion bull in the Kilmallock sale in both 2018 and 2019, but unfortunately failed to reach his reserve for exhibitor Tom Brennan from Co. Kilkenny.

Champion ‘Balleen Benefit’ with Judge Tommy Creegan and breeder Tom Brennan,Co. Kilkenny.

T&J Hayes, travelling from Limerick, took home €2650 for the August born bull ‘Quinsboro Morgan 1st’, sired by ‘Gageboro Morgan’ and bred from ‘Tory Hill Lily’.

No stranger to the successes of the shows and sales, Michael O’Keeffe from Newmarket, Co. Cork achieved Reserve Champion for ‘Dominarigle 1 Patriot 740 ET’, sired by ‘Gurteragh Oakley 652’ and bred out of ‘Dominarigle 1 Sydney 611’ who secured a fine price of €2600.

‘Dominarigle 1 Patriot 740 ET’ with owner Michael O’Keeffe and judge Tommy Creegan €2600 .

Cavan breeder, Philip Lynch also secured €2600 for ‘Carrick Jordan’, sired by ‘Haven Kingpin (Hyf)’ and bred from his own bred cow ‘Carrick Tina’.

S&N Heatrick were also successful on the day as they got €2550 for ‘Glaslough Transformer’, sired by ‘Ballyaville Ger (Hyf)’ and bred from ‘Glaslough Joyce’.

Although demand was not as good as anticipated, the many bulls sold in advance of the sale are a firm indicator of current demand for quality Hereford bulls. All buyers and sellers were happy with they’re days work and are looking forward to a productive Summer.

Many thanks to the Judge Tommy Creegan from Charleville, Co. Limerick and many thanks also to all the staff of Nenagh mart who organised and facilitated the event.

Flying Trade for Hereford Bulls at GVM Kilmallock

Breeders and Buyers were both very well pleased with the day at the IHBS Annual April Show & Sale at GVM, Kilmallock.

What a day what a clearance. The day’s top price was €3,850 with an 85% Clearance and €2,485 average.

Three of the five bulls missed were the youngest at the sale and were possibly lacking the maturity required on the day.

The Champion Ballinveney Utube sired by Steil Gerard out of the homebred Ballinveney Pier a Bowmont Storm A584 daughter was exhibited by Rory Farrell & Family, Toomevara. Mr Farrell is a regular in the winners enclosure at this venue. Bidding was brisk immediately on entering the sale ring with a number of bidders competing to secure this well grown October born bull. A final bid of €3,850 secured him for his new owner.

Champion Ballinveney Utube, Exhibitors Rory Farrell & Family with judge Tom Brennan, Balleen, Freshford €3,850

The Reserve Champion Trillick Kracker a July born bull from the herd of JJ Farrell Longford who is also no stranger in the prize-winners at Kilmallock is sired by his stockbull the UK bred Clipston Squire S10. Out of Killoe Pam a Churchill Storm daughter he sold at €3,300.

Reserve Champion Trillick Kracker with Owner JJ Farrell, Longford and judge Tom Brennan, Freshford €3,300

1st prizewinner Clondrina 1220th from Clare men and father and son team Gerry & Declan Donnelly, from Lisseycasey exhibited Clondrina1220th a Gurteragh Justice son out of a homebred dam by Balleen Gilbert. This thick, long bull sold with a top bid of €3,200. The Donnelly’s also parted ownership of Clondrina 1234th a Farney John son to another Balleen Gilbert daughter Clondrina 1056th at €2,700.

Clondrina 1220th with Declan Donnelly, Lisseycasey, Co Clare €3,200

The 2nd prizewinner Dominargle 1Dynasty 741 ET a polled Hereford bull exhibited by Michael O’Keeffe, Gurteragh, Newmarket, Co Cork sold at €3,100. This useful bull was sired by the Northern Ireland bred and out of Dominargle 1 Sydney 61.

Drominargle 1 Dynasty 741 ET with exhibitor Michael O’Keeffe, Newmarket €3,100

Monaghan breeders Sam and Nigel Heatrick travelled the long journey with their Glaslough Tyson and sold at €2,700.

Some earlier sales were more mixed with many purchasers just not ready to buy. Thursday’s sale was a clear indication that the breeding season is gearing up and that the Hereford calf price advantage, extra weight at slaughter and Certified Hereford beef bonuses are factors in choosing Hereford.

Bandon Champion sells at €2,950

Herefords experienced very good demand at Bandon given expectations, were that the most severe spring for many years has dampened demand across the country. In a week that the Co-Ops, the farm organisations and the Minister for Agriculture Mr Michael Creed have agreed an emergency plan to import fodder for hard pressed producers there is obvious agreement that there is a crisis.

Whilst late growth and fodder supplies were an issue in 2013 the extended wet period since August last and early housing added to the additional burden of cold and extremely wet ground conditions and increased dairy stock levels have on this occasion multiplied the problems.

Champion Clyda Donncha with owner Ray Cronin receiving the Appelbe Trophy from Society President and judges Pat McCarthy and son Patrick

There was a larger than usual crowd in attendance though some were there to buy on the day a number were there to measure the demand. Some buyers were anxious to secure a bull but were keen to make arrangements not to take delivery for another week or two in the hopes that ground conditions will improve. Many breeders are amenable to such an arrangement having a clear understanding of their customer’s dilemma.

The Champion Clyda Donacha was bred by John Cronin, Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Mallow whose son Ray exhibited him. Sired by the Dovea AI bull Moyclare Lieutenant (YLO) the dam Clyda Summer is a daughter to another Dovea sire Kilsunny Goliath known for his thickness and easy fleshing.  At €2,950 he achieved the day’s top price.

Reserve Champion Island View Batty with owner Christy Mullins, handler John Lynch and judges Pat McCarthy ( IHBS President) and son Patrick

The Reserve Champion Island View Batty was exhibited by Christy Mullins, Droumnacoppil, Bantry. A Skehanore Woody son out of Droumdaniel Sally 8th he unfortunately remained unsold failing to reach his reserve on the day.

Others to impress included Furaleigh Rory 1077 bred and exhibited by Ted O’Sullivan, Bartlemy, Fermoy. Ted is a regular and very successful exhibitor at Bandon and saw his Border General  V85 son sell at €2,850.

Eugene Lynch and Family, Droumdaniel, Bantry secured €2,550 the eighteen month old Droumdaniel Barovsky a son of Droumdaniel Nicola 8th and by Allowdale Exceller. Gerard alaucey, Coachford another regular exhibitor at Bandon sold his Fortregal Donnacha at €2,450. Grancorepoll 1 Tim a Grousehall I Premier son exhibited by John O’Neill, Grancore North, Clonakilty was purchased at €2,400.

Overall breeders were very satisfied with the result on the day. It is clear from discussions around the ring that purchasers are very conscious of the premium of €60/€70 available for Hereford cross calves and of the substantial premium available at slaughter on finished animals for the Certified Hereford beef Schemes. Dairy farmers anticipate that Hereford bull prices will increase as the weather improves.

A large crowd watching the judging in progress at Bandon

Strong Demand for Hereford Continues in Kilmallock

Last Friday saw the IHBS host the second of it’s Autumn Show & Sale events in Kilmallock Co. Limerick. Weather conditions were in deter form again with very heavy fog affecting many exhibitors on the morning resulting in a delayed starting time, but things weren’t long getting in to full swing once the sale started. Bulls sold to a top of €4,200 and average of €2,420 with a 93% clearance, which equates to just two bulls unsold.

The top price for a bull was paid by Mr Oliver Cullinan, Tuber Co. Clare when he purchased Padraig mcGrath’s bull at €4,200. Sired by Free Town Hotspur this bull “Kye Knight 750” had great shape and length with the figures to match scoring 5 and 4 stars on the terminal and replacement indexes. Having been entered in the Premier Sale in Tullamore and failing to meet his reserve, it’s clear that Padraig made the correct decision in holding off until Kilmallock as he made approximately a €2,000 profit from the price he refused to take the previous Saturday.

Padraig McGrath with his first prize winner of the 3rd class, Kye Knight 750, which was sold for the highest price at the sale -> €4,200.

€2,850 was the next highest price at the sale, which was achieved by two Hereford members on the day. First in to the ring was Timothy Minogue with his bull Ryle Glen Deed born Jan 2016, followed shortly by Larkin’s bull Cill Cormaic Octavia, a home bred bull born April 2016 and sired by Cill Cormaic Lincoln.

20171027_142557Timothy Minogue just after making the sale of his bull Ryle Glen Deed for €2,850

The Cill Cormaic Octavia bull that sold for €2,850 with owner David Larkin and Theresa Cunningham.

Birr_7948Theresa Cunningham preparing David Larkin’s bull “Cill Cormaic Osama”. 2nd prize winner in class 2 and sold for €2,700.

Champion at the event went to Mr Tom Brennans 20 month old bull Ballen Merlin, but unfortunately failed o meet his reserve.20171027_132454Owner Tom Brennan showing his Champion Bull Ballen Merlin.

Taking home the rosette for Reserve Champion at the show was Henry Stanley’s Cullaun Popeye, sired by Kye Storm 508 and sold for €2,800. Michael O’Keffee from Newmarket Co. Cork had his Hereford Bull Calf Champion from this year’s Nenagh Show on exhibition. With a star rating 4 and 5 stars for terminal and replacement indices and sired by Trillick Best, Michael’s bull “Gurteragh Rossa 699 ET” sold for €2,800 to Donal Curtin Temple from West Limerick.

GVM Irish Hereford Society Bull Show & Sale Oct 27th 2017Ladies day in Kilmallock. Theresa Cunningham, Sinead Conry, Catherine Smyth and Susan Dudley pictured with their bulls, all of which won a rosette in their classes.

20171027_132551Ladies to the fore at GVM Kilmallock. Catherine Smyth with her bull Ardmulchan Manager sold at €2,700 and Susan Dudley with Kilsunny Nixon sold at €2,400.

Our next Hereford event is our National Calf Show which will take place Sunday November 12th at GVM Auctioneers Tullamore.