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Drumboy Herefords take home top price in Carrick!

Well done to Shane Kilrane of Drumboy Herefords, Leitrim on topping the Hereford section of the Multi-Breed sale in Carrick on Shannon on 3rd April 2021.

Drumboy Twister, born in August 2019, was sired by Moyclare Lieutenant & is a Five Star bull for carcase conformation.

Twister sold for the top price of the day of €2400.

Many thanks to Irish Hereford Prime who sponsored €250 to the buyer of this bull.

Drumboy Twister sold for €2400

Upcoming Hereford Sales

Nenagh Spring Hereford Bull Sale will be held on Saturday 15th May at 1pm.

Bidding will be available online via martbids.ie.

Full Sale Catalogue will be available later this week at irishhereford.com & by contacting the society office.

Sale Guidelines will be available shortly at irishhereford.com

Joint top price of €3300 earned at Kilmallock Hereford bull Sale

Great trade in Kilmallock last Friday for Hereford bulls. Again home trade is remaining strong which was evident as only 23 of the 38 bulls catalogued showed up for sale with the remaining being sold off farm prior to the sale. Home sales are particularly strong this year and quite early in comparison to last year with many farmers opting to buy bulls in breeders yards. There was a 60% clearance rate at the sale with the average price sitting at a very respectable €2464 – just shy of €2500.

Top of the town was shared by two breeders;

Kye Morgan 883 was bred by Roscommon breeder; Padraig McGrath of Kye Herefords. Kye Morgan 883, born July 2019 & sired by Gageboro Morgan, is a Four Star Replacement Index bull with a Five Star figure for milk. Morgan was fertility tested and was sold to a commercial farmer from Cork for €3300.

Kye Morgan 883 sold for €3300

Joint top price of the day was also earned by new breeder; John Hartigan of Hayfield Herefords, Limerick, who had a very succesful day out for his first sale. Hayfield Maxulius George, with a tag number of 001, sold for the top price of €3300. Described as “a tremendous bull with a pedigree to match” – George is a Four Star Terminal & Four Star Replacement Index bull, sired by Trillick George.

Hayfield Maxulius George sold for €3300

It was well worth a second day out for Rathnollag Racer, bred by Sinead Conry of Rathnollag Herefords, Roscommon who sold for €3000. Born September 2019, Racer has a great pedigree being sired by F.H William & bred from a Steil Gerard Dam. This bull has both a Four Star Replacement & Four Star Terminal Index aswell as being fertiltiy tested & having served cows.

Rathnollag Racer sold for €3000

There was success for the Aliehs Hereford herd in Kerry when breeders; Timmee & Sheila O’Sullivan sold Aliehs Harry 6 for €2700. Bred from Kye Harry 697, a Free Town Hotspur son, Harry is a Four Star Replacement & Four Star Terminal Index bull with stars across the board in terms of Carcase weight & Milk.

Aliehs Harry 6 sold for €2700

Moyclare Sander, bred by Michael Molloy of Moyclare Herefords, Offaly, also sold on the day for €2500. Sander, born in June 2019 is a son of Free Town Nadal – an easy calving sire.

Moyclare Sander sold for €2500

Boveen Ted, bred by Joe O’Connor of Boveen Herefords, Offaly also for €2500. Ted, born in October 2019, is sired by Ballyvlinngold Captain – a Cill Cormaic Kasper son & is a Five Star Replacement Index & Four Star Replacement Index bull.

Boveen Ted sold for €2500

Well done to all exhibitors & buyers on the day! Thanks to Irish Hereford Prime who also sponsored €200 to the FIVE highest priced bulls on the day.

Upcoming Hereford Bull Sales;

Nenagh Spring Hereford Bull Sale will be held on Saturday 15th May at 1pm.

Bidding will be available online via martbids.ie.

Full Sale Catalogue will be available later this week at irishhereford.com & by contacting the society office.

Sale Guidelines will be available shortly at irishhereford.com

Irish Hereford prime will also Sponsor €200 to the FIVE highest priced bulls on the day!

Local breeder takes home top price of €3400 at Nenagh April Hereford Bull Sale!

The Irish Hereford Spring Sale was held in Nenagh last Saturday 10th April. Of the bulls that were sold – sold very well with good prices earned. Home sales are very strong this Spring which was evident where only 19 out of the 32 bulls catalogued showed up for sale, the remaining 13 bulls being sold from home pre-sale. The Sale average price was €2871 – a very respectable figure & a good help to breeders selling bulls at home of which sales have gotten slightly earlier this year than usual.

Top Price of the day went to Ballinalick Herefords, belonging to Willie Duff, Tpeerary. Ballinalick Murty, born in October 2019 & homebred by Balinalick Gold, was sold to a Tipperary dairy farmer for €3400! Willie Duff also had great success at the Premier Hereford sale in Tullamore two weeks ago when he sold Ballinalick Felix for €3100.

Ballinalick Murty sold for €3400

Lot 11 – Ardmulchan Riddick was sold to a repeat customer from Limerick for €3000. Riddick, who was fertility tested, was born in August 2019 & bred from Church Preen Galileo. The buyer had bought a bull from Ardmulchan Herefords, Co. Meath four years previous.

Ardmulchan Riddick sold for €3000

Portanob Herefords, Co. Meath were also on the map. Portanob Gerry, born in August 2019 was sired by Cill Cormaic Leo. Gerry was fertility tested & bred from Portanob Erica – who won the March class in the National Hereford Calf Show in 2015. Gerry was sold to a farmer in Galway for €3000.

Portanob Gerry sold for €3000

Ballyraggan Upstart 976th also moved onto new ownership to a Tipperary farmer. Bred by the Thompson family of Ballyraggan Herefords; Upstart, born in July 2019 is a Five-Star Terminal Index & sold for €2800.

Ballyraggan Upstart 976th sold for €2800

Moyclare Sergio, born July 2019 made his way from the Offaly Moyclare Hereford herd, belonging to Michael Molloy, to his new home in Roscommon. Sired by Freetown Nadal; an easy calving sire, & is a Five Star Terminal & a Four Star Replacement index bull. Sergio’s Dam was bred from a Ballinalick bull, Ballinalick Ledger. Moyclare Sergio was sold for €2700.

Moyclare Sergio sold for €2700

Nigel Heatrick of Glaslough Herefords, also travelled home to Monaghan with an empty trailer after selling their two entries, the two youngest bulls in the sale.

Glaslough Vinson – the youngest bull at the sale, born in November 2019, was sired by Clooncullane Major 343, a Trillick Hotspur son & sold to local Tipperary dairy farmer for €2700.

Glaslough Vinson sold for €2700

Glaslough Val, born November 2019 & sired by Ballyaville Ger, was sold to Co. Clare for €2500. Nigel also sold the second higest priced bull at the Premier Hereford sale two weeks ago in Tullamore; Airhill Raffael sold for €4000.

Well done to all exhibitors & buyers on the day! Thanks to Irish Hereford Prime who also sponsored €200 to the FIVE highest priced bulls on the day.

Upcoming Hereford Bull Sales;

Bandon this Thursday 15th April at 12pm – Bidding via marteye.ie

GVM Kilmallock on Friday 16th April at 1pm! Bidding via LSL Auctions – presale viewing available by contacting Kilmallock direct on 063 98555. Catalogue available HERE!

Irish Hereford prime will also Sponsor €200 to the FIVE highest priced bulls at each of the above sales!

Bank Holiday boosts pre-sale viewing as demand holds strong for Hereford sired calves!

With a quieter than usual bank holiday last week due to restrictions, there seemed to be more people attending marts to preview calves which drew more attention and customer demand to sales.

Carnew Mart

Speaking to Agriland about Saturday’s calf sale at Carnew Mart – manager David Quinn stated that some of the prices paid for calves were €10/head better than the prices secured the previous week.

“Hereford heifers were selling from €120/head up to €260/head, while the bulls sold from €300/head back to €150/head”.

Waterford Ross Mart

There were roughly 790 calves on sale on Saturday, with manager Richard Kirwan reporting positive levels of custom for calves.

“Hereford bulls sold at €120-370/head – with heifers selling from €100/head up to €340/head”.

Kilmallock Mart

Speaking to Agriland after this week’s sale, Denis Kirby from Kilmallock Mart stated:

“Between farmers and exporters, they were leaving general prices for Hereford calves to sell from €200/head up to a top of €375/head”.

***Report above accredited to Michael Carey, Agriland – Calf Trade Report dated 07/04/2021***

Bandon Mart

1400 calves presented for sale in Bandon this week with trade being described as solid.

Throughout March – January & February born, beef cross calves were much sought after for calf rearing systems which created healthy competition.

Despite the increase in numbers of Hereford calves presenting at marts, demand still remained strong this week in Bandon with Hereford calves selling for between €160 – € 280 with a smaller selection then has been in recent weeks, earning above € 280. Again four to six week old calves were favoured.

*** Above report from Bandon & Photo accredited to Irish Farmers Journal, ‘Camera at the mart’, dated 06/04/2021***

Increased number of Hereford sired calves presented for sale this week with tops earning €360/head.

Ennis Mart – 30th March

In Ennis mart this week, there was a great trade as “Hereford bulls sold from €220/head up to €355/head. The heifers generally sold from €195/head up to €275/head. There was one Hereford heifer that sold for €395/head.

Kilkenny Mart – 30th March

Kilkenny Mart also saw a good trade this week, reporting a 99% clearance rate on Tuesday with many strong prices again. Hereford bulls peaked at €340/head and heifers sold for up to €330/head.

Some mart managers were noting that the lighter type Hereford calves have received a slight setback in price but strong prices are still being paid for stronger and quality calves with traditional breeding.

*** Agriland reports above credited to Michael Carey, Calf Trade Reports dated 31/03/21***

Bandon Mart – 29th March

There were 1350 Calves sold through Bandon mart this week with a steady rise in Hereford cross calves presented for sale.

The increased number of Hereford sired calves presented resulted in a slight reduction in price, which was to be expected. The going rate for three to five week old Hereford cross calves, both bulls & heifers, was between €170 to €240 with many of the top end of the calves making €360 also.

*** Above report & images credited to Irish Farmers Journal – In Pictures’ dated 29/03/21***