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A successful day was had at the Hereford Spring Show & Sale in Nenagh on Saturday the 8th of April. Home sales continue to be the farmers preferred method of doing business, leading to 21 bulls arriving on the day which was about half the amount registered in the catalogue (41 bulls- 2 heifers). The glorious weather brought out a big crowd and Hugh Mulvihill did the rest as his charismatic sense of humor had buyers in good form and digging deep into their pockets resulting in a average of €3,100 being achieved on the day with a price range from €2,350-3,700 along with a 95% clearance rate.

Our judge for the day, Mr. Adrian Bateman from Co. Cork did an excellent job on grading the 4 classes, leaving our exhibitors happy with the results they achieved.

Padraig McGrath’s winner of class 4, Kye Harry 734 won champion bull on the day and sold for €3,600, and will now serve John Jones in Co. Wexford. Frank Harrington’s F.H. Star took the rosette for Reserve Champion, wih Barney O’Sullivan from Co. Wicklow becoming the new owner when he placed his last bid at €3,400. However, it was Rory Farrell from Nenagh who gained the most interest from the crowd when his bull Ballinveney Superstar reached the €3,700 mark, with Nelson McCrabbe becoming the new owner all the way from the hills in Donegal.

Padraig McGrath with his Champion bull Kye Harry 734 sold at €3,600. Judge Mr. Adrian Batman.

Reserve Champion F.H. Star by Frank Harrington sold at €3,400.

Rory Farrell and family with their top priced bull Ballinveney Superstar who sold for €3,700.

Working back from the remaining classes we had Philip Smyth and his bull Ardmulchan Lunar winning class 1 and selling for €3,650 to Patrick Lane from Co. Limerick.

Catherine Smyth showing her Class 1 winner Ardmulchan Lunar.

John Canty won the second class with his bull Portanob Brutus selling at €3,000 with Michael Mulcahy from Nenagh becoming the new owner.

John Canty with his second class winner Portabob Brutus.

Finally, the winner of the 3rd class goes to Nigel Heatrick who can’t seem to enter a competiton without winning something at the minute. His bull Glaslough Red Rum sold for €3,050 and now resides in the Garden of Ireland with James Kavanagh in Co. Wicklow.

Nigel Heatrick with Glaslough Red Rum, winner of class 3.

Huge thanks to all who participated and helped out on the day, we hope to see you all at our Kilmallock show on Friday the 21st April. Pictures of other top priced bulls on the day are attached below for you interest.

Nigel Heatrick with Glaslough Ruler who placed 3rd in Class 4 sold at €3,550 to Coolacurragh Farms in Co. Laois.

2nd place in Class 2, Kilkeary Simba by Tom Fogarty sold for €3,500 to Patrick Hayes Co. Limerick.

Kye King 733 by Padraig McGrath sold at €3,400 to Patrick McMahon from Co. Clare.

Rory Farrell’s Ballinveney Scholar made €3,400 who will now head to Glenaveigh Farm Co. Tipperary.

Declan Lavin’s Forestview Laurence placed 4th in Class 4 and sold for €3,400 to Henry Stanley Co. Tipperary. 

Noel Allen came 3rd in the 1st Class with his bull Gurtlabawnpoll 1 Jake selling at €3,000 to Thos Casey Co. Tipperary.


The Hereford breed continues to be the popular choice among buyers as evident at the Pedigree Registered Bull Show & Sale in Ballybay mart. A total of 16 bulls were registered to attend the event of which only 12 arrived as a number of private sales had been agreed upon before the show. Of these 12 exhibitors, 11 were sold resulting in a 92% clearance rate, working out at an average value of €2,572.

The number of Herefords bulls was strong in number on the day as they compiled a total of 3 classes, a class extra then any of the other breeds present. The winner of the first Hereford class was Derek Woods with his bull Makief Rodge. Nigel Heatrick took the limelight for the following 2 classes, and kept his winning streak going as he did the double, winning Champion and Reserve Champion for his bulls Glaslough Rumble who sold for €2,120 and Glaslough Rolo who sold for €2,100. Derek Woods stole Heatrick’s thunder when he entered the sale ring with his winner of the first Hereford class Makief Rodge as he took home the most important title for top price bull on the day when the hammer dropped at €3,000.

Nigel Heatrick with his Champion Bull Glaslough Rumble who sold for €2,120.

Nigel Heatrick with his Reserve Champion Bull Glaslough Rolo that sold for €2,100. 

Derek Woods with his top price bull Makief Rodge that sold for €3,000. 

A big thank you is in order to the judge Mr. Donald Beattie and the auctioneer Mr. Pat Crosbie for their hard work on the day. Last but not least, compliments to all the staff at Ballybay Livestock Sales for the organisation and running of the event, they did a fantastic job.

The society would like to wish the best of the luck to buyers of the bulls and hope that they serve them well. We hope to see you at our next show & sale in Nenagh on Saturday the 8th of April.

Another Successful Calf Promotion in Bandon

The annual Calf Promotion event, held by the West Cork Hereford Club at Bandon mart turned out to be another very successful competition. Calves of the highest quality were exhibited at the event making the whole selection process a difficult task for the judges when it came to identifying a winner. Hereford calves continue to remain superior to other breeds as the consistently obtain higher prices.

Champion Hereford Bull calf at Bandon Mart, owned by Donal Murray, Thoames, Macroom, sold for 405 euro, pictured with JJ Barrett, treas. West Cork Hereford Club and Pat McCarthy, Irish Hereford Society. Photo; George Maguire
Champion Hereford Heifer calf at Bandon Mart, owned by Dan Kelleher, Belgooly, Kinsale, sold for 295 euro, pictured with Richard Forbes, West Cork Hereford Club and Pat McCarthy, Irish Hereford Society. Photo; George Maguire


IMG_05621. Spring show Tullamore 2017 Michael Molloy beside John Kemp (Judge) with his Champion bull Moyclare Olivier sold for €4,750.

The wintry conditions certainly didn’t help as many people who had to make the long journey woke to a blanket of snow resulting in a number of exhibitors unable to attend the event.  A number of private on farm sales and those sold at the Kilkenny sale reduced the numbers present.

The cold weather conditions made it a miserable day but people weren’t long getting warmed up once the show got underway. Competition was tough with animals in each class being of very good quality. Our adjudicator for the day, John Kemp of the Auckvale Herd in the UK, received many compliments from both spectators and exhibitors on his judging decisions and deserves massive thanks.

The overall show Champion, Moyclare Olivier a son of herd sire Brocca Saviour sold for €4,750. Reserve senior champion at the calf show in November last he is bred by Michael Molloy, Belmont, Birr, Co. Offaly. The purchaser David Lovett traveled all the way from Castlemaine to secure his new sire for his dairy herd.

It was however the 1st prize-winner, Cill Cormaic Nevada who “Cilled” the competition to claim the crown for top price. The breeder, David Larkin who is also from Kilcormac, Birr, Co. Offaly beat last year’s top price when John Conlon from Co. Armagh placed a final bid of €5,200 to become the new owner.

Lot 8 - Sold €52002. David Larkin with his top priced bull and class  winner Cill Cormaic Nevada which sold for €5,200 (Watch the video on Youtube at:

Well known Co. Roscommon breeder Frank Harrington exhibited F.H. Unique a half-brother to F.H. William recently acquired by Dovea A.I. A son of F.H. Queen Rose and a class winner sold at €4,000 to J.J. Melody, Bunratty, Co Clare.

IMG_08173. Frank Harrington’s bull F.H. Unique winner of class 5 sold for €4,000 to J.J. Melody from Ennis, Co. Clare.

Sam and Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough Co Monaghan who have made their name known within the Hereford society for breeding excellent stock had a number of bulls on display. Glaslough Rooney a son of Glaslough Navigator born August ’15 won his class and was purchased jointly by Longford breeder J.J. Farrell and Padraig McGrath, Kye, Elphin at €3,900. Mr Farrell himself later sold has entry Trillick Volvo to Denis Crowley from Tipperary. The Heatricks also exhibited Glaslough Pompeii a second prize-winner which caught the fancy of Percy Kingston, Waterford at €3,700.

IMG_03234. Glaslough Rooney, bred by Sam & Nigel Heatrick in Co. Monaghan sold for € 3,900 to J.J. Farrell and Padraig McGrath.

Tony Hartnett was in the spotlight again as his bull Riverrock Gold Star which championed the calf show in November took the title of Reserve champion this time round. Riverrock Gold Star while securing a bid of €3,400 failed to reach his reserve and remained unsold.

IMG_05775. Tony Hartnett with his nephew Gerry O’Riordan and Reserve Champion bull Riverrock Gold Star

Lot 216. Aidan McCabe with his bull Drumgoon Hill Kestrel, winner of class 2 sold for €2,800 to Joseph Finn from Co. Laois

Bulls sold prior to the sale included two sold at Kilkenny for Tom Brennan, Freshford Balleen Perfection at €3,400 and Balleen Diplomat at €3,400. Also sold prior to this sale was Trillick Emmet sired by Haven Kingpin by J.J. Farrell from Co. Longford at a substantial undisclosed sum to Eurogene A.I. Another top bull sold in advance was the junior national calf show junior champion Shiloh Farm Dynamite from the herd of Hugh and Sarah Murray, Moate, Co. Westmeath. It is reported he has sold to top Cavan Hereford breeder Sean McKiernan once again at an undisclosed but believed to be a substantial sum.

The overall sale average was excellent but demand for bulls in the €2,200 to €2,800 range was not as solid as in spring 2016. The society has further sales at Bandon April 5th plus Nenagh and Carrick on Shannon on April 8th.