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Herefords surge ahead at Kilmallock 25th April 14

There was a large turnout at the Irish Hereford Society’s Kilmallock sale on Friday last. As at Nenagh a week earlier demand was brisk with many of the bulls forward selling to Co Limerick and some also to neighbouring counties of Cork and Tipperary. There was a varied price range Prices ranged from 2,000 to 3,400 with the average down on the previous week by 50 Euro. Some of those in attendance felt that quality was marginally down on the previous sale and in addition bulls forward were somewhat younger. The general feeling among purchasers is that the current demand will continue this spring and breeders are not anticipating a slowdown of sales anytime soon!

Judge for the event was Mr. Martin Murphy of Toureenbrien, Newport, Co. Tipperary had quite the task of deciding the Champion and Reserve on the day. After a lot of consideration Mr. Murphy selected the Geashill, Co Offaly bred Ballyaville Gaston bred and exhibited by the Deverell Family as his Champion. The Champion shown at the event by Mr Ivor Deverell is a son to herd sire Killeaney Pompeii and its dam Ballyaville Shelley a daughter to Rathregan Admiral. The purchaser at 3,400 the day’s top price was Paddy Fitzgibbon, Caherlane, Abbeyfeale. The Deverell’s also exhibited a further 1st prizewinner in Ballyaville Ger. This is a half-brother to the champion out of a Corlismore Swampy daughter Ballyaville Bathsheba. This late October son was purchased by Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan at 2,900 as a possible herd sire prospect. Mr Deverell departed the event well satisfied with his 3,150 average on the day.

The Reserve Champion Moyclare Liberty bred and exhibited by well-known Offaly breeder by Mr. Michael Molloy of Belmont, Birr was a son of herd sire Brocca Saviour which also sired the 3,500 Moyclare Lieutenant Reserve Champion at the Society sale at Tullamore and Moyclare Lucrative 3,050 at Kilkenny. The dam Moyclare Pansy 9th is a Yarram Star General daughter and the purchaser at 3,100 is Thomas Giltinane. Patrickswel, Co Limerick.

JJ Farrell, Trillick a Temple, Co Longford a regular exhibitor at GVM Kilmallock had a rewarding day with his three entries averaging 2,900, His top price bull at 3,100 was Trillick Connor by his very successful herd sire and sire of the national Hereford champion in 2014 Steil Gerard a Churchill StormV583 son. Out of Killoe Cora by Trillick Best he sold to Co Limerick man Michael Leahy, Tournafulla. His other two entries sold at 2,800 each Trillick Chieftain also a Steil Gerard son out of Cloghran Sally to Denis Murphy, Adare and Corrarodpoll 1 Will out of Templefort 1 Judy by Corran Hill Firepower to David Kent, Mitchelstown.

Two bulls from the Allowdale herd of Liam Philpott and Anne Pounds, Knocknacolan, Kanturk sold to Co Limerick. Allowdale Storm Prince an ET son of UK import Border Queen by Bowmont Storm A584 sold at 2,850 to Jerry O’Callaghan, Caherconlish while his herd mate Allowdale Classic Gold by Australian sire Mawarra Sentimental and out of Balleen Breezer daughter Balleen Miss Tribute 3rd sold to Michael Scanlon, Ballingarry, Rathkeale at 2,700. Mr Scanlon later went on to purchase a second bull 1st prizewinner Dunlever Tanto a Knockmountagh Tarzan son of Clondrina 878th by Dunlever Umbert at 2,750 from Michael Bird, Dunlever House, Trim, Co Meath.

Aidan O’Donovan and son Eamon were very well pleased with the performance of their 2nd prizewinner, Bowmont Vancouver son Donovo King Kong. Out of Donovo Gorgeous by Glaslough Esquire this bull with plenty of shape was purchased at 2,800 by Michael Ryan, Templederry, Nenagh.

The 82% clearance is not as strong as that experienced at Nenagh but is a firm indicator of demand for Hereford in the region. Hereford prices for calves, yearlings and forward stores at GVM Kilmallock are consistently among the top prices across the country each week as more and more calf to beef and two year old finishers target the mart for supplies. The CEO at GVM Mr PJ Buckley says that throughput and prices have increased significantly this spring.

The Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd’s next sale will take place at Central Auctions, Nenagh on Saturday May 17th. Catalogues can be viewed online at www.irishhereford.com or call the Hereford Society office on 044 93 48855 to request a copy.

Irish Hereford Calf Promotion at GVM Kilmallock

Well done to all involved in the Calf Promotion in Kilmallock on Easter Monday.

The 1st prize bull calf went to Denis Guerin, Freemount, Charleville, Co. Cork, who’s bull calf later sold for €360 in the sales ring.

The 1st prize heifer calf went to Mossie Dwane, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. The heifer calf later sold for a price of €350 in the sales ring.

Congratulations to all the buyers and sellers on the day.

Irish Hereford Society Calf Show and Sale in GVM, Kilmallock las
Emma Ward with 1st prize heifer and bull calves
Emma Ward with the owner of the Champion Bull Calf in the Show and Sale held in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock on Easter Monday, Denis Guuuerin, Freemount, Charleville, Co. Cork
Emma Ward with the owner of the Champion Bull Calf in the Show and Sale held in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock on Easter Monday, Denis Guuuerin, Freemount, Charleville, Co. Cork
The Champion Heifer Calf in the Irish Hereford Society Calf Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock on Easter Monday with: Donal Mullins, Judge, Emma Ward and owner Mossie Dwane, Kilmallock
The Champion Heifer Calf in the Irish Hereford Society Calf Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock on Easter Monday with: Donal Mullins, Judge, Emma Ward and owner Mossie Dwane, Kilmallock

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Hereford Calf Promotion, Skibbereen Mart

The Hereford Calf Promotion in Skibbereen Mart had a great turn out, pictures below shows 1st prize Bull Calf and 1st prize Heifer Calf.

The Bull calf later sold by William Ford, Drimoleague, Co. Cork for €270.

The Heifer Calf sold by Eric Coombes, Skibbereen, Co. Cork later sold for €230.

Congratulations to both sellers and buyers on the day!!

Eric Coombes, Skibbereen, seller of the 1st prize heifer calf, receiving his prize from Pat McCarthy, Hereforf Council, watched by Eoin Lynch  and Paddy Hickey, West Cork Hereford Club. Cheque presented by Pat McCarthy.
Eric Coombes, Skibbereen, seller of the 1st prize heifer calf, receiving his prize from Pat McCarthy, Hereforf Council, watched by Eoin Lynch and Paddy Hickey, West Cork Hereford Club.
William Forde, Drimoleague, seller of the 1st prize bull calf, receiving his prize from Pat McCarthy, Hereforf Council, watched by Clodagh Lynch  and Paddy Hickey, West Cork Hereford Club, cheque presented by Pat McCarthy
William Forde, Drimoleague, seller of the 1st prize bull calf, receiving his prize from Pat McCarthy, Hereforf Council, watched by Clodagh Lynch and Paddy Hickey, West Cork Hereford Club.

Hereford Demand Outstrips Supply at Nenagh 19th April 14

Herefords met excellent demand at the Society’s recent sale at Nenagh. Auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill often had a more difficult task than that on Saturday when 30 of the 33 bulls on offer found new homes in quick succession before a well- attended ringside.

With the change in weather and the fact that cows are finally out of the yard, on farm bull sales have experienced a major boost in demand. Such is the interest that sixteen of the bulls entered for Nenagh were already sold at home or at Kilkenny earlier in the week. A straw poll amongst purchasers  asto their interest in Hereford bulls produced the following comments “it’s the €60 to €80 extra calf price”, another “it’s the white head you know what you have” , “it’s the premium at slaughter”, “it’s the calving, her up milking and back in calf again”. Whatever the reason a number of prospective purchasers failed to buy a bull as there were insufficient available on the day but will have a further opportunity at Kilmallock on Friday next April 25th.

Philip Lynch, Finea, Mullingar travelled from Co Westmeath to exhibit his October born bull Carrick Luckey and was rewarded with the Championship and the top price of the day. An Ardlahan Ginger son out of Ballydowel Flipper sired by Glaslough Esquire he sold at €3,500 to Michael Clancy, Clonlara near Limerick.

Trillick Express 2 a son of successful herd sire Steil Gerard out of a Yarram Pompeii V055 daughter Trillick Rose was exhibited by JJ Farrell, Trillick a Temple, Longford. He was purchased by Athy man Brendan Lynch Oaklade Farm Cloney at €3,100.

James Kirwan, Frankfurt, Dunkerrin had two good strong bulls with plenty of size and power on show and was well rewarded for his stock and his efforts. Sheepwalk Tomi shown by his son Gerard sold at €3,000. This is a December born bull by Dovea AI sire Kilsunny Goliath and out of Sheepwalk Beauty a Sheepwalk Tobbie daughter and was purchased by James McInerney, Kilmaley, Ennis, Co Clare. Sheepwalk Tobi the second bull of the pair shown by James Kirwan was just a month older and similar in many ways. He is by Australian sire Banemore Pompeii T036 out of a Trillick Best daughter Sheepwalk Una 2nd. Frank Flood of Cormackstown, Co Kildare was the purchaser at €2,900.

Local man Rory Farrell from Toomevara a regular exhibitor at Nenagh received €2,950 for his Ballinveney Nero. This is a son of top maternal sire Yarram Star General W251 out of Ballinveney Trendy by BP Regulator 320C. He sold to another local Conor Slattery, Killowney, Ballymackey, Nenagh.

Thurles breeder Tom Ryan, Pallas, Upperchurch exhibited a Gouldingpoll 1 Captain son Tinraherpoll 1 Flash and parted ownership on a bid of €2,900 to Tom Minogue, Fahy, Bridgetown, O’Brien’s Bridge. This five star bull across all traits is out of Tinraherpoll 1 Sile by the Wexford bred Udel 1 Xponent.

Veteran Toomevara breeder Bobby Powell and son Robbie exhibited Blean Fabio. This young bull born February 24th is by herd sire Woodview John out of Blean Victoria and sold at a very satisfactory price of €2,850. The purchaser was Michael Slattery, Kilcolman, Newtown, Nenagh.

The two youngest bulls in the sale produced the day’s Reserve Champion and were purchased by well-known Co Meath breeder Val Ledwith, Batterstown, Dunboyne. The Reserve Champion was FH Patrick from the well-know Strokestown, Co Roscommon herd of Frank Harrington. A mid-March born son to Bowmont Storm A584 and PDHR 9322 Domino 69G daughter FH Blossom Celine he was purchased at €2,700. Not satisfied to rest there Mr. Ledwith went on to purchaseBrocca John the youngest bull exhibited just three days past his 1st birthday. He is a further son of the successful Australian sire Bowmont Storm A584 and like Mr Harrington’s bull before him he has five stars across all traits with an excellent maternal index. Exhibited by Noel Farrell, Castledaly, Moate he became the property of Mr Ledwith when the hammer dropped at €2,800.

Prices ranged from €3,500 to €2,350 with the average price paid €2,775

This was a most satisfactory outcome for Herefords at Nenagh and is a solid sign that the current trend towards Hereford is grounded in the steady meat plant demand and premium price together with the boost this gives down the line to store cattle and indeed right down to the suck calf market.

The Society’s next sale takes place at GVM Kilmallock on Friday April 25th.

Top Price Champion Carrick Luckey E3,500 exhibited by Philip Lynch
Top Price Champion Carrick Luckey E3,500 exhibited by Philip Lynch
Reserve Champion FH Patrick exhibited by Frank Harrington E2,700
Reserve Champion FH Patrick exhibited by Frank Harrington E2,700
Sheepwalk Tomi with Gerard Kirwan E3,000
Sheepwalk Tomi with Gerard Kirwan E3,000
Sheepwalk Tobi with James Kirwan E2,900
Sheepwalk Tobi with James Kirwan E2,900
Quinnsboro Lifeliner 4th with John Hayes E2,500.
Quinnsboro Lifeliner 4th with John Hayes E2,500.
The Sheepwalk pair E3,000 & E2,900 G & J Kirwan
The Sheepwalk pair E3,000 & E2,900 G & J Kirwan
Trillick Express 2 with JJ Farrell E3,100
Trillick Express 2 with JJ Farrell E3,100
Judging in progress IHBS Bull Show & Sale Nenagh April
Judging in progress IHBS Bull Show & Sale Nenagh April

Herefords sell to a top of €3,200 at Kilkenny

Following a tentative start demand and prices for Herefords surged ahead reaching a top price of €3,200, an average of €2,805, a 65% clearance and range from €2,350 to €3,200.

Judge for the event the well-known Tom Fitzgerald, Mount Temple, Moate selected as his Champion the Co Wexford bred Knockduffpoll 1 Power Ranger bred by Curtis & Jones of Bree, Enniscorthy. Exhibited in the ring by young Hereford enthusiast Niall Jones an up and coming young showman and son of the breeder he is sired by the very reliable Rathcor Ranger out of a homebred cow Knockduffpoll 1 Flower by Trillick Best. The price was a very satisfactory €3,150.

Local breeder Tom Brennan of Freshford exhibited just one bull on this occasion a son of his successful herd sire Gageboro Eugenic. Out of Balleen Miss Gladys 618 he sold at the day’s top price of €3,200.

Francis Scott, Rathdowney exhibited Knockfin Epson by Rathregan Redstar who found a new owner when the hammer dropped at €3,150. He is out of Knockfin Adelaid 614 a Moyclare Express daughter. KnockfinRover also exhibited by Mr Scott sold at €2,700. Sired by Fortregal Wright he is out of another Moyclare Express dam Knockfin Adelaid 609.

Moyclare Lucrative a 16 month old twin exhibited by Michael Molloy, Belmont Co Offaly sold at €3,050 a very satisfactory price given that his twin a bull has been selected and sold into the Gene Ireland program at €5,000. The Sire Brocca Saviour a Bowmont Storm A584 son is herd sire at Moyclare. The dam is Moyclare Dora a Yarram Pompeii V055 daughter.

Local breeder Christy Finn who provided the champion at the March sale exhibited Bawngarriff Luke a Ballydowel Glynn son out of Bawngarriff Maudie selling at €2,700.

The Reserve Champion shown by Philip and Catherine Smyth, Navan was Ardmulchan Jameson by UK import and herd sire Westwood Uplifter out of Ardmulchan Rose by Clashagad Ben. His price at €2,550 was a little disappointing but otherwise did not dampen what was an excellent result for Herefords on the day.

The Society has sales at Nenagh this Saturday 19th and at Kilmallock on Friday 25th.

Press Release to follow…