The championship at Kilmallock was awarded to Glaslough Magnum a son of herdsire Rathregan Napoleon out of Glaslough Tara a Cloonbracken Mattie son from the herd of S & N Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan. The Champion sold at €3,000 which was €100 up on the price received by the Heatrick duo when winning the championship with a halfbrother Glaslough Lad at the same venue last year.The purchaser was Niall Power, Newcastle, Clonmel.
Well known Co Offaly breeder Michael Molloy, Glebe, Belmont, Co Offaly who exhibited Moyclare Laurence sired by his successful herd sire Brocca Saviour a Bowmont Storm A584 parted with him to purchaser Maurice Gilbourne, Kilmeedy, Co Limerick at €2,900.
Fortregalpoll 1 Eric exhibited by Gerard & Sheila Lucey,Coachford, Co Cork is a son of Dorepoll 1 93N Transatlantic out of a Yarram Star General daughter Fortregal Nancy 2nd. The purchaser at €2,500 is Pat Kiely, Glanworth, Co Cork.
John Collins also paid a similar sum ¨€2,500 for Baytown Frankie an Allowdale Meringo son bred by Tom Barry, Baytown Park, Dunboyne. He was exhibited by Norman Richardson, Co Leitrim.
Co Kilkenny breeder Tom Hennessy, Castlecomer reluctantly accepted €2,400 for his Chatsworth Hercules by Allowdale Valour a Bowmont Storm A584 son and out of Chatsworth Mary Lou to local man Thomas Blackbourne, Kilmallock.
Prices ranged from €3,000 to €1,900 with an average of €2,260. This was slightly down on last years average. However given that many of the top quality bulls were sold earlier in the year than usual and that few Hereford bulls remain unsold this autumn it is quite a satisfactory result.
With bulls to €5,200 and heifers to €4,350 there was buoyant demand for Herefords at Tullamore. The Irish Hereford Society’s Premier Autumn Show & Sale at Tullamore attracted one of the largest crowds to attend such an event in recent years. Given the emphasis on carcase size and the success of the Hereford branded beef programs the increased interest in the breed is to be expected.
The sale itself got off to an immediate start with the first bull into the ring Boveen Lewis from the herd of Joe O’Connor, Sharavogue, Birr selling at €3,500. Sired by Glaslough Esquire out of a home bred dam Boveen Stately 13th he was purchased by Jeremiah O’Reilly, Ballinadee, Bandon. It was however Co. Westmeath breeder Padraig Farrell, Fardrum, Athlone who hit the jackpot on the day taking the Bull Championship and over €10,000 for this two entries.
The Champion Cave Hill Storm a 16th month old son of the very successful Bowmont Storm A584 out of Fancroft Primrose a very consistent breeding cow was supreme champion at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore in August. This very promising young five star bull continued to impress and was purchased by the Irish Hereford Society to join its Breed Improvement program at €5,100.
Herd sibling Cave Hill Crusader by Glaslough Esquire and out of Cave Hill Princess a Bowmont Storm A584 daughter shared a birthday with the Champion. He was purchased at €5,200 by Co. Clare man John Grogan, Carhuefree, Killimer, Co. Clare who was the runner up on the Champion. Congratulations to Padraig Farrell and family in producing these two top quality bulls.
Grianan Marksman another Bowmont Storm A584 son, this time out of Grianan Orange G 467 was exhibited by T & A. Fitzgerald Mount Temple, Moate. The five star sire was purchased by Co. Donegal breeder Nelson McCrabbe, Raphoe at €3,400.
Well known Kilkenny man Tom Brennan, Freshford exhibited a Gageboro Eugenic son Balleen Eragon 779 out of Balleen Prettymaid. This very promising yearling sold to Thomas Farrell, Ballinveney, Toomevara at €3,200.
Local breeder David Larkin, Kilcormac exhibited two bulls Cill Cormaic Leighton and Cill Cormaic Lukas both by herd sire Ceadar Liam. Both bulls sold at €3,000 each to Derek Hall, Rahan, Co Offaly and to Tim Maher, Templemore, Co Tipperary.
Trade for heifers was also buoyant with just two heifers on offer unsold.
The day’s top price for a female €4,350 went to S & N Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan who also bred the sire of the top price bull Cave Hill Crusader. Glaslough Misty 2 is sired by Rathregan Napoleon out of Glaslough Flossie. The purchaser Nelson McCrabbe, Demesne, Raphoe, Co Donegal went on to purchase five heifers in total including Kilsunny Goliath daughter Caonach Smart exhibited by ninety three year old Longford man Mr Willie Jones and grandson David at €4,100. The pair produced the Champion bull at this event in October last year
T & A Fitzgerald Mount Temple were awarded the female Championship for Griananpoll 1 Orange M 670. By Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty out of Grianan Orange 409 she sold at €3,100 to Nelson McCrabbe. The Fitzgeralds also sold Corlismore Pompeii daughter Grianan Orange M 653 to John Lawlor, Moone, Co Kildare at €3,500 and Grianan Vera M 667 by Smithson Darby to Jim Convery, Newry at €2,900.
John Paul Kennedy, Derrinduff, Birr who also made a purchase at the recent Lislaughtin dispersal purchased Glaslough Madam at €3,500. Exhibited by S & N Heatrick and sired by their herd sire Rathregan Napoleon her dam is Drumakeenan Pansy 94th purchased at the Drumakeenan dispersal of R S Kenny, Brosna, Birr.
Cathal Flynn, Tullyyard, Monaghan secured €3,200 for his Rossmore Trixie Belle by herd sire Grianan King Kong ET. Out of a Bishophill General daughter she sold to Nelson McCrabbe, Raphoe.
Overall there was an excellent clearance with bulls ranging from 5,200 to 2000, to average 3030 and females from 4350 to 1800, to average 2540.
It is difficult to imagine that a lifetime’s work can be dispersed in an hour and half. Such was the demand for pedigree Hereford cows calves and heifers at the dispersal of the well-known Lislaughtin Hereford herd at Ballylongford that it was difficult to keep the lots flowing through the sale ring.
Purchasers travelled from all parts including Northern Ireland to secure a piece of the action. Just less than 90 minutes following the opening bid auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill thanked those present for their prompt bidding. He also stated that demand for Hereford sired stock at the marts for both stores and finished cattle is currently buoyant.
The first cow into the ring Lislaughtin Jessica 11th was very quickly knocked down to Co. Offaly breeder David Larkin at 2,600. She was immediately followed by her eight month old heifer calf Alma 9th which sold at 2,550 to Co. Longford Hereford breeders E. & P. Jones, Kenagh. Breeder Michael Molloy from Belmont Co. Offaly secured the cow following Jessica 5th at 2,550. It was however the following lot a cow Jessica 15th at 3,200 and her February born heifer calf Alma 10th by Grianan Gaffer at 4,000 to total €7,200 which was the high light of the day selling to a Co. Cork couple with a small but very select herd which they have carefully assembled in recent years.
Northern Ireland buyers secured the next two lots with Jessica 6th knocked down to M. & L. Moore, Co. Tyrone at 2,200 and her February bull calf at 2,100 to David Smyth, Co. Down. Well known Tipperary breeder John Paul Kennedy secured the pair Jessica 16th at 3,150 and her March born daughter Bella 2nd at 2,100 to total 5,250 for the family. New entrant Ben Murphy purchased a cow calf pair Jessica 21st and her late April bull calf at 3,600. Jessica 21st and her bull calf the April born Suarez 2nd sold to Co. Meath breeder John Canty at 3,400. In calf heifer Rebecca 28th sold at 2,800 to S. & N. Heatrick while the maiden heifers sold from 1,800 to 2,600.
The Lislaughtin herd was built up over 40 years by Harold and the late Eva Fitzell and is a tribute to their dedication to the breed over those years. Advancing years and a change of farming system has resulted in the dispersal of a very useful herd which will no doubt breed well for those fortunate enough to secure some of the bloodlines on offer.
Photos: Clara Fitzell and Anne Feeney
The Society’s autumn sales take place at Tullamore on Saturday October 18th and at Kilmallock on Friday October 24th.