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Male Champion tops the Premier Autumn Hereford Sale 2021 at €5300!

The Premier Autumn Hereford Show & Sale was held last Saturday 16th October in GVM Tullamore. The show was a nice addition after a long 18 months with no shows being permitted and a chance to allow breeders to get back to showcase their breeding ahead of the sale. Taking on the task of judging the first Hereford show connected to a sale since 2019 was Mr. Michael Molloy of Moyclare Herefords, Offaly. The sale was a flyer with the average sale price resting at €3000 for the bulls and 22 out of the 30 head exhibited moving onto greener pastures. Many thanks are extended to Irish Hereford Prime who supported the sale as usual by awarding €250 to the buyers of each bull sold for €3000 & over.

Top of the sale was the earlier crowned Male Champion; Corlismore Caesar 092, bred by Sean & Gary McKiernan of Corlismore Herefords, Cavan. This Five Star Terminal bull also has five stars for carcase weight and carcase conformation. He was sired by Allowdale Rory 594 & bred from a Cill Cormaic Leo dam. Caesar sold to a fellow breeder in Donegal for €5300.

Corlismore Caesar 092 topped the sale at €5300 (with breeders Gary & Evelyn McKiernan)

With a very close second top price was Beaghmore Hans who sold to a Wexford breeder for €5000. Hans was bred by Ms. Leila McCabe of Beaghmore Herefords. He has a Five Star replacement index rating, five stars for milk and four stars for calving interval. Hans was sired by Gageboro Morgan and bred from a Bowmont Storm Dam.

Beaghmore Hans sold for €5000 (with exhibitor John Morrow & breeder Ms. Leila McCabe)

There was great success for Hugh P. Murray of Newland Herefords, Westmeath with Newland Denzel on his second day out this year. The August 2020 born bull was crowned Hereford bull of the year last month at the National Hereford Show 2021. After wowing the judge last month, he went onto win Reserve Male Champion ahead of the sale. Denzel is a Four Star Terminal bull with five stars for carcase conformation. He is sired by Smithston Darby and bred from Newland Val, a Bowmont Storm dam, who won her class in Nenagh as a calf & won in Tullamore the following year as a yearling. Denzel was purchased by a new breeder form Clare for €4000.

Junior Hereford Male Champion 2021; Newland Denzel sold for €4000 (with breeder Hugh P. Murray)

Bowmont Herefords also influenced the next top price which was lot 30 – Grianan Vancouver. Bred by Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald of Grianan Herefords, Westmeath – Vancouver was sired by Grianan Parker and bred from a Bowmont Vancouver dam. This four star replacement bull also has four stars for milk & an easy calving figure. He sold to a Kilkenny farmer for €3900.

Grianan Vancouver was purchased by a Kilkenny farmer for €3900 (with breeder Anselm Fitzgerald)

Niall Daly & John Holloway of Gageboro Herefords, Westmeath kicked off the sale in good fashion with their February 2020 born bull. Uitlander was the first bull into the sales ring and started the sale off with a bang. Sired by a Gageboro Morgan son & bred from a Balleen bonus dam, this four star replacement bull was purchased by a Hereford breeder from Northern Ireland for €3800.

Gageboro Uitlander moved across the border after selling for €3800 (with breeder Niall Daly)

There was great success for John Appelbe of Appel Herefords, Cork. Appel 1 Skywalker, sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star, who is a short gestation & easy calving sire and bred from a Solpoll 1 Lawman dam. This bull has stars across the board rating at Five Star for both Replacement and Terminal index and also has a very good temperament. Skywalker was purchased by a Galway farmer for €3800.

Appel 1 Skywalker sold for €3800 (with breeders Beatrice & Eric Appelbe)

There was success once again for the National Hereford Male Reserve Champion 2021; Rockbrook 1 Dover, who after winning the prestigious title last month in Tullamore, was sold through the ring for €3700 to a breeder from Kerry. Dover has a five star index for both the replacement and the terminal index along with five stars for carcase conformation and a tremendous temperament. Dover was sold by new member; Alan Gibbons of Carrowboy Herefords, Roscommon.

National Hereford Male Reserve Champion 2021; Rockbrook 1 Dover sold for €3700.

Another bull that sold to a Galway farmer was lot 17 – Rathnollag Prince, bred by Sinead Conry of Rathnollag Herefords, Roscommon. Prince is a full Border bred bull with four stars for terminal index and carcase conformation and already has heifers scanned in calf. Prince fetched €3600 on sale day.

Rathnollag Prince was purchased by a Galway farmer for €3600 (with breeder Sinead Conry)

The next lot into the sales ring – lot 18, was Mullaghdoo Frank, bred by Basil Arnold of Mullaghdoo Herefords, Cavan. This April born bull was sired by Gageboro Morgan and has three stars for both replacement and terminal index as well as four stars for milk. Frank was purchased by a breeder from Meath for €3600.

Knockmountagh Tyson, bred by Eamon & John McKiernan of Knockmountagh Herefords, Louth, was purchased by a Monaghan buyer for €3000. Sired by Allowdale Rambo 738 and bred from a Cill Cormaic Kasper daughter; Tyson is a very stylish U-shaped bull. His grandmother Cindy was All-Ireland Female Champion in Tullamore in 2014 at nine months of age. Tyson is a four-star replacement bull with five stars for milk.

Knockmountagh Tyson sold for €3000 (with breeder John McKiernan & buyers Thomas & Callum Donaldson)

Clouncagh Drover also sold for €3000 to a breeder from Laois. Bred by John O’Connor of Clouncagh Herefords, Limerick – Drover is a stylish young bull with a full English Pedigree; bred from Free Town Dancer & sired by Dieulacresse Royalist who is a son of Knockmountagh Marshal. Drover has a four-star Terminal index with five stars for carcase weights.


There was great demand for the Hereford heifers that were up for auction on the day also.

Top priced heifer went for the final lot of the day & the Reserve Female Champion; Appel 1 Skygazer, bred by John Appelbe of Appel Herefords, Cork. Skygazer is bred from an excellent cow & a Solpoll 1 Lawman daughter who was National Hereford Champion 2018 and the new stock bull for the Haven Hereford herd in the UK.

Top priced heifer; Appel 1 Skygazer sold for €3500 (with judge; Michael Molloy & breeder John Appelbe)

Appel Herefords had a very successful sale all round when they sold their third lot of the day and second heifer; Appel 1 Starlight sold for €2900 to a breeder north of the border. Starlight is also a daughter of Fabb 1 Northern star & bred from a Solpoll 1 Lawman dam. With a five star replacement rate across the board – starlight is bred from one of the best Appel cow families whose mother is the full brother to the current stock bull in Pulham Herefords and a full sister to class winner in Tullamore 2019.

Appel 1 Starlight sold for €3900 (with breeder John Appelbe)

Pike 1 Cindy was also a top attraction as she sold for €3000 to a local Westmeath herd. Bred by John Farrell of Boyanna & Pike Herefords, Westmeath, Cindy was sired by Kilsunny Goliath and bred from a Glaslough Esquire daughter. Cindy has a four-star rating for carcase weight, conformation and milk.

Pike 1 Candy was purchased by a Westmeath breeder for €3000 (with breeder John Farrell)

The Premier sale was also the second successful day out for Laphoil Joy, who previously won the yearling heifer class in the National Hereford Show last month. Bred by John Boyd Jnr of Laphoil Herefords, Leitrim – Joy is sired by Kilsunny Goliath and bred from a Kye Rodge daughter. Joy was crowned Female Champion of the day before being purchased by a breeder from the North of Ireland for €2800.

Female Champion; Laphoil Joy was sold for €2800 (with judge Michael Molloy & the Boyd family)

Congratulations to all buyers and sellers on a very successful sale. Many thanks to the steward; Ms. Lesley Sandes, the judge; Mr. Michael Molloy, the auctioneer; Mr. Richie Ryan, the photographer; Ms. Shanon Kinahan, the staff of GVM Tullamore and Irish Hereford Prime.

Irish Hereford Prime continue to support Irish Hereford Society Sales

It is Autumn Hereford sale season once again with two upcoming Hereford sales. The Society are delighted to announce that Irish Hereford Prime will kindly sponsor both sales once again.

Autumn sales & Sponsorship:

Premier Autumn Show & Sale Tullamore: Saturday October 16th – 35 bulls & 24 heifers:

€250 will be awarded to the buyer of each bull sold for €3,000 or above

Kilmallock: Friday October 22nd  – 36 bulls –

€200 will be awarded to the buyer of each bull sold for €2,800 or above


The Society are also delighted that they will also be able to host a show before both sales as was the tradition pre-covid-19. The show will begin at 11am sharp in the showring and animals will be grouped in classes by age.


The sale will start at 1pm and will be online also at LSL Auctions. Potential online buyers must register with GVM Tullamore in advance of the sale and can do so by contacting 057 9321156. Masks must be worn in the mart at all times and social distancing must be maintained.


Catalogues are available for both sales;

Premier Autumn Hereford Tullamore Sale Catalogue 2021 – CLICK HERE

Kilmallock Autumn Hereford Sale Catalogue 2021 – CLICK HERE

The Society would like to wish all buyers & purchasers the very best of luck at each sale.

14th Annual Commercial Hereford Show & Sale!

The 14th annual Commercial Hereford Show & Sale will be held on Saturday 9th October at 12pm in Newport Livestock Mart.

The show & sale will consist of Hereford Cross store steers, store heifers, weanlings and cows with calves at foot.

This is an excellent opportunity for farmers to purchase top quality Hereford cross stock with a wide variety of stock being auctioned on the day.

For more information please contact Newport Mart or check out their Facebook page.

€6,000 tops the second Elite Genetics Production Sale.

The second Elite Genetics Production Sale took place last Saturday 4th September at 3pm in GVM Tullamore. This sale was a prime opportunity for existing and new breeders alike to acquire new blood lines into their herd. The sale included 33 heifers and two lots of embryos being auctioned from; Balleen Herefords – Kilkenny, Corlismore Herefords – Cavan & Trillick Herefords – Longford.

There was a strong interest in the lots from buyers both sides of the border with a good in person & online presence. Of the 33 lots, 28 were sold on the day including the embryos. The average price for the 26 heifers sold was €2850/head.

The top of the town was Lot 7: Balleen Pansy 51222, bred by Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords, Kilkenny. This March 2020 born heifer was sired by Highhedges Ripsnorter and bred from a Gageboro Eugenic dam. Described by Tom as their ‘star lot’ – Pansy did not disappoint when she was sold to a Louth breeder for €6,000.

Balleen Pansy 51222

Tom also sold the second top priced heifer of the day with a Gageboro Eugenic granddaughter & Cill Cormaic Leo daughter; Balleen Ceci 1204. This February 2020 born heifer sold to a fellow Limerick breeder for €4500.

Balleen Yoko 1189 is a Highhedges Ripsnorter daughter, from the Balleen Yoko line which is the oldest line in the herd and possibly dates back to 1932. This October 2019 born heifer has a four star replacement value and 5 stars for milk and was sold for €3900.

Balleen Yoko 1189

There was great success for the McKiernan family of Corlismore Herefords when only their second lot into the ring sold for €4000. Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 078 is an outstanding Panmure 1 Henry daughter with a four star replacement index. This January 2020 born heifer is a grand-daughter of the famous Udel 1 Sydney Gem, who produced three National show champions to date.

Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 078

There was a fancy for Corlismore heifers from one particular Dublin breeder who before purchasing Corlsimorepoll 1 Sydney 078, also purchased the first heifer from the McKiernans on sale; Corlismore Honesty 072 for €3300. This outstanding heifer was bred by the 2018 National Hereford champion; Dynamite. She was served in June and has held in calf to Allowdale Rory 594.

Corlismore Honesty 072

Another Dynamite heifer that sold very well for Corlismore was lot 26: Corlismore Oyster 097. This June 2020 born heifer has massive potential for a show heifer which didn’t go unnoticed by a Wexford breeder who purchased the heifer for €2800.

Corlismore Oyster 097

JJ & Ciaran Farrell of Trillick Herefords also had a very successful sale of heifers on the day with in particular their first lots into the ring. Lot 6: Trillick Pet sold for €3200. Pet is a super heifer full of quality and scanned in calf to Trillick new herd sire; Corlismore Commander.

Lot 9: Trillick Cleo was a November 2019 born heifer, sired by Freetown Nevada. Cleo is a heifer with great style, bred from a dam who is a consistent breeder in the Trillick herd. Cleo was also scanned incalf to Corlismore Commander and was sold to North of the border to a Tyrone herd for €3200 also.

Trillick’s first lot into the ring was Trillick Gemma as lot 3. Sired by Glaslough Rooney – Gemma is a heifer with great pedigree on both sides. This April born heifer is scanned in calf to Pulham Ranger and due to calf on 1st December. Gemma was sold to a Cavan herd for €3000.

The sale was a huge success all round and a credit to the three breeders involved. The society would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Brennans, McKiernans & Farrells on the running of such a successful sale for the second time running. Many thanks also and well done to all involved in the sale including GVM Tullamore, Tom Cox as auctioneer and all the volunteers on the day.

Gurteragh horned & Dominarigle polled production Sale 2021

Michael O’Keeffe held a very successful production sale of Hereford females and embryos in Kanturk mart on Saturday 5th June 2021. Michael presented 40+ Pedigree females and embryos for sale on the day from his Gurteragh horned herd and Dominarigle polled herd, including 17 Autumn calving cows, 9 in-calf heifers, 10 maiden heifers and 5 weanling heifer.

The sale was a great success with the top price of the day flying in at €4300 for a three-year-old Gurteragh Oakley 652 daughter; Dominarigle 1 Laila 779 ET. This smashing cow was bred from one of the best cows in the herd; Dominarigle 1 Sydney 611 which was a Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney daughter. This Four Star Replacement Index cow is also in calf to Gurteragh Rambo and due in October.

Maiden heifer; Dominarigle 1 Rosalyn 881 ET was sold for the second top price of the day at €3300. Born in December 2019, this Four Star replacement heifer is a half sister to Dominarigle 1 Laila 779 ET who sold for €4300 and sired by Gurteragh Justice ET.

It was a horned heifer who topped the price for In-calf heifers when Gurteragh Marigold 816 was sold to Clare for €2800. This stylish heifer was sired by Gurteragh Rambo 700 ET and bred from an F.H Noel Dam. Marigold has a Four Star Replacement rate as well as being in calf to Balleen Bonus and due this month.

Gurteragh Alexandra 693 ET was purchased by a Tipperary farmer for €2700. This five-year-old cow is a Moyclare Lieutenant daughter, due to calve in August and carrying to Gurteragh Oakley. This cow’s dam; Gurteragh Fantasy is also the dam of Gurteragh Aristocrat, who sold for €3700 at the Premier Spring Hereford Sale in Tullamore in March 2019 to a breeder in Northern Ireland.

Dominarigle 1 Trinity 702, in calf to Gurteragh Rambo and due in August, was sold on the day for €2550. Sired by Balleen Bonus, this super cow is a daughter of one of the best cows in the herd; Dominarigle 1 Sydney and her grand dam; Corlismore 1 Sydney was the top priced cow at the Gurteragh & Dominarigle Herd Sale back in 2015.

Top price on the day for weanling heifers was €2050 for a polled heifer; Dominarigle 1 Lyra 925. Lyra was purchased by a Hereford breeder from Cork. Lyra is a daughter of Dominarigle 1 Trinity 702, who sold for €2550 and sired by Gurteragh Rambo 700 Et. With a Five Star Replacement Rate, Lyra was bred from a Dominarigle 1 Sydney dam.

The Society would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Michael on the running of a very successful sale and wish him all the best going forward. Well done and the very best of luck also to all purchasers.