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Mullaghdoo Hereford Herd Dispersal Sale

The Mullaghdoo Hereford herd dispersal sale was held in GVM Carrigallen on Monday 19th September at 7pm.

The herd belongs to Basil Arnold from Killeshandra, Co. Cavan – who has been a Hereford member since 2008. The herd is well known throughout with Basil attending and exhibiting at several shows over the years and Premier Society sales.

There were 41 lots of cattle for sale including; 29 lots of Hereford females, eight young Hereford bulls and one stock bull for sale.

The trade was lively given the time of year and there were plenty of customers both ringside and online. There were just a few lots left unsold, some of which were sold on farm after the sale.

The top price during the sale was for a first calver; Mullaghdoopoll 1 Bessie, bred from Panmure 1 Henry and in-calf again to Fisher 1 Profile. This 2019 cow has a full page of stars aswell as style. The cow was purchased by Hereford breeder, Gerry McNamara from Clare for €5050.

Lot 14 sold for €5050

The next top price from the sale was €4100 for a maiden heifer; Mullaghdoopoll 1 Florence. This 2021 born heifer was also sired by Panmure 1 Henry and bred from a Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty ET dam. This heifer has a five-star replacement rate along with five stars for milk, carcase weight and carcase conformation.

Lot 22 sold for €4100

David Wilson from Lisrace Herefords in Northern Ireland purchased the next top priced lot for €3900. Lot 10, Mullaghdoo Lucy, was a Kye Rodge sired cow in-calf to Balleen Wayfair with a four-month-old bull calf at foot, Mullaghdoo Robin, also sired by Balleen Wayfair. David Wilson also bought the top priced combined lot when he purchased lot 7 for €2500 which was a Glaslough Esquire sired cow, scanned four and a half months in calf and then went on to purchase this cow’s bull calf; Mullaghdoo Hector for €3200. Hector is a Balleen Wayfair son with five stars for both the terminal index and carcase weight.

Lot 37, Mullaghdoopoll 1 Finnian was also a top seller earning €3550. This 2021 bull was sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star and bred from Panmure 1 Henry dam who sold earlier in the sale for €5050. This young bull has both a five star replacement index and five star terminal index.

We wish Basil & his family a very happy retirement & continued good health going forward.

Meet the Young Breeders – Week 2: Tara & Elisa Drumm

In this week’s Irish Hereford Calf Rearing Series, we catch up with the Drumm family, hailing from “The Lake“ county of Co. Westmeath. The Drumm family has a strong tradition of showing quality pedigree Hereford cattle at many shows in the Midlands. Mother Christine and Daughters Tara and Elisa are never too far away from the show ring come the summer months.

Tara and Elisa Drumm have been selected to rear a Hereford bull calf by the North Leinster Hereford Branch. Tara and Elisa are no strangers to the showing circles where they spend most Sundays during the summer, showing their pedigree Hereford animals alongside their mother Christine.  The Drumm family own the well known Crowenstown Herd.

Tara & Elisa with their calf Logan

The herd consists of 60 commercial cows alongside 10 pedigree Hereford cows. The pedigree herd uses 100% AI on their cows. The girls choose 100% AI as it allows the herd to use selective mating of cows/heifers to select sires strong on particular traits such as easy calving bulls on heifer and optimising the genetics of the herd.

The Drumm girls love the Hereford breed as they are a very docile animal, easy to maintain and the commercial animals kill-out well in the factory. The family has a strict breeding policy currently in place, their ideal cow type is a good feminine cow with a good top line, well made around the back end and a foot in every corner is what the girls look for when selecting a future cow.

The girls love competing in the young handlers and last year Tara won the Junior young handlers and Elisa won the Intermediate young handlers at the Next Gen Hereford Calf show in Tullamore. The girls love competing in the young handlers and they love competing against each other, they have really missed exhibiting their Herefords at shows due to Covid and they really enjoyed the 2022 showing season.

Away from farming Elisa plays Hurling for the local club; Delvin and Tara plays soccer for her local soccer club. They love farming but playing sports helps them get away from the farm and meet their friends.

Speaking about the calf, the calf is a lovely red and white Hereford bull calf who has been sourced locally. After a lot of discussion and thought the girls decided to name their calf Logan. The girls are honoured to be rearing a calf for charity and were delighted to be asked by the North Leinster Hereford branch to take on the task. The girls said that “We are really looking forward to seeing how Logan develops and think it’s a great idea in which Irish Hereford Prime thought of”.

The Drumm family have chosen local charity; North Westmeath Hospice. This is a very worthy cause and rings close to home for the Delvin natives.

We wish Tara & Elisa well on their journey of calf rearing & we look forward to meeting them and Logan in GVM Tullamore on 18th November.

Tullaha top the Munster Hereford Breeders Supreme Heifer Sale

The Munster Hereford branch held their first Supreme Hereford heifer sale last Saturday 4th June in Kanturk mart.

Of the 16 heifers catalogued,11 were exhibited for sale and seven of those sold onto new homes. There was a good atmosphere around the mart with some buyers travelling a fair distance to secure their purchases.

The top price on the day was sought for Tullaha Helena 391, bred by Tommy & Maura Cregan of Tullaha Herefords, Limerick. Helena, sired by Rossmore Nelson Mandela, has a four star replacement index, lots of milk and is scanned in calf to Conmelvin Ollie – due to calve in September. Helena was purchased for €2950 by a breeder from Tipperary.

Tullaha Helena 391 sold for €2950, with breeder Tommy Cregan

The second top price on the day was €2840 for Ringfort 1 Rebel Red. This August 2021 born heifer was bred by Neil Twomey of Ringfort 1 polled Herefords, Cork. Rebel Red was sired by Fabb 1 Nutcracker and bred from a Udel dam. With a five star replacement rate, this heifer has Danish and UK bloodlines behind her and was purchased by Peter Cooke, Tipperary.

Ringfort 1 Rebel red sold for €2840, with breeder Neil Twomey

Dermot Whelton of Hazel Grove Herefords also sold a polled heifer with a five star replacement index. Hazel Grovepoll 1 Gemini, sired by Normanton 1 laertes Et and bred from a Gageboro Morgan dam, was purchased for €2500.

Michael O’Keeffe exhibited Gurteragh Melania 959 who is bred from a full sister to Gurteragh Aristocrat. This February 2021 heifer was sired by Gurteragh Wizard 717 – who is sired by Gurteragh Justice and bred from a very good show cow; Quinsboro Rose 2nd. This heifer was purchased for €2500 by the same breeder who purchased Hazel Grovepoll 1 Gemini.

Well done to all exhibitors and we wish all breeders the very best of luck with their purchasers.

Herefords in Hot Demand in Kilkenny once again!

The annual Kilkenny multi-breed bull sale held in early May was very successful for Herefords this year. Trade was consistently good throughout the sale with the average price resting at just over €3200 and 75% of bulls sold earned over €3000.

The Champion and top price on the day was Balleen Actavis, bred by Tom Brennan of Balleen Herefords, Kilkenny. Actavis, sired by a Yarram Star General son and bred from a Balleen Achiever dam, has four stars for both the replacement and the terminal index. Actavis sold for €4900.

Balleen Actavis

The second top price of the day was €4600 for Cave Court Ricky, bred by Kathleen Vaughan, Tipperary. This October 2020 bull was sired by Allowdale Advance and bred from a Gageboro Suave granddaughter. Ricky has five stars for the replacement index, four stars for the terminal index and a low calving figure.

Listrolin Morgan, bred by Pat Rohan, Kilkenny, was sired by Gageboro Morgan and bred from a Cill Cormaic Lincoln dam. Morgan, having four stars for replacement rate and milk, was purchased for €4100.

There was success all round for Trevor Masteron of Galbally Herefords, Wexford, when he sold two lots back to back. Their first lot into the ring; Galbally Axel 1590, sired by Allowdale Rory 835 and bred from a Castledaly Gearoid dam, has five stars for both terminal index and carcase conformation. This August born bull sold for €3700.

Galyballypoll 1 Mooreside 1610 was the next lot into the ring and was purchased for €3400. Another August born bull, sired by Moorside 1 Joseph and bred from Balleen Pansy 832, this bull has a four star terminal and a four star replacement index.

Ballyraggan Whistler 1025th also sold for €3400. Whistler was bred by James Thompson, Carlow. Having five stars for both terminal index and carcase weight, Whistler was sired by Rathnollag Lucky 790 and bred from an F.H. William dam.

The Thompsons also sold Ballyraggan Warlock 1031st on the day for €3200. Warlock, sired by Kye Hulk 706 and bred from a Border Rory dam, has a four star terminal index and five stars for carcase weight.

Lot 54 into the ring also sold for €3400. Boyanna Shurock was bred by John P Farrell, Westmeath. Sired by Boyanna Waffler, a Bowmont Storm son and a Rathcor Ranger granddaughter, this November born bull has four stars for both the replacement and the terminal index.

John Farrell sold a further bull who earned €3000 during the sale; Boyanna Hallmark. This December born bull was sired by Kilsunny Goliath and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam. Hallmark has a four star replacement and a four star terminal index.

John O’Heney of Brensha Herefords, Tipperary, also sold a bull for €3400. Brensha More, sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam, has a five star replacement rate and a four star terminal index.

The next best price on the day was Mount Shannon George, bred by Nigel Cox, Roscommon. George, sired by Trillick George and bred from a Kilsunny Goliath dam was sold for €3300.

The next bull that sold for €3300 was Knockfin Mark, bred by the Scott family, Laois. Knockfin Mark, born October 2020 was sired by Balleen Revenue and bred from a Quinsboro Storm 6th dam.

The Scott family also sold Knockfin Insitor for €3100. This September born bull was sired by Quinsboro Storm 6th and bred from a Forteregal Hadrian dam. Insitor has a four star terminal index rating and easy calving figures.

Christy Finn of Bawngarriff Herefords, Kilkenny also exhibited and sold one bull on the day. Bawngarriff Douglas Nine was sired by Forestview Douglas and bred from a Cill Cormaic Omorga dam. With four stars for the replacement index – this bull sold for €3000.

Overall this season was a great success for Herefords with a huge demand seen consistently throughout the Spring.

Ardmulchan Supreme Crowned Champion & Sale topper in Nenagh!

The final Hereford Spring Show & Sale was held last Saturday in Nenagh and was a successful end to an already successful season for Hereford breeders. Again, Irish Hereford Prime kindly sponsored €200 to the buyer of each bull sold for €2800 and over during this sale.

With home sales being strong throughout the Spring and demand exceeding supply, only 10 of the 31 bulls were exhibited for sale on the day. Of the 10, eight of the bulls were sold and four were sold for over €3000.

Supreme by Name – Supreme by Nature! Bred by Phil & Catherine Smyth,Meath; Nenagh sale Champion was awarded to Ardmulchan Supreme by judge Mr. Adrian Bateman. This March born bull was sired by Ballinveney Tiger and bred from a Yarram Pompeii grand-dam and is a half brother to Ardmulchan Sydney, who sold for €3000 at the end of the Nenagh April sale. Ardmulchan Supreme was purchased by a breeder from Kilkenny for €3900.

Ardmulchan Supreme was crowned Champion before topping the sale at €3900, photographed with breeders; Catherine Smyth & judge Adrian Bateman

The Reserve Champion earned the second top price of the day and was also purchase by the same Kilkenny breeder. Carrick Hector, bred by Philip Lynch, Cavan, was sired by Cill Cormaic Orson and bred from a Grianan Firecracker grand-dam. Hector was purchased for €3300.

Carrick Hector was crowned Reserve Champion before selling for the second top price of €3300, photographed with breeder Philip Lynch and judge Adrian Bateman

There was success also for Glaslough Herefords by Nigel Heatrick, Monaghan. Nigel’s first lot into the ring; Glaslough Warrior, sired by a Gageboro Eugenic grandson and bred from a Ballyaville Ger dam, was purchased by a Galway farmer for €3100.

Glaslough Warrior sold for €3100, with breeder Nigel Heatrick.

The Heatrick’s second & final lot into the ring; Glaslough Wellington, also moved onto greener pastures when he sold for €2800. This December bull was sired by Ballyaville Ger and bred from Glaslough New Look.

Of the three bulls catalogued for sale from Ryanstown Herefords, only one was left for sale following good home trade for the herd. Ryanstown Copper, bred by Sean Ryan from Nenagh, sold for €3100 to a fellow Tipperary farmer. Copper was sired by Balleen Generator and bred from a Gageboro Eugenic grand-dam.

Ryanstown Copper sold for €3100, with breeder John Ryan.

There was also one heifer exhibited and sold on the day; Boyanna Sheila; sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper and bred from a Bowmont Storm grand-dam, was sold by Pat Lynch of Rossdelia Herefords, Clare to a Tipperary breeder.

Congratulations to all breeders and the very best of luck to all purchasers.

Many thanks are extended to the judge; Mr. Adrian Bateman, auctioneer; Mr. Eamonn Gaffney, Steward: Mr. Tommy Cregan, Philip and the staff of Central Auctions Nenagh and to Irish Hereford Prime for once again sponsoring this sale.