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€5,200 TOPS THE HEREFORD PREMIER SPRING SHOW & SALE AT TULLAMORE

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zqr3rO-1SA&feature=youtu.be)

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.

 

 

 

Hereford Demand Continues at Kilmallock

Given current cash-flow pressures on dairy and beef farmers following a very difficult year with prices and ground conditions demand, clearance and prices were well above expectations at the Irish Hereford Society’s final autumn bull sale held at GVM Kilmallock. Numbers on offer at Kilmallock were reduced given the volume of bulls double entered and already sold at a very good sale at Tullamore.

Top Price Bull Coisceim Hector with owner Timmy Breen - €3,400
Top Price Bull Coisceim Hector with owner Timmy Breen – €3,400

The top price of €3,400 was paid for a 17 month old bull Coisceim Hector exhibited by Timmy Breen of Kiskeam, Mallow, Co Cork. This young bull was purchased in utero when Timmy purchased his dam Tullaha Raindrop which had previously been exhibited on the Society’s stand at the NPC by owner John Neenan, Tullaha, Broadford, Co Limerick. The bull is sired by the Neenan stockbull Clondrina 1069th bred by Gerry Donnelly, Lissycasey, Co Clare. The purchaser is winter milk producer Niall Power, Newcastle, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

Reserve Champion Ballyaville  Imprint with owner Ivor Deverell and show judge Liam Philpott - €3,200
Reserve Champion Ballyaville Imprint with owner Ivor Deverell and show judge Liam Philpott – €3,200

The Deverell Family, Geashill Co Offaly provide the Reserve Champion Ballyaville Imprint a son of stock bull Ballinvenna Frankie out of the homebred Ballyaville Fleur by Tasmanian sire Hollow Point Broker. Pat Ryan O’Brien, Currely, Thurles was pleased to secure him on a bid of €3,200.

Glaslough Rocky with owner Nigel Heatrick - €3,000
Glaslough Rocky with owner Nigel Heatrick – €3,000

S & N Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan regular and successful exhibitors at this event had Glaslough Rocky catalogue. Sired by Ballyaville Ger out of a Cill Cormaic Playboy dam he sold at €3,000 to Hereford breeder Pat Hayes, Kildrummin, Kiltealy, Co Limerick whose brother John had paid the top price of €5,600 at Tullamore the previous week.

 Ballinveney Repose pictured with purchasers John Canty and Tom Brennan also breeder Rory Farrell - €2,850
Ballinveney Repose pictured with purchasers John Canty and Tom Brennan also breeder Rory Farrell – €2,850

Ballinveney Repose by Ballinveney Nigel a Yarram Star General son out of a BB Power 0270 dam was exhibited by Rory Farrell, Balinveney, Toomevara. This young bull was purchased by a syndicate including John Canty, Kildalkey, Trim and Tom Brennan, Balleen, Freshford at €2,850 which was less than anticipated given that Mr Farrell had sold a herd sibling of very similar breeding the previous week at Tullamore for €3,400.

Champion Cill Cormaic Nevada with owner David Larkin and show judge Liam Philpott
Champion Cill Cormaic Nevada with owner David Larkin and show judge Liam Philpott

The Champion Cill Cormaic Nevada exhibited by David Larkin, Kilcormac, Co Offaly a half- brother to the €4,500 Cill Cormaic Napoleon at the Tullamore sale failed to reach his reserve. A second entry from Mr Larkin Cill Cormaic Nicholas sired by Cill Cormaic Lance sold at €2,800 to Sean Culligan, Kilrush, Co Clare.

Overall there was a very good clearance with averages similar to last year at the same venue.

National Hereford Calf Show- Saturday November 19th

at the GVM  Show Arena

Denis Kirby GVM Kilmallock present a sponsorship cheque for the National Hereford Calf Show to Show Chairman Joe O'Connor
Denis Kirby GVM Kilmallock present a sponsorship cheque for the National Hereford Calf Show to Show Chairman Joe O’Connor
Minister for Arts Heritage, Gaeltacht and Rural Affairs launches the National Hereford Show at the recent NPC. The Minister is pictured with Show sponsors, organisers and council representatives
Minister for Arts Heritage, Gaeltacht and Rural Affairs launches the National Hereford Show at the recent NPC. The Minister is pictured with Show sponsors, organisers and council representatives

Bulls to €5,600 Heifers to €3,500 at the IHBS Premier Autumn Show & Sale held at Tullamore

A very large crowd was in attendance for the Irish Hereford Society’s autumn show and sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore an illustration of the growing interest in the breed. Many were customers on the day while others never having had a Hereford bull were checking out the stock on offer with the intention of purchasing a Hereford bull in the spring given the growing demand for Hereford sired beef. Several Hereford breeders amongst the top bidders made purchases against strong competition from both dairy and beef producers.

The top price €5,600 was paid by John and Darren Hayes, Tankardstown, Ratoath, Co Meath for Kye Harry 721 Pictured with breeder Padraig McGrath
The top price €5,600 was paid by John and Darren Hayes, Tankardstown, Ratoath, Co Meath for Kye Harry 721- Pictured with breeder Padraig McGrath

The top price of the day €5,600 was paid by John and Darren Hayes, Tankardstown, Ratoath, Co Meath for the very promising thirteen month old Kye Harry 721 a son to the UK bred Free Town Hotspur out of the homebred dam Kye Sheila 572 a daughter to the successful Steil Gerard. Bred by Padraig McGrath, Cloonshannagh, Elphin this young bull now joins the Curraghliffe herd of John and Darren Hayes as junior herd sire to compliment and follow on from the current successful herd sire Blean Dex  purchased when champion some years ago at the Society sale in Nenagh.

Champion Portanob Revival with breder John Canty and show judge John Holloway
Champion Portanob Revival €3,800 with breeder John Canty and show judge John Holloway

The Champion Portanob Revival is a well- bred bull from the herd of J & J Canty, Pubblestown, Kildalkey, Co Meath. Sired by Balleen Revival a Bowmont Storm A584 grandson he is out of Portanob Julia 2nd a cow that is breeding well and has had some considerable success in the show-ring. The purchaser at a very reasonable €3,800 was Enda Quirke, Hill of Down, Enfield who has recently established the Cnoc an Duin Hereford herd with the purchase of a number of quality females.

Portanob Hugo €4,000 with breeder John Canty and purchaser Brian Clarke
Portanob Hugo €4,000 with breeder John Canty and purchaser Brian Clarke

Mr Canty also exhibited herd sibling Portanob Hugo again a son to herdsire Balleen Revival this time out of a bought in female Ballymartin Karen from the herd of Elizabeth Kingston, Lismore. At €4,000 he was purchased by Brian Clarke, Derver, Carnaross, Kells for the well- known Church Hill Herd established by his late father Mervyn who following a long and distinguished career as a Hereford breeder was laid to rest recently.

Reserve Champion Beaghmore Romeo 2 bred by Margaret and Leila McCabe €4,150 - pictured with neighbour and friend John Morrow
Reserve Champion Beaghmore Romeo 2 bred by Margaret and Leila McCabe €4,150 – pictured with neighbour and friend John Morrow

The Reserve Champion bull Beaghmore Romeo 2nd was bred and exhibited by Margaret and Leila McCabe, Beaghmore, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim who are amongst the society’s longest serving members. While coy about their age these two girls have been breeding and exhibiting Herefords for over sixty years. Amongst their many successes Beaghmore Pirate is possibly the most famous influencing the breed throughout the 1960’s and beyond. Romeo is sired by Dovea AI bull Gageboro Morgan (GGM) the dam is Beaghmore Melody. Once again it was a breeder Sean Sheil, Coolnacritta, Rathdowney, Co Laois who placed the final bid securing him as herd sire at €4,150.

Cill Cormaic Napoleon €4,500 - Pictured with Joey and David Larkin with purchasers Glenn Jacob & John Johnston
Cill Cormaic Napoleon €4,500 – Pictured with Joey and David Larkin with purchasers  John Johnston & Glenn Jacob.

Local breeder David Larkin, the Hermitage, Kilcormac, Co Offaly had quite a successful day with his Cill Cormaic Napoleon a 22 month old son to his stockbull Cedar Liam out of Cill Cormaic Maxine. Bidding closed at €4,500 achieving the second highest price on the day. The bull will share domicile at two Co Wexford farms being jointly purchased by Glen Jacob, Dunsinane, Enniscorthy and John Johnston, Tomagaddy, Gorey.

Champion Female Cill Cormaic Niamh €3,500 - with David Larkin
Champion Female Cill Cormaic Niamh €3,500 – with David Larkin

The Kilcormac herd had further success in the female section first securing the Female Championship with Cill Cormaic Niamh again by Cedar Liam she later sold as the day’s top price female at €3,500 to Madeline Boyd, Loughros Point, Ardara, Co Donegal while her half- sister Cill Cormaic Natasha sold to Aylmer E Power, Cappagh, Askeaton, Co Limerick at €2,900.

Cill Cormaic Natasha €2,900 pictured with Joey Larkin
Cill Cormaic Natasha €2,900 pictured with Joey Larkin
Cloncullane King 322 - €3,800, with owner Coleman Neary and Susan Dudley representing purchaser Trevor Dudley
Cloncullane King 322 – €3,800, with owner Coleman Neary and Susan Dudley representing purchaser Trevor Dudley

Sean Neary, Cloncullane, Strokestown who provided last year’s champion at this venue exhibited a Kilsunny Goliath son Cloncullane King 322. His dam is Cloncullane Holly and the purchaser at €3,800 was well known breeder Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles..

Tony Bracken, Rhode, Co Offaly attended the sale to purchase a bull to go to cows next spring and selected Duibhgiolla Ed a Kill Cormaic Kasper (KZP Dovea) son out of Glaslough Esquire (GSQ) daughter Duibhgiolla Delight 2nd at €3,550 from the herd of K & M Diffley, Clooncolligan, Bornacoola, Co Leitrim.

Ivor Anderson, Corran Killeshandra had Corran Hill Countryboy by Glaslough Levi and out of Corran Hill Beauty a Churchill Storm daughter exhibited. This 19 month old caught the eye of the Deverell Family of Geashill who purchased him at €3,500.

Griananpoll 1 Oz exhibited by T & A Fitzgerald sold at €3,500 to Johnathan Cahill, Ballycumber
Griananpoll 1 Oz exhibited by T & A Fitzgerald sold at €3,500 to Johnathan Cahill, Ballycumber

Regular exhibitors at the event Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald, Mount Temple, Moate had two bulls on offer Griananpoll 1 Oz by Grousehallpoll 1 Premier (GPZ) out of a Yarram Pompeii V055 daughter which sold at €3,500 to Co Offaly breeder Jonathan Cahill, The Island, Ballycumber, Co Offaly. The second offering Grianan On Line by Grianan Marksman sold at €3,000 to Cornelius Moylan, who made the long journey from Kanturk, Co Cork to secure his purchase.

Ballinveney Sunrise -€3,400 -Pictured L to R - Owner Rory Farrell, purchasers Lester & Edward Roe with assistants Sheamus, Daniel and Brian Farrell
Ballinveney Sunrise -€3,400 -Pictured L to R – Owner Rory Farrell, purchasers Lester & Edward Roe with assistants Sheamus, Daniel and Brian Farrell

Hereford enthusiast Lester Roe and son Edward viewed Ballinveney Sunrise early in the day and decided he was the bull most suited to their requirements. A son to Ballinveney Nigel out of a BB Power 0270 cow provided a now diverse bloodline and sold at €3,400 to the Roe Family, Ballybrit, Roscrea.

Reserve Female Champion Caonachpoll 1 Anna pictured with David Jones, show judge John Holloway and Willie Jones
Reserve Female Champion Caonachpoll 1 Anna pictured with David Jones, show judge John Holloway and Willie Jones

Females to catch the eye other than the champion and her herd sibling mentioned above included the Reserve Champion Caonachpoll 1 Anna from the herd of William Jones now in his 95th year and his grandson David. She was purchased at a rather disappointing €2,700 by Kenton Crowe, Mohill, Co Leitrim.

Glaslough Pepsi - €3,000 pictured with show judge John Holloway and owner Nigel Heatrick
Glaslough Pepsi – €3,000 pictured with show judge John Holloway and owner Nigel Heatrick

Glaslough Pepsi by Kye Sting 595 from S & N Heatrick Glaslough sold at €3,000 to John Martyn, Kilrush, Co Clare.

Tourtanepoll 1 Red Flame 20 - €2,950 pictured with Mervyn Parr and purchaser Derek McGrath
Tourtanepoll 1 Red Flame 20 – €2,950 pictured with Mervyn Parr and purchaser Derek McGrath

Henry & Mervyn Parr’s Tourtanepoll 1 Red Flame 20 a Glaslough Hurricane daughter sold to Derek McGrath, Killakee Road, Dublin at ¨€2,950 while they parted with Tourtanepoll 1 Winnie a Kilsunny Goliath daughter to Kevin Treanor, Emyvale, Co Monaghan at €2,800.

Overall there was a very satisfactory clearance of bulls at prices similar to last year. Female prices did not reach the highs reached at the same venue in 2015. There was general agreement that the many heifers on offer were not of as high quality as last year and that the number of heifers which has changed hands privately and including the Allowdale sale in August last was well ahead of normal.  Breeders with land and resources to expand their herds are holding on to their better stock while others are consolidating their herds with a view to herd improvement.

The Society’s next sale takes place at GVM Kilmallock on Friday October 21st next with 65 bulls and 9 females on offer.

Kye Harry 721 - €5,600 with Padraig McGrath and purchasers John and Darren Hayes - Curraghliffe Herd, Tankardstown, Ratoath, Co Meath
Kye Harry 721 – €5,600 with Padraig McGrath and purchasers John and Darren Hayes – Curraghliffe Herd, Tankardstown, Ratoath, Co Meath

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