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Hereford Demand Outstrips Supply at GVM Kilmallock

Demand for Hereford bulls outstripped supply at the Irish Hereford Breed Society’s autumn Show at Sale held at GVM Kilmallock on Friday. Just two bulls forward failed to meet their reserve while a number of prospective customers went home disappointed in not having secured a sire.

Champion Hereford Gurteragh Obama €3,300 with John Neenan Show judge and President IHBS with Michael O'Keeffe
Champion Hereford Gurteragh Obama €3,300 with John Neenan Show judge and President IHBS with Michael O’Keeffe

The Championship was awarded to the well-known Michael O’Keeffe, Gurteragh, Newmarket with his Gurteragh Obama a son of herd-sire Corlismore Robinhood out of Gurteragh Holly a Border General V85 daughter. The new owner Sean G Hunt, Athea, Co Limerick secured the champion with a bid of €3,300.

Top Price bull at €3,400 Gurteragh Superking with Michael O'Keeffe
Top Price bull at €3,400 Gurteragh Superking with Michael O’Keeffe

It was however a herd sibling Gurteragh Superking 607 sired by the Munster Hereford bull of the year Gurteragh Justice and out of Gurteragh Jolly ET that secured the top price of the day at €3,400. The purchaser Paddy Brophy travelled from Windgap, Co Kilkenny to make his purchase. This was a very satisfactory day out for the Newmarket breeder who held a most successful sale of females earlier this past summer.

Reserve Champion Fortregal Jonah with Judge John Neenan and owner Sheila Lucey €3,000
Reserve Champion Fortregal Jonah with Judge John Neenan and owner Sheila Lucey €3,000

The Reserve Championship was awarded to Co Cork breeders Gerard and Sheila Lucey who run a strong herd of cows at Coachford. Entries from the herd often feature in the line-up and this time it was Fortregal Jonah a Bowmont Storm son out of the homebred Fortregal Lady Daisy which sold at €3,000 to Kieran McNamara, Kilcrona, Kilkee, Co Clare.

Fortregal Hadrian €3,000 with exhibitors Gerard and Sheila Lucey
Fortregal Hadrian €3,000 with exhibitors Gerard and Sheila Lucey

A twenty one month old RH Starburst Lad 7G son Fortregal Hadrian again exhibited by Gerard and Sheila Lucey also sold at €3,000. Out of Fortregal Calla a Bowmont Storm daughter he was purchased by Laoise breeder Francis Scott, Knockfin, Rathdowney.

Two bulls exhibited by David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormack, Co Offaly Cill Cormaic Maximillian and Cill Cormaic Marcel both sired by herd-sire Cedar Liam sold at €2,800 each. Maximillian out of Cill Cormaic Angel sold to Owen O’Neill, Coolroe, Ballincollig while Marcel out of Cloonbracken Enda a Churchill Storm daughter was purchased by Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny, Dovea, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

A further bull Boveen Norman by Corran Hill Classic exhibited by Joe O’Connor, Riverview, Sharavogue, Birr also sold at €2,800. Out of the homebred Boveen Stately 13th by Kilsunny Abraham he was purchased by William Burke, Castlemaine Co Kerry.

Hereford cross stores are currently flavour of the month at GVM Kilmallock with additional buyers each week for the large selection of Hereford cross heifers and steers from calves to weanling to stores on offer. Observers at the mart indicate that Hereford crosses on offer are generally 50 kg heavier than cattle of similar age from other breeds. Prices for Hereford cross steers and heifers are well ahead of that prevailing at this time last year. Current demand for Hereford crosses at this and other marts would provide some explanation for the demand experienced for bulls. Bull purchasers are also no doubt influenced by Hereford calf prices last spring which were also buoyant throughout the season with a definite premium for Hereford.

Sale average €2,414 – Range €3,400 – €1,800

 Judging in progress with John Neenan President IHBS in action
Judging in progress with John Neenan President IHBS in action
Part of the large attendance at the event
Part of the large attendance at the event

Expectations well exceeded at Hereford Premier Autumn Show & Sale at Tullamore

Demand for both Hereford bulls and females exceeded expectations at the Irish Hereford Bred Society’s premier autumn show and sale at Tullamore.

Whilst demand for bulls was excellent providing a bull average of €3,200, it was ladies day as the females outdid the males reaching a top price of €5,000 and €5,100 paid for the Champion and Reserve Champion Female while the top price male sold at €4,000.

Henry Dudley, The Populars, Dovea, this year’s Society recipient of the Hall of Fame Award at Athlone had a field day with his Champion Female Lakelodge Champayne 3rd by herd sire Ballyaville Caradock out of Lakelodge Champayne 2nd selling to Co Cork breeder Jim Kingston, Riverstick, Co Cork at €5,000. In addition Lakelodge Lass’ Una 3rd again by Caradock and out of Lakelodge Una 2nd was purchased at €4,200. A third heifer from the herd Lakelodge Vera 3rd out of Vera 2nd and sired by Caradock sold to well-known Co Louth breeder Eamonn McKiernan, Monasterboice at €3,100 resulting in a very satisfying day for Henry.

Champion Female Lakelodge Champayne 3rd, Henry Dudley shown by Susan Dudley with event Judge Tom Brennan sold to Jim Kingston at €5,000
Champion Female Lakelodge Champayne 3rd, Henry Dudley shown by Susan Dudley with event Judge Tom Brennan sold to Jim Kingston at €5,000
 Lakelodge Lass Una 3rd with Susan Dudley €4,200
Lakelodge Lass Una 3rd with Susan Dudley €4,200

The Reserve Champion the fifteen month old Moyclare Rose 26th was Hereford and interbreed champion at Trim earlier in the year. Exhibited by Michael Molloy, Glebe, Belmont she is sired by his very successful herd sire Brocca Saviour out of Moyclare Christina and was purchased  and was purchased at the day’s top price of €5,100 by Gerry McNamara, Labasheeda, Ennis who is currently assembling a quality herd. Mr Molloy also exhibited Moyclare Norman again sired by Brocca Saviour and out of Moyclare Ursula 4th. He found a new home in Northern Ireland with Gordon Burleigh, Kinawley, Co Fermanagh on a bid of €3.600.

 Reserve Female Champion Moyclare Rose 26th, Michael Molloy to Gerry McNamara.
Reserve Female Champion Moyclare Rose 26th, Michael Molloy to Gerry McNamara.
 Moyclare Norman from Michael Molloy pictured with purchaser at €3,600 Gordon Burleigh
Moyclare Norman  from Michael Molloy sold at €3,600  pictured with purchaser  Gordon Burleigh

The Male Champion Cloncullane General 2 was exhibited by one of the Society’s most senior members Sean Neary, Cloncullane, Strokestown. Sired by the successful Kilsunny Goliath out of Clooncullane Holly he sold to John Lawe, Kilglass, Co Roscommon at €3,800 and was possibly the bargain of the day.

Champion Bull Clooncullane General 2nd, Sean Neary shown by Coleman Neary Sold at €3,800 to John Law
Champion Bull Clooncullane General 2nd, Sean Neary shown by Coleman Neary Sold at €3,800 to John Lawe

Reserve Champion Male and Supreme Champion at the National Hereford Show Grianan Oscar bred and exhibited by T & A Fitzgerald, Mount Temple, Moate was the top priced Bull at €4,000. Sired by Australian import Smithston Darby his dam is Grianan Orange H 494 a Churchill Storm daughter. The purchaser was Gerry Looby, Ballinagleragh, Clarkstown, Co Tipperary.

Reserve Champpion Bull Grianan Oscar, T & A Fitzgerald sold at €4,000 to Gerry Looby
Reserve Champpion Bull Grianan Oscar, T & A Fitzgerald sold at €4,000 to Gerry Looby

Two bulls forward from the Trillick herd of JJ Farrell Longford were sired by his UK bred herd sire Free Town Hotspur. Trillick Paul out of Trillick Betty at just fifteen months old sold at €3,800 to John Johnston, Tomagaddy, Gorey, Co Wexford. Herd mate Trillick Tom 2 out of Trillick Daisy by Steil Gerard sold for a top bid of €3,600 to Gordon Buchanan, Lisbellew, Co Fermanagh.

Trillick Paul JJ Farrell shown by Ciaran Farrell sold to John Johnston at €3,800.
Trillick Paul JJ Farrell shown by Ciaran Farrell sold to John Johnston at €3,800.
Trillick Tom, JJ Farrell to Gordon Buchanan at €3,600.
Trillick Tom, JJ Farrell to Gordon Buchanan at €3,600.

S & N Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan received €3,600 for their Glaslough Karl son the eighteen month old Glaslough Nationwide out of Glaslough Gemma. The purchaser was Ted O’Sullivan, Bartlemy, Co Cork.

Glaslough Nationwide, Nigel and Theola Heatrick sold at €3,600 to Ted O'Sullivan
Glaslough Nationwide with Nigel and Theola Heatrick sold at €3,600 to Ted O’Sullivan

Congratulations to Dr John Lalor, The Old Rectory, Timolin, Co Kildare who exhibiting for the first time at Tullamore received a final bid of €3,500 for his Mawarra Sentimental sired bull out of Bally-Dowel Gillian purchased as a heifer from Joe Maher, of Ballydowel, Rathmoyle, Co Kilkenny.

Kilsunny Lincoln a 2nd prize-winner exhibited by Trevor Dudley, Dovea, Thurles and by herdsire Glaslough Judge out of Kilsunny Lass Glitter sold to local Hereford breeders  Joe and Ivor  Deverell, Ballyaville, Geashill at €3,350.

Kilsunny Lincoln with Susan Dudley €3,350
Kilsunny Lincoln with Susan Dudley €3,350

Another senior Society member to hit the highlights was Willie Jones, Creagh, Kenagh, Co Longford who in partnership with grandson David had two heifers forward. Caonachpoll 1 Angela by Kilsunny Goliath whose dam Creaghpoll 1 Cattie is by Beverlyhills 1 Thady a third prize-winner sold to Mervyn Thompson, Tandragee, Co Armagh at €3,500 while herd sibling Caonach Sandra a first prize-winner also by Goliath sold at €3,500 to the herd of Nelson McCrabbe, Raphoe, Co Donegal.

Caonachpoll 1 Angela' with David Jones €3,500
Caonachpoll 1 Angela’ with David Jones €3,500
Caonach Sandra with David Jones purchased by Nelson McCrabbe at €3,400
Caonach Sandra with David Jones purchased by Nelson McCrabbe at €3,400

Overall there was a 72% clearance with the bull average at €3,200. Range €2150 to €4,000 and females averaging €2,784. Range €1,700 to €5,100.

The Society’s final sale of 2015 takes place at GVM Kilmallock this Friday October 23rd. Show 11.00am Sale 1.00pm There are 40 bulls and 2 Females catalogued for the event.

Hereford Cross Store, Steer and Heifer Competition at GVM Kilmallock

At the recent Irish Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale: Eric Humphreys, John Foley, Ballyhea, Co. Cork, owner of the Champion bullocks, Denis Brennan, representing sponsors Slaney Foods, John Neenan, President Irish Hereford Sociey, Tom Foley, John's father and judge Doni Mullins. Photo Ita West
At the recent Irish Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale: Eric Humphreys, John Foley, Ballyhea, Co. Cork, owner of the Champion bullocks, Denis Brennan, representing sponsors Slaney Foods, John Neenan, President Irish Hereford Sociey, Tom Foley, John’s father and judge Doni Mullins. Photo Ita West
Reserve Champion group of Bullocks in the Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale in Goldel Vale Mart, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick Taidgh O'Sullivan, Bruff is presented with the rosette and prize by John Neenan, President Irish Hereford Society watched by Denis Brennan, representing sponsors Slaney Foods and Taidgh's son Tim O'Sullivan. The Bullocks weighed 585K and sold for One thousand two hundred and twenty five euro. Photo Ita West.
Reserve Champion group of Bullocks in the Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale in Goldel Vale Mart, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick Taidgh O’Sullivan, Bruff is presented with the rosette and prize by John Neenan, President Irish Hereford Society watched by Denis Brennan, representing sponsors Slaney Foods and Taidgh’s son Tim O’Sullivan. The Bullocks weighed 585K and sold for One thousand two hundred and twenty five euro.
Photo Ita West.

Demand for Hereford cross stores both steers and heifers for further feeding was much in evidence this week at GVM Kilmallock where the Irish Hereford Society in association with sponsors Slaney Foods International selected a Champion and Reserve Award winning group in each section. The purpose of the promotion was to highlight the demand for Quality Assured steers and heifers required to supply the Slaney Foods Hereford scheme which with partners Linden supply the 142 Lidl outlets countrywide with the award winning ‘Inisvale’ Certified Hereford Beef. Denis Brennan representing sponsors Slaney Foods International at the event said that additional stock is required weekly in order to meet demand.       Ph: 087/677 9567 for details re requirements and bonus available.

The Champion group of five steers was exhibited by John Foley, Ballyhea, Charleville, these weighed 565 kg and sold at €1,270 while the Reserve group were shown by Tadgh O’Sullivan, Bruff. These weighed 585 kg and sold to a midlands buyer at €1,225.

Judge Doni Mullins accepts the prize on behalf of Tom larkin, Ardagh, Co. Limerick, on gaining the top place in the Heifer section of the Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. Also in pic: Denis Brennan, Slaney Foods (sponsors) John Neenan, President Irish Hereford Society and Liam Philpott, Irish Hereford Society. Photo Ita West
Judge Doni Mullins accepts the prize on behalf of Tom larkin, Ardagh, Co. Limerick, on gaining the top place in the Heifer section of the Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. Also in pic: Denis Brennan, Slaney Foods (sponsors) John Neenan, President Irish Hereford Society and Liam Philpott, Irish Hereford Society.
Photo Ita West

The winner in the heifer section was Tom Larkin, Reens, Ardagh, with a group weighing 438 kg and selling at €910. The Reserve group of heifers were exhibited by Oliver Hartigan, Lough Gur, Bruff and weighed 508 kg selling at €1,000.

Judge for the event Doni Mullins, GVM said he was very impressed with the numbers forward and the quality of the animals exhibited.

The Irish Hereford Society has Hereford 42 bulls entered for its forthcoming sale at GVM Kilmallock on Friday October 23rd next.

Peter O'Kelly, Croom with John Buckley, Buttevant, at the Irish Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock last Monday photo Ita West
Peter O’Kelly, Croom with John Buckley, Buttevant, at the Irish Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock last Monday
photo Ita West
Martin Shelton, Ballingarry, William Reidy, Milford and Dan Shelton, Castletown in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock last Monday for the Irish Hereford Society Store Cattle show and Sale photo Ita West
Martin Shelton, Ballingarry, William Reidy, Milford and Dan Shelton, Castletown in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock last Monday for the Irish Hereford Society Store Cattle show and Sale
photo Ita West
At the Hereford Society Store Cattle show and sale last Monday in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock: Karen and Darren Wallace, Dromina photo Ita West
At the Hereford Society Store Cattle show and sale last Monday in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock: Karen and Darren Wallace, Dromina
photo Ita West
John Foley, Ballyhea, Co. Cork, owner of the champion bullocks in the Irish Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale recently in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick is congratulated by Liam Philpott, Irish Hereford Society and his father Tom Foley. The bullocks weighed in at 565K and sold for One thousand two hundred and seventy euro photo Ita West
John Foley, Ballyhea, Co. Cork, owner of the champion bullocks in the Irish Hereford Society Store Cattle Show and Sale recently in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick is congratulated by Liam Philpott, Irish Hereford Society and his father Tom Foley. The bullocks weighed in at 565K and sold for One thousand two hundred and seventy euro
photo Ita West

Sterling Demand for Herefords at the UDEL Production Sale

Top price heifer UDEL 1 ALC Mayflower 1127 purchased at €4,100 by Daniel Gallagher
Top price heifer UDEL 1 ALC Mayflower 1127 purchased at €4,100 by Daniel Gallagher
UDEL 1 Figian Gem sells to Scotland at €3,800
UDEL 1 Figian Gem sells to William Andrew,Scotland at €3,800

There was a good crowd  in attendance at the Udel Polled Hereford Production sale held on farm at Coole, Campile, Co Wexford. Though not as large as that seen at the recent Clearance sale in Kanturk it drew buyers from right across the country with the sale heavily influenced by customers from Northern Ireland, Scotland and the South of England

Top price UDEL 1 ALC Mayflower 1127 sold at €4,100 to Daniel Gallagher, Co Fermanagh. She was described in the catalogue as” out of one of the best breeding cows and with sires like WTK Bond, Circle D Wrangler and Nick the Butler in her pedigree she could be the pick of the sale” So turned out. Daniel Gallagher also purchased Udel 1 Mayflower with some similar bloodlines at €2,800.

William Andrew, Arranview Herd, Auchincruive, Ayrshire, Scotland purchased Udel 1 BC Fijian Gem a Kidman Blue Chip daughter at €3,800, UDEL 1 BH Garden Gem by stock bull UDEL 1 B1 Ben Hur at €2,600, Udel 1 BL Edible Orange a Yalgoo Boulder daughter at €2,600 and the yearling heifer UDEL 1 ALC Heavy Curly by UDEL 1 R51 A La Carte at €2150.

Udel 1 BC Frisky Curly another Kidman Bluechip daughter sold to Trillick, Co Tyrone at €3,250. The purchaser Daniel Conlon also bought UDEL 1 Honey Gem an 18 month old Ben Hur daughter at €2,450.

Anthony McCarthy, Banteer, Co Cork purchased UDEL 1 BC Floral Necklace also by Kidman Bluechip one of the youngest bulls ever to win the Australian Polled National Show and Sale at Dubbo, NSW. At €3,150 she joins a couple of previous purchases by the same breeder from the UDEL herd which are breeding very well in Co Cork.

John Nolan of Co Carlow purchased an Allendale Waterloo B50 daughter UDEL 1 WL Fairy Snowdrop in calf to Allendale Superstar at €3,200.

Michael McDonald Wexford purchased an Allendale Superstar daughter UDEL 1 SS Lovely Emma at €2,600.

UDEL 1 ALC Happy Melody a sixteen month old daughter of UDEL 1 R51 A La Carte was purchased by Ronan Kerrigan of Kells, Co Meath at €2,600.

Fergal Morohan, Boyle, Co Roscommon purchased two heifers including UDEL 1 WL Gayle by Allendale Waterloo a twenty one month old of size depth and style at €2,550.

The two youngest heifers in the sale UDEL 1 BH Mayflower 1270 and UDEL 1 BH Hippy Plumb aged just nine months sold at €1,800 each to Eric Humphreys, Newbliss and John Bass, Gorey, Co Wexford.

With a 78% clearance and a sale average of €2,567 it was a very satisfactory result overall.

The Irish Hereford Society wish to join with the Carroll Family in thanking all those who attended the sale or bid by telephone and in wishing all purchasers every success with their new animals.