The Hereford show and sale of bulls at Bandon this week had one of the largest crowds ever in attendance. This is a strong indication of the interest in Herefords in the region which was reinforced by the clearance of bulls later with just three bulls failing to reach their reserve.
The Champion was exhibited by Ted O’Sullivan the well-known Hereford breeder from Bartlemy, Fermoy. This is the third year in succession that Ted has taken the Championship at the venue. Furaleigh Prince 907 a son of long time Bandon AI sire Carhuefree Prince with an estimated calving difficulty figure of 3.6% was the selection of the judge and youngest ever Hereford Society President Ivor Deverell of Ballyaville Herefords. The dam is Furaleigh Lass 716 by Furaleigh Generator. He sold at €3,300 to Oliver O’Brien, Crough, Fermoy.
The Reserve Champion Fortregal Ezra exhibited by another local Hereford breeder and regular in the winner’s enclosure at Bandon Gerard Lucey, Forrest, Coachford is sired by a Scottish bull Ervie Classic S30 a very consistent sire. He was purchased at €3,050 by Fachtna O’Driscoll, Ardgehane, Skibbereen.
The sale topper at €3,400 Arlinstown Star 4th, is a son of Australian sire Yarram Star General W251 a sire with a five star rating for both terminal and maternal traits whose semen is regrettably no longer available. Out of a home bred dam Arlinstown Helen 5th this useful bull was exhibited by Declan Murphy, Arlinstown, Ballinhassig. The herd was founded and managed very successfully for many years by Declan’s uncle the late Gerry Murphy. This long very useful bull was purchased by extensive dairy farmer John Dunne, Ladysbridge who brings all progeny to slaughter for the Hereford branded beef schemes.
Other principal prices included Droumdaniel Johnny the youngest bull in the sale at sixteen months he is sired by Allowdale Excellent a Mawarra Sentimental son and was shown by Gene Lynch, Droumdaniel, Bantry. He sold at €2,850. John Cronin, Mourneabbey, Mallow received €2,800 for his Clyde Knight a Bowmont Storm A584 son out of Allowdale Laura by Border General V25. Kieran Noonan, Tullylease, Charleville exhibited Double Tree Ivan an Ardlahan Ginger son out of Clondrina 646th which sold at €2,700.
Overall this is a very welcome result for Herefords at Bandon with such an effective clearance, an increase of€460 on the average price there last spring. Hereford cross calves at the venue are enjoying excellent demand with a top price of €525 for a five week old bull calf on the Monday prior to the bull sale.
Herefords sold to a top price of €6,100 and an average of €3,600 at the Society’s Premier spring Show & Sale at Tullamore well surpassing the average at the recent sale at Kilkenny where demand outstripped supply.
Increased demand for Hereford bulls is clearly indicated by reports from breeders across the country that they are selling bulls earlier than in previous years and that many Hereford bulls have already been purchased on farm. This was apparent in Tullamore where ten of the twelve absentees were already sold in advance of the sale. Breeders are therefore understandably upping their expectations achieving their targets and in many instances surpassing them.
This was the situation at Tullamore where average prices increased by €500 on the same event in 2014. There is no doubt a number of buyers from Northern Ireland attending the sale influenced the overall outcome. The day’s top price of €6,100 was however paid by well-known Cavan Hereford breeder Sean McKiernan of Corlismore who has already sold sixteen Hereford bulls on farm this spring. His selection was the Reserve Champion Moyclare Mariner a November born son of Brocca Saviour from the herd of Michael Molloy Belmont, Co Offaly who also exhibited the Reserve Champion at last year’s event which sold to Dovea AI. This is a classic combination of some very successful Australian bloodlines imported through the Society’s Breed Improvement scheme in recent years. The sire Brocca Saviour is currently the number one bull for terminal traits on the ICBF evaluations; he is a son of the very successful Bowmont Storm A584. The dam of Mariner is Moyclare Dora a daughter of Yarram Pompeii V055.
Moyclare Lunar a first prize-winner and half-brother from the same stable out of Moyclare Pansy3rd by Skehanore Henry sold at €4,700 to Mervyn Hamilton, Castlederg, Co Tyrone. Mr Molloy was well pleased with the outcome heading home with a sale average of €5,400.
The Champion Knockmountagh Master a Grianan Firecracker son was exhibited by Eamon & John McKiernan, Monasterboice, Co Louth. The father and son partnership are no strangers to the top honours having scooped the Championship at the National Calf show in November last with this young bull. Northern Ireland Hereford breeder David Wilson of Maheraveley, Co Fermanagh was quickly off the mark as soon as this Knockmountagh Carmel son entered the ring finally securing him with a bid of €4,900.
Knockmountagh Bruno a first prize-winner also exhibited by Eamon & John McKiernan this time sired by Bowmont Vancouver another sire whose semen has been imported by the Society sold at €4,000 to William, Fleury, Killyon, Birr. This young bull’s dam Knockmountagh Aoife is a very good breeding cow sired by the very successful Churchill Storm V583. Vancouver progeny have been coming to prominence of late since semen of Bowmont Storm has become unavailable.
Willie Kennedy, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon on his first day out at Tullamore was extremely happy to part with his eighteen month old Feevaghmorepoll 1 Governor a Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty son at €4,650. He sold to Mervyn Hamilton of Castlederg who had already purchased Moyclare Lunar at €4,700. This bull is out of a cow Aliehs Annette purchased by Mr Kennedy from Timmy & Sheila O’Sullivan, Brosna, Tralee, Co Kerry.
Kye Hector 645 exhibited by Padraig McGrath, Kye, Elphin is by Free Town Hotspur and out of Kye Sheila 564 a Bowmont Storm A584 daughter. He was purchased by Damien Mulleady, Taughmaconnell, Ballinasloe, at €4,500. The sire Free Town Hotspur is a UK imported stockbull jointly owned by Padraig McGrath and JJ Farrell, Trillick, Co Longford.
Co Monaghan breeder Cathal Flynn, Tullyard, Monaghan accepted a final bid of €3,750 from Brian Stanley, Erill, Portlaois for his yearling bull Rossmore Kestrel. A Grianan King Kong son he is out of Rossmore Blossom by Ballyaville Nelson.
Grianan Neon from Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald a five star bull by Grianan Highflyer ET was purchased by Marcus Neylon, Darragh, Ennis, Co Clare at €3,700. Its dam Grianan Orange K581 is out of his award winning dam Grianan Dominique and is a Bowmont Storm A584 daughter.
It is perhaps worth noting that just three bulls went to pedigree breeders with the balance purchased by dairy and suckler producers. Hereford cross calf and store cattle prices are buoyant currently while demand for quality assured stock fitting the requirements of processors and retailers for the Hereford branded beef outlets continues to grow week on week. These appear to be the main drivers of demand while some marts suggest many store heifers and heifer calves are destined for the suckler beef herd as replacements in recognition of the dependability of the Hereford cross cow in terms of fertility, docility, milk and fertility.
Overall the average at €3,600 was very satisfactory with a range from €2,000 to €6,100 and a clearance of 66%. The Society’s next sale is at Nenagh on Saturday April18th with one the following week at Kilmallock on Friday April 24th.
Purchasers snapped up the full complement of Hereford Bulls exhibited at the Kilkenny Bull Sale this week.
Prices averaged a very satisfactory €3,180 with the top price of €4,500 paid for Chatsworth Hector the Reserve Champion out of the homebred dam Chatsworth Helical 9th by Trillick Winner and was exhibited by local Hereford breeder Tom Hennessy, of Chatsworth, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny. The impressive Allowdale Valour son was purchased by another local man Christy Finn, Bawngarriff, Ballycallan, Co Kilkenny for use as a stock bull in his dairy herd and Bawngarriff Hereford herd. Mr Hennessey was delighted with winning the Reserve Championship and topping the sale a feat he had not succeeded in previously.
The show Champion was exhibited by a local breeder Tom Brennan, Balleen, Freshford a regular and oft time winner at Kilkenny. This was a well grown bull by his successful herd sire Lisnaean Donal and out of Balleen Pansy 31st a Gageboro Eugenic daughter he sold to dairy farmer Kevin Rafferty of Passage East, Co Waterford at €3,500.
Other useful prices included Knockfin Exotic a Rathregan Upgrader son at €3,200 and Knockfin Garfield by Corraback Fulgent at €3,000 from the herd of Francis Scott, Knockfin, Rathdowney, Co Laois.
Wexford breeder John Jones of Pallas, Gorey, Co Wexford also realised €3,000 for his Glaslough Esquire son Clonroe Joe. His dam Clonroe Josie is a Castledaly Victor daughter.
Overall it was a successful day out for Hereford breeders. The indications are that many Hereford breeders are meeting very strong on farm demand at the moment and that purchasers are buying their bulls earlier this year that previously. Prices ranged from €4,500 to €2,500.
Prices for 2 to 3 week old Hereford cross calves are very high this spring with last year’s prices easily surpassed. Demand for quality assured stock ready for slaughter and indeed those suitable for further feeding is very strong at the moment all of which is influencing the demand for Hereford bulls. The Society holds its Show & Sale at Tullamore next Tuesday March 24th where 45 bulls and 7 heifers are catalogued.
The Hereford breed has emerged as a serious contender in the NI beef industry and this was reflected in the intense interest and very strong trade for quality bulls at this weeks’ Elite Breeders sale.
New record prices were set at the Dungannon event as Hereford bulls from Robin Irvine’s Graceland herd sold for 5,200 and 5,000 guineas while heifers sold to 3,000 guineas for Adrian and Sandra Irvine and 2,900 guineas for Mrs P McClenaghan.
Mervyn Richmond from the Elite Breeders group was delighted with the trade “The yard was packed with people and there was a real buzz of anticipation as prospective buyers jostled to view the stock on offer. There was keen competition for the best animals and it was encouraging to see buyers prepared to pay for quality”
The sale started strongly with 3,000 guineas paid for the first animal into the ring, a big strong two year old from John Conlons’ Drumatee herd at Markethill. This was followed by the first Graceland entry, again at 3,000 guineas with the same price paid for the first of the Corraback bulls from Mervyn Richmond. Another Corraback bull changed hands at 3,000 guineas but it was Corraback Holster at 3,300 guineas which produced the top price from the Richmond’s offering.
The pace changed with the entry of lot 7 into the ring – Graceland 1 Keynote, described as an exceptional young bull with real power and character had many admirers in the pre-sale viewing. His impressive set of EBV’s qualifies for Superior Carcass Sire status and a cash incentive of up to £500 from the Hereford Cattle Society. Bidding opened at 3,000 guineas and rose rapidly before auctioneer Trevor Wylie brought the hammer down at 5,000 guineas.
Hot on his heels at lot 8 was Graceland 1 Kojak, another son of Greenyards Dougie, the Graceland herd sire. A favourite with the pre sale pundits, Kojak attracted a number of hopeful bidders and after a prolonged battle was knocked down for the top price of the day at 5,200 guineas.
David Smyth made 2,900 guineas for Magheraknock 1 Kudos with the same price paid for Graceland 1 Kevin from Robin Irvine. The youngest bull in the sale, Annaghbeg 1Alpha from M & L Moore and one of the stars of the recent calf show was admired for his impressive growth and sold for 2,800 guineas.
Heifer trade followed pattern of the bulls with quality animals in keen demand. Top price of 3,000 guineas was paid to A & S Irvine for Pallas 1 Eva, a stylish young heifer carrying the service of Wirruna Daffy. Two well grown heifers from the Brookfield herd owned by Mrs P Mc Clenaghan, a relatively new breeder from Holywood sold at 2,900 guineas and 2,600 guineas.
The Elite Breeders group are indebted to Bank of Ireland, R & J Lyness Feeds and A1 Transport for their continued support for this event.