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Hereford bulls in hot demand at the Hereford Spring Sale in Nenagh

The Spring Hereford sale was held in Nenagh yesterday and what a flyer it was! The sale would usually be held on the Saturday before the Kilmallock April sale but this year the society decided to move to a Thursday to accomodate dairy farmers who would be attending the bi-weekly dairy female sale also held in Nenagh. The sale kicked off on a high with no re-runs from the first five lots as the demand was high for older bulls that are ready to work. The average sale price was €3200 which was over €300 above the average price for the same sale last year and 80% of bulls sold for over €3000.

The top of the town was bred by Noel Farrell of Brocca Herefords, Westmeath. Brocca Leo, sired by Allowdale Rambo 738 and bred from a Cill Cormaic Kasper dam, has a five-star replacement index along with five stars for milk, calving interval and good figures for calving ease. Leo was purchased by a Galway farmer for €4700.

Brocca Leo sold for €4700, with breeder Noel Farrell

Along way from home, Skehanore Gifted did not disappoint after his long journey from Ballydehob. This June 2020 born bull was bred by Tom & Paddy Hickey, Cork. Gifted is sired by Free Town Peerless, National Hereford Champion 2021 – a sire that is proving to be very successful for the Skehanore herd. Gifted was bred from a Balleen Plomber dam and has five stars for terminal index and carcase weight – he also has easy calving figures and was purchased for €3650 by a Laois breeder.

Skehanore Gifted sold for €3650, with breeder Paddy Hickey

There was success for Ballinveney Herefords once again during this sale. Ballinveney Dougal, born in November 2020 and bred by Rory Farrell, Tipperary, sold for €3400 to a Galway farmer. Dougal, sired by Karoonda Sampson, one of the IHBS Breed Improvement sires and bred from a GH Adams 1 Bulge dam, has a four-star terminal index.

Ballinveney Dougal sold for €3400, with breeders Brian and Daniel Farrell

The following lot catalogued; Mountwilliams Octavius was crowned Reserve Champion by judge Mr. Cathal Flynn of Rossmore Herefords, Monaghan. This November 2020 bull was bred by Aidan Farrell, Westmeath. Octavius was sired by Butlerstown Duke and bred from a Churchill Storm dam and has fours stars for both the terminal and the replacement index. Octavius was sold for €3400.

Mountwilliams Octavius sold for €3400, with breeder Aidan Farrell

Simonstown 1 Bruce, bred by Gabriel Glynn, Westmeath, sold for €3300 to fellow breeder from Clare. This May 2020 born bull was sired by Black Water Master and bred from Grousehallpoll 1 Premier dam – he has a five-star terminal index figure and five stars across the terminal index board for weight and conformation also.

Simonstown 1 Bruce sold for €3300, with breeder Gabriel Glynn

There was a big interest in bulls by farmers from the West of Ireland. Kye Ranger 920, bred by Padraig McGrath, Roscommon, was sold as lot 22 to a Clare farmer for €3250. Ranger is sired by Pulham Ranger and bred from a Cill Cormaic Kasper dam. This August 2020 born bull has five stars for terminal index and carcase weight.

Kye Ranger 920 sold for €3250, with breeders Padraig and Catherine McGrath

Three bulls on the day sold for €3200.

After a long journey from Monaghan to Nenagh – Glaslough Vauxhall – the first bull into the ring – did his job when he sold for €3200. Vauxhall was bred by Nigel Heatrick, Monaghan. This four-star terminal bull was sired by Clooncullane Major 343, a Trillick Hotspur son and bred from a Glaslough Pompeii dam.

Glaslough Vauxhall sold for €3200, with breeder Nigel Heatrick

The next lot into the ring also sold for €3200. Bred by Davina Lewis, Offaly – Glosterbegpoll 1 Romeo is sired by a Gageboro Morgan son and bred from a Trillick Hotspur dam. This April 2020 bull has a five-star replacement rate and was purchased by a Galway herd.

Glosterbegpoll 1 Romeo sold for €3200, with breeder Glen Lewis

There was further success for Davina Lewis and Glosterbeg Herefords when their second lot later sold for €3200 also to a West herd in Clare. Glosterbegpoll 1 Oscar, sired by Cill Cormaic Kasper and bred from a Glosterbeg Dave dam – has a page of stars including five stars for both the terminal and replacement index and a low calving figure.

Glosterbegpoll 1 Oscar sold for €3200, with breeder Glen Lewis

Mr. Cathal Flynn awarded the Champion of the day to Newland Dale, bred by Hugh P Murray, Westmeath. Newland Dale was awarded Reserve Junior Male Champion 2021 and has gone onto to continuously thrive since then. Dale, sired by Black Water Lad and bred from a Kilronan Hosea dam, was purchased for €3200 by a Galway farmer who also purchased Ballinveney Dougal.

Champion: Newland Dale sold for €3200 with breeder Hugh P. Murray and Judge Cathal Flynn

The final and youngest bull into the sales ring; Ardmulchan Sydney finished the sale off when he sold for €3000 to a fellow Meath breeder. Bred by Phil and Catherine Smyth, Meath; Ardmulchan Sydney is sired by Ballinveney Tiger and bred from a Church Preen Galileo dam. Sydney has five stars for the terminal index and carcase weight along with having a low calving figure.

Ardmulchan Sydney sold for €3000, with breeders Phil & Catherine Smyth and buyer Val Ledwith

Aidan Farrell of Mountwilliams Herefords, Westmeath sold his second and final bull later in the sale for €3000. Mountwilliams Oscar Wild, sired by Butlerstown Duke and bred from a Churchill Storm dam, has a four-star replacement index and an easy calving figure.

After a successful sale in Kilkenny earlier this month – there was further success for the Tipperary native, Willie Duff. Ballinalick Rory, sired by Allowdale Rory 594 and bred from a Ballyboe dam, was purchased by a Wexford breeder for €3000.

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

Many thanks are extended to the judge; Mr. Cathal Flynn, auctioneer; Mr. Eamonn Gaffney, pre-sale inspector: Mr. Clive Jennings, Stewards: Mr. Darren and Mr. Conor O’Rourke, Philip and the staff of Central Auctions Nenagh and to Irish Hereford Prime for once again sponsoring this sale.

Spring Hereford Show & Sale Kilmallock

The Hereford Spring Show & Sale was held last Saturday in GVM Kilmallock.

Out of 55 bulls catalogued 32 bulls were presented for sale given that home trade has been very strong with many bulls moving off farms early this season. The average price on the day was €2750.

Mr. Albert DeCogan joined the sale to judge the show in the morning. Mr. DeCogan made no mistake when tapping forward the Champion of the day. Ballinveney Diego, bred by the Farrell family from Tipperary, was crowned champion before topping the sale when he sold for €3400 to a fellow Tipperary herd. This December 2020 born bull was sired by a Yarram star General son and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam. Diego has five stars for the terminal index, carcase weight and carcase conformation along with a four-star replacement index figure and is easy calving.

Champion; Ballinveney Diego, sold for €3400, with breeders; Rory, Brian and Dan Farrell and IHBS President, Adrian Bateman

Mr. Albert De Cogan made no error in choosing his reserve champion in Gageboro Vermont. Bred by John Holloway & Niall and Lisa Daly of Gageboro Herefords, Westmeath, this August 2020 born bull is sired by Haven Jackal and bred from a Gurteragh Maximus 593 dam. Gageboro Vermont sold for €3100 to a Cork farmer.

Reserve Champion: Gageboro Vermont sold for €3100, with breeder Niall Daly

There was great success for new breeders; Eamonn & Edmund Sheehan, Limerick, on their first day out with their first bull to sell. Lot 8 – Rathcannon Rocky, born May 2020, was sired by Pulham Powerhouse and bred from a Tullaha dam. Rocky has a five-star rating across both the Replacement and the Terminal index and low figures for calving. Rocky was purchased by a neighbouring herd for €3200.

Rathcannon Rocky sold for €3200, with breeder Edmund Sheehan

There was great success for JJ Farrell of Trillick Herefords, Longford, on the day. Their first lot into the ring; Trillick Tim 2 sold to a Cavan dairy farmer for €3200. Tim was sired by Free Town Nevada and bred from a Grianan Firecracker dam. This September 2020 born bull was bred from one of the best breeding cows in the herd and has low calving figures.

Trillick Tim 2 sold for €3200, with breeder JJ Farrell

Trillick Buddy was the second and final lot for the herd presented for sale on the day. Another son of Freetown Nevada and bred from a Steil Gerard cow – Buddy has a five-star rating for the Terminal index and carcase conformation along with easy calving figures. Buddy was purchased by a local Limerick herd for €3000.

Trillick Buddy sold for €3000, with breeder JJ Farrell
Listrolin Morgan was first prize winner with breeder Seamus Rohan

Congratulations to all exhibitors and the best of luck to all purchasers.

Many thanks to judged; Mr. Albert De Cogan, the auctioneer; Mr. Eamonn Gaffney, In-take inspector; Mr. Clive Jennings, Steward on the day; Mr. Paddy O’Connor and all the staff at GVM Kilmallock for all their help during the sale.

Many thanks are extended to Irish Hereford Prime for their continued support of Hereford sales this Spring as they have sponsored €200 to the purchaser of each bull sold for over €2800 along with donating the value of the full sales commission from this sale towards the Irish Red Cross/ Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Upcoming Hereford Sales

  • Nenagh: Thursday April 21st – 53 Bulls – CATALOGUE
  • North Leinster Hereford Branch Bull Sale – Friday May 6th – entries online – ENTER HERE!
  • Munster Branch Hereford Bull Sale – Saturday May 14th
  • Nenagh: Saturday May 28th – Entry Form

Hereford demand surpasses supply in Bandon

***Please note there was an error in the below report – Springvilla Brody by the Roycroft family sold for joint top price of €3550***

Herefords were in hot demand yesterday at the annual Show & Sale in Bandon mart with more customers then there were bulls for.

The sale was a great success with 100% clearance rate and an average price of €3000. Half of the bulls sold for €3000 during the sale and many customers left the sale without being able to purchase a bull.

The top price of the sale was earned by Hazel Grove Gladiator who sold for €3550 who was also crownd Reserve Champion by show judge; Mr. Adrian Bateman, IHBS President. This September 2020 born bull was bred by Dermot Whelton of Hazel Grove Herefords, Skibberean. Gladiator, sired by Pulham Powerhouse and bred from a Trillick Best dam, has five stars for carcase weight and milk.

Reserve Champion: Hazel Grove Gladiator sold for €3550, with breeder Dermot Whelton and IHBS Preisdent, Adrian Bateman.

Mr. Bateman tapped lot 14 – Skehanore Gleeful forward as Bandon Sale Champion who was bred by Tom and Paddy Hickey, Ballydehob, Cork. This July 2020 born bull is sired by Freetown Peerless, who was crowned National Hereford Champion 2021 and also sired Skehanore Fruitful who is currently standing in Dovea AI. Bred from an Allowdale Exceller cow – Gleeful has a five star terminal index rating and was sold for the next highest price of €3450 to a fellow breeder from Meath.

Champion: Skehanore Gleeful sold for €3450, with breeder Paddy Hickey and IHBS President Adrian Bateman presenting the Frank Appelbe memorial cup.

There was further success for the Skehanore herd when their second lot of the day also sold for €3450. Skehanore Genuine is sired by Freetown Peerless also and bred from a Balleen Plomber dam. This June 2020 bull has a four star replacement index rate.

Skehanore Genuine sold for €3450, with breeder Paddy Hickey

The first lot in the sale to sell was the second lot in the ring, bred by Declan Murphy, Ballinhassig, Cork. Arlinstown George 24th received the joint third top price on the day when he was purchased by a Cork farmer for €3350. This March 2020 bull was sired by Trillick George and bred from a Drumberagh Kasper dam. George has fours stars for both the replacement and terminal index.

Arlinstown George 24th sold for €3350.

There was also success for the Springvilla Hereford herd by the Roycroft family, Dunmanway, Cork. Springvilla Brody, sired by Drumboy Jamie and bred from an Ocean Storm dam was also purchased by a fellow Cork farmer for the joint third top price of €3550.

Springvilla Brody sold for €3350, with breeder Robert Roycroft

The final lot of the day was Clydapoll 1 Diego, bred by John Cronin, Mallow, Cork. This polled bull was sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star and bred from a Netherhall 1 Oz Daffy dam. The December 2020 born bull has five stars for terminal index and four stars for both the replacement index and milk. Diego was sold on the day for €3250.

Clydapoll 1 Diego sold for €3250, with breeder Ray Cronin and Martin Murphy

Congratulations to all exhibitors on a very successful sale day and the very best of luck to all the purchasers.

Ennis Multi-breed Bull Sale

There was also great success for Herefords in Ennis this week when Herefords proved to be “were the highlight of the day”! Hereford bulls on the day sold for upto €3300 with over half of the bulls on the day selling for over €3000!

Upcoming Hereford Sales

Fear not if you missed your opportunity to purchase a Hereford bull yesterday in Bandon – our next Spring Hereford Show & Sale is this Saturday April 16th in GVM Kilmallock!

There are 55 bulls catalogued for sale with the show starting at 11am followed by the sale at 1pm. The sale is also available on LSL auctions.

Kilmallock catalogue available- CLICK HERE!

Kilkenny annual Hereford bull sale off to a good start

The annual April bull sale which is held in Kilkenny mart each year was held yesterday, 6th April.

There were 36 Hereford bulls catalogued of which 25 bulls were presented for sale. Of the 25 bulls, 21 were rehomed – leaving an excellent clearance rate of 85%. Of those bulls sold – 65% sold for €3000 or over. The average price for the sale rested at €3000 also.

The top price of the day was earned by lot 175 – Ballinalick Braveheart. Bred by Willie Duff, Tipperary, Braveheart is sired by Ballinalick Galaxy and bred from a Trillick Hotspur dam. This September 2020 born bull is quite a traditional style bull and sold for €4000.

Top Priced bull: Ballinalick Braveheart sold for €4000

Mr. Albert De Cogen judged the pre-sale show where there were two classes of Herefords. Mr. De Cogen tapped out lot 164 as Champion; Balleen Document, bred by Tom Brennan, Kilkenny. Balleen Document, sired by Balleen Achiever and bred from a Cedar Liam granddaughter, he has five stars for the Replacement index and milk along with four stars for Terminal index. This May 2020 born bull sold for €3700.

Champion: Balleen Document sold for €3700, with exhibitor Eoin Sheehy & judge Albert De Cogen

Reserve Champion on the day was awarded to lot 180 – Boveen Upton, bred by Joe O’Connor, Offaly. This September 2020 born bull was sired by a Cill Cormaic Kasper son and bred from a home bred Boveen cow. Upton was purchased for €3000.

Reserve Champion: Boveen Upton sold for €3000 – with breeder Joe O’Connor, Offaly & the judge Albert De Cogen.

There was further success for Boveen Herefords when their second lot entered the sales ring. Boveen Uibh Fhaili was sold for €3400. This bull was sired by the same Cill Cormaic Kasper again – Ballyvlinngold Captain and bred from a Corran Hill Classic dam. This September 2020 bull has a four star Replacement index and carcase figure.

There was great success for fellow Kilkenny breeder; Christy Finn of Bawngarriff Herefords when he sold Bawngarriff Douglas Seven for €3500. This October 2020 born bull was sired by a Cill Cormaic Kasper son and bred from a Cavehill Storm granddaughter. Douglas Seven has five stars for both the Terminal index and carcase conformation along with having four stars for both the Replacement index and milk.

Mr. Finn’s next lot into the ring also sold well when he was purchased for €3400. Bawngarriff Douglas Eight was sired by Forestview Douglas also, a Cill Cormaic Kasper son and bred from a Kilsunny Goliath dam. This bull has a four star Terminal and Replacement index.

Lot 185 – Knockduffpoll 1 Dan 2 was also purchased for €3400 on the day. This October 2020 born bull was bred by Mairead Curtis and Michael Jones of Knockduff Herefords, Wexford. He is sired by Gageboro Morgan and bred from a Rathcor Ranger dam. Dan has four stars for milk.

There was further success for the Curtis and Jones family when their second lot was sold for €3100. Knockduffpoll 1 Kevin was also sired by Gageboro Morgan and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam. Kevin has five stars for milk.

Second prize winner on the day; Galballypoll 1 Realspice 1600 was sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Gold Spice and bred from a Dorepoll 1 93n Transatlantic dam. Realspice, bred by Trevor Masterson, Wexford, has five stars across the board and was purchased for €3350.

Gallballypoll 1 Realspice sold for €3350 – with breeder Trevor Masteron, Wexford.

Lot 161 – Ballyraggan Understudy 1015th – bred by James Thompson, Carlow, sold for €3100. This April 2020 born bull was sired by Airhill Oisin and bred from a Border Rory dam.

Also selling for €3100 on the day was Listeolin Major – bred by Pat Rohan, Kilkenny. Major is sired by Conmelvin Ollie and bred from a Kilsunny Goliath Dam. Major has a four star Replacement rate.

The next top price of the sale was €3050 for Mount Shannon Rusty, bred by Nigel Cox, Roscommon. Sired by Trillick George and bred from a Woodview dam – this October 2020 born bull has four stars for Terminal index and carcase weight.

The final bull sold for €3000 on the day was lot 186 – Macmine Benny who was bred by Niall Jones, Wexford. This bull is a Gageboro Morgan son and bred from an Airhill dam. Benny has five stars for both carcase conformation and milk.

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

Upcoming Hereford Bull Sales:

  •  Bandon multi-breed sale: Wednesday 13th April
  • Kilmallock: Saturday April 16th – 55 Bulls – CATALOGUE
  • Nenagh: Thursday April 21st

Calf trade regains strength.

Enniscorthy Mart

During the weekly calf sale in Enniscorthy last week, Hereford calves sold very well, ranging from €140 for the lighter heifers up to €330 for a good Hereford heifer with the tops paid for a Hereford heifer being €515; their male counterparts ranged from €170 up to €360.

This four week old heifer cross calf sold for €515
  • One four-week-old Hereford-cross heifer made €330
  • One three-week-old Hereford-cross heifer made €270
  • One three-week-old Hereford-cross bull made €360
This Three week old bull calf sold for €360

Summing up the mart manager stated: “Overall, another big sale and a better trade throughout for all calf types. The suck calves in general remain in big demand from local farmers all looking for those good quality calves.”

*** Report & photo credit to Brian McDonnell, Agriland, March 25th 2022 at 6.10am.

Thurles Mart

During the weekly calf sale in Thurles; Mart manager Martin noted that farmer-buyers are more active for coloured calves and said “there have been very few farmers buying Friesian bull calves in comparison with other years”. Hereford bull calves made as much as €380 on the day.

This February born Hereford bull made €380

Martin also noted that last year, a lot more farmers were rearing small numbers of calves due to family members at home from the Covid-19 lock down and many of these smaller buyers are not active this year.

*** Report & photo credit to Breifne O’Brien, Agriland, March 27th 2022 at 2pm.