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The final Hereford Spring sale went out with a bang as a 100% of animals were sold, with some impressive prices achieved on the day. The average price was just shy of €3,000 with a price range of €2,200 – €4,000.

Well known Hereford breeders Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald brought home the champion sash for their bull Grianan Prince. This 4 star terminal bull is bred by Grianan Freddy who produced a number of animals that were very successful around the shows last year. Local Nenagh man Michael McLoughlin became the new owner when he placed his final bid at €3,500.

Champion Grianan Prince sold for €3,500, bred by T & A Fitzgerald Mount Temple Moate. Breeder Anselm Fitzgerald, Moate, Liam Philpott (Hereford Society President) Mervyn Richmond, Fermanagh (Judge).

Philip and Catherine Smyth took second place when their bull Ardmulchan Magic was crowned Reserve Champion. This bull is out of the well known UK bull Church Preen Galileo who has had a great deal of success across the water winning best bull under 2 years old and Reserve Champion at the National Show, Tenbury and Senior Male Champion at the National Calf Show in Bristol 2010.

Reserve Champion Ardmulchan Magic sold for €2,500 with breeder Catherine Smyth, Navan,  Mervyn Richmond, Fermanagh (Judge) and Liam Philpott (Hereford Society President).

Roscommon man William Kennedy returned to Ballyforan with a heavy wallet as he brought home a total of €9,300 for his 3 bulls. Willie’s 16 month old bull, Feevaghmore Las Vegas was responsible for almost half the purse as he sold for €4,000 the highest price of the sale. This very stylish 16 month old sire, a son of the very successful Haven Kingpin, has a 5 star rating for both the terminal and replacement indexes’ along with an impressive calving difficulty value of 3.4%, which is lower than the breed average.

Top price bull Feevaghmore Las Vegas sold for €4,000 with breeder Willie Kennedy, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon.

James Thompson from the very successful herd of Ballyraggan Herefords, Co. Carlow received the next highest price on the day for his bull Ballyraggan Pioneer 839th selling at €3,800. Sired by Ballyaville Fine Tune who is a son of Hollow Point Broker this bull scored 5 stars for terminal, docility and carcass weight.

Longford man JJ Farrell of Trillick Herefords was another exhibitor who grabbed the attention of a number of buyers when it came to selling his bull Trillick Senior. This attractive sire scored 4 and 5 stars for the termianal and replacement index. Trillick Senior certainly took after his father, Free Town Hotspur who is recognised for his easy calving at 1.9%, with Trillick Senior scoring a value of 3.5%.Trillick Senior sold for €3,750 with breeder JJ Farrell, Co. Longford.

The society would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Matt Malone on his retirement. We would like to thank Matt for his hard work and dedication through the years, we wish him all the best.

Presentation by IHBS Chairman Willie Branagan & President Liam Philpott to Matt Malone as a mark of appreciation by the society on the retirement of Matt Malone as GM.

An all Breed Event will be on the Saturday of the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend (June 3rd).

It’s guaranteed to be a great day out with all aspects of animal showing discussed on the day.

Covering topics such as;
– Animal nutrition & health
– Healthy and safety
– Animal selection & training
– Grooming & showmanship

Starting at 10am in Tullamore mart.

More than half of the bulls sold made €3,000 or more at Kilkenny

Twelve Hereford bulls were sold at the Kilkenny multi breed show and sale on Wednesday the 19th of April, with 7 of these making €3,000 or more. Local Kilkenny man and new breeder Seamus Rohan had a successful day at the previous Kilkenny sale and went on to dominate the Hereford class this time around with his bull Listrolin Lord when judge David Larkin awarded him the champion rosette.

The young bull born in September 2015 sold for €4,000 has a terminal and replacement rating of 5 and 4 stars respectively. This bull is a son of Balleen Pansy 762 bred by well know Hereford breeder and Kilkenny native Tom Brennan and sired by Kye Rodge 553, a former RDS Champion of Champions.

Seamus Rohan and sons with their Champion bull Listrolin Lad

Reserve champion went to Christy Finn’s homebred bull Bawngarriff Sonic, a 4 star terminal bull born in July 2015 that sold at €3,800 the second highest price of the day.

Christy Finn with his Reserve Champion Bawngarriff Sonic

Third highest price for the Hereford breed was €3,300 which was shared by three Leinster men;

  • Knockfin Yukon by Francis Scott, Rathdowney: A 4 star terminal bull born September 2015
  • Arnagross General 2 by Tomas Plunkett, Mullingar: An October calf from 2015, and son of Trillick Ranger.
  • Chastworth Keeper by Thomas Hennessy Castlecomer: A 2015 November calf sired by Allowdale Valour.

Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture was also present on the day and made a purchase of a very stylish bull from Ballyraggan Herefords, a long established pedigree farm and one of the oldest Hereford herds in Ireland dating backing to 1938. The 21 month old bull bred by James Thompson sold for €3,000 with full marks in the terminal and replacement index’s scoring 5 stars for both. This bull is a grandson to the well know Australian bred bull Hollow Point Broker who is famous for his depth and thickness.

Hereford Calf Promotion at Skibbereen Mart

The Hereford Society recently held another calf promotion in the South West of Cork, at Skibbereen Mart, with a good turn out on the day. Demand for Hereford calves remain strong with prices continuing to grow.

William Forde sold his champion bull for €350, which is €80 more in comparison to 2014 when William took the champion rosette with one of his calves, which sold for €270 at the same event.

Champion Hereford Bull calf owned by William Forde, Drimoleague,(centre) sold for €350, receiving his prize from Paddy Hickey. West Cork Hereford Club and Christy Mullins, West Cork Hereford Club.
Champion Hereford Heifer calf owned by Sylvister Cotter, Caheragh, sold for €275. Paddy Hickey, West Cork Hereford Club, presenting the prize to Gene Lynch, who received it on the owners behalf. 

Calf Promotion Kilmallock

The sun shone brightly on the sky as Hereford breeders John Neenan and John McAuliffe attended the Hereford calf show at Kilmallock mart. There was a plentiful supply of Hereford calves as judges Donie Mullins and David Geary selected their champions under the watch of Hereford auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill. They selected John McCarthy’s heifer calf as female champion sired by a Kilcormac bull.

The Shandrum Man also won this prize last year and was sold for €320. The male champion was property of Micheal D Murphy Newmarket and sold for €400.  This calf was one of a lot of 8 bulls and they went on to make €395 each.  These calves were all sired by a bull purchased from Tom Roycroft Dunmanway Co.Cork. Overall the Hereford trade was buzzing and the prospects for the Hereford bull sale on this Friday should be a red a hot sale.

Roisín and Fiona Hickey, Doon, Co. Tipperary with one of the calves entered in the Irish Hereford Society Calf Show and Sale last week in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick.
Donie Mullins, judge, Mary Gavey, G.V. M. representing winners Liam Murphy, Newmarket owner of the winning bull calf and John McCarthy,Newtownshandrum, owner of the winning heifer calf, John Neenan, Irish Hereford Society and John McAuliffe, Palatine Herefords, Feohanagh, Co. Limerick.
Jerry Daly, Bruree and Sandra Murphy from Newtownshandrum, Charleville, Co. Cork at the event.
Sandra Murphy, Newtownshandrum, Co. Cork with the winning heifer and bull calf at the show.
Robert and Rory Troy, Charleville, Co. Cork enjoying the Calf Show and Sale in Golden Vale Mart, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

Bandon Premier Show & Sale 2017

The annual Premier Pedigree Show & Sale took place on Wednesday 5th of April at Cork co-operative mart Bandon with bulls of approximately 18 months – 2 years of age on show.

The sale attracted a total of 25 exhibitors of which 15 were sold resulting in a respectable 60% clearance rate with a correlating average price of €2,553.

Christopher Mullins from Bantry in Co. Cork received the champion sash for his fine looking animal Island View Alex who is a son of Droumdaniel Hector, which sold for €2,650. John Appelbe from Clonakilty Co. Cork stepped up to claim the title of Reserve Champion with his well muscled bull Appel 1 Federation a son of the UK bull Pallas 1 Jubliee.

When we finally got to the sale ring, prices started at around the €2,600 mark and were in the range of €1,900 – 2,900 for the duration of the auction. John Appelbe thought he had claimed the honour of top price bull when his Reserve Champion departed the ring with a price tag of €2,900 but he was content not to have this title completely stripped away as he shared the accolade with Jerry ‘O’ Sullivan when his bull Hollycrest Nidge (a son of the well known Kilsunny Goliath) left the ring with a price to match Appelbe’s bull.

Champion Bandon Island View Alex owner Christy Mullins receiving the Appelbe cup from John Appelbe and Judge Liam Philpott President IHBS

Reserve Champion Bandon Apple 1 Federation with John Appelbe and Judge Liam Philpott

Sincere thanks to IHBS President Liam Phipott who was our judge for the day, our auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill and last but not least to all the staff who organised and held the event at Bandon mart.