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.





Tom Brennan, Balleen, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny achieved a double triumph at the recent multi-breed Spring bull sales at Kilkenny securing €3400 twice for two homebred bulls from the famous Balleen Herd. Balleen Diplomat, a four star terminal index bull sired by CH 3223 Visa 57X and out of the former show heifer, Balleen Polly was to first to sell at €3400. A short time later, this bull’s full brother, Balleen Perfection sold for the same money at €3400 also, rounding out a very successful day for the Kilkenny native.

DSCF0092Joint top priced bull, Balleen Perfection with Tom Brennan (exhibitor) who sold for €3400.

New breeder, Seamus Rohan, Listrolin, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny secured the third best price of the sale, selling Listrolin Lad, a September 2015 born bull, for €3200. This five stars ICBF terminal index bull is sired by former RDS Champion of Champions recipient, Kye Rodge 553 and is out of Balleen Maeve 798.

DSCF0079Third highest priced bull, Listrolin Lad who sold for €3200.

One of the oldest bulls in the sale, Ballyraggan Domino 830, exhibited by James Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow traded at €3100. This bull was born in April 2015 and is sired by the stock bull Woodview Everest and is out of Ballyraggan Whitehorn 625.

DSCF0101Fourth highest priced bull, Ballyraggan Domino 830 with James Thompson (exhibitor) and purchaser, who sold for €3100.

The Reserve Champion bull, Chatsworth Joe, exhibited by Thomas Henessy, Chatsworth, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny sold for €3000. This bull is sired by Lakelodge Joe 3 and is out of homebred dam from the Dolly family at Chatsworth.

DSCF0067Reserve Champion, Chatsworth Joe with Thomas Henessy (exhibitor) who sold for €3000.

The Supreme Championship, under joint judges Michael & Niall Jones, Knockduff, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford was awarded to regular exhibitor, Christy Finn, Bawngariff, Ballycallan, Co. Kilkenny with Bawngarriff Gigolo. This bull failed to meet his reserve in the sales ring and was unsold.

DSCF0060Supreme Champion, Bawngarriff Gigolo with Christy Finn (exhibtor).

Overall, trade was extremely brisk with an almost 70% clearance selling to an average

of €3170.

Report & Photography by Edward Dudley

Haven Kingpin Progeny Dominate the Bull Section at the Annual UK Hereford Christmas Calf Show

The Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association (HCBA) Annual Christmas Calf Show at Shrewsbury Mart produced another superb line up of top quality calves this year.

Grand Male Champion Haven Neptune: Taking the limelight was Haven Neptune from EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. This 13 month old calf, who is in the top 1% for 200 day weight and has Terminal Sire and Self-replacing indices in the top 10% of the  Breed, is out of Haven Shela 27th and by Haven Kingpin. Following seven very strong bull classes it was Haven Neptune who took the Grand Male Championship sponsored by The Hutchinson Partnership.

Grand Male Champion Haven Neptune with Haven stockman Mike Chandler
Grand Male Champion Haven Neptune with Haven stockman Mike Chandler

Reserve Male Champion Haven Northstar: Standing Reserve was stablemate Haven Northstar another top notch bull calf by “Kingpin”. Nine month old “Northstar”, who is out Haven Curly 124th, has an excellent range of EBV traits with many in the top 10% of the Breed.

 L to R, Breed President Michael Clark, with Haven Northstar, breeder Edward Lewis, Haven Neptune Stockman Mike Chandler and Show Judge John O'Connor
L to R, Breed President Michael Clark, with Haven Northstar, breeder Edward Lewis, Haven Neptune Stockman Mike Chandler and Show Judge John O’Connor

Pair of Bulls (Haven Neptune and Haven Nugget – both by Kingpin) – Haven Herefords

Group of Three by the same sire (Haven Neptune, Haven Northstar and Haven Nugget – all by Kingpin)- Haven Herefords. In reserve were another well-known local herd, Free Town Herefords from RA Bradstock & Partners, Tarrington, Herefordshire with three smart matching animals sired by Mara Humorous.

Progeny of Kingpin have been making its mark here in Ireland also. Semen of Kingpin (HKP) is available through the Society’s breed improvement program and has been moving steadily since its arrival. Those wishing to obtain Kingpin semen should be place their orders with the Society soon as quantities are becoming limited given demand in recent months since progeny was first exhibited.

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