Excellent Clearance of 88% and a Top Price of €3,700 for Herefords at GVM Kilmallock

Recent strong demand for Herefords continued at the Irish Hereford Society’s recent sale at Kilmallock. Bulls sold to a top price of €3,700 to average €2,900 with an excellent clearance of 88%.

The Champion Clondrina 1110th by herd sire Balleen Gilbert was bred and exhibited by well-known Co Clare breeders Gerry and Declan Donnelly, Lisseycasey, Ennis. Out of a homebred dam Clondrina 881st by Dunlever Umbert he sold for the top price of €3,700 to Sam and Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan.

 Champion Clondrina 1110th with owner Declan Donnelly and Judge Martin Murphy €3,700
Champion Clondrina 1110th with owner Declan Donnelly and Judge Martin Murphy €3,700

Padraig McGrath, Elphin, Co Roscommon a regular exhibitor at Kilmallock had two bulls on offer at the event. Kye Hotshot 647 and Kye Harry 665. Both bulls are sired by UK import and herd sire Free Town Hotspur which also sired the €4,600 top price bull at the recent Nenagh sale. Hotshot 647 out of Kye Shelia sold to Garret Ducey, Youghal, Co Cork at €3,500 while Harry 665 out of a Churchill Storm daughter Kye Sorcha 2nd sold to Richard Heffernan, Donohill, Tipperary at €3,400 a satisfactory day out for the Roscommon man.

Kye Hotshot 647 with owner Padraig McGrath €3,500
Kye Hotshot 647 with owner Padraig McGrath €3,500
Kye Harry 665 with owner Padraig McGrath €3,400
Kye Harry 665 with owner Padraig McGrath €3,400

Towra Brilliant a thirteen month old son to Mawarra Sentimental was shown by relative newcomer to the scene John Nash, Towra, Cloughjordan. This promising young thirteen month old sire is out of a Yarram Pompeii V055 daughter Towra June and was purchased at €3,250 as a potential herd sire for the Balleen herd of Tom Brennan, Freshford, Co Kilkenny.

Towra Brilliant with owner John Nash €3,250
Thirteen Month old Towra Brilliant with owner John Nash €3,250

The Reserve Champion shown by veteran Hereford breeder Tommy Dunne, Kildorrery was Oldcastletown Terence. The purchaser was Frank Matthews, Drumcollogher, Co Limerick. This bull is out of a homebred cow Oldcastletown Pearl by Trillick Best.

 Reserve Champion Oldcastletown Terance owner Tommy Dunne €3100
Reserve Champion Oldcastletown Terance owner Tommy Dunne €3100

Pat Molloy of Lurgan, Moate, Co Offaly another relative newcomer to the scene exhibited Kilfoylan Saviour a son of Ardlahan Julie he is sired by Brocca Saviour. He sold at €3.150 o Michael Kennedy, Fermoy.

Other prices of note included Furaleigh Ben from Ted O’Sullivan at €3,000 to Noel O’Grady, Kilmallock, Oldcastletown Jim at €3,000 from Tommy Dunne to John Myers, Knockevevin, Kilmallock and Moyclare Nelson from Michael Molloy again at €3,000 to Sean Cagney, Granagh, Kilmallock.

Hereford cross calves, store steers and heifers are consistently making the top prices at GVM Kilmallock each week a fact which has not gone unnoticed by those in attendance at the mart on a regular basis. This no doubt has a positive influence on current demand for Hereford bulls.

The Society’s next sale is at Nenagh on Saturday May 16th where 43 bulls are on offer.

Championship winner Declan Donnelly is congratulated by IHBS resident Ivor Deverell on his win Photo by Ita West
Championship winner Declan Donnelly is congratulated by IHBS President Ivor Deverell Photo by Ita West

Herefords sell to a top price of €4,500 and an average of €3,150 at Nenagh

The IHBS report another terrific sale for Herefords at Nenagh following on a very good outing at Kilkenny just a few days ago. The sale held on a day of brilliant sunshine saw a range of prices from €4,500 to €2,200. The crowd somewhat smaller than usual were intent on purchasing and taking a bull home. Great grass growth in recent days together with the start of the breeding season has injected a further sense of urgency in the sales. Numbers of Hereford bulls are tightening as sales on farm and at the marts continue apace.

Top price bull Trillick Tyson €4,500 with owner JJ Farrel
Top price bull Trillick Tyson €4,500 with owner JJ Farrell

Trillick Tyson proved to have the knockout punch when bidding stopped at €4,500 to secure the top price of the day for well-known Longford breeder JJ Farrell. This son of his UK bred stockbull Freetown Hotspur is out of Trillick Sally and was purchased by Connor Lynch who travelled all the way from Dundalk in Co Louth. A further son of Hotspur exhibited by Mr Farrell, Trillick Niall out of Trillick Linda was bought as a herd sire by Hereford breeder Richard Wallace, Crettyard, Carlow at €3,700 to average €4,100 for the two bulls exhibited.

Ocean Richard €3,750, owners Kieran & Stephen Harty with purchaser John Heagney, Portumna
Ocean Richard €3,750, owners Kieran & Stephen Harty with purchaser John Heagney, Portumna

Ballyheigue, Co Kerry breeder Kieran Harty and son Stephen exhibited Ocean Richard. A second prize-winner sired by Dovea AI sire Glaslough Esquire out of Ocean Special Flora he was purchased by Portumna dairy farmer John Heagney at €3,750.

Trillick Niall €3,700 with owner JJ Farrell
Trillick Niall €3,700 with owner JJ Farrell
Glaslough Nero €3,700 with owner Nigel Heatrick
Glaslough Nero €3,700 with owner Nigel Heatrick

Glaslough Nero was shown by Sam and Nigel Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan who were well satisfied with the €3,700 achieved. This November born bull is by herd sire Cill Cormaic Isaac out of the homebred dam Glaslough Karen. He was purchased by Pat O’Donoghue, Mallow, Co Cork.

Champion Moyclare Magnificient €3,500 with owner Michael Molloy
Champion Moyclare Magnificient €3,500 with owner Michael Molloy

The championship was awarded to Moyclare Magnificent a bull from Michael Molloy, Belmont, Co Offaly. Mr Molloy has had a very successful year to date winning several championships and achieving top prices at various venues. Magnificent is sired by his herd sire Brocca Saviour a Bowmont Storm A584 son bred by his neighbour Noel Farrell. Saviour was the number one Hereford sire on the ICBF December 2014 evaluations and is credited with much of the success recently achieved. The dam is Moyclare Rose 10th and the purchaser at €3,500 is well known, long-time Hereford breeder and Judge Tom Ludgate, Kilgubban, Mallow.

Newland Goss €3,400 with owner Hugh Murray
Newland Goss €3,400 with owner Hugh Murray

One to watch for in the future is young Hereford breeder and enthusiast Hugh P Murray of Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath who exhibited Newland Goss. This well turned out February born son of Castledaly Jeff was calf champion at Strokestown last summer, is out of Castledaly Bid and sold to Michael Mahon, Rathdowney, Co Laois when the hammer dropped at €3,400.

Reserve Champion Ballinveney Pirate €3,350 with John Johnston in background, Judge Gene Lynch, Bantry and owner Rory Farrell
Reserve Champion Ballinveney Pirate €3,350 with John Johnston in background, Judge Gene Lynch, Bantry and owner Rory Farrell

The Reserve Champion Ballinveney Pirate a very long Bowmont Storm A584 son was shown by Rory Farrell, Toomevara with the assistance of his show team, sons Daniel, Brian and Seamus. Out of Ballinveney Clodagh he was purchased at €3,350 by local man Matt Crowe, Templederry, Nenagh.

Grianan Nobleman €3,300 with owner Anselm Fitzgerald
Grianan Nobleman €3,300 with owner Anselm Fitzgerald

Grianan Nobleman from the herd of Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald, Mount Temple, Moate was sold at €3,300 to Michael Murphy of Newport, Co Tipperary. A further son of Bowmont Storm A584 one of the most successful sires imported from Australia by the Society and out of Grianan Dominique a top performing dam at the Grianan herd.

Hereford calf prices continue to be a source of discussion with further reports of outstanding prices achieved at Castleisland, Listowel, Kilmallock, Bandon, Skibbereen and Kilkenny. Quality assured stock for slaughter are urgently required if you have such stock available or will have in the weeks and months ahead please call 044/9348855 for further information on the best possible outlets for such stock. The Society’s next sale takes place at Kilmallock on Friday next April 24th.

Top Price €4,600 and €3,277 average for Herefords at Kilkenny

Trade for Herefords continues to push out the boundaries with a top price of €4,600 and an overall average of €3,277 for Herefords at the annual April bull sale at Kilkenny this week.

Champion Balleen Budget owned by Tom Brennan (in background) & shown by Owen Sheehy sold at the top price of €4,600

Champion Balleen Budget owned by Tom Brennan (in background) & shown by Owen Sheehy sold at the top price of €4,600

Regular exhibitor and Championship winner Tom Brennan, Freshford was in the winner’s enclosure once again this time with Balleen Budget a Gageboro Eugenic son out of Balleen Miss Perfect 5th. A long bull with plenty of growth he sold to Pat Fogarty, Rathcormack, Waterford for a top bid of €4,600.

Reserve Champion Coolnacritta Conor sold at €4,000 Owned and exhibited by Sean Shiel, Coolnacritta, Rathdowney
Reserve Champion Coolnacritta Conor sold at €4,000 Owned and exhibited by Sean Shiel, Coolnacritta, Rathdowney

This result immediately followed by a final bid of €4,000 for Reserve Champion Coolnacritta Conor set the pace for the remainder of the sale. This very useful bull was shown by a local breeder Sean Shiel, Coolnacritta, Rathdowney and was sired by his herd sire Glaslough King a Rathregan Napoleon son out of a Breaney Sam daughter Coolnacritta Rose. The purchaser was Dick Lonergan, Ahenny, Carrick on Suir.

€3,500 was the final bid by Michael Kelly, Gowran, Co Kilkenny to secure Balleen Doc a Lisnaean Donal 1st son out of Balleen Vallrey which was the second of two bulls exhibited by Tom Brennan giving him an average of over €4,000 for the two of his four entries forward. He had two absentees which he had already sold direct from his yard in the days leading up to the sale at similar prices.

Another local breeder who had a very good result at this venue just a month ago is Rathdowney breeder Francis Scott. His offering on this occasion included four bulls Knockfin Noble, Dunmore, Unite and Lewis all by his herd sire Rathregan Upgrader. These sold for an average of €3,000 netting him a neat €12,000 for the days endeavour.

Co Offaly breeder Michael Molloy exhibited Moyclare Lusty a son of Moyclare Rose 17th by Kilronan Hosea and was pleased with his price of €3,000

The overall average of €3,277 was generally agreed as a very satisfactory outcome for the range of bulls on offer. The supply of Hereford bulls on offer is tightening early in the season with many bulls already purchased. Hereford cross calves are currently selling at premium prices while stores and finishing cattle are also in very keen demand. Strong competition between meat plants is driving prices for quality assured stock as they strive to grow supply to meet the expanding demand for Hereford quality beef at retail outlets at home and in export markets.

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