With bulls to €5,200 and heifers to €4,350 there was buoyant demand for Herefords at Tullamore. The Irish Hereford Society’s Premier Autumn Show & Sale at Tullamore attracted one of the largest crowds to attend such an event in recent years. Given the emphasis on carcase size and the success of the Hereford branded beef programs the increased interest in the breed is to be expected.
The sale itself got off to an immediate start with the first bull into the ring Boveen Lewis from the herd of Joe O’Connor, Sharavogue, Birr selling at €3,500. Sired by Glaslough Esquire out of a home bred dam Boveen Stately 13th he was purchased by Jeremiah O’Reilly, Ballinadee, Bandon. It was however Co. Westmeath breeder Padraig Farrell, Fardrum, Athlone who hit the jackpot on the day taking the Bull Championship and over €10,000 for this two entries.
The Champion Cave Hill Storm a 16th month old son of the very successful Bowmont Storm A584 out of Fancroft Primrose a very consistent breeding cow was supreme champion at the National Hereford Show in Tullamore in August. This very promising young five star bull continued to impress and was purchased by the Irish Hereford Society to join its Breed Improvement program at €5,100.
Herd sibling Cave Hill Crusader by Glaslough Esquire and out of Cave Hill Princess a Bowmont Storm A584 daughter shared a birthday with the Champion. He was purchased at €5,200 by Co. Clare man John Grogan, Carhuefree, Killimer, Co. Clare who was the runner up on the Champion. Congratulations to Padraig Farrell and family in producing these two top quality bulls.
Grianan Marksman another Bowmont Storm A584 son, this time out of Grianan Orange G 467 was exhibited by T & A. Fitzgerald Mount Temple, Moate. The five star sire was purchased by Co. Donegal breeder Nelson McCrabbe, Raphoe at €3,400.
Well known Kilkenny man Tom Brennan, Freshford exhibited a Gageboro Eugenic son Balleen Eragon 779 out of Balleen Prettymaid. This very promising yearling sold to Thomas Farrell, Ballinveney, Toomevara at €3,200.
Local breeder David Larkin, Kilcormac exhibited two bulls Cill Cormaic Leighton and Cill Cormaic Lukas both by herd sire Ceadar Liam. Both bulls sold at €3,000 each to Derek Hall, Rahan, Co Offaly and to Tim Maher, Templemore, Co Tipperary.
Trade for heifers was also buoyant with just two heifers on offer unsold.
The day’s top price for a female €4,350 went to S & N Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan who also bred the sire of the top price bull Cave Hill Crusader. Glaslough Misty 2 is sired by Rathregan Napoleon out of Glaslough Flossie. The purchaser Nelson McCrabbe, Demesne, Raphoe, Co Donegal went on to purchase five heifers in total including Kilsunny Goliath daughter Caonach Smart exhibited by ninety three year old Longford man Mr Willie Jones and grandson David at €4,100. The pair produced the Champion bull at this event in October last year
T & A Fitzgerald Mount Temple were awarded the female Championship for Griananpoll 1 Orange M 670. By Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty out of Grianan Orange 409 she sold at €3,100 to Nelson McCrabbe. The Fitzgeralds also sold Corlismore Pompeii daughter Grianan Orange M 653 to John Lawlor, Moone, Co Kildare at €3,500 and Grianan Vera M 667 by Smithson Darby to Jim Convery, Newry at €2,900.
John Paul Kennedy, Derrinduff, Birr who also made a purchase at the recent Lislaughtin dispersal purchased Glaslough Madam at €3,500. Exhibited by S & N Heatrick and sired by their herd sire Rathregan Napoleon her dam is Drumakeenan Pansy 94th purchased at the Drumakeenan dispersal of R S Kenny, Brosna, Birr.
Cathal Flynn, Tullyyard, Monaghan secured €3,200 for his Rossmore Trixie Belle by herd sire Grianan King Kong ET. Out of a Bishophill General daughter she sold to Nelson McCrabbe, Raphoe.
Overall there was an excellent clearance with bulls ranging from 5,200 to 2000, to average 3030 and females from 4350 to 1800, to average 2540.