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
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.
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.