Beef breeds strongest at Kilkenny sale
Beef breeds performed strongest at the mixed sale in Kilkenny, where an Angus bull fetched the top price of €4,900. There was an overall clearance of 56pc at the sale, with an average price of €2,635 which was almost on par with last year's sale.
The top price was paid for an Angus bull from the well-known herd of Eamon McKeirnan, Monasterboice, Drogheda which sold for €4,900 to Kilkenny farmer, James Fitzpatrick.
The Angus breed met with a relatively strong trade at an average of €2,730 for a 68pc clearance of the entry and good interest in the breed with brisk bidding for the quality bulls.
The Limousin breed recorded the highest clearance with 79pc of the entry finding new homes. The top price for the breed went to Trevor Masterson, Enniscorthy for a quality bull from his Galbally herd purchased by Adrian Lanigan, Thomastown, Kilkenny for €4,300.
The average for the breed on the day was €2,930.
The Simmental breed recorded an average of €2,180 with 56pc of the bulls entered being sold. The top price went to a bull from the herd of James Ryan, Thurles which travelled west to his new home in the herd of Francis O'Carroll, at Clifden, Connemara for €2,550.
There was a poor clearance of the Hereford entry with 39pc changing hands after the general tone of the bidding in the sales ring failed to match the reserves set by the vendors, while those sold made realistic prices before the fall of the auctioneer's hammer.
The top price was €3,100 for a bull from the herd of Thomas Brennan, Freshford and purchased by Joe Maher, Rathmoyle, Kilkenny.