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Friday 28 July 2017

See the 13mth old Hereford bull that fetched €5,600 in Tullamore

The trade was driven by strong demand from breeders, whose interest dominated the sale for bulls, with the Autumn purchases by farmers usually quiet. PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.
The trade was driven by strong demand from breeders, whose interest dominated the sale for bulls, with the Autumn purchases by farmers usually quiet. PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.

Martin Ryan

A thirteen-month-old bull topped the prices at the Hereford Society Premier Autumn Show and Sale for bulls and heifers, when he sold for €5,600 at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday.

Bred and exhibited by Padraig McGrath, of Cloonshannagh, Elphin, Kyle Harry 71 was the winner in the class for bulls born between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 and was purchased by John Hayes from Ratoath, Co Meath.

The bull, with a five-star index within the breed for both Terminal and Replacement, and average reliability index, was bred out of Kyle Sheila 572 and by the sire, Free Town Hotspur.

The trade was driven by strong demand from breeders, whose interest dominated the sale for bulls, with the Autumn purchases by farmers usually quiet.

Padraig McGrath , Cloonshannagh, Elphin, with 'Kyle Harry 71' the highest price bull at the Hereford Society Premier Autumn Show and Sale at Tullamore.
Padraig McGrath , Cloonshannagh, Elphin, with 'Kyle Harry 71' the highest price bull at the Hereford Society Premier Autumn Show and Sale at Tullamore.

The second highest price was €4,500, which was paid for the January 2015 born Cormaic Napoleon exhibited by David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Co Offaly, a fourth place winner in his class at the show which preceded the sale.

The bull is out of Cill Cormaic Maxine and by the sire, Cedar Liam. The purchaser was John Johnson of Enniscorthy.

David's Champion Heifer of the Show, February 2015 born Cill Cormaic Niamh, by the same sire as the bull and out of herd dam, Cill Cormaic Jolie, topped the trade for heifers, when the maiden heifer sold for €3,500, while he received €2,900 for another heifer, Cill Cormaic Natasha.

The huge attendance at the first Autumn season show and sale for the breed overflowed the ringside, with most interest in the bulls on offer, which represented just over half of the total entry of almost 90 animals from a broad spread of the country.


Show judge, John Holloway of the highly successful Gageboro herd at Horseleap, home to many champions, awarded the Bull Champion of Show to J and J Canty's Portanob Revival, a January 2015 born bull from the herd at Pubblestown, Kildalkey, Co Meath. The champion was bred out of Portanob Julia 2 and by the sire, Balleen Revival, and sold for €3,800.

The Reserve champion was Beaghmore Remeo 2 from the herd of Margaret McCabe, Carrigallen and the Reserve Heifer of the Show was Caonachpoll 1 Anna, bred and exhibited by David and William A Jones (snr), Creagh, Keenagh, Co Longford.

Champion Heifer of the Show, Cill Cormaic Niamh with exhibitor, David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Co Offaly
Champion Heifer of the Show, Cill Cormaic Niamh with exhibitor, David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Co Offaly

Auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill summed up "the quality animals sold well in the bulls and were a bit quieter for the heifers, but the lesser quality animals were a tough trade".

Hereford Society Secretary, Larry Feeney, said that the complete absence of export buyers, because of the weak sterling, did have an impact on demand for heifers in particular.

The top price for a bull was up 40pc on the same sale last year, while the leading heifer price was back by 32pc.

The higher prices paid for bulls included €4,000 for Portanob Hugo from the herd of J and J Canty; €3,800 for Clooncullane King 322, exhibited by Sean Neary, Strokestown; and €3,550 to Kevin and M Diffley, Bornnacoola, Co Leitrim for Duibhgiolla Ed.

Heifer prices included €3,000 to S and N Heatrick, Glaslough, Co Monaghan; €2,800 to M and G Farrell, Castledaly, Co Westmeath; and €2,800 to Henry and Mervyn Parr, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.

Results

Seventeen breeders from 15 counties shared the honours in the awards with six exhibitors showing more than one winner. Most succesful in the class awards was David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Birr, who had animals placed in two bull classes, adding a first and second placing in one heifer class.

Bulls born between November 1, 2014 and March 15, 2015

1.  J & J Canty, Pubblestown, Kildalkey, Co Meath

2.  Nelson & Wade McCrabbe, Demense, Raphoe, Lifford

3.  J & J Canty, Pubblestown, Kildalkey, Co Meath

4. David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Birr, Co Offaly

Bulls born between March 16, 2015 and April 15, 2016

1.  Mr John Higgins, Clyduff, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

2.  James Kirwan, Frankford, Dunkeerin, Birr, Co Offaly

3.  Dr John Lalor, The Old Rectory, Timolin, Co Kildare

4.  David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Birr, Co Offaly

Bulls born between April 16, 2015 and June 30, 2016

1.  Margaret T McCabe, Beaghmore, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim

2.  Sean Neary, Clooncullane, Strokestown, Co Roscommon

3.  T & A Fitzgerald, Glebe House, Mt Temple, Moate

4.  T & A Fitzgerald, Glebe House Mt Temple Moate

Bulls born between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016

1.  Padraig McGrath, Cloonshannagh, Elphin, Co Roscommon

2. Reps Of JJ Burke, Clooncullane, Strokestown

3.  Ivor & Colin Anderson, Corran, Derrylane, Killeshandra

4.  Rory Farrell, Ballinveney, Toomevara,  Co Tipperary

Heifers born between June 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014

1.  S&N Heatrick, Annareagh, Glaslough, Co Monaghan

2.  Philip Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan, Co Meath

3.  Henry & Mervyn Parr, Tourtane House, Clough Castlecomer

4. Sean Neary, Clooncullane, Strokestown, Co Roscommon

Heifers born between November 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015

1.  W & D Jones, Creagh, Keenagh, Co Longford

2.  Henry & Mervyn Parr, Tourtane, Clough Castlecomer

3.  W & D Jones, Creagh, Keenagh,

Co Longford

4.  S&N Heatrick, Annareagh, Glaslough, Co Monaghan

Heifers born between February 1, 2015 and July 30, 2015

1.  David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Birr, Co Offaly

2.  David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac, Birr, Co Offaly

3.  James Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co Carlow

4.  Johnny Dolan, Cloonslanor, Strokestown, Co Roscommon

Heifers born between August  1, 2015 and December 31, 2015

1.  M & G Farrell, Kilcleagh, Castledaly, Co Westmeath

2.  Pauline Casey, Lisnalurg, Co Sligo

3.  Timothy Breen, Knockeenadillane, Kiskeam, Mallow

4.  Philip Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan

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