See the home-bred Tipp bull was the price topper at the Hereford Spring Show and Sale
Strong home demand for bulls reduced the turnout by more than 50pc for the Irish Hereford Society Spring Show and Sale at Nenagh but keen competition on the day drove both the prices and clearance.
The price topper was Rory Farrell's 15-month-old, Ballinveney Superstar, home bred in his herd near Toomevara,. He sold for €3,700 to Nelson McCrabbe from Donegal. The bull is out of dam Ballinveney Hilda and by the sire Ballinveney Nigel.
Overall Champion of the Show was Kye Harry 734 - Padraig McGrath's entrant for bulls born on or between November 1, 2015 and March 15, 2016. He was purchased for €3,600, by John Jones, Gorey, Co. Wexford. The bull is bred by the sire Free Town Hotspur and out of the sire, Kyle Robin.
Show judge, Adrian Bateman from Riverstick, Co Cork presented the reserve champion rosette to F H Star, exhibited by Frank Harrington, Ballinafad House, Ballybeg, Strokestown, Co Roscommon. He placed second to the champion in the fourth show class and sold for €3,400.
Bidding was lively in the sales ring and auctioneer, Hugh Mulvihill achieved a clearance of 95pc - with only one bull going out unsold - and an average price of €3,100 recorded, further underlining the strength of demand from farmer breeders.
Society secretary, Larry Feeney described the sale as "very satisfactory" and added that many of the bulls catalogued for the show and sale, had been sought by breeders in pre-sale direct farm deals.
There was a strong run of bulls selling for over €3,000. Second highest price was Philip Smyth's Ardmulchan Lunar winner of the first class - he sold for €3,650 to Patrick Lane from Co. Limerick.
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