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Thursday 8 December 2016

Black beauties at the Munster Angus Show

A Limerick breeder was a winner on the double at the Munster Angus Show and Sale

Martin Ryan

Published 25/11/2016 | 11:00

Michael Horan, judge; John Lynch, Kilmallock with Portanes M Vanesa, champion heifer and top price animal; Michael O'Connor, Norbrook Laboratories, sponsor; John Murphy, chairman, and B Finnegan, Elite Pedigree Genetics, at the Munster Branch Irish Angus Show and Sale at Kilmallock
Michael Horan, judge; John Lynch, Kilmallock with Portanes M Vanesa, champion heifer and top price animal; Michael O'Connor, Norbrook Laboratories, sponsor; John Murphy, chairman, and B Finnegan, Elite Pedigree Genetics, at the Munster Branch Irish Angus Show and Sale at Kilmallock

It was a day to remember for a Limerick Angus breeder who topped the sales in addition to making a clean sweep of awards in the female class at the Munster Branch Irish Angus Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Kilmallock.

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John and Laurence Lynch, Portauns, Kilmallock, took home €9,000 from the sale for the three Angus heifers which had made a clean sweep of the awards in their class at the earlier show, before scooping the Champion of the Show rosette and going on to claim the three highest prices paid on the day, adding to a perfect day to remember for all of the right reasons for the Portanes Angus Herd.

It was a tremendous vindication for the breeding in the herd with all three by the same sire, Lisa Man K, out of home bred dams in the Portanes Herd.

The herd has been one of the most successful in the region with successes including the National Champion at the Elite Angus Show 2014.

"It was as good a day we have ever had," was the comment of John Lynch for whom the winners' bloodline is breeding excellent progeny consistently.

Winner of her class, Portanes M Vanesa, a February 2015-born heifer, was tapped forward by the show judge Michael Horan for the champion of the show rosette.

Denis Twomey, Farran, Causeway, Co Kerry with Tubridmore Mark, champion bull at the Munster Branch, Irish Angus Show and Sale at Kilmallock; show judge Michael Horan and Shane Gaynor
Denis Twomey, Farran, Causeway, Co Kerry with Tubridmore Mark, champion bull at the Munster Branch, Irish Angus Show and Sale at Kilmallock; show judge Michael Horan and Shane Gaynor

A daughter of Portauns Vanessa, with a five-star replacement index, the champion of the show was purchased by Joe Kelly, Ballynacally, Ennis for €3,500 the top price at the sale.

Class runner-up to the champion, Portanes M Orchid, a September 2015-born heifer by the same sire as the champion and out of Portauns Black Orchid was purchased for €3,000, the second highest price at the sale, for the Co Cork-based Brookfield Angus herd.

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Third in the class was Portanes Mary, a September 2015-born heifer out of Portauns Primrose and by the same sire, sold for €2,500, the third highest price.

Reserve champion of the show, Mercury Miss Joy, was exhibited by John Murphy, Woodlands, Glen South, Banteer, Mallow, Co Cork.

The November 2015-born heifer is out of Mercury Joy and by the sire, Knockonell Figo. A full sister of last year's male champion of the show, she sold for €2,200.

There was a clearance of more than 60pc in the heifers, but the demand was very weak for a small entry of bulls.

The champion of the show was awarded to Tubridmore Mark, a September 2015-born bull exhibited by Denis Twomey, Farran, Causeway, Co Kerry and reserve champion was Dromalty Maestro, exhibited by Aidan O'Donovan, Tineteriffe, Cappamore, Co Limerick.

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