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Champion bulls to be stars of the show at the upcoming Tully sale

Published 19/04/2011 | 15:27

Angus: Home Farm Ebony Ahead K894, sired by Rawburn Rommel E423 and owned by Fintan Keown, Belleek, Co Fermanagh
Angus: Home Farm Ebony Ahead K894, sired by Rawburn Rommel E423 and owned by Fintan Keown, Belleek, Co Fermanagh
Belgian Blue: Drumole Elite Et, sired by Ballygrange Alex and owned by Dan Brady, Cootehill, Co Cavan;
Blonde d'Aquitaine: Mountbrown Enda, sired by Ballinascraw Armani and owned by Philip Lyons, Westport, Co Mayo
Limousin: Milbrook Filio Et, sired by Sauvignon and owned by William Smith, Oldcastle, Co Meath
Simmental: Leeherd Barclay, sired by Kilbride Farm Newry and owned by John Finnegan, Coachford, Co Cork
Hereford: Goulding 1 Crusader Et, sired by Romany 1 Captain R22 C1 and owned by Matthew Goulding, Ballyduff, Co Kerry
Limousin: Milbrook Filio Et, sired by Sauvignon and owned by William Smith, Oldcastle, Co Meath
Saler: Sligo Kethro, sired by Voltaire and owned by Bernard Hunt, Lisbaleely, Co Sligo
Charolais: Dereskit Echo Et, sired by Major and owned by Basil Bothwell, Killeshandra, Co Cavan

This week saw the champion beef bulls selected from each of the main breeds that participated in the latest Tully intake. All bulls at Tully completed their 90-day performance tests on April 4.

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These bulls (pictured) will be among the 96 offered for sale at Tully on Monday, April 25. The entry consists of 28 Charolais, 24 Limousins, 17 Angus, 10 Simmentals, seven Salers, four Belgium Blues, three Herefords, two Blonde d'Aquitaine, and one Aubrac.

In preparation for sale, the bulls will have their concentrate offering gradually decreased to ensure they are acclimatised to their new on-farm environment.

The champion bulls are a reflection of the exceptional quality available for purchase at the upcoming sale.

They achieved excellent performance figures, for instance average daily gain ranged from 2kg to 2.8kg a day, across breeds.

Also, all champion bulls have excellent star ratings for suckler beef value, with five bulls in the top 1pc of their respective breed.

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All measurements at Tully are incorporated in the €uro-Star indexes to give more accurate genetic evaluations while also increasing the reliability on key production traits.

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The full entry at the sale also tested free of IBR, BVD, Johne's, EBL, TB and Brucellosis.

The champion bulls were identified within each breed based on three main criteria. These criteria were visual assessment (33pc), €uro-Star indexes (33pc) and Tully performance data (33pc).

The sale is being held at the Tully station which is located minutes from Kildare town, exit 13 of the M7 motorway.

For more information or a copy of the catalogue, contact Stephen or Niall on 045 521573. The catalogue is available at www.icbf.com/services/tully/index.php.

All pictures courtesy of Alfie Shaw

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