Holstein Friesian bull prices down by a third on 2015
The dairy crisis is being reflected in the sales ring
The severity of the market downturn on dairy farmers was evident at the annual flagship bull show and sale of the Irish Holstein Friesian Society.
In the show ring at Nenagh, the entry was well down on previous years and the subdued atmosphere carried through the day with the small turnout of potential customers for bulls.
This contributed to weaker competition and left the average price for bulls down by one-third on 2015.
The dairy industry is "very sick" and dairy farmers are in "a battle for survival" were the general sentiments from the ringside attendance.
The success of the day was shared between John J O'Sullivan, Whitechurch, Co Cork, who achieved a unique double for the well known Lisduff herd showing the overall champion and the reserve, and the equally successful Lisnalty herd of Paul Hannan, Crecora, Co Limerick. He showed the highest price bull for the second consecutive year.
Show judge, Tom Murphy, from Kilkenny, presented the rosette for overall champion to Mr O'Sullivan for his 18-month-old Lisduff Elusive which sold for €2,400. The bull has an EBI of +€166 and is out of Lisduff Ellen by sire, Cordes-Maid Stonewall.
He described him as "a good strong bull with great power, great legs and feet, a great dairy breeding bull - an excellent bull for his age".
The reserve champion from the same herd, Lisduff Lotus, out of Lisduff Lorraine, producer of more than 11,200kg of milk and by sire, Guarini of the Braedale Goldwyn bloodline, sold for €2,200.