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Monday 5 December 2016

Holstein Friesian bull prices down by a third on 2015

The dairy crisis is being reflected in the sales ring

Martin Ryan

Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30

Paul Hannan and his son, Bill with Lisnalty Bookem winner of the Overall Honourable Mention at the IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale at Nenagh, which sold for the top price of €4,100.
Paul Hannan and his son, Bill with Lisnalty Bookem winner of the Overall Honourable Mention at the IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale at Nenagh, which sold for the top price of €4,100.
Victor O’Sullivan, Whitechurch, Co Cork with the overall Show Champion, Lisduff Elusive, at the IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale at Nenagh receiving the trophy from Tom Murphy, judge, with Charles Gallagher, CEO, IHFA.

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.

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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.

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The top price was paid for the first prize winner and overall honourable mention, Mr Hannan's Lisnalty Bookem, with auctioneer Denis Barrett's hammer falling at €4,100 in favour of Niall Greene, Kilkenny.

Mr Greene was determined to get this 14-month-old bull out of Lynbrook Fortune Trina that yielded almost 15,000kg at 4.12pc butterfat and 3.52pc protein in her second lactation.

Interestingly he paid €6,300 for the top price bull from the same herd at last year's sale.

The price difference was on par with the overall average of €2,350 for the 60pc clearance at the sale compared to €3,400 average last year for a higher clearance at a larger sale.

Second highest price of €3,800 was paid for Monamore Rumpus exhibited by James Kelly, Drogheda, Co Louth and third highest was €3,000 for Croagh Portable exhibited by Patrick Frawley, Croagh, Rathkeale.

Other principal prices included, €2,900 for Radney Lewi5 exhibited by Henry O'Keeffe, Freemount, Charleville, who also received €2,450 for Radney Massey 2, and €2,350 to John O'Callaghan, Bandon for Mountfarna Hercules.

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