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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Laois bull steals the show in Tullamore

Martin Ryan

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

A County Laois-bred Simmental bull topped the sales after being judged Reserve Champion in the show ring at the Irish Simmental Cattle Society Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday.

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Sixteen-month-old Clonagh Foot Loose, which sold for €5,200, was bred and exhibited by Garreth T Behan, Clonagowan, Ballyfin and purchased by Joe and Aidan Brady, Cootehill, Co Cavan.

The price topper was bred out of Corlesmore Willow and by the sire, Kilbride Farm Dragoon 12, a bloodline based on the slopes of the Six Mile Water Valley in Co Antrim with the distinction of having won the Perth Supreme Championship for a record seven times.

Impressed with the bulls in the Kilbride at a herd, Mr Behan purchased Dragoon "for his length, clean lines, and strength of second thigh and plates" and has found him to be "incredibly docile with a super head, bone and correct throughout".

The stock bull on the farm, he is ranked in the top 0.01pc for the breed and continues to breed a trail of award-winning, top-price achievers.

Second highest prices of the day was paid for another Kilbride bloodline, February 2015 born bull, Viscount Goliath exhibited by Stephen Saunders, Ross, Culohill, Portlaoise which sold for €4,500.

Five stars

The bull, with five and four stars for Terminal and Replacement indices respectively within the breed and five stars across all breed for Replacement was bred out of Seaview Bliss and by the sire Kilbride Farm Newry.

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He is regarded as one of the one of the most influential bulls in the breed with his progeny dominating shows and sales throughout the UK and Ireland.

The overall Champion of the Show was awarded to a January 2015 born bull, Valleyview Gus, from the herd of Noel Jagoe, at Toughmacdermody Drinagh, Co Cork.

The bull out of Valleyview Cara by the sire, Delfur Decider 12, was bred by Patrick Ryan, Boulteen Enniskeane and sold for €2,900.

Another of the leading prices for bulls at the sale included the class first prize winner, Auroch Gold P, exhibited by David Wall, Curaheen, Hazelhatch Road Newcastle, Co Dublin, for €3,700.

In the heifer section, Champion of Show, Co Cork bred, Leeherd Girlie 263, from the herd of John Finnegan, Nadrid, Coachford, sold for €2,800 and the Reserve Champion, Duff Felicity, from the herd of John and Barry Duffy, Laragh, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, sold for €3,000 - the highest paid for a heifer at the sale.

She was bred out of Duff Vera and by the sire, Seaview Tommy.

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