Strong demand for bulls at sale
Strong demand for bulls turned the final sale of the season for the Angus breed into one of the best for the society in 2016 when a good turnout met with an excellent clearance at GVM Mart, Kilmallock on Saturday.
Lively bidding from the high percentage of potential customers among the relatively small attendance - many farmers were instead taking advantage of a superb May day for farm work - made the task easy for auctioneer, Tom Cox, who completed the sale in near record time.
The general tone of the sale was reflected in the clearance of 87pc at an average price of €2,297, both well up with the best of season returns and an overall success for the organisers, the Munster Branch, Irish Angus Cattle Society under their chairman, John Murphy.
The overall Champion of the Show rosette was presented by judge, Michael O'Connor, to Ger Ryan, Castleblagh, Ballyhooley, Co Cork for his September 2014 born, Ryans Luke, a five and four star bull within the breed for terminal and replacement indices respectively.
The champion, bred out of his herd dam, Ryans Jolie by the sire, Bunlahy John was winner of his class, before going on to take the overall honour and continued on his roll of success for his breeder and exhibitor - the general manager of the Dovea AI Centre at Thurles - when he topped the sale at €3,000. The buyers were William and Michael Fuller, Lismore, Co Waterford.
The Reserve Champion was the winner of the third class, Tubridmore Monarch, exhibited by Denis Twomey, Farran, Causeway, which failed to make the reserve. The second highest price of €2,750 was paid for second prizewinner, Sunlodge Marty, exhibited by Michael Leahy, Donohill, Co Tipperary, just pipping the entries by John Hayes, Kildimo; Martin Hehir, Milltown Malbay, and John G Barlow, Aherlow, each of which were knocked down to new owners at €2,700.