Champion Simmental heifer makes €12,100 at action
Prizes and top prices continue to flow for the Behan Clonagh Simmental Herd
The winning run for the Clonagh Simmental herd in Laois continued last weekend when Garreth T Behan topped the prices at the society's Premier Show and sale at Roscommon Mart.
Mr Behan, President of the Irish Simmental Cattle Society, received €12,100 for a 14-month-old heifer, Clonagh Honey Eyes.
The Yearling Champion Heifer of the Show attracted huge interest when she entered the sales ring before auctioneer, Denis Barrett, who accepted a lively round of bidding, brought down the hammer in favour of W J and J Green, Scotland.
By the sire Kilbride Farm Dragoon 12 and out of the home dam Clonagh Electric Eyes, she ensured that the Clonagowan, Ballyfin, Co Laois herd remains one of the leading herds in the country for Garreth and Lyndsey Behan.
Clonagh Hawk Eye was judged Junior Champion Bull, before being sold to Gordan McFarland, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone for €7,600.
Clonagh Happy Eyes, a yearling heifer, sold for €6,000. In total, six heifers and one bull from the herd sold for €41,000 on the day.
The second highest price of the sale was the €10,700 paid by the Scottish breeder W J and J Green for the 11-month-old Tawley Hanna - the Weanling Champion Heifer, exhibited by Declan Oates, Tawley, Castlegal, Co Leitrim.
Scottish judge, Ian Green of the well-known Corskie herd awarded the Senior Bull Championship to Raceview Herman from the herd of Peter and Marion O'Connell, Knopogue, Mallow. The bull was purchased by James Fox, Upper Calvary, Bray for €9,400.