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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Champion Simmental heifer makes €12,100 at action

Prizes and top prices continue to flow for the Behan Clonagh Simmental Herd

Garreth T Behan, Clonagowan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise, with the Champion Yearling Heifer, Clonagh Honey Eyes, sold for the top price of €12,100 at the Simmental Show and Sale at Roscommon on Saturday.
Garreth T Behan, Clonagowan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise, with the Champion Yearling Heifer, Clonagh Honey Eyes, sold for the top price of €12,100 at the Simmental Show and Sale at Roscommon on Saturday.

Martin Ryan

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.

Ronan Tuohy, Coose, Whitegate, Co Clare with Clonguish Hey Nuala, Junior Heifer Champion at the Irish Simmental Society Show and Sale at Roscommon.
Ronan Tuohy, Coose, Whitegate, Co Clare with Clonguish Hey Nuala, Junior Heifer Champion at the Irish Simmental Society Show and Sale at Roscommon.

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.

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There was cracking demand at very strong prices for quality lots in both bulls and heifers.

Clearance in the bulls was just shy of 60pc while almost 80pc of the heifers in the show and sale found new owners.

Peter O'Connell, Knopogue, Mallow with the Senior Bull Champion, Raceview Herman at the Irish Simmental Show and Sale and show judge, Ian Green, Scotland.
Peter O'Connell, Knopogue, Mallow with the Senior Bull Champion, Raceview Herman at the Irish Simmental Show and Sale and show judge, Ian Green, Scotland.

Martin Mooney, Clononymore, Shannonharbour, Birr, showed the Senior Heifer Champion and John Tuohy, Coose, Whitegate, Co Clare the Junior Heifer Champion.

A draft sale of 13 heifers realised over €50,000 for Peter and Marion O'Connell's Knopoque, Mallow herd. This sale was held in conjunction with the Premier Show and Sale on Saturday.

Most of the heifers, aged between 11 and 20 months, were purchased by breeders in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The top price of €10,300 was paid by Christopher White, Dermotstown, Co Dublin for February 2016-born Raceview Helena Charming, while Raceview Her Royal Di sold for €8,300 to Gavin Hayes, Lisburn.

There was an 89pc clearance of the entry for the sale.


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