Farm Ireland

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Angus and Limousin top Kilkenny's bestseller list

Eva Holmes Jenkinstown with hereford pedigree bull which was later sold for €2,750.
Eva Holmes Jenkinstown with hereford pedigree bull which was later sold for €2,750.
Imelda Vaughan's specimens line up at Carnew Mart. They made prices from x to y. Photo Roger Jones

Angus and Limousin breeds were the main choice of customers for bulls as they topped the prices at the last of the season inter-breed show and sale at Kilkenny Mart.

Demand for all breeds was strong, with excellent clearances across the board at prices which compared more than favourably with the best of the season.

Angus and Limousin dominated the entry with 35 and 25 bulls respectively on offer and clearances of 90pc and 72pc.

Limousin bulls hit the highest average at €3,636, with the top price of €3,750 being paid by Denis Meagher, Allen, Co Kildare to Jerome Cantwell, Rathdowney.

The highest overall price was paid to John McDermott, Skreen, Co Sligo for his Angus bull purchased by Robin Bailey of Gorey. The average for the breed was €2,621 which was up €400 on the sale in 2015.

Hereford bulls met with a 78pc clearance at an average of €3,078 and a top price of €3,550 paid to Frank Scott, Rathdowney, by George Collier of Tinryland, Co Carlow.

A small entry of Friesians was completely sold out at an average of €1,553. Sean O'Doherty, Araglen, Cork sold two bulls at €1,600 each, the highest price for the breed.

A few Simmentals on offer sold very well, averaging €2,300 with a top price of €2,400 going to Matty McDonald, Enniscorthy for a bull purchased by Paul Brennan from Gowran.

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