British buyers are still willing to pay top prices for the best of Irish bloodlines
The quality of pedigree beef breed sires being bred on Irish farms has been highlighted by the scale of interest from leading UK herd owners who paid in excess of €30,000, for three Irish price toppers in Charolais, Limousin and Hereford breeds during 2016.
Clenagh, Derrygullinane, and Riverrock pedigree herds were all beneficiaries of strong British demand for Irish bloodlines, despite the drop in sterling's value.
The Clenagh Herd from Co Clare produced one of the top price pedigree males of the year, when their 14-month old, five-star index, Charolais, Lyle, sold for €13,000 at the society's Christmas Cracker Show and Sale at Elphin.
The sale capped off a wonderful year for the stylish bull who won the reserve male championship at the National Livestock Show in Tullamore and the senior male calf championship at the National Charolais show in September.
Bred by Michael J Quinn, at Newmarket-on-Fergus, he was purchased for the Burradon Pedigree Charolais Herd in Northumberland.
Lyle is sired by Domino out of the prolific breeding cow in the Quinn's herd, Clenagh Tranquil, who is a daughter of the popular Pirate.
He ticks all the desirable boxes on his pedigree, with a five-star terminal index of €144, a five-star replacement index of €80 and a calving figure of just 6.9pc.
Another show-topping bull to find a new home in a leading herd in the UK was Derrygullinane King Bull, the senior champion at the International Limousin Congress Show last August, where he was also reserve overall champion to Baileys Iceprincesss.