Full clearance of Angus bulls at Kilkenny Mart mix breed sale
There was very strong demand for stock at last week's sale in Kilkenny
There was excellent demand for bulls at the mix-breed sale at Kilkenny Mart on Wednesday last. The sale was described as "one of the best of the season overall" in terms of both prices and clearance.
There was a turnout of 144 bulls, across Limousin, Charolais, Holstein-Friesian, Angus, and Hereford which met with an overall clearance of 87pc. An average price of €2,664 was recorded across the five breeds.
There was 100pc clearance of Angus bulls - for the first time at the venue.
However, there was a very small entry of Charolais bulls, with just three of offer. None of these sold.
The overall trade topper at €4,300 was a Limousin bull from the 'Galbally' herd of Trevor Masterson, Gorey, Co Wexford. The herd had three cows in the ICBF Top 20 Limousin Replacement Index Cows 2016, the highest number from any individual herd.
The bull was purchased by Edward Butler, Knock, Danesfort, Co Kilkenny.
Second highest overall price was a tie between a Hereford and Angus, both selling at €4,000.
The strong sale price is indicative of the position which the traditional breeds now hold in the breeding, especially for league for cross breeding. The Hereford was shown by Pat Rohan, Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny and was purchased by Peter O'Dwyer, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.