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

Padraic Murphy leading Goldenfield Remedy in the sales ring at Kilkenny Bull Sale where he achieved top price for the Holstein Friesians at €3,500.
Padraic Murphy leading Goldenfield Remedy in the sales ring at Kilkenny Bull Sale where he achieved top price for the Holstein Friesians at €3,500.

Martin Ryan

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.

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The Angus came from the herd of Eamon Kiernan, Monasterboice, Co Louth and was bought by John Power, Courtnaboola, Callan, Co Kilkenny.

The turnout of 28 Limousin bulls recorded a clearance of 96pc, with 27 bulls sold for an average of €2,719 at prices ranging from €1,750 to €4,300.

Of the 17 Hereford bulls on offer, there was a clearance of 82pc at an average of €3,000. The prices ranged from €2,400 to €4,000. More than a third of the total turnout at the sale were Angus, which achieved a complete clearance of the 56 bulls that entered the ring.

They sold for an average of €2,864, with the prices ranging from €1,850 to €4,000. There were seven Simmental bulls on offer with a 57pc clearance and the top price of €3,150 going to William Dorgan's entry.

The prices ranged back to €1,600, with the average at €2,313.

The demand for Holstein-Friesian bulls is still recovering from the pressure which the whole dairy sector has experienced over the past two seasons.

Of the 33 bulls on offer at the sale there good demand as the breeding season trade picks up, and a clearance of 73pc at an average of €2,425.

The top price was €3,000 paid by John Hanley, Horse and Jockey, Co Tipperary for the bull from the herd of John Murphy, Ballagh, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny.

John O'Callaghan, Farnivane, Bandon who is having a very good season at the sales, also done well.

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