A Scottish breeder paid the top price at the Irish Simmental Society Premier Show and Sale, signalling a strong start to the season for breeders.
A price of €8,700 was paid for the Senior Champion - Clonagh Go Go Dancer - by R & M Hamilton, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in Roscommon at the opening sale of the year for the breed.
The September 2015-born bull was bred and exhibited by Garrett Behan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise. The bull is by the very successful sire, Kilbride Farm Dragoon and is out of a Banwy T-Rex dam Clonagh Alison.
The second highest price was paid for the Co Limerick bred, Towerhill Happy Harry, from the herd of Seamus Aherne, at Towerhill, Cappamore. He was also purchased for export after being knocked down to the Woods family, from Preston, at €8,000 for their Popes Simmental Herd.
The March 2016-born bull was sired by Curaheen Dickens and out of a Celtic Benny-sired dam, Towerhill Dirty Diana.
There was good overall demand for bulls and the decline in the number of bulls on offer was attributed to the increased sales activity during the weeks immediately prior to the show and sale.
Overall, the number of bulls which changed hands through the sale was similar to last year.
The overall average price for bulls was just over €3,800 with an 89pc clearance.
Show judge, Andrew Sleigh from Aberdeenshire, a regular visitor to Roscommon, awarded the Junior Championship to Rathnashan Hunzo. He was exhibited by Nigel Hogan, Bennykerry, Co Carlow and purchased for €6,400 by Westmeath Suckler Farmer Padraig Fegan from Castletowngeoghegan. This March 2016-born bull was sired by Auroch Bullet P and out of a Curaheen Viking dam Seafort Cara.
The Reserve Senior Champion rosette went to Dermody Gus, exhibited by Noel Jagoe, Drinagh, Co Cork. He sold for €3,000 to William Harkness, from Co Antrim. The September 2015-born bull was sired by Kilbride Farm Bantry and out of Dermody Ali, a Kilbride Farm Newry Dam.
The Reserve Junior, Rathlee Hunk, was exhibited by Gerry Lenehan, Rathlee, Easkey, Co Sligo. The 14-month-old bull, purchased by Tomas Deely, Ballinasloe at €2,300 was sired by Clonagh Tiger Gallant and out of a Celtic Rock dam, Glebefarm Wanda.
The National Cattle Breeding Centre were among the purchasers at the sale, paying €5,200 for Kickhams Handsome from the herd of Michael Keating, Mullinahone, Co Tipperary. It was sired by Curaheen Wakleman and is out of a Marbelhill-sired dam Toryhill Violet.
The youngest bull on offer on the day was the March 31, 2016-born, Auroch Highway Man ET, exhibited by the Wall family, Newcastle, Co Dublin. It was purchased by Michael Byrne, Clogherhead, Co Louth at €5,000.
He was bred by Carnkern Titan out of the Dirnanean Jacob dam Curaheen Tatiana.
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The average price for heifers was €2,460 which was down €500 on the corresponding sale last year with a 60pc clearance.
Overall Champion Heifer was Shiloh-Farm Glamorous Lady exhibited by the Murray family, Parkwood, Moate, Co Westmeath. The April 2015-born heifer was sired by Delfur Decider and out of a Dovefields Gallant dam Shiloh-Farm Delightful Lady and is in calf to Samark Superman. She was purchased by JJ & JM Saunders, Newcastle at €2,900.
The Murray family also exhibited Shiloh Heidi, a 12-month-old Kilbride Farm Delboy-sired heifer who is out of a Dovefields Gallant dam Shiloh-Farm Elegant Royal. She sold for €3,250 to Dominic Ginty, Westport, Co Mayo
Topping the heifer trade at €3,600 was the November 2015-born Suirville Grace, exhibited by Killian Farrell, Golden, Co Tipperary and purchased by the Connolly Family, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim.
The heifer was by the sire Kilbride Farm Dragoon - the same sire as the price-topping bull - and is out of a Banwy T-Rex Dam, Clonagh Diamond Eyes ET.
The Reserve Champion, was Mount Heidi, exhibited by Joe Kelly, Ballynacally, Co Clare and purchased at €2,600, for export to his Derbyshire, Atlow Pedigree Herd by David Donnelly.