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.
Other Prices included:
- €4,500 to Paul McArdle, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan for Broomfield Gerry, a Kilbride FarmDelboy January-2016 born bull purchased by Vincent Keane, Kinvara, Co Galway.
- €4,400 to Joe McGarry, Newtownforbes, Co Longford for Clonguish Hector ET purchased by John Kelly, Kiltoom, Athlone.
- €4,000 to Gordon Salter, Dunmanway, Co Cork for Mohona Gerry, purchased by John Kelly, Saggart, Co Dublin.
- €3,800 to Padraig Hanly, Lisnari, Roscommon for Lis-na-Ri Handsome. Sired by Anatrim Bodybuilder, he was purchased by Nancy Maheday, Killalla, Co Mayo.
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.
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