It's double tops for Cork Angus breeder
Naomi and Nancy were the cream of the Munster Angus Breeders Show and Sale after their double achievement of topping both the honours and the prices at GVM Mart, Kilmallock on Friday evening, writes Martin Ryan.
Ger Ryan showed the five-star yearling heifer Ryan's Naomi, judged Champion Heifer by show judge Pat Murphy (Mayo) after wnning her class, while Ryan's Nancy, another yearling heifer from the same herd at Castleblagh, Ballyhooly, Co Cork, brought home the honour for Reserve Champion Heifer.
The choice heifers, bred by Ger - who is general manager of Dovea Cattle Breeding Centre, Thurles - were just as highly rated with the farmers looking for breeding heifers as with the show judge.
They continued their winning ways when they entered the sales ring before a large attendance, with Leitrim auctioneer Francis McGowan cracking his hammer off the rostrum at €2,600 for the champion, the top price at the sale, with the final bid coming from Philip Millerick, Ballymacoda, Co Cork, while the reserve followed to sell for €1,800.
Naomi was bred out of Granbally Kadienc and by sire Mogeely Joe, while the breeding line of Nancy was by sire Birches Littleman and out of Ryans Leventle.
The second highest price at the sale was also paid for a heifer, 19-month-old Curraclough Mary, first prize winner in her class, exhibited by Gerard Coughlan, Curraclough, Bandon, Co Cork and sold for €2,400.
Third highest-price heifer was also received by Gerard for Curraclough Nuala, an April-born, five-star replacement heifer sold for €2,150.
Overall clearance was 54pc, with most of the sales recorded for heifers, while many of the bulls failed to meet the expectations of their vendors in the salering.
The highest price for a bull was €1,700, for the August 2016-born Dromcarra Noel, a double five star, exhibited by Mary O'Leary, Dromcarra House, Kilbarry, Macroom.
Second highest-price bull was from the same herd, with the August 2016-born Dromcarra Ned selling for €1,500.
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