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Monday 23 April 2018

See the Clare-bred bull which made €4,000 in Tullamore

The big prizes at the Irish Angus Cattle Society Premier Show and sale went west

Kevin Diffley, Bornacoola, Carrick-on-Shannon with Clooncollogan Marshall, winner of the class for bulls born December 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016 at the Irish Angus Show and Sale at Tullamore.
Kevin Diffley, Bornacoola, Carrick-on-Shannon with Clooncollogan Marshall, winner of the class for bulls born December 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016 at the Irish Angus Show and Sale at Tullamore.

Martin Ryan

Clare-bred Ballinacragga Nemesis was the price topper at the Irish Angus Cattle Society Premier Show and Sale at Tullamore where western breeders collected the cream of the awards, taking top honours in three of the four classes.

The 12-month-old Ballinacragga Nemesis, exhibited by Aidan Moloney, Church View, Kildysart, drew a cheer from the ringside when auctioneer Hugh Mulvihill brought the hammer down at €4,000, sending the class prizewinner on his way back to the Banner County to Andrew Fostett's farm at Walsh Island, Mountshannon.

The four star Terminal -five star replacement index -bred out of Lavally Flojoe and by the sire, Cornamuckla Lord Hardy was one of the youngest on offer and bucked the bidding trend which saw a number of younger bulls leaving the salesring without reaching their reserve.

The Champion of the Show award went to the May 2015-born Knappagh Mike, exhibited by Martin Calvey, Knappabeg, Westport.

Michelle Farrell and John Farrell, President, Irish Angus Catttle Society with their prizewinning bull, Dillon Mac at the Irish Angus Cattle Society Show and Sale at Tullamore.
Michelle Farrell and John Farrell, President, Irish Angus Catttle Society with their prizewinning bull, Dillon Mac at the Irish Angus Cattle Society Show and Sale at Tullamore.

Bred from by the same sire as the show price-topper and out of the dam, Knappagh Kate, this is a breeding line that has delivered a few previous champions for the herd.

Knappagh Mike left the sale ring at €3,200, without reaching the reserve, but a deal is understood to have been closed with Sean Leonard, Blueball, Tullamore at a higher figure some minutes later.

Reserve champion was Kevin Diffley's, Clooncollogan Marshall, from Bornacoola, Carrick-on-Shannon. He is December 2015-born out of Clooncolligan Fifi, and by the sire Bunlahy John G, which has bred very successfully for the well known Co Roscommon Angus breeder.

The bull was purchased by Michael Loddrick, Streamstown, Co Westmeath at €2,900.

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There was good demand for the older bulls, with clearance of 66pc for the first half of the sale, but many of the vendors of the younger bulls decided to hold out for another day, resulting in an overall clearance of 44pc at an average of almost €2,600 with a number of bulls selling for between €2,500 and €3,000.

Linda O'Meara and Aidan Moloney, Kildysart, Co Clare with Ballinacragga Nemesis which sold for the top price of €4,000 at the Irish Angus Show and Sale at Tullamore
Linda O'Meara and Aidan Moloney, Kildysart, Co Clare with Ballinacragga Nemesis which sold for the top price of €4,000 at the Irish Angus Show and Sale at Tullamore

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