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
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.
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.