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Friday 15 December 2017

See the home-bred Tipp bull was the price topper at the Hereford Spring Show and Sale

 

Rory Farrell and family members with their top priced bull Ballinveney Superstar and Nelson McCrabbe, Donegal who purchased the bull for €3,700.
Rory Farrell and family members with their top priced bull Ballinveney Superstar and Nelson McCrabbe, Donegal who purchased the bull for €3,700.

Martin Ryan

Strong home demand for bulls reduced the turnout by more than 50pc for the Irish Hereford Society Spring Show and Sale at Nenagh but keen competition on the day drove both the prices and clearance.

The price topper was Rory Farrell's 15-month-old, Ballinveney Superstar, home bred in his herd near Toomevara,. He sold for €3,700 to Nelson McCrabbe from Donegal. The bull is out of dam Ballinveney Hilda and by the sire Ballinveney Nigel.

Overall Champion of the Show was Kye Harry 734 - Padraig McGrath's entrant for bulls born on or between November 1, 2015 and March 15, 2016. He was purchased for €3,600, by John Jones, Gorey, Co. Wexford. The bull is bred by the sire Free Town Hotspur and out of the sire, Kyle Robin.

Show judge, Adrian Bateman from Riverstick, Co Cork presented the reserve champion rosette to F H Star, exhibited by Frank Harrington, Ballinafad House, Ballybeg, Strokestown, Co Roscommon. He placed second to the champion in the fourth show class and sold for €3,400.

John Canty, Pubblestown, Kildalkey, Co Meath with Portnanob Brutas, winner bulls born on or between July 16, 2015 and August 31, 2015
John Canty, Pubblestown, Kildalkey, Co Meath with Portnanob Brutas, winner bulls born on or between July 16, 2015 and August 31, 2015

Bidding was lively in the sales ring and auctioneer, Hugh Mulvihill achieved a clearance of 95pc - with only one bull going out unsold - and an average price of €3,100 recorded, further underlining the strength of demand from farmer breeders.

Society secretary, Larry Feeney described the sale as "very satisfactory" and added that many of the bulls catalogued for the show and sale, had been sought by breeders in pre-sale direct farm deals.

There was a strong run of bulls selling for over €3,000. Second highest price was Philip Smyth's Ardmulchan Lunar winner of the first class - he sold for €3,650 to Patrick Lane from Co. Limerick.

Other prices included:

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€3,550 for Glaslough Ruler to S&N Heatrick, Annareagh, Glaslough, Co Monaghan;

€3,500 paid for Kilkeary Simba, to Tom Fogarty, Kilkeary, Nenagh, Co Tipperary;

Catherine Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan, Co Meath with Ardmulchan Lunar winner of the class for bulls born on or between April 16, 2015 and July 15, 2015.
Catherine Smyth, Ardmulchan, Navan, Co Meath with Ardmulchan Lunar winner of the class for bulls born on or between April 16, 2015 and July 15, 2015.

€3,400 paid for Kyle King to Padraig McGrath, Cloonshannagh, Elphin, Co Roscommon;

€3,400 for Ballinveney Scholar to Rory Farrell, Ballinveney, Toomevara;

€3,400 for Forestview Laurence to Declan Lavin, Lacken, Strokestown., Co Roscommon.


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