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Thursday 13 December 2018

WATCH: See the Hereford bull that made €6,600 at auction

Hereford breeder and friend of the Molloy family, Hugh P. Murray showing Mick’s 'Moyclare Phoenix' at the event.
Hereford breeder and friend of the Molloy family, Hugh P. Murray showing Mick’s 'Moyclare Phoenix' at the event.
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The first Hereford autumn show was held in Tullamore on Saturday where one bull was sold for €6,600.

The weather did not deter purchasers bidding to a top price of €6,600 in the bull ring while the top priced heifer sold at €4,600.

Michael Molloy’s bull ‘Phoenix’ from the Moyclare herd upon entering the ring, quickly caught the attention of a number of potential buyers who wished to add this smashing sire to their herd.

Bidding quickly took flight reaching €5,000 in minutes when the bidding battle dropped to just two hopeful buyers. It was Michael Hoey of Lusk, Co. Dublin who came out victorious when his final bid of €6,600 proved enough to secure the 16 month old bull.

Moyclare Phoenix is sired by the  David Larkin bred bull Cill Cormaic Kasper (KZP) now standing at Dovea AI and out of the home bred Moyclare Rose 22nd herself having a had a formidable show career and out of a very successful maternal line.

The Reserve Bull Champion on the day came from the Grianan herd of Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald. Grianan Ranger, born in August last is sired by Grianan Freddy. This solid for €4,000 with John Ryan from Co. Tipperary becoming the new owner.

Sean & Shane Kilrane of Mohill, exhibited Drumboy Jamie who was crowned Champion bull at the event providing the first major success at a premier sale for the Co. Leitrim breeders.

This bull Drumboy Jamie was on exhibition at the Irish Hereford Society’s stand at the National Ploughing Championship this year where he caught the eye of many passer-by’s. He is sired by the very successful and well know bull Kilsunny Goliath (KSG) who is well renowned for producing champions throughout the country and across water. Tom Roycroft had his eye on him since the ploughing and became the new owner when he placed his last bid at €3,650.

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K & M Diffley from Co. Leitrim showed Duibhgiolla Grian, a 16 month old bull sired by Gageboro Morgan, a grand son to Gageboro Eugenic and a great grand son to Churchill Storm, it’s clear to see that the bloodlines don’t lie as a price of €3,800 was secured for the bull with Gerard & James Scrahan from Co Waterford becoming the new owners.

Michael and Sinead Conry’s bull Rathnollag Lucky 790 was purchased by long time Hereford breeder James Thompson from Ballraggan, Rathvilly for €3,200. Scoring 4 & 5 stars for both the terminal and replacement indexes along with a calving difficulty of 2.2pc.

Demand for heifers was back a little on this event last year however the top heifers continue to make headlines with John Appelbe’s 14 month old heifer Appel 1 Joy, sired by this year’s Hereford National Champion Solpoll 1 Lawman, sold for €4,600 the highest price for a female at the event, with Fellow rebel man and new Hereford breeder Michael Dullea of Deelish Hereford’s becoming the new owner.

The Female Championship was awarded to Padraig McGrath’s Kye Sunshine 722 which is in-calf to his 5 star stock bull Knoxlustre Twilight, who has a calving difficulty of 3.5pc. Kye Sunshine will remain in the west of Ireland with her new owner Cathal Dolan from Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim.


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