Corkman cleans up in Tipp at IHFA Premier Bull ShowA Bandon farmer won four awards at the IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale in Nenagh, reports
The long journey from West Cork was a rewarding 'trip to Tipp' for Holstein- Friesian breeder, John O'Callaghan when he received almost €13,000 for four pedigree bulls at the 42nd Annual IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale at Nenagh.
He also collected the rosette for the overall Reserve Champion of the Show for Mountfarna Wonder from his herd at Farnivane, Bandon. Earlier he had won the top three awards in the class for bulls born between mid-October 2015 and December 31, 2015 at the show which preceded the sale.
The October 2015-born Mountfarna Wonder sold for second highest price of the day, when Ray Marshall, Barna, Co Kilkenny paid €3,900 for the bull, bred by Welcome Shamrock Windor out of Mountfarna Seaver Fay, which recorded 4.22pc butterfat and 3.5pc protein on her first lactation when she yielded 10,932 kgs, before increasing to 12,309 kgs last year.
The highest price at the sale was paid for Mountfarna Rangler, bought by Anne O'Hanlon, Ballyduff, Tralee which auctioneer, Denis Barrett knocked down at €4,000.
The bull was bred by Relough Dangler and out of Mountfarna Eight Rose, that yielded 10,979 kgs at 4.33pc butterfat and 3.59pc protein after giving birth to the bull calf in October 2015.
One of three breeders each with four bulls entered for the show and sale, he added €2,500 each for the second and third prizewinners in their class, Mountfarna Winterfell and Mountfarna Rubic respectively, adding to a total of €12,900 for his four bulls to rank the most successful exhibitor on the day.
Despite the ringside attendance being well down on previous years, there was good interest in quality animals, with the younger bulls overall attracting the most attention.
The clearance was around 60pc at an average price of €2,730.