Hagan's herd goes for a song

Demand was brisk from a packed ringside at the Hereford Society's dispersal of Peter Hagan's (above) prize-winning Killoe Herd, which recently took place at Granard Mart.

A sale average of €2,047 was paid on the day, with an average of €2,091 for the cows, €1,703 for the heifers and €1,879 for the young bulls. The stock bull sold for €2,900.

Major prices included the top price cow Killoe Hilda at €2,700. A five-star daughter of Ervie Classic in calf to the stock bull Castledaly General she was purchased by Liam Philpott and Anne Pounds of the Allowdale Herd, Knocknacolan, Kanturk.

The same purchaser also secured the five-star Killoe Lilac, a cow by Rathcor Express at €2,300 and an in-calf five-star heifer Killoe Claire by Yarram Pompeii V055 at €2,000.

New breeder John Mullarky, of Clonfad, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, bought a promising young cow, Killoe Ninia, by Pompeii son Killoe Surprise for €2,500.

The stock bull, Castledaly General, by Yarram Star General, was sold for €2,900. He was purchased by breeder and suckler beef farmer Mervyn Johnston, Rathcline, Lanesboro, Co Longford.

James Thompson, of Rathvilly, Co Carlow, purchased a Churchill Storm son the five-star Killoe Blazer for €2,600.

Mr Hagan built up the Killoe Herd over 30 years and was a regular and successful exhibitor at local shows. The success of the sale is a tribute to his stockmanship.

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Mr Hagan, who sold his farm recently, is retiring from farming and will go to live in the USA, where his sons have set up home.

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