Laois bull steals the show in Tullamore
A County Laois-bred Simmental bull topped the sales after being judged Reserve Champion in the show ring at the Irish Simmental Cattle Society Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday.
Sixteen-month-old Clonagh Foot Loose, which sold for €5,200, was bred and exhibited by Garreth T Behan, Clonagowan, Ballyfin and purchased by Joe and Aidan Brady, Cootehill, Co Cavan.
The price topper was bred out of Corlesmore Willow and by the sire, Kilbride Farm Dragoon 12, a bloodline based on the slopes of the Six Mile Water Valley in Co Antrim with the distinction of having won the Perth Supreme Championship for a record seven times.
Impressed with the bulls in the Kilbride at a herd, Mr Behan purchased Dragoon "for his length, clean lines, and strength of second thigh and plates" and has found him to be "incredibly docile with a super head, bone and correct throughout".
The stock bull on the farm, he is ranked in the top 0.01pc for the breed and continues to breed a trail of award-winning, top-price achievers.
Second highest prices of the day was paid for another Kilbride bloodline, February 2015 born bull, Viscount Goliath exhibited by Stephen Saunders, Ross, Culohill, Portlaoise which sold for €4,500.
The bull, with five and four stars for Terminal and Replacement indices respectively within the breed and five stars across all breed for Replacement was bred out of Seaview Bliss and by the sire Kilbride Farm Newry.