Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Sellers leave with smile as new heights hit in Nenagh

Bull sale buzzing as prices soar and 83pc of stock is cleared

Martin Ryan

One of the most sought-after Holstein-Friesian sires in Europe scored on the double for the Lisduff Herd in the IHFA Annual Bull Show and Sale.

The two highest-priced bulls at the Nenagh Mart sale were exhibited by John O'Sullivan from Lisduff, Whitechurch, Co Cork, and sired by O-Bee Manfred Justice.

Lisduff Omega ET, with an EBI of €187, sold to Roger Rice from Ardfert, Co Kerry, for the highest price paid at the sale, €4,500. His dam, Lisduff Mary, was a yielder of 10,226kg of milk at 4.25pc fat and 3.49pc protein.

Lisduff Ominous (EBI €182) sold for €4,300, the second highest price paid at the sale. He was bred from Lisduff Beatrix, a yielder of 10,150kg at 4.38pc fat and 3.6pc protein.

After the sale, John's son Victor said interest in the sire of the two bulls was a big factor in the sale of both and they were very happy with the outcome.

The Lisduff Herd sold three other bulls for €3,300, €2,800 and €2,700 respectively.

The champion of the show was awarded to a September 2008 bull; Evergrange Goldsmith exhibited by Mervyn Eager, Castlebaggott Road, Newcastle, Co Dublin.

Sold for €4,100, the bull was sired by Braedale Goldwyn out of Sunnylodge Rudolph Spec, a yielder of over 14,000kg at 4.30pc fat and 3.60pc protein.

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The reserve championship was awarded to Hallow Tobs, sold for €2,600, exhibited by Mervyn Jones, Killowen, Gorey, Co Wexford, and by the same sire as the champion.

Tom Kelly, Philipstown, Drogheda, Co Louth, received €4,200 for Monamore Equality and Maurice Harty's Ballylongane Vanessa Oman ET sold for €4,100 for the Ballyheigue, Tralee, herd.

Strong interest at the sale resulted in the clearance of 28 of the 34 bulls shown -- an effective selling rate of 83pc compared to 50pc in each of the two previous years.

The average price paid was €2,753, compared to €2,640 last year.

The IHFA's John Kirby said he was pleased with the sale.

"This year the standards were raised regarding health, pre-inspection and parentage verification, which meant that there was a very good quality of bull on offer," he said.

"The breeders were very happy with the prices for their animals, especially with regard to the current economic climate that we're in," he added.

Breeders and buyers at the sale said they expected the trade for Holstein-Friesians to hold up, despite the impact of changes to the beef grading regime.

"The Holstein-Friesian breeder will stay with the breed. They are breeding for milk and will stick to that. The export trade for calves is a benefit to the demand for the progeny," one farmer said.

Irish Independent