A packed ringside at GVM Tullamore saw purchasers from West Cork to Tyrone and Donegal to Wexford pay new levels of prices for the Hereford bulls exhibited at the Society’s first spring show & sale of the season.
The top price of €7,100 was paid by Co Tyrone dairy farmer Duncan Crawford, Omagh, Co Tyrone following spirited bidding in a ringside, silent but for the steady bidding as purchaser and under-bidder tried to secure the Reserve Champion Trillick Governor. Exhibited by JJ Farrell, Trillick a Temple, Longford he is by his stock bull Steil Gerard a Churchill Storm son that is breeding consistently well. No stranger to the showring, the top honours and price at the Society’s premier sale had eluded Mr Farrell up to now. His first prize-winner Trillick Miller also by the herd sire Steil Gerard sold to Maurice Daly, Rockchapel, Co Cork at €4,100 giving a herd total of €11,200 or an average of €5,600 for the herd siblings.
The Champion Gouldingpoll 1 Sundance ET was exhibited by Co Kerry breeder Matthew Goulding. Out of his top prizewinning cow Dorepoll 1 R 51 Dutchess 525 and sired by Scottish sire Romany 1 Captain. This 18 month old bull sold to Paul Roohan, Beleek, Co Fermanagh at €4,000.
Knockmountagh Duke bred and exhibited by Eamon & John McKiernan was sired by Corlismore Pompeii out of a Churchill Storm daughter Knockmountagh Aoife and sold to prominent Cork breeder Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway at €4,600.
T & A Fitzgerald exhibited twin bulls Grianan Lion King ET and Grianan Lion Heart ET. Sired by Bowmont Storm A583 out of Grianan Dominique a top class breeder they sold at €3,800 for Lion King to Aidan Carroll, Kinnity, Birr and Lion Heart to €3,100 to Paul Roohan, Beleek, Co Fermanagh who also purchased the Champion.
Michael Farrell’s Castledaly HP a son of Castledaly Gearoid, himself a son to Bowmont Storm A584 and out of Castledaly Millie an SJS Dom Lad 10P daughter, sold to Karl Longe, Derrymore, Killucan, Co Westmeath at €3,700.
The hammer dropped at €3,550 for Carrick Bruno from Philip Lynch, Carrick, Finea, co Westmeath selling to Derek Snell, Mountpallas, Mountnugent, Co Cavan. By Balleen Frost he is out of Bally-dowel Fliper a Glaslough Esquire daughter bred by Joe Maher, Freshford.
With an overall average sale average of €3,411 up over €600 on the same venue in 2012 and a clearance of 71% the Society was well satisfied with the outcome.
There is no doubt that continuing strong demand for quality Hereford cross cattle for slaughter through the beef schemes, the price advantage for Hereford cross calves and demand for suckler replacements is having a major influence on demand. Forthcoming sales will be held at Nenagh on Saturday April 20, 2013 and at Kilmallock on Friday April 26, next.