Gareth Behan, Ballyfin with one of his champion Simmentals at the Ossory Show. Picture: Alf Harvey
A cattleman in the Midlands receives staggering record price for pedigree Simmental bull
Gareth Behan is from Ballyfin in Laois and his Clonagh Lucky Explorer was the first up at a sale in Roscommon this weekend.
Despite glitches with the online computer system, Irish Simmental Cattle Society hosted its premier sale on Saturday, the animal sold for a phenomenal €52,000 via online-only sale. MORE BELOW PICTURE
This is double for the previous high for a Simmental and said to be a record for any breed sold in Ireland. MORE BELOW TWEET.
New breed record for the first lot at the Simmental premier with Clonagh Lucky Explorer selling for a whopping €52,000!!! Bred by Garreth Behan, Ballyfinn, heading to the UK. @britishsimms pic.twitter.com/FhtPvXsWHW— FJ Pedigree (@FJ_Pedigree) October 24, 2020
The 1,000 kg bull born in 2019 was sired by Manor Park Hansome. It is understood to have been sold to a buyer in the UK.
Gareth is a well-known breeder of pure bread cattle and always shows some of his specimens at the agricultural shows in Laois.
Bull prices Lot 1 Clonagh Lucky Explorer €52,000 Lot 2 Clonagh Latin Lover €6,800 Lot 5 Limehill Lieutenant €3400 Lot...Posted by Irish Simmental Cattle Society on Saturday, October 24, 2020
At the Clonaslee Show - Gareth and Lyndsey Behan with Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous a former Overall Champion Simmental at the show and her calf Clonagh Eye of the Tiger - on right is Niall Bourke (Chairman). Photo: Michael Scully
The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that, in the interest of protecting those in the agri-sector and wider rural communities from the spread of Covid-19, and in line with public health guidelines, livestock mart sales will continue using online only platforms.