Edward Dudley was out and about last weekend and stopped in at the Autumn multi-breed sale of bulls and heifers at Carrick-on-Shannon.
The Aberdeen-Angus breed provided the overall sale topper across seven different beef breeds, including several of the continental breeds at the annual Autumn multi-breed sale of bulls and heifer at Carrick-On-Shannon on the weekend. Overall, the trade was quite sluggish with about 60% of the total entry of cattle remaining unsold on the day.
The best price of the entire sale came from David Jones, Keenagh, Longford, Co. Longford who sold his 15 month-old bull, Creagh Pete R098 for €2800. This bull is sired by the successful AI bull Bunlahy John G and was a 5 star bull on ICBF terminal beef index.
The next best price in the Angus section came from Frank Ward, Ballyshannon, Donegal, Co. Donegal who received €1800 for Acres Mark. This February 2015 born bull is sired by Goulding Jumbo King K436 and was another 5 star ICBF index bull. Several Aberdeen-Angus bulls traded from €1500 to €1700.
In the female section, Anslem Fitzgerald, Mount Temple, Moate, Co. Westmeath took home €2000 for the in-calf heifer, Caulry L715 Daffodil, a Goulding Jumbo King K436 daughter. This heifer was certified in-calf and was due in April 2017. Three heifers sold at €1500, including the youngest heifer on offer at the sale, the 12 month old Glostermin Lady Harriet R011 from Kathleen Kelly, Gorvagh, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Letirim. This young heifer was sired by Friarstown Ideal Pete K202 and was out of a homebred dam.
Ivor Anderson, Killeshandra, Cavan, Co. Cavan received the best price in the Hereford section, selling his 17 month-old bull Corran Hill Celebration for €2000 to a local dairy farmer. This bull is sired by Glaslough Levi and boasted a 5 star ICBF terminal index.
The top priced Hereford heifer went to the youngest exhibit in the entire sale across all breeds. Clonchairpoll 1 Stacey, a January 2016 born heifer, exhibited by Helen Faughnan, Mohill, Co. Leitrim sold for €1650.
There was only one Shorthorn present on the day. Paddy Farrell, Ballinwig, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim sold Sheemore Milly for €1500. This one is sired by the stock bull Rockville Clohessy Dice.
Despite decent numbers forward on the day, the continental breeds failed to attract significant interest with large numbers of bulls and heifers remaining unsold.
Only one Limousin bull sold in the ring, the 18 month old Dunross King from Robert Smyth, Lifford, Co. Donegal changed hands at €2000.
None of the Simmental or Blonde d’Aquataine cattle sold.
The Charolais breed failed slightly better. Whilst none of the Charolais females sold at all, several bulls sold with a best price of €2500 coming for the 15 month-old Forestview Lorenzo from Sean McLoughlin, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitirm. This Prime Roberto son also had a five star ICBF terminal beef index.
Next best price in the Charolais section was received by Joseph O’ Reilly, Keenagh, Co. Longford who sold Brickland Larson for €2100. Another five star terminal index bull, this one was sired by Cullaghamore Gold.
Rounding off the principle prices in the Charolais section was Martina Reynolds, Bornacoola, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Letirim who received €1950 for the June 2015 born bull, Bor Leo.
The next big event at the Showgrounds, Carrick-On-Shannon is the annual Winter Fair of commercial cattle on Sunday, November 27th (show) and Monday, November 28th (sale).
WRITTEN BY: EDWARD DUDLEY
Picture: Aberdeen-Angus bull, Creagh Pete