The recent Irish Aubrac Society annual show and sale, hosted at Tullamore Mart drew crowds from the length and breadth of the country.
Capturing the leading sum of a whopping €4,000 was four-year-old Ballintra Hazel with her April 2016 born Caporal daughter.
Bred by John Walsh, Rockhill, Ballintra, Co. Donegal, Hazel, grand-daughter of one of the highest index cows in France, sold served in-calf to the same bull again.
Standing third in her class, this cow sold with a replacement index of €178, boasting five-stars within and across the breed.
Johnstown Isabel 1145, second prize winning, five-star Roussel daughter from the herd of Francis Donohoe, Johnstown, Collinstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath was knocked down at €3,500 with her May-born Invincible daughter.
Francis went on to scoop Reserve Champion ribbons for his cow and calf pairing. The cow Johnstown Isabel 995, sold with her April 2016 born Invincible daughter ‘Johnstown Lauren 1535’ for a notable sum of €3,550.
A total of 3 pedigree teams were offered for sale, averaging €3,683.
Tipperary-based Aubrac breeder Donal Quinlan claimed champion title for his Duches (DSH) daughter who went on to sell for €3,000.
Judge Martin Davis tapped forward Cullenwaine Khaleesi, a March 2015 maiden heifer, reporting a replacement index of €154 and five-stars within and across the breed.
Shrubbywood Jeannette, a maiden heifer offered from the Westmeath based herd of Shane and Joanne Bowers acquired €2,250.
Rating four stars within the breed and five-stars across the breed for maternal, the Johnstown Glen 944 daughter, boasts a replacement index of €134.
Another offering from this herd, Shrubbywood Jenny was sold for €1,950.
Portarlington Kruz 2, a Butlersgift Frank daughter, standing second in her class from Joseph Muldowney’s herd based in Portarlington, Co. Offaly scooped €2,000.
Tuam-based breeders Sonny and Margaret Jennings took home €1,950 for their April 2015 born Ballintra Ike daughter.
Drumlish, Co. Longford based breeder Bernard Casey received €1,940 for 'Cairn Hill Karen' a Carin Hill Gully daughter, with a replacement index of €148.
Bernard also fetched €1,850 for a second Cairn Hill Gully daughter. With five-stars shining down through the catalogue, May 2015 born Cairn Hill Kitty, sold with a replacement index of €154.
Next into the ring, Bernard offered another one of his home-bred Cairn Hill Guy daughters. Cairn Hill Karel, sold with a replacement index of €135 for a bid of €1,800.
Slaneymill Kate 533, a Ballinclea Festival daughter sold for €1,770 from the herd of Douglas and Alfie Hanbidge, Stratford-On-Slaney, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow.
Donegal breeder John Walsh, continued his winning streak on the day, fetching €1,700 for another Caporal daughter. Ballintra Kirsty sold with a Replacement index of €139, reporting four-stars within the breed and five-stars across for Replacement.
Bernard Casey returned to fetch €1,700 for another five-star ‘Cairn Hill Gully’ daughter with a replacement index of €157.
Ardskeabeg Kylie proceeded next into the ring, bred and exhibited by Stephen Canavan, Ballyglunin, Tuam. Co. Galway. The Calverstown Ireland daughter also attained the same price tag.
Also on €1,700, Sonny and Margaret Jennings presented their second offering for the sale, another May 2015 born Ballintra Ike daughter.
At €1,670, Bernard Casey sold Cairn Hill Kate, another one of Cairn Hill Gully’s daughter reaping the rewards. Kate sold with a replacement index of €111, three stars within the breed and five-stars across.
Ballintra based William P Walsh, offered Hazelwood Kora for sale. This was one of a number of Despagnou daughters that were offered for sale on Saturday. Kora was knocked down for €1,450.
A total of sixteen maiden heifers were offered for sale, averaging €1,867 with prices ranging from €1,450 to €3,000 on the day.
In-calf heifer class entries peaked to €3,400, with another one of John Walsh’s offerings Ballintra Jane, a Despagnou daughter.
Jane, a full sister to Reserve champion at Tullamore Show 2014, sold in-calf to Johnstown Harry.
Following at €3,000 was Shrubbywood Immense, another offering from the herd of Shane and Joanne Bowers. Immense, a Johnstown Glen 944 daughter sold in-calf to Johnstown Ian 1144, due on 5th December 2016.
Fetching a credible €2,000 and leading the weanling heifer class was second prize-winning Turloughmore Kealen, bred and exhibited by Kevin O’ Brien, Turloughmore, Athenry, Co. Galway.
Kealen, a September 2015 born Tullig Fred daughter, made an impression in the show ring earlier this summer when she was awarded second prize at Tullamore Show.
Following at €1,870 was first prize winning Dolby(S1463) daughter Johnstown Karen 1145, another lot exhibited by Francis Donohoe, Johnstown, Collinstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
At €1,660 stood another one of Kevin O’ Brien’s offerings, a five-star January 2016 born heifer, with a replacement index of €173.
Francis Donohoe attained €1,610 for Johnstown Karen 1177, another Dolby daughter, selling with five-stars within and across the breed.
Johnstown Harry 6014 daughter, Ballintra Libby from the herd of John Walsh attracted a bid of €1,520. This January 2016 born heifer, sold with a powerful pedigree, with her dam Ballintra Ina deemed reserve champion at Tullamore 2014.
With a replacement index of €151, Libby displayed five-stars right down the catalogue.
Third prize winning weanling heifer, Laheen Lacey, a Johnstown Enda 800 daughter, sold with a replacement index of €131, four stars within the breed and five stars across the breed for €1,410. Breeder and exhibitor was James Waugh, Laheen, Cavangarden. Ballyshannon. Co. Donegal.
A bid of €1,400 secured another quality January 2016 born Despagnou daughter. With a replacement index of €136, Hazelwood Lisa also derived from Donegal from the farm of William P Walsh, Ballintra.
With 12 pedigree Aubrac weanling heifers offered for sale, two left the ring unsold. Prices ranged from €1,060- €2,000.
Leading the pedigree bulls at €1,200 was third prize winning February 2016 born Dumleek Lane, a Drumleek Jack son, exhibited by Gerard Ward, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan.
A buoyant trade was described all round for pedigree Aubracs on the day, with two weanling heifers leaving the ring unsold and three pedigree bulls.
In the commercial entries a total of ten heifers were presented for sale. 665kg third prize winning heifer rose to the top, claiming a bid of €2,070. The heifer exhibited by Shrubbywood Aubracs, is due to calve down next month to a five-star bull.
At 555kg, an Aubrac crossbred heifer sold for €1,620. From the herd of Alfie Hanbidge, Stratford-on-Slaney, Co. Wicklow, this heifer sold with a replacement index of €124 and five stars across the breed.
€1,500 secured the last lot of the day, offered by Francis Butler, Culvin, Co. Westmeath. This five-star rated Aubrac X Charolais heifer sold with a replacement index of €134.
Also from the herd of Alfie Hanbidge, was an Aubrac x Simmental heifer, daughter of Ballinclea Festival. Mr. Hanbidge took home €1,460 for this five star heifer, with a replacement index of €116.
The second prize winning heifer followed at €1,425 clocking in at 545kg.
The first prizing winner heifer, weighing 400kg went under the hammer for €1,110.
Commercial Aubrac heifers ranged from €910 up to €2,070 and averaged €1,356. A 100% clearance rate was achieved for the commercial entries.
Speaking with That’s Farming, James Donnellan, Irish Aubrac Society Chairman said:
‘This is our best sale to date, with a notable crowd in attendance. We wish all our of purchases the very best of luck with their new additions.’