The last major sale on the pedigree circuit took place at the newly revamped show grounds at Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim over the weekend. The annual Irish Angus sale of bulls and heifers attracted a large crowd with significant interest across all sections. The top price was well up on last year’s sale with an extremely high clearance of both bulls and heifers on the day.
[Carrigroe Mrs Dunbarr pictured above]
John Appelbe, Carrigroe House, Clonakilty, Co. Cork scooped the top price of the entire sale, selling his 15 month old heifer Carrigroe Mrs Dunbarr for €8300. This five star heifer boasted one of the highest maternal index females in the catalogue with an ICBF replacement value of €123. She took the reserve female champion prize in the pre-sale show and is a former 1st prize winner at the Irish Angus finals at Strokestown Show last September.
The Overall Female Champion of the day, Clooncolligan Minnie exhibited by Kevin Diffley, Bornacoola, Carrik-On-Shannon sold for €5100. This one was born in March 2015 and is sired by the stock bull Drumsna Harry. Another former winner on the summer show circuit, this heifer had previously claimed the overall female championship at the Irish Angus finals at last September’s Strokestown Show.
A number of other heifers traded above the €4000 mark which is testament to the popularity of the Angus breed at present. Brideswell May, exhibited by Patrick Harrison, Brideswell, Athlone, Co. Westmeath sold for €5700. This in-calf heifer is sired by the famed AI bull Bohey Jasper and was a 2nd prize winner in the pre-sale show.
Nigel Peavoy, Mountrath, Co. Laois took home €5400 for his senior heifer Coolrain Lena. This heifer is sired by the popular AI sire Friarstown Ideal Pete K202 and was scanned in-calf.
Michael & Oliver Flanagan, Moydrum, Athlone, Co. Westmeath received €5000 for his March 2015 born heifer, Moydrum Monalisa. Another daughter of Bohey Jasper, this maiden heifer was also a prize winner in the pre-sale show.
Rounding out the principal prices in the female section were Amanda Bogan, Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford who received €4100 for Millbawn Missie, Edel McCawley, Dowra, Co. Leitrim who sold Newbridge Miss Perfect for €4100 and Patrick Murphy, Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath who sold Berry Misty Misty for €4000.
[Male Champion Laheens David]
Hugh Fox, Kye, Elphin, Co. Roscommon took the best price in the male section, selling Greeve Powerhouse R235 for €5300. This April 2015 born was one of the oldest bulls catalogued for sale and had a five star ICBF replacement suckler index. This one is by the Canadian bull Early Sunset High Time 81G and is out of Greeve Pauline J185.
The overall champion bull, Laheens David R419, exhibited by Cathal Duignan, Eslin, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim sold for the next best price in the male section of €4100. This bull was born in October 2015 and is sired by Bunlahy John G. His twin brother, Laheens Dan R420 sold for €3700 whilst another bull from the Duignan family, Laheens Miko who had previously taken the reserve male championship earlier in the day, sold for €3100.
Frank Gibbons, Caggle, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon took home €4000 for his May 2015 born bull Caggle Master. This one is by Coneyisland Legend F112 and was a double five star bull for both terminal and replacement ICBF index.
Also selling at €4000 was Moydrum Moonraker, exhibited by Michael & Oliver Flanagan, Moydrum, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Another ICBF five star bull, this one is sired by the homebred stock sire Moydrum King.
Cathal & Joe McCormack, Steil, Tulsk, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon sold three bulls on the day. Steil Miko 299 sold for €3800, Steil Mr Mac 308 made €3700 and Steil Masterpiece 303 realised €3100. All three bulls were sired by the UK bred stock bull The Moss Kriss L128.
Rounding out the principal prices in the male section were Sean McKiernan, Corlismore, Co. Cavan who sold Corlismore Proud Corporal R816 for €3600 and Corlismore Man for €3500, Shane McKiernan, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan who sold Drumcarbin M Belter for €3500 and Frank McKiernan, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan who sold Drumcrow Montana and Drumcrow Plus One R632 both for €3400 each.
The next Irish Angus Premier Sale of bulls and heifers takes place at the GVM Arena, Killmallock on April 1st, 2017.
Article by Edward Dudley