The recent multi breed sale at Cillin Hill in Kilkenny attracted large crowds with some cracking bulls on show.
In the Hereford ring, Tom Brennan, Balleen, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny achieved a double triumph securing €3400 twice for two homebred bulls Balleen Diplomat and Balleen Perfection. Both bulls have a four star ICBF terminal index and are sired by CH 3223 Visa 57X and out of the former show heifer, Balleen Polly.
The top priced Hereford bull.
Seamus Rohan, Listrolin, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny secured the third best price of the sale, selling Listrolin Lad, a September 2015 born bull, for €3200. This five stars ICBF terminal index bull is sired by former RDS Champion of Champions recipient, Kye Rodge 553 and is out of Balleen Maeve 798.
One of the oldest bulls in the sale, Ballyraggan Domino 830, exhibited by James Thompson, Ballyraggan, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow traded at €3100. This bull was born in April 2015 and is sired by the stock bull Woodview Everest and is out of Ballyraggan Whitehorn 625.
The Reserve Champion bull, Chatsworth Joe, exhibited by Thomas Henessy, Chatsworth, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny sold for €3000. This bull is sired by Lakelodge Joe 3 and is out of homebred dam.
The Supreme Championship, under joint judges Michael & Niall Jones, Knockduff, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford was awarded to Christy Finn, Bawngariff, Ballycallan, Co. Kilkenny with Bawngarriff Gigolo. This bull failed to meet his reserve in the sales ring and was unsold.
Overall, the trade in the Hereford ring was described as extremely brisk with an almost 70% clearance selling to an average of €3170.
In the Aberdeen-Angus section, Joe Moran Powerstown, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny claimed the best price of the day selling Powerstown Mannix for €4000. This May 2015 born bull is sired by Killeen Lord Iceboy K115 and is out of a homebred dam. The Powerstown herd also secured the reserve breed championship in the pre-sale show with Powerstown Monroe but this bull failed to realise his reserve in the sales ring and was unsold.
The second highest price of the day in the Aberdeen-Angus section was achieved by Frank McKiernan, Drumcrow, Corlismore, Co. Cavan with Drumcrow D Mexico trading at €3600. This bull is a son of Drumcrow Joker and is out of Drumcrow Jill and sold with a calving figure of just 1.1% (breed average 2.15%).
The Champion Angus [pictured], Knockmountagh Mikey, exhibited by Eamon McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice, Co. Louth sold for the next best price in the Angus section of €3450. This one was born in October 2015 and boasted a five star ICBF terminal index. He is sired by the noted AI bull, Friarstown Ideal Pete K202. The Knockmountagh herd also sold the 2nd prize winning bull, Knockmountagh Lucky R710 for €3100. This one was also sired by Friarstown Ideal Pete K202 and was a double five star ICBF index bull on both terminal and replacement traits.
Kevin & Monica Diffley Diffley, Clooncolligan, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim sold Clooncolligan Monty, a November 2015 born bull, for €3350. This bull is sired by the new AI bull Beryl Jamey and is out a homebred dam.
Finally, the Holstein Friesian breed also enjoyed a buoyant trade at Kilkenny with John O’ Callaghan, Farnivane, Bandon, Co. Cork securing a top price of €4800 with Mountfarna Trendy. This bull was born in January 2016 and despite being having a minus EBI figure fought off stiff competition from several other quality entry to take the best price of the sale. The Mountfarna herd claimed the second highest price too, selling Mountfarna McCaw for €4700. This bull is sired by the British Friesian bull, Piet Adema 186 and is out a 11,000 kgs dam.
Other principal prices in the dairy section included Kevin Flynn, Clonaslee, Co. Offaly who sold Reary Tonto for €4250. This one is out an EX90 dam from the Snowdrop family and is sired by Locker-Lane Rw Banning.
One of the youngest bulls in the sale, the 13 month old Mountain Martell 27, exhibited by Michael Spillane, Tullamaine, Fethard, Co. Tipperary sold for €3600. Overall, trade was very brisk in the dairy ring with service age, mature bulls selling to a higher clearance than the younger bulls.
The next sale of pedigree breeding bulls takes place at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on April 19th.