The Hereford Society's Premier Autumn Sale on Saturday (October 20th), at Tullamore Mart attracted a large entry, according to a spokesperson for the society.
Some very strong bulls were presented for sale and heifers, in particular, sold very well, achieving a clearance rate of 93%.
"Overall, the sale was quite respectable with some of the younger bulls selling very well, combined with a huge demand for heifers." The spokesperson outlined.
Robin Irvine - Graceland Herd tapped forward David Larkins' bull as his Male Champion who also went on to make the top price on the day.
Having won second-prize in his class at the National Hereford show earlier this year, 18-month-old ‘Cill Cormiac Perseus’ was described as a "bull of great shape; length and strength."
He is a son of Cill Cormaic Lincoln who is out of one David's older stock bulls – Cedar Liam and his dam - Cill Cormaic Jolie - carries superb breeding lines.
This year's premier champion attracted many admirers and quickly pushed his way up over the €4,000 mark from a number of potential buyers. It was Declan Donnelly from the very successful and long-established Clondrina Herd that triumphed the bidding war securing his new bull with a final price of €4,850.
David Larkin returned to offer another bull for sale - ‘Cill Cormaic Pius’ - and he found a new home at €3,500 ( pictured below).
Next in the ring was Michael Molloy with his 18-month-old bull ‘Moyclare Quality’ who claimed the Reserve Champion ribbons.
This very stylish bull with tremendous breed character shares the same dam as last year's sale topper - Moyclare Phoenix; Moyclare Quality parted ways at €3,300 respectively.
Having enjoyed great success at numerous shows this summer, ‘Kye Gerard 793’, owned by Padraig McGrath and sired by Steil Gerard was knocked down at €3,100.
John Canty's bull ‘Portanob Rob’ who was exhibited in the earlier classes fetched €3,000. He shares bloodlines from a sire (Balleen Revival) and dam (Ballymartin Karen) who are both descendants of some of the oldest breeding herds in the country.
New breeder - Shane O’Driscoll - exhibited a remarkable young bull that performed well at a number of shows earlier this year winning Supreme Hereford Champion at Cork Show; Reserve Male Champion at Charleville and Reserve Munster Junior Bull of the year.
‘Butlerstown Duke’ boasts 4 and 5-stars respectively for Terminal and Replacement and secured he was secured for €3,000.
Cavan man Gary McKiernan from the Corlismore Herd made a total of €5,800 for his two 15-month-old bulls - ‘Corlismore Leonardo 927’ and ‘Corlismore Masterplan 926’.
The hammer fell at €3,000 for Corlismore Leonardo 927 owned by Sean McKiernan.
Moving to the female category, Nigel Heatrick's Glaslough Tina secured highest female price of the day selling for €3,000. Having won her class, Tina has proven bloodlines with sires such as Clondrina 1110th, Balleen Gilbert and Gageboro coded in her DNA.
Remaining in the ring, Heatrick put his Female Reserve Champion ‘Glaslough Saffron’ under the hammer and acquired €2,900 for this entry; she was followed by “Glaslough Sara 2” who sold €2,550.
Also pushing up to the €2,550 mark was father and son duo Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald with their polled heifer ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange S 812’. Sired by the well-established Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid, the heifer scored top maternal marks with 5-stars for replacement.
David Larkin awarded the champion ribbons to ‘Ardmulchan Clover 735’, owned by long-time breeder Phil Smyth.
This heifer is bred from his senior stock bull Church Preen Galileo who has proven to be very successful for the Ardmulchan herd based in Navan.
Image source: Irish Hereford Breed Society LTD.