Unlike previous spring sales that were staged during the prolonged periods of inclement weather conditions, the arrival of sunshine resulted in an improved demand at the most recent Irish Hereford Society sale at Kilmallock Mart. A 60% clearance was reported, with a price range of €2,200-3,050 equating to a very respectable average of €2,500. The bulls that sold well all had a mix of the Australian bull Churchill Storm in their pedigree; a bull which was introduced to Irish breeders through the Breed Improvement Scheme over twelve years ago.
Top price of the sale went to Clondrina 1186th owned by Gerard & Declan Donnelly who accepted €3,050 for their powerful 21-month-old bull who has been grazing for the past month. This bull, a son of stockbull Balleen Gilbert boasts four and five-star for terminal and replacement indexes along with a figure of 3.4% for calving difficulty.
Rory Farrell’s Ballinveney Talent topped out as second best on the day as he parted for €3,000 to Ger Mitchell from Grange, Co. Limerick. He was tapped forward as Reserve Champion at Nenagh the previous week but after he failed to meet his reserve, the Limerick breeder did not put him under the hammer. This fertility-tested bull who was out-wintered is sired by Gageboro Morgan, similar to the champion this bull offered the attractive bloodlines of Gageboro Eugenic and Chruchill Storm.
16-month-old Trillick Jasper owned by JJ Farrell acquired €2,800; displaying great length and, Jasper is a son of the renowned Steil Gerard a bull who also has Churhill Storm rooted in his pedigree. JJ’s second bull Trillick Bruce is sired by Free Town Hotspur and exchanged hands at €2,750.