Rising to the top at the final Hereford Society Sale at Nenagh and exchanging hands for €3,700 was “Castledaly King”, owned by Michael Farrell(pictured above). The 18-month-old son of ‘Cill Cormaic Kasper’, popular Dovea AI sire sold with a four-star rating for both replacement and terminal indexes within the Hereford breed.
Following hot on his heels at a notable €3,600 was Rory Farrell’s “Ballinveney Tiger”. This 13-month-old bull(pictured below) sold carrying bloodlines from ‘Yarram Star’ and Bowmont Storm’ which are largely responsible for giving the animal a more traditional Hereford appearance.
The next top-price of the day at €3,400 was secured by Kye Hotspur 783, a 13-month-old Free Town Hotspur son from Padraig and Catherine McGrath’s herd(pictured below) . He presented a powerful catalogue on the day, with 5-stars for both indexes, along with a calving difficulty figure of 2.8%.
Cave Hill Pogba fetched €2,950 at Saturday’s sale, after he failed to make the first Nenagh sale due to a sore foot(pictured below) . This exceptionally well-bred bull of great breed character and out of one Padraig’s strongest cow families ‘Cave Hill Adorable’ achieved an additional €700 on previous offers.
Cill Cormaic Padraig Pearse” bred by David Larkin was tapped forward as Champion of the Day in the pre-showing event by father-and-son-duo Eugene & Eoin Lynch from the Droumdaniel herd in Bantry, Co. Cork. This bull (pictured below) aged 16-months, a son of the herd’s stock-bull ‘Cill Cormaic Lincoln’ climbed to €2,800.
Nigel Heatrick’s Glaslough Rascal was the second of three bulls to hit the €2,800 price-tag on the day.(pictured below)
The third bull to scoop these four-golden figures was “Grainan Ricky 2” who hailed from the herd of Tom and Anselm’s Fitzgerald. This 14-month-old bull scored full marks on both indexes and also has heifers served. (pictured below)
“Ardlahan Reg” from Darren O’Rourke, Kildimo, Co. Limerick(pictured with Conor below) put their bull under the hammer at €2,600. This 18-month-old bull is sired by Trillick Hotspur who is known for producing animals that go on to perform well on the show circuit and within the sales ring.
A buoyant sale was enjoyed with a strong demand for young bulls, in particular. The sale produced a clearance rate of 72% with bulls selling to an average price of just under €2550, a figure which is slightly less than last year’s sale average.
A spokesperson for Irish Hereford Cattle Society said:
“This can be largely attributed to the challenging weather conditions farmers faced at the start of the year. Overall, the demand for Hereford was good and the results from this sale combined with the prices achieved at the final Kilkenny sale is a breath of fresh air.”