The Hillcrest Simmental herd — which was established by Padge Mulhare, Cloghan, Co. Offaly, in the late eighties — will be dispersed this Saturday (September 28th) at Tullamore Mart.
37 entries are catalogued for the sale which is due to get underway at 12 pm; Tom Cox will officiate as auctioneer.
'Breeding preferred to feeding'
“When I purchased that expensive and quality bull Clonagh Just A Dream eighteen months ago, little did I think that circumstances would alter dramatically, my health, and pressurised me into selling the budding herd so soon afterwards.”
From the very beginning of the Hillcrest herd, Mulhare’s main objective was to breed and purchase beef Simmental-types, focusing on conformation, growth and visual assessment; he regards bloodlines as “the most important ingredient of all”.
“Breeding preferred to feeding was always my slogan and allow the young to grow naturally on good grass.”
In 2008, Padge had a full reduction sale and ceased breeding for a number of years. “Then with improvements in my health and encouragement from some fellow breeders, I had a second coming.”
He purchased “outstanding quality” females at premier sales and used embryos from the earlier years to create his present herd.
“When I reflect on my time in Simmentals and journey back to the late eighties, I do so with sadness. There is also elation knowing that the Hillcrest herd produced so many brilliant and superior cattle.”
'My first love'
Padge took this opportunity to thank all his customers, friends and acquaintances. “I also include my new purchasers the very best and sincerely hope they enjoy the same fascination, passion and excitement as I have shared with my first love - Simmental cattle.”
“This sale gives new breeders and potential buyers an opportunity to purchase well-bred and decent quality cattle that are not halter trained, nor show groomed or indeed manicured.”
“You can view their faults, warts and all when not camouflaged with excessive meals and vitamins.”
For more information, contact Padge Mulhare — 087-2571676.