“A strong trade for Beef Shorthorns” was witnessed at the most recent Irish Shorthorn Cattle Society sale, which was staged at Roscommon Mart on Saturday, April, 28th, last - 50% of the males found new homes, while females reported an 80% clearance.
The male champion on the day came in the form of Lavally Parnell(pictured below), bred by John Mullooly from Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Parnell, a Ballyart Lucky son out of a Dovea Sir James cow was also the top-priced male at €2,850 and he was acquired by a Shorthorn breeder from Co. Monaghan.
The Reserve Champion Male - Ricketstown Leader 227, an Eionmor Ideal 50p son bred by Martin Kelly, Co. Carlow failed to meet his reserve and remained unsold.(pictured below)
Rising to the top in the female category, was Ricketstown Lilly 224(pictured below) also bred by Martin Kelly -Lilly is a daughter of Martin's current senior stockbull Podehole Elite. Lilly remained unsold on the day and has reportedly sold since the sale for an undisclosed amount.
Taking the Reserve Champion ribbons was Rockville Pretender 406,(pictured below) a daughter of Glasgeivnagh Playboy 6th out of a Towra Raymond daughter. She was secured by a Co. Offaly farmer for €2,300.
Fetching the top price of the day in the female category at €3,200 was Rowanberry Lacey (main image), born on 24-January-2017 and owned by Shane Brigdale. Lacey, a Rowanberry Gigolo daughter out of a Chapelton Typhoon cow exchanged hands with a Shorthorn breeder from Co. Clare.
Overall, on the day there was strong bidding throughout the sale, however; a number of animals failed to meet their reserve, but despite this, sale averages were up on 2017 - in particular for the females with over 60% increase from €1,450 to €2,443.
Photos: Facebook page of Irish Shorthorn.