The Tomriland Aberdeen-Angus herd, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, is holding a reduction sale on Saturday, October 5th at 2pm in Carnew Mart, Co. Wicklow, Y14 NN72.
The herd was established by Louis Byrne and his wife Chrissie in 1990 with the purchase of four heifers at Carrick-on-Shannon from the Dunlever, Clonervy, Gurteen and Kilteeven Aberdeen-Angus herds.
Females from the Ormonde, Federo, Knockmountagh, Knockadrinan and Liss herds followed soon after, with maiden heifers from the Fordel and Mogeely Aberdeen-Angus herds acquired in more recent times.
This high-health status herd — which is a WHPR and BDGP participant — has been built to being in the top 5% of Aberdeen-Angus herds by using I.C.B.F figures to full avail, complemented by visual appearance.
The first stock bull purchased by Louis was Island Vernon (a son of Dustin Hoff of Skaill) followed by stock bulls from the well-known Aberdeen-Angus herds Lisduff, Cavanbellaghy, Creagh, Liss and Mogeely.
Stock bulls are used on 90% of the herd with the current stock bull Liss Matty P491 (a son of multiple All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus champion Rosemead Karona) on his fourth season.
“Liss Matty P491 has bred fantastic sons and daughters boasting five-star indices and ease of calving figures.”
As Louis is retaining a number of female offspring from this bull, Liss Matty P491 will be for sale on Saturday, October 5th.
The most recent addition to Tomriland Aberdeen-Angus is junior stock bull Richhill Black Bentley U094 (a son of the UK-bred Weeton King Lear R452), he has already shown to be fruitful with all heifers scanned in-calve — three of which will be for sale at Carnew.
As an active member of the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association, Louis was one of the members of the negotiation team representing A-A breeders in consultation with I.C.B.F, in bringing forward the National Herd Improvement programme.
The many positives to come from these meetings included allocation of €uro-star values for the following traits; ease of calving; short gestation; calving interval; polled; docility; marbling and early maturity.
In addition, Louis had a major input in the establishment of the licensing agreement between the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef Ireland.
“The decision to reduce the herd size has been brought about for personal reasons. Outwintering was a feature in the management of the herd; unfortunately, this will not be feasible for the foreseeable future.”
“When selecting the AA stock for sale, it was decided to offer them in lots e.g. cow with calf/calves at foot and scanned back in-calf. This way, we feel gives the purchasers the opportunity for a quick return on their investment.”
“Current female progeny can be served next spring to calve down at approximately 24 months while their dams will be happily rearing their early-2020 progeny and go back in-calf in late spring.”
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