Hereford bulls met brisk demand at the Society's April Bull Show & Sale at Nenagh on Saturday April 16th. A packed ringside throughout was a clear indication of demand. Of the 44 bulls catalogued there were twelve absentees, nine of which were known to be sold in the days prior to the event.
Champion Castledalypoll 1 PJ with Judge Hereford Society President Gene Lynch, Michael, Joshua & Rebecca Farrell
The day's top price of €2,800 went to well known Westmeath breeder Michael Farrell, Castledaly, Moate for his Champion Castledalypoll 1 PJ. He is one of the first progeny of Australian sire Yarram Star General to come on the market and is out of a homebred dam Aine by Churchill Storm. A very evenly fleshed bull with a strong loin he was purchased by Thomas Gleeson, Brosna, Birr, Co. Offaly.
Michael Molloy, Belmont, Birr had a successful outing exhibiting Clouncagh Legend purchased by Dan Cleary, Shinrone at €2,600. By Kingsgrove Pompeii a Pompeii V055 son bred by John & Marie Kingston, Ballineen,Cork he is out of Cloncaugh Barley Peach and is a fivestar bull for SBV and calving ease. He was bred by John O'Connor, Ballingarry, Co, Limerick. Mr Molloy also exhibited Cedar Liam by Corran Hill Euro out of Ahiehs Chloe 6th by Trillick Best. He was sold at €2,600 when the hammer came down in favour of fellow Offaly man David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac. This bull was bred by Philip O'Connel, Caherconnell, Abbeyfeale.
1st Prizewinner Cedar Liam with Michael Molloy and purchaser David Larkin Kilcormac, Co Offaly
Gageboro Jupiter by new Australian sire Bowmont Storm out of Gageboro Blanche by Whitehill Umpire a fivestar bull for weanling export and docility sold at €2,500 to Pat O'Donoghue, Mallow, Co, Cork. Local breeder Willie Duff exhibited Ballinalick Flood by Glaslough Esquire out of a Trillick Best dam Ballinalick Misty. A five star bull for gestation length and docility he sold at €2,450 to Jim Slattery, Ballymakey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Ocean Star 1st the Reserve Champion was shown by Kieran Harty, Ballyheigue, Co Kerry. Again this bull was sired by Glaslough Esquire with a five star rating for docility out of a Trillick Best dam Ocean Promise 6th. He sold at €2,300 to Paul Slattery, , Newtown, Nenagh.
Thomas Farrell, Ballinvea, Toomevara also secured €2,300 for his Ballinvena Larry by Ballinvena Franco out of Ballinvena Clara by Rathcor Leo selling to fellow Tipperary man Tony Ryan of Carrigatoher, Nenagh.
Ocean Star 1st with Kieran Harty Ballyheigue, Co Kerry and Judge Hereford Society President Gene Lynch, Bantry.
LissiniskyIsaac by Ervie Classic S30 a fivestar bull for SBV, Weanling export, Beef carcass and docility was exhibited by Michael and Anne Hogan, Lisboney, Nenagh. Out of a Pompeii V055 daughter Lissinisky Fillipa he sold to Thomas McDermott Frenchpark, Roscommon again at €2,300.
Other principal prices included Boyanna Mattie at €2,250 from Tom Farrell, Boyanna, Moate and Dareens Garrett from John and Jim Fitzpatrick, Templemore.
Overall average€2,090 with a range from €1,500 to €2,800 Clearance 75%
Purchasers prizedraw: 1st €200, Joe Gleeson 2nd €100, Michael Kennedy