Such was the demand for Hereford bulls at Kilmallock that there were not enough bulls to meet the needs of the farmers at a packed ringside which saw a 100% clearance with a top price of €3,200 and an average of €2,299.50.
The day's top price of €3,200 was paid by John Mannion, Monivea, Athenry, Co Galway for the Deverell Family owned Ballyaville Darius 2nd. An 18 month old son of stock bull Ballinvena Frankie out of Ballyaville Sidony he is a five star bull for gestation length and docility. The Deverell Family also sold Ballyaville Dan a fifteen month old son of stockbull Corlismore Swampy by Churchill Storm at €2,500. Out of Ballyaville Vivana he is a five star for weanling export and sold to John Farrell, Donaskeigh, Co Tipperary.
Ballyaville Darius 2nd Top price @ €3,200 with Joe Deverell, Ballyaville, Geashill and purchaser John Mannion, Monivea, Athenry.
Francis Scott and Family from Knockfin Rathdowney exhibited 1st prizewinner Knockfin Sequel a son of their high performing stockbull Fortregal Wright bred by Gerard & Sheila Lucey, Coachford. Out of Knockfin Guenevere 4th by Grianan Magic he sold at €3,050 to Cyril Curtin Kilacullen, Templeglantine. Knockfin Beethoven also from the Scott herd sired by Moyclare Express and out of Knockfin Heidi was purchased by Richard Coughlan, Rathnaleen, Nenagh at €2,700.
1st Prizewinner Knockfin Sequel €3,050 with John Paul Scott, Knockfin, Rathdowney, Co Laois.
Another bull to sell at €3,050 was Ardmulchan Gooch exhibited by Norman Richardson Newtowngore, Co Leitrim. Purchased earlier in the year from breeder Phil Smyth, Navan he is sired by UK bull of the year Westwood Uplifter out of Ardmulchan Clover 42nd. His purchaser is Albert DeCogan, Castlemartyr, Co Cork. Glaslough Joe also exhibited by Norman Richardson sold to Raymond Stanley, Brittas Castle, Thurles at €2,350. By Australian AI sire Yarram Star General he is out of Glaslough Flick.
Champion Slieveroe Hickup with Ross Bateman, Slieveroe, Riverstick, Co Cork
The Championship was awarded to Adrian Bateman's Slieveroe Hickup by Glaslough Esquire (GSQ) a Churchill Storm V583 son standing at Dovea AI he is out of Brooklodge Cathy 6th and sold to John Leahy, Meen, Listowel at €2,850. Timmie & Sheila O'Sullivan, Brosna, Traleexhibited the Reserve Champion a Trillick Best (TIB) son Ahiehs Beauty out of Ahiehs Kitty. The purchasr at €2,450 was Thomas Enright of Ardnagran Lower, Ballylongford.
Reserve Champion Ahiehs Beauty with Timmie & Sheila O'Sullivan Ahane Cross, Brosna, Co Kerry
David Larkin, The Hermitage, Kilcormac exhibited Cill Cormaic Centenary by his successful stockbull Ballinphraise Brandy. A five star bull for beef carcass he sold at €2,900 to Patrick Murphy, Newmarket on Fergus. Michael Molloy's Moyclare Imperial sold at €2,650 to Noel Maher, Ballineenty, Tipperary. By Moyclare Earl he is out of Moyclare Christina. Udel 1 B1 Cicero from the Co Wexford herd of David & Daithi Carroll was sired by Australian Polled Hereford Yalgoo Boulder out of Udel 1 R51 Tousled Curly. A five star bull for SBV, Weanling Export and Beef Carcass he sold at €2,500 to Gerard Geary, Gortmore, Broadford.
Decidedly the liveliest Hereford sale this year to date a number of bulls absent were already sold prior to the event an indication of the current demand.
A very good spring with excellent grass growth appears to have cows and heifers cycling earlier than last spring coupled with very good calf prices has boosted demand.
The Society's final spring sale will be at Nenagh on Saturday May 21st.