The Hereford Society was well pleased with the demand and attendance at its final Spring Sale held at Nenagh. With a top price of €2,800 and an average of €2,040 together with an 82% clearance there was steady demand throughout. Due to the very strong demand to date the bulls now on offer are getting younger and not as mature as those in earlier sales. Range €1,400 to €2,800.
Grianan Jasper a Bowmont Storm A584 son out of Grianan Judy by Yarram Pompeii V055 was exhibited by T&A Fitzgerald, Mount Temple, Moate, Co Westmeath and sold at the day’s top price of €2800 to Joe Farrell, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co Galway. The Bowmont Storm sons are selling extremely well despite the figures being produced by ICBF which are unfavourable. It may be because he is a new Australian import that not sufficient data is available to the system on his background.
The day’s Champion Knockmountagh Fred a five star yearling bull by Grianan Firecracker failed to reach his reserve and remained unsold.
Ardmulchan Giovanni was exhibited by Phil Smyth, Navan. By his herd sire Westwood Uplifter he is out of a homebred dam Ardmulchan Rose 4th. He sold at €2,500 to Michael Dillon, Tynagh, Loughrea Co Galway. A third bull to go to Co Galway was S&N Heatrick’s, Glaslough Jostler the Reserve Champion sired by Yarram Star General he is out of Glaslough Flair and was purchased by William Walsh, Portumna at €2,400.
Padraig Farrell, Fardrum, Athlone sold his Glaslough Esquire sired Fancroft Lough out of Fancroft Primrose at €2,350 to John Maher, Ballywilliam, Nenagh. Bowmont Storm A584 son Lisnaean Donal out of Lisnaean Biddy was purchased at €2,300 by Tom Brennan, Freshford, Co Kilkenny from exhibitor Benny Mulrennan, Elphin, Co Roscommon.
Overall a very satisfactory Spring Sale season for Hereford breeders with on farm enquiries and sales at an all time high.