A very large crowd was in attendance for the Irish Hereford Society’s autumn sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore an illustration of the growing interest in the breed.
Many were customers on the day while others never having had a Hereford bull were checking out the stock on offer with the intention of purchasing a Hereford bull in the spring given the growing demand for Hereford sired beef. Several Hereford breeders among the top bidders made purchases against strong competition from both dairy and beef producers.
The top price of the day €5,600 was paid by John and Darren Hayes, Tankardstown, Ratoath, Co Meath for the very promising thirteen month old Kye Harry 721 a son to the UK bred Free Town Hotspur out of the homebred dam Kye Sheila 572 a daughter to the successful Steil Gerard. Bred by Padraig McGrath, Cloonshannagh, Elphin this young bull now joins the Curraghliffe herd of John and Darren Hayes as junior herd sire to compliment and follow on from the current successful herd sire Blean Dex purchased when champion some years ago at the Society sale in Nenagh.
The Reserve Champion bull Beaghmore Romeo 2nd was bred and exhibited by Margaret and Leila McCabe, Beaghmore, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim who are amongst the society’s longest serving members. Romeo is sired by Dovea AI bull Gageboro Morgan (GGM) the dam is Beaghmore Melody. Once again it was a breeder Sean Sheil, Coolnacritta, Rathdowney, Co Laois who placed the final bid securing him as herd sire at €4,150.
Sean Neary, Cloncullane, Strokestown who provided last year’s champion at this venue exhibited a Kilsunny Goliath son Cloncullane King 322. His dam is Cloncullane Holly and the purchaser at €3,800 was well known breeder Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles.
Hereford enthusiast Lester Roe and son Edward viewed Ballinveney Sunrise early in the day and decided he was the bull most suited to their requirements. A son to Ballinveney Nigel out of a BB Power 0270 cow provided a now diverse bloodline and sold at €3,400 to the Roe Family, Ballybrit, Roscrea.
The Society’s next sale takes place at GVM Kilmallock on Friday October 21st next with 65 bulls and 9 females on offer.