According to Shane Murphy, breed secretary of the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association, its Angus Extravaganza “broke all records” over the weekend.
The association hosted its brand-new autumn Extravaganza on October 8th and October 9th, 2022.
The event combined a brand-new pre-inspected genetic excellence sale of 55 lots on Saturday with a massive €10,000 national calf show on Sunday.
Murphy told That’s Farming: “Hitting the ground running, the sale boasted a number of high sellers and smashed numerous records.”
“A full catalogue of entries resulted in 47 of the 55 selling to a massive average of €4,211. This easily surpasses any other average record for Angus cattle sale on the island of Ireland.”
“In a further breakdown, we saw bull prices range from €3,700 to €10,500 to record an average of €6,340. Again, understood to be a record average for Angus bulls in Ireland.”
The female trade peaked at €9,400, with 87.5% of all females forward selling for an average just shy of €4,000.
According to Murphy, this is “another record for the Angus breed in Ireland”.
Leading the charge at €10,500 was the nine-month-old, Liss Bruno Y120, from the herd of John and Sean McEnroe, Oldcastle, Co Meath.
Murphy remarked: “This super example of the breed is no stranger to success. He claimed the male championship at this year’s Tullamore Show as a seven-month-old calf.”
“Homebred on both sides, he is by Liss Dingle V936, who also placed first in the intermediate bull class at this year’s Tullamore Show.”
His second-calving dam, Liss Biluri V852, also knows success, claiming the championship at this year’s Mohill show and her first calf topping the association’s spring premier in Nenagh earlier this year.
Ranking five stars on most traits, he was the choice of AI company, Dovea Genetics.
Murphy continued: “This is the highest male price at auction for an Angus in Ireland since before the introduction of the euro!”
“Buyers of the two highest priced lots sold through the ring also received a €500 money-back voucher, which Angus Beef Ireland kindly sponsored.”
Securing the second top price of the day and the top female price was Bunlahy U2 Katy Et, who changed hands for €9,400.
Bred by Longford breeders, Aiden and David Reynolds, this rising 15-month-old heifer is the first to be offered from the donor cow, Bunlahy Katy.
Her sire is the former All-Ireland champion, Carrigroe Mr Rebel. Boasting five stars down the line, she was secured by Ray Tiernan for his Blackhall herd.
Buyers of the two top-priced female lots sold through the ring received €500 money-back vouchers sponsored by the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association.
€8,000 and under
Back to the males and next in line were Albert and Jennifer DeCogan, who put Mogeely Dram X783 under the hammer for €8,000.
This bull secured numerous championships throughout the summer, right across the country.
Sired by former All-Ireland champion, Wedderlie Blackbox, he is a full brother to Mogeely Dreamer, who was All-Ireland champion in 2019.
Securing the double five-star bull was the Gigginstown Aberdeen Angus herd. This topped an unbelievable day for the Cork duo, who sold four animals to average just shy of €6,000.
Richard Lombard, who runs the Dulague herd in Castleisland, Co Kerry, saw his top lot, Dulague Red Beauty X314, sell for the second top female price of €7,400.
This super September-2021-born red Angus is by the herd’s stock bull, Stairhaven Red Ernie U266, who comes from the renowned Ellen Erica line.
Carrying four stars on the replacement index, he was again knocked down to Gigginstown.
Pocketing €6,400 was the DeCogan’s with Mogeely Pru X785. This five-star heifer is by Mogeely Joe H979 and is out of the 20,000gns Cheeklaw Pru S541. Securing her for his Dowagh herd in Co Mayo was Conor O’Mahony.
€6,000 and under
As part of the sale, the Liss herd of John and Sean McEnroe had a select draft of nine heifers from the core of the herd.
These heifers topped €6,000, with eight of the nine selling to average over €4,000.
Leading the way was Liss Minree X043, who was secured by Cathy O’Hara from Northern Ireland.
This five-star heifer is by Cairnton Killimanjaro U435 and out of the Minree family, who secured best cow family in the Connaught Leinster herds competition for the last two years running.
Soaring to €5,200 at the Liss draft was Liss Duchess W019, who John Brady’s Lisnafanna herd in Co Cavan secured.
This rising two-year-old heifer is a maternal sister to Liss Dingle V936 who later sired the €10,500 Liss Bruno Y120.
Back to the regular catalogue and selling for €5,100 was Dulague Red Ella X312, again from the previously mentioned Richard Lombard.
This heifer was also by the herd’s stock bull, Stairhaven Red Ernie U266, and boasted five stars on the replacement index. Red Ella was secured by the aforementioned Conor O’Mahony.
€5,000 and under
The very first lot into the ring “certainly got the sale off to a rip roar,” as Murphy described it, with Westellen Flora W893 ET selling for €5,000.
This two-year-old heifer was bred by John and Kate Tait from Co. Cork and by Checklaw Eirwyn D165 with Rossiter Eric and Ranui Impact also in the back breeding.
Selling in-calf to Rawburn Boss Hogg, she was secured by Shane Bryne of the Ballygannon herd.
The last animal to hit the €5,000 mark was the young bull Mogeely Black Bono X784 from Albert and Jennifer DeCogan.
This bull is again by Mogeely Blackbox J935 and goes back to the black Beatrice line.
He was secured by Michael Bird of the Dunlever herd in Co Meath.
A further 12 lots sold for between €4,000 and €5,000.
These were as follows:
- Drumbeera Marlyn Monroe W268 from Thomas and Patrick Beirne. Sired by Caulry Nationwide: €4,800
- Tara Domino X829 from Malachy Tighe. Sired by Rawburn Boss Hogg: €4,600
- Mercury Evening Tinge Y882 from John and Shane Murphy. Sired by Mercury Sexy Eric ET: €4,600;
- Liss Duchess X047 from John and Sean McEnroe. Sired by Cairnton Killimanjaro U435: €4,500;
- Westellen Pablo X907 from John and Kate Tait. Sired by Bova Lord Bonanza N266: €4,500;
- Kerins Ulrikemi from Bernard Kerins. Sired by Lavalley Prince: €4,400;
- Mogeely Miylo X782 from Albert DeCogan. Sired by Rosemead Karona J957: €4,400;
- Lawsonsford Eunice X488 from Michael and Barry Smith. Sired by Gortnalon Nidge: €4,400;
- Drumcrow Petula X845 from Magaret McKiernan. Sired by Drumcrow Prosecco: €4,300;
- Millbawn Jody X282 from Amanda Bogan and Conor Craig. Sired by Retties JFK: €4,200
- Rathmooney Destiny X095 from Michael Hoey, sired by Laheens Dark Boy S422: €4,200;
- Liss Mirti X045 from John and Sean McEnroe. Sired by Mogeely Dreamer T534: €4,000.
Murphy concluded: “A special thanks must go to all our generous sponsors for making the weekend happen.”
“Namely our gold sponsor, AXA, silver sponsors Angus Beef Ireland, Cormac Tagging, Munster Bovine, FDC and the Irish Angus Producer Group/ABP.”
“The association would also like to thank the breeders, bidders and buyers for the record-breaking sale,” he concluded.