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Catherina Cunnane
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Angus bulls to €5,000 with average up €900

Aberdeen Angus bulls reach €5,000 

The average price for bulls rose by over €900 on the year at the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association’s most recent premier sale at Central Auctions last week.

According to a spokesperson for the association, an “exceptional trade witnessed for Angus bulls is well and truly continuing”.

30 bulls were catalogued for the sale on Thursday, May 5th, 2022, but strong on-farm sales meant that 19 came under the hammer.

Of these 19 on offer, 18 found new homes to record a clearance rate of 95% with an average of €3,450.

Aberdeen Angus bulls 

According to the association, this is up from €2,545 in 2021 and €2,200 in 2019. The 2020 sale did not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

They noted that “an extraordinary fact is that 78% of the bulls sold at this year’s premier made more than the top-priced bull at the 2021 premier sale”.

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Continuing their strong run of bull sales were John and Sean McEnroe of the Liss herd in Oldcastle, Co Meath.

Haven secured the top three prices at the association’s sale in Tullow in recent weeks, the duo were back in force and claimed two of the top three prices in Nenagh.

Top of the town at €5,000 was the January-2021-born, Liss Bullseye X028. Sired by the herd’s stock bull, Cairnton Kilimanjaro U435, he is out of Liss Darl R561-bred dam Liss Biluri V852.

This double five-star bull ranked in the top 5% of the breed for Dairy-Beef Index and was snapped up by a local farmer.

€4,700 and under 

Next up at €4,700 was Masreagh Mr Essence W261 from John McDermott, Skreen, Co Sligo.

He is a son of the highly popular AI bull Cornamuckla Lord Hardy K222 and carries a Dairy-Beef index of €105; he ranked in the top 5% of the breed.

As both the high sellers carried the highest Dairy Beef Indexes of the sale, the purchasers received €500 back on their purchase.

This was kindly sponsored by Angus Beef Ireland and the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association.

Next in the strong line of prices was Liss Donald Duck X026, who hit the market at €4,200. This January-2021-born bull is again by Killimanjaro and carried five stars across breed on the replacement index.

The last of the McEnroe bulls on offer, Liss Mega X030, met his reserve at €3,800.


Tasked with judging this year’s premier was Jim Forrestal of the Curraheen herd in Kilkenny.

He found his champion as the oldest bull on offer, Pubblestown Eddie W265. Meath-based, John Canty, bred this August-2020-born bull.

By the herd’s stock bull, Dunleaver Porter R772, he is out of a Mogeely Joe H979 bred dam.

The first lot into the ring, he got the sale into full swing, selling for €3,600.

Standing reserve to Canty was Crann Mor Lord Juggernaut X021. This bull was bred by Conor Byrne, Drumshaughlin, Co Meath and was exhibited by farm manager, Niall Lynch.

Born in March-2021, this five-star bull is a son of stockbull, Coraghy Ronaldo, with Luddenmore Kallosal on the dam’s side.

Carrying a DBI in the top 10% of the breed, he was knocked down at €4,100.

John McDermott was back in the money when he sold Masreagh Paddy X269 for €4,000.

This March 2021-born bull is by the herd’s stock bull Jadam Mattie U128 with Musicfield Rambo S587 on the dam’s side.

Out of a first calver, who calved at 22 months, he carried four-stars in the terminal index.

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