Hereford prices: Bulls to €3,400 at Kilmallock
Bull prices averaged €2,750 at the Irish Hereford Breed Society’s most recent spring show and sale at GVM Kilmallock last Saturday (April 16th, 2022).
According to a spokesperson for the society, of the 55 bulls catalogued, breeders presented 32 of those for sale. They cited a “strong” home trade with the early movement of bulls on-farm as the main driver of this.
Top of the town at €3,400 was Ballinveney Diego, bred by the Farrell family from Tipperary.
Mr Albert DeCogen tapped out the December-2020-born bull by Yarram star General and bred from a Glaslough Esquire dam as his champion earlier that morning.
Diego boasts four stars for the terminal index, carcase weight and carcase conformation, along with a four-star replacement index figure.
€3,100 and under
De Cogen then selected the €3,100 Gageboro Vermont, bred by John Holloway & Niall and Lisa Daly, as his reserve champion in the pre-sale show.
This August-2020-born bull is by Haven Jackal and bred from a Gurteragh Maximus 593 dam.
Eamonn & Edmund Sheehan, Limerick, made their debut in the sales ring with the €3,200 May-2020-born Rathcannon Rocky.
He is by Pulham Powerhouse and bred from a Tullaha dam. Rocky has a five-star rating across both the replacement and the terminal index and low figures for easy calving.
Meanwhile, JJ Farrell of Trillick Herefords, Co. Longford, put Trillick Tim 2, by Free Town Nevada and bred from a Grianan Firecracker dam, under the hammer at €3,200.
According to the sales catalogue, this September-2020-born bull is by “one the best breeding cows in the herd”.
The €3,000 Trillick Buddy was the second and final lot the herd presented for sale on the day.
Another Freetown Nevada son bred from a Steil Gerard cow, Buddy, has a five-star rating for the terminal index and carcase conformation.
Support from IHP
Following the sale, a spokesperson for the Irish Hereford Breed Society said:
“Many thanks are extended to Irish Hereford Prime for their continued support of Hereford sales this spring.”
“They have sponsored €200 to the purchaser of each bull sold for over €2800 along with donating the value of the full sales commission from this sale towards the Irish Red Cross/ Ukraine Crisis Appeal,” the spokesperson concluded.
The sales following the society’s most recent one at Bandon Mart, where prices soared to €3,550 and levelled at €3,000/head. You can read a full report.