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Catherina Cunnane
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Irish Aberdeen Angus Extravaganza returns to Thurles

The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association returns to Mid-Tipp Mart, Thurles this year for their Autumn Extravaganza, during the weekend of October 7th and October 8th.

The event will see the intertwining of the association’s premier sale and national calf show.

Heading off the event on the Saturday (October 7th, 2023) is the Genetic Excellence Premier Sale.

This sale consists of 56 pre-selected red and black Angus lots.

Included in these is a catalogue of power packed pedigrees with many high-end show winners from throughout the summer, according to a statement from breed secretary, Shane Murphy.

The spokesperson said: “Whether its performance, pedigree, quality, or a mix of all three you are after, this rebranded premier certainly got you covered.”

The sale will see a draft consignment from the Goulding Aberdeen Angus herd of Matthew and Rita Goulding from Co Kerry.

The herd is synonymous with the breed, and they say this draft is an opportunity to acquire what they have “designed with great passion and care over the past 30 years”.

Along with topping two of the three association’s spring sales this year, the Goulding herd has had countless championships at local and national level.

The focus of the herd is on correctness, carcass merit, calving ability, and an in-depth ability to produce a premium marketable calf.

The sires and service sires of the heifers on offer, Matthew says are putting them on their “journey to make the next generation better than the previous”.

Irish Aberdeen Angus Extravaganza

In total, the Goulding family will offer 12 select heifers, 10 of which sell in-calf with the remaining two the pick of this year’s maiden bunch.

Finishing the premier, six champion bulls will be offered for sale.

These lots include club calf champions and reserves along with this year’s All-Ireland junior champion and Tullamore reserve male champion.

As a further incentive for buyers, purchasers of the two top-priced bulls on the day will receive €500 back due to the sponsorship of Angus Beef Ireland.

The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association will also sponsor two €500 vouchers for the purchasers of the two top-priced heifers.


Breed secretary of the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association, Shane Murphy, said:

“After visiting all sale lots for pre-sale pictures, I was blown away by the quality on show.”

“The catalogue boasts all the best-producing family lines in the breed, not just here in Ireland but right across the world.”

“Many of the sale entries already have a proven track record on the show scene, while others are sure to breed the next generation of sale toppers.”

“The premier sale on October 7th, 2023, is certainly one not to be missed as I do not think we will see a sale with such quality again for some time.”

The catalogue for the sale along with pictures of each lot is available on

Animals will be paraded live through the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association Facebook page from 11.30 am on Saturday, October 8th, 2023, for those who cannot be there in person.

This will then be followed by the sale which kicks off at 1 pm.

Any animals purchased by buyers outside of Ireland will be taken home by the breeder until appropriate testing is complete.

Something special

All 51 sale lots born on or after January 1st, 2022 are automatically entered for the association’s national calf show the following day (Sunday, October 8th, 2023) which will allow the animals new owners to show them.

This calf show boasts a record €10,000 prize fund thanks to several key sponsors.

In total, 120 of the country’s best Angus cattle will fight it out for the title of Angus Beef Ireland Supreme National calf show champion.

Animals which make it to the top of the line in their class will go into sectional championships before the supreme championship. The chosen animal that goes the whole way will then receive a massive prize of €1,000.

Murphy continued: “What makes this show special, is you the buyer have the chance to buy a champion on Saturday, show them the next day and within 24 hours recoup your investment.”

“If your chosen animal was a high seller and is awarded the title of supreme champion, it is a massive €1,500 back into your pocket.”

Murphy added: “A massive thank you must go to all sponsors and exhibitors who have backed the event from the get-go.”

“With the incentive for sale lot buyers to show the next day to recoup some of their investment, we are hoping to entice more new breeders both young and old to get out showing and see what it is all about.”

“Members of the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association will be on hand to help in any way possible and together we will ensure that the Autumn Extravaganza is the Angus event of the year,” the spokesperson added.

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