Quality bulls met with a “strong” trade at the recently formed Munster Angus Breeders’ mid-season sale at Kilmallock Mart on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023.
While on-farm sales continue to be strong, there were 22 bulls on offer out of the 31 catalogued, a club spokesperson told That’s Farming.
All bulls presented were breeder-bred, met new Dairy Calf Scheme stockbull criteria, were sire verified/genomic tested, inspected and weighted on entry to mart as well as all being fertility tested.
There was a 96% clearance with an average of €3,050 – reflecting the quality of bulls on offer, the spokesperson added.
Angus bull prices
Auctioneer, Denis Barrett, passed the €3,000 barrier for over half the bulls that changed hands at Saturday’s sale.
Similar to the premier sale, the spokesperson noted, there was a broad customer base for the bulls offered across dairy, suckler and pedigree herds.
Seamus Nagle from Doolin Co Clare, proprietor of Bullbank, officiated as show judge, and tapped out Greenvalley Vincent from the herd of Pat Carmody Ballybunion Kerry as show champion.
Vincent is a February-2022-born 4-star son of Rawburn Jagger Eric, that went on to sell for €2,800.
Reserve champion went to Killernan Vigo from the herd of Martin Hehir Milltown Malbay.
Vigo is a February-2022-born son of Bunlahu John G, and he later went on to sell for €3,500.
Martin sold another lot, Killernan Unicorn, a 4-star September-2021-born son of Lavally Prince, for €3,700.
€4,000 on two occasions
The highest price of the day was €4,000, which was achieved twice, and the first to hit this price tag was Monemore Ulrika from the herd of Timmie Taylor Knocklong.
Ulrike is an August-2021-born 5-star son of Gabriel Pete from a home-bred dam, and he sold into a pedigree herd.
Next to hit €4,000 was Ardglass Underdog from the herd of Aidan Crowley Charleville. This second-place prize-winner is a 4-star December-2021 son of home-bred Ardglass Rebel, whose pedigree included Mogeely Joe & Bunlahy John G.
€3,850 and under
The third highest price of the day, €3,850, went to class winner, Bawnfinny Vincent, from the herd of Brendan O Connell, Blarney.
Vincent is a 4-star January-2022-born son of elite champion, Drumcrow Night Rider.
Next on the price table at €3,600, which was hit twice first, was Ger Hogan of Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary for Beryl Vincent, a January-2022 5-star son of Portauns Volcano, whose pedigree included Minit of Liss & Te Mania Berkley.
Also achieving €3,600 was Inchisine Vanilla Ice from the herd of Denis O’ Riordan, Macroom. Vanilla Ice is a 5-star son of Cooldaniel Rekie.
The spokesperson concluded:
“The committee would like to thank all the buyers, exhibitors, our judge, Seamus Nagle and stewards, Mark Flanagan, Ray Cronin, Amy O Sullivan & Sean Cronin, Denis Kirby and all the team at Kilmallock Mart, Fergal O Gorman Photographer and Denis Barrett, our auctioneer.”
“The next sale of the Munster Angus Breeders will be held on Saturday, May 6th. Again, all bulls will be fertility tested, sire verified & exhibitor-bred.”