The Irish Shorthorn Society’s premier show and sale, held on Saturday, November 21st, will go down in history.
Rockville Banada 452 (DRO) set a new record for a Beef Shorthorn male at auction when he sold for €4,800 at Roscommon Mart.
Anthony Dockery, Rockville House, Killna, Elphin, Co. Roscommon offered the March-2019-born entry for sale.
Tentore Dearg (RO) sires Banada and his dam is Bennekerry Rose Red (Rw), a Bushypark Enda 3rd daughter.
According to the sales catalogue, he has a replacement index of €105 and rates two-stars within the breed and four across.
Furthermore, he has a terminal index of €59, rating five-stars within the breed and two across.
In addition, he has five-star for docility, carcass weight, carcass conformation and daughter calving interval.
Also, his calving difficulty figure is 3.2% on beef cows and 7.5% on beef heifers.
‘A well-marked cracking bull’
Firstly, ahead of the sale, Dockery described the sale-topper as a “well-marked cracking Beef Shorthorn bull”. He said he “hails from one of the best breeding lines in the herd”.
“A five-star bull for terminal, dairy-beef and docility with a whopping 1.4kgs carcass weight index value. He is easy calving with a short gestation.”
A total of 61 entries, comprising 12 males and 49 females, were catalogued for the sale. All entries were pre-sale inspected, export-tested and TB-free by test or inheritance.
The society allowed buyers to view animals before the sale, which commenced at 12pm. Buyers conducted business remotely.
A full report to follow…