26 April 2021

The inaugural pedigree bull sale for the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association at Cashel surpassed all expectations with the new venue proving to be a massive hit with buyers with a 100% clearance recorded on the day.

Demand was such that some buyers were forced to queue for quite some time before they could even be admitted into the mart to see the bulls, with bids coming through quick and fast for all bulls once the sale began. It is always a big undertaking to launch a new sale onto the Spring circuit and newly appointed General Manger, Felicity McGrath and her hard working team of council members and office staff (as well as the very helpful and professional staff and committee at Cashel Mart) deserve huge credit for getting the new sale off the ground in such a spectacular fashion. It is also worth noting that this sale was also the first official sale of the newly formed stand-alone Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association and the prices and clearance achieved on this occasion should certainly stand the freshly minted Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association in good stead for the future.

Leading the field on the day to take the top call of the sale was Sheemore Peadar W576 from Paddy Farrell, Ballinwing, Leitrim, Co Leitrim who sold for the day’s best price of €3150. This 14 month old bull is a son of the homebred stock bull, Sheemore Peter P520 and is out of an Aynho Rossiter Eric B125 sired dam. This bull also boasts a 4 star terminal index and goes back to Netherton Americano M703, Bohey Jasper and Coneyisland Legend E112.

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Pictured: top priced bull, Sheemore Peadar W576

One of the youngest bulls in the sale, the 12 month old Goulding Emaonn W142 from Matthew & Rita Goulding, Kilmore, Ballyduff, Tralee, Co Kerry took the joint second highest price of the sale, selling for €3050. This yearling bull had barely reached his 1st birthday (turning 12 months old exactly one week prior to the day of the sale) and is sired by newly acquired stock bull, Richhill Blackrock U921 who is a son of Weeton King Lear R452 and goes back to Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 and Netherton Archie J501.

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Pictured: joint second highest priced bull, Goulding Eamonn W142

The Goulding Aberdeen-Angus Herd also sold Goulding Picasso W126 (a son of Linton Gilbertines Preacher S088) for €2800 and Goulding Eamonn W130 (a son of the homebred Goulding Profitabull) for €2600. Remarkably, both of these bulls were also aged just 12 months, which is testament to the incredible demand for bulls on the day as young yearling bulls sold so freely.

Also matching the day’s second highest price of €3050 was Liss Minter W948 from John & Sean McEnroe, Liss, Oldcastle, Co Meath. This 14 month old bull is a son of 2019 All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus champion, Mogeely Dreamer T534 who is one of several stock bulls in use at Liss presently. This 5 star terminal index bull was well below the breed average on calving with a calving figure of just 1.1% for cows, as well as 5 star indices on a range of key performance indictors.

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Pictured: joint second highest priced bull, Liss Minter W948

The Liss Aberdeen-Angus Herd also sold Liss Mirtini W969 (a son of Liss Darl R561) for €2950, Liss Mylee W957 (a son of Gigginstown Rolls Royce) for €2900, Liss Main Man W981 (a son of Fordel Ben Maree R219) for €2900 and Liss Mr Boyce W992 (a son of Liss Darl R561) for €2900. In total, the Liss Aberdeen-Angus Herd achieved a truly impressive average of €2800 for 7 bulls, all aged between 12 and 13 months.

As well as the incredible 100% clearance rate, the sale also settled at an average of just under €2700 which would be impressive in any terms, but all the more so considering all of the bulls were aged between 12-14 months and when the age of the bulls is reconciled against that high of an average price, the first sale at Cashel will surely go down as one of the best Aberdeen-Angus sales of the year.

The next Irish Aberdeen-Angus sale of pedigree bulls takes place at Nenagh Mart, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Thursday, April 29th. Please register with MartBids if you intend to bid and to arrange a time to view the bulls on the morning of the sale, please contact Nenagh Mart directly on 067 31380. The catalogue of the Nenagh sale can be accessed here: http://www.irishaberdeenangus.com/news/catalogue-for-irish-aberdeen-angus-premier-spring-sale/