27 April 2020

The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association held its first ever online sale of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls last Friday with 44 bulls catalogued from all four provinces, including a small but select entry of bulls from Northern Ireland. Denis Barrett Auctioneers conducted the sale with over 100 individual bidders registering in advance of the sale and a total of 300 people watching the sale unfold online. Of the 44 bulls catalogued, 13 bulls (or 30% of the total entry) sold privately off farm in advance of the sale but that still left plenty of quality bulls to go under the hammer on the sale day itself, with a top call of €3200 hit on two separate occasions.

The 20 month old Drumcrow Proud Display U737 from Frank & Margaret McKiernan, Dr

The first bull to reach €3200 came in the form of Lot 4, the 20 month old Drumcrow Proud Display U737 from Frank & Margaret McKiernan, Drumcrow, Corlismore, Co Cavan who was knocked down at €3200 to pedigree breeders Victor & Stephen Wallace of the Baronagh Aberdeen-Angus herd in Derry, Northern Ireland. This bull carried a 4 star replacement index and is bred from the Princess Zola cow family with a calving figure of just 0.9% for beef cows.

Liss Mandrin V847 from John & Sean McEnroe, Liss, Oldcastle, Co Meath.

The second bull to sell for €3200 was Liss Mandrin V847 from John & Sean McEnroe, Liss, Oldcastle, Co Meath. This one was the reserve junior male champion at last year’s Tullamore Show and is sired by herd stock sire Mogeely Lord Harrow M191 and is out of a cow from the well-known Miylo cow line at Liss. This bull was sold to pedigree breeder John Lynch of the Portauns Aberdeen-Angus herd in Co Limerick.

Liss Manly V862 selling for €3000

The McEnroe family went on to sell another three bulls during the course of the online sale with Liss Manly V862 selling for €3000, Liss Dulbo V853 trading at €2800 and Liss Mint V854 being knocked down at €2100. The Liss Aberdeen-Angus herd sold four of their five entries on the day (to a very healthy average of €2,775) as well as jointly sharing in the day’s top price too.

Liss Dulbo V853 trading at €2800

Rounding out the principal prices were Amanda Bogan & Conor Craig, Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford who sold their 14 month old bull, Millbawn Luigi V253 for €2850. This bull boasted a 5 star terminal and 5 star replacement index with his dam, Millbawn Laura R218 winning many breed championships as a calf in 2016. Purchaser here was Brendan Plunkett from Kells in Co Meath.

Millbawn Luigi V253 trading at €2850

Overall, the sale produced an average of €2860 which was exceeded all expectations, especially in light of the fact that this was the first major online sale undertaken by any breed society since the Covid-19 pandemic hit earlier this Spring. The Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association has always endeavoured to stay at the forefront of all the technological advancements of the day and it is hoped that the online sale went someway towards alleviating the disruption that Covid-19 has wrecked on the usual Spring sale calendar.

Several breeders still have bulls for sale privately and all potential customers should make contact with them directly - please contact the office on 071 9632099 if you need help finding breeders in your area.