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14 November 2017

The Irish Aberdeen-Angus Premier Autumn sale witnessed a steady trade for both bulls and heifers at Carrick-on-Shannon over the weekend. Both the top price and overall clearance were up on last year’s event with plenty of customers willing to pay premium prices for the top quality lots on offer.

Leading the trade in the sales ring, was Mogeely Black Catch S475 from Albert & Jennifer DeCogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork who sold for the day’s best price of €5000. This 13 month-old bull is sired by the homebred AI bull, Mogeely Joe H979 and is out of the imported cow, Blelack Blackcap M936. A 2nd prize-winner in the pre-sale show, this one is carrying on his winning ways from the summer show season, having clinched the inaugural Munster junior bull of the year title back in August. This bull boasted a double five star index on both terminal and replacement traits and sold to a commercial suckler farmer in Co. Monaghan.

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Top priced bull, Mogeely Black Catch S475.

The day’s supreme male champion, Liss Bobby S653, exhibited by John McEnroe, Liss, Oldcastle, Co. Meath was awarded the day’s top accolade in the show ring under show judge Mr. John Blackburn, Clogher, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The youngest bull in the entire sale at barely 13 months, this one was knocked down at €4000 to the well-known pedigree herd of Gigginstown Aberdeen-Angus. This bull is sired by the exciting new AI bull, HF Rebel 53Y and is out of a homebred cow from the Biluri family at Liss.

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Supreme Male Champion, Liss Bobby S653.

The reserve male championship was awarded to Tomriland Enigma S293 from Dermot Lynch & Josephine Byrne, Tomriland, Laragh, Co. Wicklow, who went on to sell for €3500. This one is sired by the stock bull, Mogeely Lord Hugh M204 and is out of a Fordel Esmercia cow who was imported to Ireland some years ago. This bull won his class on the day and is also the reigning 2017 Leinster provincial trophy holder.

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Reserve Male Champion, Tomriland Enigma S293.

Rounding off the principal prices in the male section was another offering from John McEnroe’s Liss herd, Liss David S649 who sold for €3000. This September 2016 born bull is sired by SAV Brave 8320 and had a five star index on both terminal and replacement traits. This one was shown extensively over the summer and is out of Liss Ducky K262.

Overall, bulls sold to a very impressive average of €3550 which was a massive increase on last year’s average price of €2750.

In the female section, the supreme female championship was awarded to Drumbeera Lady Thatcher T226 from Thomas Beirne, Drumbeera, Gorvagh, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. This young heifer has collected a mightily impressive list of prizes over the 2017 season, including the overall female championship at the National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show last month as well as a 1st prize win at the All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus finals in Newry earlier in the summer. At only 10 months of age and one of the youngest heifers available in the entire female section, this one attracted a flurry of bids in the sales ring before eventually selling for €4200. She is sired by Bova Lord Blackwood H175 and purchaser here was young Aberdeen-Angus breeder, Jack Smyth from Magheracoltan, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

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Supreme Female Champion, Drumbeera Lady Thatcher T226.

The reserve champion in the female ring, Carrigans Brook S245, exhibited by Brendan Ward, St Martins, Pearse Road, Ballymote, Co. Sligo sold for €2900. This maiden heifer is sired by the AI bull Beryl Jamey and is out of Macknagh Mills Bronagh M167.

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Reserve Female Champion, Carrigans Brook S245.

Overall, heifers sold to an average of €2400 which was down slightly from last year’s average of €2850.

The next society sale of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls and heifers takes place in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland on Tuesday, December 5th

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John Smyth with the male champion and judge Mr John Blackburn.

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Patrick Beirne with the female champion and judge Mr John Blackburn.