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14 April 2022

The Midland and Western livestock improvement society hosted their April sale in Carrick-on-Shannon on April 9th.  Following on from a super sale in Kilkenny the previous Wednesday, optimising was high and thankfully a strong sale followed.

Average sale price rested at €2,630, up €150 on the 2021 sale. This average was matched with clearance rate hitting over 80% with numbers of bulls sold at 52, a added 13 on the previous year.

Topping trade on the day was Lisduff Doodle W874 who hit the market at €4,500. This stylish young bull was bred by Leo McEnroe, Virginia, Co Cavan and carried a massive replacement index of €212 with five stars on most traits. Sired by Rawburn Boss Hogg N630, he is out of a homebred Goulding Jim Dandy bred dam. Born December 2020, Doodle had placed first in his class in the pre-sale show.

Securing the second top price of the day was Bunlahy Toby from Aiden and David Reynolds, Ballinalee, Co Longford. This May 2020 born bull carried five stars on the terminal index and sold for €3,800. Sired by Lisduff Dandy K895, he is out of a Retties JFK bred dam that goes back to the well-known Beatrice line.

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Just behind this at €3,700 was the youngest bull of the sale, Drumcrow Plata Rise X062. This rising 12-month-old bull was bred by the late Frank McKiernan, Ballinagh, Co Cavan. Homebred on both sides, his breeding includes Netherton americano, Coldstream Genetic Trend and Drumcrow Joker.

Patrick Regan from Claremorris, Co Mayo sold his bull Loughlynn Untouchable for €3,650. This January 2021-born bull is a son of Weeton Diamond Mine and carried five stars on the terminal index.

At was the December 2020 born Cloonmurray Touch Down. Bred by Strokestown breeder Michael Doorley he is sired by Mogeely Joe.

Securing the overall male championship on the day was Laheens Ulyesses from local breeder Cormac Duignan. This five-star terminal bull turned one year the day before the sale and met his reserve at €3,300. Sired by the homebred AI bull Laheens Prince Of Eslin, he is out of a Mogeely Joe bred dam that goes back to Lawsonsford Bagatelle. Duignan also secured first place with Laheens U Jasper ET who later sold for €3,400. This January 2021 born bull is sired by the old favourite Bohey Jasper and out of a Luddenmore Fionn bred dam.

Taking the reserve male championship was Mullencross teddy from Alan Gibbons, Strokestown, Co Roscommon. This August 2020 born bull is sired by Lisduff Dandy K895 son Oran Rojo and met his reserve at €3,250.

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