THE Munster Aberdeen-Angus Club held its annual sale of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls at Bandon Mart last week.
The Munster Aberdeen-Angus Club is the only club in the Republic of Ireland to stage a major Spring sale each year and club chair and vice-chair, Billy Fitzgerald and Shane Healy, respectively, and their hard-working team of club members were given due recognition and appreciation for their efforts in making this year’s event such a well-run and successful outing.
The sale, which is run in conjunction with Cork Marts, has been developed into one of the leading sales of its kind in the province over the last couple of years with older, autumn 2017-born bulls selling most freely on this occasion.
For the second consecutive year, the Inchisine Aberdeen-Angus herd of Denis O’Riordan, Inchisine, Toames, Macroom, provided the overall sale topper in the Aberdeen-Angus section with the 18-month-old, Inchisine Padraic selling for €3,260.
This one is a grandson of Cheeklaw Eirwyn D165 and is out of a homebred cow that goes back to Knockadrinan Bell Man F366 and carried a 5-star replacement index as well as a calving ease figure of 1.8%.
This bull won his class in the pre-sale show and went on to be tapped out as the reserve supreme Aberdeen-Angus champion later in the day.
The Inchisine Aberdeen-Angus herd also sold three more bulls, Inchisine Pat, Inchisine Patrick and Inchisine Perex for €2,600 each to average €2,765 for their pen of four bulls and cap another terrific day’s trading at Bandon for the O’Riordan family.
John & Kate Tait, Westwood, Rostellan, Midleton, secured the supreme Aberdeen-Angus championship with Westellen Dyson T831 under first-time judge, Barry Smith of the Lawsons Ford Aberdeen-Angus who made the long trip down to Bandon from Cootehill, Co Cavan, to officiate in the show ring.
The champion bull was born in November 2017 and is sired by Bova Lord Bonanza N266 and is out of Liss Dana E680 who is also dam of the successful AI bull, Westellen Diego M734. This one sold for €2,950.
Former Munster Aberdeen-Angus Club chairperson, Ciarán Kelleher, Kealkil, Bantry, sold the September 2017-born, Kealkil Parkboy for €2,800. This five-star terminal index bull is sired by Cartronroe Ernie and boasted a calving ease figure of 1.4%. Meanwhile, herd-mate Kealkil Lord Enfield T495 sold for €2,500. This one is sired by Liss Brendan M465 and was also born in September 2017.
The younger, Spring 2018-born Aberdeen-Angus bulls failed to find much favour with potential customers, however the representatives of the late Robert Putz, Durrus, Bantry, sold their 14-month-old, January 2018 born bull, Cashelane Salvador U875 for €2,560. This double 5-star replacement and terminal index bull was a third prize winner in the pre-sale show and carried a calving ease figure of just 1%.
Overall, the sale enjoyed an average price of just under €2,600 at a healthy clearance rate of 60% and the Munster Aberdeen-Angus Club thanked everyone who made the sale such a success.