The final sale of the Spring season took place at The Showgrounds, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim over the weekend with 170 head of cattle catalogued for sale. The Aberdeen-Angus breed provided the overall sale topper of the entire sale, outselling all other major beef breeds (including all of the popular continental beef breeds) to end the 2019 sale season on a particularly high note.
The sale topper, Lawsons Ford Real Macoy bred by Michael & Barry Smith, Market Street, Cootehill, Co Cavan sold for €5600 to a beef farmer from Northern Ireland after a period of rapid and intense bidding in the sales ring. This one carried a five star terminal index and was exactly 15 months old on the day of sale. He is sired by Friarstown Evolver N274 and was also a prize-winner at the National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show last October.
Three yearling Aberdeen-Angus bulls (all born in May 2018 and only just 12 months of age) realised the next best prices of the sale. James Regan, Castlerea, Co Roscommon sold Farmhill Ryan for €3100, Gerard Regan, Castlerea, Co Roscommon sold Driney Rocket for €2900 with Mark Beirne, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim selling The Grove Retriever for €2700.
Paddy Farrell, Ballinwing, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim sold Sheemore Peter P520 for €2500. This bull was one of the few Autumn 2017 born bulls to be offered for sale on this occasion and was sired by Netherton Americano M703 and was out of Sheemore Polly M372, a Coneyisland Legend E112 daughter.
Finally, a word of thanks to all of the Aberdeen-Angus breeders who supported the major sales around the country over the last few months and the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association looks forward to bringing you more news and highlights from the sales ring in the Autumn.