The largest pedigree Aberdeen-Angus sale of the year so far took place at Carrick-On-Shannon over the weekend with 139 head of Aberdeen-Angus cattle catalogued in total. The sale resulted in a 65% clearance which was quite satisfactory given the large volume of cattle present on the day with Aberdeen-Angus bulls selling to a top price of €4000. The Midland & Western Livestock Improvement Society also held a moment of silence during the sale, in memory of lifetime Aberdeen-Angus breeder and regular exhibitor at the Carrick-On-Shannon sales, Gerard Mulligan, Currycramp, Dromod, Co Leitrim who passed away in his 98th year on March 9th last.
The sale leader came from Cathal & Cormac Duignan, Laheen House, Eslin Bridge, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim who sold their 13 month old Laheens Rebel for €4000. This five star terminal index bull is sired by the popular AI bull, Westellen Diego M734 and was a prize winner in the pre-sale show. This one attracted significant interest in the ring and was eventually knocked down to a farmer from Northern Ireland.
Shown above is top priced bull, Laheens Rebel
Second highest price in the sales ring came in the form of the 1st prize winner, Drumcrow Port Royal T712 exhibited by Frank & Margaret McKiernan, Drumcrow, Corlismore, Co Cavan who sold for €3700. This four star terminal index bull was born in November 2017 and is sired by the homebred Drumcrow Joker and is out of an Old Glenort Lamont G291 cow.
Shown above is Drumcrow Port Royal T712
The Drumcrow Aberdeen-Angus herd also claimed the next best price in the sales ring with the 2nd prize winner, Drumcrow Lucky Jim T713 selling for €3600. Another November 2017 born bull, this one carried a five star terminal and four star replacement index and was also sired by the aforementioned Drumcrow Joker.
Shown above is Drumcrow Lucky Jim T713
Master judge Eustace Burke of the Clontead Aberdeen-Angus herd awarded the day’s supreme Aberdeen-Angus championship to the 13 month old, Liscolvin Rossie exhibited by Martin Garvey, Liscolvin, Hillstreet, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim. This bull was last year’s reserve male champion at the 2018 National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show and sold for €3500.
Shown above is Supreme Aberdeen-Angus Champion, Liscolvin Rossie
Shown above is Eustace Burke (judge) with the supreme Aberdeen-Angus champion & reserve champion
Also selling at €3500, was another former show bull from the 2018 circuit, namely Knockmountagh Robert from Eamon McKiernan, Newtown, Monasterboice, Co Louth. This February 2018 born bull stood overall junior male champion & reserve supreme junior champion at the 2018 National Livestock Show in Tullamore and also claimed a 1st prize win in the pre-sale show at Carrick-On-Shannon.
Ernest Bohan, Drumkielvey, Mohill, Co Leitrim sold his 18 month old Drumkielvey Meat Boy T173 for €3100. This five star terminal and five star replacement index bull is also a son of the AI bull, Westellen Diego M734 and is out of the Miss Betty cow family at Drumkielvey.
Lastly, the day’s reserve supreme Aberdeen-Angus champion, Jackie Rambo exhibited by John Heneghan, Clougher, Ballinlough, Co Roscommon sold for €3000. This one is sired by Blackfield Lasher R539, a Rawburn Edge J983 son and was born in January 2018.
The next sale of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls and heifers takes place at Carrick-On-Shannon on Saturday, May 18th.