FIRST IRISH ABERDEEN-ANGUS SALE OF 2020 TOPS AT €4000
The first of the Spring bull sales for 2020 in the Republic of Ireland took place at Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim over the weekend. The sale attracted a large entry of 78 Aberdeen-Angus bulls, with Aberdeen-Angus heifers also included at the February sale for the first time this year too. The sale also coincided with the arrival of Storm Ciara but the inclement weather conditions didn’t seem to deter customers with a clearance rate of just over 60% recorded in the sales ring, which was on par with last year and up from 50% in 2018.
The sale leader, Drumcarbin Richie, exhibited by Shane McKiernan, Lacken Lower, Ballinagh, Cavan, Co Cavan sold for €4000. This November 2018 born bull carried a 5 star index for both terminal and replacement traits and was awarded the reserve Aberdeen-Angus championship in the pre-sale show. This one is sired by Netherton Americano M703 and is out of a homebred dam who is sired by Drumcarbin Black Magic N180.
Sale topper & Reserve Aberdeen-Angus Champion, Drumcarbin Richie.
Michael Kiernan, Augharan, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim claimed the second highest price of the day, selling his September 2018 born bull, Gallaway Richard for €3300 whilst the oldest bull in the sale, the 24 month old Lecarrow Rocky from Patrick Murphy, Puntabeg, Charlestown, Claremorris, Co Mayo sold for €3000.
John McEnroe, Liss Oldcastle, Co Meath sold his 3rd prize winner, Liss Mars U807 for €2700. This 22 month old bull is sired by Mogeely Lord Harrow M191 and is out of Liss Mirti P496 who is a daughter of The Moss Black Angus M150.
The day’s supreme Aberdeen-Angus championship was awarded by show judge, Albert DeCogan of the Mogeely Aberdeen-Angus herd in Co Cork to Pat & Finbarr Cahill, Shankill Lower, Cavan, Co Cavan with Shankill Manix U163. This 5 star terminal index bull was born in November 2018 and failed to reach his reserve in the sales ring and was unsold. The trophy for the Aberdeen-Angus championship, which dates back to the 1930’s was presented to Pat & Finbarr Cahill by Irish Aberdeen-Angus President, Mack Crowe who was performing one of his last official presidential duties ahead of the end of his term as president next week.
Supreme Aberdeen-Angus Champion, Shankill Manix U163
Irish Aberdeen-Angus President, Mack Crowe presenting the Championship trophy to Pat & Finbarr Cahill
The next sale of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls and heifers takes place at The Showgrounds, Carrick-On-Shannon on Saturday, March 7th.