The May sale at Carrick-On-Shannon saw a very healthy demand for Aberdeen-Angus bulls, with prices jumping well ahead of other major sales held in the last number of weeks. Almost 100 Aberdeen-Angus bulls were catalogued for sale and this helped draw a large crowd to the Showgrounds in Carrick-On-Shannon for one of the final sales of the Spring season.
The day’s sale leader, Clooncarne Rocket bred by Thomas Mulligan and Family from Currycramp, Dromod, Co Leitrim sold for €4600 to a dairy herd in Co Sligo. This 14 month old bull was sired by Clooncarne Frank, a Nakkeg Nord 913 son and was shown last summer as a young calf.
Michael & Barry Smith, Market Street, Cootehill, Co Cavan secured the second highest price of the day, selling their 15 month old bull, Lawsons Ford Evaluator U410 for €4200. This one carried a five star index across both replacement and terminal traits and was a son of former herd stock bull, Friarstown Evolver N274 and the Scottish bred dam, The Moss Eunique F636.
Next best in the sales ring were Gerard Regan, Driney, Loughglynn, Castlerea, Co Roscommon sold the 15 month old Mullencross Ronaldo for €3400, Gerard & Helen Reynolds, Bunlahy, Ballinalee, Co Longford who sold Bunlahy Pal and Bunlahy Randy Mac Dandy for €3100 and €3000 and Tom Reynolds, Knockadrinan, Johnstons Bridge, Bornacoola, Co Leitrim who sold Knockadrinan Ronan for €3000.
Overall, the sale realised a near 70% clearance (which was particularly heartening in light of the sheer volume of bulls catalogued) with the vast majority of bulls sold aged between 12 – 15 months.
The final Spring sale of 2019 will take place at The Showgrounds, Carrick-On-Shannon on Saturday, June 8th.