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The final bull sale of the year in Tullow on Wednesday 6th December was a very disappointing affair for breeders but represented excellent value for bull purchasers.   The sale resulted in a clearance rate of 66% for the bulls present to average €1,991 (down €215 on corresponding sale last year).   ‘The demand was for older bulls ready to work and for the heavily muscled bulls in the sale’ according to breed secretary Dr.Ger Ryan. 

Leading the days trading at €4,000 was Carrefour Admiral from John Kenny, Birr, Co. Offaly.   This heavily muscled September 2005 bull was placed second to the champion in the pre sale show.   He is one of the first Ronick Member sons to sell in Ireland and is out of Penane Norma, an Eleazar daughter.   He now heads to the commercial herd of Noel Deacon, Myshall, Carlow to join his commercial suckler herd.

Carrefour Admiral

Carrefour Admiral (Ronick Member x Eleazar)

The second highest price of €2,800 went to Baileys Ard Ri from Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath with his September 2005 bull. He was a first prize-winner in the show, a son of Grahams Samson he is out of a French imported dam Truffe, a Papillon daughter.   The purchaser joins the commercial suckler herd of was well known cattle man John Dermody, Carrigeen, Co. Kilkenny.

The third highest price of €2,500 was shared among two bulls Tanderagee Arthur & Tomnaboley Austin.   Tanderagee Arthur a first prizewinner and Reserve Male Champion came from Malachy Hennessy, Enfield, Co. Meath.   This late April 2005 son of Millbrook Tsar, a Millbrook Prince son is out of Ballycullane Pauline, a Laheens Invader daughter.   The final bidder for this nice bull was Martin Finn, St. Mullins, Co. Carlow. The other bull at €2,500 was Tomnaboley Austin from local breeder Fergus Turner, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.   His February 2005 son of herd stock sire Romario, a Nenuphar son and out of a homebred cow Tomnaboley Kate, a Villy daughter. He was one of the first bulls into the ring selling to Thomas Crean, Gorey, Co. Wexford.

Tangeragee Arthur

Tangeragee Arthur ( Millbrook Tsar x Laheens Invader)

Tomnaboley Austin

Tomnaboley Austin (Romario x Villy)

The male champion Alibi came from the herd of Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois born late September 2005 left the ring unsold at €3,900 failing to meet his reserve.

Alibi

Alibi ( Roy x Orgeat)

Females

The very small female section resulted in 58% clearance rate to average €1,979 (down €296 on corresponding sale last year).   Leading the days trading was the youngest heifer in the catalogue Shannon April, an October 2005 heifer.   Unplaced in the pre sale show this very stylish young heifer attracted attention before being bought by pedigree breeder Freddie Valette, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Shannon April

Shannon April ( Lino x Mas du Clo)

The next highest price of €2,100 was shared between Ballykinncurra Vine & Mount Scott Vanessa.   Ballykinncurra Vine a first prizewinner & Female Champion from Hubert Galvin, Clonlara, Co. Clare was purchased earlier in the year from ILCS President John Moroney.   A late September 2004 heifer she is by French A.I. sire Ferry and out of Kilcoan Majella, a Hortensia daughter.   She now heads to the herd of pedigree breeder Christopher Kennedy, Borris, Co. Carlow. 

Ballykinncurra Vine

Ballykinncurra Vine ( Ferry x Hortensia)

Mount Scott Vanessa from Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare was a second prize winner to the champion in the pre sale show, a daughter of previous herd stock sire Gamin and out of Kilgortaree Iris she sold scanned incalf to herd stock sire Mount Scott Percy.   The final bidder was Noleen O’ Byrne, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

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