Pictured above: Senior Male Champion Crillaune River sold for €5,200 for Co. Mayo breeder, Patrick Kenny

The final spring sale of the year kicked off in Roscommon Mart on Saturday, May 21st. Tom Hickey was tasked with judging the Senior and Junior Male Championships, alongside the Female Championship.

82% of the bulls presented for sale found new homes on the day, with the top price of €5,200 achieved on two occasions.

Bull highlights: 

  • Top-priced bulls: €5,200;
  • Bull clearance rate: 82%;
  • Average bull price: €3,670;
  • 3 bulls sold for €5,000 or over;
  • 8 bulls sold for €4,000 or over;
  • 13 bulls sold for €3,000 or over.

It was lot number 10 – Crillaune River – who took home the Senior Championship. Bred by Patrick Kenny, he later sold for €5,200. He impresses with 5-stars on the Replacement and Terminal Indexes, while also carrying 5-stars for carcass and conformation; he is 6.4% for calving difficulty on beef cows.

The Reserve Senior Champion was bred by Co. Roscommon breeder, Patsy Creighton, with his bull Aloor Ralph. A son of Lodge Hamlet and Aloor Kate 2, Ralph has a Terminal Index value of €147 and is 4.8% calving difficulty on beef cows; the hammer fell at €3,400.

Taking top spot in Junior Male Championship was lot number 29, Currane Riggs. Bred by Michael McKeown, Riggs is a 17-month-old son of Mereside Godolphin and a Ampertaine Elgin-bred dam. He carries a 5-star terminal index of €134 and a calving figure of 3.3% on beef cows. Carrying one copy of the F94L gene, he made €4,300.

Reserve Champion in the Junior Male Championship was awarded to Newtown Scooby. Exibited by Stanley Richardson from Co. Leitrim, Scooby also sold for €5,200. Sired by Norman Inventor, he carries 5-stars on the Terminal Index with a value of €157 and is just 2% calving difficulty on beef cows.

Lot number  22, Creenagh Rodrigo, was exhibited by Patrick Logan, Co. Leitrim. Rodrigo is sired by Ampertaine Gigolo going back to a Creenagh Ian-bred dam.  In the sale ring, Ringo went under the hammer for €5,100.

Glore Randy went under the hammer for €4,600. Bred by Mayo breeder Declan Waldron and sired by Ewdenvale Ivor, Randy boasts 5 stars on the Replacement and Terminal Index, and for carcass and conformation; he is 2.5% calving difficulty on beef cows.

Additionally, lot number 43 – Buckfield Skippy – made €4,400 and was exhibited by John Moore Jnr from Co. Mayo.

Selling for €4,300, Keeltown Samy was bred by Brendan Hanley from Co. Longford. A Tomschoice Lexicon son going back to a Teddy-bred dam, this bull is 4.1% calving difficulty on beef cows and carries an impressive set of indexes, including 5-stars for replacement, terminal, carcass weight and conformation.

Lot number 46, Brackan Scooby sold for €4,300. Bred by Leitrim-based breeder, Padraig Gormley, this bull was sired by Grangeford Jojo ET going back to a Sympa-bred dam.

Also hitting €4,300 was lot number 53, Kilarkin Samson. Born in February 2021, he carries 5-stars on the Replacement and Terminal Index and 5-stars for carcass weight and conformation; he was bred by Michael Flynn from Co. Leitrim.

Next up was Ballinascrew Saturn. Bred by John and Stephen Lynch, Saturn went under the hammer for €4,100.

Michael McKeown achieved €4,000 for his bull – Currane Rio, while the hammer fell at €3,750 for Boyanagh Ricardo – bred by Mary Tarpey from Co. Roscommon. Additionally, Meelickaduff Richie Rich made €3,600 on the day – bred by Michael and Ann Hester.

Heifer Show and Sale

The Female Championship was awarded to lot 65, Ohill Rita, bred by Patrick Beirne. Born in November 2020 and sired by Ewdenvale Ivor, Rita sold for €2,000.

The Reserve Female Champion – Meelickaduff Rainbow – was from the herd of Michael and Ann Hester.

Ohill Rita went under the hammer for €2,000

A draft sale of 10 heifers from the Keltic Herd and 10 heifers from the Ballyline Herd were also included on the day. A top price of €3,900 was secured on two occasions by Teleri Thomas for Keltic Rebeca and Keltic Royal Princess.

Co. Roscommon breeder, Bertie Mannion, had a top price of €4,700 for Ballyline Sindy – sired by Plumtree Fantastic.

The society would like to thank all under bidders and wish all successful purchasers the very best of luck with their new bulls and heifers, and to all that made the spring 2022 shows and sales a major success.

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