The Mogeely Aberdeen-Angus herd of Albert and Jennifer DeCogan, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, continued their outstanding run of successes over the 2016 season by claiming both the championship and the overall best price of the day at the recent Irish Aberdeen-Angus Premier Autumn sale.
Mogeely Lord Blender R399, awarded the supreme male championship under judge John McEnroe, later sold for €4000. This 13 month-old bull is sired by the UK bred stock bull, Wedderlie Blackbox J935, who is the reigning 2016 All Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Champion and is out of Mogeely Lady Blossom L107. This one sold to a dairy farmer from Northern Ireland.
The reserve champion bull, Clontead Master R187, exhibited by Eustace and Deirdre Burke, Carrigaline, Co. Cork, claimed the next best price in the male section, selling for €3000. This one is sired by Oakchurch Dirk – who sired the 2016 All Ireland Aberdeen-Angus junior champion and the overall male champion at the 2016 Aberdeen-Angus calf show. This bull was also sold to Northern Ireland.
Several more bulls traded above the €2000 mark with an overall average of €2750 for bulls on the day.
The top priced heifer came from Jack Smyth, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, who sold Bessiebell Lavendar R652 for €3500. This one is sired by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 and sold to Henry Dudley, The Poplars, Thurles, Co. Tipperary for his nephew’s Castlelough Aberdeen-Angus herd.
Alan Morrison, Maguiresbridge, Co. Fermanagh, achieved the second highest price in the female section, selling his reserve female champion, Drummer Poppy R482, for €3300. A daughter of Lana Knightly N513, this April 2015 born heifer is due to calve next summer and she sold to NI breeder John Blackburn, Clogher, Co. Tyrone.
The overall female championship went to the young heifer calf, Molloy Deirdre R214, exhibited by Brian Faughnan, Clooncarne, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim. One of the youngest heifers in the entire sale, she traded at €3000. This one is sired by the AI bull Netherton Mr Brazilian E377 and sold to new breeder, Billy Fitzgerald, Youghal, Co. Cork.
Overall, heifers sold to an average of €2850.