Angus on fire in Tullow

The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association hosted their first ever sale in Tullow on Wednesday 20th April with exceptional demand for the quality bulls on show from the get-go.

Such was the demand the sale witnessed a 100% clearance of the 17 bulls on offer. This flawless clearance rate was matched with the Associations strongest sale average to date at a massive €3,862!

Of the 17 bulls all, but three were born in 2021. This resulted in the average age of bulls on offer standing at under 14 months.

Leading the way with a call of €4,800 was the 12-month-old Liss Doyle X066. This stylish young bull was bred and exhibited by John and Sean McEnroe from Oldcastle, Co Meath. Doyle is sired by the McEnroe’s former stock bull Mogeely Dreamer T534 who claimed the overall Irish Aberdeen Angus All-Ireland championship in 2019. His dam’s line is well proven in the show ring and features a pedigree of Liss Marty P417 and The Moss Black Angus M150. Securing the five-star bull was the Wexford based Murphy family who run the Foundry Aberdeen Angus herd.

This topped an exceptional day for the McEnroe family who also sold the second and third top priced bulls.

Securing a price of €4,550 was the youngest bull catalogued, Liss Miles X069 who turned just a year the day following the sale. This double five-star bull was again sired by the aforementioned Mogeely Dreamer T534 with the dam again sired by the homebred Liss Marty P417.

Next in line with a call of €4,500 was Liss Magic Touch X051. Born March 2021 this stylish bull carried five stars on the terminal and replacement index. Sired once again by Mogeely Dreamer, he is out of Liss Mirti P496 who is a daughter of The Moss Black Angus M150.

Hitting a price of €4,450 was Lisnafanna Patrick X057 from John Brady, Virginia, Co Cavan. This February 2021 born bull is out of Keirsbeath Karma with Mogeely Lord Hugh M204 on the dam’s side. Carrying the second highest Dairy Beef Index of the sale at €93, this bull’s buyer received €500 premium back which was sponsored by the Association and Angus Beef Ireland.

The other €500 premium on offer was secured by the buyer of Drumcarbin Pure Ecstasy X355. This bull had the highest Dairy Beef Index at a massive €108 and sold for €4,000. Bred and exhibited by Shane McKiernan, Ballinagh, Co Cavan Pure Ecstasy also boasted five stars on the terminal and replacement indexes. Sired by the homebred Drumcarbin Rito Fromsallowglen he is out of Easton Greys Penny T824.

This topped an exceptional day for McKiernan who also sold Drumcarbin Lord John X354 at €4,100. This March 2021 born bull carried five stars on the terminal index and is sired by Ballymargine Wonder going back to Carton-Roe Ansley.

Overall, over 82% of the young bulls sold hit €3,000 or more.