The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association hosted their brand-new autumn Extravaganza over the 8th and 9th October in Mid-Tipp Mart Thurles. The event combined a brand new pre-inspected genetic excellence sale of 55 lots on the Saturday, with a massive €10,000 National calf show on the Sunday.
Hitting the ground running the sale boasted a number of high sellers and smashed numerous records.
A full catalogue of entries resulted in 47 of the 55 selling to a massive average of €4,211. This easily surpasses any other average record for Angus cattle sale on the island of Ireland.
In further breakdown we seen bull prices range from €3,700 to €10,500 to record an average of €6,340. Again, understood to be a record average for Angus bulls in Ireland.
Female trade peaked at €9,400, with 87.5% of all females forward selling for an average just shy of €4,000. Another record for the Angus breed in Ireland
Topping trade at €10,500 was the nine-month-old Liss Bruno Y120 from the herd of John and Sean McEnroe, Oldcastle, Co Meath. This super example of the breed is no stranger to success having claimed the male championship at this years Tullamore show as a seven-month-old calf. Homebred on both sides he is sired by Liss Dingle V936, who also placed first in the intermediate bull class at this year’s Tullamore show. His second calving dam, Liss Biluri V852, also knows success claiming the championship at this year’s Mohill show and her first calf topping the Associations Spring premier in Nenagh earlier this year. Ranking five stars on most traits, he was the choice of AI company Dovea Genetics. This is the highest male price at auction for an Angus in Ireland in nearly two decades. Buyers of the two highest priced lots sold through the ring also received a €500 money back voucher which was kindly sponsored by Angus Beef Ireland.
Securing the second top price of the day and the top female price was Bunlahy U2 Katy Et who sold for €9,400. Bred by Longford breeders Aiden and David Reynolds, this rising 15-month-old heifer is the first to be offered from the super donor cow Bunlahy Katy. Her sire is equally as impressive being former All-Ireland champion, Carrigroe Mr Rebel. Boasting five stars down the line she was secured by Ray Tiernan for his Blackhall herd. Buyers of the two top priced female lots sold through the ring received €500 money back vouchers sponsored by the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association.
Back to the males and next in line was Albert and Jennifer DeCogan who sold Mogeely Dram X783 for €8,000. This bull needs little introduction having secured numerous championship throughout the summer, right across the country. Sired by former All-Ireland champion Wedderlie Blackbox, he is a full brother to Mogeely Dreamer who was All-Ireland champion in 2019. Securing the double five-star bull was Gigginstown Aberdeen Angus herd. This topped an unbelievable day for the Cork duo who sold four animals to average just shy of €6,000.
Another breeder leaving happy was Richard Lombard who runs the Dulague herd in Castleisland, Co Kerry. He seen his top lot, Dulague Red Beauty X314 sell for the second top female price of €7,400. This super September 2021 born red Angus is sired by the herds stock bull Stairhaven Red Ernie U266 who comes from the renowned Ellen Erica line. Carrying four stars on the replacement index he was again knocked down to Gigginstown.
Taking home €6,400 was the DeCogan’s with Mogeely Pru X785. This five-star heifer is sired by Mogeely Joe H979 and is out of the 20,000gns Cheeklaw Pru S541. Securing her for his Dowagh herd in Co Mayo was Conor O’Mahony.
As part of the sale, the Liss herd of John and Sean McEnroe had a select draft of nine heifers from the core of the herd. These heifers topped €6,000 with eight of the nine selling to average over €4,000. Leading the way was Liss Minree X043 who was secured by Cathy O’Hara from Northern Ireland. This five-star heifer is sired by Cairnton Killimanjaro U435 and out of the Minree family who secured best cow family in the Connaught Leinster herds competition for the last two years running.
Hitting €5,200 at the Liss draft was Liss Duchess W019 who was secured by John Brady’s Lisnafanna herd in Co Cavan. This stylish rising two-year-old heifer is a maternal sister to Liss Dingle V936 who later sired the €10,500 Liss Bruno Y120.
Back to the regular catalogue and selling for €5,100 was Dulague Red Ella X312, again from the previously mentioned Richard Lombard. This heifer was also sired by the herds stock bull Stairhaven Red Ernie U266 and boasted five stars on the replacement index. Red Ella was secured by the aforementioned Conor O’Mahony.
The very first lot into the ring certainly got the sale off to a rip roar with Westellen Flora W893 ET selling for €5,000. This two-year-old heifer was bred by John and Kate Tait from Co Cork and sired by Checklaw Eirwyn D165 with Rossiter Eric and Ranui Impact also in the back breeding. Selling incalf to Rawburn Boss Hogg she was secured by Shane Bryne of the Ballygannon herd.
Last animal to hit the €5,000 mark was the young bull Mogeely Black Bono X784 from Albert and Jennifer DeCogan. This bull is again sired by Mogeely Blackbox J935 and goes back o the black Beatrice line. He was secured by Michael bird of the Dunlever herd in Co Meath.
A further 12 lots sold for between €4,000 and €5,000. These were as follows:
€4,800 for Drumbeera Marlyn Monroe W268 from Thomas and Patrick Beirne. Sired by Caulry Nationwide
€4,600 for Tara Domino X829 from Malachy Tighe. Sired by Rawburn Boss Hogg
€4,600 for Mercury Evening Tinge Y882 from John and Shane Murphy. Sired by mercury Sexy Eric ET
€4,500 for Liss Duchess X047 from John and Sean McEnroe. Sired by Cairnton Killimanjaro U435
€4,500 for Westellen Pablo X907 from John and Kate Tait. Sired by Bova Lord Bonanza N266
€4,400 for Kerins Ulrikemi from Bernard Kerins. Sired by Lavalley Prince
€4,400 for Mogeely Miylo X782 from Albert DeCogan. Sired by Rosemead Karona J957
€4,400 for Lawsonsford Eunice X488 from Michael and Barry Smith. Sired by Gortnalon Nidge
€4,300 for Drumcrow Petula X845 from Magaret McKiernan. Sired by Drumcrow Prosecco.
€4,200 for Millbawn Jody X282 from Amanda Bogan and Conor Craig. Sired by Retties JFK
€4,200 for Rathmooney Destiny X095 from Michael Hoey. Sired by Laheens Dark Boy S422
€4,000 for Liss Mirti X045 from John and Sean McEnroe. Sired by Mogeely Dreamer T534