Cavan breeders take the plaudits in Tullow

The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association hosted their first National bull sale of 2023 in Tullow on 19 April. A total of 28 bulls were presented for sale. Out of the 28 bulls offered 21 bulls found new homes representing a 75% clearance.

An average price of €3,374 was achieved with four more bulls selling on the year. A solid 82% of bulls sold for €3,000 or more.

This sale followed on from last year with no presale show but instead a pre-sale parade of bulls which allowed the potential buyers to be their own judge on the day.
There was also four €250 cash back vouchers on offer with two sponsored by Angus Beef Ireland and the remaining two sponsored by the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association. These were on offer for the four highest priced bulls with a Dairy Beef Index of the breed average or greater.

Topping the days trading was Lisnafanna Desmond X058 (main picture) from Co. Cavan based breeder John Brady. The October 2021 son of Keirsbeath Karma had a carcass weight figure of twice the breed average at +15.3kg and a Dairy Beef Index of €142. Desmond changed hands at €4,600.

Next into the money was Leo McEnroe Co. Cavan with Lisduff Dan OG X970 (pictured) selling for €4,500. Dan Og was sired by the popular A.I. sire Kealkil Prime Lad and boasted an impressive page of figures with a whopping Dairy Beef Index of €182 and an appealing calving difficulty figure of +0.5%.

The success for the Cavan based breeders continued but it was now the turn of Michael & Barry Smith with Lawsonsford Lord Harvey X497 who sold for €4,400. This Gortnalon Nidge son carried an appealing set of figures and a very attractive low risk for dairy heifer calving difficulty topped off with a Dairy Beef Index of €157.

Three bulls left the ring selling for €3,900. First to hit the mark was Lisduff Lymbo X976 from Leo McEnroe Co. Cavan. Lymbo was sired by the renowned Rawburn Boss Hogg N630. Lymbo was sold carrying a 4-star replacement index and low calving figures.

Next to hit the €3,900 was John Brady Co. Cavan with Lisnafanna Paudie Y062. Paudie was sired by the A.I. sire Hw Adonnis T243. This February 2022 bull carried low calving ease figures and Dairy Beef Index value of €154.

The last bull to hit €3,900 was Drumcarbin Victorious from Shane McKiernan Co. Cavan. Sired by the renowned Drumcrow Prosecco T714. Victorious boasted very attractive calving ease figures alongside a 4-star rating for carcass weight.

The Association would like to thank all the staff at Tullow Livestock mart for their help and wish all the customers the very best of luck with their purchases.

The next IAAA sale will take place in Thurles on Wednesday 26 April at 1pm. Online bidding is again available on Marteye and the catalogue can be viewed here.

Other Notable Prices:
€3,800 for Knockmountagh Leader Y992 from Eamon & John McKiernan Co. Louth
€3,750 for Rabawn Michael Y075 from Liam Muldowney Co. Mayo
€3,500 for Liss Dominic X111 from John & Sean McEnroe Co. Meath  
€3,500 for Liss Big M X112 from John & Sean McEnroe Co. Meath  
€3,400 for Luddenmore Jager Bomb X535 from Dr Michael Sheahan Co. Limerick
€3,200 for Lisduff Phillip Y995 from Leo McEnroe Co. Cavan
€3,000 for Lawsonsford Lord Hunter Y500 from Michael & Barry Smith Co. Cavan
€3,000 for Mogeely Dare Y831 from Albert & Jennifer De Cogan Co. Cork
€3,000 for Knockmountagh Taurus Y007 from Eamon & John McKiernan Co. Louth