Aberdeen Angus Association: Prices reach €10,800

According to Shane Murphy, breed secretary of the Aberdeen Angus Association of Ireland, the Angus Extravaganza “broke all the records” over the weekend.

On October 8, the association held its new Fall Extravaganza eventc and October 9c2022.

The event combined a brand new pre-screened genetic excellence sale of 55 lots on Saturday with a massive €10,000 national heifer show on Sunday.

Murphy said This is Farming: “The launch sale boasted a number of top sellers and broke numerous records.”

“The full catalog of entries resulted in 47 out of 55 selling for an average of €4,211. This easily surpasses any other average record for Angus cattle sales on the island of Ireland.

“A further breakdown saw bull prices ranging from €3,700 to €10,500 and averaging €6,340. Still, the record for Angus bulls in Ireland is considered average.

Women’s trade reached €9,400, with 87.5% of all women selling just shy of €4,000 on average.

According to Murphy, this is “another record for the Angus breed in Ireland”.


Leading the charge at €10,500 was the nine-month-old Liss Bruno Y120 from the John and Sean McEnroe herd of Oldcastle, Co Meath.

Murphy noted: “This super example of the breed is no stranger to success. He claimed the male championship as a seven-month-old calf at this year’s Tullamore Show.

“Birth on both sides is from Liss Dingle V936, who topped the intermediate bull class at this year’s Tullamore Show.”

Her second calving dam, Liss Biluri V852, has also seen success, claiming the championship at this year’s Mohill show and her first calf topping the association’s spring premiere at Nenagh earlier this year.

With a five-star ranking on most traits, he was the choice of AI company Dovea Genetics.

Murphy continued: “This is the highest male price at auction for an Angus in Ireland before the introduction of the euro!”

“Purchasers of the two highest priced lots sold through the ring also received a €500 cash back voucher sponsored by Angus Beef Ireland.”


Changing hands for the second highest price of the day and the highest female price at €9,400 was Bunlahy U2 Katy Et.

Bred by Longford breeders Aiden and David Reynolds, this rising 15-month-old heifer is the first to be offered by donor cow Bunlahy Katy.

His sire is former Irish champion Carrigroe Mr Rebel. Boasting five stars, he was secured by Ray Tiernan for his Blackhall flock.

Buyers of the two high-priced female lots sold through the ring received a €500 cash back voucher sponsored by the Aberdeen Angus Association of Ireland.

€8,000 and under

Back to the men, next up were Albert and Jennifer DeCogan, who put the Mogeely Dram X783 under the hammer for €8,000.

This bull secured numerous championships throughout the country throughout the summer.

Former All-Ireland champion Wedderlie is a full brother to 2019 All-Ireland champion Mogeely Dreamer, sired by Blackbox.

It was the Gigginstown Aberdeen Angus herd that provided the double five-star bull. It was an incredible day for the Cork duo who sold four animals for an average of €6,000.

Richard Lombard, who manages the Dulague herd at Castleisland, Co Kerry, saw top lot Dulague Red Beauty X314 sell for €7,400 for the second female.

Born in September 2021, this super red Angus is out of the famous Ellen Erica sire Stairhaven Red Ernie U266.

Carrying four stars on the replacement index, he fell back to Gigginstown.

For €6,400 it was DeCogan with a Mogeely Pru X785. This five star heifer is by Mogeely Joe H979 and is out of the 20,000gns Cheeklaw Pru S541. It was Conor O’Mahony who supplied him for the Dowagh herd in Co Mayo.

€6,000 and under

As part of the sale, John and Sean McEnroe’s Liss herd had a select draft of nine heifers from the core of the herd.

These heifers sold in excess of €6,000, with eight of the nine selling for an average of over €4,000.

Leading the way was Liss Minree X043 provided by Cathy O’Hara from Northern Ireland.

This five star heifer is by Cairnton Killimanjaro U435 and is from the Minree family which has provided the best cow family in the Connaught Leinster herd competition for the last two years.

Rising to €5,200 in the Liss project, Liss Duchess W019 secured John Brady’s Lisnafanna herd in Co Cavan.

This rising two-year-old heifer is a maternal sister to Liss Dingle V936, who later sired the €10,500 Liss Bruno Y120.

Back in the regular catalog, Dulague Red Ella X312, selling for €5,100, was again the aforementioned Richard Lombard.

This heifer was also herd bull Stairhaven Red Ernie U266 and boasted five stars on the replacement index. Red Ella was provided by the aforementioned Conor O’Mahony.

€5,000 and under

The first lot to enter the ring, as Murphy described it, “certainly made the sale very roaring”, with a Westellen Flora W893 ET selling for €5,000.

This two-year-old heifer is Joe. Bred by John and Keith Tait of Cork and Checklaw Eirwyn D165 with Eric and Ranui Impact of Rossiter, also in back breeding.

Rawburn was supplied by Shane Bryne of the Ballygannon herd, selling a calf to Boss Hogg.

The last animal to reach €5,000 was Mogeely Black Bono X784, a young bull from Albert and Jennifer DeCogan.

This bull is again by Mogeely Blackbox J935 and goes back to the black Beatrice line.

It was supplied by Michael Bird of the Dunlever herd in Co Meath.

Another 12 lots were sold for 4000-5000 euros.

Other prices

These were as follows:

  • Drumbeera Marilyn Monroe W268 from Thomas and Patrick Beirne. Provided by Caulry Nationwide: €4,800
  • Tara Domino X829 from Malachy Tighe. By Rawburn Boss Hogg: €4,600
  • Mercury Evening Tinge Y882 from John and Shane Murphy. Sired by Mercury Sexy Eric ET: €4,600;
  • Liss Duchess X047 from John and Sean McEnroe. Cairnton Killimanjaro U435: €4,500;
  • Westellen Pablo X907 from John and Kate Tait. Sired by Bova Lord Bonanza N266: €4,500;
  • Kerins Ulrikemi from Bernard Kerins. Donated by Lavalley Prince: €4,400;
  • Mogeely Miylo X782 from Albert DeCogan. Sired by Rosemead Karona J957: €4,400;
  • Lawsonsford Eunice X488 from Michael and Barry Smith. Given by Gortnalon Nidge: €4,400;
  • Drumcrow Petula X845 from Magaret McKiernan. Donated by Drumcrow Prosecco: €4,300;
  • Millbawn Jody X282 from Amanda Bogan and Conor Craig. Retties given by JFK: €4,200
  • Rathmooney Destiny X095 from Michael Hoey, owner of Laheens Dark Boy S422: €4,200;
  • Liss Myrtle X045 from John and Sean McEnroe. Posted by Mogeely Dreamer T534: €4,000.

Murphy concluded: “Special thanks must go to all our generous sponsors for making the weekend possible.”

“It’s our gold sponsor AXA, silver sponsors Angus Beef Ireland, Cormac Tagging, Munster Bovine, FDC and the Irish Angus Producer Group/ABP.”

“The association would also like to thank the breeders, bidders and buyers for the record-breaking sale,” he said.

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