Top price of €10,500 at Thurles’ Angus Premier Sale

The Irish Aberdeen Angus Association last weekend (October 8-9) in Thurles, Co. Held his Autumn Extravaganza at Mid-Tipp March in Tipperary.

The event incorporated a new pre-screened ‘genetic excellence’ sale of 55 lots on the first day and the association’s National Calf Show the following day offered a huge prize fund of €10,000.

Cho. A large crowd of potential bidders and breeders gathered around the sale ring at Thurles Mart as the well-known Cork-based auctioneer began selling shortly after 3pm.

A statement from the breed association Agriland “A number of sales price records were broken at the event,” he said.

A total of 47 of the 55 cataloged Angus animals sold for an average of €4,211 and the association said it “easily beats any other average record Angus cattle sale on the island of Ireland”.

Bull prices ranged from €3,700 to €10,500 and averaged €6,340. The association understands this is a record average price for Angus bulls in Ireland.

The female trade reached €9,400, with 87.5% of all females selling for an average price just shy of €4,000, another record for the Angus breed in Ireland.

Highest priced Angus bull

The top trade at €10,500 was in nine months Liss Bruno Y120 From the herd of John and Sean McEnroe in Oldcastle, Co Meath.

This bull is no stranger to success, winning the male championship at this year’s Tullamore Show as a seven-month-old calf.

Homebred on both sides, he is sired by Liss Dingle V936, who topped the intermediate bull class at this year’s Tullamore Show.

Her second calving dam, Liss Biluri V852, won the breed championship at this year’s Mohill show and her first calf was bred at Nenagh, Co. Nenagh earlier this year. It took place at the Associations Spring Premier in Tipperary.

A five-star rating on most features, Liss Bruno Y120 has found a new home with artificial insemination (AI) company Dovea Genetics.

Bruno is the highest selling male bullhead auction for Angus in Ireland prior to the introduction of the Euro currency.

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

Top priced Angus heifer

The day’s second highest price and top female price was Bunlahy U2’s Katy Et, which sold for €9,400.

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

His sire is equally impressive with former All-Ireland champion Carrigroe Mr Rebel. Boasting five stars, he was secured by Ray Tiernan for his Blackhall flock.

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

Albert and Jennifer DeCogan sold out again in the men’s division Mogeely Drama X783 For €8,000.

This bull has won numerous titles at shows around the country this summer and is sired by former Irish champion Wedderlie Blackbox.

He is a full brother to 2019 All-Ireland Champion Mogeely Dreamer.

It was the Gigginstown Aberdeen Angus herd that provided the double five-star bull.

It was an impressive day for the Cork duo who sold four animals for an average of €6,000.

Richard Lombard of Castleisland, co. The Dulague Herd in Kerry saw his best lot, Dulague Red Beauty X314Sold for the second best female price of €7,400.

This super September 2021 born red Angus was sired by the herd’s stock bull, Stairhaven Red Ernie U266, out of the famous Ellen Erica line. Carrying four stars on the replacement index, he fell back to Gigginstown.

It was the DeCogans who took home €6,400 Mogeely Pru X785. This five star heifer is sired by Mogeely Joe H979 and is out of the 20,000gns Cheeklaw Pru S541.

Cho. Mayo man Conor O’Mahony takes this heifer home to add to his Dowagh Herd.

Liss Angus Herd project

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

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

He was the leader Liss Minree X043 Purchased by Cathy O’Hara from Northern Ireland.

This five-star heifer was sired by Cairnton Killimanjaro U435 and is from the Minree family who have provided the best cow family in the Connacht/Leinster herd competition for the past two years.

Hitting €5,200 in the Liss project was Liss Duchess W019, secured by John Brady’s Lisnafanna Herd in Co Cavan.

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

Other prices

It was selling for €5,100 Dulague Red Ella X312again from Richard Lombard before mentioned.

This heifer was sired by the herd’s stock bull, Stairhaven Red Ernie U266, and boasted five stars on the replacement index.

Red Ella was provided by the aforementioned Conor O’Mahony.

The first lot to enter the ring got the sale off to a roaring start Westellen Flora W893 ET It is sold for 5000 euros.

This two-year-old heifer is Joe. Bred by John and Kate Tait of Cork and out of Checklaw Eirwyn D165 with Rossiter Eric and Ranui Impact, 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 euros was a young bull Mogeely Black Bono X784 From Albert and Jennifer DeCogan.

This bull is again sired by Mogeely Blackbox J935 and goes back to the black Beatrice line as well. He was called by Joe. Provided by Michael Bird of Dunlever Herd in Meath.

Another 12 lots were sold for 4000-5000 euros. These were as follows:

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

The Aberdeen Angus Association of Ireland made a special note of thanks to all sponsors for helping to make the weekend “such a success”.

MartEye statistics

After the sale, MartEye put together a map showing the locations of the cattle buyers at the Premier Sale, as well as some key statistics from the event.

MartEye report from the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association Autumn Extravaganza: (Green dots show buyers locations)

The association thanked gold sponsor AXA as well as silver sponsors Angus Beef Ireland, Cormac Tagging, Munster Bovine, FDC, Irish Angus Producer Group/ABP and media partner. Agriland.

In conclusion, the association thanked the breeders, bidders and buyers, as well as all those who participated in the “record sale”, as well as those who followed it on MartEye.

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