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Irish Angus Elite Sale 2020 report

The Irish Angus Cattle Society held their 13th annual Elite Sale last Saturday the December 12th in the Showgrounds Carrick on Shannon Co Roscommon.

This year due to the Covid 19 pandemic the sale was run in accordance with Government and HSE guidelines. No show took place on the morning of the sale. However, to accommodate any potential online buyers that couldn’t attend the sale, a pre-sale parade of animals was videoed and displayed on the Irish Angus Facebook page the morning of the sale. A limited number of ringside buyers were allowed into sales arena at a two-metre social distance. These restrictions did not hamper the sale from being one of the most successful Elite sales in a number of years, a total of 35 animals surpassing the €3000 mark.  Males averaged €3300 a €400 increase on the figure in 2019, clearance was also substantially up with 80% of the bulls finding a new home.   

A record Elite sale price of €8600 was paid for Ernehill Samson bred by Francis & Noel Fitzpatrick, Milltown, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Samson was bred by the renowned Ballymagrine Wonder going back to a HF Rebel dam. He also had the style and index to match the breeding being 0.8% for beef cow calving ease and five stars on the terminal and replacement index. He sold to Oliver Haugh, Feenagh Angus, Co Clare.

Cavan breeder Frank McKiernan, Lacken Lower, Ballinagh took both the second and third highest price bull on the day. First was Drumcrow Savoy sired by Cashelane Lord Jeremy he sold for €6200 to Coney Island Genetics. Drumcrow Spectacular was Franks second bull to enter the ring on the day and the hammer was dropped at a price of €6000 for the Drumcrow Joker son. He has gone north to a herd in County Antrim. 

Ernehill Samson sired by Ballymagrine Wonder sold €8600 bred by by Francis & Noel Fitzpatrick, Milltown, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Purchased by Oliver Haugh, Feenagh Angus, Co Clare.

Ernehill Samson

Drumcrow Savoy sired by Cashelane Lord Jeremy. Sold €6200 bred by Frank McKiernan, Lacken Lower, Ballinagh, Co Cavan. Purchased by Coneyisland Genetics

Drumcrow Savoy

Drumcrow Spectacular sired by Drumcrow Joker. Sold €6000 bred by Frank McKiernan, Lacken Lower, Ballinagh, Co Cavan.

Drumcrow Spectacular

Clara Swanky sired by Netherallan Peter Pershore Sold €5100 bred by Dan & Rose Murphy, Dooneen, Millstreet, Co Cork

Clara Swanky

Mercury Saucy Tinge sired by Rawburn Boss Hogg sold €5000 bred by Shane & John Murphy, Woodlands, Glen South, Banteer, Co Cork. Malachy Tighe, Tara Angus, Batterstown Co Meath

Mercury Saucy Tinge

Drumcarbin Sombrero sired by Dillion New Holland sold €4800 bred by Shane McKiernan, Drumcrow, Corlismore, Ballinagh, Co Cavan. Purchased by Mark Mc Caffrey Ballyconnell, Co Cavan

Drumcarbin Sombrero

Clooncarne Simon sired by Baronagh Producer sold €4700 bred by Thomas Mulligan Currycramp Dromod Co Leitrim. Purchased by John McCormack, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Clooncarne Simon

Corlismore Superman sired by Dillon New Holland sold €4600 bred by Sean & Gary McKeirnan Corlismore House, Corlismore, Co Cavan. Purchased by Victor Chestnutt, Bushmills, Co Antrim

Corlismore Superman

Steil Simon sired by Knockarlow P0665 sold €4300 bred by Cathal & J.J Mc Cormack, Steil, Tulsk, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Purchased by James Porter, Dromore Co Down

Steil Simon

Gallaway Super sired by HW Farghal sold €4200 bred by Michael & Pauline McKiernan, Augharan, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim. Purchased by David O’Connor, Claremorris, Co Mayo

Gallaway Super

Knockadrinan Stephen sired by Drumgowna Norman sold €4000 bred by Thomas Reynolds, Knockadrinan, Johnstons Bridge, Bornacoola, Co Leitrim. Purchased by Eric Johnston, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh

Knockadrinan Stephen

Edgeworth Sam sired by Lisduff Red Pepper sold €4000 bred by Harold & Hazel Ferguson, Corboy, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford. Purchased by Edward Caffrey, Enniscrone, Co Sligo

Edgeworth Sam

Carrigroe Simon sired by Rathosheen Hogo sold €3700 bred by J & F Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty, Co Cork. Purchased by Michael Veale, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford

Carrigroe Simon

Ernehill Shot sired by Ballymagrine Wonder sold €3700 bred by Francis & Noel Fitzpatrick, Milltown, Belturbet, Co Cavan. Purchased by John Barlow, Gurtavoher Angus, Co Tipperary

Ernehill Shot

More sample bull prices

Farmhill Sammon sired by Kingsbury Moonshine sold €3650 bred by Sean Regan, Farmhill, Loughlynn, Casterlea, Co Roscommon. Purchased by David Robert, Redmills, Co Cavan

Bunlahy Setanta sired by Lisduff Dandy sold €3400 bred by D & A Reynolds, Bunlahy, Aughnacliffe, Ballinalee, Co Longford. Purchased by Clive Mc Vitty, Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh

Berrymount Sam sired by Goulding Man oh Man sold €3050 bred by William Foster, Berrymount, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. Purchased by Stephen Allen, Ballybay, Co Monaghan

Logboy Sage sired by Westellen Diego sold €3000 bred by Liam Mahon, Teevnacreeva, Tibohine, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Purchased by John McDonagh, Boyle, Co Sligo

Millbawn Spartacus sired by Cudlobe Millennium sold €3000 bred by Amanda Bogan & Conor Craig Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford. Purchased by Raymond Williams, Ballisodare, Co Sligo

Driney Snazzy sired by HW Farghal sold €3000 bred by Patrick Regan, Driney Loughglynn, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Purchased by Michael Doran, Downpatrick, Co Down 

Drumcarbin Somerset sired by Tonroe Udi sold €3000 bred by Shane Mc Kiernan, Drumcrow, Corlismore, Ballinagh, Co Cavan. Purchased by Denis Jones, Mallow, Co Cork

Kerins Striker sired by Rawburn Boss Hogg sold €3000 bred by Bernard Kerins, Carnaree, Ballymote, Co Sligo. Purchased by Tadhg Cronin, Kilbarrahan, Mallow, Co Cork

Females

The heifer trade was also met with strong demand on the day. A 73% clearance was achieved with average price settling at €3150.

Top price of €7300 went Thomas Mulligan Currycramp, Dromod, Co Leitrim for Clooncarne Savanna. She is sired by the herds illustrious stock bull Cloonacarne Frank and out of the highly successful show heifer Clooncarne Nicky. Savanna found a new home in the herd of Padraig McGivney, Granard, Co Longford.

Next up was Bunlahy Rihanna bred by David & Aidan Reynolds, Bunlahy, Aughnacliffe, Ballinalee Co Longford. She is sired Carrigroe Mr Rebel and of a Netherallan Peter Pershore bred dam. She sold certified incalf for a price of €5300 to the Gigginstown Pedigree herd in Westmeath.

Cork breeders J & F Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty Co Cork came next in line with their January 2019 born incalf heifer Carrigroe S Lady Jane. She was sired by the prolific stock bull Rathosheen Hugo and out of the Loughlynn Ace bred dam Carrigroe D Lady Jane. S Lady Jane carried the highest replacement index in the sale catalogue and she sold for a price of €4500 to Cavan breeder Mark McCaffrey from Ballyconnell. 

Clooncarne Savanna sired by Clooncarne Frank Sold €7300 bred by Thomas Mulligan, Currycramp, Dromod, Co Leitrim. Purchased by Padraig McGivney, Granard, Co Longford.

Clooncarne Savanna – (Left to right. Fiona Mulligan, Richard Smith honoured the Mary Smith Memorial Cup to the top price heifer sold on the day, Tom Mulligan)

Bunlahy Rihanna sired by Carrigroe Mr Rebel sold €5300 bred by David & Aidan Reynolds, Bunlahy, Aughnacliffe, Ballinalee, Co Longford. Purchased by Gigginstown Pedigree herd in Westmeath.

Bunlahy Rihanna

Carrigroe S Lady Jane sired by Rathosheen Hugo sold €4500 bred by J & F Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty, Co Cork. Purchased by Mark Mc Caffrey Ballyconnell, Co Cavan

Carrigroe S Lady Jane

Liscolvin S Dance Evita sired by Drumdeevin Dancer sold €4300 bred by Martin Garvey, Liscolvin, Hillstreet, Carrick on Shannon, Co Roscommon. Purchased by Alymer Power,Cappagh, Askeaton, Co Limerick   

Liscolvin S Dance Evita

Clooncarne Sassy Lady sired by Westellen Diego Sold €4000 bred by Thomas Mulligan, Currycramp, Dromod, Co Leitrim. Purchased by Country Crest livestock, Skerries, Co Dublin

Clooncarne Sassy Lady

Carrigroe S Dakota sired by Rathosheen Hugo sold €3800 bred by J & F Appelbe, Carrigroe, Clonakilty Co Cork. Purchased by Donagh & Jane McCarthy, Lemonfield Angus, Co Limerick

Carrigroe S Dakota

Rockville S Lynda sired by Borrow Tiger sold €3650 bred by Anthony Dockery, Carrow, Elphin, Co Roscommon. Purcashased by Basil Kells, Killeshandra Co Cavan

Rockville S Lynda

Carbery Sweet Jasim sired by Friarstown Ideal Pete sold €3600 bred by Keith & Caroline Vickery, Carbery Farm, Rosscarbery Co Cork. Purchased by John Gilmartin, Killucan, Co Westmeath.

Carbery Sweet Jasim

Newbridge Sindy sired by Lanigan Red Lombard sold €3500 bred by Brendan & Edel Mc Cawley, Cornamuckla North, Dowra, Co Leitrim. Purchased by Shane Kilrane, Drumboy Angus, Mohill Co Leitrim

More sample prices

Steil S Naomi sired by Knockarlow P0665 sold €3350 bred by Cathal & J.J Mc Cormack, Steil, Tulsk, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Purchased by Robert Forde Mullyknock, Co Fermanagh

Carbery Secret Lilly sired by Friarstown Ideal Pete sold €3300 bred by Keith & Caroline Vickery, Carbery Farm, Rosscarbery Co Cork. Purchased by James Brady, Dunmore, Co Galway

TheGrove Sabina sired by Liss Brendan sold €3000 bred by Mark Beirne, Corduff, Aughamore, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. Purchased by Mark Mc Caffrey Ballyconnell, Co Cavan

Kerins Sasskemi sired by Ownmore Punch sold €3000 bred by Bernard Kerins, Carnaree, Ballymote, Co Sligo

Sale summary

Males averaged €3300 with an 80% clearance achieved and a top price of €8600

Females averaged €3150 with a 73% clearance achieved and a top price €7300

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