Topping the sale of Angus bulls at €4,100 was Brideswell Sonny 230, exhibited by Karl Harrison from Co. Roscommon. This 23-month-old bull was one of the first animals into the ring on the day.
He is sired by the AI bull Duibhgiolla Luigi, and out of a homebred dam. Boasting a Terminal Index value of €80 and a Replacement Index value of €86, he travelled to his new home in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, soon after the sale.
Local exhibitor Alan Gibbons from Strokestown in Co. Roscommon had a successful day with his offerings as he took home €4,000 and €3,500, respectively.
Selling at €4,000 was Carrowboy Sully. Having failed to meet his reserve in the sales ring, he was snapped up afterwards by a Northern Ireland farmer.
Being a son of the well-known Rosemead Karona, his dam was sired by Goulding Jumbo King. Figures were in this bull’s favour, as he had a Replacement Index value of €101, alongside a calving ease figure of +1.4% on matings with beef cows.
The second of Alan’s exhibits was the April 2019-born, Oakwall Simon. After being bred by Sean McNicholas from Co. Roscommon, this Westellen Diego son was sold for €3,500. Again the Replacement Index of this bulls was ranked at €101, along with a Terminal value of €72.
A Drumcrow Joker son in the form of Drumcrow Popeye V773 claimed the fourth highest price on the day for Margret McKiernan from Corlismore, Co. Cavan. Selling at €3,600, this 20-month-old bull was out of a homebred dam, Drumcrow Petula T687, who was a daughter of Netherton Americano.
His stablemate, Drumcrow Sorento, sold for a slightly less figure of €2,600 shortly after. The sire this time was HW Fargahl T516, with Drumcrow Partner Perfect L475 being his maternal grand-sire. A healthy calving ease figure of +1.5% on matings with beef cows was awarded to this May-2019 born bull.
Both bulls were exported to Northern Ireland after the sale.
A second HW Fargahl T516 sired bull sold for €2,600 for Anselm Fitzgerald from Moate, Co. Westmeath. Caulry Showman had a respectable €118 value on the Replacement Index, alongside a calving ease figure of +1.5% on matings with beef cows.
Brian Faughnan from Bornacoola in Co. Leitrim sold his lot, Molloy Lord Hanson V285, for €2,450. Having one of the highest Replacement Indexes catalogued of €165, this Lanigan Red Mikado son was out of a homebred dam sired by Netherton Americano M703. He also had a low calving figure of just +0.7% on matings with beef cows.