Boss sparks a sales ring bid­ding flurry

A Ca­van-bred Aberdeen An­gus bull was the top priced an­i­mal at last week­end’s Mid­land and West­ern show and sale, re­ports Martin Ryan

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

IT was a case of boss by name, boss by na­ture at the Mid­land and West­ern show and sale in Car­rick-on-Shan­non last week­end. Proud Boss, who was born into Sean McKier­nan’s herd in Corlis­more, Co Ca­van, 14 months ago, was judged cham­pion Aberdeen An­gus at the Mid­land and West­ern Live­stock Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety bull show and sale.

He also sparked off a flurry of bid­ding when he en­tered the sales ring. Auc­tion­eer Fran­cis McKier­nan con­ducted the liveli­est round of bid­ding of the af­ter­noon be­fore ac­cept­ing €4,700 for the day’s price top­per.

Bred and ex­hib­ited by Sean McKier­nan, Corlis­more House, Corlis­more, Co Ca­van, the bull came to the sale with a pedi­gree of five stars un­der both Ter­mi­nal and Re­place­ment in­dexes on his cer­tifi­cate, and three and five re­spec­tively across all breeds.

He was bred by the sire, Raw­burn Boss Hogg out of the herd dam, Corlis­more Lilly in a small An­gus herd of about 10 dams on the Ca­van farm where they are run side by side with pedi­gree Sim­men­tal and Here­ford since the early 1970s.

The herd is well known in both the show and sales rings for rosettes and lead­ing prices, par­tic­u­larly for Here­fords, but Proud Boss is among the best of the blacks to be pro­duced.

Thirty-eight An­gus bulls found new own­ers at the first sale of the year for the breed, record­ing a good av­er­age of €2,284 for so early in the breed­ing sea­son and re­flect­ing that there is no eas­ing of in­ter­est in the An­gus which has be­come so strong in re­cent years, with the trade re­main­ing firm.

Show judge Ai­dan Moloney awarded Ir­ish An­gus Cham­pion of the Show to Dil­lon New­ton, a Septem­ber 2016 born bull by the sire, Dil­lon Knight Ea­gle Chal­lenge and out of the dam, Gortha­ganny Lo­raine.

Bred and ex­hib­ited by im­me­di­ate former Ir­ish An­gus pres­i­dent John Far­rell, Mount­dil­lon, Cur­raghroe, Co Roscom­mon the cham­pion sold for €3,000.

Sec­ond high­est price on the day was €3,550 paid for Erne­hill Nasa, a Septem­ber 2016 born bull from the herd of Noel and Fran­cis Fitz­patrick, Mill­town, Bel­turbet, Co Ca­van. He is by the sire, Te Ma­nia Berkley and out of Erne­hill Hope­ful.

Third high­est price was €3,500 for the Ir­ish An­gus Cham­pion of the Show, Drum­crow Philadel­phia, from the Ca­van herd which pro­duced the €7,000 cham­pion price top­per for the pre-Christ­mas Ir­ish An­gus Elite Sale.

June 2016 born, Drum­crowe Philadel­phia, ex­hib­ited by Mar­garet McKier­nan, Drum­crow, Corlis­more, Co Ca­van, was bred by the herd sire, Drum­crow Joker and out of Drum­crow Purty and has five and four stars re­spec­tively for Ter­mi­nal and Re­place­ment breed in­dices on his cer­tifi­cate.

Ir­ish Aberdeen An­gus Re­serve Cham­pion Mill­bawn Apollo, ex­hib­ited by Amanda Bro­gan, Coolarty, Edge­worth­town, Co Longford, failed to reach his re­serve, while Ir­ish An­gus Re­serve Cham­pion, April 2016 born, Tow­er­hill Nigel, ex­hib­ited by Wal­ter Hughes, Tow­er­hill, Bal­ly­glass, Clare­mor­ris, Co Mayo sold for €2,700.

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Ir­ish Aberdeen An­gus Cham­pion of show and sale price top­per at €4,700, Corliss­more Proud Boss, ex­hib­ited by Sean McKier­nan, Corlis­more House, Corlis­more, Co Ca­van, with Gerry McKier­nan and Eve­lyn McKier­nan. Dil­lon New­ton, Ir­ish An­gus Cham­pion of Show, with Ai­dan Moloney judge, John Far­rell, Mount­dil­lon, Cur­raghroe, Co Roscom­mon, breeder and ex­hibitor, John O’Sul­li­van, vice-pres­i­dent, Ir­ish An­gus Breed­ers So­ci­ety and Shane Kil­rane, pres­i­dent, Mid­land and West­ern Live­stock Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety

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