Jag­ger struts his stuff at last of the Sim­men­tal sales

Ca­van bull stars at Roscom­mon Mart, re­ports Martin Ryan

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

A COUNTY Ca­van herd took home the cream of the rosettes and the prices from the last of the sea­son’s Sim­men­tal bull sales which was held at Roscom­mon Mart on Fri­day evening.

In the judg­ing ring, where 2018 Sim­men­tal So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent, Gor­don Salter, stew­arded the pro­ceed­ings, Chris White, show judge, tapped for­ward the 15-month-old, Bing­field Jag­ger, for the over­all Cham­pi­onsip of the Show, be­fore the award-win­ner went on to be­come the price-top­per when sold for €3,250 un­der the ham­mer of auc­tion­eer, Tom Cox.

Bred and ex­hib­ited by Arnold and Martina Hast­ings at Bing­field Hse, Cross­doney, Co Ca­van the bull is headed for the heights of Co Done­gal for the well-known herd of Ber­tie Hew­son.

Bred by the sire, Dripsey Ed­die Rocket he is out of the dam, Lee­herd Eve 233 with Cu­ra­heen genes on her sire side. The cham­pion ticked a lot of boxes on the chart as a five star for both Ter­mi­nal and Re­place­ment indices within the breed and three and five star re­spec­tively across all breeds, a re­place­ment value of €140 plus a calv­ing dif­fi­culty of 4.2pc which is un­der the all breed av­er­age and well be­low the av­er­age for his breed.

There was plenty of in­ter­est in the bull when he came into the ring, where the sale had t aken off to a slow start and be­ing only the sec­ond bull for which auc­tion­eer, Tom Cox se­cured the nod to drop the ham­mer, it gave the tempo of the sale a lift.

Sec­ond high­est price was recorded for Shiloh-Farm Jockey from the herd of very suc­cess­ful breeder, Hugh Murray, Shiloh, Park­wood, Moate which sold for €3,050 for the sec­ond prizewin­ner in his class at the ear­lier show­ing.

The 14-month-old bull boosted an ex­cel­lent com­bi­na­tion of genes from within the Sim­men­tal fam­ily with both Kil­bride and Shiloh-Farm in his blood de­liv­er­ing five and four star indices re­spec­tively for Ter­mi­nal and Re­place­ment indices and val­ued at €133 for re­place­ment.

Re­serve Cham­pion of Show was awarded to Tis­aran Jack­son from the herd of Martin Mooney, at Clonony­more, Shan­non­har­bour, Birr, the prog­eny of Auroch Deuter on the sire side and the dam, Cruithill Ciderella with Cur­ra­heen genes on her sire side.

He is a five star Ter­mi­nal in­dex and four star Re­place­ment In­dex bulls with a re­place­ment value of €135 and sold for €2,850.

It has been a very dif­fi­cult sea­son for breed­ers of pedi­gree bulls for sale with very strong sup­plies on farms and breed­ers de­lay­ing pur­chas­ing be­cause of the weather and fod­der re­lated prob­lems be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced on the farms.

Once again the sale strug­gled to come close to a 50pc clear­ance for a small en­try with an av­er­age of €2,775 recorded.

How­ever, while the clear­ance was slightly down on the 2017 sale, the top price was up 16pc and the av­er­age was also up on last year show­ing that there was a pos­i­tive trade for the good bulls.

Martin Mooney, Clonony­more, Shan­non­har­bour, Birr, ex­hibitor and Chris White, judge, with Tis­aran Jack­son, re­serve cham­pion at the Ir­ish Sim­men­tal So­ci­ety Bull Show and Sale at Roscom­mon

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