Full house for Lis­sadells at Roscom­mon

Martin Ryan

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

SHOW­ING two cham­pi­ons — Re­serve Cham­pion and cap­ping the judg­ing ring suc­cess with the lead­ing price of the day in the salesring — made it truly a day to re­mem­ber for the Lis­sadell Herd at the Sim­men­tal So­ci­ety Premier Show and Sale at Roscom­mon Mart on Satur­day.

While the genes of the Ballinful, Co Sligo herd have pro­duced prog­eny to merit a very gen­er­ous share of awards over re­cent years, the achieve­ment of Kieran and Paul Mullarkey on Satur­day made the day one of their best ever.

Adding to the sashes and rosettes was the tribu­la­tion at the crack of auc­tion­eer De­nis Bar­rett’s gavel to record €9,100 for a 12-month-old heifer which re­ceived a well-de­served round of ap­plause from the packed salesring for the high­est price of the day by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin.

There was a clean sweep of the top awards for the Lis­sadells in the Ju­nior Bull sec­tion with Lis­sadell Ja­cob P the choice of show judge David Don­nelly of the At­low Herd for the championship. In ad­di­tion, the Re­serve Championship for Lis­sadell Jupiter was fol­lowed by an­other Championship suc­cess in the Wean­ling Heifer Sec­tion for Lis­sadell Just the One.

The herd pre­fix ‘Lis­sadell’ dates back to the cur­rent breed­ers’ great-grand­fa­ther, Jack Mullarkey who was man­ager of the herd of An­gus cat­tle kept at the his­tor­i­cal man­sion and ex­ten­sive es­tate nearby in Co Sligo.

The herd has shown the breed cham­pion at the Na­tional Live­stock Show at Tul­lam­ore for three years in a row as well as bring­ing home Sim­men­tal lau­rels from the Bal­moral Show in 2016, not to men­tion an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful run at the sum­mer agri­cul­tural shows.

On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2017born Lis­sadell Ja­cob P, Ju­nior Cham­pion Bull of the Show, bred by Cur­ra­heen Gun­shot P and dam, Taw­ley Gretta sold for €3,100.

Re­serve Ju­nior Cham­pion Bull, Lis­sas­dell Jupiter, bred by Der­mot­stown Del­boy and dam, Cla­dy­more Edith Imp, sold for €2,600, while his full sis­ter, Novem­ber 2017-born Lis­sadell Just The One, topped the trade sell­ing for €9,100 to Eoin McGovern.

Se­nior Cham­pion Bull was Bride­land Jaguar, a Septem­ber 2017-born bull to Lit­tle­rock Dervela An­nie by Wood­hall Fer­ran 14, ex­hib­ited by Ti­mothy A O’Leary, Ballincol­lig, Co Cork sold for €4,100.

Re­serve Se­nior Bull award went to Moonek­ing Jamiro­quai from the herd of David King, Limekiln House, Back­moone, Athy, Co Kil­dare. Bred by Clon­agh Di­rect Debit and dam, Moonek­ing Glo­ria, the star-laden bull sold for €1,800.

De­mand for the bulls was weak with a 45pc clear­ance at an av­er­age of €2,543.

Two bulls sold for €3,300 each. Mary O’Hal­lo­ran, Cham­ber­lain­stown, Cahir, Co Tip­per­ary sold Bearna-Dhearg James; and Keith Vick­ery, Car­bery Farm, Ross­car­bery, Co Cork sold Car­berry Ju­niper 2 at the same price, while Mary O’Hal­lo­ran re­ceived €3,000 for Bearna-Dhearg Jet.

Joseph Kelly, Mount, Bal­ly­nacally, Co Clare sold Mount Jo­hans­son for €3,000.


Sarah Mur­ray, Shiloh, Park­wood, Moate Co West­meath with Shiloh Jessie at the Sim­men­tal Show and Sale.

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