2019 gets off to a sticky start at the Show­grounds

Weaker-than-nor­mal trade at the year’s open­ing pedi­gree bull sale in Car­rick-on-Shan­non, re­ports Martin Ryan

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

THE clouds of un­cer­tainty hang­ing over suck­ler farm­ing, the poor prices for fin­ish­ers and Brexit wor­ries all had a dulling ef­fect on the trade at the open­ing pedi­gree bull sale of 2019 at Car­rick-on-Shan­non on Satur­day.

The first of the two-sale launch to the 2019 pedi­gree sales sched­ule by the Mid­land and Western Live­stock Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety at the Show­grounds, con­cen­trated on the Con­ti­nen­tal breeds, with al­most 100 en­tries in the tra­di­tional beef breeds — An­gus, Here­ford and Shorthorn — to come un­der the spot­light at the venue on Satur­day next.

The falloff in the at­ten­dance of cus­tomers at the ring­side, when com­pared with the nor­mal turnout at the venue, was quite no­tice­able and was re­flected in the weak trade, which was in sharp con­trast to the very suc­cess­ful clos­ing sale of 2018 at the long es­tab­lished lead­ing pedi­gree bull sale cen­tre in the county in mid-De­cem­ber.

Auc­tion­eer Fran­cis McGowan summed it all up as “one of the stick­i­est sales I have ex­pe­ri­enced for quite a while, but there were buy­ers there for the very good bulls and I sup­pose it is very early in the sea­son too and a lot of farm­ers are un­sure what they are do­ing”.

The trade ben­e­fited from the pres­ence of a num­ber of breed­ers from North­ern Ire­land who com­peted for the top bulls, a num­ber of which were des­tined for new homes across the Bor­der by the end of the day.

Among the buy­ers was Derek An­der­son from En­niskillen who paid €3,150 for the sale price-top­per, Cahir­glis­sane Ned, from the herd of Pa­trick He­hir, Cloon­a­haha, Gort, Co Gal­way.

The May 2017-born bull was bred from the herd dam, Cahir­glis­sane Jean, which car­ries very good blood­lines, and by the French sire, Si­cilien, to Aoife McGowan (13), Kil­more, Car­rick-OnShan­non giv­ing the fin­ish­ing touches to first prize win­ner, Cor­ralara Nice, at Satur­day’s Bull Show and Sale

pro­duce the three star bull on the Re­place­ment In­dex and a five star on the Ter­mi­nal In­dex.

The sire, Si­cilien, is par­tic­u­larly noted as one of the eas­i­est calv­ing Charo­lais sires avail­able, with ‘Neds’ prog­eny pre­dicted to have a calv­ing dif­fi­culty of 6.1pc with a plen­ti­ful sup­ply of stars un­der the in­dices for car­cass weight and con­for­ma­tion.

An­other cus­tomer from North­ern Ire­land was Martin Browne from Fer­managh who ad­mit­ted to be­ing “wor­ried” over Brexit.

“We voted to stay in the EU. We don’t want to leave. I farm close to the Bor­der and we don’t want to go back to bor­der con­trols, be­cause that would be a to­tal night­mare for the farm­ers on both sides. It would make farm­ing very dif­fi­cult and it is very wor­ry­ing to know what is go­ing to hap­pen and how we are go­ing to be ef­fected,” he said.


Gearoid Mul­li­gan, Cur­rycramp, Dro­mod, Co Leitrim with Cur­rycramp Mile­stone, Re­serve Limousin Cham­pion and Shane Kil­raine, Pres­i­dent, Mid­land and Western Live­stock Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety

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