The Clontead Angus herd owned by Eustace Burke from Carrigaline, Co Cork, hosted its first ever on-farm sale on Thursday.

The sale, hosted by Cork Marts, was performed totally online, with pre-sale viewing by appointment over the past few weeks.

A total of 13 bulls were offered for sale, with 10 finding new homes to record an impressive average of €2,860.

All animals were commercial and will be delivered by the vendor over the next three weeks at a time that suits the buyer.

Top price

Prices were led by a call of €3,800 for Clontead Pluto V311.

This high-performance September 2019-born bull was sired by Dunard Navigator, with Rawburn Boss Hogg and Rossiter Eric also in the back breeding.

With five stars on both the terminal and replacement indices and with a dairy beef index of €125, he attracted a number of bids before meeting his reserve.

Three bulls hit €3,500

A further three bulls hit the market at €3,500.

First at the money was Clontead Juggernaut V313, a son of SRV Hedebo Knobel from the Jane cow family.

With five stars on the terminal index, he sold with a carcase weight figure of 16.6kg.

Selling shortly after at the same money was Clontead Lord Hilton V317.

This bull was sired by former stock bull Goulding Extra, while the homebred dam was sired by Tree Bridge Emblem.

This bull sold with a dairy beef index of €89, ranking him in the top 10% of the breed.

Last to reach the €3,500 price was Clontead Macho V318.

This stylish bull was sired by Friarstown Ideal Pete, with the dam’s lineage containing Goulding Jumbo King and Cashelane Bart.

This bull had a massive carcase weight figure of 19.4kg.

We’re very happy for our first go with online

Commenting after the sale, breeder Eustace Burke said: “Average hit €2,860 with a 77% clearance, so we’re very happy for our first go with online.

"The plan is to return with the sale next year and hopefully have ringside bidders also.

"I’d like to thank John Murphy and all the team at Cork Marts for all their help today and over the past few weeks and wish the buyers the best of luck with their bulls.”

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