The Moyside and Croghan Shorthorn breeders' club held a sale of bulls and heifers in Elphin Mart last week.

Trade was brisk, with a few very fancy prices for some of the best heifers in the sale.

Following the cancellation of its Roscommon premier sale, the club decided to put on the sale and attracted 33 cattle to the evening sale, which was conducted through Martbids.

This April 2020-born heifer from Mayo breeder Michael Flately sold for €2,200.

Heifers were met with flying trade, with a number of very good customers for top-quality heifers.

Topping the evening’s trading was local Roscommon man John Rafferty with his March 2020-born heifer Brenamore Princess.

By Stoneyroyd Halcyon Matrix, she had a replacement index of €106 and was knocked down at €2,650 to Donegal breeder Gordon Craig.

This December 2019-born heifer from Westmeath breeder Thomas Fox made €2,100.

This April 2020-born heifer from Sligo breeders Joe and James Cunney sold for €1,950.

Next-highest price went to another Roscommon breeder Thomas Hoban.

His April 2019-born Doonogan Dorothy is by Clounmaccon Trump and is in calf to Finlough Finn (SH5431.

She was knocked down to Galway breeder Tommy Staunton.

This August 2019-born heifer from Roscommon breeder Noreen Shryane made €1,800.

This February 2020-born Shorthorn heifer from Sligo breeder Albert Oatfield sold for €1,450.

In the smaller bull section, it was one of the youngest entries that went home with the top price.

John Mullooly’s April 2020-born bull Lavally Bomber by Crooked Post Drover 29d and out of a Dovea Sir James second-sired cow was knocked down at €2,650.

Next-highest price in the bull section went to Frank Cregg for his January 2020-born bull Ballyroddy Roan Rob.

This bull is by Meonhill Fire Fox and out of a Doon Erasmus cow. He was knocked down at €1,950.

Bulls averaged €1,572/head, while heifers averaged €1,577/head, alongside an overall clearance of 82%.

Commenting on the sale, Irish Shorthorn Cattle Society president Kieran Flately said: “We are delighted with the sale with an exceptional demand for heifers as always."