Fresh off the back of reaching a new Irish Hereford female record at its inaugural event last year, the Genetic Gems team have outdone themselves once again as they secured yet another record price for Hereford females in Ireland.

The heifers entered in the sale were all selected based on their genetic potential and appearance and included the national reserve female champion, along with numerous prizewinners from this year’s National Hereford Show and from the summer show scene.

The sale consisted of in-calf and maiden heifers along with three lots of embryos.

The live lots brought forward for sale were made up of horned and polled bloodlines with all of the heifers being sire- and dam-verified, genomically tested and hypertrichosis-tested prior to sale.

Dreams came true for Kerry native Matthew Goulding and his family last Saturday when their December 2021-born heifer, Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette 1262 ET broke all Irish Hereford female records and secured €11,000 for a half share in the sale.

Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 1244 ET from Matthew Goulding sold for €6,500. \ Willie McElroy

The terms of the half share heifer meant that the powerful female would reside in Ballyduff with the Goulding herd, with all progeny and embryos to be split equally between the breeder and the purchaser.

After the sale, Kieran Mariga and Paul McGrath of Coolmara Herefords doubled their bid and took Ravette home to Coolmara for a record smashing €22,000.

The Panmure 11 Henry daughter’s full ET brother recently sold to a well-known Irish AI company.

From the same stable came the second highest price female in the sale, Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 1244 ET, who needed no introduction on entering the ring. The August 2021-born Gouldingpoll 1 Superduty ET-sired heifer is a maternal sister to the Royal Highland Show champion Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 916 and sold for €6,500.

Trailing closely behind at €6,300 was Grianan Orange W944 from the Grianan Herd of Tom and Anslem Fitzgerald, Co Westmeath. This July 2021-born heifer comes from the famous Orange line and is sired by the breed improvement scheme, Australian import, Karoonda Sampson.

Balleen Cece 1322, a Ballinveney United 2 yearling heifer from the Balleen Herd of Tom Brennan, Co Kilkenny, secured the next highest price of €5,500 fresh after her win at the national show in Tullamore earlier this year.

Securing €5,100 was the second entry from Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald, Grianan Orange W941, a July 2021-born heifer sired by Gageboro Morgan who followed her stable mate to their new home in Co Limerick.

Hillockpoll 1 Ivy a December 2021-born heifer bred and exhibited by Mark Hyland, Co Leitrim, took to the ring with a list of accolades standing behind her. The Normanton 1 Laertes ET-sired heifer claimed the national Hereford heifer of the year and reserve overall national female champion at Tullamore Show as well as calf champion and reserve overall champion at the Royal Meath Show. This young powerhouse sold for €5,000 on the day.

‘Take your pick’

A new element to this year’s sale, “take your pick” comprised two half sisters from the Kye Hereford Herd of Padraig McGrath, Co Roscommon. The Fabb 1 Northern Star sisters entered the ring together and the winning bidder was offered the opportunity to take home their pick of the lots in the ring or to double their bid and take home both sisters.

Kyepoll 1 Honey 969, a January 2022-born heifer who carries Solpoll 1 Gilbert and SMH Euro 30E bloodlines, sold for €4,700 with her stable mate, Kyepoll 1 Stae 971, also a January 2022-born heifer, selling for €3,250.

Stae was the first heifer to enter the ring on the day and she did not disappoint, boasting bloodlines from the UK show- and sale-topping herd, Bosa Herefords.

Keenaghpoll 1 Simone, a July 2021-born heifer again sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star was the first of two heifers to be knocked down for €4,000 at the sale.

Simone comes from the Keenagh Herd of Edwin and Robert Jones, Co Longford, and carried an impressive sire stack inclusive of the famous lines of SNS Generator 28X, CH Daytona 8B, Yarrem Pompeii V055, Bowmont Storm A584 and the great Woodview Sergeant.

Moyclare Rose 51 for Michael Molloy, Co Offaly, was the second heifer to meet her reserve at €4,000.

The April 2021-born heifer sired by Free Town Nadal comes from the most successful female line in the Moyclare Herd whose full brother stood reserve male champion at the national calf show in 2018.

The final heifers selling on the day were Drumboy Georgie, a Pulham Powerhouse heifer born in November 2020 who sold for €3,500 for Shane Kilrane, Co Leitrim, and Lighthouse Anabelle, a May 2021-born heifer sired by Allowdale Rory for Kieran Mariga, Co Cork, sold for €3,000.

Ciaran Kinahan with Grianan Orange W944 for Tom and Anslem Fitzgerald who sold for €6,300. \ Willie McElroy

Also up for grabs on the day and falling under Auctioneer Denis Barrett’s hammer was a range of embryo lots brought forward for sale by Matthew Goulding and John and William McMordie. The lots offered a huge variety of bloodlines with the first Gouldingpoll embryo pick securing €4,400 for four embryos and the second pick of four embryos selling for €3,800.

Meanwhile, 4 Harvie Dan Hidalgo x Solpoll 1 Amber sold for €3,600, while four Moeskaer Pacman x Solpoll 1 Starlet T2 embryos were knocked down at €2,300.