On Saturday, 14 October, the Irish Hereford Breed Society held its annual autumn premier sale in GVM Mart Tullamore.
The sale, which saw smaller numbers than previous years due to on-farm sales and large sales in the spring, did not lack in quality.
The whole sale averaged €2,792, up €380 from the 2022 average.
The male lots topped €4,000 for Griananpoll 1 Wolflord from the herd of Tom and Anselm Fitzgerald from Moate, Co Westmeath.
Wolflord was a third prizewinner in the pre-sale show. However, he led the way in the sale selling to a Galway farmer for the highest price of the day.
The March 2022-born bull was sired by Ccr 57g Stamina ET 199s and was bred from a Fabb 1 Northern Star dam. He boasted five stars on both the terminal and replacement indexes.
The second highest price of the sale came when the reserve male champion from the pre-sale show, Corlismore Egghead 188, entered the ring. Bred from the herd of Sean and Gary McKiernan from Corlismore, Co Cavan, the March 2022-born bull was sired by Shiloh Farm Dynamite and was bred from a Grianan Firecracker dam.
The young bull enjoyed success on the 2023 summer show circuit as did his sire and grandsire which were both national champions. He sold for €3,700.
The McKiernan father-and-son duo also sold Corlismorepoll 1 Emperor 196 on the day for €3,500. The May 2022-born bull was sired by the easy-calving Fabb 1 Northern Star out of a Corlismore Pompeii dam.
Boasting a page full of stars, the next bull to sell for €3,700 was Moyclare Valliant from the herd of Michael Molloy, Belmont, Co Offaly. The July 2022-born bull was sired by Caislean Jake and was bred from a Free Town Nadal dam.
Valliant was a first prizewinner in the pre-sale show. He was very easy calving at just 1.8% and was almost twice the breed average for carcase weighing at 10.7kg.
Next in the top price lineup was the champion from the pre-sale show, Kye Bouncer, from the herd of Padraig McGrath, Elphin, Co Roscommon. The March 2022-born bull is a son of Pullham Ranger of a Free Town Hotspur dam, Kye Holly 636. The five-star bull sold for €3,500.
Selling for €3,200 on the day was Cave Hill Don from the herd of Padraig Farrell, Athlone, Co Westmeath. The April 2022-born bull was sired by Dunleaver Don out of a Gageboro Morgan dam. Don enjoyed plenty of success throughout the 2023 show season, picking up championship titles in Athlone, Mullingar and Moate shows.