March 31st – Pedigree Simmental Premier Show & Sale

Pedigree Simmental Premier Show & Sale

Saturday March 31st 2012

Ballyhaunis Brothers take top honours at Simmental Premier Show & Sale

The Simmental Premier Show and Sale which took place at Roscommon on Saturday was one of the best Simmental sales in recent times with the average price up for both bulls and heifers. A large crowd led to very brisk bidding for all the top quality lots.

In the bull section, Scottish Judge Brian Allen tapped forward the 15-month-old “Fearna Commander” as his overall Champion. This “Glebefarm Tyson” son was exhibited by the Neenan Brothers, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo and sold for top price of the day at €10,000. Out of a homebred “Raceview King” dam “Fearna Vienna”, “Commander” was purchased by Joey & David Larkin, Kilcormac, Co. Offaly for their “Hermitage Simmental” and commercial herd.

15-month-old “Fearna Commander” awarded overall champion

Reserve Champion male was exhibited by Lyndsey Behan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise. “Jennalyn Cavilier Rose” a 13-month-old bull sired by “Omorga Volvo” and out of a “Rosten Barney” cow “Jennalyn Rosie ET” was purchased by Fred Shuttleworth, Gormanstown, Co. Meath at €4000.

Second highest price of €7000 in the bull section went to class 3 winner “Dermody Charlie”. Exhibited by Noel Jagoe, Drinagh, Co. Cork this “Hillcrest Butcher” sired bull out “Dermody Susie” by “Ballyduff Jeweller” was purchased by Robert Ruddock, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Commenting on the sale, Society Secretary Peadar Glennon said that he was extremely pleased that breeders are now getting rewarded for presenting quality bulls for sale and that commercial farmers are now recognising the importance of weight gain and are also moving towards breeding within herd replacements for their suckler enterprises.

In the female section the average price was also €3410 and was up €1100 on the 2011 figure with an 84% clearance and prices ranging between €1800 and €7000.

Overall Champion and top price of €7000 went to Paddy Bones, Kilkelly, Co. Mayo for his in-calf heifer “Derrough Betty”. Sired by “Kilbride Farm Newry” and out of a “Hillcrest Naughty” dam “Beechhill Regina” and in-calf to “Omorga Volvo”, Chris Traynor Co. Armagh was the buyer.

Reserve Champion went to Hugh Murray, Moate with a 13-month-old heifer “Shiloh Claudia“. This heifer was sired by “Herkules” and out of a “Raceview King” dam “Shiloh Wilma”. She was purchased by Niall Daly, Caranstown, Kells, Co.Meath at €5000.

Second highest price in the female section of €6000 went to Athlone breeder Billy Connell for his 15 month old “Hillcrest Champion” sired heifer “Glynwood Classy”. Out of a “Magheracrigan Special” sired dam “Classy” was bought by Padge Mulhare, Cloghan, Co. Offaly.