THE ULTIMATE SUCKLER BREED

Red Hot Trade for Breeding Heifers at the Irish Salers Cattle Society Annual Sale

Gort Mart, Co Galway. Saturday 16th October.

The consensus was drawn that this was the best selection of heifers ever displayed since the sale began 16 years ago.

A storming trade for quality cattle went on for almost 5 hours of selling, comprising of over 220 lots.

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Incalf Heifers

The trade topped at €2900 for incalf Pedigee Registered Heifer Clew Bay Una, Bred by Tom and Pat McGreal, Westport, Co Mayo. Una was sired by Knottown Roy.

The trade for Commercial Incalf Heifers hit a record high of €2560 for a very powerful heifer bred by Michael O’Sullivan, Co. Clare. Stephen Kirwan, Co Wexford received €2500 for

a very good Beguin sired heifer. Another choice lot Abbeyknockmoy Vera sold for €2300, bred by Mr. Brendan Geraghty, Tuam, Co. Galway.

The top 16 Incalf Commercial Heifers averaged €2236, where a significant premium was being paid for quality lots.

Maiden heifers

Top price of €2160 was secured by Bernard Hunt, Co Sligo for his heifer Sligo Vella. She was sired by Halley and was snapped up by Michael and Catherine Minogue, Co. Clare.

Bernard also achieved prices of €1960 for a Josquin sired heifer and €1850 for a Halley sired heifer. A standout heifer Ballyconneely Venus bred by Terence and Seán Sweeney, Co. Galway sold for €1820. Alfie and Conor Melvin, Co. Dublin secured €1980 for a very dark coloured and stylish 495Kg commercial heifer @ €4/Kg

Weanling Heifers

Top priced weanling heifer was Templeboy Annabelle, bred by Niall Hunt, Co. Sligo. By Sligo Nervanna, this very stylish heifer met with a flurry of bids before eventually selling for a very impressive €2520. Niall Hunt also bred Templeboy Verity by Highfield Odran. Verity fetched €1920.

Clew Bay Valerie, a very long Knottown Roy daughter fetched €1840, bred by Tom McGreal. €1840 was received by Peatsaí and Padraig Ó Conghaile for a Beguin daughter.

Commercial Weanling Heifers

€1560 for a smashing dark red 345Kg heifer @ €4.52/Kg bred by Peatsai and Padraig O Conghaile, Co Galway

€1540 for Tom McGreal’s heifer weighed 260kg (a whopping €5.92/kg)

€1420 for a pair of red roan Salers X Shorthorn X Simmental heifers, 382Kg @ €3.72/Kg bred by Brendan Ryan, Co Galway

€1200 for really nice quality 335Kg heifer @ €3.58/Kg bred by Rita McGowan, Co Donegal

Bidding was very competitive for the real true to type Salers heifer. Many buyers stated that the calving ability of the Salers was crucial to being able to remain in suckling on a part-time basis, while the fertility and longevity of the Salers breed were also key considerations.

A large number of heifers went to Northern Ireland. The Salers Society would like to thank all buyers who supported the sale and a very sincere word of thanks to Gort Mart manager Bernie Fahy and her team.

Prize Winners

Pedigree In Calf Heifer

1st Clew Bay Una Sire: Knottown Roy, Dam: Clew Bay Sophie. Bred by Tom McGreal Co. Mayo. €2900

2nd Ballyhoura Ursula Sire: Drumlegagh Dennis, Dam: Ballyhoura Rusty. Bred by Thomas O’Flynn, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. €2050

3rd Wallstown Ustinia Sire: Knottown Noah, Dam: Wallstown Olivia. Bred by Jerry McNamara, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. €2000

Pedigree Maiden Heifer

1st Sligo Venise Sire: Josquin, Dam: Sligo Patrice. Bred by Bernard Hunt, Gurteen, Co. Sligo €1960

2nd Ballyconneely Venus Sire: Whitebog Convener, Dam: Ballyconneely Rhea ET. Bred by Seán Sweeney, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway. €1820

3rd Sligo Vella Sire: Halley, Dam: Sligo Ritta. Bred by Bernard Hunt, Gurteen, Co. Sligo €2160

Pedigree Weanling Heifer

1st Templeboy Verity Sire: Highfield Odran, Dam: Sligo Philana. Bred by Niall Hunt, Templeboy, Co. Sligo. €1920

2nd Templeboy Annabelle Sire: Sligo Nervanna, Dam: Sligo Ritz. Bred by Niall Hunt, Templeboy, Co. Sligo. €2520

3rd Clew Bay Valerie Sire: Knottown Roy, Dam: Clew Bay Jill. Bred by Tom McGreal, Westport, Co. Mayo. €1840

Commercial In Calf Heifer

1st Lot 59 €2540 Michael O’Sullivan

2nd Lot 63 €2400 Michael O’Sullivan

3rd Lot 73 €2440 Stephen Kirwan

Commercial Maiden Heifer

1st Lot 113 €1980 Alfred Melvin

2nd Lot 126 €1660 Brendan Murray

3rd Lot 180 €1340 Frank Kelly

Commercial Weanling Heifer

1st Lot 201 €1560 Patsy Conneely

2nd Lot 229 €1420 Brendan Ryan

3rd Lot 212 €1200 Rita McGowan

 Show Results For Gort Show & Sale 2021

Pedigree In Calf Heifer

1st Clew Bay Una, Sire: Knottown Roy, Dam: Clew Bay Sophie.

Bred by Tom McGreal Co. Mayo. €2900

2nd Ballyhoura Ursula, Sire: Drumlegagh Dennis, Dam: Ballyhoura Rusty.

Bred by Thomas O’Flynn, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. €2050

3rd Wallstown Ustinia, Sire: Knottown Noah, Dam: Wallstown Olivia.

Bred by Jerry McNamara, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. €2000

Pedigree Maiden Heifer

1st Sligo Venise, Sire: Josquin, Dam: Sligo Patrice.

Bred by Bernard Hunt, Gurteen, Co. Sligo €1960

2nd Ballyconneely Venus, Sire: Whitebog Convener, Dam: Ballyconneely Rhea ET. Bred by Seán Sweeney, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway. €1820

3rd Sligo Vella Sire: Halley, Dam: Sligo Ritta.

Bred by Bernard Hunt, Gurteen, Co. Sligo €2160

Pedigree Weanling Heifer

1st Templeboy Verity Sire: Highfield Odran, Dam: Sligo Philana.

Bred by Niall Hunt, Templeboy, Co. Sligo. €1920

2nd Templeboy Annabelle Sire: Sligo Nervanna, Dam: Sligo Ritz.

Bred by Niall Hunt, Templeboy, Co. Sligo. €2520

3rd Clew Bay Valerie Sire: Knottown Roy, Dam: Clew Bay Jill. Bred by Tom McGreal, Westport, Co. Mayo. €1840

Commercial In Calf Heifer

1st Lot 59 €2540 Michael O’Sullivan

2nd Lot 63 €2400 Michael O’Sullivan

3rd Lot 73 €2440 Stephen Kirwan

Commercial Maiden Heifer

1st Lot 113 €1980 Alfred Melvin

2nd Lot 126 €1660 Brendan Murray

3rd Lot 180 €1340 Frank Kelly

Commercial Weanling Heifer

1st Lot 201 €1560 Patsy Conneely

2nd Lot 229 €1420 Brendan Ryan

3rd Lot 212 €1200 Rita McGowan

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