Saturday 14th November witnessed exceptional demand for pedigree Salers cattle at the Salers Cattle Society of Ireland Show & Sale in Tullamore Mart, Co. Offaly. A Sale clearance rate of 80% reflected the demand for quality Salers genetics and high replacement index cattle. The Average price for bulls was €3,000 up €1,000 on the Societies spring sale, all but 2 bulls were sold. Strong bidding from Irish breeders saw bidders from the U.K. go home empty handed.
Topping this sale at €3,500 was the out-standing Champion Male, a “RIO” son, “Manusmore Obama”, from the herd of John Burke, Clarecastle, Co. Clare. Born in November’14, he is out of the home-bred dam – Manusmore Harmony. A 5 star bull with an impressive replacement index of €207. This bull was no stranger on this years show circuit picking up many first prizes. “RIO” is one of the highest index bulls in Irish A.I..
Reserve Male Champion was Ashbury Nadal from the herd of Alfred Melvin, Mulhuddart, Co. Dublin. A 4 star bull with a Replacement index of €154 this son of stock bull “Volcan” was unsold on the day.
The champion female went to “Manusmore Olay” a 12 month old maiden heifer exhibited by John Burke, Clarecastle, Co. Clare. She was sired by his stock bull “Manusmore Modesty” she did not meet her reserve and was unsold.
Reserve Female Champion went to “Connemara Patricia” an 8 month old heifer exhibited by John O’Malley, Recess, Co.Galway. Sired by stock bull “ Knockavilra Nigal” she was sold for €1,600.
In the Incalf heifer section “Glenmore Naoise” exhibited by Thomas Mulcahy, Strand, Co. Limerick. Sired by French A.I. Bull “Ublo” and in-calf to A.I. bull “Vaillant” sold for €2450
Top price in the maiden heifer section went to “Sligo Omarie 2” exhibited by Bernard Hunt, Gurteen, Co.Sligo. Sired by A.I. Bull “Garou” she sold for €2,550
Also in the Maiden heifer section “Sligo Omisty” exhibited by Bernard Hunt, Gurteen, Co.Sligo. Sired by stock bull “Democrate” she sold for €2,400
In a strong Weanling heifer section there was a big demand for young Salers stock, Top price in this section went to “Ashbury OMG” from the herd of Alfred Melvin, Mulhuddart, Co. Dublin this 12mth old heifer, Sired by stock bull “Gavroche” sold for €1,750.
Next highest price in this section went to “Sligo Ophelia” this 12mth heifer exhibited by Bernard Hunt, Gurteen, Co.Sligo. Sired by A.I. Bull “Vanlooy” she sold for €1,600.