Interestingly, the purchasers of the three top priced animals are no strangers to Roscommon, having purchased many Simmental Stockbulls at the venue and really admire the quality of bulls brought forward for sale by Irish exhibitors.
Other notable prices in the bull section included:
€4000 to Paddy & Elaine Hennelly, Co. Sligo for Seepa Paco. This 12-month-old bull is sired by Hillcrest Champion and out of Seepa Gem who in turn is sired by Bel Dhu Capercaillie.
In summary the bull trade was very positive with a noticeable trend being the fact the Irish Suckler Farmers are now looking at Simmental for their strong terminal as well as the maternal traits. Many farmers who breed Simmental replacements see weight gain and early slaughter age as key advantages to the breed. The sale recorded a 60% clearance in the bull section with an average price of €4209.
In the heifer section
Other notable female prices included:
€3100 for Sunbrae Nora exhibited by Ian Clarke, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo. Sired by Kilbride Farm Escalop this August `21 heifer is out of a Clonagh Direct Debit dam Sunbrae Hilary
€2800 for Eskerhill Naughty Betsy a Limehill Lieutenant sired heifer exhibited by Eddie Cronin, Balla, Co. Mayo. This September `21 born heifer is out of a Clonagh Frosty King dam Eskerhill Kalmia.
The heifer section showed an 86% clearance with an average price of €2700.
The next Simmental Sale will take place at Tullamore Mart on Friday evening April 28th .
More photos to follow on facebook courtesy of Mc Elroy Photography in the coming days.