The Clonagh team certainly had a memorable and record breaking day at the Spring Premier Show and Sale in Roscommon with our 13 strong team of bulls and heifers doing us proud throughout.
We achieved a first for the Irish Simmental Cattle Society winning both the senior and junior bull championships, as well as the female championship. We also left the sale ring with the top two prices for both males and females, as well as setting a new herd record price.
Leading the way and topping the days trade was our junior bull champion, “Clonagh Just a Dream” which sold for €12,500 to the Hillcrest herd of Padge Mulhare. Just a Dream is a February 2017-born Kilbride Farm Dragoon son out of the prolific show and breeding cow, Cloneygowan Temptress Posh. He is a half brother to AI bulls, Clonagh Direct Debit and Clonagh Frosty King. The dam is a previous National champion and is full sister to Clonagh World Class who holds both Irish and English National titles, as well as the prestigious Burke Trophy.
Following on from this was our senior champion, “Clonagh Hot Shot” selling for the second highest price bull of €4,000. Again by Kilbride Farm Dragoon, this October 2016-born bull is out of one of the oldest cows on the farm, Clonagh Shania Babe, who is the dam of the multi award winning Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous. He sold Patrick Plunkett, Cavan.
Next highest in the bulls was another Kilbride Farm Dragoon bull “Jennalyn Jackpot” selling for the joint third highest price bull of the day €3,600. He is out of the Dirnanean Jacob daughter, Jennalyn Tina, making him a full brother to Jennalyn Gina Tina. He found a new home with Edward Murphy, Athy.
We then sold three bulls for €3,000 the first of these being “Clonagh Juggernaut Rose,” a Clonagh Direct Debit son out of Corlesmore Rose. He sold to Philip Murphy, Newross having stood fourth in his class in the pre-sale show.
Next at €3,000 was “Clonagh Joker Poker” by Clonagh Tiger Gallant out of the National champion Clonagh Fame and Fortune. He sold to a repeat buyer Gerald Towers, North Yorkshire, of the Tidkin herd. He was a third place prize winner earlier in the day.
Our final bull selling for €3,000 was “Clonagh Jackpot Jim,” the youngest bull in the sale. He is out of the Hillcrest Naughty dam, Clonagh Tia Naughty, by Clonagh World Class and stood second to our junior champion. He was knocked down to the Manor Park herd of Clive Houldey, Lockerbie.
The last of our bulls to sell was “Clonagh Hickory Dickory.” Another Kilbride Farm Dragoon son, this one is out of the Banwy T-Rex daughter, Clonagh Delightfully Fabulous. She sold for €2,400 to Donal Minnock, Clara.
Our seven bulls averaged €4,500.
Topping our heifer trade was the female champion “Clonagh Jazzy Eyes” selling for €6,100 to a new breeder Kevin Boylan, Cavan. She is a daughter of the reigning Simmental of the Year, Clonagh Darling Eyes and is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon, making her a genetic full sister to the herd’s top priced female, Clonagh Honey Eyes, who sold for €12,100 to the Corskie herd, Scotland
Following her was “Jennalyn Janet Hilary Rose” selling for the second highest female price of €5,200 to the Manor Park herd of Clive Houldey, Lockerbie. She is another Kilbride Farm Dragoon daughter out of the T-Rex dam, Jennalyn Ebony Rose.
Joining her and selling for €2,600 to the Manor Park herd was another young Dragoon daughter, “Clonagh Jenny.”
Selling at €2,300 was “Clonagh Just Fabulous” again by Kilbride Farm Dragoon. She is out of the Banwy T-Rex daughter, Clonagh Enchanting Fabulous and sold to Michael Bryne, Co. Louth.
Our last heifer “Clonagh Jizzy” was sold in transport on the way home giving us 100% clearance for the day.
We would like to once again extend our thanks to the purchasers and wish them every success with our stock. Thanks to our super team of helpers as well who excelled during an extremely busy, but enjoyable day, Trevor Shortt, Cian Martin and Paul and James McPadden.