Our 30th Anniversary Elite Female Draft Sale was a resounding success for the team, culminating in 100% clearance of our 15 females selling to an average of €5,233 and topping at €18,000, a new Irish Simmental Society Sale female record price.
Topping the sale was our Overall Simmental of the Year, CLONAGH JUBILANT FABULOUS selling for €18,000 to the Popes herd of Jimmy and Vikki Wood, Lancashire. She is a Kilbride Farm Dragoon daughter out of a Banwy T-Rex cow, Clonagh Delightfully Fabulous. This was the first time that the Overall Simmental of the Year has ever to been offered at a society sale and we were delighted and proud to present this outstanding heifer. We cannot wait to see what her futures holds for the Wood family!
Following her the much-admired heifer CLONAGH KRYSTAL RUBYSTAR selling for €10,000 to Reece and Andrew Simmers, Aberdeenshire. She is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of former National champion, Clonagh Flashy Rubystar by Clonagh Tiger Gallant.
Next up was the first daughter of our 22,000gns Manor Park Hansome to be offered for sale, CLONAGH LEIX VENUS selling for €5,200 to Clive Houldey, Lockerbie. She is out of a Kilbride Farm Dragoon daughter, Clonagh Grace Venus. Joining her back at Manor Park is another Hansome daughter, CLONAGH LOVE BIRD selling for €3,000. She is out of a Dovefields Gallant daughter Clonagh Tia Edel.
Following on from the Manor Park Hansome quartet was the Milton Senhorita daughter, CLONAGH KISSY EYES ET selling at €5,000 to James and Carla Fox, Bray. She is of course a half-sister to our show queen, Clonagh Darling Eyes.
Also, at €5,000 was the National Intermediate Heifer Champion, CLONAGH JAVA KLASSIK GIRL selling to Conor Kirwan, Co. Louth. She is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of a Starline Klassik cow, Clonagh Wanda Star and sold in calf to Manor Park Hansome.
Selling at €4,500 was the eye catching CLONAGH KYLA TILLY FI to Thomas Gerard, Co. Sligo. She was the only Banwy T-Rex daughter in the sale and out of our prolific Dovefields Gallant breeding cow, Clonagh Tilly Fiona.
The next three highest lots all sold to JW Gosmore, Chester. First up at €3,600 was CLONAGH KIZZY EYES by the 2018 Male and Female National Show Champions, Bruchag Glenfiddich and Clonagh Darling Eyes. Joining her is her stable mate, CLONAGH KINKY FABULOUS also selling for €3,600. She is the first Derreen Declan to be sold from the herd and is out of a Banwy t-Rex daughter, Clonagh Enchanting Fabulous. The final heifer to join them is CLONAGH KRYSTAL POSH selling for €3,000. She is by Bruchag Glenfiddich out of a Kilbride Farm Dragoon daughter, Clonagh Glamorous Posh.
The final heifer selling at €3,000 was another Manor Park Hansome daughter, CLONAGH LOVEABLE LADY out of a Dovefields Gallant daughter, Clonagh Temptation. She was purchased by John Niland, Ballymote.
We had an 85% clearance in the male section with 6 of our 7 bulls finding new homes.
Topping the line up the Senior Champion of the day, CLONAGH KUNG FU FAB selling for €3,700. He is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of the prolific show cow, Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous.
Following him was his half-brother, CLONAGH KRACKER FABUOUS selling for €3,200. He is the first Manor Park Hansome bull to be offered for sale at just 10 months old.
Next up was CLONAGH KABOOM KID selling for €2,900 to Andrew and Reece Simmers, Aberdeenshire. He is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of Clonagh Delightful Eyes. Also joining him at Backmuir Farm are CLONAGH KEEP KOOL and CLONAGH KINGS SPECIAL EYES.
In total 10 of our team of 21 cattle sold have gone across the water to mainland UK.
We are grateful to our purchasers for once again putting their belief in our genetics, we hope that they will all be as lucky for their new owners as they have been for us and look forward to following their progress.
We were not only proud of our cattle on the day but our incredible team of helpers from hauliers, groomers, handlers and everyone who offered to lend a hand. The highlight of the day besides obviously making it to the record books was gathering our fantastic team of the friends and colleagues for a group photograph at the end of a long day. Help is never unnoticed at Clonagh and we are eternally grateful for it, not only that and all the phone calls and messages and compliments we have received about the presentation and standard of our cattle.
The last thirty years have been a pleasure and we look forward to many, many more.