47th Premier Bull Show & Sale - Report

47th Annual Premier Bull Sale averages €3,170 per bull

40 quality Holstein Friesian bulls were catalogued for the IHFA Premier Bull Show & Sale on Wednesday March 30th.

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Premier Bull Show Champion Greenlea Ray with Brendan and Padraic Greenan (exhibitor), show judge Mervyn Eager, IHFA President PJ Kelly and IHFA CE Charles Gallagher

Entry was based on standards of criteria for production and conformation performance attained by dams and granddams. All bulls were genomically tested with parentage verification.

There was quality of choice of top bulls on display on the day. Bulls ranged in age from seventeen months old to fourteen months of age.

A pre-sale show at the Premier Sale was held for the first time in two years. There were three classes for judging with an award for highest EBI in each class.

Judge Mervyn Eager (Evergrange Herd) commented on the high quality of bulls and he complimented all exhibitors. President PJ Kelly and CE Charles Gallagher presented the awards.

Show Results

Champion – Greenlea Ray (Lot 20), exhibited by Padraic Greenan, Crosshugh, Co. Monaghan.

Reserve – Mountfarna Hero (Lot 31), exhibited by John O’Callaghan, Bandon, Co. Cork.

Hon. Mention – Laurelem Brinny (Lot 7), exhibited by Rickey Barrett, Ballinhassig, Co. Cork.

It was a first Premier Bull Sale Champion title for Padraic Greenan, Greenlea herd, Crosshugh, Co. Monaghan. In his comments the judge stated,

“The Champion is an outstanding bull. He moves so well on his feet and legs and he exhibits strength and power”.

Greenlea Ray is bred from fourteen generations of VG/EX dams. His genomic breeding values include +500kgs milk, +42kgs milk solids, +0.04 protein % and +2.00 points for both feet & legs and udders. His sire is Westcoast Yamaska VG86.

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Mountfarna Hero, Reserve Champion, with exhibitor John O’Callaghan at halter

Reserve Champion Mountfarna Hero is bred from the Ruby family. He is backed by eleven generations of VG/EX dams. Dam Mountfarna Aladdin Ruby 3 VG85 recorded 8,801kgs milk, 800kgs milk solids, 5.49% fat, 3.59% protein in her second lactation. His sire is AOT Silver Helix ET.

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Hon. Mention Laurelelm Brinny with exhibitor Rickey Barrett, show judge Mervyn Eager and IHFA President PJ Kelly

Honourable Mention Laurelelm Brinny is bred from the Breeze family, backed by eight generations of VG/EX dams and three generations of dams over 3.70% protein.

Radney Ronan (Lot 6) bred by Henry O’Keeffe, Freemount, Co. Cork sold for €5,000 and achieved the top price of the sale. Bred from the Deborah family he is a son of Galtee Merci (GMI). He is backed by three generations of dams over 4.00% protein.

His dam Radney OOK Deborah EX90 4E recorded 8,402kgs milk, 710kgs milk solids, 4.33% fat, 4.12% protein in her fourth lactation (288 days). Longevity is also a strong point with his three generations of dams averaging a lifetime of nine lactations each.

Radney Vital (Lot 25) also bred by Henry O’Keeffe sold for €4,600 achieved the next highest price of the sale. Bred form the Odetta family, he is backed by six generations of VG/EX dams. With an EBI of €330 he was the highest EBI bull of the Premier Sale. His dam recorded 9,377kgs milk, 733kgs milk solids, 3.95% fat, 3.87% protein in her second lactation (305 d). The sire of Radney Vital is Kilfeacle Pivotal.

Monamore Endco (Lot 4) bred by James & Tom Kelly sold for €3,800. Bred from the Evon family, Endco is backed by eight generations of VG/EX dams with protein over 3.60%. His EX dam recorded 10,684kgs milk, 860kgs milk solids, 4.16% fat, 3.87% protein in her second lactation. His genomic breeding values include components to + 0.11% fat, + 0.12% protein, +2.11 on feet & legs. His sire is Lars-Acres Super Nerd ET.

Four bulls achieved a sale price of €3,000 including Mountfarna Yamazing (Lot 16), Radney Eric (Lot 26) and the Champion bull Greenlea Ray (Lot 20).

The overall average of bulls sold was €3,170.

The auctioneer was Denis A Barrett and the venue was Central Auctions, Nenagh mart.

Thanks to Mervyn Eager for judging, Rob Beattie who was show steward and to John Kirby and IHFA field staff who assisted throughout the day. Thanks also to Michael Harty, manager of Nenagh Mart and the mart staff.