THE recent Irish Moiled Cattle Society online sale conducted by Harrison & Hetherington Auctioneers, Carlisle, consisting of both pedigree Irish Moiled bulls and females, was once again heralded a resounding success for the breed.
Breeders from across all the Irish Moiled Cattle Society’s three constituencies, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, came together to offer some of the absolute best Irish Moiled genetics in the world.
Topping the bidding of the sale was Ballyreagh Lily 6737, a one-year-old heifer owned by William Edwards, Tempo, County Fermanagh, which sold to £3,200, setting a trend after the first two online Irish Moiled cattle sales. Ballyreagh Lily 6737 is the third female animal to cross the £3,000 mark from the well-established and highly regarded Lily cow family.
Ballyreagh Lily 6737 was knocked down to Garrett O’Donnell of Enniskillen, but this was not the only animal to catch the eye of this pedigree Irish Moiled breeder, who went on to secure for his Rossigh herd the top priced bull (third highest price of the sale) Curraghnakeely Gypsy King at
£2,600, consigned by N & M Moilies (Nigel Edwards and Michelle McCauley). Gypsy King was bred by Nigel Edwards of Tempo, County Fermanagh, in the Curraghnakeely herd, being a sister herd to the Ballyreagh herd owned by William Edwards (father).
Gypsy King is a promising young bull whose pedigree is saturated with high Excellent classified animals. His dam is the highest (joint equal with one other cow) classified in the breed – Glassdrummond Cherry 58 EX95; his sire is one of the highest classified bulls – Castledale Maurice 2 EX94.
The second highest price of the day was £3,000 for another consignment of N & M Moiles (Nigel Edwards and Michelle McCauley), Curraghnakeely Bluebell 0542, a powerful stylish one year old heifer which has all the potential to become a real cow maker with a bright future in the showring, purchased by a first-time buyer of Irish Moileds, Richard Ferguson from Downpatrick.
The third highest priced female animal, selling at £2,500, was Ravelglen Maisie, another one-year-old heifer owned by Brian O’Kane of Martinstown, County Antrim. A well-balanced heifer with a back pedigree of Excellent classified animals, she sold to Dermot Gardiner of Ballymena. Dermot also purchased from the same vendor a well-balanced young bull Ravelglen Davos for his recently formed Irish Moiled herd.
The fifth highest overall price of the sale and the second highest priced bull was £2,000, which went to Derek Steen of Mofffat, Scotland, for his well-bred stylish young bull Ballylinney Superman, selling to the herd of pedigree Irish Moiled breeder Raymond Steen of Hillsborough.
Derek Steen, as well as vending, proceeded to invest in three new females to add more female lines to his Ballylinney herd, firstly purchasing the fourth highest priced female Curraghnakeely Daisy 0450, put forward by Nigel Edwards of Tempo, County Fermanagh. This typically marked very correct young cow had collected a few red ribbons in the showring when she was a one-year-old heifer.
Derek’s second purchase was Trory Bluebell, an exceptionally smart looking well marked two-year-old heifer owned by Robert Boyle of Millisle, County Down, bred by John McElroy of Enniskillen, selling at £2,000.
Derek’s final purchase was the last sale entry, a lovely perfectly marked 10-month-old heifer calf, Lisnolan Mary Lou, owned by Sean Hyland of Castlebar, County Mayo, selling for £1,800.
In the bull section, Derrynagarra Galahad, bred by Christopher and Helen Kelly, Castlepollard, County Westmeath, consigned by N & M Moilies (Nigel Edwards and Michelle McCauley) was the next highest price fetching £1,700. Aged just 11 months, this flashy young bull is heading to the Inis Fraoigh herd of Denis O’Boyle, Burtonport, County Donegal.
Another junior bull, Lisnolan Croaghaun Mountain, also aged 11-months-old, a well-balanced typ-ically coloured young bull bred by Sean Hyland of Castlebar, County Mayo, sold for £1,600 and will be making the journey across the water to Phillipa Milligan in Lancashire, England.
Beechmount Big Mac, a powerful 18-month-old bull sired by the highest classified bull in the breed, Tyrone Firecracker (EX96), owned by Robert Boyle, also made £1,600 and will be making his way to Alan Campbell of Finvoy, County Antrim.
The Magnificent Moilie spring online sale was a tremendous success. Bulls had a 70 per cent clearance averaging £1,500. Females had a 100 per cent clearance averaging £2,200.
Brian O’Kane, Chairperson of the Irish Moiled Cattle Society, congratulated the breeders who entered the sale, saying they are all to be commended on the standard of the stock put forward. When selling through an online sale it really does pay to take time to take good photos and videos of well-presented animals.
Also, on behalf of the society, Brian went on to thank Harrison & Hetherington Auctioneers, Carlisle, for all its help and support in providing an online platform which opens to a wider marketplace and makes it possible for breeders from all three constituencies to be able to sell or purchase cattle.
Brian O’Kane, Chairperson, com-
mented that success is only possible with the inclusion of all the sellers, buyers and not forgetting to mention the underbidders. For those who missed out this time there is hope they will be successful in purchasing at the next online sale in September.
The Irish Moiled Cattle Society’s future is certainly looking healthy and full of opportunities. Keep an eye on the Irish Moiled Cattle Society website and Facebook page to find out about the upcoming photographic competition of AI sired progeny, online virtual farm tours and the International Irish Moiled Cattle Society online show.
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