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UK buyers flock to Goulding Opportunity sale

The inaugural Goulding Opportunities sale held by the Gouldingpoll and Intelagri herds at Roscrea Mart, Co Tipperary saw records tumble including a new Irish public sale record for a Hereford male set at €8,400.

All in all, 56 live lots of pedigree Hereford cattle went through the ring at a clearance rate of 93 per cent, with many purchases heading across the Irish Sea to join UK herds.

Topping the sale at €8,400 was 18 month old Gouldingpoll Stockman, a bull lying in the top 1 per cent of the Irish breed. A son of Gouldingpoll 1 Robust, this bull is out of Danish-bred Moeskaer Keepsake 1336 and sold to Cogent Breeding UK to join other Gouldingpoll-bred herd mates at the stud.

Females cleared at 98 per cent and three heifers sold for €8,085 each, a price never before reached for a Hereford female at Irish public auction, including full sisters Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 984 and Gouldingpoll 1 Darling Duchess 986, selling to Kevin McOscar, Cookstown, Co Tyrone. These two young females were born on the same day and are by 2016’s UK bull of the year Normanton 1 Laertes and bred from Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591, the 2014 Irish National Show female champion. The other in the trio at this price was Gouldingpoll 1 Kashmir 1021, which sold to to DRA Fabb, Warboys, Cambridgeshire.

Next in the money was Gouldingpoll 1 Lucy 981, a maternal sibling to Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine, and out of Dendor 1 Kohinoor. This heifer travels to the Netherhall herd of David and Maggie Kelly, Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria for €7,455. Also heading to the North of England, but this time to reside at the Coley herd of Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire, was 18 month old Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 916, which realised €6,195. Sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Robust, this heifer is out of Duchess 671.

A daughter of the influential Panmure 1 Henry, Gouldingpoll 1 Pebbles 888 also sold for an impressive €6,195 and joins William Ryan’s Woodpark herd, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

The fourth of the Duchess heifers to break the €6,000 barrier was Duchess 678, selling to Janet Costello, Crecora, Co Limerick. This heifer is one of the first daughters of Fabb 1 Northern Star to be offered for sale, and is another daughter of Duchess 591.

Two heifers to sell at €5,145 were Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 911 and Gouldingpoll 1 Fanny 980. Duchess 911 is a daughter of the renowned Remitall Superduty 42S, and joins the Rempstone herd of MJ Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire.

Gouldingpoll 1 Fanny 980, by Solpoll Kentucky Kid, was one of nine heifers sold into Wales, and was knocked down to Ellis Parry, Llansoy, Monmouthshire.

Heifers from Roy Beattie’s Intelagri herd also met a buoyant trade. Topping the lots was Intelagri 1 Sky Lucy, a daughter of the 11,000gns Sky High 1 Lancome Lucy and sold for €4,725 to Alfred Sweetman, Cashel, Co Tipperary. Heifers Intelagri 1 Lucy and Intelagri 1 Emma Jane which went for €4305 and €4200 to MJ LLudgate, Thame, Oxfordshire, and S and E Walker, Preston, Lancashire respectively.

Four heifers were snapped up by P Moyle and V Weller to expand their Porton House herd, based in Porton, Newport. Purchases included Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess, by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid at €4,515 and Gouldingpoll 1 Emma Jane 812 at €4,410, which sold in-calf to Panmure 1 Henry.

Gouldingpoll 1 Kashmir 825, another Panmure 1 Henry daughter, sold at €4,200 to W Duff, Norwood, Co Tipperary.Auctioneer: Dennis Barrett

Sale manager: Will Awan

Averages: 52 lots, €3,797; 7 bulls, €3,150; 45 females, €3,898

Gouldingpoll 1 Stockman                                                          Gouldingpoll 1 Kashmir 1021


Gouldingpoll Darling Duchess 986                                            Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 984