Tuesday 7th August 2018
Deputy rules in Kilkenny
Knockcroghery Deputy provided Declan and Joe Miley with another Belclare Premier Sale Supreme Championship at Kilkenny Mart. Judge on the day Jim Jeffrey selected the Mileys ram as his champion ram lamb before awarding him the overall championship and the O’Dea cup. This powerful ram lamb was sired by Cahergal Casimiro who had been purchased by the Mileys at this sale twelve months earlier, and who himself is a son of the 2016 Premier Sale Supreme Champion Rathkenty Beethoven. Knockcroghery Deputy had only made one public appearance before the sale when taking second prize in his class at the Belclare All-Ireland Championships. He later went on to sell for the sale topping price of €1220.
Reserve Champion on the day was awarded to Rathkenty Dominator from the flock of Richard and John Lalor. This smart ram lamb was sired by Rathkenty Alabama and had earlier in the season been awarded the All-Ireland Champion ram lamb title. Kilkenny breeder John Renehan was keen add this ram lamb to his flock when going to €900 to secure him. Renehan later recouped his outlay when selling his Violet Hill Donato, a son of Teagasc Beauty for €920.
The Champion hogget ram came from the flock of Tim Keady. His winner Oltore Champion a huge triplet born son of Coolkellure Ace went on to be sold for €860. Tim Keady also provided the second placed hogget ram in Oltore Cromwell a son of Oltore Brave who sold for €600.
The second highest price of the day was secured by Declan and Joe Miley for their third placed ram lamb Knockcroghery Duke, again sired by Cahergal Casimiro, when he sold for €1000 to Offaly breeder Paul Smyth.
Well known Cork breeder Michael Gottstein sold a brace of rams for €900. Firstly, he sold his 5th prize winning Coolkellure Dab a son of the 2017 Premier Sale top priced hogget ram Oltore Bruno, and then Coolkellure Dino a son of Cahergal Cassidy who himself is a full brother to Cahergal Casimiro the sire of the Supreme Champion.
Richard and John Lalor then sold a couple of rams for €820. First to secure this price was Rathkenty Dubawi a son of Rathkenty Alabama, followed by Rathkenty Dante a son of LB141678 who sold to pedigree breeder John McTigue.