Video of some of the highlights within the Charolais breed in Ireland over the past 12 months

Christmas Cracker Show & Sale – Elphin Mart – Saturday the 2nd of December – 105 Bulls – Show 10 am / Sale 12.30 pm

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  • All Bulls are export tested
  • Fertility tested and fertility insured
  • Vet inspected
  • DNA sire verified
  • Pre-sale inspected
  • Deferred payment scheme option in place, please contact the Charolais office at least 5 days prior to the sale to avail of this
  • Free transport to UK mainland venue
  • €100 paid towards transport costs to Northern Ireland


Upcoming Donegal Charolais Club Meeting

The Donegal Charolais Club are holding their annual club meeting on this Thursday the 23rd of November, in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey at 8 pm. The agenda for the night will be the presentation of awards and the annual review. Society Secretary, Nevan Mc Kiernan will also be giving an update from the Society.

Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome!!

Elite Heifer Sale Peaks At €14,500 For Roughan Madilin

Last Saturday, Tullamore Mart played host to the first Elite Charolais Heifer show and sale. The decision to take Heifers out of the Christmas Cracker and give them a sale of their own, was not an easy one. However, the sale provided one of the best show of Charolais Heifers seen for some years, and more importantly, a wonderful trade. Lively bidding all day, seen 82% of the Heifers on offer sell to an average of €3,798. Despite having a greater number of Heifers on offer than each of the last three Christmas Cracker sales, the clearance rate was well up on each of the three years. In 2014, 70% of Charolais Heifers sold to an average of €3,545. In 2015, 80% of Heifers sold to an average of €3,562. These gains being made can only be seen as positive for the Charolais Breed. It must be said however, the real highlight of the day came in the form of Roughan Madilin, the 13 month old Heifer who sold for €14,500.

Roughan Madilin who sold for the top price of €14,500

Bred and exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from County Donegal, Madilin started a bidding war between a number of pedigree Charolais breeders from different parts of Ireland. Coming out on top and securing the Roughan Dix De Coe daughter, was the Bostonia herd based in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. Despite only being placed second in her class  on Saturday, Madilin has enjoyed a successful show season, winning the Donegal Charolais Club Calf Championship back in August. Her stable mates, Roughan Linda and Roughan Louise 4 wrapped up a memorable day for the Donegal breeder, as they found new homes at €3,500 a piece. Linda is a daughter of the powerful Roughan Galant, while Louise is a daughter of the fore mentioned, Roughan Dix De Coe.

Liscally My Fair Lady 6 ET who sold for €8,000

Next best at €8,000 was the 14 month old, Liscally My Fair Lady 6 ET from Lewis and Jon Regan, Tawley, Castlegal, Co. Leitrim. This sweet, feminine Heifer attracted a lot of attention all day, before being wrapped up by a breeder in County Tipperary. Sired by Balmyle Vagabond, this Lady has also enjoyed an eventful show season, picking up rosettes around the west of Ireland all year. The North Leitrim men had a wonderful day in the sales ring, with their next two offerings selling for €4,700 and €3,150, respectively. First up at €4,700 was Liscally Liscally 3 ET, a October 2015 born daughter of Liscally Eti. She sold in calf to the high performance sire, Blelack Digger. Buyer here was Craig Cullen from County Roscommon. At €3,150 was Liscally My Fair Lady 2 ET, a full sister to the €8,000, My Fair Lady 6 ET. She went North with Rory Mc Keever from County Armagh.

Reserve Junior Champion, Goldstar Mirabelle who sold for €6,500

Hitting the €6,500 mark was the Reserve Junior Champion, Goldstar Mirabelle from Martin Ryan and family, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This October 2016 born daughter of Texan gie, headed up an outstanding class of Heifers earlier in the day under Judge, Alwyn Williams of the Castllemawr Charolais herd based in Gwynedd, Wales. She sold to a fellow County Tipperary breeder. The Goldstar herd success did not stop there, with Mirabelle's team mates, Melodie and Melanie selling for €4,350 and €3,450, respectively. At €4,350 was the Virtuose daughter, Goldstar Melodie, she sold to County Cork breeder, Maurice Keane. Then at €3,450 was the Lisnagre Elite daughter, Goldstar Melanie, selling to Joesph O' Reilly from Kenagh, Co. Longford.


Senior Champion, Drumcullen Lily who sold or €6,000

County Offally breeder, John Fleury clinched the Senior Champion of the show with Drumcullen Lily. This big, powerful Heifer exchanged hands at €6,000, selling to breeders from Tuam, Co. Galway. The March 2015 born daughter of Vexour Granville, sold in calf to the easy calving Dovea AI sire, Bivouac. Mr Fleury also sold Drumcullen Mimosa for €4,000. This 15 month old daughter of the herd's former stock bull, Camber Jameson, also went West, with Patrick Clarke from County Galway.

The Geoghegan family from Streamstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath sold their four offerings for an average of €3,825. The first to go under the hammer at €5,400 was Lisnagre Lovely Lady ET, a 23 month old daughter of Prime Roberto. She sold to County Roscommon breeder, Roger Mc Hugh. Next up was her full sister, Lisnagre Longford Lady ET. She was snapped up by Stephen Mohan from County Monaghan at €4,300. The two year old, Lisnagre Lavender ET found a new home at €3,200. This daughter of Indurain sold to Joseph O' Reilly from Co. Longford.  Their final offering, Lisnagre Mona who is a daughter of the home bred, Lisnagre Hansome was knocked down at €2,400 to Patrick Fahy from County Galway.

Michael Quin from Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare hit the headlines early on, as his three lots into the ring averaged out at €4,333. The first to go under the hammer at €5,000 was Clenagh Lady 2 ET, a daughter of Dromiskin Viceroy and the prolific cow, Clenagh Tranquil. This well bred Heifer sold in calf to the NCBC sire, Cavelands Fenian. Her stable mates, Clenagh Lexie and Clenagh Libby then traded at €4,000 each. Lexie, who is a daughter of Cottage Devon, sold in calf to the 2016 Christmas Cracker Champion, Clenagh Lyle. Buyer here was Conor Mitchell from County Laois. Her Partner, Libby who is a daughter of Elgin Fergal, also sold in calf to Clenagh Lyle. This one was wrapped up by Sean Tobin from County Offaly.

Junior Champion, Crossane4 Milly

Judge, Alwyn Williams found his Junior Champion in the form of Crossane4 Milly, exhibited by the Mc Govern brothers from Fivemilebourne, Co. Sligo. This catchy 17 month old daughter of Liscally Eti, left the ring unsold at €6,200. However, her herd mates enjoyed a buoyant trade, with the hammer falling for both at €4,800 and €3,600, respectively. Selling at €4,800 was the Alwent Goldbar daughter, Crossane4 Mia. This 17 month old Heifer sold to Andrew Mc Cammond from Northern Ireland. At €3,600 was the March 2015 born daughter of Nippur, Crossane Lily. She sold in calf to the NCBC sire, Cavelands Fenian.

Reserve Senior Champion, Gallaway Malissa who sold for €4,700

Michael Kiernan from County Leitrim was awarded the Reserve Senior Champion with Gallaway Malissa, a daughter of the UK sire, Thrunton Flyingscotsman. Malissa went on to sell for €4,700, falling to Liam Ruddy from Strabane, Co. Tyrone.

Other leading prices on the day included:

€4,100 for Cornadrung Laurel by Lyonsdemesne Tzar exhibited by Tom and Karl Farrell

€4,000 for Fieldview Limelight by Inverlochy Ferdie exhibited by David Erskine

€3,600 for Luddenmore Miss Veronica by Maerdy Sinndar exhibited by Michael Sheahan

€3,600 for Grangwood My Lady by Grangwood Jack exhibited by Jerry O' Keeffe

The next Society show and sale is the Christmas Cracker on Saturday the 2nd of December in Elphin Mart, Co. Roscommon. Download catalogue here - Download PDF Catalogue





Charolais Bulls Average €3,610 In Tullamore

It was always going to be a buyers market in Tullamore on Saturday last, with 135 bulls catalogued to go under the hammer. However, with many lots selling privately prior to the sale and others destined for the Christmas Cracker on December 2nd, the number of bulls present was substantially less than catalogued. In total, 45 bulls found new homes, selling to an average of €3,610. The demand for quality Charolais cattle in the commercial market clearly drove buyers to be selective with their choice of bull.

Lisnagre Mc Stay ET who sold for the top price of €7,400 with breeder, Jim Geoghegan

The trade peaked at €7,400 for a 13 month old bull from well known Westmeath breeder, Jim Geoghegan. Leading the way for Jim was Lisnagre Mc Stay ET, a son of the renowned French sire, Major and the legendary Ballydownan Simone ET. Mc Stay carries a five star terminal index of €148 and a calving figure of 10.9%. Mc Stay won the final class of the day in the pre-sale show under Judge, David Bothwell of the Killadeas herd based in Enniskillen. He was knocked down in the sales ring to County Longford suckler farmer, James Donnelly.

Champion bull Roughan Malachi who sold for €7,200 with Judge, David Bothwell

The pre-sale show consisted of 10 classes which were all fiercely contested as always. Coming out on top was Roughan Malachi exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from Newtowncunningham, Lifford, Co. Donegal. This outstanding specimen of the breed is a son of Roughan Galant and Roughan Esprance, a daughter of Roughan Verygood. After a lively bidding contest, Malachi was eventually secured by the Bostonia Charolais herd in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. The March 2016 born powerhouse sold with a five star replacement index of €72, a four star terminal index of €126 and a calving figure of 8.2%.

Reserve Champion Williamstown Meilard who sold for €6,300

Next best in the sales ring at €6,300 was Williamstown Meilard from Westmeath man, Aidan Farrell. This classy son of Meillard Rj was tapped out as the Reserve Champion of the show earlier in the day. The 16 month old bull carries both CF 52 and Excellent in his back pedigree. Securing this promising young bull was Billy Gubbins from Kilfinane, Co. Limerick. Aidan Farrell had an exceptional day in the sales ring when his other first prize winner, Williamstown Mixey flew to €5,800, selling to County Roscommon suckler farmer, Michael Connellan. This 16 month old bull looked every bit as good on paper as he did in reality. A son of Pirate and a Lyonsdemesne Tzar bred dam, Mixey sold with five star terminal and replacement index along with a calving figure of just 6.9%.

Roughan Marcus who sold for €6,000

Hitting the €6,000 mark was Pat Mc Clean's next offering, Roughan Marcus. This March 2016 born son of the fore mentioned, Roughan Galant sold with a five star terminal index of €154 and a calving figure of 7.4%. Snapping up Marcus was Brian Cassidy from Roslee, Co. Fermanagh. Pat had a successful day at the office, selling his four bulls to an average of €5,000.

County Cork breeder, John Ward made his trip worthwhile all the way from Bantry, as he sold his May 2016 born bull, Colomane Maximus for €5,600. This thick, well made son of the former Dovea AI sire, Limkiln Hulk possesses a whopping terminal index of €161. Securing this one was fellow Cork man, Robert Good.

The Quinn family from Edenderry, Co. Offaly sold their three lots to an average of €4,100. Topping their trade at €4,900 was Ballym Mozart sired by CF 85. This April 2016 born bull headed west with Clare suckler farmer, John Mc Cormick. Ballym M+M then traded hands at €4,400, selling to Pat Vaughan from Tulla, Co. Clare. This CF 85 son carries a five star terminal index of €137 and a calving figure of 7.7%. Their final offering, Ballym Macbeth sired by Alwent Goldbar parted company at €3,000.

It would be strange if a CF 52 son did not feature somewhere along the line and one of the last bulls into the ring reminded everyone he is still right there. His 13 month old son, Tonroe Mandm from Vincent Callaghan in Swinford, Co. Mayo hit €4,800, selling to David Creighton from County Roscommon. This bull sold with a performance packed pedigree, which included a terminal index of €186, a replacement index of €53 a calving figure of just 6.2%.

Killoneen Mighty exhibited by local man, Thomas O' Rourke from Daingean then exchanged hands at €4,250. This 17 month old son of Lisnagre Hansome sold with a solid set of indexes, including a terminal index of €152, a replacement index of €78 and a calving figure of 10.2%. Buyer here was a suckler farmer in County Cavan. Not far behind Mighty was Tullyharnet Mojo sired by the maternal French sire, Tombapik. Property of Noel Laverty from County Monaghan, Mojo sold with one of the best set of indexes in the catalogue, comprising of a five star terminal index of €142, a five star replacement index of €110 and a calving figure of 7.6%. He sold to suckler farmer, Tom Noble from Northern Ireland.

The Crossdrum Felix son, Baurnafea Myles exhibited by John Bambrick from Castlewarren, Co. Kilkenny traded at €4,000. He headed west with suckler farmer, Dermot O' Reilly from Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Two lots then shared the price tag of €3,800, the first of which was Whitepark Mike exhibited by Patrick Hillary from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. This Cavelands Fenian son ticked all the boxes on paper, with a five star teminal and replacement index, along with a calving figure of just 6.7%. He found his new home with fellow Ballinasloe man, Harry Mellody. The second lot to find a new home at €3,800 was Makief Mattie exhibited by Derek Woods from Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. This 15 month old bull is a son of Fiston and a Blelack Digger daughter. He was also very attractive on paper, selling with a five star terminal index of €140, a five star replacement index of €122 and a calving figure of 5.6%.

Other leading prices included:

€3,700 for Feakle Major by Alwent Goldbar and exhibited by Michael Green

€3,600 for Goldhill Motivator by Fiston and exhibited by Padraig Murphy

€3,500 for Clewbay12 Mojo by Voimo and exhibited by Charles Hughes

€3,450 for Ballyfinnane Milo ET by Panama and exhibited by Kenneth Clarke

€3,300 for Goldstar Macbeth ET by Tombapik and exhibited by Martin Ryan

Next Society show and sale is the Elite Heifer show and sale which takes place this Saturday the 11th of November in Tullamore Mart. Download Catalogue here - Download PDF Catalogue