|The new showing facilities in Tullamore were much appreciated at the first Charolais sale of 2014 on Saturday last with the rain sleeting down and the wind blowing up a gale.
Top price of the sale €5,500 was paid for first prize winner Topnotch Handyman bred by brothers Seamus and Gene McCann, Bettystown, Co. Meath. By their stock bull “Leagaun Eustace” he is out of “Piatroon Burgandy” imported from the UK. Sold outside the ring he was purchased by Stephen & David Park, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim.
Championship honours went to the youngest bull in the sale, Limkiln Hulk, bred by Richard Hackett, Coolistigue, Clonlara, Co. Clare. By the easy calving bull “Pirate” and out of a home bred dam by Doonally New”, he sold for €5,100 to a breeder from Co. Kilkenny. This young bull (just 13 months of age) has the top 5 star rating in the Terminal Index and 4 stars in the Replacement Index. T
The two most popular sires at the Charolais Christmas Cracker Sale were PIRATE and DOONALLY NEW. Pirate used on Doonally New bred females has proven to be a very popular cross.
Next highest price at €5,000 went to second prize winner (he was second in his class to the Reserve Champion) Aghafad Harold bred by Edward Walsh, Aghafad, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. By “Hermes” and out of a daughter of the famous bull “Major” he was purchased by Seamus O’Loughlin, Kilmoney, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. His muscle score of 124 puts him in the top 5% of the breed for Muscle and his score of 134 for skeletal puts him in the top 1% of the breed for Skeletal.
Next highest at €4,800 was first prize winner Roughan Hero bred by Pat McClean, Roughan, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal. By Pat’s imported stock bull “Roughan Feodal” and out of a home bred dam by “Roughan Viceroy”, he sold to Co. Laois breeder John Costigan, The Meadows, Clonard, Portlaoise. (A very good breeder, Pat received €4,700 for a bull at the same sale last year).
€4,150 was received by Shane Muldoon, Greenhall, Newtowncashel, Co. Longford for his bull Coolategal Henry. By “Umberto” and out of a “Ashleigh Val” by “Dollar” he was purchased by Pat Fahy, Milltown, Tulla, Co. Clare.
€3,700 was received by Thomas Clarke, Manulla, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, for Minola Handy. By “Major” and out of “Pinewood Eileen” by “Dromiskin Viceroy” he was purchased by Richard Flynn, Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
€3,600 was received by Co. Galway breeder Andrew Holleran, Carrowkeel, Clonbur for his 14 months old bull Mountgable Henry. By “Doonally New” and out of “Doon Dolly” by “Lyonsdemesne Tzar” he was purchased by Michael McNamara, Meggah, Carron, Ennis, Co. Clare.
€3,500 was received by Aidan Farrell, Boyanna, Moate, Co. Westmeath for Williamstown Hermes by “Doonally New” and out of “Shalamar Ubeauty” (Indurain/Domino bloodline). He was purchased by Patrick De Courcy, Creewood, Slane, Co. Meath.
Reserve Champion Ballinahalla Harlequin unfortunately did not sell. Owned by Peter O’Toole, Leagaun, Moycullen, Co. Galway he is by Oldstone Egbert and out of Lyonsdemesne Shannon by Lyonsdemesne Odeon.
Price range was from €1,700 to €5,100 with a clearance of 60% (up from the 50% clearance last year) and a very good average of €3,378 up slightly on the €3,128 average at the same sale last year.
Next Charolais Society Show and Sale is also in Tullamore on Saturday 22rd February.
The Premier Show and Sale will be on Saturday 22nd March in Carrick-on-Shannon.