|With a clearance of over 80% of lots forward, a very big attendance and a top price of €7,000 the young McCann Brothers; Seamus and Gene of the Topnotch Herd had by any standards a very successful sale last Saturday in Ardee Mart. Set up by Seamus in 2005 the foundation stock for the Topnotch herd was purchased at the Anneskeagh Herd Dispersal sale, a herd which Seamus had managed for the late Brian Donnelly for over 10 years. The Topnotch herd enjoyed numerous successes over the years and achieved top prices including a bull sold at the Premier sale in March 2010 for €10,500. Due to unforeseen circumstance regarding the farm, Seamus reluctantly made the decision to reduce the numbers of the herd whilst Gene decided to disperse his Charolais from the herd.
Seamus along with his wife Lisa will continue to breed pedigree Charolais and plan to increase numbers when they find a new home for their stock.
Top price of the sale €7,000 was paid for 16 months old Topnotch Imastar by the English bred bull “Ugie Euros” and out of a very good English bred cow “Thrunton Freda”. She was purchased by a breeder from the south of the country. The same breeder also purchased another 16 month old heifer – Topnotch Ice Queen by Inverlochy Resolve and out of an Erriff Savo bred dam for the second highest sale price of the day, €4,000 paid. Ice Queen is also a granddaughter of the multi award winning cow Anneskeagh Lisa.
Also selling at €4,000 was Topnotch Hennessy, a November 2012 born bull by Inverlochy Resolve and out of another Erriff Savo bred dam. Purchaser was local man Frank Murphy.
Two lots shared the €3,500 price tag:
Topnotch Hotellere by Inverlochy Resolve out of a home bred dam by Anneskeagh Sandman was purchased by Michael O’Gorman. Mullaghbawn, Newry, Co. Down.
Topnotch Happy Days by Erudit and out of a Mogador bred dam was purchased by Frances McKernan, Drumleck, Castlebellingham, Dundalk.
Just behind at €3,400 was Topnotch Ironman a son of Grimaldi out of Anneskeagh Athens. He was purchased by Paul Grant, Newry, Co. Down.
€3,300 was paid by Brian Rooney, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan for 8 year old Thrunton Begonia. English bred she is by Burradon Talisman and out of Thrunton Petronella. She is scanned in calf to Leagaun Eustace.
A bid of €3,150 secured Topnotch Fashion for Dan O’Connell, Mountpleasant, Dundalk.By Meath Alcazar and out of an Indurain bred dam she is carrying her second calf.
€3,100 was paid by Robert McDowell, Gleno, Larne, Co. Antrim for Topnotch Helsinki. By Grove Victor and out of a Doonally New bred dam she is scanned in calf to Pirate.
€3,050 secured 4 year old Newrath Fleur de Lis for Andy McGovern, Cloone, Co. Leitrim. She is by Bova Sylvain and out of a Doonally New dam and is scanned in calf to Maerdy Goliath.
Two lots shared the €3,000 price tag:
Topnotch Harmony by Leagaun Eustace and out of a home bred dam by Topnotch Bacchus was purchased by Joseph O’Reilly, Keenagh, Co. Longford.
€3,000 was also paid for Topnotch Gaga in calf to Doonally New. By Jupiter and out of an Oldstone Egbert bred cow she was purchased by Edward Mullaney, Cootehall, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
The first Charolais bull sale of the Autumn is this coming Saturday 8th November in Tullamore with 81 bulls catalogued.