|In the bull ring:
►Clearance of 90%
►Average of €4,529
►Top Price €10,200
►20 Bulls made €5,000 and over
►Fourteen more bulls sold on the year
►21 bulls exported to Northern Ireland
►8 bulls exported to Scotland
►1 bull exported to Wales
Every credit must go to the Charolais breeders who provided one of the best shows of bulls at any sale for many years. The depth in quality was terrific and there were bulls forward to suit every market.
Leading the way at €10,200 was the Junior Champion, Bostonia Indigo from the newly established herd of Brendan Feeney, Scurmore, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. Just 12 months of age he is by Balmyle Vagabond and out of a Padirac bred dam. He was purchased by Noel Ilwiane, Plumbridge, Co. Tyrone.
Next highest price €9,200 was received by Christopher Marron. Shantonagh, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan for Mearain Image ET (G.S. Doonally New).
A very well-muscled bull by Dromiskin Viceroy and out of Nevers bred dam he had a muscle score of 129 (top 1% of the breed). He was purchased by Aidan Murphy, Crossmaglen, Newry, Co. Down.
A bid of €8,800 secured first prize winner Aughavadden Ivan Et for local breeder, Andy McGovern, Gubbs, Cloone, Co. Leitrim. Bred by Teresa & Michael Dowd, Newtowncashel, Co. Longford he is by Domino and out of a dam by Kilmore Optimist.
Close behind at €8,600 was the Reserve Junior Champion Knockmoyle10 Icarius ET. Bred by Gerry Lynch, Moymore, Tulla, Co. Clare he is by Texan Gie and out of a Doonally New bred dam. A top prize winner at numerous summer shows including the National show he was purchased by Peadar McKenna, Carbo, Clogher, Co. Tyrone.
Two lots sold for €8,500.
First €8,500 was paid for the Senior Male Champion Flojo Impeccable from John Gallen, Killygordan, Lifford, Co. Donegal. He is by Thrunton Voldemort and out of a home bred dam by Doonally New. Purchaser is Frank Murphy, Crossmaglen, Newry, Co. Down.
The second €8,500 was received by Co. Longford breeder Noel McGoldrick, Cloonohill, Drumlish for first prize winner Cloonohill Icarius. By Fury Action and out of a home bred dam by Bova Oniraloin he was purchased by Sean Hughes, Jonesborough, Co. Armagh.
The Bostonia Herd, owned by Brendan Feeney had a great outing to their first ever Charolais sale. Their six bulls grossed €39,900 and averaged €6,650. As well as securing the Junior Championship and top price of the sale, they also won the Res. Senior Male Championship with Bostonia Invincible 3rd ET who sold for €8,200 to Welsh breeder, R.O. Williams, Lalanber, Barmouth, Gwynedd, Wales. He is by Oldstone Egbert and out of a Padirac bred dam.
Bostonia Invincible 2nd ET a full brother and second prize winner from the same class as the reserve senior champion sold for €6,700 to Murray Lyle, Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland.
The herd also sold:
Bostonia Ice Et for €5,600 to Michael Hannon, Deerpark, Clonlara, Co. Clare.
Bostonia Impeccable 1st Et for €5,000 to Michael Rafferty, Ballymote, Co. Sligo, and.
Bostonia Invincible 1s ET for €4,200 to Hugh McCambridge, Carnlough, Co. Antrim.
€7,500 was received by Jim Geoghegan, Streamstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath for Lisnagre Innish Mor Et. By Major and out of Ballydownan Simone he was purchased by Tony Harley, Plumbridge, Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
€7,000 was paid for second prize winner Limkiln Italia. Bred by Richard Hackett, Coolistigue, Clonlara, Co. Clare he is by Doonally New and out of a home bred dam by Pirate.
€6,400 was received by Michael Healy, Tawnytaskin, Boyle, Co. Roscommon for his second prize winner Caraun Inspector (from the same class as the senior champion). By Crossmolina Euro he is out of a home bred dam by Pirate and was purchased by Frank Beirne, Ballykenny House, Longford.
€6,200 was paid for first prize winner Rathfeston Ice ET. Bred by Wayne Mulligan, Rathfeston, Geashill, Co. Offaly he is by Balthazar and out of a home bred dam by Ballydownan Colm. Purchaser is David Sheedy, Scarriff, Co. Clare.