|Despite the large number of Charolais bulls already sold this spring, demand continues and Charolais breeders met a very good trade at their annual outing to Athenry. With a price range from €2,300 to €4,150, they achieved a good average of €3,079 and a clearance of 70%
Topping the sale at €4,150 was fifteen months old ENNISCRONE JOE, bred by Ronan Gallagher, Carrowcardin, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. By Crossmolina Euro and out of a home bred dam by Mogador he was purchased by Pat Whelan, Shragh, Kilrush, Co. Clare. The sale topper has 4½ stars in the Terminal Index and 1½ in the Replacement Index.
Reserve male championship (for the second year in a row) and second highest price of the sale €4,100 went to Mattie Kelly, Cloughbrack, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway for a son of CF52 (Doonally New). CLOUGHBRACK IRONSIDE, born December 2013 is out of a home bred dam by Meillard. He has 3 stars in the Terminal Index and 1½ in the Replacement Index. He was purchased by Jimmy Ryan, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.
Male championship went to another Ballinasloe breeder, Willie Flynn, Tullyvillage, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway for fourteen months old TULLYVILLAGE JASON. By Leagaun Figaro and out of a Jupiter bred dam he was purchased by Donal Callery, Cookstown, Kells, Co. Meath for €3,350.
Matt Ryan, Clonismulen, Drom, Borrisoleigh, Thurles received €3,100 for KILVILCORRIS IOWA. By Utrillo Mic he is out of Kilvilcorris Ellie going back to Doonally New. He was purchased by Michael Grogan, Burrane Lower, Killimer, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
Two breeders shared the €3,000 price tag:
First to receive it was Maria Calvey, Knappabeg, Westport, Co. Mayo for CALTRUN ICEPOP. By Bova Sylvain and out of a Doonally New bred dam he was purchased by Joseph Freeney, Oranmore, Co. Galway.
Next was Michael McGirl, Drumany, Aughnasheelin, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim for January 2014 born AUGHNASHEELIN JIM. By Pirate and out of a home bred dam by Major he has 4½ stars in the Terminal Index and 3½ stars in the Replacement Index. He was purchased by Danny Lynch, Kiltormer, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
The next Charolais Society sale is on Saturday, 25th April in Tullamore. There are 76 bulls catalogued. All will be fertility tested, DNA tested to their sire and fertility insured. Catalogues can be downloaded from www.charolais.ie