|Prices started at €2,000 and hit €5,400 at the sixth Charolais Society run sale this Spring. Commercial producers have choices in the market place and the continuing demand for Charolais is due to its proven ability time and time again to deliver top prices. The breeds major strengths in feed efficiency and weight gain all add up to value and profit. In excess of 65% of the bulls found new homes at an average of €3,332, up over €500 from the same sale last year.
The first €5,400 was paid for the junior champion AGHAFAD JESS bred by Edward Walsh, Aghafad, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. A very young bull, just 13 months of age he is by Utrillo Mic and out of a home bred dam by Dromiskin Phoenix. He has the top 5 star rating in the Replacement index and was purchased by Padraic Hegarty, Farnagh Hill, Longford.
The second €5,400 went to Richard Hackett, Coolistigue, Clonlara, Co. Carlow for fourteen months old LIMKILN JASPER. By Enfield Plexus and out of a home bred dam by Doonally New he has 5 stars in the Terminal Index. Purchaser is Joe Fortune, Knottown, Wexford.
€4,200 and the Reserve Senior Championship sash were received by Louise Quin, Ballymoran House, Edenderry, Co. Offaly for BALLYM JACK. Sixteen months of age he is by Doonally New and out of Anneskeagh Rosebud whose pedigree goes back to the great Escott Dollar. With 3½ stars in the Terminal Index he was purchased by Patrick Cheasty, Ballindyser, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford.
Senior championship went to Adrian Morris, Elphin, Co. Roscommon for fifteen months old KINNARD JUGGERNAUT by Blakestown Seigneur and out of Ballymartle Daisy by Hermes. He was unsold unfortunately, having failed to meet his reserve. However, he will be in the Midland & Western Livestock sale in Carrick-on-Shannon this Saturday.
€4,200 was also received by Ronan Gallagher, Carrowcardin, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo for fifteen months old ENNISCRONE JACOB ET. He had one star in the Terminal Index and a ½ star in the Replacement Index. By Oldstone Egbert and out of Creevykeel Petuna by Jupiter he was purchased by Billy Glazebrook, Crewburn Farm, Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Billy Glazebrook also purchased for €3,750, first prize winner MULLAGHDOO IDEAL bred by Basil Arnold, Mullaghdoo, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. He is by Roughan Garson and out of a home bred dam by Blakestown Templier and has 4½ stars in the Terminal Index and 5 stars in the Replacement Index.
Two lots sold for €3,700
►The first €3,700 was received by John F. Gallagher, Drimina, Tourlestrane, Co. Sligo for his second prize winner (from the same class as the Junior Champion) DRIMINA JUGGERNAUT. By Prime Roberto and out of Banada Amie (by Doonally Nicefor) he was purchased by Kathleen Carroll, Clifferna, Stradone, Co. Cavan.
►€3,700 was also received by Eamonn Quinlivan, Liscullane, Tulla, Co. Clare for LISCULLANE JOYSTICK. By Pirate and out of a Doonally New sired home bred dam he has 5 stars in both the Terminal and Replacement indexes. He was purchased by Peadar Keenan, Riverstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth
€3,300 secured second prize winner GALLAWAY JUSTIN for Christopher Divilly, Scregg, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Bred by Michael Kiernan, Augharan, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim he is by Nippur and out of a home bred dam by Nelson.
€3,150 was paid for CLIFFVIEW IVAN, the oldest bull in the sale. Bred by Patrick Darcy, Ballymakea Beg, Mullagh, Co. Clare he was purchased by Michael Ryan, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
€3,100 was received by Sean McCaffrey, Aughnacashel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim for his Blelack Digger sired bull out of a home bred dam by Enfield Plexus. He was purchased by Paul Ross, Legan, Co. Longford.
Four bulls sold for €3,000 price tag:
►The first €3,000 was received by Seamus McCann, Oberstown, Lusk, Co. Dublin for Topnotch Jagger. By Inverlochy Ferdie and out of a home bred dam by Erriff Savo he was purchased by Padraic Carey, Moydow, Co. Longford.
►Next €3,000 went to John Ward, Dromoureen, Bantry, Co. Cork for COLOMANE JUPITER by Thrunton Bonjovi and out of a dam that goes back to Invincible. He was purchased by Patrick Tohill, Kilrea, Colerain, Co. Derry.
►€3,000 was also received by John Bambrick, Baurnafea, Castlewarren, Co. Kilkenny for BAURNAFEA JESSIE by Crossdrum Felix and out of a home bred dam by Dovea Alcazar
►The fourth €3,000 was paid for LISCULLANE JUST THE BEST who was just 12 months of age on the day of sale. Bred by Eamonn Quinlivan, Tulla, Co. Clare he was purchased by Peter Butler, Tinode House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
One bull was exported to Northern Ireland and two to Scotland.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE CHAROLAIS SUCKLER HERDS COMPETITION IS THIS WEEKEND. ENTRY FORMS AND FULL DETAILS ON THE CHAROLAIS WEB SITE www.charolais.ie