|Well up on the corresponding sale last year where the top price was €4,000, this year nine bulls made €4,000 and over. Price range was from €1,850 to €6,000 with an average of €3,100 and a clearance just short of 60%. The sale attracted a very good attendance, buyers were selective but willing to spend on selective lots.
●Top price of the sale went to Co. Kerry breeder, Oliver Mason, Rathanny, Tralee for 15 months old PARKEARAGH JEFFERY. Out of a home bred dam by Nelson he is by Inverlochy Ferdie (S1381) and has the top 5-star rating in both the Terminal and Replacement indexes. He was purchased by Martin Merlehan, Clonkill, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
●Reserve championship and second highest price of the sale €5,500 went to James Duke, Caggle, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. SLIABHBAWN JESSEJAMES is by Thrunton Voldemort (TVO) and out of a home bred dam by Pompon. He was purchased by Chris Connon, Dunmore, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.
●€5,100 was received by local breeder Wayne Mulligan, Rathfeston, Geashill, Co. Offaly for his first prize winner RATHFESTON JAMES. By Balthazar (CG85) and out of a home bred dam whose pedigree goes back to the great Ballydownan Simone he was purchased by Lyndon McHugh, Oakhill, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
●Next highest price €4,800 went to Michael Daly, Wardhouse, Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim for TULLAGHAN JUAN PABLO by Doonally New and out of a Padirac bred dam. Second in his class he was purchased by Seamus Ryan, Ballybeg, Toomevara, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
●€4,400 went to Brendan Feeney, Scurmore, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo for his first prize winner BOSTONIA JOHN. By Kelton Trident (S1125) and out of a Padirac bred dam he was purchased by Stuart Ramsey, Falsidehill Farm, Kelso.
●Close behind at €4,300 was the champion CLONAMONA JACK bred by John Byrne, Clonamona, Craanford, Gorey, Co. Wexford. By Liscally Eti he is out of a home bred dam by Balmyle Vagabond and was purchased by PJ Gillespie, Wardtown, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
●The second prize winner from the same class as the champion BALLINVALLEY JEFF sold for €4,250. Bred by Michael Kavanagh, Ballinvalley, Oldcastle, Co. Meath he is by Pirate and out of a home bred dam by Doonally New. Purchaser was Daniel Lynch, Kiltormer, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
●€4,150 was received by Peter Spollen, Geashill, Tullamore for his 16-month s old son of Indurain, out of a home bred dam by Padirac. He was purchased by Michael Berkery, Farnane, Cappamore, Co. Limerick.
●€4,000 secured LISNAGRE JUMBO by Jupiter and out of a Hermes bred dam for Caroline Smiddy, D’Loughtane House, Youghal, Co. Cork. He was bred by Jim Geoghegan, Lisnagre, Streamstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Eight bulls were exported to N.I. and one to Scotland.
The next Charolais Society show/sale is the Premier in Elphin on the first Saturday in March. There are 89 males and 20 females catalogued. All pre-inspected and DNA verified to their sire. In addition all bulls are fertility tested (within one month of the sale) and fertility insured.