Commercial Reports 2017

Weanling shows and sales sponsored by the ICCS

Carnew Mart

David Rothwell with his son Mark, receiving the trophy for the Overall Champion and Champion Charolais cross weanling at the show and sale in Carnew Mart. Also pictured is Michael Mc Hugh, Chairman of the South East Charolais Club. 

                           

David Rothwell’s Champion Charolais cross weanling on the left who weighed 582 kg and sold for €1480 at 11 months old. His first prize winning Charolais cross heifer on the right weighed 490 kg and sold for €1290, also at 11 months old. Both weanling’s are sired by David’s Charolais stock bull, who is a son of the legend that is CF 52. Commenting on his stock bull, David stated “I have him for year’s now and he has produced hundred’s of calves. But what’s most special about him is the consistency of his calves. I don’t know where I will get another one like him” 

Ballina Mart

                            

Pictured above is Anthony Barrett (center) who exhibited the Champion Charolais cross weanling at the show and sale in Ballina Mart along with Billy Loftus, Mart Manager (left) and Aidan Mc Hale, Judge (right). On the right is the Champion Charolais cross weanling, sired by Fiston, he weighed 394 kg and sold for €1220 at 7 months old. 

                             

Pictured above is J P Cowley exhibitor of the first prize Charolais cross heifer along with Billy Loftus, Mart Manager and Aidan Mc Hale, Judge. On the right is the first and second prize Charolais cross heifers, the first prize winner weighed 386 kg and sold for €1200 at 9 months old. The second prize winner weighed 350 kg and sold for €950 at 8 months old. 

Other prices of Charolais X weanling’s in Ballina Mart included:

CH Heifer – 310 kg – €960 – 6 months old

CH Heifer – 288 kg – €900 – 6 months old

CH Bull – 466 kg – €1265 – 9 months old

CH Bull – 442 kg – €1145 – 9 months old

CH Bull – 402 kg – €1120 – 9 months old

CH Bull – 358 kg – €1070 – 8 months old

CH Bull – 346 kg – €1035 – 6 months old

Donegal Town Mart

                                              

First prize Charolais Cross bull and Heifer at last week’s show and sale in Donegal Town Mart. The bull was 9 months old, weighed 396 kg and sold for €1350. The heifer was 10 months old, weighed 412 kg and sold for €1480.

Other prices of Charolais X weanling’s in Donegal Town Mart Included:

CHX Bull –  284 kg – €830.00 – 5 months old
CHX Bull – 296 kg – €950.00 – 5 months old
CHX Heifer – 316 kg – €990.00 – 6 months old
CHX Bull – 324 kg – €997 – 5 months old
CHX Bull – 270 kg – €869 – 5 months old
CHX Bull – 356 kg – €1075 – 7 months old

Charolais Cross Weanling shows and sales sponsored by the ICCS

Elphin Mart

                                

Pictured above is the best pen of Charolais X weanling bulls at the recent show & sale in Elphin Mart. On the right is exhibitor, Gerry Shannon with Judge’s Andy Mc Govern and Martin O’ Connor. Gerry’s pen of Charolais weanling’s weighed on average 421 kg and sold for an average of €1280, at 8 months old. These weanling’s are sired by a son of the outstanding, VCR. 

                              

Pictured above is the best pen of Charolais X weanling heifers at the show & sale in Elphin Mart. On the right is exhibitor, Noel Sharkey with Judge’s Andy Mc Govern and Martin O’ Connor. Noel’s pen of weanling’s weighed on average 298 kg an sold for an average of €951, at just 7 months old. They are sired by a son of Meillard Rj.

Gerry Connellan being awarded second prize for the best pen of Charolais X bulls and heifers

Gerry Connellan from County Kildare was awarded second prize for the best pen of Charolais bulls and heifers. Gerry is a regular seller at Elphin Mart and is renowned for producing top quality Charolais weanlings. His pen of Charolais bulls weighed on average 386 kg and sold for an average of €1179, at 7 months old. His pen of heifers weighed on average 333 kg and sold for an average of €985, again at an average age of 7 months old. All Gerry’s weanlings are sired by his VCR bred stock bull.

This pen of Charolais weanling’s weighed on average 453 kg and sold for an average of €1201 at 9 months old. They are sired by a son of Roundhill Doc.  

Other prices of Charolais weanlings in Elphin included:

Heifers

420 kg – €1320 – 12 Months old

400 kg – €1185 – 9 Months old

325 kg – €1060 – 6 Months old

305 kg – €1035 – 6 Months old

295 kg – €1035 – 5 Months old

Bulls

410 kg – €1280 – 6 Months old

375 kg – €1280 – 6 Months old

355 kg – €1265 – 6 Months old

390 kg – €1255 – 6 Months old

360 kg – €1200 – 6 Months old

Milford Mart

Pictured above is Francie Browne with his Charolais cross weanling heifer who sold for €2100 at the recent show & sale in Milford Mart. She weighed just 307 kg, 6.84 c/kg.

Other prices of Charolais weanlings in Milford Mart included:

Heifers

266 kg – €1070

453 kg – €1420

Bulls 

303 kg – €1260

255 kg – €1120

432 kg – €1310

Donegal Town Mart

                             

Pictured above (left) is the Champion CHX weanling in Donegal Town Mart show & sale, born in January 2017, he weighed 510 kg and sold or €1390. On the the right is the first prize CHX heifer, born in April 2017, she weighed 364 kg and sold for €1220.

Charolais Cross weanling heifers being judged at the show & sale in Donegal Town Mart. 

Other prices of Charolais weanling’s in Donegal Town Mart:

334 kg bull – €1100 – 7 Months old

298 kg bull – €1100 – 6 Months old

364 kg heifer – €1220 – 6 Months old

Ballymote Mart

Sample prices of Charolais cross weanling’s from the show & sale in Ballymote Mart:

315 kg bull –  €1200

300 kg bull – €1060

390 kg bull – €1220

300 kg bull – €1070

220 kg heifer – €1000

325 kg heifer – €1260

Charolais making remarkable Genetic Improvements according to latest ICBF evaluations

How do we measure progress, one of the answers definitely must be achieving our objectives. The recent evaluations released by ICBF show that the Charolais breed in Ireland are achieving rapid genetic improvements in their Replacement traits over the past number of years. The genetic trend graphs below also show that Charolais cattle in Ireland are driving ahead for traits such as ‘Carcass Weight’ and ‘Carcass Conformation’. To improve on Terminal traits, Replacement traits and at the same time produce easy calving cattle, is not such an easy task. It is for this reason that it is inspiring to see that the recent evaluations clearly show that the Charolais breed in Ireland is consistently improving on Calving Ease, Carcass Confirmation, Carcass Weight, Milk and Fertility, all at the same time.

Graph 1 – Genetic trends for the Terminal and Replacement Index in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

The genetic trend for the ‘Terminal Index’ in pedigree Charolais cattle in Graph 1 reflects the outstanding progress that Irish Charolais breeders have been making in breeding generations of Pedigree cattle that are far better for terminal traits than their predecessors. However, the remarkable improvements that must be noted from this graph is in the Replacement Index over recent years, in traits such as Milk and Fertility.

Graph 2 – Genetic trend for the Milk Index in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

As can be seen in Graph 2, the ‘Milk Index’ in pedigree Charolais cattle has been improving gradually over the past few years.

Graph 3 – Genetic trend for the Calving Interval Index in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

A lower figure is desired for ‘Calving Interval’, which according to Graph 3 indicates that fertility is consistently improving in the pedigree Charolais population.

Graph 4 – Genetic trend for Carcass Weight in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

Graph 5 – Genetic trend for Carcass Confirmation in Pedigree Charolais Cattle

Graphs 4 and 5 clearly highlight the rapid gains made by Charolais breeders in Ireland with regards Carcass Weight and Carcass Confirmation. However, the key item to note from these improvements is the fact that they are being achieved in conjunction with Calving Ease. The Charolais breed average for Calving Difficulty continues to come down, reducing from 7.55% in 2014 to 7.15% at which it currently stands.