News 2019


Dear members,

It is hard to believe that yet another year is behind us again. This year has been a memorable one for our society having hosted the World Technical Congress in August. For the hard work you the membership put into the quality displayed at our National Show in Tullamore, I would like to say a sincere thank you.

To everyone who helped out in every way, especially the farms who made massive efforts to accommodate delegate visits, thank you. You should all be extremely proud of the representation of Irish Charolais you contributed to. For the first time ever, Irish Charolais genetics will travel to Australia.

2019 has certainly been a difficult year for our customers both suckler and finishers alike, but Charolais are still the number ONE across the board in commercial rings nationwide. We must do everything possible to capitalise on the obvious demand for what we as pedigree breeders produce.

The Christmas Cracker produced a sale the likes of which we haven’t seen for some time. With an 87% clearance rate and an average that was slightly up on last year, it certainly was refreshing to witness the demand for Charolais.

During 2019, we had a very productive meeting with all clubs and it was brilliant to see the enthusiasm stemming from the various debates which took place. This will be repeated early next year.

One club which deserves a special mention is the Galway Charolais Club. They have shown initiative in putting together a draft proposal which if taken on-board, could have a positive impact on future departmental schemes. It’s this kind of positive, forward thinking that is needed.

Given the increased focus on a greener climate, efficiency was never more relevant. The ability that Charolais possess to generate weight for age is key. No other beef breed compares. The statistics speak for themselves.

Council have made every effort to source new bloodlines on your behalf and thankfully this year has been fruitful. All going well, there will be some exciting new bulls available to you by early spring 2020.

On that note, I want to wish you all a very happy Christmas. Here’s hoping that 2020 will bring you everything you wish for.

Noel Mc Goldrick,

ICCS President.

Dispersal Sale of the Fairmount Pedigree Charolais herd

The Fairmount pedigree Charolais herd which was established over 25 years ago by Mrs Claire O Keeffe is being dispersed. Twenty two cows (nineteen of which are in calf) are being offered for sale at Kilkenny Mart on Thursday the 12th December. Three young 4 star Charolais bulls are also being offered for sale .The remainder of the young stock, weanlings, yearlings and 2 year old heifers and bulls will be sold over the next 12  to 18 months.

For enquiries contact Con O’Keeffe: 087 6822773 or Claire O’Keeffe: 087 3398639


The recent Winter Fair in Carrick on Shannon seen a tremendous trade for commercial Cattle.  The lively atmosphere around the ringside all weekend was uplifting for the entire Beef sector. However, there was a noticeable demand for Charolais cross progeny, which resulted in many Charolais crosses hitting the €5,000 mark. Pictured below are just some of those high sellers and those who picked up prizes in what was a fantastic show of Charolais Cross Cattle.

Reserve Senior Charolais Champion exhibited by Sean Hughes who sold for €5,000 (Sire: Lanzac)

Charolais Cross Heifer Calf exhibited by Martin Harold who sold for €5,000 (Sire: Charolais stock bull)

First prize Charolais Cross Heifer Calf under 350 kg exhibited by the Mc Gowan brothers, sold for €4,000 (Sire: Fiston)

Charolais Cross Heifer Calf exhibited by P & E Boland, sold for €4,000 (Sire: Fiston)

Overall Junior Charolais Champion exhibited by Pearse Mc Namee (Sire: Ashleigh Admiral)

Reserve Junior Charolais Champion exhibited by the Maxwell brothers

Overall Senior Charolais Champion exhibited by the Moorehead family

First prize Charolais Cross Male under 400 kg exhibited by the Wilson’s 

First prize Charolais Cross Male under 550 kg exhibited by John O’ Grady

Other leading prices of Charolais Cross Cattle included –

CHX heifer no tooth sold €2,000
CHX heifer no tooth sold €2,000
CHX heifer no tooth sold €1,900

CHX heifer no tooth sold €3500

CHX heifer no tooth sold €2350

Three CHX heifer calves under 350 kg sold €5000, €4000 and €2800

CHX Bull Calves
482 kg sold €1120
439 kg sold €1700
460 kg sold €1280
446 kg sold €1150
330 kg sold €1300
357 kg sold €1100

CHX Heifer Calves

423 kg sold €1000
391 kg sold €1300
398 kg sold €1900
460 kg sold €1650

444 kg sold €1620
398 kg sold €1200
450 kg sold €1500
460 kg sold €1300

337 kg sold €1500
270 kg sold €2150
356 kg sold €1900
347 kg sold €1400
304 kg sold €1200