Sales Reports

Elite Charolais Heifer Sale Another Tremendous Success

Charolais Heifers met another hot trade at the second year of the Elite Heifer Show & Sale in Tullamore last Saturday. Like last year, there was a fantastic offering of Heifers, from some of Ireland’s leading pedigree Charolais herds. Overall, 75% of the sixty Heifers on offer sold to an average of €3,280. On a day where there were many highlights, Kilduff Nikita ET from James and John Dunne in County Cavan capped it all, selling for the top price of €7,500 to Nigel and Gail Matchett from Portadown in County Armagh. This powerful October 2017 born Heifer who is a daughter of CF 52 and a Meillard bred dam, carries a terminal index value of €169. Judge Chris Curry of the Burradon Pedigree Charolais herd in the UK, tapped Nikita out as the Reserve Junior Champion earlier in the day, after she stood top of the line in what was terrific class of Junior Heifers.

Reserve Junior Champion Kilduff Nikita ET who sold for the top price of €7,500

Not far behind Nikita was the Senior Champion, Summervilla Niki exhibited by Tony and Ciaran O’ Donnell from Elphin, Co. Roscommon. This exceptionally well presented Heifer is a daughter of Cavelands Fenian and a Fury Action bred dam. Once again the buyers were Nigel and Gail Matchett from Portadown in County Armagh. The Matchett’s run the well known Birches Pedigree herd in Northern Ireland and export a large number of Cattle to the UK every year.

Senior Champion Summervilla Niki who sold for €7,000

Next best in the sales ring at €6,800 was the Overall Junior Champion, Tullaghan Nova ET exhibited by Michael Daly from County Leitrim. This well bred Heifer caught the eye of many around the ringside as well as Judge Chris Curry, before selling to Gerry Lynch of the Knockmoyle Pedigree Charolais herd in County Clare. Sired by the famous Domino, Nova also carries an impressive set of indexes, consisting of a terminal index value of €169 and replacement index of €50.

Junior Champion Tullaghan Nova ET who sold for €6,800

John O Grady from Glenamaddy in County Galway then received a call of €5,100 for his Reserve Senior Champion, Glenree Matilda ET. This August 2016 born Heifer is a daughter of Royal Excellent and Royal Adeline, two well bred French lines. Securing this one was Damian Maher from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

Reserve Senior Champion Glenree Matilda ET who sold for €5,100 

Gerry O’ Keeffe from Knocklong in County Limerick then traded his second prize winner, Grangwood North for €4,700. This April 2017 born Heifer is a daughter of the popular Pirate and a Texan gie bred dam. Snapping this impressive offering up was Clare Ferris in County Down. The Daly’s from County Leitrim were back in action once again, when Ciaran Daly received a sum of €4,500 for Tawny Mermaid. Once again this Heifer is a daughter of Pirate, with CF 52 and Dovea Gin Tonic in the cow line. This one will now join Matthew Doonaun in Tulla, Co. Clare.

It was smiles all round as young Ciaran O’ Donnell was tapped out as the Overall Senior Champion 

Three lots then shared a price tag of €4,000. First up was Tullyloyd Nora exhibited by Gerard Beirne from Elphin, Co. Roscommon. This January 2017 born daughter of Cavelands Fenian sold with an impressive display of indexes, comprising a five star replacement index of €95 and five star terminal index of €147. Next up at €4,000 was Fieldview Natalie exhibited by County Monaghan breeder, David Erskine. This stylish 19 month old Heifer is a daughter of the home bred Fieldview Jethro and was wrapped up by Kevin Mc Grath from Boyle, Co. Sligo. The final Heifer to exchange hands at €4,000 was the first prize winner, Limkiln Nicole ET from Richard Hackett in County Clare. Another attractive offering, Nicole is a daughter of Panama and a Plexus bred dam. She was also purchased by Nigel and Gail Matchett of the Birches Charolais herd in Northern Ireland.

Two lots then traded at €3,900 a piece, the first came in the form of Clenagh Millie ET exhibited by the Quin family in County Clare. This daughter of CF 52 and a Roundhill Rocky bred dam was secured by Jimmy Kelly from Ardagh, Co. Limerick. Ciaran Daly from North Leitrim was the second man to receive a call of €3,900 for his March 2017 born Heifer, Tawny Naya sired by Blelack Digger. Naya was one of the highest replacement index Heifers cataloged, carrying a value of €113. She will now take up residence with Louis Mc Gonagle from neighboring County Donegal.

Clenagh Millie ET going under the hammer at €3,900 for the Quin family  

At €3,750 was the first prize winner Gallaway Mini exhibited by Michael Kiernan from Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. This rising two year old who is a daughter of Inverlochy Ferdie sold to Michael O’ Connor from County Clare. Two Heifers went under Tom Cox’s hammer at €3,700. The first was Kiltorcan08 Maria Helena exhibited by Eoin Reid from County Kilkenny. This powerful daughter of Pirate goes back to the well bred french cow, Goldstar Alizee and is scanned in calf to Cavelands Fenian. Securing this one was the Irish Charolais Cattle Society for Nicole Mc Padden from Rhode, Co. Offaly as her prize for winning this year’s ICCS Marketing competition. Michael Grant made his trip from Buncrana in County Donegal worth while, when his Heifer Maghermore Nora ET was knocked down at €3,700 to James Callion from Omagh, Co. Tyrone. This stylish lot is a daughter of Oldstone Egbert and a CF 52 bred dam.

Kiltorcan08 Maria Helena with exhibitor Patrick Reid and new owner Nicole Mc Padden

Other leading prices included:

€3,600 for Rooskeynamona Madonna ET sired by Major and exhibited by Gerard Mulligan from County Leitrim

€3,500 for Summervilla Nice sired by Tombapik and exhibited by Tony & Ciaran O’ Donnell from County Roscommon

€3,200 for Dereskit Martina 870 sired by Derryolam Impeccable and exhibited by Basil Bothwell from County Cavan

€3,050 for Kilbline 1 Lucinda ET sired by Enfield Hari kiri and exhibited by Noel Sugrue from County Kilkenny

€3,050 for Kilvilcorris Mary sired by Enfield Plexus and exhibited by Matt Ryan from County Tipperary

The next Society Show & Sale is the Christmas Cracker which will take place in Elphin Mart, Co. Roscommon on Saturday 1st December 2018, where there will be 101 bulls on offer

 

 

Lisnagre leads the way in bumper packed November sale

Last Saturday, Tullamore Mart played host to a larger than normal show of Charolais bulls, resulting in what could only be described as a buyer’s market on the day. Overall, 42 bulls traded hands at an average price of €3,100. It must be noted that the number of bulls sold was only slightly down on the same sale last year, which was a flying trade, a sign of the number of bulls offered for sale on Saturday. Topping the trade at €6,400 was Lisnagre Natural ET for County Westmeath breeder, Jim Geoghegan. This June 2017 born son of Pirate and a Major bred dam is a full brother to the €13,500, Lisnagre Jasper. Boasting a five star terminal index of €146 and a calving figure of 7.1%, Natural was snapped up outside the sales ring by Padraig Bollard from Rochfortbridge. Commenting on his purchase Padraig explained, “I have had a number of Lisnagre bulls in the past who have bred exceptionally well for me, and I have been watching this bull all year”.

Lisnagre Natural ET who sold for the top price of €6,400

Next best in the sales ring at €4,500 was Knockmoyle10 Nelson, a son of the popular NCBC sire, Fiston. Bred and exhibited by Gerry Lynch from Tulla, Co. Clare, Nelson is a descendant of the herd’s prolific breeding cow, Ashleigh Cleo. Having picked up a red rosette in the pre-sale show, he also sold with a massive five star terminal index of €181. Wrapping this one up was Mervyn Payne from County Kildare.

Receiving a call of €4,100 was Feakle Niall exhibited by Michael Green from County Clare. A July 2017 born son of the legendary CF 52 and a Pirate bred dam, Niall combined looks and figures, carrying a five star terminal index of €142. He went northwards with David Boal from County Donegal.

Securing the Senior Champion in the pre-sale show was William and Niall Flynn from Newbridge, Co. Galway with Tullyvillage Narcos. This 18 months old bull is another son of Fiston and a Utrillo-Bp bred dam. The Champion entered the sales ring with a five star terminal index of €130, a five star replacement index of €85 and a calving figure of just 5.3%. He was knocked down at €4,000 to local Tullamore man, Thomas Finnamore.

Senior Champion Tullyvillage Narcos who sold for €4,000

Judge, Nigel Matchett from Portadown found his Reserve Senior Champion in the form of Corney Niall exhibited by David Magee from County Cavan. This June 2017 born bull who is a son of Goldstar Echo and a Padirac bred dam, was snapped up at €3,100 by John Barrett from County Galway.

Reserve Senior Champion Corney Niall who sold for €3,100

County Tipperary breeders, Matt and PJ Ryan had a successful day in the sales ring, parting ways with their two offerings at €3,800 and €3,700, respectively. First up at €3,800 was Kilvilcorris Noble, a son of Goldstar Echo and a Oscar bred dam. This March 2017 born bull who carried a five star terminal index of €131 and a calving figure of 7.9%, will now join Vincent Behan in County Waterford. Then at €3,700 was the 13 month old, Kilvilcorris Ned 2, a son of CF 52 and a Indurain bred dam. Once again, this bull possessed a five star terminal index of €165 and an attractive calving figure of just 6.1%. He will now take up residence with County Clare farmer, Tony Burns.

Jarleth and Charlene Tracey from Tuam, County Galway traded their 15 month old bull, Claregal Narth for a sum of €3,700. One of the highest index bulls in the catalogue, Narth sold with a five star terminal index of €150, a five star replacement index of €89 and a calving figure of 7.5%. A son of Thrunton Bonjovi and a Blelack Digger bred dam, Auctioneer Tom Cox dropped this one to Patrick Lucey from County Cork.

Thomas Keane from Westport in County Mayo received a total of €7,350 for his twin bulls, Cuillmore Nathan and Noel 2. Sons of Fiston and a Cottage Devon bred dam, these July 2017 born bulls sold with identical indexes, consisting of a five star terminal index of €139 and a calving figure of 8.8%. First into the ring was Nathan who sold to Albert Hardy from County Offaly for €3,600, with his sibling, Noel 2 following directly after at €3,750, selling to Tom Kilcooley from County Galway.

Up next at €3,650 was a full brother to the Dovea AI sire, Pottlereagh Mark. Exhibited by the Hughes family from County Monaghan, this July 2017 born bull sold with a perfect set of indexes, consisting of a five star terminal index of €150, a five star replacement index of €114 and a calving figure of just 5.6%. Securing this attractive offering was Padraic Ryan from County Sligo.

The Junior Champion of the show was awarded to John Fleury from Killyon, Co. Offaly with Drumcullen Nevada 2, a stylish son of Lyonsdemesne Pat and a Prime Roberto bred dam. In reserve was Glenree Noah ET exhibited by John O’ Grady from Glenamaddy, Co. Galway. This 14 month old bull is a son of Nelson and once again a Prime Roberto bred dam. Both the Junior and Reserve Junior Champion failed to meet their reserve and left the sales ring unsold.

Junior Champion Drumcullen Nevada 2 

Other leading prices included:

€3,300 for Elfeet Noel sired by Tombapik and exhibited by Sal Boyd from County Roscommon

€3,300 for Abbeymore Neymar sired by Fiston and exhibited by James Foudy from County Clare

€3,250 for Kilgeever Noah sired by Fiston and exhibited by Willam Scanlon from County Mayo

€3,200 for Ballyconboy Nipper sired by Drumcullen JJ and exhibited by John Connor from County Roscommon

€3,200 for Western Natural sired by Fiston and exhibited by Joe Clancy from County Galway

€3,000 for Windmill Nijinsky sired by Blelack Digger and exhibited by Richard Nerney from County Roscommon

€3,000 for Drumcullen Newton sired by Drumcullen JJ and exhibited by John Fleury from County Offaly

€3,000 for Bostonia Nelson 2 sired by Thrunton Bonjovi and exhibited by Brendan Feeney from County Sligo

€3,000 for Pottlereagh Nicolas sired by CF 52 and exhibited by Elizabeth Hughes from County Cavan

Next Society Show & Sale is the Elite Heifer Sale on Saturday 10th November in Tullamore Mart with 85 Heifers cataloged. The Christmas Cracker Sale will then take place in Elphin Mart on Saturday 1st December with 101 Bulls cataloged

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charolais bulls in high demand at Tullamore

Despite a tough Winter and a sluggish trade experienced across all breeds this Spring, Charolais Society sales have enjoyed a lively trade right throughout. Saturday’s sale in Tullamore was the last of our Spring sales, in which bulls were a tremendous trade. The fact that many of the 125 bulls cataloged were sold privately prior to sale, greatly helped boost the trade for those that were present. Overall 85% of the bulls on offer sold to an average of €3,227. Topping the trade at €6,200 and stealing the limelight was the Junior Champion, Clenagh Noble 2, exhibited by the Quin family from Newmarket-On-Fergus, Co. Clare. This eye catching son of Goldstar Echo and a CF 52 bred dam, sold with one of the most decorative set of indexes in the Catalogue, with a replacement index of €88, a massive terminal index of €192 and a calving figure of 7.8%. Just 14 months old, this hotly sought after young bull was snapped up by Gareth Dunne from Belturbet in County Cavan.

Junior Champion Clenagh Noble 2

Not far behind at €5,800 was the Reserve Junior Champion, Cloughbrack Nelson, exhibited by Mattie Kelly from Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.  A son of Voimo and a Prime Roberto bred dam, this 13 month old bull attracted some brisk bidding, before being knocked down to Thomas Burke from County Galway. He carries a five star replacement index of €83 and a calving figure of just 5.9%.

Reserve Junior Champion Cloughbrack Nelson 

Next best in the sales ring at €5,600 was the second prize winner, Aheybridge Nathy, exhibited by Michael Sexton from Mullagh, Ennis, Co. Clare. A son of the popular Pirate and a Glenville Victor bred dam, Nathy sold with a five star terminal index of €147 and a calving figure of just 5.4%. Wrapping up this quality, January 2017 born bull was suckler farmer, Shaun Corcoran from Ballybrit, Co. Galway.

Two bulls then shared the price tag of €4,600. First up was Ballydavis News ET, exhibited by Michael and Kathleen Hargroves from Portlaoise, Co. Laois. This 14 month old bull stood top of the line in his class, under Judge, Sean Mc Govern from Northern Ireland. The Ballydavis bull enjoyed an eventful show career in 2017, picking up the Reserve Junior Champion at the National Charolais Show. A son of Bova Sylvain and a Indurain bred dam, stars were not in abundance, but quality shone through, with Patrick Thomas from County Waterford securing this one after some strong bidding. Galway breeder, Mattie Kelly was back in action when his young 12 month old bull, Cloughbrack Nathan went under the hammer at €4,600. Despite being the last bull into the ring, Nathan witnessed bids coming from numerous directions, with Jim Burke from County Roscommon winning out.  A son of Vosgien Vf and a Pinay bred dam, this bull carries a five star replacement index of €114, a five star terminal index of €146 and calving figure of just 4.8%. It was evident throughout the sale that Calving indexes were being focused on by farmers.

In the pre-sale show, Judge Sean Mc Govern selected Dalehill Noel exhibited by Basil Kells from County Cavan as his Senior Champion. A son of Prime Roberto and a CF 52 bred dam, this January 2017 born bull sold with a boastful five star terminal index of €157 and a below average calving figure of 7.1%. Noel was one of the few bulls to head North on the day, selling for €4,100 to Walter Hogg from County Tyrone.

Senior Champion Dalehill Noel

The Reserve Senior Champion was awarded to Kilbline 1 Manager ET exhibited by the Sugrue family from County Kilkenny. This huge son of Utrillo Mic and a Domino bred dam, received a call of €3,000 from Robert Clarke, Roscrea, County Tipperary. The Kilkenny bred bull carries a five star terminal index of €166 and an above average calving figure of 11.3%.

Reserve Senior Champion Kilbline 1 Manager ET

At €4,100 was the 17 month old Dreena Marti exhibited by Pat O’ Hara from Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry. This Thrunton Nostradamus son carries some reliable sires on his dam’s side, in Goldstar Echo and CF 51. As well as possessing a five star terminal index of €152, Marti also carries an above average calving figure of 8.4%. Not far behind at €4,050 was Carrowkeel08 Nick 2 exhibited by Tommy Gormley from Elphin, County Roscommon. This 13 month old son of Goldstar Echo displayed a full page of stars, carrying a five star terminal index of €128, a five star replacement index of €100 and a calving figure of 7.3%. Successful bidder on this one was Portlaoise suckler farmer, John Ryan.

County Longford breeders, Tom and Karl Farrell parted company with their 13 month old bull, Cornadrung Noah for €3,900. A son of the widely used NCBC sire, Fiston, Noah went to sale with a productive show season under his belt, after picking up a red rosette at the 2017 National Charolais Show. Securing this high terminal index young bull was Eamon Duffy from Kells, Co. Meath. Once again this bull sold with below average calving figure of 6.1%. Two bulls would exchange hands at €3,800, the first being Williamstown Michael ET sired by Texan gie. Exhibited by Aidan Farrell from Moate, Co. Westmeath, this September 2016 born bull was scarce on indexes, but caught the eye of Judge, Sean Mc Govern to pick up a red rosette in the first class of the day. Also hitting the €3,800 mark was Cavelands Mico exhibited by Sean Waldron from Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. This time indexes were in abundance, as Mico displayed a five star terminal index of €147, a five star replacement index of €108 and a calving figure of just 6.8%. Once again it is the popular NCBC bull, Fiston who is the sire.

The Quin family from Newmarket-On-Fergus, County Clare would go on to enjoy more success, as they traded Clenagh Nevada by Texan gie for €3,700. A 14 month old bull, Nevada sold with a five star terminal index of €135 and a calving figure of 7.1%. Three bulls then went under the hammer at €3,600. First up was Kilvilcorris Mann exhibited by Matt and PJ Ryan from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Sired by Prime Roberto and out of a Pirate bred dam, this high index young bull picked up a second prize rosette in the pre-sale show. Snapping Mann up was a County Meath suckler farmer. David Erskine also received a call of €3,600 for his 15 month old bull, Fieldview Nike sired by Enfield Plexus. Another first prize winner from the pre-sale show, Nike struggled on indexes, but attracted a lot of positive attention in the sales ring, eventually being knocked down to Pat Feeney from County Sligo. Cavehill Napoleon from Padraig Farrell was the third bull to attract a bid of €3,600. This stylish son of CF 52 and a Pirate bred dam, carries a five star terminal index of €143 and a calving figure of €143. Laying on the final bid here was Pat Hanley from County Roscommon.

Other leading prices included:

€3,300 for Tawny Mr Frisky sired by Doonally Donald, exhibited by Ciaran Daly from County Leitrim

€3,300 for Tawny Net Profit sired by Pirate, exhibited by Ciaran Daly from County Leitrim

€3,200 for Dalehill Moses sired Cloverfield Excellent, exhibited by Basil Kells from County Cavan

€3,200 for Dereskit Navigator 2 sired by Commandeur, exhibited by Basil Bothwell from County Cavan