Sales Reports

NOBLE PRINCE HITS €15,000 AT CHAROLAIS PREMIER

On a day when only those that were exhibiting and buying were asked to attend due to the ongoing Covid-19 concerns, a young Longford bred bull, Noble Prince, was the undoubtedly the jewel in the Crown, selling for the day’s highest price of €15,000. Exhibited by Harry and Heather Noble from just outside Edgeworthstown, Prince received considerable interest from both pedigree and commercial breeders from Ireland and the UK. Earlier that day, Judge Will Shortt of the Woodpark herd in Northern Ireland awarded the Thrunton Fairfax son the Overall Junior Championship in the show ring. Born in January 2019, Prince also came with a five star Replacement index of €94 and a calving figure of just 5.2% on beef cows. After an exciting round of bidding, Bartley Finnegan from Elite Pedigree Genetics secured Prince for his AI stud. Taking all factor’s into account, quality bulls received a strong demand right throughout the day, with a clearance rate of 66%, selling to a healthy average price of €3,785.

Noble Prince

The day’s second highest price of €7,200 was achieved by Limklin Pajoe ET, exhibited by Richard Hackett from Clonlara, Co. Clare. This 13 month old Pirate son out of a CF 52 bred dam catalogued with an eye catching five star terminal index of €166 and a calving figure of 6.9% on beef cows. Pajoe stood second in his class in the pre-sale show and was wrapped up by Gerard Hackett from Clogher in County Tyrone. This bull carries one copy of the F94L and Q204X genes. Next best to him at €5,700 was Mattie Kelly’s first prize winner, Cloughbrack Pathfinder. This classy Goldstar Echo son was just 13 months old on the day of Sale and displayed a five star terminal index of €139. The Galway bred bull carries one copy of the Q204X gene and was secured in the Sales ring by Bernard Rudden from County Roscommon.

Cloughbrack Pathfinder

Gallaway Ollie was next best at €5,000, exhibited by Michael Kiernan from Carrigallen in County Leitrim. A Fiston son out of a Bova Sylvain bred dam, this 17 month old bull displayed a decorative set of indexes which included a five star terminal index of €154, a five star replacement index of €98 and a calving figure of just 6.8% on beef cows. Having secured a third prize rosette in the pre-sale show, he was snapped up in the sales ring by Brian Jordan from Deerpark in County Longford.

Gallaway Ollie

David Erskine from the Crosses in County Monaghan had a worthwhile trip, selling his two offering’s at €4,800 and €4,000, respectively. First up at €4,000 was Fieldview Option, an October 2018 born son of Whitecliffe James and a Prime Roberto bred dam. A second prize winner from the pre-sale show, Option catalogued with a five star terminal index of €134, a calving figure of just 4.8% and displayed one copy of the F94L gene. He sold to Anthony Mc Veigh from Carrickmacross in County Monaghan. His stablemate, Fieldview Pedro then went under the hammer at €4,800, selling to Donal Callery from Cookstown in County Meath. This stylish son of Goldstar Echo stood top of his class in the pre-sale show and carries one copy of the F94L gene. The 13 month old Pedro carried a four star terminal and replacement index.

Fieldview Pedro

The Overall Senior Male Champion was awarded to Kilvilcorris Odran, a son of Prime Roberto and a Pirate bred dam. The property of Matt and PJ Ryan from County Tipperary, this powerful well made bull romped his way to €4,700 in the sales ring, selling to James Cosgrave in Enfield, County Meath. He too carried one copy of the F94L gene.

Kilvilcorris Odran 

Two bulls then shared the price tag of €4,500, the first of which was the Reserve Junior Champion, Aghafad Prince. Exhibited by Edward Walshe from County Monaghan, the young 12 month old Prince is a son of Goldstar Echo and a Dromiskin Pedro bred dam. Having the final call on this one was John Gervis from Ballygawley in County Tyrone. Also hitting the €4,500 mark was Tullaghan Prince Charming, exhibited by Michael Daniel Daly from Tullaghan in County Leitrim. A third prize winner from the pre-sale show, Prince Charming is a son of Knockmoyle Loki and a Grimaldi bred dam. He sold with a five star terminal index of €163 and carries two copies of the F94L gene. This one also went North with Andrew Mc Cammond.

Aghafad Prince

Geremy Mc Gonigle from County Donegal received a call of €4,400 for his 14 month old, Whinfort Orlando. A son of Goldstar Ludwig and a CF 52 bred dam, Orlando sold with a whopping five star terminal index of €198. Securing this one was Bryan Barber from Grange in County Sligo.

Whinfort Orlando 

Bostonia Oldmcdonald exhibited by Brendan Feeney from County Sligo was tapped out as the Reserve Senior Champion. This Goldies Icon son is out of a Liscally Eti bred daughter, who was purchased at the Elite Heifer Sale in November 2017. Tom Cox dropped the hammer on this one at €3,200, selling to Padraig Loughney from Kinocn, County Sligo.

Bostonia Oldmcdonlad

Other leading prices in the Bulls included:

€4,200 for Roughan Otter 3 sired by Roughan London, exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from County Donegal

€4,100 for Ballynabreen Oswald sired by Knockmoyle Loki, exhibited by John Mc Dermott from County Donegal

€4,000 for Aughnasheelin Otter ET sired by CF 52, exhibited by Michael Mc Girl from County Leitrim

€4,000 for Caldragh Pete sired by Prime Roberto, exhibited by Gerard Beirne from County Roscommon

€4,000 for Crossmolina Peader sired Balmyle Vagabond, exhibited by Alan Wood from County Mayo

€3,700 for Faus Oak sired Pottlereagh Mark, exhibited by Sal Boyd from County Roscommon

€3,700 for Tonroe Prettyfly4awhiteguy sired by Cavelands Fenian, exhibited by Vincent Callaghan from County Mayo

€3,700 for Roughan Ola sired by Roughan London, exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from County Donegal

€3,600 for Kilvilcorris Ortona sired by Thrunton Bonjovi, exhibited by Matt and PJ Ryan from County Tipperary

The small entry of Females met a good trade, selling to an average of €3,583. Topping the Female trade at €6,100 was the Champion, Clenagh Orion exhibited by the Quin family from Newmarket On Fergus, County Clare. This stylish two year old daughter of Clenagh Lyle sold in calf to Chic. She catalogued with a thumping five star terminal index of €178, and carries one copy of the F94L and Q204X genes. Securing the Champion was Cillian Nugent from Northern Ireland.

Clenagh Orion

The Reserve Female Championship was awarded to Cloughbrack Peaches, the property of Mattie Kelly from Newbridge in County Galway. At just 14 months old, this young heifer is a daughter of Knockmoyle Loki and a Sportsmans Columbo bred dam. Peaches carries one copy of both the F94L and Q204X genes. This one went under Tom Cox’s hammer at €3,700, selling to Enda Murphy from County Monaghan.

Cloughbrack Peaches

Michael Daniel Daly from Tullaghan in County Leitrim received a bid of €3,500 for Tullaghan Pixie, a daughter of Knockmoyle Loki and a Enfield Plexus bred dam. Having the final call on Pixie was Noel Lafferty from County Monaghan. Sean Reid from Ballyhale in County Kilkenny parted company with Kiltorcan08 Nelly at €3,400. This powerful in calf daughter of Goldstar Echo sold to Annita Duffy from Gurteen in County Galway.

The next Society Show and Sale is planned for Saturday the 25th April in Tullamore Mart

 

CHAROLAIS BULLS IN DEMAND AT TULLAMORE

The flourishing trade for Charolais Bulls has started were it left off in 2019, with another lively sale in Tullamore last Saturday. There was a smaller than normal entry, with many bulls destined for the Sale finding new homes on farms in recent weeks. The strong trade for Charolais weanling’s and stores in the commercial market clearly driving demand. Overall, 90% of the bulls forward sold to average €3,254. This was also the first official ICCS Sale in which all bull’s were Genotyped and Myostatin tested. Topping the trade on the day was Rathfeston Oz ET at €4,800. The property of Wayne Mulligan from Geashill in County Offaly, this stylish 17 month old bull is a son of Jupiter and Rathfeston Lizzy ET, a daughter of french sire, Erckmann. Oz catalogued with a five star terminal index of €143, a calving figure of 6.3% on beef cows and carried one copy of the F94L gene. After brisk bidding from many potential buyers, he was eventually knocked down to Mike Kissane from Cahirciveen in County Kerry.

Rathfeston Oz ET

Not far behind at €4,700 was Matt and PJ Ryan with Kilvilcorris Olav. This 16 month old bull is a son of Pirate and the Major bred daughter, Kilvilcorris Ladonna. Olav displayed an impressive set of indexes which included a five star terminal index of €148, a four star replacement index of €67 and a below average calving figure of 4.8% on beef cows. This second prize winner from the pre-sale show also carries one copy of the F94L gene. He found his new home with a suckler farmer from County Westmeath.

Kilvilcorris Olav

At €4,600 was the Overall Champion from the pre-sale show, Cloughbrack Ohio exhibited by Mattie Kelly from Newbridge in County Galway. This 16 month old bull caught the eye of Judge, Alan Burleigh from the moment he entered the ring. A son of Enfield Plexus and a CF 52 bred daughter, this bull carries two copies of the Q204X gene. He was snapped up in the sales ring by Thomas Hughes from Newry in County Down.

Cloughbrack Ohio

Two bulls then exchanged hands at €4,300. The first to go under the hammer was the first prize winner, Lisnagre Oz ET exhibited by Jim Geoghegan from Streamstown in County Westmeath. This 17 month old son of Pirate and the Major daughter, Ballydownan Curie, carries a whopping five star terminal index of €167 and a below average calving figure of €5.8% on beef cows. He sold to County Kerry suckler farmer, Tim O Sullivan.

Lisnagre Oz ET

Also selling at €4,300 was Derryolam Otto, a son of CF 52 and a Pacha bred daughter. Exhibited by Niall Mc Nally from County Monaghan, the 16 month old Otto catalogued with a five star terminal index of €144, a below average calving figure of 4.3% on beef cows and displayed one copy of the F94L gene. He was wrapped up in the sales ring by Declan Murray from Roscrea.

Seamus Nolan from County Kilkenny then realised €4,200 for his October 2018 born, Firoda Odo ET. Sired by the popular french sire, Bourgogne, this young bull came to sale with an impressive set of indexes, including a five star replacement index of €116, a four star terminal index of €126 and a well below average calving figure of 3.9% on beef cows. Richard Steadman from County Wicklow had the final call on this one.

The Reserve Champion from the pre-sale show was awarded to Weskel Orlando ET, exhibited by Wesley Kellett from Bailieborough in County Cavan. This classy bull is a son of the high performance UK sire, Blelack Digger, and a Liscally Eti bred daughter. Displaying one of the most decorative set of indexes in the catalogue, Orlando failed to meet his reserve in the sales ring, but exchanged hands outside the ring at €4,000.

Weskel Orlando ET

David Magee from Ballyconnell in County Cavan then received a call of €3,900 for the second prize winner, Corney Ozzy. A September 2018 born son of Goldstar Echo and a Padirac bred dam, Ozzy sold with a five star terminal index of €142 and went North with Dessie Rafferty from Omagh in County Tyrone. Also hitting the €3,900 mark was Drumcullen Obama, a 15 month old son of Drumcullen JJ. Exhibited by John Fleury from Killyon in County Offaly, Obama displayed a five star terminal index of €162, a five star replacement index of €123 and a calving figure of just 5.3% on beef cows. He also carries one copy of the F94L gene and once again went North with S & A Conway from Omagh.

Other leading prices included:

€3,700 for Tullyharnet Ozie sired by Tombapik and exhibited by Noel Laverty from County Monaghan

€3,600 for Ballym Pat sired by Goldstar Luigi ET and exhibited by Louise Quinn from County Offaly

€3,500 for Kilvilcorris Oslo sired by Thrunton Bonjovi and exhibited by Matt and PJ Ryan from County Tipperary

€3,450 for Cloonshanna Ohmygod sired by Hideal and exhibited by Thomas Mc Gowan from County Roscommon

€3,000 for Portanure Othello sired by Carrickbrack96 Hutch and exhibited by Gerard Farrell from County Longford

€3,000 for Ballym Peter sired by Ballym Falcon and exhibited by Louise Quinn from County Offaly

The next Society Show & Sale is the Premier which will take place in Elphin Mart, Co. Roscommon on Saturday the 14th March, with 82 Bulls and 11 Heifers catalogued 

 

 

 

 

A CRACKER TO REMEMBER

  • Top price of €11,500
  • Clearance rate of 87%
  • Average price of €4,275 
  • 20 Bulls sold for €5,000 or more
  • 35 Bulls sold from €3,000 – €5000

 

Last Saturday’s Christmas Cracker Show and Sale in Elphin Mart will remain in the memories of many breeders for some time, and all for the right reasons. The Sale provided a fantastic trade for Charolais bulls right throughout the day. Overall, 87% of the 83 bulls present on the day sold to an average of €4,275. Despite all the negativity surrounding farming and beef production recently, it was uplifting for all those present to witness the vibrant bidding and such a tremendous atmosphere around the ringside. It was clear for all to see that suckling farming is still alive and well.

One man that will remember this Sale for some time is debutante breeder, Conor O’ Neill from Athboy in County Meath. His first outing to a Society Sale seen him sell his 14 month old bull, Bud Orpheus, for the top price of €11,500. This powerful son of CF 52 also picked up a red rosette in the pre-sale show, which was hotly contested in all nine classes. His dam, Western Icon is a daughter of Pirate who was purchased as a breeding Heifer from Joe Clancy in County Galway. The Sale topper also packed an impressive terminal index of €162 and a calving figure of just 6.5%. After some lively bidding, Dovea Genetics eventually secured Orpheus for their AI stud.

Bud Orpheus

It was certainly a day to cherish for Rory Cullen from Killoe in County Longford, who picked up both the Intermediate and Reserve Intermediate Championship with his stylish pair of bulls, Glera Oran and Glera Oneshot. The pair would also go on to acquire the second and third highest prices of the day, at €10,200 and €9,500.

Glera Oneshot and Glera Oran

Selling at €10,200 was the Intermediate Champion, Glera Oran, who is a son of Cavelands Fenian and an Oldstone Egbert bred dam. Born in August 2018, Oran displayed eye appeal alongside a five star terminal index of €149 and a calving figure of 8%. Snapping this one up was the National Cattle Breeding Centre.

Glera Oran

Not far behind Oran was his stablemate and the Reserve Intermediate Champion, Glera Oneshot at €9,500. A son of the legendary CF 52 and another Oldstone Egbert bred dam, this 15 month old bull carries a boastful terminal index of €164 and a calving figure of 8.4%. Wrapping him up was Northern Ireland suckler farmer, William Adams from County Tyrone.

Glera Oneshot

Nest best in the Sales ring at €9,200 was Goldstar Oscar from the Ryan family in County Tipperary. This tremendously well made bull is once again a son of none other, than CF 52. His dam is the well known show cow and Valseur daughter, Goldstar Falkland. At just 14 months old, Oscar catalogued with an eye catching five star terminal index of €178 and well below average calving figure of 5.1%. This one also went North with William Kelly from County Down. The Ryan family also traded the 15 month old Goldstar Organdi ET at €5,500. Organdi is a son of Goldstar Hugo ET and is a full brother to the €11,000 Goldstar Osanna.

Trading at €9,000 was Cloonglasna11 Oscar exhibited by the Egan brothers from Ballina in County Mayo. Having picked up the Overall Senior Male Calf Championship at this year’s National Charolais Show, this entry was always hotly anticipated. Judge Terry Coghill from the Orkney Islands, who was accompanied by Junior Judge, Cathal Gormley, made no hesitation in awarding the Mayo bred bull the Junior Champion in the pre-sale show. A son of Balmyle Vagabond and a Cloverfield Excellent bred dam, this 14 month old bull catalogued with a five star terminal index of €145. He sold to a County Cavan suckler farmer.

Cloonglasna11 Oscar

The Roughan herd of Pat Mc Clean in County Donegal enjoyed a wonderful day’s selling, trading five bulls for a total sum of €28,000. Leading the Roughan charge was Roughan Ondon 2, a well muscled son of the outstanding Roughan Gibraltar and a Roughan Galant bred dam. This September 2018 born bull carries a five star terminal index of €154 and a well below average calving figure of 6.2%.

Roughan Ondon 2

Also hailing from the Roughan herd was the Overall Senior Champion, Roughan Outh. This June 2018 born bull is a son of Roughan Justbeau and a Roughan Echo bred dam. He catalogued with a four star terminal index of €124 and a four star replacement index of €79, alongside a calving figure of 8.1%. Padraic Hegarty from County Longford secured Outh with a bid of €5,600. Hot on his heel’s was his herd mate, Roughan Owner at €5,500. This 14 month old bull is a son of the herd’s new stock bull Roughan London and a Roughan Echo bred dam. He was knocked down to Matt Workman from County Antrim.

Roughan Outh

Richard Hackett from Clonlara in County Clare received a call of €7,600 for his 14 month old Limkiln Oats 2 ET, who stood top of the line in his class in the pre-sale show. This Pirate son out of a CF 52 bred dam attracted a lot of interest all year, as a regular winner on the Summer show circuit. Carrying a whopping five star terminal index of €176, Tom Cox had no problem looking for bids on this one, eventually knocking him down to Gilbert Anderson from County Donegal.

Limkiln Oats 2 ET

Jon and Lewis Regan from Castlegal in County Leitrim also had an eventful day in the Sales ring, selling their five entries for a total sum of €22,000. Leading their offering’s at €7,500 was Fivestar Opal 3 ET, who was also awarded the Reserve Junior Champion earlier in the day. This 14 month old bull is a son of Goldstar Echo and the prolific Padirac bred dam, Maerdy Entry. Snapping this one up was Michael Cosgrove from Roscrea in County Tipperary. The Castlegal men then traded his full brother, Fivestar Opal 2 ET at €5,200. Martin Barr from Crocketford in Scotland made no mistake in having the final call on this one.

Fivestar Opal 3 ET

The Mc Govern brothers from Fivemilebourne enjoyed another wonderful day out, parting ways with their two entries for €12,000. The duo first received a call of €6,000 for Crossane4 Oscar, who claimed the Reserve Senior Championship that morning. This classy son of Whitecliffe James is the first calf of Clenagh Lola 2 ET, who herself was purchased at the Premier Show and Sale in Elphin in March 2018. He sold to Gordan Davis from Dromore in Northern Ireland.

Crossane4 Oscar

His companion, Crossane4 One Of A Kind sold for the same price tag of €6,000 to David Chestnutt from Bushmills in County Antrim. This powerful bull was a regular prize winner on the Show circuit this summer and is a son of the french sire, Heracles, and the Liscally Eti bred daughter, Tonroe Hippie.

Crossane4 One Of A kind

The one and only CF 52 produced the goods once again, when Brendan Mc Feely from Ballybofey in County Donegal exchanged hands with another son, Daisyhill Orlando, for €5,800. At just 13 months old, this young bull displayed real potential along with a five star terminal index of €144. After picking up a second prize rosette in the pre-sale show, Auctioneer Tom Cox dropped the hammer to Jennifer Clarke from County Derry.

The Donegal men were back in action once again, when John and Kevin Mc Dermott from Innishowen sold Ballynabreen Oliver 2 for €5,600. A son of Blelack Digger and a Lyonsdemesne Tzar bred dam, this 15 month old bull displayed one of the most decorative set of indexes in the catalogue, along with a calving figure of 7.1%. Oliver also went North with Matt Workman from County Antrim.

At just 13 months old, Creeva Ollie exhibited by Gerald Lavin from County Sligo went under the hammer at €5,200, selling across the Irish Sea to Wales. This quality young bull who is a son of Lisnagre Elite and a Cf 52 bred dam, also packed a five star terminal index of €152 and a calving figure of 9.4%.

Two bulls then shared a price tag of €5,000. The first to go through the ring was Fieldview Orlando ET exhibited by David Erskine from Crosses in County Monaghan. This stylish 15 month old bull is one of the first sons of Goldies Icon to go for sale in Southern Ireland.

Fieldview Orlando ET

Also selling at €5,000 was the first prize winner from the last class of the day, Grangwood Opel ET exhibited by Gerry O’ Keeffe from Knocklong in County Limerick. At just 13 months old, this Texan gie son caught the eye of Noel Considine from Lisdonvarna.

Grangwood Opel ET

Other leading prices included:

€4,700 for Noble Otto 2 sired by Untel and exhibited by Harry Noble from County Longford

€4,500 for Kilvilcorris Omar sired by Goldstar Echo and exhibited by Matt Ryan from County Tipperary

€4,400 for Corney Ox sired by Jaquard and exhibited by David Magee from County Cavan

€4,100 for Roughan Olant sired by Roughan Jason and exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from County Donegal

€4,100 for Dereskit Oden 957 sired by Dereskit Jacob 3 and exhibited by Basil Bothwell from County Cavan

€4,000 for Tonyglasson Oisin ET sired by Pirate and exhibited by Martin Hughes from County Cavan

€4,000 for Cornadrung Orville sired by Pottlereagh Mark and exhibited by Karl and Tom Farrell from County Longford

€4,000 for Rosanna Olympus sired by Sesame and exhibited by Pat Stephens from County Carlow

The Society would like to wish all buyers the very best of luck with their purchases and good wishes for a prosperous New Year