Sales Reports 2018

Donegal Breeders Shine Bright At Lively Christmas Cracker

This year’s Christmas Cracker was anticipated by many as one of the sales of the year, with a fantastic trade for Charolais Cross Cattle in the commercial market this Autumn. Charolais weanling’s have consistently achieved premium prices in Marts throughout the Country and continue to do so. It must be said that the sale did produce a lively trade, with 74% of the bulls on offer selling to an average of €4,216. A strong demand for quality, commercial type bulls was evident, with a number of bulls selling privately since Saturday’s sale. Topping the trade at €10,000 was two Roughan bred bulls exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from County Donegal. The first to go through the sales ring was Roughan Noah 2 who is a son of Roughan Gibraltar, a bull who has bred numerous high priced cattle in recent years and a Roughan Echo bred dam. He sold with a four star terminal index of €127, a four star replacement index of €63 and a below average calving figure of 6.5%. After some vibrant bidding, Noah was eventually knocked down to Adrian and Bernard Fallon from Attymon, Co. Galway. Pat’s second bull to hit the €10,000 mark was the second last bull into the ring, Roughan Nixon. Despite attracting bids from a number of overseas customers in the sales ring, he was withdrawn from the ring unsold and was later sold through the mart to fellow Donegal breeder, Charles Harkin. Nixon is another son of Gibraltar and carries a five star terminal index of €141, a five star replacement index of €78 and a calving figure of 6.1%.

Roughan Noah 2 who sold for the top price of €10,000

Securing the joint second highest price of €8,500 was the Overall Junior Champion, Fieldview Nathaniel exhibited by David Erskine from Crosses, Co. Monaghan. This powerful October 2017 born bull fought of stiff competition in the Junior section under Judge, Kevin Thomas of the Moelfre herd in West Wales. Sired by the €20,000 Ashleigh Admiral, Nathaniel is a son of Fieldview Crystal, described as the herds top breeding cow. Cataloged with a five star terminal index of €169, the Junior Champion was snapped up in the sales ring by Andrew Ferguson from County Tyrone.

Overall Junior Champion Fieldview Nathaniel who sold for €8,500 

Sharing the same price tag of €8,500 was Cloonglasna11 Noddy ET exhibited by the Egan brothers from Ballina, Co. Mayo. This well made young bull has been a regular winner on the show circuit all year, claiming red rosettes on numerous outings, including the National Charolais Show in Tullamore. A son of Major and a Domino bred dam, Noddy carries a 4 star terminal index of €125. Having picked up a second place rosette in the pre-sale show, Noddy was acquired in the sales ring by Noel Mc Ilwaine from Plumbridge in County Tyrone.

Cloonglasna11 Noddy ET who sold for €8,500

Three bulls then exchanged hands at €7,100. The first to go under the hammer was the Overall Senior Champion, Ballynabreen Nevin exhibited by John Mc Dermott from Gleneely, Co. Donegal. This well balanced bull caught the eye of Judge, Kevin Thomas from the moment he entered the ring. Sired by Goldstar Echo, Nevin carries some of the breed’s most prolific sires in his mother’s pedigree, including, Prime Roberto and CF 52. He went for auction with a five star terminal index of €152 and a below average calving figure of 6.9%. Having the final call on the Champion was Stanley Clarke from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

Overall Senior Champion Ballynabreen Nevin who sold for €7,100

Also trading at €7,100 was the last bull into the sales ring, Roughan Nial 2 exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from County Donegal. Another son of the fore mentioned, Roughan Gibraltar, this time the dam is a daughter of Roughan Verygood. A number of customers waited until the end of the day in hope of securing this first prize winner from the pre-sale show. The Donegal bull who was cataloged with a five star terminal of €132, a five star replacement index of €85 and  a calving figure of 6.2%, was finally tied up by Cormac Mc Breen from Shercock in County Cavan. This rounded of a wonderful day’s trading for the Roughan herd, selling three bulls for a total sum of €27,100.

Roughan Nial 2 who sold for €7,100

Liam Mitchell and family from Muckanagh in County Leitrim had a day to remember on Saturday, selling their two November 2017 born bulls for €7,100 and €4,200, respectively. Liam is continuing on the Charolais breeding tradition began by his late father Pete in the 1980’s. Both their bulls, Muckanagh Navigator and Nimble were sired by the Dovea AI sire, Carrickbrack Hutch and carried two of the most decorated sets of indexes in the Catalogue. Nimble received a call of €7,100 from James Newell in Ballymoney, while Navigator went to the midlands with Fancis Pyrrela from County Westmeath.

Muckanagh Nimble who sold for €7,100

Muckanagh Navigator who sold for €4,200

Selling at €7,000 was Tonroe New, exhibited by the Callaghan brothers from Swinford in County Mayo. Having been withdrawn from the sales ring unsold, this attractive son of CF 52 exchanged hands outside the ring, and will now travel across the water to Scotland with Martin Barr from Crocketford.

Tonroe New who sold for €7,000

At €6,800 was the Reserve Junior Champion, Goldstar Nobility exhibited by Martin Ryan and family from Thurles in County Tipperary. This classy son of Virtuose and the Goldstar Echo bred dam, Indira, goes back to the Major/Merville daughter, Goldstar Florence. Nobility was purchased by James Fahy in County Galway, a repeat customer of the Ryan’s.

Reserve Junior Champion Goldstar Nobility who sold for €6,800 

The Carey’s from Killucan in County Westmeath had a successful day in the sales ring, sellng their two bulls for €6,100 and €3,900, respectively. At €6,100 was Sionhill Nick, a September 2017 born son of Fury Action and a Bova Sylvain bred dam. Having picked up a second place rosette in the pre-sale show, Nick went under Tom Cox’s hammer selling to Martin Barr from Scotland. Hitting €3,900 for the Carey’s was Sionhill Niall, an October 2017 born son of CF 52. This bull sold to local suckler farmer, Tom Daly from County Roscommon.

Sionhill Nick who sold for €6,100

Michael Kiernan from Carrigallen in County Leitrim parted company with his 13 month old bull, Gallaway Nice Boy 2 ET at €6,000. One of the pre-sale favorites having picked up numerous accolades at summer shows all year, Nice Boy was placed third in a strong class of Junior bulls before going on to sell to Matt Workman from Kilwaghter in County Antrim. This high terminal index young bull is a son of CF 52 and Bova Sylvain bred dam.

Gallaway Nice Boy 2 ET who sold for €6,000

Trading at €5,100 was Cuillmore Ned exhibited by Thomas Keane from Westport in County Mayo. This well muscled son of Dromiskin Viceroy and a Enfield Plexus bred dam, was born in September 2017 and carries a five star terminal index of €131. Ned will now join suckler farmer Edward Greene from Dangan in County Galway.

Three bulls then followed at €5,000. The first two to hit the €5,000 mark was Ballynabreen Norman and Ballynabreen Neveers, both exhibited by John Mc Dermott from Gleneely, Co. Donegal. Norman, who is an August 2017 born son of CF 52 and an Oldstone Egbert bred dam, was secured by John Boyle from Lettermacaward, Co. Donegal. His stable mate Neveers, who is a son of Goldstar Echo and a Fury Action bred dam, went North with Matt Workman from County Antrim. This rounded of a wonderful day for the Mc Dermott’s, who sold their three bulls for a total sum of €17,100.

Ballynabreen Norman who sold for €5,000

Ballynabreen Neveers who sold for €5,000

The third bull to sell for €5,000 was the Reserve Senior Male Calf Champion from this year’s National Charolais Show, Bostonia Nonstopabull. Exhibited by the Feeney brother’s from Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, this Davally Illusion son was tapped out as the winner of class four, before been snapped up by Christopher Connon from Scotland.

Bostonia Nonstopabull who sold for €5,000

Pat Keane from Westport in County Mayo received a call of €4,800 for his 17 month old first prize winner, Knockglass Noah. This powerful son of CF 52 stood top of the line a strong opening class of bulls, before selling to  suckler farmer, Frank Reynolds from Ballinaglera, Co. Longford.

Knockglass Noah who sold for €4,800

Longford breeder Martin Clyne traded his 17 month old, Cassina Nigel for €4,800. A second prize winner from the pre-sale show, Nigel is a son of Pirate and a Fiston bred dam. He sold with a boastful set of indexes including a five star terminal index of €141, a five star replacement index of €85 and a calving figure of 6%. This bull headed West with Liam Power from County Galway.

Cassina Nigel who sold for €4,800

Kildalton College from Piltown in County Kilkenny had the final bid of €4,700 on Pottlereagh Noah ET exhibited by Elizabeth Hughes from Cootehill in County Cavan. This 16 month old son of Cavelands Fenian and a Hara Kiri bred dam, sold with one of the best set of the indexes in the Catalogue, comprising a five star terminal index of €149, a five star replacement index of €113 and a calving figure of 5.5%. Coraghy Neil ET exhibited by Aidan Harte from Clones in County Monaghan wasn’t far behind at €4,600. This stylish son of Goldstar Echo and a Padirac bred dam, flew under the hammer, selling to Niall Mc Laughlin from Northern Ireland.

Coraghy Neil ET who sold for €4,600 

The Reserve Senior Champion was awarded to Aghafad Nickel ET exhibited by County Monghan breeder, Edward Walsh. This 15 month old son of Jumper and a Dromiskin Stallone bred dam, sold with a five star terminal index of €149 and a below average calving figure of 6.7%. Auctioneer Tom Cox dropped the hammer on Nickel at €4,400, selling to County Roscommon suckler farmer, James Roddy.

Aghafad Nickel ET who sold for €4,400

Other leading prices from Saturday’s Christmas Cracker included:

€4,300 for Drumcrow Ned sired by Fiston and exhibited by David Abbott from Killeshandra, Co. Cavan

€4,100 for Noble Nimo sired by Enfield Hara kiri and exhibited by Harry Noble from Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

€4,000 for Corlismore Noble 940 sired by Dromiskin Viceroy and exhibited by Sean Mc Kiernan from Corlismore, Co. Cavan

€4,000 for Tullyvllage Nevin sired by Carrickbrack Hutch and exhibited by William Flynn from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

€4,000 for Clenagh Notorious sired by Cavelands Fenian and exhibited by Michael Quin from Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare

€4,000 for Baurnafea Nighthawk ET sired by Loulou and exhibited by John Bambrick from County Kilkenny

€3,900 for Pottlereagh Nevan sired by Cavelands Fenian and exhibited by Elizabeth Hughes from County Cavan

€3,800 for Bostonia Nationwide sired by Pirate and exhibited by the Feeney brothers from Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

€3,800 for Knockglass Neptune 2 sired by Lisnagre Elite and exhibited by Pat Keane from Westport, Co. Mayo

The Society would like to wish all purchasers the best of luck with their new bulls. The next Society Show & Sale will take place in Tullamore Mart on Saturday 16th February 2019. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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