Sales Reports 2018

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

 

 

 

 

Steady trade for Charolais Bulls continues in Tuam

The ready trade experienced for Charolais bulls this spring continued at Saturday’s show and sale in Tuam Mart. Once again suckler farmers were out in force to secure a Charolais bull for the upcoming breeding season, resulting in 71% of the bulls on offer selling to an average €3,261. Leading the way at €5,100 was the classy, Garracloon Notorious exhibited by Aidan Mc Hale from Ballina, Co. Mayo. A son of Thrunton Bonjovi and a Major bred dam, this bull carries a 5 star terminal index of €128 and a calving figure of 7.8%. At just over 14 months old, the stylish Notorious attracted some lively bidding before being knocked down to Peter Carney from Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

Garracloon Notorious who sold for the top price of €5,100

Kieran Hillary from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway had a wonderful day in the sales ring, trading his two bulls for €4150 and €4,050, respectively. First up was Whitepark Nicky, a 15 month old son of Pirate and a CF 52 bred dam. This high index bull sold with a five star terminal index of €160, a five star replacement index of €74 and a calving figure of 5.4%. Wrapping Nicky up at €4,150 was Michael Lynch from Ennis, Co. Clare. His stablemate, Whitepark Nathan followed shortly after at €4,050. This 15 month old son of Tombapik and a Vosgien Vf bred dam sold with a decorative set of indexes, which included a five star terminal index of €156, a five star replacement index of €108 and a calving figure of 7%.

Judge, Paddy Farrelly from the Dromiskin herd based in County Louth awarded the Overall Champion to Camber Macy ET, exhibited by Vincent Mc Brien from County Leitrim. A son of CF 52 and a Lyonsdemesne Tzar bred dam, this 17 month old bull went under the hammer at €3,000. In reserve was Rattigan Noah ET, 15 month old son of Oldstone Egbert, exhibited by David Rattigan from County Roscommon. This bull failed to meet his reserve in the sales ring.

Overall Champion, Camber Macy ET exhibited by Vincent Mc Brien

County Longford breeder, Noel Mc Goldrick was next best in the sales ring, as he received a call of €3,700 for his 14 month old bull, Cloonohill Notorious. Sired by Goldstar Echo, this young bull carries some of the breed’s old favorites in his pedigree, in Oldstone Egbert and Domino. He sold with a five star terminal index of €139 and a calving figure of 8.4% to Michael Grogan from County Clare.

Jim Geoghegan from Streamstown in County Westmeath realized €3,550 and €3,500 for his two offerings, Lisnagre Nevin and Lisnagre Michael ET. At €3,550 was Lisnagre Nevin, a 14 month old son of Cloverfield Excellent and a Pirate bred dam. This bull sold with the highest terminal index in the catalogue at €180 and a five star replacement index of €74. Snapping this one up was Peter Gallagher from Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. His herd mate, Lisnagre Michael ET who traded at €3,500 is a son of Prime Roberto and a Major bred dam. Securing this September 2016 born bull was Patrick Sweeney from Caltra, Co. Galway.

Local breeder, Mattie Kelly from Newbridge, County Galway had a productive day’s trading, selling his two bulls for €3,450 and €3,300, respectively. At €3,450 was Cloughbrack Nero, a 12 month old son of the popular NCBC sire, Fiston. This five star terminal index bull was secured by County Cork suckler farmer, Daniel O’ Shea. Hitting the €3,300 mark was Cloughbrack Norman, a 14 month old son of Pirate. Another five star terminal index bull, Norman was purchased by Galway suckler farmer, Ronan Jennings.

Joe Clancy from Oughterard, Co. Galway realized €3,400 for his December 2016 born, Western Muscle Maker. A son of Major and a Meillard Rj bred dam, Muscle Maker carries a five star terminal index of €136 and a calving figure of 6.8%. Once again, it was a local suckler farmer who was the successful bidder.

Other leading prices included:

€3,200 for Caltun Montanna by Fiston, exhibited by Martin Calvey from County Mayo

€3,200 for Rattigan Nani by Thrunton Bonjovi, exhibited by David Rattigan from County Roscommon

€3,050 for Perennial Nutcracker by Meillard Rj, exhibited by Nicholas Byrne from County Galway

€3,000 for Tullyvillage Nailer by Cavelands Fenian, exhibited by William Flynn from County Galway

The next Society Show and Sale takes place in Tullamore Mart, Co. Offaly on Saturday the 26th May 2018

 

Charolais bulls breach €7,000 twice in Tullamore

Charolais bulls met a solid trade in Tullamore on Saturday last, with 68% of the bulls on offer selling to an average of €3,581. Despite the rare sight of beautiful sunshine, buyer’s traveled from all corners of the Country to source a Charolais bull. Once again, buyers were willing to go the extra mile to secure quality bulls with high indexes and low calving figures. Topping the trade at €7,200 was the Overall Champion, Cloughbrack Matthew exhibited by Mattie Kelly from Newbridge, Co. Galway. A son of Vosgien Vf and a Grimaldi bred dam, this 18 month old bull carries a five star terminal index of €141 and a calving figure of 7.4%. Securing the Champion was County Galway suckler farmer, Maeve O’ Higgins.

Overall Champion Cloughbrack Matthew with Mattie Kelly, Exhibitor, and Stuart Wilson, Judge

Judge for the day was Stuart Wilson, Farm Manager at the Coolnaslee herd in Northern Ireland. Stuart selected the 15 month old, Forestview Nugget as his Reserve Champion. Exhibited by Sean Mc Loughlin from Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim, Nugget went on to sell for the day’s second highest price of €7,000 to a Northern Ireland suckler farmer. Sired by the legendary CF 52, this classy young bull boasted a five star terminal index of €151 and a calving figure of 8.6%.

Reserve Champion Forestview Nugget exhibited by the Mc Loughlin brothers

It was a tremendous day in the sales ring for County Mayo breeder, Martin Calvey from Westport. Martin parted ways with his two bulls for €6,600 and €5,000, respectively. Two full embryo brothers, Caltun Mighty ET and Caltun Mossy ET set the sale alight as they attracted bids from every corner of the ring. First into the ring was Caltun Mighty ET, who received the call of €6,600 from a County Tyrone suckler farmer. Mossy followed directly after, selling for €5,000 to Pat Cox from County Roscommon. Sons of the popular Pirate and a CF 52 bred dam, both bulls carried a five star terminal of €154 and a calving figure of 7.2%.

Caltun Mighty ET and Caltun Mossy ET exhibited by the Calvey family 

Jim Geoghegan from Streamstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath also excelled in the sales ring, selling his two offerings for €5,500 and €5,100. First up at €5,100 was Lisnagre Monty ET, a September 2016 born son of Jupiter. Monty will now take up residence with Michael Burke from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. His stablemate, Lisnagre Noel ET, then traded hands at €5,500. This 15 month old son of Major was snapped up by James Newell from County Antrim.

Next best at €4,800 was Kilvilcorris Mansell exhibited by Matt and PJ Ryan from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This Pirate son out of a Prime Roberto bred dam, displayed a decorative set of indexes, comprising of a five star terminal index of €158, a five star replacement index of €71 and a calving figure of 5.9%. Wrapping this one up was Deirdre Grace from the Curragh, Co. Kildare. The Ryan’s also traded Kilvilcorris Nelson at €4,300. Once again this 13 month old bull is a son of Pirate, this time out of a CF 52 bred dam.

Dreena Marty then hit €4,700 for County Kerry breeder, Pat O’ Hara. A son of the well known NCBC sire, Fiston and a Blelack Digger bred dam, Marty displayed one of the best set of indexes in the Catalogue. He carries a five star replacement index of €111, a five star terminal index of €151 and a calving figure of 6.2%. Securing this November 2016 born sire was Gerard Donnelly from Ennis, Co. Clare.

Three bulls shared a price tag of €4,000. The first to go under the hammer was Tawny Midfielder exhibited by Ciaran Daly from Tullaghan in County Leitrim. This 17 month old son of Goldstar Echo and a Sesame bred dam, carries a five star terminal index of €146 and a calving figure of 7.2%. The first prize winner, Rosanna Mustard exhibited by Pat Stephens from County Carlow also received a call of €4,000. A son of the french sire, Sesame and a home bred dam, this November 2016 born bull boasts a five star replacement index of €78, a five star terminal index of €145 and a calving figure of 6.2%. The final call of €4,000 was received by Kieran Hillary from County Galway for his 15 month old bull, Whitepark Miley. A son of the french sire, Utrillo Mic and a TZA bred dam, Miley was snapped up by a Northern Ireland suckler farmer.

Other leading prices included:

€3,900 for Noble Michael by Goldstar Echo, exhibited by Harry Noble from County Longford

€3,800 for Tawny Max Power by Tawny Full Throttle, exhibited by Ciaran Daly from County Leitrim

€3,800 for Williamstown Moate by CF 52, exhibited by Aidan Farrell from County Westmeath

€3,500 for Colomane Mr Right by Alwent Goldbar, exhibited by John Ward from County Cork

€3,500 for Tullyvillage Nathan by Fiston, exhibited by William Flynn from County Galway

€3,500 for Baurnafea Manvin by Utrillo Mic, exhibited by John Bambrick from County Kilkenny

The next Society Show & Sale takes place in Tuam Mart, Co. Galway on Saturday the 5th May 2018, with 50 Charolais bulls cataloged.