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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

 

 

 

 

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Lisnagre and Carrowbeg herds to the fore as Mullawn Noble tops Premier at €11,500

Junior and Senior Male Champions, Lisnagre Nero ET and Lisnagre My Hero with Judge, Charlie Boden, James and Jim Geoghegan, and Society President, Kevin Maguire

It was a day to remember for the Lisnagre and Carrowbeg herds, who done the double in the Male and Female Championships. However, the tough Weather conditions experienced in recent months really shone through on Saturday at the Premier Show and Sale in Elphin, with some Bulls meeting a tremendous trade and others failing to meet their reserve. The demand for quality Bulls was there to be seen, but concerns over fodder shortages and Cattle getting out to Grass was also clearly evident. Overall 60% of the Bulls on offer sold to an average of €4,246. The Heifers who followed the Bulls in the Sales ring met a flying trade, with 80% of those selling to an average of €3,350. The real highlight of the day came in the form of Mullawn Noble, exhibited by Austin Garvey from Drumsna, Co. Leitrim. A son of CF 52 and a Pirate bred dam, Noble caused a stir all day, catching the eye of many potential customers. Having been placed second in his class to Reserve Junior Champion, Noble went on to top the sale at €11,500. Securing this 14 month old high terminal index sire was Michael O’ Reilly from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.

Mullawn Noble who sold for the top price of €11,500 

The Geoghegan family from Streamstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath had a wonderful day in the show ring, picking up the Senior and Junior Male Championships under Judge, Charlie Boden of the Sportsmans Herd based on the Cheshire-Derbyshire border in the UK. Securing the Senior Male Championship was Lisnagre My Hero, a son of the former Dovea AI sire, Cloverfield Excellent. Another high terminal index young bull with a index value of €160, Hero carries some of the breed’s old favorites in his mother’s pedigree, the French sires, Major and Jupiter. The 18 month old Champion would go on to sell for the day’s second highest price of €10,000.

Senior Male Champion, Lisnagre My Hero, who sold for €10,000

Next best in the sales ring at €7,900 was one of the pre-sale favorites, Crossane4 Napoleon exhibited by the Mc Govern brothers from Fivemilebourne, Co. Sligo. This 14 month old son of Prime Roberto had a successful 2017 show season, picking up red rosettes in shows throughout the Country. Having been placed second in his class in the pre-sale show, Napoleon was snapped up in the sales ring by Paddy Holian from County Galway.

Crossane4 Napoleon who sold for €7,900

The Junior Male Champion, Lisnagre Nero ET exhibted by the Geoghegan family then went under the hammer at €7,000. A son of the French sire, Jupiter, Nero descends of the same line of cows as the Senior Champion, the great Ballydownan Simone being the focal point. Just 14 months old on the day of sale, this bull sold with a four star terminal index of €116. He will now join the herd of J.A.W Rees based in Llangurig, Wales.

Junior Male Champion, Lisnagre Nero ET who sold for €7,000

Hitting the €6,300 mark was Conal Tiernan’s, Coshleens Nathan. A 14 month old son of Pirate and a Cavelands Fenian bred dam, Nathan sold with one of the best set of indexes in the Catalogue. He carries a Replacement index of €107, a Terminal index of €146 and a calving figure of 6.5%. Wrapping this one up was local man, John Clancy from Elphin in County Roscommon.

Coshleens Nathan who sold for €6,300

Grangwood Nugget ET, the Junior Male Calf Champion from last year’s National Charolais Show then exchanged hands at €6,000. Exhibited by Jerry O’ Keeffe from Knocklong, Co. Limerick, Nugget was awarded the Reserve Junior Male Champion that morning by Judge, Charlie Boden. Sired by Goldstar Echo, this 14 month old bull was purchased by fellow breeder, Michael Delaney from Mountrath, Co. Laois.

Reserve Junior Male Champion, Grangwood Nugget ET who sold for €6,000

Matt and PJ Ryan from Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary had a productive day in the sales ring, trading their two bulls at €6,000 and €5,000, respectively. Their first offering into the ring was the second prize winning, Kilvilcorris Montana. A son of CF 52 and a Pirate bred dam, this bull possessed a recipe for success. As well as having a proud pedigree, the 17 month old Montana also looked the part, attracting many viewers, before romping his way to €6,000, selling to James Cogan from Riverstown. His stablemate, Kilvilcorris Major followed closely behind, selling shortly afterwards at €5,000 to Frank Gilmartin from Lavagh, Co. Sligo. Another son of the fore mentioned, CF 52, this 16 month old bull carries a Terminal index of €158 and a calving figure of 7.6%.

Kilvilcorris Montana who sold for €6,000

Local man Tommy Gormley from just outside Elphin traded his young bull, Carrowkeel08 Mervin at €5,000. A son of the renowned UK sire, Blelack Digger, Mervin carries a five star terminal index of €145, a five star Replacement index of €128 and a calving figure of 7.7%. After some lively bidding, this young bull was knocked down to Catherine Mc Donnell from Charlestown.

Carrowkeel08 Mervin who sold for €5,000

Martin Herity from County Sligo received a call of €4,500 for his stylish young bull, Coolembley Magic. A son of the former Dovea AI sire, Prime Roberto, Magic sold with a five star Terminal index of €153. Once again, CF 52 was behind the dam of this 15 month old bull. Buyer here was Owain Llyr from Ruthin, Wales. The Welsh man would go on to purchase five Bulls in total. Islandview Nico ET, a son of the French sire, Tombapik, was next best at €4,350. Exhibited by Tommy Mc Laughlin from Malin in County Donegal, Nico sold with an impressive set of indexes, comprising of a Terminal index of €162, a Replacement index of €117 and a calving figure of 7.1%.

Other leading prices in the Bulls included:

€4,000 for Roughan Magic 2 sired by Roughan Gibraltar, exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from County Donegal

€4,000 for Tonroe Mick sired by Tonroe Eminem, exhibited by Vincent Callaghan from County Mayo

€4,000 for Culcashel Nelson sired by Cavelands Fenian, exhibited by Charles Harkin from County Donegal

€3,800 for Clewbay12 Nero sired by Gedeon, exhibited by Charles Hughes from County Mayo

€3,700 for Dalehill Macbeth sired by Cavelands Fenian, exhibited by Basil Kells from County Cavan

€3,700 for Glera New sired by Goldstar Echo, exhibited by Rory Cullen from County Longford

€3,650 for Laheens Michael sired by Derryolam Impeccable, exhibited by Cathal Duignan from County Leitrim

€3,600 for Firoda Master sired by Derryolam Impeccable, exhibited by Seamus Nolan from County Kilkenny

€3,500 for Cloughbrack Mustang sired by Burradon Tallisman, exhibited by Mattie Kelly from County Galway

€3,500 for Fivestar Magic ET sired by CF 52, exhibited by Lewis Regan from County Leitrim

Champion and Reserve Female Champion, Carrowbeg Magic 2 and Carrowbeg Magic 3 exhibited by Michael and Kevin Graham with Judge, Charlie Boden

Topping the female trade at €5,500 was the Female Champion of the show, Carrowbeg Magic 2, exhibited by Michael Graham from Boyle in County Roscommon. The rising two year old is a daughter of the ever consistent, Prime Roberto and a Bova Sylvain bred dam. She sold in calf to the popular Pirate and will now take up residence with the Bostonia herd in County Sligo.

Female Champion, Carrowbeg Magic 2 who sold for €5,500

The Father and son duo, Michael and Kevin Graham capped of a wonderful day, as they went on to clinch the Reserve Female Champion with their second offering, Carrowbeg Magic 3. This 17 month old daughter of the well known NCBC sire, Fiston, carries a five star Replacement index of €82. She was knocked down at €3,700 to fellow breeders, Sal and Desmond Boyd from Carrick-on-Shannon.

Reserve Female Champion, Carrowbeg Magic 3 who sold for €3,700

The Quin family from Newmarket-on-fergus in County Clare parted ways with Clenagh Lola 2 ET for €4,300. This powerful, 30 month old Heifer sold in-calf to the Eurogene AI sire, Whitecliffe James. Lola who is a daughter of Texan gie, will now join the Crossane4 herd, owned by the Mc Govern bothers in County Sligo.

Clenagh Lola 2 ET who sold for €4,300

Tawny Meeney Miney Moo exhibited by Ciaran Daly from County Leitrim realized a bid of €4,200. A May 2016 born daughter of Blelack Digger, this Heifer sold with a five star Replacement index of €93. Securing this one was Terence Boyle from County Leitrim. Jerry O’ Keeffe from Knocklong in County Limerick seen his rising two year old Heifer, Grangwood Mistress sell for €4,000. A daughter of the French sire, Heracles M, Mistress headed North with Michael Tumelty from Downpatrick. The Sugrue family from County Kilkenny traded their two and a half year old Heifer, Kilbline 1 Lavender for €3,600. This in-calf Pirate daughter, who carries a five star Replacement index of €69, was secured by Michael Mullen from Roundstone.

The next Society show and sale will take place in Tullamore Mart, County Offaly on Saturday the 21st of April 2018, with 100 Bulls on offer