Mademoiselle Brings National Title Back To Sligo

It’s not too often the National Charolais Show Champion comes from the same County two year’s running. Last Sunday, Drumshane Mademoiselle exhibited by the Feeney brothers from Enniscrone, Co. Sligo retained the title for County Sligo, following in the footsteps of Sagesse Martha who secured the accolade last year for Brendan and Niall Canning from Rosses Point. Mademoiselle has had an astonishing year in the show ring for the Bostonia herd, claiming the Charolais Championship in Balmoral in May and continuing her success throughout the year, picking up numerous breed and interbreed championships across the Country. The only Charolais to stand in front of the outstanding two and a half year old this year, is her stable mate, Bessiebelle Millie ET. A daughter of Inverlochy Gurkha, Mademoiselle was bred by the Know family in Essex, before being purchased by the Feeney’s, who have enjoyed remarkable success with her since.

Drumshane Mademoiselle, Senior Champion and Overall Charolais Champion


Pictured from left to right is Ian Miller (Female Judge), John Mc Gregor (Male Judge), Niall Hynes (Handler) and Kevin Maguire (President of the ICCS) 

Standing reserve to the fabulous Mademoiselle was the September 2017 born, Brocca Napoleon ET exhibited by John Barry Maran from Fardrum, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. This stylish son of Texan gie and a Jupiter bred dam has been in fine form this Summer, picking up red rosettes around the Country, as well as winning the Interbreed Calf Championship in Ossory Show a few week’s back. John Mc Gregor from the Allanfauld herd in Scotland made no hesitation in awarding the Senior Male Calf Championship to Napoleon, before himself and Female Judge, Ian Miller, tapped him out as the Reserve Overall Charolais Champion.

Brocca Napoleon ET, Senior Male Calf Champion and Reserve Overall Charolais Champion


Ballylast Nula ET, Senior Female Calf Champion 

Exhibited by John Mc Elchar from Ballylast, Lifford, Co. Donegal, the October 2017 born Ballylast Nula ET was awarded the Senior Female Champion by Ian Miller, who was accompanied by a young shadow judge from France, Guillaume Colmont. A daughter of Thrunton Voldermont and a Major bred dam, this well grown heifer fought of stiff competition earlier in the day before clinching top spot in her section.

Corney Orlando ET, Junior Female Calf Champion

In the Junior Female section, Corney Orlando ET exhibited by David Magee from County Cavan stood top of the line. This 8 month old heifer is a daughter of Major and the renowned French cow, Egypte.

Bonnavella Owen, Junior Male Calf Champion

Claiming the Junior Male Calf Championship was Bonnavella Owen, exhibited by Martin Killeen from Mullagh, Co. Clare. Born in January 2018, this young bull is a son of Fiston and a Thrunton Bonjovi bred dam.

Bessiebelle Millie ET, Reserve Senior Champion

The Feeney brothers from Enniscrone, Co. Sligo also wrapped up the Reserve Senior Championship with Bessiebelle Millie ET, a two year old daughter of Newhouse Bigal. Millie has wracked up a number of breed championships for Bostonia this Summer, on some occasions standing ahead of her herd mate Mademoiselle.

Garracloon Nessa, Reserve Senior Female Calf Champion 

Exhibited by Aidan Mc Hale from Ballina, Co. Mayo, Garracloon Nessa picked up the Reserve Junior Female Championship under the watchful eye of Ian Miller. Sired by the Eurogene AI sire Whitecliffe James, Nessa is a September 2017 born heifer who has also lit up the summers shows in the west this year.

Williamstown Oprah, Reserve Junior Female Calf Champion 

The Reserve Junior Female Calf Champion came in the form of Williamstown Oprah exhibited by Aidan Farrell from Moate, Co. Westmeath. A daughter of Major and a Excellent bred dam, Oprah is a January 2018 born heifer who was on one of her first outing’s this Summer.

Bostonia Nonstopabull, Reserve Senior Male Calf Champion

The Bostonia herd was back at the top once again, when their September 2017 born bull, Bostonia Nonstopabull, was awarded the Reserve Senior Male Calf Championship. This Davally illusion son has enjoyed a bright show career this Summer, being unbeaten in his class until last Sunday.

Limkiln Oscar 2 ET, Reserve Junior Male Calf Champion 

County Clare breeder Richard Hackett was then tapped forward with Limkiln Oscar 2 ET for the Reserve Junior Male Calf Championship by John Mc Gregor. This 8 month old Limklin bull calf is a son of the french sire, Panama and a Enfield Plexus bred dam.

Class Winners

Goldstar Nelson

Taking the first class of bulls was Goldstar Nelson, exhibited by Martin Ryan and family from Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. A son of the home bred Goldstar Echo and Goldstar Jonquille, Nelson is a January 2017 born bull that caught the eye of Mc Gregor, who was accompanied by young french breeder, Thomas Samyn, a shadow judge for day.

Cloonglasna 11 Noddy

Standing top of the line in the next class of bulls was the Egan brothers from Ballina, Co. Mayo, with Cloonglasna11 Noddy ET. Born in October 2017, this Major son out of a Domino bred dam has been a regular prize winner on the show circuit in the west of Ireland this Summer. Standing second to Noddy was his full brother, Garracloon Noel 2 ET exhibited by fellow Mayo breeder, Aidan Mc Hale.

Gallaway Nice Boy ET 

Michael Kiernan from Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim stepped out with the red rosette in the November class of bulls with Gallaway Nice Boy ET. This well made bull is a son of CF 52 and a Bova Sylvain bred dam, who is well acquainted to red ribbons, after winning the Charolais Championship in Oldcastle Show earlier this year.

Firoda Nidge

Securing the December class of bulls was Firoda Nidge, a son of the NCBC sire, Firoda Jason and a Lisnagre Elite bred dam. Nidge was bred and exhibited by Seamus Nolan from Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.

Bostonia Overlord

The February 2018 born Bostonia Overlord claimed the next class of Junior bulls for the Feeney brothers from Enniscrone. Overlord is one of the first calves of the 25,000 gns Gretnahouse Lord to hit the show ring and done so in fine fashion.

The last class of young bulls was awarded to Cassina Orlando, a son of the home bred Cassina Lance. Exhibited by Martin Clyne from County Longford, this March 2018 born calf is a son of a CF 52 bred dam.

Goldstar Falkland

The first class of females went to the prolific show cow Goldstar Falkland with her heifer calf at foot. Exhibited by Martin Ryan and family from Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, the french bred Falkland has been an iconic figure in the show ring over the years, with many championship accolades to her name.

Faus Nevada

The April 2017 born Faus Nevada brought success in the next class of females for Desmond Boyd from Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. This stylish daughter of Liscally Eti has enjoyed the limelight already this year, winning the Charolais Championship in Mullingar.

Drumcullen Nollaig

The December 2017 born Drumcullen Nollaig was Ian Miller’s pick in the next class. Exhibited by the Fleury’s from Killyon, Birr, Co. Offaly, Nollaig is a daughter of the home bred bull, Drumcullen JJ.

Drimina Oreo

Another bright spark from this year’s summer shows stole the show in the next class, in the form of Drimina Oreo. Exhibited by John and Graham Gallagher from Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Oreo is a February 2018 born daughter of the Dovea AI sire, Killimor in time.

Ballyfinnane Oprah

County Clare breeder Kenneth Clarke from Ardnacrusha notched up the last class of the day with debutante, Ballyfinnane Oprah. This April 2018 born heifer is a daughter of the UK sire, Alwent Goldbar and Cottage Fleur.

Best pair of animals over 12 months of age, Drumshane Mademoiselle and Bessiebelle Millie ET exhibited by the Feeney brothers, Bostonia, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Best pair of animals under 12 months of age, Gallaway Natasha ET and Gallaway Nice Boy ET exhibited by Michael Kiernan, Gallaway, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim.

A group of young french breeders from Herd Book Charolais with the Overall Charolais Champion, Drumshane Mademoiselle. 












Summer Shows Round Up

Bessiebelle Millie ET exhibited by the Feeney brothers from Bostonia, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo Sire: Newhouse Bigal – Senior Female Champion and Overall Champion Charolais at Inishowen Agricultural show

Ballynabreen Nevin exhibited by John and Kevin Mc Dermott from Gleneely, Lifford, Co. Donegal Sire: Goldstar Echo – Senior Male Champion Charolais at Inishowen Agricultural show

Bostonia Nonstopabull exhibited by the Feeney brothers from Bostonia, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo Sire: Davally illusion – Overall Calf Champion at Inishowen Agricultural show

Goldstar Elle exhibited by Martin Ryan and family from Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Sire: Caramel – Overall Champion Charolais at Ossory show 

Brocca Napoleon ET exhibited by John Barry Moran from Athlone, Co. Westmeath Sire: Texan gie – Reserve Champion Charolais and Overall Interbreed Calf Champion in Ossory show. Also Reserve Champion Charolais at Mullingar show

Baurnafea Nicholas 2 exhibited by John Bambrick from Castlewarren, Co. Kilkenny Sire: Loulou – Calf Champion at the Midland and South East Charolais Club Championships in Ossory show

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