Just over 100 Charolais bulls catalogued for Tullamore last Saturday, making it one of the biggest entries in the February sale for some years. After a number of home sales, and double entries for the upcoming Premier Sale in Elphin were taken out, there was a much smaller number present for sale on the day. When the sale finished up, 34 bulls found new homes, selling to an average of €3,940, which was up over €900 on the previous year’s sale. It was apparent that buyers were willing to pay a premium price for bulls with high indexes and low calving figures. We should all remember that indexes are only a guide, that will change over time. Quality and proven bloodlines will not alter and change.


Kilvilcorris Travis

Matt and PJ Ryan from County Tipperary had a day to remember, with their two bulls Kilvilcorris Travis and Kilvilcorris Tyler 2 both selling for the joint top price of €6,000. The first to go through the ring was Travis, who also claimed the Junior Championship under Judge Murt Ryan of the Goldstar herd. Travis is a son of the ever popular Pirate and a Blelack Digger bred dam. He catalogued with one of the best set of indexes in the catalogue, boasting a five star Replacement and Terminal index, along with a calving figure of just 2.6% on beef cows. A suckler farmer from County Clare purchased the Junior Champion.

Kilvilcorris Tyler 2 

His stable mate Kilvilcorris Tyler 2 was one of the last bulls through the ring when he hit the €6,000 mark for the Ryan’s. A son of the herd’s stock bull Bunratty Mike Tyson, Tyler goes back to a home bred cow by Prime Roberto. This 14 month old bull also displayed a five star terminal index along with a calving figure of 3.2% on beef cows. A suckler farmer from County Mayo had the last call on this one. Kilvilcorris Tate wrapped up a great day for the Kilvilcorris herd, when he exchanged hands at €4,800. He is a son of the old favourite Invincble and a Goldstar Echo bred dam. His calving figure of 2.9% on beef cows clearly attracting interest in the sales ring.

Perennial Tiesto

Nicky Byrne from County Galway had a productive day’s trading, selling his three bulls for an average of €4,500. Topping his offering’s was Perennial Tiesto, an October 2022 born son of Magicien and a Tombapik bred dam. Another high terminal index lot, Tiesto carries a TI value of €165, along with a carcass weight figure of +51kgs. His herd mate, Perennial Trader went under the hammer at €4,500. A son of Jogging and a Culkenny Murry bred dam, this one packed an impressive array of indexes, capped of with a calving figure of 1.6% on beef cows. Perennial Tonka wrapped up proceeding’s for the Galway men, trading at €3,800. A son of the popular Fiston, once again indexes were in abundance coincided with a calving figure of 4.9% on beef cows.

Roughan Toto

Donegal breeder Pat Mc Clean received a call of €5,000 for Roughan Toto, a June 2022 born son of Roughan Newlook and a Roughan Justin bred dam. Toto’s calving figure of 1.8% on beef cows attracted significant interest once again, as well as carrying one copy of the F94L profit gene.  He sold to a suckler farm in County Wicklow.

Ballym Toronto 

One of the highest index bulls in the catalogue, Ballym Toronto, was next best in the sales ring at €4,900. Exhibited by Louise Quinn from County Offaly, Toronto is a son of the herd’s stock bull Ballym Mylove and a home bred dam by Thrunton Nostradamus.  As well as carrying an impressive set of indexes, the Offaly bred bull also offered one copy of the F94L gene. He was knocked down to a farmer from County Kilkenny.

Derryolam Ted ET

Judge Murt Ryan found his Senior Champion in the form of Derryolam Ted ET, an August 2022 born son of Oldstone Egbert and a CF 52 bred dam. The property of Niall Mc Nally from County Monaghan, Ted failed to meet his reserve in the sales ring. Niall did however part company with his three other lots for an average of €3,650, with Derryolam Tipit topping his trade at €4,100.

The next Society Sale is the Premier Show and Sale which will take place in Elphin Mart on Saturday the 16h of March, with 75 bulls and 20 heifers catalogued.