Leading the pack at the Irish Charolais Society’s elite heifer sale at Tullamore Mart last Saturday (November 9th) at €11,000 was the Ryan family’s 14-month-old, Goldstar Osanna.
The sale’s overall junior champion, who was the overall senior female calf champion at the National Charolais Show at Tullamore Show last August, was presented for sale with a terminal index value of €155 and a calving figure of 6.7%.
This daughter of Goldstar Jamaique, and Goldstar Hugo, was knocked down to a Northern purchaser, following what was described as a “lively round of bidding”.
Following hot on her heels was the reserve junior champion, Colomane Opal, exhibited by John Ward from Bantry in the ‘Rebel County’. This 13-month-old entry, a daughter of Goldstar Echo and Meillard Rj-bred dam, Deeleview Eve, carries a five-star replacement index of €93, a terminal index of €142 and a calving figure of 5.9%.
Judge for the day, Tracey Gunn, manager of the Balthayock herd in the UK was accompanied by junior judge, Veronica Moody.
They awarded the overall senior championship to Dalehill Nadine, exhibited by Basil and Victoria Kells from Killeshandra in County Cavan. The rising two-year-old CF52 daughter, which goes back to Liscally Eti and Vangogh on her dam’s side, changed hands at €5,200.
Climbing to €4,500 mark was Grangwood Nora, exhibited by Jerry and Kay O' Keeffe from Knocklong, County Limerick.
Standing third in her class in the pre-sale show, this two-year-old daughter of Crossmolina Jupiter and an Enfield Picasso-bred dam sold in-calf to Whitecliffe James.
€4,000 or under
Next best at €4,000 was the reserve senior champion, Limkiln Nollaig, exhibited by Richard Hackett from County Clare.
A daughter of Dromiskin Viceroy and a Plexus bred dam, this rising two-year-old went under the hammer with a terminal index of €162.
14-month-old Gallaway Orna, a Jaquard daughter, who was exhibited by Leitrim’s Michael Kiernan, found a new home at €3,800. A daughter of a Blelack Digger-bred dam, she was acquired by a customer in Northern Ireland.
The Ryan family of the renowned Goldstar herd returned to the ring to offer Goldstar Orla for sale; €3,600 was forked for this 12-month-old daughter of Nelson and a Goldstar Echo-bred dam with a five-star replacement index of €86.
Exhibitors of last year's Senior Champion at the elite heifer sale, the O'Donnells from Elphin in Co. Roscommon parted company with their second prize-winner, Summervilla Orla at €3,200.
A daughter of Cavelands Fenian and a Clonoulty Andraemon-bred dam, this one went North. Eamonn O' Connor from Ballinful in County Sligo traded his in-calf heifer for €3,100; this daughter of Indurain sold in-calf to Cavelands Fenian.
“The sale itself resulted in an overall clearance of 68%, with an average of €3,150.” a spokesperson for the society said.
“Taking into account all the uncertainties at present and the current beef trade, the sale was certainly a positive for the Charolais breed.” the society spokesperson concluded.
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