Kilduff Nikita ET pushed up to a sale-topping figure of €7,500 at the Irish Charolais Cattle Society Elite Heifer Show and Sale in Tullamore on Saturday (November 10th).
The offering from the herd of James and John Dunne in Co. Cavan, born in October-2017 is a daughter of CF 52 and a Meillard-bred dam, carries a terminal index value of €169.
Judge Chris Curry of the Burradon Pedigree Charolais herd in the UK, tapped Nikita out as the Reserve Junior Champion earlier in the day, after she stood top of the line.
Summervilla Niki - the Senior Champion - exhibited by Tony and Ciaran O' Donnell from Elphin, Co. Roscommon followed hot on her heels at €7,000; this exceptionally well-presented Heifer is a daughter of Cavelands Fenian and a Fury Action-bred dam.
These two sale-toppers were acquired by Nigel and Gail Matchett from Portadown in County Armagh - owners of the well-known Birches Pedigree herd in Northern Ireland.
Next best in the sales ring at €6,800 was the Overall Junior Champion, Tullaghan Nova ET exhibited by Michael Daly from County Leitrim. This Domino daughter also carries an impressive set of indexes, consisting of a terminal index value of €169 and replacement index of €50; she was knocked down to Knockmoyle Pedigree Charolais herd in County Clare.
[ Tullaghan Nova ET]
The Reserve Senior Champion - Glenree Matilda ET parted ways at €5,100; bred by John O’ Grady - Glenamaddy, Co. Galway this August-2016-born heifer is a daughter of Royal Excellent and Royal Adeline.
[Glenree Matilda ET]
Gerry O' Keeffe - County Limerick put his second-prize winner - Grangwood North under the hammer for €4,700; this April-2017-born heifer is a daughter of the popular Pirate and a Texan Gie-bred dam.
The Dalys from Co. Leitrim took home €4,500 for Tawny Mermaid - a daughter of Pirate, with CF 52 and Dovea Gin Tonic in the cow line.
Three lots then shared a price tag of €4,000. - First up was Tullyloyd Nora - a January-201- born daughter of Cavelands Fenian sold with a five-star replacement index of €95 and five-star terminal index of €147, exhibited by Gerard Beirne -Elphin, Co. Roscommon.
Also clicking this mark was Fieldview Natalie exhibited by County Monaghan breeder, David Erskine; this 19-month old heifer is a daughter of the home-bred Fieldview Jethro.
The final entry to reach this figure was first-prize-winner - Limkiln Nicole ET from Richard Hackett in Co. Clare; she is a daughter of Panama and a Plexus-bred dam.
€3,900 was recorded for two entries - the first came in the form of Clenagh Millie ET - a daughter of CF52 and a Roundhill Rocky-bred dam - exhibited by the Quin family in County Clare
Ciaran Daly from North Leitrim was the second breeder to receive a call of €3,900 for his March-2017-born Heifer - Tawny Naya sired by Blelack Digger who boasts value of €113.
The first prize-winner - two-year-old Gallaway Mini, a daughter of Inverlochy Ferdie made €3,750; she was exhibited by Michael Kiernan - Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim.
Two heifers sold for €3,700 - the first was Kiltorcan08 Maria Helena - daughter of Pirate and is scanned in-calf to Cavelands Fenian; she was exhibited by Eoin Reid from County Kilkenny.
Securing this one was the Irish Charolais Cattle Society for Nicole Mc Padden from Rhode, Co. Offaly as her prize for winning this year's ICCS Marketing competition.
The second entry that hit this price tag was Maghermore Nora ET - an Oldstone Egbert and a CF 52 bred-dam; she was offered for sale by Buncrana breeder, Michael Grant.
[Nicole McPadden with Patrick Reid (exhibitor) and Kiltorcan 08 Maria Helena]
Other leading prices included:
- €3,600 for Rooskeynamona Madonna ET sired by Major and exhibited by Gerard Mulligan from County Leitrim;
- €3,500 for Summervilla Nice sired by Tombapik and exhibited by Tony & Ciaran O' Donnell from County Roscommon;
- €3,200 for Dereskit Martina 870 sired by Derryolam Impeccable and exhibited by Basil Bothwell from County Cavan;
- €3,050 for Kilbline 1 Lucinda ET sired by Enfield Hari Kiri and exhibited by Noel Sugrue from County Kilkenny;
- €3,050 for Kilvilcorris Mary sired by Enfield Plexus and exhibited by Matt Ryan from County Tipperary.
Speaking following the sale, a spokesperson for Irish Charolais Cattle Society said:
“Charolais Heifers met another hot trade; Like last year, there was a fantastic offering of Heifers, from some of Ireland's leading pedigree Charolais herds Overall, 75% of the sixty Heifers on offer sold to an average of €3,280.”
Image source: Tricia Kennedy via Irish Charolais Cattle Society.