The recent adverse weather conditions shone on Saturday’s Irish Charolais Cattle Society Premier Show and Sale in Elphin, as a number of bulls failed to meet their reserve. Noting the elements; delayed turn-out to grass and shortage of fodder, 60% of the bulls averaged out at €4,246, while 80% of heifers that went under the hammer sold for 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 CF52 and a Pirate-bred dam. Having been placed second in his class to Reserve Junior Champion, Noble, 14-month-old high terminal index sire went on to top the sale at €11,500 (pictured above).
The Geoghegan family from Streamstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath picked up 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 an index value of €160, Hero carries some of the breed's old favourites 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.
Next best in the sales ring at €7,900 was one of the pre-sale favourites, Crossane4 Napoleon, 14-month-old son of Prime Roberto, exhibited by the McGovern brothers from Fivemilebourne, Co. Sligo.
The Junior Male Champion, Lisnagre Nero ET exhibited by the Geoghegan family then went under the hammer at €7,000; a son of the French sire, Jupiter, just 14-months-old on the day of sale, this bull sold with a four-star terminal index of €116.
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%.
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, a 14-month-old Goldstar Echo son was awarded the Reserve Junior Male Champion.
Matt and PJ Ryan from Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary sold their two bulls €6,000 and €5,000, respectively. Their first offering into the ring was the second prize-winning, 17-month-old Kilvilcorris Montana; a son of CF 52 and a Pirate bred dam. He acquired a golden €6,000, while his stablemate, Kilvilcorris Major followed closely behind, selling shortly afterwards at €5,000; this CF 52, this 16-month-old bull carries a Terminal index of €158 and a calving figure of 7.6%.
Tommy Gormley, 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%.
Martin Herity, 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. 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
Topping the female trade at €5,500 was the Female Champion of the show, Carrowbeg Magic 2.The rising two-year-old is a daughter of Prime Roberto and a Bova Sylvain bred dam sold in-calf to Pirate The Father-and-son-duo, Michael and Kevin Graham clinched 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.
The Quin family from Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare sold Clenagh Lola 2 ET for €4,300. This powerful, 30-month-old heifer sold in-calf to Whitecliffe James.
Tawny Meeney Miney Moo exhibited by Ciaran Daly from County Leitrim realised a bid of €4,200. A May 2016-born daughter of Blelack Digger, this heifer sold with a five-star Replacement index of €93. Jerry O' Keeffe from Knocklong in County Limerick parted ways with his rising two-year-old Heifer, Grangwood Mistress for €4,000.
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.