Topping the trade at â¬10,000 at the Irish Charolais Cattle Society Christmas Cracker at Elphin Mart on Saturday was two Roughan-bred bulls exhibited by Pat Mc Clean - Donegal.
The first to pass through the sales ring was Roughan Noah 2 - a son of Roughan Gibraltar - Â a bull who has bred numerous high priced cattle in recent years and a Roughan Echo bred-dam. Noah 2 sold to Adrian and Bernard Fallon from Attymon, Co. Galway. with a four-star terminal index of â¬127; a four-star replacement index of â¬63 and a calving figure of 6.5%.
Pat's second bull to hit this price tag was Roughan Nixon and despite attracting bids from a number of overseas customers in the sales ring, he was withdrawn from the ring unsold and was later sold through the mart to fellow Donegal breeder, Charles Harkin.
Nixon is another son of Gibraltar and carries a five-star terminal index of â¬141; a five-star replacement index of â¬78 and a calving figure of 6.1%.
Securing the joint second highest price of â¬8,500 was the Overall Junior Champion, Fieldview Nathaniel exhibited by David Erskine from Crosses, Co. Monaghan.
This powerful October-2017-born bull is sired by the â¬20,000 Ashleigh Admiral and is a son of Fieldview Crystal, described as the "herd's top breeding cow". Catalogued with a five-star terminal index of â¬169, the Junior Champion was snapped up in the sales ring by Andrew Ferguson from County Tyrone.
[Overall Junior Champion - Image: Alfie Shaw]
Three bulls then exchanged hands at â¬7,100 - the first being the Overall Senior Champion - Ballynabreen Nevin exhibited by John Mc Dermott from Gleneely, Co. Donegal.
The Goldstar Echo son carries some of the breed's most prolific sires in his mother's pedigree, including, Prime Roberto and CF 52; with a five-star terminal index of â¬152 and a calving figure of 6.9%, he was snapped up by Stanley Clarke from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
[Senior Champion - Image credit: Alfie Shaw]
Donegal man Pat Mc Clean returned to the sales ring and secured the same price tag for Roughan Nial 2 - the first prize-winner from the pre-sale show. Â
The Donegal bull who was catalogued with a five-star terminal of â¬132; a five-star replacement index of â¬85 and a calving figure of 6.2%, was acquired by Cormac Mc Breen, County Cavan. This rounded off a wonderful day's trading for the Roughan herd, selling three bulls for a total sum of â¬27,100.
Liam Mitchell and family - Muckanagh, County Leitrim sold their two November-2017-born bulls for â¬7,100 and â¬4,200. Both their bulls - Muckanagh Navigator and Nimble - were sired by the Dovea AI sire, Carrickbrack Hutch; Nimble received a call of â¬7,100 from James Newell in Ballymoney, while Navigator went to the Midlands with Francis Pyrrela - Westmeath.
Climbing to â¬7,000 was Tonroe New, exhibited by the Callaghan brothers from Swinford in County Mayo. Having been withdrawn from the sales ring unsold, this CF 52 son exchanged hands outside the ring, and will now travel to Scotland with Martin Barr - Crocketford.
The Reserve Junior Champion came in the form of Goldstar Nobility - exhibited by Martin Ryan and family from Thurles, County Tipperary. This son of Virtuose and the Goldstar Echo-bred dam, Indira, goes back to the Major/Merville daughter - Goldstar Florence. James Fahy - County Galway - a repeat customer of the Ryan's forked out â¬6,800 for this entry.
[Reserve Junior Champion - Credit: Alfie Shaw]
The Careys from Killucan, County Westmeath took home â¬6,100 and â¬3,900 for their two bulls. At â¬6,100 was Sionhill Nick - a September-2017-born son of Fury Action and a Bova Sylvain-bred dam; he was secured by Martin Barr - Scotland.
â¬3,900 was received for Sionhill Niall - an October-2017-born son of CF 52; he was purchased by Tom Daly - Co. Roscommon.
Michael Kiernan from Carrigallen in County Leitrim parted ways with his 13-month-old-bull, Gallaway Nice Boy 2 ET at â¬6,000. Nice Boy - Â a son of CF 52 and Bova Sylvain-bred da - was placed third in a strong class of Junior bulls before he was bought by Matt Workman from Kilwaghter in County Antrim.
Pushing up to â¬5,100 was Cuillmore Ned exhibited by Thomas Keane from Westport - County Mayo and purchased by Edward Greene from Dangan in County Galway. The son of Dromiskin Viceroy and an Enfield Plexus-bred dam was born in September-2017 and carries a five-star terminal index of â¬131.
â¬5,000 and under
Three bulls reached â¬5,000 - the first two to hit this mark was Ballynabreen Norman and Ballynabreen Neveers - both exhibited by John Mc Dermott - Co. Donegal.
Norman - who is an August-2017-born son of CF 52 and an Oldstone Egbert-bred dam - was secured by fellow Donegal man John Boyle.NeveersÂ - who is a son of Goldstar Echo and a Fury Action-bred dam - went North with Matt Workman from County Antrim. This rounded off a wonderful day for the McDermotts, who sold their three bulls for a total sum of â¬17,100.
Also fetching this sum â¬5,000 was the Reserve Senior Male Calf Champion from this year's National Charolais Show, Bostonia Nonstopabull. Exhibited by the Feeney brothers from Co. Sligo, this Davally Illusion son was snapped up by Christopher Connon from Scotland.
[Reserve Senior Champion. Image Alfie Shaw]
Pat Keane from Westport in County Mayo received a call of â¬4,800 for his 17-month-old first prize-winner, Knockglass Noah - a son of CF 52 stood who sold to Frank Reynolds - Ballinaglera, Co. Longford.
Longford breeder Martin Clyne traded his 17-month-old, Cassina Nigel for â¬4,800 - a son of Pirate and a Fiston-bred dam.
He sold to Liam Power - County Galway with a boastful set of indexes including a five-star terminal index of â¬141; a five-star replacement index of â¬85 and a calving figure of 6%.
Kildalton College from Piltown in County Kilkenny had the final bid of â¬4,700 on Elizabeth Hughes' Pottlereagh Noah ET. This 16- month-old son of Cavelands Fenian and a Hara Kiri-bred dam has a five-star terminal index of â¬149; a five-star replacement index of â¬113 and a calving figure of 5.5%.
Other notable prices from Saturday's Christmas Cracker included:
- â¬4,600 for Coraghy Neil ET exhibited by Aidan Harte from Clones in County Monaghan;
- â¬4,400 for Reserve Senior Champion - Aghafad Nickel ET - exhibited by Monaghanbreeder, Edward Walsh.
- â¬4,300 for Drumcrow Ned sired by Fiston and exhibited by David Abbott from Killeshandra, Co. Cavan;
- â¬4,100 for Noble Nimo sired by Enfield Hara kiri and exhibited by Harry Noble from Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford;
- â¬4,000 for Corlismore Noble 940 sired by Dromiskin Viceroy and exhibited by Sean Mc Kiernan from Corlismore, Co. Cavan;
- â¬4,000 for Tullyvllage Nevin sired by Carrickbrack Hutch and exhibited by William Flynn from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway;
- â¬4,000 for Clenagh Notorious sired by Cavelands Fenian and exhibited by Michael Quin from Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare;
- â¬4,000 for Baurnafea Nighthawk ET sired by Loulou and exhibited by John Bambrick from County Kilkenny;
- â¬3,900 for Pottlereagh Nevan sired by Cavelands Fenian and exhibited by Elizabeth Hughes from County Cavan;
- â¬3,800 for Bostonia Nationwide sired by Pirate and exhibited by the Feeney brothers from Enniscrone, Co. Sligo;
- â¬3,800 for Knockglass Neptune 2 sired by Lisnagre Elite and exhibited by Pat Keane from Westport, Co. Mayo.
Speaking following the sale, a spokesperson for Irish Charolais Cattle Society said:
"This year's Christmas Cracker was anticipated by many as one of the sales of the year, with a fantastic trade for Charolais Cross Cattle in the commercial market this Autumn."
"Charolais weanlings have consistently achieved premium prices in marts throughout the country and continue to do so."
"74% of the bulls sold to an average of â¬4,216. A strong demand for quality, commercial-type bulls was evident, with a number of bulls selling privately since Saturday's sale." The spokesperson concluded.Images supplied by: Irish Charolais Cattle Society - Credit:Â Alfie Shaw