Topping the trade at €5,100 at the most recent Irish Charolais Cattle Society sale was 14-month-old Garracloon Notorious( pictured above)exhibited by Aidan Mc Hale from Ballina, Co. Mayo. The Thrunton Bonjovi son born to a Major-bred dam sold at Tuam Mart carrying a 5-star terminal index of €128 and a calving figure of 7.8%.
Following hot on his heels at €4,150 was Whitepark Nicky, a 15-month-old son of Pirate and a CF52-bred dam, with a five-star terminal index of €160; a five-star replacement index of €74 and a calving figure of 5.4%. He was offered for sale by Kieran Hillary from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, along with a second entry – Whitepark Nathan. This 15-month-old bull from the Galway-based holding secured €4,050 – A son of Tombapik and a Vosgien Vf bred dam, Nathan exchanged hands with a five-star terminal index of €156; a five-star replacement index of €108 and a calving figure of 7%.
The Overall Champion of the day came in the form of Camber Macy ET, exhibited by Vincent Mc Brien from Co. Leitrim. Paddy Farrelly’s (Dromiskin herd, Co. Louth) top selection, a son of CF 52 and a Lyonsdemesne Tzar bred dam parted ways aged 17-months for €3,000. The Reserve Champion ribbons were acquired by Rattigan Noah ET, a 15-month-old son of Oldstone Egbert, exhibited by David Rattigan from County Roscommon – this lot failed to meet his reserve in the Tuam Mart sales ring.
Noel Mc Goldrick, Co. Longford picked-up €3,700 for his 14-month-old bull, Cloonohill Notorious, with a five-star terminal index of €139 and a calving figure of 8.4%. Sired by Goldstar Echo, this young bull carries some of the breed’s old favourites in his pedigree, including Oldstone Egbert and Domino.
At a respectable €3,550, Streamstown, Co. Westmeath breeder put Lisnagre Nevin, a 14-month-old son of Cloverfield Excellent and a Pirate bred dam under the hammer. This lot presented the highest terminal index in the catalogue at €180 and a five-star replacement index of €74. Hailing from the same herd at €3,500 was September-2016 born Lisnagre Michael ET, a son of Prime Roberto and a Major bred dam.
Newbridge, Co. Galway breeder, Mattie Kelly followed in hot pursuit and traded his first lot of the day for €3,450 - Cloughbrack Nero, a 12-month-old son of the popular NCBC sire, Fiston, sold with a five-star terminal index. Scooping the €3,300 price-tag was Cloughbrack Norman, a 14-month-old son of Pirate, who also stood in the ring with a five-star terminal index.
Western Muscle Maker pushed up to €3,400 – a December-2016 born bull from the herd of Joe Clancy from Oughterard, Co. Galway €3,400, this son of Major and a Meillard Rj bred dam, Muscle Maker carries a five-star terminal index of €136 and a calving figure of 6.8%. Other prices included:
- €3,200 for Caltun Montanna by Fiston, exhibited by Martin Calvey from County Mayo
- €3,200 for Rattigan Nani by Thrunton Bonjovi, exhibited by David Rattigan from County Roscommon
- €3,050 for Perennial Nutcracker by Meillard Rj, exhibited by Nicholas Byrne from County Galway
- €3,000 for Tullyvillage Nailer by Cavelands Fenian, exhibited by William Flynn from County Galway
A 71% clearance was reported, as bulls sold at an average price of €3.261 – suckler farmers actively sought bulls for the upcoming breeding season.