At €7,400, Lisnagre Mc Stay ET, a son of the renowned French sire, Major and the legendary Ballydownan Simone ET led the annual Irish Charolais Cattle Society pedigree bull sale at the weekend.
The 13-month-old bull from Jim Geoghegan’s herd based in Co. Westmeath sold in Tullamore Mart with a five-star terminal index of €148 and a calving figure of 10.9%. ( pictured above.)
Following hot on his heels at €7,200 Champion bull Roughan Malachi sold. (pictured below)
Exhibited by Pat Mc Clean, Newtowncunningham, Lifford, Co. Donegal, the March 2016 born bull sold with a five-star replacement index of €72, a four-star terminal index of €126 and a calving figure of 8.2%.
At €6,300 was 16-month-old Williamstown Meilard from the Westmeath-based herd of Aidan Farrell.
Son of Meillard Rj, Meilard scooped the prestigious Reserve Champion title earlier in the afternoon and sold with a terminal index of €145, a replacement index of €37 and a calving figure of 8.5%. (pictured below)
At €6,000 the hammer fell for Pat Mc Clean's next offering, Roughan Marcus.
The March 2016 born son of, Roughan Galant sold with a five-star terminal index of €154 and a calving figure of 7.4%.
Pat enjoyed immense success in Tullamore and took home an average of €5,000 for his four offerings.
A strong trade
Aidan Farrell, Westmeath returned to the ring and continued to experience a powerful day, as his 16-month-old first prize winner, Williamstown Mixey, a Pirate son sold for €5,800.
Bantry, Co. Cork breeder made the trek and secured a notable €5,600 for his May 2016 born bull, Colomane Maximus.
Maximus, a son of the former Dovea AI sire, Limkiln Hulk carried a whopping terminal index of €161.
The Quinn family, Edenderry, Co. Offaly fetched an average of €4,100 for their three bulls.
At €4,900, Ballym Mozart, a CF 85 son born in April 2016 sold, while Ballym M+M followed at traded hands at €4,400.
This CF 85 son carries a five-star terminal index of €137 and a calving figure of 7.7%.
The Quinn’s drew their activity to a close and offered their final lot Ballym Macbeth of the day to the ringside.
The Alwent Goldbar son, born in May 2016 exchanged hands for €3,000.
Swinford, Co. Mayo breeder Vincent Callaghan secured €4,800 for his 13-month-old CF 52 son Tonroe Mandm.
This bull sold with a powerful pedigree and a terminal index of €186, a replacement index of €53 and a calving figure of 6.2%.
At €4,250, Thomas O’Rourke, Daingean sold Killoneen Mighty, a 17-month-old son of Lisnagre Hansome, with a terminal index of €152, a replacement index of €78 and a calving figure of 10.2%.
Novel Laverty’s Tullyharnet Mojo, sired by the maternal French sire, Tombapik followed closely, with five-star ratings shining down through the catalogue.
Mojo’s reported a five-star terminal index of €142, a five-star replacement index of €110 and a calving figure of 7.6%.
At €4,000, Baurnafea Myles, the Crossdrum Felix son from John Bambrick from Castlewarren, Co. Kilkenny sold, with a terminal index of €143 and a replacement index of €32.
€3,800 was the price of Whitepark Mike and Makief Mattie on the day.
Whitepark Mike exhibited by Patrick Hillary from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, a Cavelands Fenian son sold a five-star terminal and replacement index, along with a calving figure of 6.7%.
The second bull a Fiston son Makief Mattie, from the herd of Derek Woods from Killeshandra, Co. Cavan exchanged hands, with a five-star terminal index of €140, a five-star replacement index of €122 and a calving figure of 5.6%.
"A buyer's market"
Speaking with That’s Farming, Nevan McKiernan, Secretary of Irish Charolais Cattle Society said:
“It was a buyers’ market on Saturday with such a large entry of bulls, however, the bulls that sold, sold exceptionally well, leaving some buyers going home without bulls. Quality lots with good indexes and low calving figures met a wonderful trade. It was quite clear that buyers were very selective, looking for bulls with shape, quality, good indexes and calving ease.” Nevan told Catherina of That’s Farming.
Other notable prices on the day included:
- €3,700 for Feakle Major by Alwent Goldbar and exhibited by Michael Green
- €3,600 for Goldhill Motivator by Fiston and exhibited by Padraig Murphy
- €3,500 for Clewbay12 Mojo by Voimo and exhibited by Charles Hughes
- €3,450 for Ballyfinnane Milo ET by Panama and exhibited by Kenneth Clarke
- €3,300 for Goldstar Macbeth ET by Tombapik and exhibited by Martin Ryan
The sale had a strong catalogue entry of 135 bulls, however, with a number of private sales conducted since entries and the Christmas Crack upcoming on 2nd December, a smaller entry stood in the sales yard of Tullamore Mart.
In total, 45 bulls found new homes, averaging out at €3,610.
The society will host their show and sale is the Elite Heifer show and sale this Saturday.