A top call of €5,700 was recorded at the Irish Charolais Cattle Society’s first autumn show and sale which was held at Tullamore last Saturday (November 1st).
The Overall Champion came in the form of Roughan Oscar, exhibited by Pat Mc Clean, Donegal. The 20-month-old son of Roughan Justbeau and Roughan Helene was presented for sale with a five-star terminal index of €132, a four-star replacement index of €71 and a calving figure of 7%.
Following hot on his heels at €5,600 was Clonaltra Officer, exhibited by Terry Bradley from Moate, Co. Westmeath.
A first-prize winner from the pre-sale show, this 17-month-old son of Fleetwood and a Cavelands Adam-bred dam sold with a terminal index of €154 and a calving figure of 6.3%.
Pushing up to €4,200 was another first-prize winner from the pre-sale show, Relaghbeg Oscar ET, exhibited by John Cahill from Bailieboro, Cavan. This 13-month-old bull, a son of CF 52 and a Meillard Rj-bred dam, carries a terminal index of €152 and a calving figure of over 7%.
Climbing to €4,000 was Louise and Colm Quinn’s Ballym Oxley. The 16-month-old, a son of Lisnagre Elite and a CF 52 bred-dam, carried one of the highest terminal indexes in the catalogue of €180.
Mc Clean exchanged hands with Roughan Ollie for €3,650, a 20-month-old son of Roughan Jason and a Roughan Divin-bred dam.
The Ryans from Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary secured €3,450 for their 15-month-old, Kilvilcorris Otto, a son of the herd's stock bull, Bunratty Mike Tyson and a Sesame-bred dam.
The Callaghans from Swinford, Co. Mayo were awarded the reserve overall champion silverware for Tonroe Onreal. This 19-month-old bull, a son of Liscally Eti and a Bova Sylvain- bred dam, parted ways at €2,000.
“The trade could only be described as tough, with poor beef prices and a sticky autumn trade for weanlings clearly starting to take its toll on suckler farmers.” a society spokesperson said.
Overall, 50% of the bulls forward sold to average €3,020, the spokesperson noted.
“That said, quality bulls were still in demand and commanded a premium price.” the spokesperson added.