At the Society’s sixth sale this spring Charolais breeders once again met a rock solid trade driven by commercial men who travelled from as far away as Co. Kerry to purchase a new Charolais bull. The day’s trading included 10 bulls making €4,000 and over, a clearance of 75% and a very good average price of €3,497 up €400 from the same very good sale last year.
Topping the trade at €4,900 was first prize winner, 14 months old DERESKIT GOLIATH by “Burradon Talisman” and out of a home bred dam “Dereskit Beauty” by “Bova Sylvain”. Bred by Basil Bothwell, Dereskit, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan he has the top 5 Star Rating for Suckler Beef Value, for the production of Weanlings for Export, for the production of top quality Beef Carcases and for Docility. He also has a BLUP muscle score of 121 which puts him in the top 3% of the breed for muscle. He was purchased by Michael O’Sullivan, Filemore, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry.
The day’s second highest price €4,850 went to Co. Galway breeder, Patrick Hillary, Whitepark, Woodlawn, Ballinasloe for WHITEPARK GEORGE. Just 13 months old he is by “Lyonsdemesne Tzar” and out of a home bred dam “Whitepark Alice” by “Doonally New”. Also with the top 5 Star Rating for Suckler Beef Value, for the production of Weanlings for Export, and for the production of top quality Beef Carcases he was purchased by Freddie McInerney, Hurlers Cross, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.
Next at €4,800 was NOBLE GEORGE bred by Harry Noble, Kilcoursey, Edgeworthstown. Co. Longford. By his home bred stock bull “Noble Dude” (PTI Prince) and out of a home bred dam “Noble Alpen” by “Oscar”, he also has the top Five Star Rating for Suckler Beef Value, for the production of Weanlings for Export, and for the production of top quality Beef Carcases. He was purchased by John McCormack, Clonlara, Co. Clare.
A bid of €4,750 secured first prize winner BALLYM FESTIVE for William Cleary, Coolbawn, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Sixteen months old, by “Epson” and out of a home bred dam “Ballym Dora” by “Bova Oniraloin” he was bred by Louise Quinn, Ballymoran House, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
€4,600 was received by Mattie Kelly, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway for his 16 months old bull CLOUGHBRACK FENIAN by “Texan Gie” and out of a home bred dam “Cloughbrack Angelina” by “Oscar”. He was purchased by local man Bernard Doorley, Hestia, Tullamore.
€4,500 was paid for LISNAGRE GERRY bred by Jim Geoghegan, Lisnagree, Streamstown, Mullingar. Fourteen months of age he is by the stock bull “Ballydownan Brandy” (Jupiter/Ballydownan Simone) and out of a home bred dam “Lisnagre Una” by “Nectergerc”. He was purchased by Brendan Reynolds, Ballinagore, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.
€4,300 was received by Seamus McCann, Bettystown, Co. Meath for TOPNOTCH FRASER by “Grimaldi” and out of a dam by “Skidoo Lieutenant”. He was purchased by Daniel O’Sullivan, Glebe, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry.
€4,250 was received by Aidan Farrell, Boyanna, Moate, Co. Westmeath for his 13 months old bull WILLIAMSTOWN GOVERNOR by “Doonally New” and out of a home bred dam “Williamstown Barbara” by “Domino”. He was purchased by Ivor Murphy, Dunabrattin, Annestown, Co. Waterford.
€4,125 was received by Jim Geoghegan, Lisnagree, Streamstown, Mullingar for his second sale offering 14 months old LISNAGRE GORDON. Also by the stock bull “Ballydownan Brandy” he is out of a “Lyonsdemesne Maldive” dam and was purchased by David Duncan, Cullionmore, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Just one bid behind at €4,100 was EOINRUA GISMO“by Ashleigh Victor” and out of a “Derryharney Outstanding “dam. Bred by Kieran McKenna, Glassmullagh, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan he was purchased by John Foley, Ballinahinch, Birdhill, Co. Tipperary.
€3,900 was paid for the Reserve Champion CASSINA GHBRIAL, bred by Martin Clyne, Tully, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. By “Balthazar” (CF85) he is out of a home bred dam “Cassina Very Good” by “Doonally New”. He was purchased by Maurice Walsh, Liberty, Ballydangan, Co. Roscommon.
Championship went to BALLINVALLEY FABIO bred by Michael Kavanagh, Ballinvalley, Oldcastle, Co. Meath. By “Limkiln Bosco” and out of a dam by “Meath Alcazar” he was unsold having failed to meet his reserve.
Price range was from €2,000 to €4,900. Next Charolais Society sale is on Saturday 26th May in Tullamore.