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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Bulls to €19,000 and record average of just under €5k at Christmas Cracker

The Irish Charolais Cattle Society claims that its 2021 Christmas Cracker sale’s average of €4,994 is the “highest a society bull sale has ever achieved in Ireland”.

According to the society, last Saturday’s sale (December 5th, 2021) at Elphin Mart “topped everything that has gone before”.

It said that a 77% clearance highlighted the “phenomenal” demand for Charolais bulls, with buyers selecting bulls on quality and breeding, as well as indexes.

“Old favourites were certainly to the fore, with CF 52 and Domino featuring heavily in the high prices,” the spokesperson noted.

“Irish Charolais breeders should take confidence from Saturday’s sale. The interest and demand for bulls are clearly a sign of things to come for Europe’s number one beef breed.”

2021 Charolais Cracker

David Watts and his family were awarded the overall junior championship with their 14-month-old bull Garra Rockey ET, who sold for €19,000.

Rockey is a son of Maerdy Sinndar and the french bred cow, Kilcumreragh Dorothee. He is a full brother to the Bova AI sire, Sagesse Pierre, the overall male champion at the 2019 National Charolais Show in Tullamore.

After a flurry of online and ringside bids, Tom Cox eventually dropped the hammer at €19,000, “the highest price at a society bull sale for some time”.

The Tweedale herd owned by Jonathan Watson and the Burradon herd owned by Chris Curry, snapped up this entry.

On his heels at €12,600 was the overall intermediate champion, Goldstar Roger, exhibited by Martin Ryan from Thurles in County Tipperary.

Roger is a son of CF 52 and the French-bred cow, Goldstar Grenadine.

This August 2020-born bull catalogued with a five-star terminal index of €162 and carries two copies of the F94L profit gene.

Next best was the second prize winner from the same class as the intermediate champion, Tullaghan Remarkable ET from Michael Daly in County Leitrim.

Another CF 52 son and a Domino-bred cow, Remarkable displayed a terminal index of €178 and carries one copy of each of the myostatin genes.

Born in August 2020, this bull attracted significant interest from commercial farmers, eventually settling at €12,600.

The other bull to hit the €12,000 mark was the overall senior champion, Tonroe Realmacoy, from Vincent and Gerard Callaghan from County Mayo.

A son of Tweeddale Lookout and a Thrunton Voldermont bred dam; this entry changed hands with a terminal index of €164 and one copy of the Q204X myostatin gene. He will now take up residence with Tateetra and Rathmore farms in County Louth.

Next best was Inismurray Rocky ET at €8,200. Exhibited by Paul Burke from Grange in County Leitrim, this 15-month-old bull is a son of Texan gie and the CF 52 daughter, Liscally Northern Star 1 ET.

He went for sale with a below-average calving figure of 5.3% and one copy of the F94L profit gene.

Finding a new home at €8,100 was Liscally Regan 2 ET from Jon Regan in Castlegal in County Leitrim. A son of Domino and a Grimaldi bred dam, this September-2020 born bull has a five-star terminal index of €168 and carries one copy of both myostatin genes.

€7,500 and under

Next on the price table was his stablemate and full brother, Liscally Regan 1 ET, at €7,500.

Having scooped a second prize rosette in the pre-sale show, this one went to sell with a five-star terminal index of €169 and one copy of the Q204X myostatin gene.

Thomas Leonard from Ballina in County Mayo sold his Cilin Ryan,  son of CF 52 and a Roughan Gibraltar-bred dam, for €7,000.

He catalogued with a five-star terminal index of €162 and carries two copies of the F94L profit gene. He sold to a suckler farmer in County Longford.

The second bull to hit the €7,000 mark was Tinnegarney Rembrandt ET, the property of John Mc Donald, Carlow.

Another son of the French sire Domino and a Loulou-bred dam, Rembrandt, has a terminal index of €157 and carries one copy of the Q204X gene.

Portanure Rebel was the third bull to exchange hands for €7,000.

This August-2020 born bull is a son of Fiston and a Baltazhar-bred dam, which Gerard Farrell from County Longford exhibited. He sold with a five-star terminal index of €141 and a calving figure of 6.2%.

€6,000 and under:
  • Jon Regan’s Liscally Regan 4, a son of Goldstar Echo and a Meillard Rj bred dam;
  • Reserve senior champion Roughan Rudolf from Pat Mc Clean. This one is a son of Roughan Jaquard and a Roughan Enzo-bred dam.
  • The Roughan herd sold three bulls for a total of €16,000. Roughan Readycash and Roughan Riso made up the Donegal herd’s consignment. Readycash is a November-born son of Roughan Dix De Coe and a Roughan Echo 2 bred dam. Riso is a son of the aforementioned Roughan Jaquard and once again a Roughan Echo 2 bred dam. Both bulls sold for €5,000.
  • €6,000 for Manus Harkin’s Cashelview Robert, son of Fiston and a CF 52 bred dam;
  • €5,700 for 13-month-old Creeva Romeo – son of Lisnagre Elite and a CF 52-bred dam – for Gerald Lavin from County Roscommon.
Other prices: 2021 Charolais Cracker
  • €5,500 for Pottlereagh Rocky sired by Pirate and exhibited by Elizabeth Hughes from County Cavan
  • €5,500 for Terryville Rocky ET sired by Bourgogne and exhibited by Patsy Lynch from County Donegal
  • €5,300 for Noble Rockstar sired by Pirate and exhibited by Harry Noble from County Longford
  • €5,200 for Bostonia Rightguy ET sired by Alwent Goldbar and exhibited by Brendan Feeney from County Sligo
  • Also, €5,200 for Aughnasheelin Rum sired by Newhouse Bigal and exhibited by Michael Mc Girl from County Leitrim
  • €5,200 for Islandview Rocky sired by Tombapik and exhibited by Tommy Mc Laughlin from County Donegal
  • €5,100 for Kilvilcorris Reno sired by Bunratty Mike Tyson and exhibited by Matt Ryan from County Tipperary
  • €4,800 for Dreamteam Russian Roulette ET sired by Hermes and exhibited by Andrew Norris from County Donegal
  • Also, €4,800 for Tonyglasson Rambow sired by Pirate and exhibited by Martin Hughes from County Cavan
  • €4,800 for Colomane Rockstar sired by Goldstar Echo and exhibited by John Ward from County Cork
  • €4,600 for Faus Red Wood sired by Clenagh Lyle and exhibited by John Boyd from County Roscommon
  • €4,600 for Corney Rivaldo, sired by Major, and exhibited by David Magee from County Cavan.
Sale summary:
  • Top price of €19,000;
  • 66 bulls sold to an average of €4,994;
  • 23 bulls sold for €5,000 or more.
AI straws

The 2021 Charolais Cracker sale also included four lots of “highly sought” after AI straws donated by the Rosanna Charolais herd and the Irish Charolais Cattle Society.

All proceeds went to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and the Jack and Jill Foundation.  It consists of three lots of Erudit straws and one lot of Hermes straws. The four lots raised €3,310 in total.

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