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Charolais bulls average close to €4,500 at Elphin sale

Sales report with prices from Irish Charolais Cattle Society premier sale held at Elphin Mart on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. 

Despite Covid-19 restrictions and the absence of ringside buyers, bulls and heifers sold to all corners of Ireland and overseas at the Irish Charolais Cattle Society premier sale last weekend.

The sale, which took place at Elphin Mart on Saturday (March 20th, 2021) saw 79% of the bulls sell to an average of €4,493, despite the majority of the 74 bulls catalogued being present on the day.

This was followed by an exceptional trade for Charolais heifers, with 71% of entries levelling at an average price of €4,808.

According to the society, 31 bulls fetched €4,000 or more, while seven sold across the waters to Scotland and Wales.

Speaking following the sale, a spokesperson for the Irish Charolais Cattle Society, said:

“The words on many people’s lips at the end of the day was ‘the best premier sale in recent times’. It is clear that the breed’s improvements in recent years, in relation to calving ease and key terminal traits are coming home to roost with suckler farmers.”

Charolais sale report 2021
  • €8,200 for 14-month-old Cloonraddon Ricky, exhibited by Anthony Mc Dermott from County Roscommon. The Fiston son has a calving figure of 6.4% on beef cows and carries one copy of the Q204X gene;
  • €7,400 for Clenagh Picasso ET from Michael Quin in County Clare. This 17-month-old bull, a son of Domino and a CF52-bred dam, has a terminal index of €181 and a calving figure of 7% on beef cows;
  • €6,800 for Bostonia Robynhood ET from the Feeney brothers in County Sligo. The 13-month-old entry is a son of Hermes and Drumshane Mademoiselle.
  • €6,200 for Scardaune Pius, property of Oliver Conway in County Mayo. The Derryowen Harvey son has a five-star terminal and replacement index and has Nelson and Pinay blood.
  • €6,100 for 14-month-old Noble Romeo, son of Bova AI’s Scardaune Mark and homebred dam, Noble Jewel, Romeo. He has a five-star terminal index of €140 and a calving figure of 5.6% on beef cows. He carries one copy of the F94L profit gene.
  • €6,100 for Blackroad Rocco, property of Jack Culloty from Castleisland in County Kerry. The 13-month-old bull is a son of the great CF 52 and a Pirate-bred dam. Rocco carries one copy of the Q204X and F94L genes.
Bulls at €6,000 or under
  • €6,000 for 16-month-old Lisnagre Parker ET, presented for sale by Jim Geoghegan from Streamstown in County Out of Pirate and a Major-bred, he catalogued with a terminal index of €160 and carries one copy of the F94L gene;
  • €5,800 for Caldragh Pat ET, a son of Pottlereagh Mark and a CF 52-bred dam, property of Gerard Beirne from County Roscommon. The 15-month-old entry is out of Pottlereagh Mark and a CF 52-bred dam. He displayed a five-star terminal index of €166 and a calving figure of just 3.6% on beef cows.
  • €5,600 for Kilvilcorris Pablo from Matt and PJ Ryan in County Tipperary. A son of Bunratty Mike Tyson and a Pirate bred dam, Pablo packed a terminal index of €159 and a calving figure of just 4.2% on beef cows;
  • €5,550 for Oliver Conway’s Scardaune Pete, a 16-month-old son of Nippur and a Derryowen Harvey-bred dam;
  • €5,200 for Noble Partner, exhibited by Harry Noble from County Longford. Noble is a 16-month-old son CF 52 and a Cottage Devon-bred dam;
  • €5,100 for Anthony Mc Dermott’s Cloonraddon Rocky, a son of Fiston and a Cavelands Fenian-bred dam. He catalogued with a calving figure of 8.5% on beef cows and carries one copy of both myostatin genes.
Other prices:
  • €5,000 for Corralara Ramsey sired by CF 52 and exhibited by Michael and Mary Mc Gowan from County Roscommon;
  • Same price tag for Hillhouse14 Padraig sired by Cavelands Fenian and exhibited by Alan Mc Candless from County Donegal;
  • €5,000 for Roughan Pat sired by Roughan Gibraltar and exhibited by Pat Mc Clean from County Donegal;
  • €4,800 for Culcashel Roy sired by Cavelands Fenian and exhibited by Charles Harkin from County Donegal;
  • €4,600 for Fieldview Ronaldo ET sired by Goldstar Echo and exhibited by David Erskine from County Monaghan;
  • €4,600 for Liscally Prince sired by Kelton Trident and exhibited by Jon Regan from County Leitrim.
Charolais females 
  • €8,000 for Roughan Pandora, a rising two-year-old daughter of the herd’s successful stock bull, Roughan Dix De Coe. She sold in-calf to Roughan Mourinho.
  • €7,400 for John O Grady’s Glenree Olive, a 26-month-old daughter of Nelson and a Prime Roberto-bred dam. She sold with a four-star replacement index of €77, a terminal index of €161, alongside a calving figure of just 4%.
  • €6,500 for Basil and Victoria Kells’ Dalehill Ophelia, a 28-month-old daughter of Fiston and a Cottage Devon-bred dam;
  • €6,000 for Macecrump Paulina ET, a daughter of Major and a Pirate-bred dam. She carries one copy of the F94L profit gene;
  • €6,000 for Whinfort Phoebe, an 18-month-old daughter of the popular French sire, Bourgogne, and a Nippur-bred dam;
  • €5,400 for Pat McClean’s Roughan Pippa, a rising two-year-old daughter of Roughan London and a Roughan Divin-bred dam.

 

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