The Irish Charolais Cattle Society will host its next premier sale at Elphin Mart on Saturday, March 20th, 2021.
According to the society, there are 74 bulls and 19 heifers catalogued, all pre-inspected to a high standard.
As an incentive to buyers at this year’s sale, the society will give €400 back to the purchasers of the first 15 bulls to sell for over €4,500 and €400 back to the purchasers of the first 5 heifers to sell for over €4,000 in the ring at this sale.
A society spokesperson said: “All animals at this sale are genotyped, sire verified, myostatin tested, pre-sale inspected & vet inspected.”
“Bulls are fertility tested and fertility insured; however, bulls sold outside of the Republic of Ireland are not fertility insured.”
“There are bulls in this sale suitable for all markets. Over 98% of the bulls catalogued qualify for the BDGP as they currently stand, with some very high maternal and terminal index bulls on offer.”
“There are bulls catalogued with calving figures as low as 3.4% on beef cows. There are a range of top-quality heifers on offer also, both in-calf and maiden.”
Furthermore, all animals are export-tested and eligible for export on the day. The society commits to paying €100 towards transport costs to Northern Ireland, or transport can be arranged to NI.
The society will also provide free transport to the UK mainland for animals purchased at this sale.
Charolais sale – viewing and catalogue
Viewing is strictly by appointment-only from 9 am – 12.30 pm on the morning of the sale. The society is asking buyers to contact Elphin Mart on 0719635061 to arrange a viewing time.
The sale will start at 12.45 pm and will be held online through Martbids.ie.
You can view the sales catalogue here.
Charolais breed on an upward trajectory
The Charolais breed is “making tremendous” strides in terms of genetic gain in Ireland.
The most recent figures from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) show that the Charolais breed continues to make positive genetic gains.
Charolais-sired cattle continue to become more efficient in relation to carcass weight, conformation, and, most importantly, calving ease.
The data also shows that Charolais-sired cattle are killing out at a younger age than they did ten years ago, with better carcass weights and better confirmation.
[The above graph is based on 1.4 million CH-sired steers slaughtered between 2008 and 2020. It illustrates the genetic improvements being made within the Charolais breed in Ireland in terms of terminal traits over the last 12 years]
“These results are extremely positive for the Charolais breed, but most of all, from a commercial point of view. Charolais-sired cattle are consistently becoming more efficient in terms of beef production.”
“These gains are vital for suckler farming and beef production, in general. With genetic gains like this, commercial farmers must consider Charolais when selecting their breed of choice in the future.”
[The above graph shows the calving difficulty trends of pedigree registered Charolais bulls over the last 12 years. It clearly highlights the massive improvements being made by the Charolais breed in relation to calving ease]
For more information about Charolais cattle, see here.