Topping the Irish Charolais Society’s bull sale at Tullamore Mart last Saturday (November 7th) at €7,500 was the 14-month-old Fieldview Pat, bred by David Erskine, Monaghan.
Pat is a son of the easy-calving French sire, Chic, and an Ashleigh Admiral bred dam. He catalogued with a five-star terminal and replacement index, along with a calving figure of just 4.4% on cows.
Not far behind was Dalehill Pavlov at €7,000. Another 14-month-old bull, this young sire was exhibited by Basil and Victoria Kells from County Cavan.
A son of Fiston and Lyonsdemesne Tzar-bred dam, Pavlov carries a five-star terminal index of €139 and a calving figure of just 4.8% on cows. Similar to the same topper, Pavlov carries one copy of the Q204X Myostatin gene.
Earlier that day, 19-month-old Inish Pogba went under Tom Cox’s hammer at €6,600. Exhibited by Louis Mc Gonagle from County Donegal, Pogba is a heavy terminal hitter, with Cloverfield Excellent, Clonoulty Andraemon and Doonally New in his pedigree. He carries a massive five-star terminal index of €165 and a calving figure of 7.9%. He was one of the few bulls in the catalogue to carry two copies of the F94L gene.
Up next was another Pogba, and once again a Donegal-bred bull. Ballynabreen Pogba, exhibited by John and Kevin Mc Dermott from Innishowen, is a son of the French sire, Hatenon and Castlewood Ivy.
This powerful 20-month-old bull went for sale with a proven cow line, which included Major/Merveille. He sold with a five-star terminal index of €139 and a calving figure of 9.8%.
Two Drumcullen bulls then topped out at €6,000 for John Fleury from Killyon in County Offaly.
First into the ring was Drumcullen President, who changed hands for €6,000. A son of Tonroe Eminem, this July-2019-born bull sold with a terminal index of €179 and a calving figure of 5.3%.
His stablemate, Drumcullen Podge, found a new home at €6,200. Another high index young bull, this 15-month-old Whitecliffe James son, who is out of a Vexour Granville-bred dam, carries one copy of the F94L gene.
Furthermore, 13-month-old Tullyharnet Pablo, exhibited by Noel Laverty, Monaghan, reached €5,100.
This Cavelands Fenian son catalogued with a three-star terminal index of €104, a three-star replacement index of €68 and a calving figure of 9%.
Martin Hughes traded his Cavelands Fenian sold for €4,700. Pottlereagh Prince has a five-star replacement index of €146, a five star terminal index of €137 and a calving figure of 4.5%.
Other notable prices from Saturday’s sale included:
- Yambo Pedro sired by Fiston and exhibited by Michael Oates from County Roscommon who sold for €4,500;
- Makief Peter sired by Fiston and exhibited by Derek Woods from County Cavan who sold for €4,500;
- Landleague Phoenix sired by Inverlochy Ferdie and exhibited by Francis Ryan from County Galway who sold for €4,400;
- Gallaway Paulo sired by Bivouac and exhibited by Michael Kiernan from County Leitrim who sold for €4,400;
- Williamstown Prince sired by Tinnegarney Nantes and exhibited by Aidan Farrell from County Westmeath who sold for €4,300;
- Cornadrung Pearse sired by Cavelands Fenian and exhibited by Thomas and Karl Farrell from County Longford who sold for €4,200;
- Kilvilcorris Peader sired by Fiston and exhibited by Matt Ryan from County Tipperary who sold for €4,200;
- Kilvilcorris Paschal sired by Bunratty Mike Tyson and exhibited by Matt Ryan from County Tipperary who sold for €4,100.
“Despite all the restrictions and guidelines in place at present, Charolais bulls met a wonderful trade in Tullamore on Saturday last.”
“There were many risk factors heading into the sale, with all bidding online and no customers around the ring. However, it was clear from the outset that there was a great demand for Charolais bulls, with over 100 buyers registered for viewing on the morning.”
“It was also positive to hear reports of many bulls selling on farms prior to the sale. Overall, 76% of the bulls forward sold to an average of €3,720, up nearly €700 on last year.”