Charo­lais sea­son ends on a high

Done­gal bull is the sale-top­per at El­phin Mart, re­ports Martin Ryan

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

A DONE­GAL pedi­gree Charo­lais breeder has achieved the lead­ing price for a bull from his ‘Roughan’ herd for the sec­ond year in a row at the Ir­ish Charo­lais Cat­tle So­ci­ety Christ­mas Cracker Show and Sale at El­phin Mart.

Four­teen-month-old Roughan Noah 2 de­liv­ered for Pat McClean from Roughan, New­town­cun­ning­ham when auc­tion­eer Tom Cox brought down the ham­mer at €10,000 be­fore the thronged ring­side erupted in ap­plause.

The bull was headed to go west to his new home within the herd of Bernard Fal­lon at At­ty­mon, Co Gal­way.

The sale-top­per — un­re­lated to Pat McClean’s Roughan Most, the price leader at the sale in 2017 — was bred by the home­bred sire Roughan Gi­bral­tar and son of dam Roughan Isadorie, and car­ries a three-star Ter­mi­nal In­dex and four-star Re­place­ment.

Roughan Nial 2 from the same herd, an 11-month-old bull by the same sire, sold for €7,100.

The Se­nior Cham­pi­onship of the Show was awarded by show judge Kevin Thomas of the Ann­side Charo­lais herd, home of the famed Fore­man sire in Wales, to Bal­lynabreen Nevin from the herd of John G McDer­mott at Fal­more, Gle­neely, Lif­ford, Co Done­gal.

The five and three-star, 15-month-old bull, by the sire Gold­star Echo and out of the dam Bal­lynabreen Ir­ish Girl, sold to a Co Gal­way breeder at €7,100, shar­ing the po­si­tion as third high­est sale price with the above Roughan Nial 2, and Muck­anagh Nim­ble, ex­hib­ited by Pa­tri­cia and Liam Mitchell from Muck­anagh, Mo­hill, Co Leitrim.

The Re­serve Se­nior Cham­pion was ex­hib­ited by Ed­ward Walsh from Aghafad, Car­rick­macross, Co Mon­aghan. Septem­ber 2017-born Aghafad Nickel sold for €4,400.

The Ju­nior Cham­pion was 13-month-old Field­view Nathaniel, from the herd of David Er­sk­ine from Crosses, Mon­aghan, Co Mon­aghan, win­ner of the cham­pi­onship at Gra­nard Agri­cul­tural Show ear­lier in the year and red rosette win­ner at the Ty­na­vat and Vir­ginia shows.

The Ash­leigh Ad­mi­ral and Field­view Crys­tal-bred bull sold for €8,500 to be­come the joint sec­ond high­est price bull, shar­ing the num­ber two po­si­tion on the price ta­ble with Cloon­glasna 11 Noddy, ex­hib­ited by Padraig Egan from Cloon­glasna, Knock­anil­laun, Bal­lina, Co Mayo.

The re­serve Ju­nior Cham­pion was Martin Ryan’s Gold­star No­bil­ity from the well-known herd at Cabra House, Thurles, which sold for €6,800, hav­ing col­lected a bas­ket of rosettes from the round of sum­mer shows. Some of the large crowd (left) at the show and sale; and (right) David Er­sk­ine from Crosses, Mon­aghan with Ju­nior Cham­pion Field­view Nathaniel at the El­phin show — which sold for €8,500 — with han­dler Jerry McKee and Pres­i­dent of the ICS Kevin Maguire

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