Cave­hill Niall crowned cham­pion Charo­lais

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

Be­low: Cor­mac Duig­nan, La­heen House, Es­lin Bridge, Car­rickOn-Shan­non, with Cham­pion Limousin Bull, La­heen’s Make Your Move, at Car­rick-onShan­non and Shane Kil­raine, Pres­i­dent, Mid­land and Western Live­stock Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety COUNTY West­meath-bred Cave­hill Niall was tapped for­ward for the Cham­pi­onship of the Show for the dom­i­nant Charo­lais breed at the first show­ing of the breed for 2019 at Car­rick-on-Shan­non on Satur­day.

The Septem­ber 2017-born bull was bred and ex­hib­ited by Padraig Far­rell, Aughavoneen, Fardrum, Athlone, and emerged from a good lineup for the top award on the choice of show judge, John Re­gan from Sligo.

The Cave­hill herd is well es­tab­lished within the Charo­lais breed and the in­ter­est from the low at­ten­dance of cus­tomers at this sale se­cured €3,000 for the cham­pion which found a new home nearby in Co Roscom­mon at the fall of the ham­mer.

The bull was bred by the sire, Dromiskin Viceroy, which is a com­bi­na­tion of Doon­ally and Dromiskin genes, and out of the dam, Of­faly Holly.

The re­serve cham­pi­onship was awarded to Limkiln Nolan which had made the long trip from the herd of Richard Hack­ett at Coolis­tigue, Clon­lara, Co Clare and failed to reach his re­serve at the sale.

The June 2017-born bull was bred from the herd dam, Limkiln Jeeny, and by the sire, Gedeon, to de­liver a bull with a Ter­mi­nal Euro Value of €153 and €54 on the Re­place­ment In­dex, and ex­cel­lent stars un­der both car­cass weight and con­for­ma­tion pre­dicted for the prog­eny.

Three bulls sold for €3,000 each with Brick­land Ned, a first prizewin­ner, bred and ex­hib­ited by Joseph O’Reilly, Bric­k­eens, Ke­nagh, Co Longford and Port­land Nero, bred and ex­hib­ited by Sid­ney McDaid, Ray, Kil­macren­nan, Let­terkenny, Co Donegal, join­ing with the Cham­pion to share the sec­ond high­est price.

A num­ber of bulls sold for be­tween €2,500 and €3,000 with the clear­ance of 33pc and an av­er­age for the breed of €2,535.

There was a small en­try of Limousin bulls from which the Cham­pion of the Show was awarded to La­heen’s Make Your Move, bred and ex­hib­ited in the well-known Limousin herd of Cathal Duig­nan, at La­heen House, Es­lin Bridge, Car­rick-On-Shan­non, Co Leitrim.

The well-bred 14-month-old bull, by Tom­schoice Jet and the home dam, La­heen’s Jen­nifer, must have an­other out­ing to find a new home with Cathal and his son, Cor­mac, be­liev­ing that the trade “could have a slow start to the sea­son”, but will re­cover in late March/ early April when com­mer­cial breed­ers fill the ring­sides in greater num­bers.

The re­serve cham­pion rosette on Cur­rycramp Mile­stone did not at­tract suf­fi­cient bids in the sales ring for Thomas Mul­li­gan, Cur­rycramp, Dro­mod, Co Leitrim to ac­cept a new home for the May 2017-born bull.

Clear­ance of the small en­try of Li­mousins was low and re­turned an av­er­age of €1,850 for two bulls from the Belling­ham herd of Frances McKer­nan, Drum­leck, Castle­belling­ham, Dun­dalk, Co Louth.

The gen­eral view of farm­ers at­tend­ing the sale was that the pedi­gree sea­son is likely to have a slow takeup due to the un­cer­tain­ties within the sec­tor.

Multi Na­tional Hall of Fame win­ner for his con­tri­bu­tion to a num­ber of pedi­gree breeds, Sligo’s Peter Casey, summed it up: “I’m not over-op­ti­mistic that it will be a great sea­son for breed­ers, be­cause there are a lot of pedi­gree bulls in ev­ery breed and there will prob­a­bly be big en­tries for the sales over the next few months which is not the best in a weak trade.”

Liam and Padraig Far­rell, Fardrum. Athlone with their Charo­lais Cham­pion, Cave­hill Niall, sold for €3,000 at Car­rick-onShan­non on Satur­day and Shane Kil­raine, Pres­i­dent, Mid­land and Western Live­stock Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety.

Richard and Kate Hack­ett, Clon­lara, Co Clare with the Re­serve Charo­lais Cham­pion bull at Car­rick-on-Shan­non, Limkiln Nolan

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