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Monday 24 July 2017

A heifer bought a decade ago for €2,000 has been the foundation for a prizewinning herd

 

Niall Flynn and his grandfather, Paddy Flynn, with Tullyvillage Mathan, exhibited by Willie Flynn, Newbridge, Ballinasloe whch sold for the top price of €4,550 at the Charolais Society Show and Sale at Tuam Mart on Saturday.
Niall Flynn and his grandfather, Paddy Flynn, with Tullyvillage Mathan, exhibited by Willie Flynn, Newbridge, Ballinasloe whch sold for the top price of €4,550 at the Charolais Society Show and Sale at Tuam Mart on Saturday.

Martin Ryan

An investment of €2,000 in the purchase of a pedigree Charolais heifer more than a decade ago is continuing to pay strong dividends for a small-scale breeder in the west of Ireland.

The heifer was purchased from the Coolrain Herd in Co Laois by Willie Flynn to establish his Tullyvillage Charolais Herd at Newbridge, Ballinasloe in 2005. Her first bull calf topped his class at the society Premier Sale at Tullamore three years later.

On Saturday last, the herd recorded another achievement when producing the price topper for the Charolais Society May Bull Show and Sale at Tuam, Co Galway. Auctioneer Tom Cox rattled his hammer at €4,550 for Tullyvillage Mathan. Although unplaced in the show ring, the 12-month old bull was the clear leading choice of the breeders who filled the ringside and vied for the Cloverfield Excellent son out of Tullyvillage Glenda.

The final bid was made by a breeder from the mid-west region.

A bid of €4,000 for the May 2016-born Tullyvillage Miller, from the same herd was deemed insufficient.

He was one of only three bulls to leave the ring unsold, such was the demand for all bulls on offer and the younger bulls in particular.

The second highest price of the day was paid for the first prize winner, Cloughbrack Manuel, from Mattie Kelly's herd at Newbridge, Ballinasloe which sold for €4,050.

The May 2016-born bull is by the well-known sire, Pirate, and out of Cloughbrack Jasmine, a Goldstar Echo bred dam. Another bull from the herd, Cloughbrack Major, sold for €3,050.


The Whitepark Charolais herd scored a double in the show ring - Champion of the Show and Reserve Champion - for Patrick Hillary from Woodlawn, Ballinasloe.

The overall award went to the December 2015-born Whitepark Luke, a son of ­Guepard, and out of the dam, Whitepark Donna, while the November 2015-born, Whitepark Liam, by the same sire, and out of Whitepark Alice was judged reserve champion.

Michael O'Donoghue, Ballydunan, Tuam paid €3,400 for the champion, while the reserve sold for €3,800.

Other top prices at the sale included:

Francis Ryan from Roscahill, Co Galway was paid €4,000 for second prizewinner in its class, Landleague Major and received €3,550 for Landleague Mad Max

Aidan MacHale from ­Ballina, Co Mayo received €3,800 for Garryacloon Maybe

David Kenny from Ballydine, Co Mayo received €3,000 for January 2016-born Castlewood Matthew

Richard Hackett from Clonlara, Co Clare received €3,000 for 13-month-old Limkiln Meillard.

Niall Flynn and his grandfather, Paddy Flynn, with Tullyvillage Mathan, exhibited by Willie Flynn, Newbridge, Ballinasloe which sold for the top price of €4,550 at the Charolais Society Show and Sale at Tuam Mart on Saturday.

Results

Bulls born between September 21, 2015 and December 13, 2015

1 Patrick Hillary, Whitepark, Woodlawn, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

2 Patrick Daveron, Inchiquin Ower, Co Galway

3 Oliver Conway, Scardaune, Claremorris, Co Mayo

4 Nicky Byrne, Clare, ­Oughterard, Co. Galway

Bulls born between December 15, 2015 and February 14, 2016

1 Patrick Hillary, Whitepark, Woodlawn, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

2 Mattie Kelly, Cloughbrack, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

3 Alan Wood, Cloonamine House, Crossmolina, Co Mayo

4 David Kenny, Woodstock, Ballindine, Co Mayo

Bulls born between February 18, 2016 and May 7, 2016

1 Mattie Kelly, Cloughbrack, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

2 Francis Ryan, Fahy, ­Rosscahill, Co Galway

3 William Flynn, Tullyvillage, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

4 Kenneth Clarke, Ballyfinan, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare

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