British buyers paid the top prices at the Charolais Society show and sale
The Northumberland-based, Burradon herd, is to become the new home for the top price bull at the Irish Charolais Cattle Society Christmas Crackers Show and Sale at Elphin on Saturday, after a final bid of €13,000 bought 14-month old Clenagh Lyle.
Messrs Curry, of the Charolais herd at Morpeth, who have bred many top price bulls in the UK, were determined to secure the Co Clare bred Junior Male Champion of the Show.
The spirited round of bidding concluded with a thunderous round of applause at the fall of the auctioneer's hammer.
Breeder, Michael J. Quin, Clenagh, Newmarket-on-Fergus is no stranger to show rosettes and good prices, and the leading price at the Christmas Crackers, for the son of Domino out of dam, Clenagh Tranquil was the top price of 2016.
Second-highest price was €11,000 for Laurence from the well-known Lisnagree herd of Jim Geoghegan at Mullingar, purchased by Sean Cromie, World Wide Sires AI Centre who was the runner-up on the €13,500 Junior Champion at last year's show, Jasper from the same renowned dam breeding line of Ballydownan Simone in the Lisnagree herd.
The highest-price female at €8,200, was Sagesse Lauren, bred by Brendan Canning, Rosses Point, Co Sligo out of Kilcumreragh Grimaldi by the sire, Farmleigh Ludovic.
Second-highest at €7,200 was the third prize winner, Grangewood Jeannie from Woodlawn, Grange, Knocklong, Co Limerick.
Senior Male Champion, Ballym Louis, an all-round five star, bred by Louise Quinn, Edenderry failed to make the reserve Senior Male Reserve Champion, Patrick McClean's Roughan Logan 2, from Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal another five star, out of Roughan Fridrun by the sire Roughan Galant, sold for €7,800.