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Wednesday 1 March 2017

See the Charolais bull which sold for a massive €7,000 in Tullamore

A Mayo breeder secured the top price at the Charolais Society Show and Sales

Martin Ryan

Michael McGirl, Carrick-on-Shannon with the winner of the class born September 1-September 12, 2015.
Michael McGirl, Carrick-on-Shannon with the winner of the class born September 1-September 12, 2015.

A Crossmolina breeder couldn't believe his luck when the bidding for his home bred bull, Crossmolina Logan, soared to €7,000 before the fall of the auctioneer's hammer at the Irish Charolais Society Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday afternoon.

"I just can't believe it" said breeder Alan Wood as auctioneer, Tom Cox, called for a round of applause after the June 2015 born bull, the winner of his class, had become the clear price topper of the sale.

The winning bidder was Jim Hoare, who was determined to secure the bull for his herd at Maynooth.

The bull was bred out of Crossmolina Agnes by the sire, Grimaldi.

Graham Gallagher, Alan Wood, his son, Nigel and 'Crossmolina Logan' the top price bull at the Irish Charolais Society Show and Sale at Tullamore sold for €7,000
Graham Gallagher, Alan Wood, his son, Nigel and 'Crossmolina Logan' the top price bull at the Irish Charolais Society Show and Sale at Tullamore sold for €7,000

The price leader was the forerunner to a flurry of bidding during which an average of €4,800 was paid for 12 lots.

The overall sale average was €3,550 for the clearance of 75pc.

James Phelan, Garryhill, Bagenalstown with his Reserve Champion, Looby Larson, and show judge, Pat McClean
James Phelan, Garryhill, Bagenalstown with his Reserve Champion, Looby Larson, and show judge, Pat McClean

Show judge, Pat McClean (Donegal) selected 14-month-old Bostonia Lorenzo as Champion of Show. Exhibited by Brendan and Greg Feeney, Scurmore, Enniscrone, Co Sligo, the winner was the Reserve Champion at the National Calf Show and sold for €5,100.

The champion is out of Maerdy Entry and by the sire, Elgin Davinci.

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The Reserve Championship was awarded to James Phelan's Looby Larson from Garryhill, Bagenalstown and bred out of Looby Fricker by Goldstar Echo.

The second highest price was paid for Aidan Farrell's Williamstown Liam from Moate with the hammer falling at €5,500 for the first prize winner in his class.

Niall Hynes, (handler) with Champion of Show, fourteen month old 'Bostonia Lorenzo' exhibited by Brendan and Greg Feeney, Scurmore, Enniscrone, Co Sligo
Niall Hynes, (handler) with Champion of Show, fourteen month old 'Bostonia Lorenzo' exhibited by Brendan and Greg Feeney, Scurmore, Enniscrone, Co Sligo

He was following in the footsteps of Williamstown Jude, the 14-month-old bull from the herd, judged overall Champion of the Show last year and the top price bull on the day when he sold for €6,400 for export to NI.

Aidan was also one of three breeders who received the third highest price of €5,000, which he received for Williamstown Lance, while Michael G Kavanagh, Oldcastle, and John Fleury, Birr, sold Ballinvalley Luiz and Drumcullen Lionel respectively at the same price.

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