See the sale topper that made almost €5k at final sale in Carrick-on-Shannon
Top price of the day hits €4,600 for a Charolais bull as firm trading continues in Carrick-on-Shannon for final bull sale of the season
A good year for pedigree livestock sales has ended with a continuation of the firm trading for most of the animals on offer at the final sale for the season, a mixed breeds event at the Showgrounds, Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday.
Under the auspices of the Midland and Western Livestock Improvement Society, the sale attracted a turnout of just over 80 bulls and heifers, Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, Simmental, Limousin and Charolais to the Showgrounds on the Boyle Road, with the spirited bidding for the quality lots easing the task of auctioneer Francis McGowan, from Mohill, throughout the afternoon.
The top price of the day was €4,600 which Thomas Monaghan, from Loughrea paid for the Charolais bull, Makief Major from the herd of Derek Woods of Makief, Killeshandra, Co Cavan.
The 15-month-old is a half twin to a female out of the dam Dereskit Gabrielle by the highly rated sire Major, with Pirate genes on the dam side, and is a four star for both Terminal and Replacement indices within the breed. Makief Major attracted very lively bidding from the ringside before being knocked down to the new owner.
Strength in demand
The second highest price of €4,400 was also paid for a Charolais bull, 13-month-old Rambo Mark, from the herd of Michael Oates from Kilvoy, Mantua, Castlerea, Co Roscommon while another Charolais left the sales ring at a bid of €4,400 with the owner deeming that the reserve had not been met.
The breed also commanded the third highest price when Jerry O'Keeffe of Woodlawn, Grange, Knocklong, Co Limerick received €3,600 for his 13-month-old son of the sire, Pirate, Grangewood Magic 2 out of his home-bred dam Grangewood Imp ET.
Auctioneer Francis McGowan described the trade a "good for the quality bulls" considering it is the end of the season, and most of the breeders requiring bulls for the current season having already made their purchases.