Charolais bull sale sees prices up by 20pc
"A solid trade" was how the Charolais annual spring sale of more than 70 animals was described at the weekend.
A big attendance at the mart in Tullamore saw a 70pc clearance and an average of €4,412, with 17 lots making more than €5,000 each.
The average was 20pc higher than last year and most of the lots were sold to Irish farmers, despite the presence of a number of buyers from Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The top price on the day was €7,300 for a 16-month-old bull, Cottage Frey.
Bred by Anne-Marie Butler from Gooldscross, Cashel, the Texan-Gie son was the senior calf champion from last year's national show. He has five-star ratings for suckler beef value, weanlings for export, beef carcass and docility. His second placing at the show on Saturday did not deter his purchaser, Jimmy Cosgrave, from Newcastle, Enfield, Co Meath, from paying the top price.
A Balthazar (CF85) son scored the second highest price of €7,200. The 15-month-old Sionhill Fionn was bred by Ronan Carey, from Sion Hill, Killucan, Co Westmeath. He also has the top five-star ratings for suckler beef value, four stars for export weanling production for export and beef carcasses, and three stars for calving ease. He was bought by Pat Monaghan, from Rossavalley, Ballinalack, Enniskillen.
A Texan-Gie grandson made the third highest price of €6,400. Clenagh Gem was bred by the Quin Family, Clenagh, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare. Despite being just 11 months old, the Cottage Devon son had all the right numbers with five-star ratings for suckler beef value, weanling exports, beef carcasses and docility.
In addition, he also has a massive BLUP muscle score of 123, which puts him in the top 5pc of the breed. He was purchased by Robert Abbot, from Whitehill, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.