Christmas crackers in the West
A top price of €13,500 and an overall average of €4,917 was achieved at the Irish Charolais Society Christmas Cracker show and sale.
Despite atrocious weather, the event attracted a huge attendance to the newly built showing and export centre in Elphin, Co Roscommon for the society's final 2015 sale.
The top price of €13,500 was paid for the much fancied Junior Champion, Lisnagre Jasper, bred by Jim Geoghegan, Lisnagre, Streamstown, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
The male champion at the Tullamore National Livestock Show last August, he is by the well-known easy-calving sire Pirate and out of a Major dam. He was purchased by Christy Maye, Dunboden Estate, Tullamore, Co Offaly. The second highest priced bull in the sale was the €11,000 Mearain Jarvis ET. The yearling was senior male champion at the 2015 national calf show. Bred by Christopher Marron, Corbane, Shantonagh, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, he is by a Doonally New son called Dromiskin Viceroy and out of Dereskit Ulanda, and was purchased by Glenrinne Farms, Dufftown, Keith, Scotland. His full brother at last year's sale sold for €9,200.
The next highest price of €9,500 was received by John Bambrick, Baurnafea, Castlewarren, Co Kilkenny for his first prize winner Baurnafea Jupitor ET, a 12-month animal purchased by Joseph Kennedy, Weekfield, Roscommon.
The senior championship sash went to Richard O'Beirne, Ardour, Cloghans Hill, Tuam, Co Galway for Doon Just The Job, an 18-month old that sold for €9,000 to Dovea Genetics, Thurles, Co Tipperary. The stud also purchased first prize winner Clenagh Jasper 2nd for €6,800 from Michael J Quin, Clenagh, Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare.
Some 17 bulls made €6,000 and over. The same number were purchased for export to Northern Ireland, along with four for Scotland. There was an overall clearance of 80pc.
In the heifer ring, the top price was €7,200, with an overall average of €3,562. Again, 17 heifers sold for more than €3,000, with eight being purchased for export to Northern Ireland. Top price of €7,200 went to the reserve champion Grangwood Insignia ET, bred by Jerry O'Keeffe, Woodlawn, Grange, Knocklong, Co Limerick by Texan Gie out of a homebred dam by Oscar. She was purchased by Tomas Healy, Tuam, Co Galway. The O'Keeffe family also bred the Champion Grangwood Jodi 2nd which sold for second highest price of the day at €6,000 to Andrew Armstrong, Dromore, Co Tyrone.