One-year-old bull fetches €5k top price
The reserve champion rosette was crowned by the top price of €5,150 for a Co Limerick exhibitor at the Irish Charolais Society final Show and Sale of the season at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday.
Born in March 2015, Grangwood Limerick, a five-star bull for both terminal and replacement indices, attracted brisk bidding, before being knocked down by auctioneer, Tom Cox to Barry McDonnell, Moydow, Co Monaghan to a round of applause from the ringside.
The bull, bred out of a very successful blood line for the Limerick breeder, herd dam, Grangwood Darling and by the sire, Pirate, continued the successful run of a remarkable season for the Charolais breeder, Jerry O'Keeffe.
The season started off well for him last December with double success at the society Christmas Cracker Show and Sale where females, Grangwood Insignia ET, sold for the top price of €7,200, and Show Female Champion, Grangwood Jodi 2 made the second highest price at €6,000 while he produced another price-topper for the April Bull Sale at Athenry.
Show judge Gene McCann awarded the Overall Champion of the show sash to Clonagh Jumbo Jet, bred and exhibited by Garrett T Behan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise, the product of dam, Goldstar Beatrix and sire, Inverlochy Ferdie, a five and three-star bull for terminal and replacement indices, respectively which sold for €3,500.
The second highest price was €4,700 paid to Kevin Molloy, Clonsilla, Co Dublin for Dollard Liam. Two bulls, Crossmolina Leui, exhibited by Alan Wood, Crossmolina, Co Mayo and Glebewest Lesley, exhibited by John Farrell, Moate, Co Westmeath each sold for €4,600.
The former was purchased by Patrick Brennan, Ardrahan, Co Galway and the latter crossed the border into Northern Ireland to the Fermanagh herd of J M Wright. One of the best sales of the season for the breed, there was a clearance of 86pc at an average of €3,195.
Society secretary, Nuala Hourihane, said that they were "very pleased" with the sale at which "there was very good demand" and a good average price. After a long reign Nuala bows out of her executive role as secretary at the end of the month having served 42 years of very loyal and dedicated service to the breed.