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Saturday 3 December 2016

One-year-old bull fetches €5k top price

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Gerard O'Keeffe,Grange, Knocklong, Co Limerick with his Charolais bull, Grangwood Limerick, reserve champion at the Irish Charolais Show and Sale at Tullamore which sold for the top price of €5,150, and Gene McCann, judge.
Gerard O'Keeffe,Grange, Knocklong, Co Limerick with his Charolais bull, Grangwood Limerick, reserve champion at the Irish Charolais Show and Sale at Tullamore which sold for the top price of €5,150, and Gene McCann, judge.
Nigel Wood, Crossmolina Charolais Herd, with Crossmolina Luei, exhibited by his dad, Alan at the Charolais Society Show and Sale at Tullamore which sold for €4,600.
Garrett T Behan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise with Clonagh Jumbo Jet, overall Champion at the Irish Charolais Society Show and Sale at Tullamore on Saturday.

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.

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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.

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The thousands of friends which she made over the decades joined in expressing their thanks for all her work, courtesy and efficiency.

Other sales included Joe Clancy, Oughterard €4,500 for Wetern Lotetto, and Francis Ryan, Rosscahill, Co Galway €4,500 for Landleague Just The Job.

RESULTS

Bulls born between September 12 and  November 7, 2014

1. Michael J Quin, Clenagh, Newmarket On Fergus.

2. Patrick Daveron, Inchiquin Ower, Co Galway

3. Brian Mathews, Quarrymount House, Killeigh, Tullamore

Bulls born between November 8 and December 22, 2014

1. Garreth T Behan, Clonagowan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise, Co Laois

2. Francis Ryan, Fahy, Rosscahill, Co Galway

3. Kieran Mclaughlin, Ture, Muff, Lifford Co Donegal

Bulls born between January 2 and January 16, 2015

1. Christopher Comerford, Knockmahon, Castlewarren, Co Kilkenny

2. Michael Kiernan, Augharan, Carrigallen. Co Leitrim

3. Robert John Dunne, Corporation Lands, Belturbet Co Cavan

Bulls born between January 20 and February 10, 2015

1. Christopher Comerford, Knockmahon, Castlewarren, Co Kilkenny

2. Kevin Molloy, Dolland House, Luttrellstown Rd, Clonsilla Dublin

3. Gerry Burke, Lacken Hillstreet, CarrickOnShannon, Co Roscommon

Bulls born between February 13 March 3, 2015

1. Alan Wood, Cloonamine House, Crossmolina, Co Mayo

2. Peter O Toole, Leagaun, Moycullen, Co Galway

3. John Farrell, Boyanna, Moate, Co Westmeath

Bulls born between March 4 and March 20, 2015

1. Kathleen Kenny, Laragh, Streamstown, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

2. Alan Wood, Cloonamine House, Crossmolina, Co Mayo

3. Basil Bothwell, Dereskit, Killeshandra, Co Cavan

Bulls born between  March 25 and April 3, 2015

1. Jerry O’Keeffe, Woodlawn, Grange, Knocklong, Co  Limerick

2. Alan Wood, Cloonamine House, Crossmolina, Co Mayo

3. Basil Bothwell, Dereskit, Killeshandra, Co Cavan

Bulls born between  April 9 and May 20, 2015

1. Joe Clancy, Gortreevagh, Oughterard, Co Galway

2. James Brady, Ballinroey, Dring, Co Longford

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