A heifer bought a decade ago for €2,000 has been the foundation for a prizewinning herd
An investment of €2,000 in the purchase of a pedigree Charolais heifer more than a decade ago is continuing to pay strong dividends for a small-scale breeder in the west of Ireland.
The heifer was purchased from the Coolrain Herd in Co Laois by Willie Flynn to establish his Tullyvillage Charolais Herd at Newbridge, Ballinasloe in 2005. Her first bull calf topped his class at the society Premier Sale at Tullamore three years later.
On Saturday last, the herd recorded another achievement when producing the price topper for the Charolais Society May Bull Show and Sale at Tuam, Co Galway. Auctioneer Tom Cox rattled his hammer at €4,550 for Tullyvillage Mathan. Although unplaced in the show ring, the 12-month old bull was the clear leading choice of the breeders who filled the ringside and vied for the Cloverfield Excellent son out of Tullyvillage Glenda.
The final bid was made by a breeder from the mid-west region.
A bid of €4,000 for the May 2016-born Tullyvillage Miller, from the same herd was deemed insufficient.
He was one of only three bulls to leave the ring unsold, such was the demand for all bulls on offer and the younger bulls in particular.
The second highest price of the day was paid for the first prize winner, Cloughbrack Manuel, from Mattie Kelly's herd at Newbridge, Ballinasloe which sold for €4,050.
The May 2016-born bull is by the well-known sire, Pirate, and out of Cloughbrack Jasmine, a Goldstar Echo bred dam. Another bull from the herd, Cloughbrack Major, sold for €3,050.