Average prices were up by 19pc at the first Charolais Society sale of the season
There was a good start to the season for pedigree Charolais breeders with the average price up by over 18pc at the first Irish Charolais Society bull show and sale for 2017 at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday.
Lively bidding from the large attendance resulted in auctioneer,Tom Cox recording both the average and top price up on the same sale last year, while his hammer knocked down two out of every three bulls on offer at the sale.
Cream of the sale were two price toppers from the herd of John Murphy, Crane, Ferns, Co Wexford. These sold for a total of €11,600.
September 2015 born, Garryphelim Lar was purchased for €6,100 by Edmund Burns, Lattin, Co Tipperary. The price topper is the progeny of Galbally Debbie and by the sire, Doonally New.
The second highest price was paid for September 2015 born, Garryphelim Leader by the same sire, out of Galbally Gracefull. He was bought by Michael O'Sullivan, Caherciveen, Co Kerry at €5,500.
Crossmolina's Alan Wood showed Crossmolina Marcus to win the Champion of the Show.
The January 2016 born bull out of Crossmolina Grainne and by the sire, Alwent Goldbar, was purchased by Martin Gilroy, Kilcon, Ballina, Co Mayo for €4,800.