Gallery: Buoyant demand and record prices at Charolais sale (heifer sells for €14.5k)
A 13-month-old heifer selling for €14,500 and a clearance of over 81pc reflected the buoyant demand for heifers at the Irish Charolais Cattle Society Elite Heifer Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore on Saturday.
Patrick McClean, breeder and exhibitor of the price topper bred in his Roughan Charolais Herd at Newtowncunningham in Donegal, acknowledged the rousing applause from the ringside with a thumbs up as the October 2016-born heifer was being led out of the sales ring.
Brendan Feeney, the buyer of the heifer, was determined to secure her for his Scurmore Herd, at Enniscrone, Co Sligo, driving the lively bidding to set a 2017 record price for a yearling Charolais heifer before auctioneer Tom Cox brought down the hammer.
Roughan Madilin is a truly 'Roughan' heifer. She was bred out of Roughan Hermine, which is a Roughan Fleming and Roughan Cygnet daughter with Roughan Unique and Roughan Useful in the g-dam line.
The heifer's sire is Roughan Dix De Coe, bred out of Tirelire and by Vivaldi.
The runner-up to the Reserve Junior Champion heifer in the class for heifers born October-November 2016 is rated a three star on her Replacement Index with a euro value of €33 at 19pc Reliability.
Second highest price was the €8,000 paid for the September 2016-born first prize winner in her class, Liscally My fair Lady 6, exhibited by Lewis Regan, Tawley, Castlegal, Co Leitrim.
She was bred out of Liscally Blossom and by the sire Balmyle Vagabond.
The average price on a clearance of over 81pc was €3,840. These figures were boosted by the number of heifers pursued by bidders to close sales, at higher prices after they had left the sales ring without hitting their reserve.
Show judge Alwyn Williams, who travelled from North Wales to award the rosettes, handled the entry with precision and good timing.
He tapped forward John Fleury's Drumcullen Lily, a March 2015-born heifer from the herd at Croagh, Killyon, Birr for the Senior Championship prize.
Bred out of Drumcullen Francesca and by the sire Vexour Granville, she sold for €6,000 to a County Galway breeder.
Reserve Senior Champion was Gallaway Malissa, exhibited by Michael McKiernan, Augharan, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, which crossed the border to Tyrone at €4,700.
In the Junior classes, the Champion of the Show went to Crossane4 Milly, a June 2016-born heifer, exhibited by Eoin McGovern, Kilmore, Fivemilebourne, Co Leitrim.
The Goldstar Herd at Copperfield House, Cabra, Thurles turned out the Reserve Junior Champion - October 2016-born heifer Goldstar Mirabelle - for exhibitor Martin Ryan. The heifer sold for €6,500, going back to a North Tipperary herd. The Goldstar Herd also sold Melodie for €4,350 and Melanie for €3,450.
Jim Geoghegan of the Lisnagree Herd at Streamstown, Mullingar received €5,400, for Lisnagre Lovely Lady and €4,300 for Lisnagre Longford Lady, taking home €15,300 for four heifers.
Michael J Quinn's Clenagh Herd at Newmarket-on-Fergus showed Clenagh Lady 2, which sold for €5,000, with Clenagh Lexie and Clenagh Libby each selling for €4,000.
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