Charolais bulls fail to meet their sales reserve
There was a disappointing trade for bulls at the Irish Charolais Society Show and Sale at Ennis on Saturday where many of the bulls on offer failed to meet the expectations of their breeders.
Turnout for the sale lacked parity with the entry, and overall the 'star' ratings of the bulls on offer was slightly lower than recent sales - a matter that is now causing some confusion among breeders in trying to balance their judgement between appearance and star ratings of the bulls on offer.
This may have contributed to the weaker clearance and lower average price recorded for the sale.
Overall Champion of the show 'Clewbay 12 Julius Caesar', a 13-month-old son of 'Elgin Davinci' out of ' Clewbay Elgin' exhibited by Charles J Hughes, Lankhill, Westport, Co Mayo failed to meet the reserve.
Mr Hughes took first and second place in the class for bulls born on or after September 16, 2014.
The reserve Champion of the Show was awarded to Co Cavan breeder, Edward Bleakley, Aughnacor, Killeshandra for 'Aughnacor Jack', a May 2014 born son of 'Dereskit Jacob' out of 'Aughnacor Ellis' sold for €2,800.
The highest price at the sale was paid for the four star second prizewinner 'Doon Judge', a 17-month-old son of 'Blowerhouse Topper' out of 'Doon Camilla' which met with brisk bidding before the fall of auctioneer, Tom Cox's hammer at €4,000.
Other higher prices recorded in the ring were received by Richard O'Beirne, Ardour, Cloghans Hill, Tuam, Co Galway who sold 'Doon Jackass' for €3,200.