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Monday 18 December 2017

Charolais Society sale will kick-off with cows

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Growing demand for Charolais females has promoted the Charolais Society to kick off its sale season with an unhaltered female sale in Elphin, Co Roscommon on Saturday, October 26.

It will consist of heifers and cows suitable for breeding and commercial use, with all entries to be inspected on the morning of the sale.

The sale season will continue with the bull sales, beginning on November 2 in Tullamore Mart, followed by a sale in Ennis on Saturday, November 23 and culminating in the biggest show and sale of the year, the Christmas Cracker in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday, December 7.

Despite very tough weather conditions through the autumn and winter of 2012 and into spring 2013, the Charolais bull trade met a ready commercial demand and numbers sold were on par with previous years.

"Commercial farmers have choices but once again the proven ability of Charolais to consistently leave commercial cattle with superior weight for age at both weaning and slaughter proved to be the deciding factor," maintained Charolais secretary Nuala Hourihan. "Quality and weight are the key drivers of sustainable suckler farming."

All bulls are fertility insured at all society-run sales and bulls can be purchased on the deferred payment scheme whereby the purchaser pays just one-third of the price on the day.

At the Ploughing Championships, Charolais prizewinners from the National Show will be among the top animals exhibited on the stand, located at stand number 4 in block 3 of the livestock area.

Alongside the pedigree winners will be a selection of commercial bulls and heifers chosen to demonstrate the power and quality of Charolais animals in Irish commercial herds.

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The society is also running a photographic competition with a prize fund of €1,000 on offer. Twenty of the best photographs depicting Charolais cattle with people, in their natural surroundings and displaying the breed's positive traits have been chosen and the winners will be selected by the general public at Ploughing.

All public voters will be entered in a free draw for a €250 cash prize.

The Charolais Society Yearbook will be launched at Ploughing. It contains the latest information on the breed, including pictures and reports from the National Show, information on the breed and sale dates. The sire book will also be available at the stand.

For more information on the breed, contact the Charolais office on 01 4198050 or go to

Irish Independent

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