The Creeve Charolais herd owned by Jackie and Brendan Caslin was dispersed at Monday night’s weekly suckler sale in Elphin Mart.

The herd was well known for being consistent producers of top-quality stock.

Jackie made the decision to retire earlier this year and the sale included nine pedigree cows and a number of replacement heifers.

Top call

Top call of the night went to the January 2015-born Creeve Lisa.

By Lisnagre Elite (LGL) and going back to an Excellent-sired cow with CF52 in her back breeding, she was sold with a February-born Fiston bull calf at foot.

She had a replacement index of €69, with Jackie describing her as one of the best breeding cows in the herd.

She was knocked down to a Co Clare breeder for €6,150.

This March 2020-born Fiston-sired heifer was sold for €3,050.

Next-highest price went to Creeve Megan, a November 2016-born Cavelands Fenian cow.

She had a replacement index of €78 and had Cottage Devon and CF52 in her back breeding.

She was sold with her October-born Goldstar Ludwig bull calf.

She was served with Fiston on 10 December 2020 and was knocked down at €4,450.

A 2017-born cow with a Liseron-sired bull calf at foot sold for €2,750.

Following her was Creeve Isabella, a 935kg November 2013-born cow.

She was by Cottage Devon and had a low replacement index of €24.


Figures didn’t stop the bidding and she sold in-calf to Whitecliffe James due on 16 April at €4,050.

Next-top price went to Creeve Lucy, a November 2015-born cow sired by Lisnagre Elite.

She sold with a three-week-old Creeve Marquise bull calf at foot and was knocked down at €3,450.

The sale achieved a 100% clearance rate, with cows and in-calf heifers averaging €3,257/head and weanling heifers averaging €2,525.

The sale was conducted 100% online with the Irish Farmers Journal Martbids app.

The next sale in Elphin takes place on Wednesday 17 February, with over 500 bullocks booked in for the sale.