Rupert Taylor Ltd have announced the death, last week in Ireland, of influential Charolais sire Doonally New, from heart failure.
Born in France in January 1997, a son of Hermes, he was selected by Cormac Monaghan, then bull buyer for the North Western Cattle Breeding Centre in Sligo. New stood successfully in Sligo until their merger with Progressive Genetics in 2002, when he moved to Enfield. During the five years that he stood at Enfield NCBC collected and sold close to 100,000 straws from New on the Irish market.
At recent sales in Carrick-on-Shannon, more than 1 in 4 out the showing were sons and daughters of New. And then there were an increasing number of granddaughters and grandsons appearing in sales as well.
In the UK New has sired almost 1500 registered pedigree progeny, and has made his mark at numerous sales. At Carlisle in May 2007 he sired the Champion bull and two other first prize bulls, and 9 sons averaged nearly 5600gns.
New has three sons in AI. Kilcullen Ted and Dromiskin Viceroy also stood at Enfield, and British bred bull Rumsden Udimore. Semen is still available in the UK from Rupert Taylor Ltd from Viceroy, Ted, and Udimore, and a limited number of doses from New remain available, which will be the last, as stocks in Ireland are finished.
New is in the top 1% of the breed in Ireland for weanling and beef index, with a 99% reliability, and in the UK has an EBV of CH37 (top 1%) with a 95% reliability. He will be remembered as an exceptionally consistent sire of top quality pedigree and commercial cattle.