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The strong on farm demand for Limousin lead to a reduced entry of bulls at the Athenry sale last Thursday. The smaller entry meant commercial farmers had to bid fast and hard to secure a top quality Limousin bull to join their herds. The sale produced an average price of €2,389 with an exceptional clearance rate of 84% which was up €139 on corresponding sale lat year. ‘The strong demand for Limousin continued in Athenry with good muscular type bulls in demand’ commented breed secretary, Dr. Ger Ryan.

The day’s top price of €4,400 went to Newtown Adrian 1 from the father & son team of Stanley & Mark Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. Judged the Junior Male Champion on the day this very stylish son of Pelletstown Newman born in mid January 2005 was out of a homebred cow Newtown Rebecca, a Gamin daughter. This much admired bull on the day was sold to pedigree breeder Michael Montgomery, Quilty, Co. Clare.

Newtown adrian 1

Newtown Adrian 1 (Pelletstown Newman x Gamin) with Mark & Stanley Richardson and Kenneth Veitch (judge)

The next highest price of €4,200 went to the Senior Male Champion of the show Ruan Voila from Sean Lyons, Ruan, Co. Clare. This October 2004 son of herd stock sire Ardlea S236, an Ideal 23 son and out of a homebred dam Ruan Rosaleen, a Ferry daughter. He was purchased by Paul Summerville, Cornamona, Co. Galway to join his commercial herd.

Ruan Viola

Ruan Viola (Ardlea S236 x Ferry) with Sean Lyons & Kenneth Veitch (judge)

Well known Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare hit the third highest price of €3,500 with Mount Scott Vaulter, a third prize winner in the show. This powerful son of his herd stock sire Gamin born in early September 2004 was out of Garryduff Paula, a Geant daughter. The purchaser was Justin Heavey, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

The fourth highest price of €3,300 went to Cloneygowan Vail from Hugh Thomas Behan, Ballyfin, Co. Laois. This October 2004 born son of Mas du Clo was out of Penane Primose, a Rinney Harry daughter. He was a first prizewinner and Reserve Senior Male Champion in the pre-sale show. Martin Goonan, Ballina, Co. Mayo bought him.

The fifth price of €3,200 was shared between two bulls Clegghill Vampire & Lake Vintage. Clegghill Vampire from John C. Quinn, Longford Town, Co. Longford was a second prizewinner in the pre-sale show. This September 2004 son of Cloughhead Lord was out of a French dam Starlette, a Poete daughter. John Rushe, Derrinturn, Co. Kildare bought him.

Clegghill Vampire

Clegghill Vampire (Scoroboro Regius x Poete) with John Quinn & John Rushe (purchaser)

Lake Vintage from Maurice Carroll, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare was another second prizewinner in the pre-sale show. This late December 2004 son of the herd stock sire Orly was out of a homebred dam Lake Sophie, a Duvalier daughter. The purchaser was Noel Whyte, Tuam, Co. Galway

Other leading prices:

  • €3,100 to Pat Phelan, Drumree for a son of Fidele
  • €3,100 to John Shannon, Corofin for a son of Millbrook Rover
  • €3,000 to Pat Bruen, Elphin for a son of Highlander
  • €3,000 to Thomas Finnerty, Ballinasloe for a son of Lino
  • €3,000 to Laurence O’ Sullivan for a son of Star
  • €3,000 to John Fahy for a son of Moero

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