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Irish Limousin Athenry Sale sees strong clearance rate of 91% with top price of €4,300 with average price of €2,720

The Irish Limousin Society saw the exceptionally strong trade for Limousin that has been very evident this spring continue at the Athenry show and sale on Thursday 16th April. A capacity crowd with an abundance of customers led to a 91% clearance, with an average price of €2,720 and a price range from €2,000 to €4,300. One third of the bulls sold made €2,900 or more. The number of Dairy farmers and Suckler farmers changing to Limousin from other breeds was again very noticeable.

Many of the buyers present at the sale had different reason for choosing Limousin from easy calving, quality calves/weanlings, carcass weight, or looking for a bull with excellent maternal traits to breed replacements - there are Limousin bulls to suit all requirements.

Breed secretary Paul Sykes stated, “Today was another excellent sale. A clearance rate of 91% indicates the growing demand for Limousin bulls. What is very noticeable is not only the number of return buyers who are staying with Limousin but also the growing number of farmers changing to Limousin from other breeds. Our focus on finding out what farmers want and our ability to breed bulls to meet their needs is very noticeable in the sales ring.”

Auctioneer George Candler was kept busy with a brisk trade that saw the average price increased from the 2014 average by €213. The Limousin breeds popularity in the West of Ireland was evident with 72% of purchasers coming from that region.

Judge for this sale was Mr. Pat Feehily from Athlone, he has officiated as a judge at shows in his area. Pat is the owner of the Ash Grove herd, which consists of 20 pedigree Limousin cows. Commenting after the sale Pat noted: “The bulls presented here today were generally of very good quality overall with some exceptional bulls. The sale was a very good sale for the discerning buyer with excellent quality to be had bought at the right price.”


Topping the sale at €4,300 was “Windfieldroad Invest” a powerful Roundhill Saturn Et son. Invest was bred by Martin Warde, Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. His dam Windfieldroad Delta has Otan and Gamin in her pedigree. Born in April 2013, he holds five star ratings in Terminal Index and Replacement Index. Mark Curtin of Roo Demesne, Kinvara purchased this fourth prize winner.


Windfieldroad Invest

“Derra JR” a very stylish 13-month old Wilodge Cerberus son sold at €4,000. Bred by Gerry Shaughnessy, Derry, Gort, Co. Galway, JR came to the ring with a Muscle score of 143 and Skeletal score of 137. His dam Wood Road Eva Et is a daughter of Sympa and the prolific donor cow Ov Nadia B. JR was placed first in his class in the pre-sale show and was acquired by Co. Clare farmer Patrick Torpey, Clonadrum, Mullagh.


Derra JR

Tuam, Co. Galway based breeder Richard O’Beirne saw his December 2013 born bull sell for €3,500. “Millburn Islington” is a son of the Edelweiss grandson – Gamin, his dam Kilcoan Renjee is a daughter of Festin. Islington was placed second in his class and holds a Muscle score of 121. He now heads to Brian Carmody, Bearfield, Ennis.


Millburn Islington

Local breeder Patrick Gill, presented two bulls for sale, the first of these “Kilskeagh Igo” realised €3,300. Igo is a July 2013 born son of Ozeus and the Castleview Darren daughter Roundhill Gleny 1303. He carries a Muscle score of 123 and a Skeletal score of 119. Placed third in his class in the show, he joins the herd of John Cole, Belturbet, Co. Cavan.

Reserve Junior Champion was awarded to “Crocan Important” from the herd of Henry Barett, Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Important is no stranger to rosettes having won the North West Calf finals. His sire is the Objat son Lowerffrydd Empire while his dam Dinmore Clupton was a first prize winner at the prestigious Red Ladies sale in Carlisle in December 2009. Important boasts five star ratings in most traits including Terminal Index, Carcass weight, Docility and Carcass conformation. He stays in Connacht having being purchased for €3,300 by Eamon Cogan, Boyle, Co. Sligo.


Crocan Important

“Kinaghamore Indiana” from the herd of Mervyn Parker, Belturbet, Co. Cavan sold for €3,250. Indiana was placed second to the Reserve Junior champion. He is by Fieldson Alfy and out of the homebred Siam daughter Kinaghamore Gina. He has a Muscle score of 138 and a Skeletal score of 124. He was purchased by Miko Ryan, Craughwell, Co. Galway.

The Senior Champion “Windfieldroad Imperial” was the second bull offered for sale by Martin Warde. He sold for €3,000 to Shane McDonagh, Tuam, Co. Galway. Imperial is a May 2013 born son of Grahams Unbeatable. He has a Terminal Index of €132 and a Replacement Index of €176.


Wingfieldroad Imperial

Michael McInerney, Cratloe, Co. Clare sold “Brickhill Iona” for €3,000. Iona has a sire stack that includes Carmorn Copilot, Mas Du Clo and Gamin. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Harry Melody Jr., of Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway purchased this third prize winner.

“Drominanou Ike” the Reserve Senior Champion was the third bull to reach the €3,000 mark. Ike was born in October 2013 into the herd of Mark Clune, Feakle, Co. Clare. He has a Muscle score of 130 and a Skeletal score of 120. Ike is an eye-catching son of Ampertaine Commander and a homebred Milbrook Tanko dam Drominanou Elanor.


Drominanou Ike

Tim Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick put three Vivaldi sons forward for sale. The first of these was “Roundhill Iarlaith”. He was the final bull to reach €3,000. His dam Roundhill Eondine 1211 has Vermeil and Joueur in her linage. He was purchased by Noel Hennessy, Clonervy, Poles, Co. Cavan.

Tim’s second Vivaldi bull sold for €2,950. “Roundhill Isobar” was placed second in his class to the Reserve Champion. His pedigree also includes Vermeil and Joueur. Isobar carries a Muscle score of 131 and a Skeletal score of 117. He heads to Belharbour, Co. Clare to the herd of Bryan O’Dea.

The final Vivaldi son “Roundhill Iarla” was acquired by local farmer Louis Kennedy, Cahercrin, Athenry, Co. Galway for €2,850. Iarla’s dam Roundhill Fleny 1214 (Et) is a daughter of Tistou and the highly regarded donor dam Roundhill Timotei.

Patrick Gill’s second bull “Kilskeagh Ilan” realised €2,900. Ilan is a son of On-Dit and the Mas Du Clo dam Kilskeagh Dorris. He holds five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index and Daughter milk. Ilan was purchased by Kevin Kierse, Kilnaboy, Ennis, Co. Clare.


Kilskeagh Ilan

Second prize winner “Corcamore Ieuan” from the herd of Brendan Curtin, Clarina, Co. Limerick sold for €2,800. Ieuan has back breeding that includes On-Dit, Gamin and Barnhill Ivan. He has a Terminal index of €128 and a Replacement index of €172. Ieuan heads to Ballina, Co. Mayo, to the suckler herd of Frank Garrett.

Also selling at €2,800 was third prize winner “Millburn Improver 2”. This 17 month old son of Virginia Andy (Et) and Kilcara Una was bred by Richard O'Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway. He was acquired by Joe Kearney, Crusheen, Co. Clare.

Sean Forde, Corrandulla, Co. Galway paid €2,750 for “Milan Indigo”. Born in December 2013, Indigo was bred by Donal McKeon, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. His pedigree includes Fieldson Alfy, Ronick Hawk and Genial.

First prize winner “Corcamore Ice-Pop” realised €2,750. Ice-Pop has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Docility, Carcass weight and Daughter Milk. He had the highest Replacement Index in the catalogue at €253. Bred in Co. Limerick by Brendan Curtin, his sire stack includes On-Dit, Imperial and Ronick Hawk. He was purchased by suckler farmer Tony Slevin, Craughwell, Co. Galway.


Corcamore Ice-Pop

The Elite Forever Brill Et son “Makief Iggy” was purchased by Eddie Sheppard, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Iggy was bred by Derek Woods, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Placed second in his class, his closing bid was for €2,650.
Changing hands for the same amount (€2,650) was “Corcamore Indiana” an Ampertaine Commander son from Brendan Curtin. Born in September 2013, Indiana has a Terminal Index of €148 and a Replacement Index of €157. Laurence Geoghagan, Clonown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath acquired this third prize winner.

Michael Graham of the Liverpool herd based in Boyle, Co. Roscommon presented two bulls for sale, both of whom were sold for the same price €2,650. His first bull “Liverpool Jupiter” is a 15-month old son of Ampertaine Commander and the Shire Milton daughter Liverpool Exquisite. Placed first in his class, Jupiter carries five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was purchased by Larry Brannick, Hollmount, Co. Mayo.


Liverpool Jupiter

Michael’s second bull “Liverpool Jake” is by Fieldson Alfy and out of Curraghree Pretty Woman (a Genial daughter). Jake has a Muscle score of 116 and a Skeletal score of 110. Thomas Jordan, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway was his eventual purchaser.

The Wilodge Cerberus son “Bellville Ivan” was sold for €2,550 to Henry Musgrave, Caherconlish, Co. Limerick. Ivan was bred locally by Peter Melody, Belville. Placed fourth in his class, he carries five stars in almost all traits.

Five bulls changed hands for €2,500. First at this was second prize winner “Currycramp Islander”. Bred by Thomas Mulligan, Dromod, Co. Leitrim. Islander is a son of Haltcliffe Dancer. He was acquired by Joseph Hanrahan, Gort, Co. Galway.

The much admired “Aloor Ivor” was awarded the Junior Champion title. Ivor was bred by Patsy Creighton, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. He is a son of Fieldson Alfy and Aloor Ericia. Patrick O’Loughlin purchased Ivor for his herd based in Kinvara, Co. Galway


Aloor Ivor

Second prize winner “Carrowreagh Jasper” was bred by Pat Bruen, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. Jasper is a son of Ronick Hawk. He was purchased by David Lane, Craughwell, Co. Galway.

The Netherhall Epic son “Culategle Jack” also reached €2,500. Jack was bred by Patrick Flood, Newtowncashel, Co. Longford. He was acquired by David Nolan, Balla, Co. Mayo.

The final bull to reach €2,500 was “Mac's Choice James” a second prize winner Haltcliffe Dancer son. James was bred by Thomas Burke, Claregalway, Co. Galway. He will stay in the county of his birth as he was purchased by Michael Murray, Ballinasloe.

Here at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society we would like to wish all purchasers the very best of luck with their acquisitions.

Other Notable prices:
Currycramp Ian, a son of Haltcliffe Dancer, €2,450
Roundhill Jigsaw, a son of Castleview Darren, €2,450
Coolagrain Ivon, a son of Cloughhead Umpire, €2,400
Corrib View Island 2, a son of Fieldson Alfy, €2,400
Rathlee Jim, a son of Wilodge Goldcard, €2,400
Currycramp Iggy, a son of Wilodge Goldcard, €2,200
Rathlee Imp 2, a son of Rocky, €2,200
Sarsfield Ivan, a son of Mas Du Clo, €2,200
Cloncullin Ian, a son of Fieldson Alfy, €2,100
Milan Jack Frost, a son of Cloughhead Umpire, €2,100
Corrib View Imor, a son of Tango, €2,050
Lavalla Jack, a son of Fieldson Alfy, €2,000

Upcoming events:
Roscrea Premier Bull & Heifer Sale Monday 11th May where 66 Bulls and 38 Heifers are catalogued for sale.



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