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The Irish Limousin Cattle Society held its annual Show and Sale at Athenry Mart, Co. Galway on Thursday the 17th of April 2014. A catalogue entry of 85 bulls resulted in a clearance rate of 80%, with an average price of €2,507.

Speaking after the sale Breed Secretary Paul Sykes said, “Bulls here today met with a steady trade. Buyers had a good range of bulls to choose from and were selective in the type of animal they were purchasing. The clearance rate of almost 80% was pleasing, it was a significant increase on the similar sale last year. . Many of today’s purchasers have commented on the quality of the Limousin bulls on offer  – the bulls here are prime examples of what the breed has to offer, easy calving along with growth  rate and an ability to produce an excellent carcass at an early age or a quality animal suitable for the export market, maternal bulls were also on offer to accommodate the replacement demands. Bulls are continuing to sell at home. Anyone disappointed at not getting the bloodlines they require for their herd can contact the office at 025-85036 where we will do our utmost to facilitate locating their desired animal. I would like to wish the purchasers the very best of luck with their acquisitions”.

Judge at this sale was Sharon Rothwell of the  Fairwood Herd based in Greenhall, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. Sharon commented  “quality animals appeared in every class today with the top end in each class true to the breed characteristics and displaying the conformation required for today’s market”.

Auctioneer for this sale was Denis Barrett. 

Topping the sale at €4,000 was “Lisangeeragh Harld” from the herd of Des Joyce, Williamstown, Co. Galway. Harld is a Haltcliffe Dancer son out of the Pacha 19 daughter Woodview Dana. He came to the ring with a Replacement Index value of €159 and a Terminal Index value of €121. Seamus Short, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim purchased this 4th prize winner.

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“Lisangeeragh Harld”

The Senior Male Reserve Champion went to the Towthorpe Dubai son “Millburn Harvey”. This September 2012 born bull was bred by Richard O'Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway. Harvey’s dam Millburn Dewdrop is a daughter of Mas Du Clo and 0133 Olympe. Olympe is a very prolific breeder within the Millburn herd and has produced many sale toppers in the past. Towthorpe Dubai is an Objat son with Broadmeadows Cannon in his linage. Hugh Brady, Stradone, Co. Cavan purchased Harvey for €3,800.

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“Millburn Harvey”

Also selling at €3,800 was “Windfieldroad Heavyweight” from the herd of Martin Warde, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. This December 2012 born Sympa son came to the ring with a five star indexes in Terminal, Replacement, Carcass Weight and Carcass Conformation. He holds a muscle score of 124 and a skeletal score of 128. This much admired young bull was placed second in his class and was purchased by Jack Collins, Ballinasloe.

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“Windfieldroad Heavyweight”

Judge Sharon Rothwell awarded Senior Male Champion to “Flaskagh Harry”, a Ronick Hawk son. Bred by Michael Shally, Tuam, Co. Galway, Harry has a 5-star Terminal Index of €134 and a 5-star Replacement Index of €212. His back-breeding includes Roundhill Uron Et and Pelletstown Pompernel ET. After a flurry of bids Kilcolgan, Co. Galway based Suckler farmer Francis Murphy acquired Harry for €3600.

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 “Flaskagh Harry”

Fourth prize winner “Roundhill Heart Throb Et” was purchased for €3,200 by John McDonnell, Curraghboy, Athlone. Heart Throb is a Vivaldi son out of Roundhill Vache Et, a Lino daughter. Bred in Fedamore, Co. Limerick by Timothy Corridan, this September, 2012 bull carries a muscle score of 114 and a skeletal score of 115.

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“Roundhill Heart Throb Et”

€3,200 was top call for “Lanmore Hercules” a first prize winner from the herd of Richard Duffy, Westport, Co. Mayo. Hercules was shown very successfully during the summer of 2013, amassing rosettes at The Derby, Tullamore, Bonniconlon and Enniscrone. He is a son of Ardlea Dan and the homebred Mas Du Clo dam Lanmore Cora. Loughrea based Suckler farm Pat Kennedy was the successful bidder for Hercules.

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”Lanmor Hercules”

Five bulls realized €2,800, first at this price was “Mount Scott Herbert” a Ballyfin Empire Et son. Bred in Mullagh, Co. Clare by Michael Sexton, Herbert holds a muscle score of 132 and a skeletal score of 120. Bosco Larkin, Ballinahown, Co. Westmeath, purchased this third prize winner to run with his suckler herd.

Next at this price was “Ballykinncurra Hugo Boss” from the father and son team of John and Sean Moroney, Corofin, Co. Clare. Hugo Boss holds five star ratings in most Indexes including Terminal, Replacement, Carcass Weight and Carcass Conformation. Martin Faule, Munnia, Burrin, Co. Clare acquired this Wilodge Cerberus son.

The Moroney’s second lot “Ballykinncurra Hunter” matched the selling price of his stable-mate - €2,800. Hunter is a Sauvignon son out of the Nino daughter Ballykinncurra Vicky. He holds a muscle score of 122 and a skeletal score of 109 and many five star indexes. Hunter was purchased by Sean O’Grady, Tubber, Co. Clare.

Angela Carney, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon purchased the first prize winner “Culategle Homer” from Patrick Flood, Newtowncashel, Co. Longford for €2,800. Homer is an Ardlea Dan with a sire stack that includes Ampertaine Abracadabra and Cloughhead Lord. He has five star ratings in Carcass conformation and Daughter milk.

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“Culategle Homer”

The final bull to sell at €2,800 was the Junior Male Reserve Champion “Aloor Hugo”. Hugo was bred in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon by Patsy Creighton from the home bred Ferry dam Aloor Ericia. His sire Grahams Apache is a Waindale Prime son. Born in November 2012, Hugo has a Terminal Index of €132 and a Replacement Index of €144. Michael Clarke, Turloughmore, Co. Galway was his eventual purchaser.

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”Aloor Hugo”

Six lots changed hands for €2,700. First at this prize was the Wilodge Tonka son “Forest-View Hurricane”. Bred in Williamstown, Co. Galway by John Jennings, Hurricane is out of Millburn Elin Et, a Mas Du Clo dam with back breeding to the aforementioned 0133 Olympe. Hurricane boasts an array of five star ratings and picked up a second place rosette in the show-ring. Tom Pentony, a Suckler farmer from Athboy, Co. Meath purchased this September 2012 bull.

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”Forest-View Hurricane”

Sean Lyons of the Ruan herd, based in Ardroon, Ruan, Co. Clare saw his two lots sell at €2,700. “Ruan Hagan” a second prize winning son of the Ruan herd’s stock-sire  Pelletstown Excel was purchased by Mal Hanley, Oranmore, Co. Galway. Hagan’s dam Ruan Eimear is a daughter of the previous stock-sire to the herd Honeylodge Admiral. Hagan holds muscle and skeletal scores of 130.

Sean’s second bull “Ruan Halbert” is a Honeylodge Admiral son out of Baileys Ditto a Castleboy Viv daughter. Halbert carries a Terminal Index value of €130 and a Replacement Index value of €175. Kieran Whiriskey, Ardrahan, Co. Galway purchased Halbert to run with his suckler herd.

The Goldies Terence son “Wood Road Hughie” also realized €2,700. Bred by Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick, Hughie’s sire stack includes Sympa and Festin. Miko Ryan, Craughwell, Co. Galway purchased this second prize winner. Hughie has a muscle score of 131 and skeletal score of 124.

John & Stephen Lynch took home €2,700 for “Ballinascraw Hector” a Carmorn Copilot son. Hector picked up second prize in the pre-sale show. He holds an array of five star ratings. Suckler farmer Edmond Cogan, Doneraile. Co. Cork purchased Hector.

The final bull to fetch €2,700 was “Caherhurley Hilltop” an Ardlea Dan son. This bull is out of Oakland Dierdra, a Tutu daughter. Hilltop was bred by James Walsh, Bodyke, Co. Clare. P.J. Fallon, Dysart, Ballinasloe purchased this third prize winner.

“Cross Hugo Et” was one of three bulls to sell at €2,600. Hugo was bred by Thomas Feehan, Westport, Co. Mayo. Hugo is an Objat out of the French dam Roupette – a Hamac daughter. Christina McDonagh, Ballindereen, Co. Galway purchased this September 2012 bull.

Lot 40. Bobby Jones, Skerries, Co. Dublin sold “Bremore Houtch” for €2,600. Houtch is a Cesar son with back-breeding to Vivaldi and Justicier. Placed first in his class, Houtch heads to Richard Skehan, Ballyraggett, Co. Kilkenny.

The Ampertaine Commander sired “Ballinascraw Harry” was the final bull to sell at €2,600. Harry was bred by John and Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford. He is out of Ballinascraw Amber, a ferry daughter. Billy Costello, Craughwell, Co. Galway, was the successful bidder for this 4th Prize winner.

Junior Male Champion was awarded to “Groe Inka” a 13-month old Towthorpe Dubai son. Inka was bred by Pat Kenny, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. He left the ring unsold, having failed to meet his reserve.

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”Groe Inka”

The next Irish Limousin Cattle Society sales are:

Roscrea Premier Heifer sale on Saturday the 26th April, 2014 where 44 top quality females go under the hammer. Also on offer are three Grade 1 Embryos.

Roscrea  Premier Bull sale on Saturday the 10th May, 2014.

Roscommon Sale on Saturday 24th May, 2014.

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



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