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The demand was for top quality muscular bulls at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society Sale in Carrick on Shannon last Saturday 24th November.  ‘The second Autumn sale was successful with increased demand for top quality bulls however the clearance rates at 56% for bulls and heifers was a little disappointing’ according to Dr. Ger Ryan, Breed Secretary commenting on the sale.

The sale resulted in an average price of €2,392  for bulls (up €80 on corresponding sale last year).  Topping the sale at €5,400 was Moloskey Beano from Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare.  He was one of the youngest bulls in the sale born in mid September 2006 and is sired by Ronick Hawk and out of Knockerra Hannah, a Tarvis daughter who has produced many champions and high priced animals to date.  A first prize-winner in the show he was bought by pedigree breeders Ernie & Paul Bennett, Nurney, Co. Kildare to join their commercial suckler herd of 50 cows.

Moloskey Beano

Moloskey Beano ( Ronick Hawk x Tarvis)

Second top was €5,100 paid for the first prize-winner and Male Champion Ballinascraw Barron from John Lynch, Ballinascraw, Balinese, Co. Longford.  The sire is Pacha 19 and out of the homebred dam Ballinascraw Sapphire, a Geant daughter out of Ballinascraw Precious who goes back to Ronick Hawk breeding.  The granddam Ballinascraw Precious has produced bulls to €6,000 already.  The bulls now heads to the large commercial suckler herd of well known livestock agent John Dermody, Co. Kilkenny.

Ballinascraw Baron

Ballinascraw Baron (Pacha 19 x Geant)

Best from father & son duo of Stanley & Mark Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim was their €5,000 entry Newtwon Bart.  A mid September 2006 born son of Mas du Clo out of a homebred cow Newtown Sally, an Espoir daughter.  He boasted impressive indices for BLUP and Suckler Beef Value.  This second prize-winner now heads to the 50 cow commercial herd of Magaret Forde, Bellharbour, Co. Clare.

Newtown Bart

Newtown Bart (Mas du Clo x Espoir)

Neil and Ray Tully, Dromore West, Co. Sligo secured the next highest price at €3,700 for his first prize-winner and Reserve Male Champion.  He was one of the older entries in the sale being a mid March 2006 son of his herd stock sire Clooney Quinn Timmy that was bought for €14,000 at the 2004 Roscrea Premier Sale.  The dam is a home bred cow Lougheed Judy, a Millbrook Handsome daughter.  The buyer is pedigree breeder Sean Doyle, Dunleer, Co. Louth.

Lougheed Balerno

Lougheed Balerno ( Clooneyquinn Timmy x Millbrook Handsome)

The fifth highest price €3,000 was shared between two bulls Ballyknockin Bronco and Clonlara Banner Man.  Ballyknockin Bronco from Laurence O’ Sullivan, Lombardstown, Mallow. Co. Cork was a 22 month old bull.  He boasted impressive bloodlines of Grahams Samson and out of a French imported dam Sessile, a Mas du Clo daughter.  He now heads to local farmers Josephine & Martin Mulhern, Charlestown, Co. Mayo.  The other bull at the same price was Clonlara Bannerman from Colin Hogg, Clonlara, Co. Clare with his April 2006 born bull. A first prize-winner in the show he is sired by the stock bull for the Clonlara herd Ardlea T288, a Lino son and out of Ballysteen Pauline, a Hortensia daughter who has bred a heifer to €8,300.  He now heads to the herd of Thomas Carty, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

Ballyknockin Bronco

Ballyknockin Bronco (Grahams Samson x Mas du Clo)

Clonlara Bannerman

Clonlara Bannerman (Ardlea T288 X Hortensia)

Other leading prices:

  • €2,800 to Brain Clarke, Bailieboro for a son of Grahams Samson
  • €2,600 to Gerard Feeley, Carrick on Shannon for a son of Navarin
  • €2,500 to John Gilheaney, Ballyconnell for a son of Rocky
  • €2,500 to Padraig Golden for a son of Highlander

Heifers

The trade for the females was similar to the bull scenario in that only the top quality animals were sold.  The sale resulted in an average price of €2,125 (down €254 on the corresponding sale last year).  Topping the sale at €3,600 and having his best day in the sales ring was Pat Kenny, Doon, Kilfenora, Co. Clare with Knockateemore Breda.  A June 2006 heifer with very nice breeding being a Scorboro Regius daughter out of a homebred cow Knockateemore Ulrika, a Gamin daughter who goes back to Espoir breeding.  A third prize-winner in the pre sale show she boasted very nice BLUP figures and Eurostar figures.  She now heads to the herd of new pedigree breeders Joe & John Healy, Athboy, Co. Meath.

Knockateemore Breda

Knockateemore Breda ( Scorboro Regius x Gamin)

Hitting the €3,000 mark was the second last animal into the sales ring Honeylodge Boob from Phillip Crowe, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan with his early October 2006 heifer.  A second prize-winner in the pre-sale show she is a daughter of the popular Ronick Hawk and out of Poulmarle Niamh, an Adara Herman daughter.  The purchaser was an undisclosed pedigree breeder.

Honeylodge Boob

Honeylodge Boob (Ronick Hawk x Adare Herman)

The second prize-winner and Reserve Female Champion Burren Alice was the third highest price at €2,800 from Richard O’ Beirne, Kilconly, Tuam. Co. Galway.  A two year old daughter of Nenuphar her dam being Cooltomin Lily, a Ballysteen Jake daughter.  She now heads to the new herd of Alan Fitzgerald, Co. Limerick.   Richard O’ Beirne had an excellent days trading selling four heifers to average €2,375,

Burren Alice

Burren Alice (Nenuphar x Ballysteen Jake) with judge Gareth Behan

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