The Irish Limousin Cattle Society held its first pedigree sale in Fermoy Mart on the 25th April 2008 and to mark this inaugural event the society offered a buyers subsidy for the top priced bulls. This sale was also directed towards the many dairy farmers in the area to supply easy calving, short gestation bloodlines. From the modest total of 14 bull available for sale, there was a good mix of dairy and suckler farmers buying bulls on the day leaving an overall average of €2,110.
Topping the days prices at €3,000 was Broomfield Bradshaw bred by John O’Grady, Midleton, Co. Cork. This was the first son to be offered at an official sale from stock bull Greenhill Trojan and he also caught the eye of Judge Peter Kelly from Galway when he awarded him the reserve male championship. With a muscle index in the top 1% of the breed Bradshaw was purchased by Con O’Donovan, Drinagh, Co. Cork.
The next best price bull was the first bull into the ring – Glebe Ranch Ben (by Glebe Ranch Smasher) who sold for €2,200. This April 2006 bull was bred by James Muldowney, Woodsgift, Co. Kilkenny, and purchased by Pat O’Farrell, Ballyporeen, Co. Tipperary to run immediately with his herd.
The Champion bull of the pre-sale showing was Lime View Bart (by Malibu), bred by Michael Browne, Glanworth, Co. Cork. However, Bart went un-sold through the ring.