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The final Limousin sale of the season took place in Granard on Wednesday 31st May with the females leading the way on the night.   The demand for the top quality females was exceptional which demonstrates the confidence in the breed’ according to Dr. Ger Ryan, Breed Secretary.   The average price for the females on offer was €2,631 (up €295 on the corresponding sale last year).

Silence accompanied the darkness in Granard mart late in the evening when the Champion Female Honeylodge Ava entered the ring.   The steady bidding resulted in the day’s top price of €8,000 being achieved for the owner Philip Francis Crowe, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan.   This very sweet young heifer being a little over a year of age caught the attention of many of the large attendance at Granard.   She was earlier judged a first prize-winner and Female Champion by judge Kevin Bohan.   This heifer is one of the first Cloughead Lord progeny sold in Ireland and out of a French imported dam Sportive, a Mas du Clo daughter.   The final bid was secured by Stephen Reel, Newry, Co. Derry to join his pedigree herd.

Honeylodge Ava

Honeylodge Ava (Cloughead Lord x Mas du Clo x Dauphin)

Hot on the heels of the top price came the second highest price of the sale at €4,500 for Woodview Amy from David Abbott, Kileshandra, Co. Cavan.   This heifer was a second prize-winner to the female champion and also Reserve Female Champion was again a little over a year of age.   This daughter of Siam, an Ionesco son standing in NCBC she is out of Clonmack Tamara, a Genial daughter. This stylish heifer again attracted loads of interest with the final bidder being the judge Kevin Bohan of the Ardlea Pedigree Limousin herd.

Woodviwew Amy

Woodview Amy (Siam x Genial)

The third highest price in the female section of €2,700 went to Ballyfin Venetica from Stanley & Mark Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim.   This September 2004 daughter of Nenuphar out of Ballyfin Rave, a Faignant daughter.   She is well related being a full brother to the Male Champion on the day and full sister to Ballyfin Venus that sold for €10,000 at Roscrea March Sale. She was purchased by new breeder Michael Kinane, Ballyglass, Co. Tipperary.

Bulls

The on farm demand for bulls lead to a very small entry on the night with less than 50% of the bulls catalogued present. ‘The demand was for the good muscular type bulls’ said Dr. Ger Ryan, Breed Secretary.  The sale resulted in an average price of €2,264 at 68% clearance rate (up €274 on corresponding sale last year). 

Leading the days trading €3,700 in the male section was Stramatt Archie from first time exhibitor Joseph Lynch, Virginia, Co. Cavan.   This second prize-winner was born in early March 2005 and was a son of Ferry out of Headfort Sasha, a Highlander daughter.   The purchaser was local man James Murtagh, Carrickboy, Co. Longford.

Stramatt Archie

Stramatt Archie (Ferry x Highlander)

The next highest price of €3,000 went to Lake Velocity from Maurice Carroll, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare.   This son of Lino born in late December 2004 was out of a home bred cow Lake Shirley, an Interim daughter.   This fourth prize-winner was bought by Thomas Fallon, Moate, Co. Westmeath.

Lake Velocity

Lake Velocity (Lino x Interim)

The third highest price on the night was shared between three bulls Ballyfin Vibe, Mount Scott Aidan & Lake A408.   Ballyfin Vibe exhibited by the Richardson duo of Stanley & Mark was a first prize-winner & Male Champion earlier in the day.   A Nenuphar son born in September 2004 out of a Faignant daughter Ballyfin Rave he sold to Enda Harton, Longford. 

Ballyfin Vibe

Ballyfin Vibe (Nenuphar x Faignant)

Mount Scott Aidan came from the herd of Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare.   This late February 2005 bull is a son of the herd stock sire Gamin and out of a homebred cow Mount Scott Rubert, a Dauphin daughter.   This well bred bull also boasted BUP figure for muscle in the top 5% of the breed.   The bull was secured by P.J. Minogue, Whitegate, Co. Clare.

The final bull to reach the €2,900 figure was Lake A408 from Maurice Carroll, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare to complete a good days trading for his herd.   This first prize winner born in late March 2005 is a son of Nectar and out of a homebred cow Lake Stanny an Orly daughter   This muscular bull was purchased by local man Niall Brennan, Granard

Lake A408

Lake A408 (Nectar x Orly)

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