Limousin Best of Beef Again in Kilkenny
In a rerun of last year’s March sale performance, Limousin bulls again topped the beef bull sales prices at this year’s March Premier Show and Sale held by Kilkenny Agricultural Society, at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny. 23 out of 29 bulls presented for sale were sold, a clearance of 79%, at an average price of €3,491. This was a massive improvement on this sale last year when the sale average was €2,411. The pre-sale show was kindly judged by Mr Michael Fox, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Ms Emer Byrne’s ‘Ballyquirke Federico’ from Ballyquirke, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, was the highest priced beef bull of the day, fetching €4,800 in a hotly contested auction. Following heavy bidding, he was eventually knocked down to Mr John McDonald, from Killeshin, Co. Carlow, to run with his dairy herd. A powerful bull, with plenty of scope, Federico, born 8 September, 2010, is a Millbrook Tanko son, out of a Lino dam and weighed in at over 900kg.
Emer Byrne with Ballyquirke Federico
The next highest price for a Limousin bull was €4,700, which was realised by Mr Mac Murphy, Clongiffin, Enfield, Co. Meath for his Vivaldi sired ‘Keltic Feelgood’, born 11 September, 2010. He was bought by Mr Tim Ryan, Clareen, Birr, Co. Offaly.
3 bulls sold at the next highest price of €4,400. ‘Knockiel Fred’, put forward by Mr Jerome Campion, Rathdowney Co. Laois, a Sympa son out of a Highlander dam, was purchased by Mr Marc Sherwood, Kells, Co. Kilkenny, to run with his commercial Limousin herd. Also at this price, Mr Patrick Brett, Thurles, Co. Tipperary sold his Milbrook Tanko sired ‘Finnahy Felix’ to Mr Pat Kavanagh, Ballymurphy, Borris, Co. Carlow.
The third bull sold for €4,400 was the Reserve Champion, ‘Galbally Falcon’. Presented by Mr Trevor Masterson, Galbally, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, he is a Thetis son, out of an Omer-Mn dam. ‘Galbally Falcon’ was purchased by Mr Paddy McCarthy, Co. Wexford.
Trevor Masterson with Galbally Falcon
Ballyquirke Limousins were again in the spotlight when Mr Oliver Byrne, Ballyquirke, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny fetched €4,300 for ‘Ballyquirke Frazier’. A well-muscled Ocean son, he was knocked down to Mr Michael Tierney, Borris-o-Leigh, Co. Tipperary, for his commercial Limousin herd.
Jolyn & Ciaran Byrne with Ballyquirke Frazier
Following on from his success in Roscrea, Mr Clive Jennings, Enniskeane, Co. Cork again won Champion with ‘Brooklands F0979’. Born 21 December 2010 he was sired by Milbrook Dartagnan and is out of a Highlander cow. A stylish, correct young bull, he went unsold as he failed to meet his reserve.
Clive Jennings & John Lynch with Brooklands F0979
Other top prices of the day were:
- €4,200 for ‘Keltic Freestyle’ sold by Mr Mac Murphy, Clongiffin, Enfield, Co. Meath to Mr Patrick Nolan, Mortarstown, Co. Carlow
- €4,100 for ‘Kilbricken Francis’ sold by Mr Denis Dowling, Portlaois, Co. Laois to Mr John Murphy, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford
- €4,000 for ‘Finnahy Francis’ sold by Mr Patrick Brett, Thurles, Co. Tipperary to Mr John Morrissey, Newport, Co. Tipperary
- €4,000 for ‘Curracaher Felix’ sold by Mr David M Condon, Currahee House, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork to Mr William McGrath, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny
The next bull sale in Cillin Hill will be on April 18th, with showing from 10.30am and the sale commencing at 12.30pm. With health status requirements of 90 day TB and Brucellosis testing, along with BVD virus negative testing a requirement also, this sale should continue to draw great interest from both dairy and suckler farmers alike.