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 The 2006 autumn sales season got off to a flying start for the Limousin breed at Roscrea on the 10th Oct with terrific demand for Limousin bulls on offer.   This exceptional sale saw commercial beef farmers bidding fast and furious till the last bull left the ring.  The clearance rate was 82% to average €3,258 (up €460 on corresponding sale last year).   Irish Limousin Cattle Society Secretary Dr. Ger Ryan commented ‘The demand for top quality Limousin weanlings has meant that commercial beef farmers are investing in top quality Limousin bulls for their herds.   The breed continues to be commercially driven and today’s sale is a further indication of this demand’.

Topping the sale at €7,600 was the first prizewinner and pre-sale Male Champion Liscarn Astrix from Philip Dunne, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan.   A May 2005 born son of Ocean and out an imported dam Pouponne by Gabin he certainly had loads to offer. In addition to a good pedigree he had excellent BLUP Figures putting him in the top 1% of the breed for muscle.   His show career was equally impressive winning Reserve Male Champion at the National Limousin show just a few weeks earlier.   The purchaser of this bull was George McCague, Newry, Co. Down to join his Bridgeview Limousin Herd.

Liscarn Asterix 1

Liscarn Asterix1 (Ocean x Gabin)

The next highest price of €6,200 was shared between two bulls Millbrook Anton and Collinstown Aran. Millbrook Anton, a first prize-winner and Reserve Male Champion in the show came from well known William Smith, Oldcastle, Co. Meath.   This January 2005 son of herd stock sire Neron is out of a home bred cow Millbrook Nellie, a daughter of Ferry.   He also impressive BLUP Figures putting him in the top 1% of the breed for muscle.   The final bidder was Colclough Byrne, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow to join his pedigree herd.

The other bull at €6,200 was a first prize-winner from Vincent Foye, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.   He is a son of Jockey and out of Jenkinson Lulu, a Ferry daughter

This superbly muscled bull was born in June 2005 and heads to the herd of James Alexander, County Antrim to join his large suckler herd.

Millbrook Anton

Millbrook Anton (Neron x Ferry)

Collinstown Aran

Collinstown Aran (Jockey x Ferry)

The next two highest prices of €6,100 and €6,000 went to Limerick breeder Noel Fennessy who was having his best days trading ever.   The two youngest bulls in the sale Wood Road Alex and Wood Road Arthur were full brothers born four days apart.   Hitting the €6,100 mark was Wood Road Alex a first prizewinner in the show, born on 4/10/05 by Mas du Clo and out of a French imported cow Nadia B.   Alex was All-Ireland calf champion 2006 and winner of numerous first prizes during the summer.   In addition to an impressive show career he had very good genetic indices of 133 for muscle (top 1% of the breed) and 131 for docility. The buyer after stiff competition was pedigree breeder Harry O’ Neill, Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly.   Wood Road Arthur born on 8/10/2005 again combining the Mas du Clo x Nadia B cross had equally impressive figures of 136 for muscle (top 1% of the breed) and 131 for docility.   The dam Nadia B a Horion daughter had to date produced three All-Ireland winners and some very high priced bulls and heifers.   The final bidder for Arthur was Edmund Brett, Bansha, Co. Tipperary.

Wood Road Alex and Wood road Arthur

Wood Road Alex & Wood Road Arthur (both Mas du Clo x Horion)

Other leading prices included:

  • €4,800 to Victor Allen, Kilbricken for a son of Ferry
  • €4,700 to Gareth McGuinness, Drogheda for a son of Lino
  • €4,100 to Brendan Curtin, Clarina for a son of Seigneur
  • €4,000 to Sean Lyons, Ruan for a son of Ortolan
  • €3,600 to Gareth McGuinness, Drogheda for a son of Epson

Females

The demand for females was steady but not exceptional with A.I. bred heifers commanding the top prices.   The clearance rate of 53% reflected the trade with the average price of €2,916 (down €193 on corresponding sale last year). 

Leading the days trading at €5,300 was Clonmack Victoria from Freddie Valette, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.   Victoria, a fourth prize-winner in the pre-sale show was born in September 2004 and is sired by Ferry and out of a homebred cow Clonmack Ruby, an Ideal 23 daughter.   This impeccably bred heifer was sold incalf to Ramses.   The final bidders were pedigree breeders Ray and Elaine Delaney, Clonaslee, Co. Laois.

Clonmack Victoria

Clonmack Victoria (Ferry x Ideal 23)

The second highest price of €5,000 went to local man John Kenny, Dunkerrin, Co. Offaly with his third prize-winning heifer Carrefour Victorine.   She was born in September 2004 and is sired by Grahams Samson and out of Ballymoney Rose, an Epson daughter.   This heifer with excellent breeding was again sold incalf, this time  to herd sire Elite Popsi, she now heads to Northern Ireland to the herd of Kevin McGrane, Co. Armagh.

Carrefour Victorine

Carrefour Victorine (Grahams Samson x Epson)

Hitting the third highest price of €4,750 went to first prize-winner and Reserve Female Champion Millburn Angela from Richard O’ Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway.   This young heifer born in late September 2005 was sired by Mas du Clo and out of Benbulben Lola, a Barnhill Harry daughter.   The final bidder was Alan Farlow, Garvagh, Co. Derry.

Millburn Angela

Millburn Angela (Mas du Clo x Barnhill Harry)

Other leading female prices included:

  • €4,000 to Marie O’ Malley for a daughter of Lacet
  • €3,700 to Kevin McInerney for a daughter of Lino
  • €3,000 to P.J. McDonnell for a daughter of Towneyhall Pete

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