Spring sale season came to an end for the Irish Limousin Cattle Society on Saturday 25th of May 2013 at Roscommon Mart. On offer was a large entry of top quality bulls and a small number of very well bred heifers. Prices for the bulls ranged from €1,800 to €4,000, there was a clearance rate of 64% with an average price of €2586, while the heifers peaked at €2,500.
Auctioneer for the sale was Roscommon native, the esteemed George Chandler. Sean Moroney of the Ballykinncurra herd based in Corofin, Clare officiated as Judge for the pre-sale show. Sean has come through as a very reputable Judge from years of taking part in YMA events and has represented Ireland at International Events to great accomplishment.
Observing the sale Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary said: “On offer here in Roscommon was a tremendous line-up of Limousin Genetics. Time and time again Limousin Breeders are supplying the market with the cattle it desires. The catalogue here today has cattle with traits to add to any farming enterprise - our aim as a breed is to set standards not follow them.
Of course we would love to have had a 100% clearance rate, however, this year has been the most difficult on record with farming families having extra financial strains put upon them by the extremely volatile weather conditions, taking this into consideration and with the number of bulls been sold at home, the clearance rate of 64% was, while not ideal, somewhat pleasing.
The Roscommon sale concluded the Irish Limousin Cattle Society spring sales for 2013. The next society sales are as follows:
Premier Bull sale @ Roscrea on 28th October, 2013,
Tullow sale @ Tullow Mart, Carlow on 2oth November 2013,
Premier Heifer sale @ Roscrea on 23rd November 2013.
We would like to wish all purchasers at our sales every good fortune with their acquisitions.”
Sean awarded the Senior Champion to Stanley Richardson’s “Newtown Harry”, a Tango son from the home-bred dam, Newtown Demi ET, a Samy daughter. Bred in Newtowngore, Leitrim, he holds five star ratings in Terminal and Carcass conformation. Harry was purchased for €4,000 by Frank Harrington of Glann, Kilkelly, Mayo to run with his suckler to beef herd.
“Derryguile Giggsy”, a Castleview Casino (ET) son from the herd of James Coffey, Derryguile, Mountmellick, Laois also sold at €4,000. Giggsy’s maternal grand-dam Raquette is a previous Paris and Irish show champion, his dam Derryguile Catrina ET is a Pacha 08 daughter. A first prize winner in the pre-sale show - he holds an array of 5 star ratings including a Maternal value of €240 and Terminal of €120. Giggsy was purchased by Rawden Estate, Newtownforbes, Longford.
Junior Champion, the Haltcliffe Dancer son “Gallaway Huricane” was snapped up for €3,500 by Patrick Dillon, Bigstown, Ardee, Meath. Bred by Michael Kiernan, Carrigallen, Leitrim this January 2012 bull is out of the Villy daughter Drumeel Tabitha with back breeding to Geant.
Two bulls realised €3,400 – the first at this price was “Lisangeeragh Hawk” from the herd of Des Joyce, Strangefort, Williamstown, Galway. Hawk is an Ardlea Dan son from Newtown Decima, a Newtown Batty daughter. Hawk had been successfully shown at local shows in 2012 and was awarded third prize in his class here in Roscommon. He was purchased by John Kenny, Curnaveagh, Oldtown, Athlone.
The second bull at €3,400 was Michael Hester’s “Meelickaduff Hurricane”. Bred in Castlerea, Roscommon from the Ferry daughter Kiltartan Unity, this young Nenuphar bull was second to the Junior Champion in the pre-sale show. Hurricane has a five star rating in Carcass conformation and a Terminal value of €114. He was successfully shown at local shows as a calf in 2012 and sold to an undisclosed buyer.
“Hudson Gilberr ET”, a Bremore Volvo son, sold for €3,150. Gilberr was bred in Moate, Westmeath by Noel Fitzgerald. He is out of the French dam 0172 Rosae B and has back-breeding that includes Ivan and Jordy. Placed second in his class, he heads to Liam Ford, Ballintubber, Castlerea, Roscommon.
Longford breeder Brendan Hanley, Edgeworthstown sold the Reserve Senior Champion “Keeltown Heartbeat” for €3,100. Heartbeat is a Haltcliffe Braveheart son, his dam Honeylodge Bo Ob is a Ronick Hawk daughter. Austin Gibbons of Westport, Mayo is his new owner.
Ciaran Smith of Redhills, Cavan received €3,050 for his Queenshead Altea bull “Cnoc Rua Gigolo”. Out of the Roundhill Saturn ET cow Carwin Equidor, Gigolo holds five star ratings in many traits including Maternal, Terminal, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. His purchaser was P.J. McGuinness, Ballinagargy, Mullingar, Westmeath.
Michael Hester’s November 2011 “Meelickaduff Google” was one of three bulls to realise €3,000. Google is a Nenuphar son, with back-breeding to Cavelands Ulta (an Ideal 23 daughter from the French imported dam 0187 Mouche). Google sold with a Maternal value of €83 and a Terminal value of €118. Oliver Daly acquired this young bull for his herd based in Ballinasloe, Galway.
Second prize winner the Fieldson Alfy son – “Millburn Glamour” fetched €3,000 for his breeders Richard and Eithne O'Beirn, Ardour, Tuam, Galway. Glamour is out of the Festin daughter Kilcoan Renjee, he heads to Michael Colleran, Ballydangan, Athlone.
Fourteen month old “Ohill Henry” was acquired by Hugh Connolly, Castleblayney, Monaghan for €3,000. Henry is a Sympa son with back-breeding to Nenuphar. He holds five star ratings in Terminal, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation and was placed first in his class in the pre-sale show. Henry was bred in Leitrim by Patrick Beirne, Oghill, Mohill.
Local breeder Michael Gunn, Elphin received €2,900 for his fourth prize winning Januray 2012 bull “Ovaun Hogworths ET”. Hogworths is by Milbrook Tanko and out of Banon Redbreast, an Ivanhoe daughter. He sold to John Kelly, Castle Lampert, Athenry, Galway.
“Coolrain Gio Mchawk”, a Ronick Hawk grandson from the herd of Gearoid and Padraic Kennedy, Derryduff, Portlaoise, Laois sold for €2,800. Out of Coolrain Alma, a Moreo daughter, his sire Moloskey C Hawk is very successfully producing excellent quality stock for the Kennedy Family. Gio Mckawk holds a Maternal value of €113 and a Terminal value of €118, he was placed third in his class and heads to Ballinasloe, Galway to the herd of John McCormack.
Teleri Thomas, Clongriffin, Enfield, Meath took home €2,800 for her first prize winner “Keltic Golddigger”. Bred from Cwmpedran Beauty (a Greenwell Major daughter), Golddigger’s sire is Wilodge Cerberus. He possesses five star ratings in Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. His new owner is Francis Kelly, Ballinasloe, Galway.
The year old Ampertaine Commander son “Ardglasson Huzzar” took first prize in his class. Bred by Fiona Gilsenan, Crossakiel, Kells, Huzzar has back-breeding to Ferry and Dauphin. He sold with a five star Maternal rating of €156 to an undisclosed purchaser for €2,800.
“Milbrook Goldenboy” from the herd of William Smith, Oldcastle, Meath sold for €2,700 to William Boyd, Cullycullion, Donegal. Goldenboy is a son of Milbrook Dartangan ET and out of Milbrook Bethany (a Brookmill Usefull daughter). Placed fourth in his class, he sold with five star ratings in Docility and Carcass weight.
€2,600 was the decisive bid for the Mas Du Clo son “Aloor George”. Bred in Loughglynn, Castlerea, Roscommon by Patsy Creighton, this first prize winner is from the homebred Genial daughter Aloor Tulipe. George was acquired by Basil Howard, Eyrecourt, Ballinasloe, Galway.
Other leading bull prices:
Stanley Scott - Drumheckna George 2, a Sympa son, €2,500.
Leslie Hewson - Ballymagirl Galant, a Fieldson Alfy son, €2,500.
Basil Bothwell - Riverdale Graeme, a Haltcliffe Dancer son, €2,500.
Padraic Golden - Clew Bay Hinery, an Ampertaine Brigadeer, son, €2,500.
Richard Hegerty - Lough Conn Handyman, a Fieldson Alfy son, €2,500.
Matthew Fee - Mullaghboy Hugo, an Ardlea Dan son, €2,450.
Sean Garrett - Ammaghmore Hugo, a Haltcliffe Dancer son, €2,450.
Michael Hickey - Melwood Gregg 2, a Milbrook Dartangan ET son, €2,400.
Tommy Kennedy - Pine Wood Hamlet, an Ampertaine Brigadeer son, €2,400 (Reserve Junior Champion).
John and Stephen Lynch - Ballinascraw General, a Veteran son, €2,350.
Charles Doughty - Loughan Limousins Gaylord, an Ionesco son, €2,350.
Eoin Loftus - Brierfield Horseleap, an Ardlea Dan son, €2,300.
Mary Mcloughlin - Green Hill Hubert, a Grahams Apache son, €2,200.
Michael Needham - Derravaragh Handy Man, a Sympa son, €2,200.
In the small entry of females Des Joyce, Strangefort, Williamstown, Galway sold “Lisangeeragh Hally” a January 2012 Procters Commander daughter for €2,500. Hally is out of Melwood Dolly, a Sauvignon daughter with back-breeding to Ibis. Michael Hennigan, Athleague, Roscommon purchased this second prize winner.
Des Joyce also sold “Lisangeeragh Hope” a Milbrook Dartangan ET daughter out of Cavelands Colleen (a Lisnacrann Pablo daughter). Hope was third prize winner and was purchased by John Kelly, Dring, Longford for €1,800.
First prize was awarded to “Keeltown Gessica”, an Ampertaine Commander daughter, bred by Brendan Hanley, Edgeworthstown, Longford. Gessica is out of Gorvagh Tango, a Barnhill Ivan daughter. She left the ring unsold, having failed to meet her reserve.
Fourth went to “Gerrygullinane Haylee”, a yearling heifer bred in Ballina, Mayo by Gerry Walsh. Haylee is a daughter of Emerson, with a pedigree stack that includes Nimbus-Mn and 0183 Noe, Haylee went unsold.