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The concluding spring Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale was held on Saturday 21st May at Roscommon Mart. This sale had a catalogue entry of 90 bulls and 15 females. The sale met with a good clearance rate of 85% and an average price of €2,870 for bulls and 1,894 for heifers. This sale had a much larger entry than previous years which resulted in both averages being slightly down on last year’s sale. Bulls sold with a price range of €2,000 to €5,400, while heifers ranged from €1,500 to €2,900.

Roscommon Native George Candler was Auctioneer for this sale, while the judging duties for the pre-sale show were performed by Mr. John Connell, Oldcastle, Co. Meath. John is very successful with his cattle in the show ring. Last year a heifer owned by John and his brother Karol, Baileys Iceprincess, won the coveted Supreme Limousin Championship in Balmoral, along with winning various shows the length and breadth of the country throughout the summer show season.

Speaking after the sale Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary said: “This sale was our last society sale until the International Limousin Congress sale which will be held on August 27th in Cillin Hill, Co. Kilkenny. The sale here today had an 85% clearance rate, which was pleasing. The breed is now very popular here in the west of Ireland and it is great to see so many farmers from the locality investing in the breed.

I would like to thank the management and staff at Roscommon mart for their help in running this sale. Thanks also to George (our Auctioneer), John (our judge), Jimmy McHugh and Brendan Curtin - at this sale.

Here in the Irish Limousin Cattle Society we are looking forward to the International Limousin Congress which will run from the 20th to the 28th August. A full literary of events are planned for what promises to be a major highlight in the farming calendar, this event culminates in an elite sale on Saturday the 27th August at Kilkenny mart. More details are available at ILC2016.com

I must take this opportunity to wish all purchasers of Limousin livestock the very best with their cattle. Limousin breeders have embraced the new Bull Fertility Scheme, which was enforced for all society sales of 2016. This scheme gives extra confidence to the purchasers of bulls.”

Topping the sale was the outstanding Cloughhead Umpire (UPI) Junior Champion “Quilty Limousins Kingpin” for €5,400. Kingpin is the first calf of Bohomore Hadia B, a Nenuphar daughter with Sympa and the renowned donor cow Nadia B in his lineage. He came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index (€151), Replacement Index (€110), Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He has a muscle score of 124 and a skeletal score of 116. Kingpin was bred by Martin McGannon, Quilty, Ennis, Co. Clare. He won many admirers in the show ring and it was with little surprise to see lively bidding with his successful purchaser being an overseas phone bidder.

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Quilty Limousins Kingpin

International Limousin Congress host breeder John McInerney, Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare received €4,600 for “Drummin Ken”, an Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) son. Ken is a 16-month old third prize winner. He came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index (€157), Replacement Index (€103), Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. Kens back pedigree includes Mas Du Clo and Moustic, his grand-dam Drummin Peach has left a lasting legacy in the Limousin herd book. Ken was purchased by Charles Colthurst, Blarney Castle Estate, Blarney, Co. Cork. Incidentally the Colthurst farm and Blarney Castle are also part of the jam packed itinerary for the upcoming congress.

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Drummin Ken

First prize winner “Clydagh Kieran” returns to county Mayo to the farm of Anthony Leonard, Castlehill, Ballina. This 13 month old bull was bred by Frank Philbin, Castlebar. Clydagh Kieran is a son of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) and the Litron daughter – Clydagh Gabrielle. He boasts five star ratings in almost all traits. €3,900 was his selling price.

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Clydagh Kieran

The Queenshead Altea (S593) son “Eyrecourt Jailer” was secured by John Sweeny, Headford, Co. Galway for €3,800. Jailer, a first prize winner in the pre-sale show, was bred by John Murphy, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. His dam Eyrecourt Haven is a daughter of Epson. Jailer has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€128), Replacement Index (€115), Docility, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk.

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Eyrecourt Jailer

Senior Champion “Aloor Jupitor” was bred by Patsy Creighton, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Jupitor is an eye-catching Fieldson Alfy (S511) son. His dam Aloor Vienna has Ferry and Golfeur in her lineage. Jupitor has five star ratings in most traits along with a muscle score of 114 and a skeletal score of 114. He was acquired by Raymond Lee from Elphin, Co. Roscommon for €3,550.

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Aloor Jupiter

“Drummin Kenny Et” the second bull offered at this sale by John Mcinerney achieved a price of €3,500. Kenny is an embryo son of Dinmore Goldcrest (S1571) and Drummin Cliona (Et). Cliona, similarly to her dam, Peach, needs no introduction to Limousin breeders in Ireland, she is one of the most consistent and impressive cows in the country. Kenny has a muscle score of 131 and a skeletal score of 125 along with five star ratings in most traits. John Brennan, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo is the new owner of this first prize winner.

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Drummin Kenny

Larry Prendiville, Killucan, Co. Westmeath purchased fourth prize winner “Woodview Kogan” from his breeder David Abbott, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Kogan has Mereside Favori (FZF), Chouchou and Nino in his sire stack. This January ’15 born bull has a 5-star Terminal Index of €128 and a 5-star Replacement Index of €124. He was secured for €3,500.

“Corcamore Jingle”, the only Bavardage (AGB) son catalogued sold for €3,400. Jingle has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€157), Replacement Index (€121), Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. He was bred by Brendan Curtin, Clarina, Co. Limerick. Jingle’s dam Roundhill Eleny 1191 Et has Tistou and Domino in her sire stack. Thomas Gacquinn, Ballyforan, Co. Galway acquired Jingle for his suckler herd.

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Corcamore Jingle

Father and son team John and Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford received €3,400 for “Ballinascraw Kona” from Cathal Martin, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Kona boasts five star ratings in most traits, a muscle score of 123 and a skeletal score of 125. He has Haltcliffe Gunner (S1608), Wilodge Tonka and Ronick Hawk in his pedigree.

Third prize winner “Ohill Knight Owl” was acquired by Helen Farnan, Kildalkey, Co. Meath for €3,350. Knight Owl is a son of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) and the Mas Du Clo daughter Ohill Grace. He was bred by Patrick Beirne, Mohill, Co. Leitrim. This February ’15 born bull sold with a Terminal Index of €147 and a Replacement Index of €92.

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Ohill Knight Owl

The Wilodge Cerberus (WGE) son “Mullaghboy Jake” reached a selling price of €3,300. This powerful bull was bred by Matthew Fee, Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€137), Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. John McDonnell, Dysart, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway was the successful bidder for this second prize winner.

A Brooklands F0959 (KJB) son “Ohill Kaiser Chief” also sold for €3,300. Kaiser Chief was placed second in his class in the pre-sale show. He was bred by Patrick Beirne, Mohill, Co, Leitrim. He was purchased by Laurence, Johny & Phelix McManus Pettigo, Co. Donegal.

“Green Hill Jasper” presented for sale by his breeder Mary McLoughlin, Ballina, Co. Mayo sold for €3,100. Jasper is by Elderberry Galahad (EBY) and out of the Acajou daughter Green Hill Heidi. He has five star ratings in most traits. Thomas Qualter, Athenry, Co. Galway acquired Jasper for his herd.

Sarah McElligott of the Shannon herd based in Asdee, Listowel, Co. Kerry took home €3,000 for her Gamin (ZGM) bull “Shannon Krest 2”. County Meath based Patrick Fallon, Laytown acquired this fourth prize winner. Krest has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation.

The Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) son “Milan Kaspar” fetched €3,000 for his breeder Donal McKeon, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. Boasting five star ratings in many traits, Kaspar was purchased by John Fahy, Ballymacward, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

Also reaching the €3,000 mark was multi-starred “Bellville Karol” from the Athenry, Co. Galway herd of Peter Melody. Karol has Queenshead Altea (S593), Sympa and Ardlea Uboy in his lineage. He was snapped up by Declan McKenna to run with his herd based in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.

Des Joyce, Williamstown, Co. Galway received €2,900 for “Lisnageeragh Jack” a third prize winner. Jack is by Loosebeare Fantastic (S1497) and out of the homebred Mas Du Clo dam Lisangeeragh Erin. Jack has equal muscle and skeletal scores of 115. Seamus McEvoy, Ballycrissane, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway was his successful bidder.

Jeremiah Meehan travelled from Tralee, Co. Kerry to purchased “Kilskeagh Kody” for €2,850. Kody has Tastevin (TSZ), Wilodge Cerberus and Mas Du Clo in his pedigree. This 13 month old bull has an array of five star ratings. Kody was bred by Patrick Gill, Athenry, Co. Galway.

The Fieldson Alfy (S511) son “Ashbrook Jackson” was the first of five bulls to change hands for €2,800. Jackson was bred by Michael Hanlon, Dring, Co. Longford. Placed fourth in his class this bull has a five star Terminal Index of €129. He was secured by Saran Daly, Shannon-Harbour, Co. Offaly.

Also at this price was “Carrowreagh Ken” from Elphin, Co. Roscommon based herd of Patrick Bruen. Ken is by Ampertaine Commander (APM) and out of the Rocky daughter Carrowreagh Foxy. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€132), Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Place third in his class in the show, he was purchased by Gerard Lannon, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

Sarah McElligott, Listowel, Co. Kerry took home €2,800 for “Shannon Krest” a Dinmore Goldcrest (S1571). Krest has a 5-star Replacement Index of €103. He was acquired by John Baxter, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

The Grahams Apache (GZP) son “Milan Kapachie” also reached €2,800 for his breeder Donal McKeon, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. Kapachie was placed second in his class and was purchased by Enda Gallagher, Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

The final bull to reach €2,800 was “Lochanboy Ken” a Derriaghy Enfield (S1288) son. Ken was purchased by Padraig Mannion, Moylough, Co. Galway. Ken has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Docility, Carcass Weight and Carcass conformation. John Flanagan, Spaddagh, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo bred this third prize winner.

The first prize winning Elite Forever Brill Et (TVR) son “Clew Bay Kayden” was purchased by Brian McConville, Ballyward, Co. Down. Kayden was bred by Padraic Golden, Westport, Co. Mayo from the home bred Mas Du Clo daughter Clew Bay Unice. Kayden sold for €2750.

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Clew Bay Kaden

“Sallyfield Keepeer” a third prize winning Wilodge Goldcard (S1419) realized €2,700. Keepeer was bred by James Holohan, Gorvagh, Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Keepeer has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. He was purchased by Paul Heraty, Ballinalee, Co. Longford.

Second prize winner “Gilgarry Jasper” commanded a price of €2,600. Jasper was bred by Thomas Gilligan, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Jasper is a son of Queenshead Altea (S593) and Rockfield Hairy, an Ardlea Dan daughter. He was purchased by Enda Cusack, Taughmaconnell, Co. Galway.

Also selling at €2,600 was “Brickhill Kal” from the herd of Michael McInerney, Cratloe, Co. Clare. Kal has Brooklands F0959 (KJB), Lino and Mas Du Clo in his lineage. He was purchased by Noel Keaveney, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

The Reserve Senior Champion “Ashbrook Jacko” by Fieldson Alfy (S511), left the ring unsold. Jacko was bred by Michael Hanlon, Dring, Co. Longford.

Other notable bull prices:
Hodgestown Jeff by Milbrook Vic - €2,500
Clydagh Kevin by Dollar - €2,500
Reserve Junior Champion - Ballykinncurra Ka-Ching by Plumtree Fantastic - €2,500
Fereshan Jandit by Ardlea Dan - €2,400
Portnason Kerry by Hauteclair - €2,400
Ammaghmore Knight by Wilodge Cerberus - €2,350
Maythorn Jacob by Huntershall Gladiator - €2,250
Ammaghmore Kingsize by Ampertaine Elgin - €2,250
Sweetwood Kickstart by Armoric - €2,250
Tanderagee Jazz by Elite Flag Et - 2,200
Sweetwood Knockout by Armoric - €2,200
Brickhill Judd by Dinmore Goldcrest - €2,100
Drumheckna Kilban by Dolcorsllwyn Fabio - €2,000
Red Glera Kenny by Wilodge Cerberus - €2,000
Lochanboy Kevin by Castleview Gringo Et - €2,000
Coppertop Kenny by Emerson - €2,000

Females:

John Keaveney, Castlerea purchased the in calf heifer “Ovaun Jellybaby” from Sean Vahey, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. This second prize winner is by Fieldson Alfy (S511) and out of the Lino daughter Ovaun Triona. Jellybaby was bred by Michael Gunn, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. She sold in calf to Ampertaine Commander for €2,900.

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Ovaun Jellybaby

A heifer bred by the 2016 National Hall of Fame winner Fiona Gilsenan, Kells, Co. Meath was awarded the Reserve Champion heifer rosette. This heifer “Ardglasson Jessie” is by Queenshead Altea (S593) and out of Ardglasson Gift, a Neuf daughter. Jessie was acquired by John Baxter, Boyle, Co. Roscommon for €2,500.

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Ardglasson Jessie

“Templequain Jamelia” a second prize winner sold for €2,000 to Stanley Scott, Drumheckna, Co. Cavan. Jamelia is by Wilodge Cerberus (WGE) and came to the ring with five star ratings in Replacement Index (€102), Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. She was bred by Thomas O'Shea, Rathdowney, Co. Laois.

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Templequain Jamelia

Fourth prize winner “Derra Kindle” commanded a price of €1,600. Kindle was bred by Gerry Shaughnessy, Gort, Co. Galway. She is a daughter of Achile (AHZ). She was purchased by John Kelly, Dring, Co. Longford.

“Eyrecourt June 2” a Queenshead Altea (S593) daughter was sold at €1,500. June was bred by John Murphy, Eyrecourt, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Francis McGourty, Ballnaglera, Co. Leitrim purchased this third prize winner.

John Kelly, Dring also purchased “Woodview Kiera” a Merside Favori (FZF) daughter. Kiera was bred by David Abbott, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Her selling price was €1,500.

Champion Heifer at this sale was Clew Bay Jenny from the herd of Padraic Golden, Westport, Co. Mayo. Jenny has Bolide and Highlander in her pedigree. She failed to meet her reserve and went unsold.

 

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