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The large attendance were willing to pay good money for quality pedigree Limousin bulls at the Roscommon sale held on the 17th May. Following on from the trend of previous sales there was less attention paid to those of lesser quality according to breed CEO, Noel Gowen. A total of 40 bulls were sold out of the 53 on offer representing a clearance of 76% yielding a healthy average price of €2,413 up €109 euros on the previous year.

A top price of €4,200 was paid for Brendan Clancy’s bull Querrin Cougar. A February 2007 born son of Rocky, Cougar was bred by fellow Clare breeder, John Joe Clancy from his daughter of Villy, Querrin Misty. This third prized bull had muscle index in the top 1% of the breed and 5-stars for Suckler Beef Value among others. He was purchased by Patrick Conway, Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

Querrin Cougar

Querrin Cougar

The second best price of €4,050 was paid for John Lynch’s son of Grahams Samson – Ballinascraw Bilko, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford. This December 2006 born bull had a Suckler Beef Value of €123 and also highly rated for Weanling Export, Beef Carcass, Milk & Fertility, Maternal Calf Quality and to cap it off a Muscle index also in the top 1%. Placed 1st in his class by judge, Peter O’Connell, Mallow, Co. Cork this bull also caught the eye of David Hyde, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway who purchased him in the ring.

Ballinascraw Bilko

Ballinascraw Bilko

Five more bulls made €3,000 plus, including class winner Aloor Clive who sold for €3,700. Bred by Patsy Creighton. Castlerea. Co. Roscommon, this April 2007 son of Mas du Clo had a massive 142 index for muscle and he was picked out of the catalogue by Gabriel Wood, Claremorris, Co. Mayo to run with his British Friesian dairy herd.

Aloor Clive

Aloor Clive

Dick Ryan, Gort, Co. Galway, gained €3,600 for his son of Rocky, Ballinamanton Clement out of a Hortensia cow. With 130 for muscle index and also highly rated under the Eurostar system, Clement was sold to Tom McLoughlin, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway to run with his Limousin cross suckler herd.

Ballinamanton Clement

Ballinamanton Clement

Paddy Farrell, Carrick On Shannon, Co. Leitrim realised €3,300 for his son of Navarin, Sheemore Columba, and again out of a Hortensia cow. Columba was purchased by David Creighton, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Sheemore Columba

Sheemore Columba

The remaining two bulls who realised over €3,000 were sons of Nenuphar. The first was the junior male champion, Springvalley C614 from the herd of Martin Kileen, Mullagh, Co. Clare who had earlier sold the senior male champion, Springvalley B588 19 for €3,000. C614 was purchased by Richard Gilsenan, Co. Meath for €3,350. The second son of Nenuphar was Clooncellan Charlie, bred by Ann Feely, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon and sold to another Meath man, Kevin Hetherton from Kells.

Springvalley C614

Springvalley C614

Clooncellan Charlie

Clooncellan Charlie

Other leading bull prices include;

  • €2,900 to Stanley & Mark Richardson for a son of Ramses
  • €2,700 to Roger McCarrick for a son of Nicholas
  • €2,700 to Gareth Behan for a son of Milbrook Tanko
  • €2,700 to Tim Corridan for a son of Otan

The small heifer section at the sale saw six heifers sold in total to an average price of €1,850.

The top price of €2,900 going to David Abbot, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan for his class winning daughter of Pacha 19.

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