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The May bank holiday Premier Show & Sale of Limousin cattle in Roscrea mart was a spectacular success with good demand for both bulls & heifers. ‘The first twenty lots were slow to sell but after that the sale improved with the demand for the younger bulls exceptional’ according to Dr. Ger Ryan, Breed Secretary. The sale average for the bulls was €2,985 (up €306 on the corresponding sale last year) with a clearance rate of 76%.

Having his best outing ever to lead the days trading at €10,000 was Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny breeder Thomas Daly with Fairymount Arthur. A second prizewinner on the day this February 2005 born son of Nenuphar was out of a homebred cow Fairymount Roisin, an Ibis (Vainqueur) daughter. He boasted exceptional BLUP figures for muscle putting him in the top 1% of the breed. This powerful stylish bull attracted loads of interest with the final bidder being Norman Cruickshank from U.K. to join his Normande pedigree herd.

Fairymoyunt Arthur

Fairymount Arthur (Nenuphar x Ibis (vainqueur)

The next highest price of €8,400 was shared between two bulls Castleboy Viv & Liss A048 the Senior & Junior Male Champions respectively. Castleboy Viv a first prizewinner & senior male champion from Peter Kelly Kilchreest, Co. Galway was another son of Nenuphar and again out of a homebred cow Castleboy Sue, an Ibis (Vainqueur) daughter. He was born on the 4th November 2004 and heads to the Baileys Pedigree Limousin herd of Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath.

Castleboy Viv

Castleboy Viv (Nenuphar x Ibis (vainqueur)

The other bull at €8,400 was a first prizewinner & Junior Champion Liss A048 from Martin Doherty, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal again a Nenuphar son out of a French bred cow Regate by Joyau. This late March 2005 bull was bought by pedigree breeder Kenneth Plunkett, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan to join his Airmount pedigree herd. The day got better for Martin Doherty when he also obtained the Champion Female and leading female price (see below).

Liss A048

Liss A048 (Nenuphar x Joyau)

The next highest price at €4,300 went to February 2005 born Glenisla Apollo from Glen Devlin, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. This first prizewinner & Reserve Junior Male Champion was a son of the well-known Ferry and out of a home bred cow Glenisla Roxanne a daughter of Obus. The purchaser was Patrick O’ Connor, Brosna, Co. Kerry. Hitting the €4,000 mark was first prizewinner & Reserve Senior Champion Greenhill Alonso from Lifford, Co. Donegal with his son of Meridien. This well-bred bull was out of a French imported Nana, a daughter of Limier who has produced bulls to €23,000. The final bidder was pedigree breeder James Hannon, Bunratty, Co. Clare to join the Drumline pedigree herd.

Greenhill Alonso

Greenhill Alonso ( Meridien x  Limier)

Other leading prices for bulls;

  • €3,800 to Martin Killeen, Mullagh for a son of Pelletstown Newman
  • €3,800 to Thomas Daly, Castlecomer for a son of Otan
  • €3,400 to Michael Sexton, Mullagh for a son of Gamin
  • €3,400 to Bobby Jones, Mullagh for a son of Nenuphar
  • €3,200 to Michael Sexton, Mullagh for a son of Rocky

Heifers

The strong demand for pedigree Limousin heifers continued with a large crowd remaining until the final heifer left the ring. The heifers averaged €2,996 (down €107 from corresponding sale last year) to reach a clearance rate of 72%. The days top price of €4,500 went to first prizewinner & Female Champion Liss Victoria from Martin Doherty, Lifford, Co. Donegal with his April 2004 born heifer. This daughter of popular sire Mas du Clo was out of a French bred cow Officine, a daughter of Jeppeto, she sold scanned incalf to Ramses. The purchaser was the shows judge Stephen Crawford and his father Herby from Maguiresbridge, Co. Fermanagh.

Liss Victoria

Liss Victoria (Mas du Clo x Jepeto)

The next highest price of €4,100 went to well known breeder Richard O’ Beirne, Kilconly, Tuam, Co. Galway with Millburn Verona. This fourth prizewinner born in February 2004 was scanned incalf to Pacha 19. She was sired by Navarin and out of Sleedagh Lovely, a Genereux daughter. The purchaser was new breeder Seamus Shelton, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick.

Hitting the €4,000 mark was Brickhill Vicky for Stanley & Mark Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. This was another Navarin daughter out of Heathmount Nicola, a Geant daughter. A second prizewinner in the day’s show this February 2004 heifer was scanned incalf to Pacha 19. The purchaser was pedigree breeder Mary Daly, Milford, Co. Carlow.

Other leading prices for heifers:

  • €3,400 to Richard O’ Beirne, Tuam for a daughter of Moero
  • €3,300 to Patrick Sheahan for a daughter of Lino
  • €3,200 to Michael Molloy, Drogheda, for a daughter of Mas du Clo

It was a day of interesting doubles and triples. Martin Doherty, Carndonagh winning the Female & Junior Male Championships. The sire Mas du Clo siring the Champion Female & Reserve Champion Female. The sire Nenuphar siring the Senior Champion, Junior Champion and top priced bull of the sale.

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