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The ringside at the Roscrea Premier Sale on bank holiday Monday 7th May 2007 descended into complete silence as the bidding intensified for Ardnacrusha Unice before the hammer finally fell at a whopping €21,000.  This is the highest price paid at a Limousin society sale for a female breaking the previous record of €16,000.  Ardnacrusha Unice gave breeder Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare his best day ever in the sales ring.   The buyer was young breeder and active member of the YMA (young members association) Shane Quilligan, Broadford, Co. Clare for his growing Killaderry pedigree herd.  Shane along with his grandparents Paddy & Ann was thrilled with their purchase commenting ‘we liked this heifer for a long time and seized the chance when she was offered for sale’.  Unice was born in October 2003 and is a daughter of herd stock sire Nestor and out of French imported cow Lindy an As de Pic daughter.  The impressive pedigree was also backed up by impressive figures with a muscle score of 132 putting her in the top 1% of the breed.  She was a prize-winner throughout the 2006 summer show circuit culminating in a first prize at the National Limousin Show 2006.  She sold incalf to Pacha 08, the Ardnacrusha herd current stock bull who has been National Male Champion for the past two years.

Ardnacrusha Unice

Ardnacrusha Unice (Nestor x As de Pic)

It was a tremendous sale with demand for both bulls and heifers phenomenal with breed secretary Dr. Ger Ryan commenting ‘it was another tremendous day for the breed with a record price at a society sale for a female coupled with continued interest in top quality pedigree heifers.  There was a very solid trade for bulls of all ages with commercial farmers out in force buying stock bulls for their herds’.

The next highest price of €4,400 went to Robert McNevin, Tubber, Co. Galway with Drumgaune Annette.  A January 2005 born heifer she was a third prize winner in the pre sale show.  A daughter of Gamin and out of Kiltartan Pam, a Barnhill Iiam daughter she sold incalf to Pacha 19.  This overall package convinced Limousin breeder Shaun McLoughlin, Malin Head, Co. Donegal to purchase her for his pedigree herd.

The €3,000 price was shared between four heifers Honeylodge Beauty, Lake Vichy, Ard-Choill Amber & Castlebrock Amber.  The first prize winner and female champion of the show came in the form of Honeylodge Beauty from Oliver Crowe, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan with his April 2006 daughter of Cloughead Lord.  She now heads to the pedigree herd of Noel Kenny, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow who also purchased Castlebrock Amber from Oliver Davis, Ballinalee, Co. Longford.  A September 2005 daughter of herd sire Parisien she was a second prize winner to the female champion.

Ard-Choill Amber from Kevin McInerney, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare was a fourth prize-winner and is out of Navarin from an imported French dam Nougatine by Jersey.  This package convinced Bernard O’ Connor, Brosna, Co. Kerry to buy her for his pedigree herd.

The final heifer hitting the €3,000 mark was Lake Vichy from Maurice Carroll, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare with his daughter of herd sire Orly and a homebred dam Lake Marie, a Dimitri daughter.  The buyer is Martina Egan, Kilcormac, Co. Offaly.  The small female section was certainly an excellent trade resulting in an average price of €4,277 (up €1,281 on the corresponding sale last year) at a clearance rate of 85%

Males

The very solid trade for bulls of all ages resulted in an average price of €3,134 (up € 149 on the corresponding sale last year) at a clearance rate of 77%.  Leading the days trading at €8,600 were two bulls Crillaune Benjani & Creemore Alan.  Crillaune Benjani came from first time exhibitor at Roscrea Patrick Kenny, Ross, Castlebar, Co. Mayo with his Janaury 2006 born bull.  A first prize winner in the pre sale show this son of Ronick Iceman is out of Manor Tricia, a Ferry daughter.  This very stylish powerful bull generated lots of interest during the day with the final bidder being Bill Connolly, oresbridge, Co. Kilkenny to join his Redmills pedigree herd.

The other bull topping the sale was Creemore Alan from Peter McCarrick, Drumree, Co. Meath son of Roger who has his own pedigree Limousin herd.  This September 2005 bull was a first prize-winner in the morning before being crowned Senior Male Champion later.  A son of Grahams Samson he is out of Pelletstown Jesibelle, a Genereux daughter he bought from his father.  An Elite bull for the BQI scheme in Northern Ireland he boasted impressive figures of 144 for muscle.  This overall package convinced Maurice & Malcolm Robinson, Richill, Co. Armagh to purchase him for his 70 cow Limousin cross herd.

Crillaune Benjani

Crillaune Benjani (Ronick Iceman x Ferry).

Creemore Alan

Creemore Alan (Grahams Samson x Genereux)

Hitting the €6,000 mark was father and son team of Stanley & Mark Richardson, Newtwongore, Co. Leitrim with Newtown Bert.  The Junior Male Champion earlier in the day, this was another of the very nice bulls on offer.  A late April 2006 born son of Mas du Clo his dam is Castleview Rub an Ideal 23 daughter.  His full sister was Female Champion at Premier Sale October 2005 selling for €12,500.  Another elite bull for BQI scheme boasting BLUP figures for muscle of 138 he sold to the Ardmore pedigree herd of Darren McCormick, Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh.  The Richardson’s had an excellent days trading selling their pen of three bulls for an average of €4,333.

Newtown Bert

Newtown Bert ( Mas du Clo x Ideal 23)

Fairymount Aidrain from Thomas Daly, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny realised €4,500.  A first prize-winner in the senior section this powerful son of Mozart was out of a homebred cow Fairymount Tessie, a Louxor daughter.  A December 2005 bull he now heads to the herd of Dick McHugh, Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Fairymount Aidrain (Mozart x Louxor)

The long journey from County Donegal for first time exhibitor Patrick Sweeney of Letterkenny was certainly worthwhile when Lennon Breezer sold for €4,200.  An April 2006 son of Mas du Clo he is out of one of the top Fench cows for overall index  Halea, an Éclair daughter. A second prize-winner he again boasts impressive figures of 127 for muscle.  The purchaser was well known pedigree breeder Trevor Masterson, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford to join his Galbally pedigree Limousin herd.

Lennon Breezer

Lennon Breezer ( Mas du Clo x Éclair)

Other leading prices:

  • €3,800 to Michael Sexton for a son of Ronick Iceman
  • €3,600 to Mark & Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore for a son of Ramses
  • €3,500 to Brendan Clancy, Mullagh for a son of Ronick Hawk
  • €3,400 to Sean Lyons, Ruan for a son of Ocean
  • €3,400 to Donal O’ Brien, Tallow for a son of Mas du Clo
  • €3,400 to Brendan Clancy, Mullagh for a son of Ronick Iceman
  • €3,400 to Mark & Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore for a son of Omer

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