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Top of €28,000 at first sale of the year

2015 sales for the Irish Limousin Cattle Society got off to a flying start with a clearance rate of 75% and an average price of €3,660. The average price was marginally up on the corresponding sale last year while the clearance rate was vastly increased upon.

Speaking after the sale Breed Secretary Paul Sykes said: “Fourteen bulls made in excess of €4,000, 17 made €2,500–€2,900, 22 made €2,000 and €2,500 –the bulls at this price range were primarily purchased by Dairy farmers wishing to use a contential breed as an outcross. Dairy farmers are very much aware of the excellent prices calves with Limousin X Friesian genetics are commanding at the marts, many of the heifer calves are being purchased as suckler replacements* while the young bull calves make better prices than the traditional Friesian crosses. Reports from marts throughout the country are showing Limousin calves as young as 10 days old commanding significant prices (last Monday Mid Tipp Cattle Mart, Thurles, Co. Tipperary saw young calf commanding good prices:  Bull calves €460,  €450; Heifer calves €450, €410). 

“Trials at Teagasc, Grange have shown that Limousin-cross Friesian is the most profitable suckler dam” – source Irish Farmers Journal 28th February 2015.

The purchasers represented on the sale sheet were from all corners of the country, these were supplemented by 28 selling to overseas customers - such is the reputation built by Irish breed Limousin cattle in the UK both in commercial and pedigree herds. The society helps to facilitate transport to Northern Ireland and the UK from all our Premier sales.

Buyers after the sale commented on the ability the breed has to suit all markets. Bulls from this sale had qualities to suit requirements different breeders were seeking – from easy calving to Maternal and Terminal traits. A number of buyers were switching to Limousin from other breeds, a trend which augurs well for the future of the breed.

Here at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society we would like to wish the purchasers of bulls here today the very best of luck with their acquisitions.”

Judge for the sale was Mr. Owain Ilyr of the Wern Herd, Ruthin, North Wales. Owain is a regular visitor to our premier sales and has purchased bulls here in the past. Officiating as auctioneer was George Candler.

Topping the sale at €28,000 was the tremendous Senior Champion “Kilcor Iceman”. Presented for sale by Gerard Davis, Castlebrock, Ballinalee, Co. Longford, Iceman was bred by Robert Gill, Corlongford, Braddox, Co. Longford. This 23 month old bull is a son of Fieldson Alfy with back-breeding to Rocky and Uchon and was by a homebred dam Kilcor Frostie owned by Noel Gill, Braddox, Co.Monaghan. He came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Docility, Carcass Weight and Carcass conformation. He was shown last year in Balmoral where he was awarded the second place rosette in the bull class born between 1st January and 31st March 2013, he also won the overall calf Championship at last year’s North East calf finals in Carnaross. Iceman was purchased by R. & J. Graham of the renowned Grahams herd based at Bridge of Allan, Stirling, UK. The Grahams are return purchasers to Irish Limousin sales having acquired one of their herd sires Baileys Elderado here in 2010.

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Kilcor Iceman

The much admired “Drummin Irishman Et” was awarded the Reserve Senior Champion title. Irishman was bred by John McInerney, Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare from his extremely influential Mas Du Clo donor cow Drummin Cliona. Irishman was sired by Wilodge Vantastic and this combination of Cliona and Vantastic has proved to be extremely successful. Cattle from this pair have made their mark at shows and sales prior to this sale, the top priced heifer at last years’ society sales was Irishman’s full sister Drummin Im 2 Sexy Et. His full brother Drummin Iceman Et took the Reserve Junior Championship at last year’s Premier October sale. Irishman carries a Muscle score of 142 and a Skeletal score of 139. Connell brothers of Oldcastle, Co. Meath paid €8,500 for Irishman, he will now run with their Carrickmore herd.

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Drummin Irishman Et

Junior Champion was the fifteen month old “Moloskey Iceman”. Bred by Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Ennis, Co. Clare, Iceman is a son of Ampertaine Foreman and the Mas Du Clo dam Moloskey A392. His half-brother Moloskey C Hawk is stock sire in the Coolrain pedigree herd of Gearoid and Pauric Kennedy. Iceman held the highest catalogued Muscle score at this sale – 150. He carries five star ratings in most traits including a Terminal index of €156 and Replacement Index of €170. Suckler farmer Pauric Fallon paid €7,600 for Iceman, he now joins Pauric’s Ballinwooley pedigree herd based in Curraghroe, Co. Roscommon.

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Moloskey Iceman

All Ireland Calf Champion at the National show in 2014 and the Overall North East Calf Champion “Cartronfree Indio” added to his tally of titles by taking the Junior Reserve Champion award before making €7,000 in the sales ring. Indio was offered for sale by Gerard Davis, Ballinalee, Co. Longford. This stylish Sympa son is out of the Wilodge Vantastic daughter Melbreak Fairylight. Fairylight was purchased for 9,000 gns at the Red Ladies sale in Carlisle having taken first in her class, she was also in the line-up at the All Ireland Derby in 2011. Indio was born into the herd of John Browne, Granard, Co. Longford. Eamon Burns, Lattin, Co. Tipperary purchased Indio for his suckler herd.

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Cartronfree Indio

€6,100 was top call for “Elite Jason Et” a son of the polled bull Ryde Uranos (P). Jason was bred by Ed Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois from the imported French dam Colette B. Born in January 2014, Jason came to the ring with a Muscle score of 121 and a Skeletal score of 118. After a flurry of bids he was purchased by Tim Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick to run with his Roundhill herd.

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Elite Jason Et

The much admired Wilodge Cerberus son “Carrefour Jewel” sold for a final bid of €5,500. Placed third in his class in the pre-sale show, Jewel was presented for sale by John and David Kenny, Dunkerrin, Co. Offaly. His dam Carwin Example is a daughter of Roundhill Saturn and Carwin V Eronica, she was purchased (carrying this young bull) at the Carwin dispersal sale in September 2013. Jewel carries an array of five star ratings including in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. He was procured by local farmer Michael Cosgrave, Ballinakill, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

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Carrefour Jewel

“Melwood Isagem” a 3rd prize winning Wilodge Goldcard son sold at €5,400. This powerful November 2013 born bull was bred by Michael Hickey, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. His dam is the homebred Ferry daughter Melwood Una. Isagem came to the ring with a Terminal Index value of €151 and a Replacement Index value of €201. He heads to Mullingar, Co. Westmeath to the farm of Paraic Fagan.

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Melwood Isagem

Two bulls sold at €5,000, first at this price was “Mount Scott Ida” from the yard of Michael Sexton, Aheybridge, Mullagh, Co. Clare. Ida is a son of Wilodge Cerberus. He carries a muscle score of 138 and a Skeletal score of 145. Pat Sugure of Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry was the successful bidder for this 1st prize winner.

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Mount Scott Ida

“Roundhill Isotope” a 3rd prize winner was the second bull to command €5,000 for his breeder Tim Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick. Isotope is a Vivaldi son, his dam Roundhill Bdisette 966 is a daughter of Otan, she is regarded as one of the best milkers in the Roundhill herd. Isotope was purchased by an undisclosed customer.

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Roundhill Isotope

Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath took home €4,400 for “Keltic Iceman”. This 18 month old bull is a son of Wilodge Cerberus and the Homebyres Visitor dam Cwmpedran Cassandra. He was placed 3rd in his class in the presale show. He is a maternal brother to Keltic Gobetween the Senior Champion at this venue last year. Iceman boasts five star ratings in almost all traits. He was one of two bulls acquired by Christopher Connon, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

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Keltic Iceman

A Casimir son from Michael Sexton’s Mount Scott herd realized €4,400. “Mount Scott Ivol” was placed 1st in his class. His sire stack includes Gamin and Espoir. Ivol was purchased by Martin Gavin, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
 Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick sold a grandson of his influential donor cow Nadia B for €4,300

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Mount Scott Ivol

“Wood Road Icon Et” is out of Wood Road B801 Et and by Wilodge Cerberus. He boasts a Muscle score of 132 and a Skeletal score of 129. County Galway based Patrick Gallagher purchased this 2nd prize winner.

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Wood Road Icon Et

Selling for €4,100 was 4th prize winning “Mount Scott Iker”. This 17 month old bull has a sire stack that includes Wilodge Fastrac, Gamin and Ideal 23. He was one of four bulls presented and sold by Michael Sexton, Aheybridge, Co. Clare. Iker heads to A.C. Watts, Pytindu Farm, Brecon, Wales to run with his commercial herd.

“Killonan Inca Et” also sold at €4,100. Inca is a son of Wilodge Cerberus and the multi-prize winning Baileys Aubergine. He came to the ring with a Muscle score of 144 and Skeletal score of 139. Shown successfully during the summer of 2014, his successes include second prize in his class at the National Show in Tullamore. He was bred by Noel Cunneen, Ballysimon, Co. Limerick and returns to county Limerick to Clarina based Joe Barry.

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Killonan Inca

Killucan, Co. Westmeath based Larry Prendiville took home “Ballinascraw Invincible” to run with his suckler herd. Invincible is a son of Wilodge Cerberus and the homebred Ampertaine Commander daughter Ballinascraw Golden Girl. His grandma Ballinascraw Precious bred two All Ireland Bull calf champions. Invincible boasts five star ratings in most traits including Terminal Index and Replacement Index. Bred by John & Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford he sold for a top bid of €4,000.

Craig Scofield, Cheadle Wood Farm, Chesire acquired “Caherhurley I Ching Et” for his Cheadlewood herd. I Ching was bred by James Walsh, Bodyke, Co. Clare. He was placed second in his class and was the first of six bulls to sell for €4,000. I Ching is a son of Lowerffrydd Empire, he also has Sympa and Mas Du Clo in his linage.

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Caperhurley I Ching Et

“Roundhill Iso” was the second bull acquired by Christopher Connon, Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Iso is a multi-starred Vivaldi son with back-breeding to Vermeil and Malibu. He was bred in county Limerick by Tim Corridan. He picked up the red rosette for 1st prize in his class, before selling at €4,000.

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Roundhill Iso

Liam Reidy, a first time purchaser at Roscrea purchased “Liscarn Invincibull” from Philip Dunne, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan. Invincibull is by Cloughhead Umpire and out of the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Liscarn Girl. Invincibull boasts a Terminal Index value of €174 and a Replacement Index of €239. He was placed second in his class in the pre-show sale before realizing €4,000.

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Liscarn Invincibull

Two sons of Emerson realized €4,000. The first of these was 14 month old “Ardlea Iceman” (a second prize winner). Iceman has back breeding to Pelletstown Valour Et and Jordy. He was bred by Daniel Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois. He was one of four bulls purchased by the judge at this sale Mr. Owain Llyr of Ruthin, North Wales.

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Ardlea Iceman

Also purchased by Owain Llyr was the second Emerson bull “Roundhill Ilk”. Bred by Tim Corridan, Ilk has Mas Du Clo and Gigusse in his sire stack. He was placed 1st in his class.

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Roundhill Ilk

“Elite Joel Et” was the final bull to break the €4,000 mark. Joel is a son of the French dam Tahiiti B and Loosebeare Fantastic. He picked up the red rosette in his class. He was bred by Ed Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois and was the third bull acquired by Owain Llyr.

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Elite Joel

The 2014 North West Male of the year sold for €3,900. “Cappaduff Jackpot” was bred by Joe Moran, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Jackpots sire stack includes Ampertaine Commander, Mas Du Clo and Cactus. He was successfully shown during the summer of 2014. He was purchased by John Kelleher, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

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Cappaduff Jackpot

Third prize winner “Kinturk Ilar Et” was purchased by multi-purchasers E.A. & D.A. Ellis Partnership, of the Tyringham herd based in St. Ives, Cornwall. Ilar is an Ampertaine Commander son, his dam Derryguillane Donna Et is a daughter of Mas Du Clo. He was bred by Michael Gibbons, Castlebar, Co. Mayo and holds five star ratings in most traits.

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Kinturk Ilar

The fourth bull purchased by Owain Ilyr (purchaser of 5 bulls on the day) was “Elite Jackson Et”. Bred by Ed Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Jackson is a Loosebeare Fantastic son. He was placed 3rd in his class and sold for €3,800.

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Elite Jackson Et

Philip Hobson, Rathangan, Co. Wicklow purchased “Derra Ikea” from Gerry Shaughnessy, Gort, Co. Galway. Ikea is a son of Wilodge Cerberus and the Sympa dam Wood Road Erika Et. He was purchased for €3,700.

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Derra Ikea

Other notable prices:
Meelickaduff Iphone a Wilodge Cerberus son - €3,500
Gallaway Ikea an Ampertaine Commander son - €3,500
Creggpark Impecable ET a Sympa son - €3,500
Drummin Indiana an On-Dit son - €3,300
Elite Iveagh Et an Ampertaine Elgin son - €3,300
Tomriland Ivan Et a Wilodge Cerberus son - €3,200
Mistic Incredible a Wilodge Fastrac son - €3,200
Donnelly Inesta an Ampertaine Commander son - €3,200
Templequain Inca an Ampertaine Commander son - €3,000
Tomriland Imanuel Et a Wilodge Cerberus son - €3,000
Drombanny Icon a Bavardage son - €3,000
Brookland Istanbull a Wilodge Goldcard son - €3,000
Galbally Iphone an On-Dit son - €3,000
Ashbrook Impact a Carmorn Copilot son - €2,900
Barryroe Ignite a Fieldson Alfy son - €2,900
Millburn Inverness a Queenshead Altea son - €2,900
Gerrygullinane Ironman an Ampertaine Foreman son - €2,900
Galbally Iain a Galbally Danastic son - €2,800
Galbally Improver a Galbally Danastic son - €2,800
Derrygullinane Icbull a Wilodge Goldcard son - €2,800
Jodel Indiana an Ampertaine Abracadabra son - €2,800
Carrigdown Icon a Fieldson Alfy son - €2,700
Castleview Ideal an Ampertaine Commander son - €2,700
Galbally Istabraq a Sympa son - €2,700
Galbally Impact an On-Dit son - €2,700
Keltic Indianajones a Vivaldi son - €2,700
Drombanny Ironman a Caboteur son - €2,700
Castleview Image a Wilodge Tonka son - €2,700
Newtown Injector an Ampertaine Commander son - €2,700
Ballinahinch Iota a Queenshead Altea son - €2,600
Riverdale Investment a Fieldson Alfy son - €2,600

Upcoming events:
The next society pedigree sales are:
Tullamore sale on Saturday 21st March 2015.
Athenry sale on Thursday 16th April 2015.



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