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The first sale for the Irish Limousin Cattle society of 2016 took place on Saturday the 27th February at Roscrea Mart. This sale saw the introduction of mandatory veterinary checks of all bulls presented at Society sales. This check is to fulfil the necessary criteria of the FBD Fertility Insurance scheme with the premium paid by the seller, this new requirement gives extra confidence to both the seller and buyer of Limousin bulls.


The judge at this sale was Jonathan Watson of the Tweeddale herd based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. This was Jonathan first time to judge in Ireland and he relished the opportunity to visit an Irish show and sale. The Tweeddale herd comprises 80 pedigree Limousin cows, a small amount of Embryo work is also done. Jonathan commented that the bulls presented to him in Roscrea at the top end were of excellent quality while his Champions and Reserve Champions were very impressive. Overall the bulls at this show/sale were well muscled and in good condition to go with cows immediately.

Breed Secretary Paul Sykes commented after the sale: “This sale was a good start to our sale season – we had a clearance rate of 83% with an average price of €3,730 and a top price of €9,500. At this sale in 2015 the clearance rate was 75% while the average was €3,660. An increase in the price and clearance rate is pleasing, given the terrible weather conditions Ireland has and is experiencing all winter.

The number of bulls at this sale which are destined for the UK (23) is a huge indication of how competitive our livestock are in the international market. Irish genetics are much sought after and the number of return customers highlights the success Limousin cattle from Ireland have had.

We have introduced a new pre-requisite entry requirement for all our sales – Bull Fertility Examination. This is in conjunction with FBD Insurance Ltd.

The purchasers here today were from all spectrums of the cattle industry – Dairy farmers were looking for easy calving bulls and also short gestation bulls, Suckler farmers were seeking bulls that would produce high quality weanlings and replacement heifers, our breeders are producing bulls to satisfy any requirement.

I would like to thank our judge Jonathan Watson, our two auctioneers George Candler and Denis Barrett and our stewards for their efforts here in Roscrea. I wish all purchasers the very best with their new bulls.

Our three pedigree host farms for the hugely anticipated International Limousin Congress – Drummin, Ardlea/Elite and Roundhill — had some outstanding young bulls on offer at this sale (testament to the quality that will be on display when congress delegates visit in late August), all three herds featured strongly in the show line-up and also in the sales ring.”

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Topping the sale was the exceptional Junior Champion “Drummin Jameson Et” from the herd of John McInerney, Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare. Jameson was born in November 2014 and is by Wilodge Vantastic and out of the remarkable homebred donor dam Drummin Cliona (Et). Cliona has an outstanding legacy in the Limousin Herd book, her offspring are continually in the top end of shows and sales, she has back-breeding to Mas Du Clo, Moustic and the renowned Drummin Peach. Jameson has a Muscle score of 142 putting him in the 1% of the breed along with a skeletal score of 133 (top 2%). He carries five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Docility. Jameson was purchased by R&N Barclay, Harestone Farm, Aberdeenshire, UK for their Harestone herd. Commanding huge interest before the sale, Jameson was sold after a flurry of bids for €9,500.


Drummin Jameson ET

Local breeder John Searson, Sheehills, Roscrea presented the Reserve Senior Champion, “Sheehills Jet Et”, for sale. Jet was born in September 2014 and is a son of Ampertaine Elgin and Sheehills Dawn 1 Et, a Ronick Hawk daughter. He came to the ring with a Terminal Index of €115 and a Replacement index of €81. Jet was one of a number of bulls purchased by Owain LLyr, Tyn-Y-Wern, Ruthin, North Wales. The securing bid for Jet was €8,000.


Sheehills Jet Et

Senior Champion at this sale was “Keltic Jacko” from Enfield, Co. Meath based breeder Teleri Thomas. Jacko is a son of Wilodge Fastrac, his dam Cwmpedran Beauty is also the dam of Keltic Handsome (OKH) standing at Progressive Genetics. Jacko has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass Weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter Milk. William Shennan, North Threave Farm, Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland was Jacko’s eventual purchaser for a securing bid of €7,800. Jacko was one of four bulls offered for sale by the Keltic herd.


Keltic Jacko

Also heading to the UK, after a final bid of €7,600 is the outstanding Bavardage son “Ernevalley Jaguar Et”. Jaguar was bred by Eddie Lynch, Loughduff, Co. Cavan. His dam Sarkley Gertude has Malibu and Ronick Luke in her lineage. Jaguar carries five star ratings in most traits along with a Muscle score of 119 and a Skeletal score of 123. Placed first in his class in the pre-sale show, Jaguar was acquired by returning Roscrea customers Messrs K.I. & E. & H.I. Jones, Bryn Ddraenen, Conwy to run with their Garnedd Herd.


Ernevalley Jaguar Et

Dan Tynan of the Ardlea/Elite herd based in Mountrath, Co. Laois received €6,000 for “Elite Jordan Et” an Ampertaine Elgin son. Born in November 2014, Jordan’s dam is the notable former National Senior heifer and Balmoral prize-winner Clonmack Fleur. Fleur has Wilodge Vantastic and Mas Du Clo in her back-pedigree. Jordan has a five star Terminal Index value of €137 and a Replacement Index value of €94. Prizewinning commercial show-man Jonathan Neill, Crossgar, Co. Down was the successful purchaser of Jordan.


Elite Jordan Et

The youngest bull on offer “Greenhill Kracker Et” was awarded the Reserve Junior Champion title. Kracker is by Wilodge Cerberus and out of Bergere (an Udin daughter), he was bred by John Greene, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Kracker came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. Local farmer Michael Cosgrave, Ballinakill, Roscrea purchased Kracker for €5,600.


Greenhill Kracker Et

The multi-starred second prize winner “Galbally John” commanded a price of €5,500. John was bred by Trevor Masterson, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. This 18 month old bull is by the society sire Bavardage and out of the homebred Fieldson Alfy cow Galbally Enhance. He boasts a Muscle score of 122 and a Skeletal score of 118. Pedigree breeder Thomas Swaine of the Farmleigh herd based in county Wexford secured this very stylish bull.


Galbally John

“Keltic Jammydodger” was the second bull offered for sale by Teleri Thomas. Jammydodger has Wilodge Cerberus, Mas Du Clo and Sundale Invader in his pedigree. Born in October 2014, this bull has a five star Terminal Index value of €152 and a five star Replacement Index of €137. Patrick O’Connell, Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick acquired Jammydodger for €5,500.


Keltic Jammydodger

Third prize winner “Ardlea Jena” changed hands for €5,100. Jena is a by Sympa and out of the home-bred Emerson dam Ardlea Gig. Jena has a Muscle score of 131 along with an array of five star ratings. Bred in Mountrath by Daniel Tynan, Jena now heads to Richard Graham, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan.


Ardlea Jena

Returning UK purchasers the Akrigg family purchased first prize winner “Woodview Jason 3”. Jason was bred in Killeshandra, Co. Cavan by David Abbott. He has Ampertaine Elgin, Barnhill Harry and Ulysse in his pedigree. The Akrigg family farm in the Yorkshire Dales and plan to run this bull with their LM X BB suckler herd. Jason carries a Muscle score of 121 and a Skeletal score of 115. His purchase price was €5,000.


Woodview Jason 3

The third bull on offer by the Tynan’s Ardlea herd “Ardlea Jerome” sold for €5,000. Jerome was second in his class, a class that also contained the Reserve Senior champion. This September born bull is by Wilodge Fastrac and out of the Ronick Hawk daughter Elite Didi (Et). Jerome has five star ratings in all traits and was purchased by John Culbert, Athy, Co. Kildare.


Ardlea Jerome

Also reaching the €5,000 mark was “Clonagh Jack the Lad” from the herd of Garreth Behan, Ballyfin, Co. Laois. Jack the Lad is by Dinmore Goldcrest and out of the Otan daughter Cloneygowan Amanda. Born in October 2014, Jack the Lad has an array of five star ratings including a Terminal Index of €138 or Replacement Index of €131. After a flurry of bids James Burke, Dunmore, Tuam, Co. Galway was the successful purchaser.


Clonagh Jack the Lad

“Currane JR” from Michael McKeown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo realised €4,800. JR is by Cloughhead Umpire and has Casimir and Mas Du Clo in his pedigree. He was placed fourth in his class. JR has a Muscle score of 129 and a Skeletal score of 116. He returns to Connacht to Moycullen, Co. Galway based Laurence O’Toole.


Currane JR

Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare took home €4,800 for the Wilodge Cerberus son “Moloskey Jack”. This 15 month old bull is out of the home-bred Mas Du Clo dam Moloskey Ducer. Ducer enjoyed a very successful show career including the National Heifer Calf title at the National show in 2009 and Intermediate Heifer Championship in 2010. Jack holds five star ratings in most traits. John Redmond, Fenagh, Co. Carlow acquired this first prize winner.


Moloskey Jack

The powerful Haltcliffe Dancer son “Cnoc Rua Jackson” was purchased by Gareth McGuinness, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Jackson was presented for sale by his breeder Ciaran Smith, Redhills, Co. Cavan. Jackson has Sauvignon, and Roundhill Saturn in his lineage. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. His selling price was €4,500.

Thirteen month old “Gortskehy Karlos Et” commanded a price of €4,400 for his breeder Gerard Lynskey, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Karlos is by Wilodge Cerberus and out of Hill Top Francis Et, a Sympa daughter. He was placed second in his class. Karlos has tremendous linear scores - Muscle of 149 and Skeletal of 142, along with a Terminal Index of €175 and a Replacement Index of €138. Carlos was purchased by Martin Lynch, Corrandulla, Co. Galway.


Gortskehy Karlos Et

“Hill Top Kieran Et” is a full brother to the previous lot Gortskehy Karlos Et. Kieran was presented for sale by Thomas Murphy, Mullagh, Co. Clare. Hill Top Francis Et, the dam of these bulls has produced outstanding cattle. Two full sisters of Kieran sold in Roscrea in 2013 for €7,500 and €8,600 after being crowned as Junior and Reserve Champions. Owain Llyr purchased Kieran for €4,400.

The Ampertaine Commander son “Galbally Jared” sold for €4,250. Jared was bred by Trevor Masterson from the home bred Urville daughter Galbally Gillian. Carrying five star ratings in all traits, Jared returns to the town of his birth to the farm of Tom Wickham, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Second prize winner “Wood Road Jed Et” from the yard of Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick sold for €4,200. Jed is by Sympa and out of the prolific donor dam Claque. Boasting five star ratings in all traits along with a Muscle score of 125 and a Skeletal score of 125. Frank Wynne, Corrandulla, Co. Galway acquired Jed for his herd.


Wood Road Jed Et

Frances McKernan, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth sold his stylish October 2014 born bull “Bellingham Jester” for €4,100. Jester is by Ampertaine Elgin and out of Bremore Fiesta, a Bremore Volvo daughter. This fourth prize winner was sold to an undisclosed purchaser.

The second Bavardage son from Trevor Masterson’s Galbally herd also reached €4,100. “Galbally Jonathon” is steeped in Galbally genetics, his dam Friel and grand-dam B 433 are regarded as the milkiest in the Galbally herd. Malachy Casey, Claremorris, Co. Mayo is the new owner of multi-starred Jonathon.

“Castleview Jazzman Et” also realized €4,100 for his breeder Sean O’Sullivan, Castleisland, Co. Kerry. Jazzman has Wilodge Tonka, Ferry and Na Claudis in his sire stack. His dam Castleview Regina is an outstanding donor cow, one of her sons Castleview Gringo is standing in the NCBC AI station with the AI code GWO. Jazzman was the first prize winner in the October class at the South West Club Calf Championship. He was purchased by Denis Tierney, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, having picked up a fourth prize rosette.


Castleview Jazzman Et

Donal McKeown, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo sold a full brother of Milan Jefferson (North West Calf Champion 2015) for €4,000. “Milan Jackson Et” is by Ampertaine Foreman and out of Milan Amelie. He has a Terminal Index of €134 and a Replacement Index of €107 along with a Muscle score of 119 and a Skeletal score of 118. Jackson was acquired by John Power, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford.


Milan Jackson Et

Trevor Masterson’s “Galbally Jager” also reached €4,000. Jager is a son of Wilodge Fastrac and the Rutabaga daughter Galbally A 369. Jager was placed fourth in his class in the pre-sale show. He was purchased by Fethard, Co. Tipperary based David Tierney.


Galbally Jager

“Meenross Jameson Et” a full brother to the Junior Champion Drummin Jameson Et sold for €4,000. Meenross Jameson Et was a prize winner at the National Show in Tullamore. By Wilodge Vantastic and out of Drummin Cliona, he was bred by James O’Grady, Scariff, Co. Clare.

The final bull to reach the €4,000 mark was “Clonagh Jingle Balls” a Dinmore Goldcrest son bred in Portlaoise by Garreth Behan. Born in December 2014, this bull has Cloughhead Lord and Nenuphar in his back pedigree. He was placed third in his class here in Roscrea. Robert Porter, Oldcastle, Co. Meath purchased this stylish bull.


Clonagh Jingle Balls

Other notable prices:
“Faughill Jockey” by Fieldson Alfy - €3,900
“Ernevalley Jideal Et” by Bavardage, 2nd prize winner - €3,800
“Mount Scott Jason 2” by Wilodge Cerberus, 3rd prize winner - €3,800
“Farmleigh Jackpot” by Huntershall Gladiator, 1st prize winner - €3,800
“Keltic Juggernaut” by Wilodge Fastrac, 3rd prize winner - €3,800
“Farmleigh Jasper Et” by Ampertaine Commander, 2nd prize winner - €3,700
“Milan Jesus” by Wilodge Tonka - €3,700
“Wood Road Jet Et” by Sympa, 3rd prize winner - €3,700
“Newtown Kingston” by Wilodge Drummer, 2nd prize winner - €3,700
“Moloskey Jude Et” by Wilodge Cerberus, 3rd prize winner - €3,600
“Ardlea Jeremy” by Ronick Hawk - €3,550
“Mount Scott Jamie 2” by Ampertaine Elgin, 1st prize winner - €3,500
“Gallaway Joey” by Dinmore Goldcrest, 1st prize winner - €3,500
“Mistic Jeronimino” by Ampertaine Elgin, 2nd prize winner - €3,500
“Moloskey Jetty” by Wilodge Fastrac - €3,500
“Hill Top Jake Et” by Wilodge Cerberus - €3,400
“Thomastown Jesse” by Wilodge Cerberus - €3,400
“Thomastown Jonathon” by Wilodge Cerberus, 4th prize winner - €3,400
“Bremore Jar Head 2” by Hortensia - €3,400
“Carrowrille Jetstream” by Wilodge Fastrac - €3,400
“Finboy Jupiter” by Wilodge Cerberus, 4th prize winner - €3,400
“Roundhill Justin Et” by Elite Forever Brill Et - €3,300
“Tomriland Jolly” by Abot Mn - €3,100
“Eyrecourt Juke” by Wilodge Cerberus - €3,100
“Ballybawn Jaysus Et” by Ideal 23 - €3,100
“Keltic Jupiter” by Mereside Favori, 4th prize winner - €3,000
“Wood Road Jupiter Et” by Ampertaine Elgin - €3,000
“Galbally Juke” by Galbally Danastic - €3,000
“Ballybawn Jeremy Et” by Wilodge Vantastic  - €3,000
“Roundhill Jevens Et” by Glorieux, 3rd prize winner - €3,000
“Nephin Jason” by Plumtree Fantastic - €3,000
“Brickhill Jared” by Fieldson Alfy, 3rd prize winner - €3,000
“Mullary Jackpot” by Plumtree Deus, 4th prize winner - €3,000
“Drummin King Kong Et” by Dinmore Goldcrest, 3rd prize winner - €3,000
“Clonmahon Jewel Et” by Emerson, 1st prize winner - €2,900
“Redbawn Kaiser” by Ampertaine Foreman - €2,900
“Galbally Joshua” by Marchermore Augustus - €2,800
“Newtown Jim Bob” by Bolide, 4th prize winner - €2,800
“Rossnowlagh Jonah” by Lowerffrydd Empire - €2,700
“Corcamore Jordi” by On-Dit - €2,700
“Caherhurley Jingo” by Haltcliffe Dancer - €2,700
“Tomriland Jabot Et” by Abot Mn - €2,700
“Ballybawn Jake Et” by Wilodge Vantastic - €2,600
“Ballybawn Jameson Et” by Fieldson Alfy - €2,600
“Greenhill Jumpher” by Huntershall Gladiator, 2nd prize winner - €2,600
“Rossnowlagh Justin” by Wilodge Cerberus - €2,500
“Eyrecourt Jumper” by Milbrook Tanko, 4th prize winner - €2,500
“Shancrock Jim (Et)” by Cloughhead Ernie - €2,500
“Knockcroghery Josh” by Huntershall Gladiator - €2,400
“Mullary Jester” by Plumtree Fantastic - €2,300
“Ammaghmore Jaguar” by Huntershall Gladiator 2200 - €2,200
“Mullaghboy Jock” by Haltcliffe Dancer - €2,100
“Kilcor Jj (Et)” by Otan - €2,000
“Clydagh Jacko” by Mereside Favori - €2,000
“Clydagh Jack” by Ampertaine Commander - €1,900

Upcoming events:

Our next sale is on Saturday the 19th March in Tullamore where there is a catalogue of 33 bulls and  1 heifer on offer.

The Irish Limousin Cattle Society is hosting the International Limousin Congress (ILC) from the 20th to 28th August. This event will also incorporate our National Limousin Show and Elite sale on the 26th and 27th of August at Cillin Hill, Co. Kilkenny. The National Show has an extensive program of classes for both commercial and pedigree animals.

The ILC is supported by a number of sponsors, we are extremely grateful for their support and we encourage our breeders to support their businesses. Our main sponsors are the Red Rosette Sponsors which are listed below.

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