The final Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale for 2012, took place on Saturday 24th of November at Roscrea Mart. This was the Premier heifer sale, where 88 top quality in-calf and maiden heifers with some of the best available genetics were on offer.
A cold wet day did not manage to dampen the prices and the auctioneer Denis Barrett was kept busy with sustained bidding. An average price of €3357 well exceeded the average of last year’s sale (which averaged €2786) with a top price of €7600.
The sale proved to be a great opportunity for anyone interested in the Limousin breed to acquire some of the top females to build a herd from.
Judge for the pre-sale show was Ms. Joan Gilliland, former Chairperson of the NI Limousin Cattle Club and owner of the Ballyrobin herd which is based in County Antrim.
Paul Sykes breed secretary of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society commenting on the sale said: “We had tremendous line-up of heifers on offer here today, with some of the best genetics the breed has to offer. Limousin breeders are always striving to provide the market with the type and quality of cattle it requires and with their breeding programs it is evident by the quality of heifers on offer here that their efforts are working. More and more buyers are switching to Limousin due to the widely acknowledged fact that Limousin females are the number 1 suckler cow. From customer feedback our most important traits are milk, calving ability, longevity and the ability to have a calf every 365 days, all these traits lead to profitability.”
Before the sale commenced a minutes silence was observed for the late John O’ Grady of the Broomfield herd, a renowned Limousin stalwart and a tireless instigator of the premium scheme in Ashbourne Meats, Roscrea. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
The pre-show Senior Champion Greenhill Flower Et from the herd of John Green, Lifford, Co. Donegal failed to meet her reserve on the day. Flower is a daughter of Wilodge Vantastic with a home bred dam Greenhill Ursula Et, this powerful heifer came to the ring with five stars in most traits.
Topping the sale with the two highest prices were the father and son team of Daniel and Edward Tynan, Mouthrath, Co. Laois. At €7600 was the September 2011 born heifer Elite Galway ET, from the Edward Tynans renowned Elite herd. Placed first in her class in the pre-sale show, Galway was purchased by John Meehan of Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare. By Emerson and out of Bremore Cindy (ET), this heifer’s back-breeding includes Objat, Nenuphar and Ideal 23. Bremore Cindy is a full sister to the dam of Progressive Genetics Ardlea Dan. Elite Galway sold with a Maternal Index of €125 and Terminal Index of €112. Galway is no stranger to the show ring having taken rosettes at many shows throughout 2012, including second to her stable mate “Elite Gisele” at the National Livestock show in Tullamore and also at the All Ireland Derby in Elphin.
Junior Reserve Champion the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Ardlea Ghost realized €7200 for her breeder Daniel Tynan. Ghosts’ dam – Tahiti B has a pedigree that includes Ramses and Jordy. She sold with five star ratings in most traits including docility and carcass weight and with a Maternal Index of €189 and Terminal Index of €122. The purchaser of this heifer was Joseph McGarry of Caldragh, Co. Longford.
Richard and Eithne O’Beirn took home €6600 for Millburn Grace another Wilodge Cerberus daughter. Grace was crowned Junior Champion and came to the ring with five star ratings in most traits. She boasts a Maternal Index of €202 with a Terminal Index of €130. Her pedigree stack includes Imperial and Geant. She sold to an undisclosed buyer.
Second prize winner Melwood Gigi exhibited by Michael Hickey of Thurles, Co. Tipperary was sold for €6200. A stylish Brookland Dynamite daughter from the homebred dam Melwood Ellen, Gigi’s back breeding includes Wilodge Vantastic, Lino and Sauvignon. D. and R. Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie, Scotland purchased her for their Maybe pedigree herd.
Two heifers sold for €5500, the first of these was the incalf July 2010 heifer Derrygullinane Fifi from the herd of John Joseph Walsh, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Fifi came to the ring with five star ratings in Carcass weight, Carcass conformation, Daughter calving difficulty and Daughter Milk. She has a Maternal Index of €195 and Terminal Index of €116. Incalf to Cloughhead Lord since 17th of May, her pedigree includes Sympa, Nenuphar and Farceur. Fifi returns to County Mayo to the herd of Aidan MacHale, Knockanillaun.
Fifi’s full sister Derrygullinane Gabby was the second heifer to realize €5500. This May 2011 heifer oozed class and was crowned Reserve Senior Champion. Gabby came to ring with a Maternal Index of €206 and Terminal Index of €123. Purchaser of Gabby was Patrick Kenny of Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Shancrock Girl a Siam daughter from the herd of Rosaleen Clarke, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan sold for €5200. Girls dam Milbrook Etna has a pedigree that includes Sympa and Milbrook Roberto. Placed second in her class, she has five stars in the majority of her traits. Girl heads to Templemore, Co. Tipperary to Joseph Fitzpatrick.
The Veteran daughter Liscarn Gabrielle realized €4300 for her breeder Philip Dunne of Bailieboro, Co. Cavan. This second prize winner is a daughter of Copperbeech Danielle who herself is by Wilodge Vantastic. She came to the ring with a Maternal Index of €189 and Terminal Index of €114. Her purchaser was not disclosed.
Newtown Glenda a Wilodge Tonka daughter sold for €4000. From the herd of Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim, Glenda is out of the homebred dam Newtown Dorrie, who was a first prize-winner at the National Limousin Show in 2009. Possessing five star ratings in Carcass weight and Carcass conformation, she was acquired by Sean and John Fossey of Timahoe, Co. Laois.
Mullary Foxy Lady, a fourth prize winner from the herd of Michael Molloy, Dunleer, Co. Louth changed hands for €3700. Scanned incalf to On-dit, this stylish Sympa daughter has a pedigree stack that includes Mas Du Clo and Espoir. Michael Fennessy of Ballyduff, Co. Waterford was her purchaser.
Also attaining €3700 was Drummin Geri ET. Bred by John McInerney, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare, Geri is a full sister to Drummin Veronica who was overall Limousin Champion at the Beef Expo in 2008. A Mas Du Clo daughter with Moustic and Dauphin in her lineage, she heads to County Galway to the herd of Jerry Huban.
Dual-purchaser Tom Flaherty of Spiddle, Co. Galway secured Newtown Galaxy for €3600. Galaxy, a second prize winner was bred by Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. She is a daughter of the prolific Newtown Rebecca – a breeder of numerous champions including the €12000 Newtown Fruity. Her pedigree includes Tango, Gamin and Priestlands Topper.
From the same yard and selling for €3500 was Newtown Gemma, an Ampertaine Abracadabra daughter from a homebred dam – Newtown Clodagh (ET) a Cloughhead Lord daughter. Gemma has a Maternal Index of €204 and Terminal Index of €100. Daniel Lalor of County Laois was her purchaser.
The fourth prize winning Vivaldi daughter Moloskey Golden sold for €3400. From the herd of Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare, Golden has back-breeding to Moloskey Showman and Dauphin. County Kilkenny based David Holden was her purchaser.
Greenwood Gloria was the first of two lots to fetch €3300. Gloria was bred by Michael Finn of Kildysart, Co. Clare, from the homebred Mas Du Clo dam Greenwood Clare. By Netherhall Epic she came to the ring with a five star Maternal Index of €156. She returns to County Clare to the Ballykinncurra herd of John Moroney, Corofin.
Drummin Ginger ET, was the second heifer at €3300. Ginger is a full sister to Drummin Veronica the Beef Expo overall Limousin Champion of 2008. She sold with five star rating in Carcass conformation. Her new owner is William Geary of Gurteen, Feenagh, Co. Limerick.
Donegal based breeder Martin Doherty, Lifford sold Liss Fairytale for €3100. Fairytale is a Wilodge Cerberus daughter, her dam Rosace is by Opera with back-breeding to Tarvis. She boasts a Maternal index of €165 and a Terminal Index of €115. She was one of two lots purchased by Joe Lacey of Luggacurren, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Four lots realized €3000, first at this price was Ohill Grainne exhibited by James Holohan, Gorvagh, Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Placed fourth in her class she is a Milbrook Dartangan daughter. Sean McLoughlin of Drumgowna, Co. Leitrim was her eventual purchaser.
Next at this price was the Vivaldi daughter Bradden Bridge Godolphin. Bred by Pat McGuinness of Bettystown, Co. Meath – Godolphin’s dam Ashleigh Dawn (ET) was All Ireland Junior Heifer Champion in Tullamore in 2009. A third prize winner on the day, she heads to the herd of Joe Lacey, Portlaoise.
The third heifer at this price was Brendan Clancy’s Moloskey Georgus ET. A daughter of Cloughhead Umpire, her dam Moloskey A392 is by Mas Du Clo. She heads to Gerard Davis of Ballinalee, Co. Longford to join his Castlebrock herd.
The final heifer at this price was Millburn Gabrielle from Richard and Eithne O’Beirn. Gabrielle is a Sympa daughter from a homebred dam Millburn Dido 1. Placed third in her class, she has a Maternal Index of €139 and Terminal Index of €103. She heads to Newry, Co. Down to Robert Sterritt’s Ashtree herd.
Other leading prices:
€2750 to Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick for Wood Road Gretta ET by Cloughhead Umpire.
€2700 to Dan O’Mahoney, Ballygarvan, Co. Cork for Ballygarvan Stud Good Girl ET by Wilodge Cerberus.
€2600 to Michael Gunn, Elphin, Co. Roscommon for Ovaun Gorgeous by Wilodge Vantastic.
€2500 to Bridie Lavelle, Castlebar, Co. Mayo for Bohomore Glamorous by Fieldson Alfy.
€2500 to Noel Kenny, Ashford, Co. Wicklow for Tomriland Gladdis ET by Objat.
During 2012 we had an excellent sale year with more and more new breeders realizing what Limousin has to offer. I would like to thank all those who give up their time to help out at these sales – the Stewards, Judges, the Marts, Breeders and customers.