Drummin Im 2 Sexy – is leading lady in red at final sale of 2014
Society sales came to a conclusion for 2014 at Roscrea mart on Saturday 22nd November. Catalogued for this sale were 73 top quality heifers. Auctioneer at this sale was Denis Barett.
Judging the sale was James Callion of the well-known and extremely successful Melbreak herd based in Dromore, Co. Tyrone. James is a keen judge and has officiated at shows both here and in the UK.
Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary said: “The sale here today met with a mixed trade, as usual both buyers and sellers are resolute in their demands. This sale had a 45% clearance with prices ranging from €1,800 to €5,300. Purchasers were at an advantage here today with a large choice of very well bred and presented heifers on offer.
This was the final society sale for 2014 – the year for the beef sector has been sticky to say the least. However, overall we had good clearance rates at our sales. Year on year average prices are remaining steady. The breed continues to grow in popularity and with the dairy herd set to increase in the coming years we are able to offer a very good choice in genetics for the dairy X beef sector.
Our breed is playing a very important role in the beef industry, the Limousin cow is still Ireland’s number 1 suckler dam. Here at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society we would like to wish all our breeders and purchasers good fortune with their Limousin cattle. We would also like to express our gratitude to all involved at shows, sales and events throughout the year. Great credit must be given to the stewards, judges, exhibitors and all who help in the background – your time and efforts do not go unnoticed.”
Topping the sale was the much admired 14 month old Wilodge Vantastic daughter “Drummin Im 2 Sexy Et”. This heifer was bred by John McInerney, Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare. This heifer is steeped in top quality award winning genetics. Her dam is the homebred Mas Du Clo daughter Drummin Cliona (Et). Cliona is the dam of many show winners and top priced cattle, her offspring have been sold to herds nationwide and in the UK and they in turn are breeding top priced cattle. Im 2 Sexy enjoyed much show success during the summer, she picked up rosettes at many show including at the National Show in Tullamore, at Limerick show and at Cappamore show. She was placed second in her class in the pre-sale show. She boasts a muscle score of 136 and a skeletal score of 142. The Westland herd of Joseph Rafferty, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh purchased Im 2 Sexy for €5,300.
Also breaking the €5,000 barrier was “Elite Inga Et” from the herd of Daniel Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Inga is a 22-month old daughter of Wilodge Cerberus and Elite Fidelia Et. Her maternal grand dam is the tremendous donor cow Ardlea Coillte – her success is well documented, her progeny have claimed titles throughout the country and two of her sons are standing in AI. Inga was placed third in her class, and caught the discerning eye of Michael Montgomery, Quilty, Co. Clare to add to his pedigree Montclare herd. Inga holds five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter Milk.
Both senior champions were from the Greenhill herd of John Greene, Lifford, Co. Donegal. The Senior Reserve Champion “Greenhill Izzy” is a daughter of Emerson and Greenhill Ellen Et. Izzy carries five star ratings in Terminal Index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Sean Reid, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny purchased Izzy for €3,600.
The Senior Champion “Greenhill Helstar Et” is from John’s superb French cow Tombola and Cloughhead Umpire. Helstar is a very imposing two year old. She carries a muscle score of 119 with a skeletal score of 121. Unfortunately she left the ring without meeting her reserve.
Four heifers sold at €3,000. First at this price was the Nenuphar daughter “Bohomore Hadia B”. Bred by Bridie Lavelle in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Her dam Wood Road Elegance Et (a Sympa, Nadia B daughter) was successfully shown by the Lavelle family, claiming a rosette at the National show in 2010. Hadia B was sold incalf to Cloughhead Umpire. She was one of two purchases for Martin McGannon, Quilty, Co. Clare.
David Leybourne, Tullowhill, Tullow, Co. Carlow purchased the Sympa daughter “Copperdoor Ideal” for €3,000. Ideal was bred by Michael Brady, Granard, Co. Longford. Born in April 2013, she is out of the Navarin dam Copperdoor Delia. Ideal has a terminal Index of €136 and a Replacement index of €144.
“Liscarn Imelda” a Derriaghy Enfield daughter also realised €3,000. Imelda’s pedigree includes Liscarn Easter, Mas Du Clo and Glaleul. She was bred by Philip Dunne, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan. Imelda heads to the Culategle herd of Patrick Flood, Newtowncashel, Co. Longford.
Second prize winner “Castleboy Ivette” also fetched €3,000. Ivette is by Wilodge Tonka and out of the Castleboy Sue daughter - Castleboy Elegant Lady. Castleboy Sue is a very successful producer – her son Viv was a stock sire in the Baileys herd, while another son Iarla sold for the top price of €7,100 at the premier bull sale in March 2014. Ivette was bred by Peter Kelly, Kilchreest, Co. Galway. She headed back to the county of her birth to Colm Flaherty, Inverin.
Padraig Brady, Ballinalee, Co. Longford offered two full embryo sisters for sale. These heifers are by Wilodge Vantastic and out of the 2011 Premier sale champion - Newtown Florence, whose back pedigree includes Ampertaine Abracadabra, Ramses and the prolific Castleview Rub. The first of these heifers was “Esker-Hill Ingrid Et”. She sold for €2,900 to David Deegan, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick took home €2,700 “Wood Road Hannah Et”. Hannah is by Wilodge Cerberus and out of Wood Road Francesca Et. She holds five star ratings in most traits. Philip O’Sullivan, Brosna, Tralee, Co. Kerry was her purchaser.
From the same yard and selling at the same price was “Wood Road Isabel Et”. This July 2013 born heifer is by Fieldson Alfy and out of Wood Road B801 ET, she has back breeding to the famous Nadia B – breeder of many champions and sale toppers. Isabel was placed 4th in her class. She was purchased by pedigree breeder Tony Glynn, Gort, Co. Galway to join his Glencarrigh herd.
The second heifer offered by Padraig Brady was “Esker-Hill Isobell Et”. This heifer like her full sister - Ingrid sold with five star ratings in most traits. She was purchased by dual purchaser Brian Frawley, Ballylin House, Croagh, Co. Limerick.
Ross Patterson selected “Liss Hilare Et” to join his herd in Tenon Farm, Bramston, Cumbria, UK. Hilare is by Haltcliffe Dancer and out of the homebred Gwenole daughter Liss Sallie. She was placed 2nd in her class in the presale show. Hilare realised €2,550 for her breeder Martin Doherty, Liss, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
From the yard of the sale topper came the Grahams Unbeatable daughter “Drummin Icon”. This September 2013 born heifer has backbreeding to Redstone Rossini, Drummin Veronica and Drummin Peach. The judge for the Tullow bull sale, Des Joyce paid €2,400 for Icon – she now joins his Lisangeeragh Pedigree herd based in Strangeforth, Williamstown, Co. Galway.
The Wood Road herd took home €2,250 for “Wood Road Iris” a daughter of the homebred Sympa son Donald. This heifer has Wilodge Vantastic and Festin in her linage. Iris has a Muscle score of 133 and a skeletal score of 136. She was the second purchase for Joseph Rafferty’s Westland herd.
Selling at €2,200 was the second prize winner “Mullary Hortense”. By Procters Cavalier and out of the Shire Milton daughter Mullary Chantelle (Et), she was sold scanned incalf to Plumtree Fantastic. Hortense was bred by Michael Molloy, Dunleer, Co. Louth. She was acquired by Donal O’Donoghue, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.
Also selling at €2,200 was the incalf Jockey daughter “Bohomore Heather”. Bred by Bridie Lavelle, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Heather has Moero and Gamin in her pedigree. Heather was Martin McGannon’s second purchase at this sale.
Catching the eye of James Callion was “Doonbeg Ita Et”, a Wilodge Fastrac daughter and by a Mas Du Clo dam. James tapped Ita forward as Junior Champion. She was bred in Doonbeg, Co. Clare by Declan Griffin.
“Coolready Iron Lady Et” was acknowledged as the Reserve Junior Champion. Iron Lady is out Dromod Fawn and by Emerson. She carried an array of five star ratings. She was bred by Colm Wiley, Bodyke, Co. Clare. Both of these heifers exited the ring unsold.
Our next sale is the Premier Bull sale on Saturday 28th February 2015.
Anyone interested in purchasing pedigree Limousin cattle can contact the society office at 025-85036 where we would be delighted to help you source the correct bloodlines for your herd. Our website is the place to go for information on forthcoming Limousin events, sales, etc. The web address is www.irishlimousin.com. We are also active on twitter @irishlimousin