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The Pedigree sale season is now well underway and the first exclusively heifer sale was held in Roscrea Mart on Saturday 27th April 2013. There were a large number of prospective buyers present with a 65% clearance rate and an average price of €3343. Prices ranged from €12,500 to €2,100. The auctioneer for today’s sale was Denis Barrett.

Breed Secretary Paul Sykes commenting on the sale said, “the sale here today afforded a great opportunity to acquire top Limousin genetics. The Limousin cow is officially acknowledge as Irelands number one suckler dam and the heifers on offer were all good quality and will no doubt go on to produce the cattle required for any market. Our breeders are ever conscious of the market requirements and the bloodlines in this sale catalogue are consistent producers. Here at Irish Limousin great emphasis is placed on Herd Health, all cattle on offer at our society sales are tested negative for BVD, while their dams are Johnes tested. I would like to wish the purchasers the very best of luck with their new acquisitions.”

Catching the eye of the judge Mr. John Adams (of the Fedneyhouse Herd, based in Banbridge, Co. Down) was “Clonagh Gail” an 18-month old daughter of Nenuphar. John tapped her forward as Champion, Gail is from the herd of Garreth and Lyndsey Behan, Ballyfin, Portlaoise, Loais. She is out of the homebred dam Cloonagh Cute Girl with back-breeding to Milbrook Tanko and Festin. After a flurry of bids Michael McNally of Cookstown, Tyrone was the eventual purchaser of Gail for €5,000, she now joins the Corchoney Herd.

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Champion Female Clonagh Gail with Garrett Behan and John Adams

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Champion Female Clonagh Gail with Lyndsey Behan and John Adams

Having had the Champion Bull in this year’s Premier bull sale and also in Athenry the Richardson Family of Newtowngore, Leitrim, continued their winning ways when their 14 month old Wilodge Cerberus heifer “Newtown Harriet ET” was crowned Reserve Champion and sold for the princely sum of €12,500. This outstanding heifer is a daughter of the very successful Newtown Trixie, with back-breeding to Dauphin and Castleboy Monti. Harriet came to the ring with five star ratings in most traits including Maternal of €137 and Terminal of €121. After sustained bidding Harriet was purchased by Padraig and David Brady of the Esker-Hill herd which is based in Esker, Ballinalee, Longford.

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Reserve Champion Female Newtown Harriet Et with Mark Richardson

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Reserve Champion Female Newtown Harriet Et with owners Stanley & Mark Richardson with purchasers Padraig & David Brady

Two heifers changed hands for €4,000 – the first at this price was “Ardlea Helga” from the herd of Daniel Tynan, Mouthrath, Laois. This second prize winner is a daughter of Emerson, from a Tatar B dam. Helga was purchased by Brian McInerney to join his Clenagh Herd based in Newmarket On Fergus, Clare.

The second heifer to sell at €4,000 was “Newtown Havana”, from the herd of Stanley Richardson. This yearling daughter of Ampertaine Commander is out the homebred Milbrook Tanko cow – Newtown Deborah. Havana was purchased by Anthony Brehony, Knockcroghery, Roscommon.

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Newtown Havana

Changing hands for €3,300 was “Wood Road Honey”. Bred in Castleconnell, Limerick by Noel Fennessy, this daughter of Wood Road Donald Et has a pedigree stack that includes 0139 Ric Rac and Medoc. William Judge of the Lisnagonoge herd, Thurles, Tipperary was her purchaser.

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Wood Road Honey

€3,200 was top call for “Millburn Gwyneth”. Placed fourth in her class this daughter of Fieldson Alfy was bred by Richard and Eithne O’Beirn, Tuam, Galway. Gwyneth has back-breeding to Dauphin and Generaux. She returns to Galway to the Glencarrigh Herd of Anthony Glynn, Gort.

Also selling for €3,200 was “Fairhill Gemma”, a daughter of Haltcliffe Dancer, bred by Anthony Moloney, Feakle, Clare. Gemma was acquired by Sean McDermot, Carna, Loughduff, Cavan.

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Fairhill Gemma

The first prize winning daughter of Ultime Ri – “Templequain Gypsy” sold for €3,000. Bred by Thomas O’Shea, Rathdowney, Laois from a home-bred Scorboro Regius dam. Gypsy’s was purchased by an undisclosed buyer.

Noel Fennessy returned to the sales ring with “Wood Road Helen Et”. This daughter of Wilodge Vantastic had been successfully shown in 2012. Multi-purchaser at the sale Patrick McCormack of the Kildress Limousin herd based in Cookestown, Tyrone was her purchaser for €3,000.

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Wood Road Helen

Patrick Quille, Templeglentine, Limerick secured fourth prize winner “Donnelly Hazel” for €2,850. Hazel is a daughter of Haltcliffe Dancer, with a pedigree stack that includes Ronick Hawk and Ferry. She was bred by Anthony Donnelly of Claremorris, Mayo.

Daniel Tynan, Mountrath, received €2,800 for the fourteen month old Eros daughter “Ardlea Helen”. Helen was purchased by Patrick O’Neill of Mellefontstown, Fermoy, Cork.

The Ronick Hawk daughter “Clonagh Graceful” sold for €2,500. William Judge, Thurles, purchased Graceful for €2,500 from Garreth Behan, Portlaoise.

In-calf heifer “Monagea Gracious” from James Moore, Newcastlewest, Limerick sold for €2,300. Gracious is a Daughter of Wilodge Tonka and was served to Haltcliffe Underwriter. She was purchased by Noel Mortimer, Camross, Portlaoise for his Ballinrally herd.

“Clonagh Gwendalyn” also sold for €2,300. Patrick McCormack acquired this daughter of Ronick Hawk from Garrett Behan

Patrick McCormack was also the top-bidder for “Clonagh Ginger”. Ginger is a Daughter of Milbrook Lancelot and out of a Milbrook Tanko dam Cloonagh Cute Lady. Garreth Behan received €2,200 for this heifer.

The same purchaser (Patrick McCormack) was successful in acquiring “Monagea Guinevere” for €2,200. Bred in Limerick by James Moore, this daughter of Haltcliffe Underwriter is from a homebred Tarot 6057 cow.

The Sympa daughter “Copperdoor Grace”, sold for €2,150 to Brendan Crawley of the Tullyridge herd based in Castlerea, Roscommon. Grace is out of the Rock daughter Copperdoor Dolly and was bred by Michael Brady, Granard, Longford. She had picked up second prize in the showring.

Third prize winner “Templequain Gloria”, a daughter of Ocean sold for €2,150. Gloria is a grand-daughter of On-Dit and was bred by Thomas O’Shea of Rathdowney. Her new owner is Vincent O’Sullivan of Fermoy, Cork.

Multi-purchaser William Judge also purchased “Greenwood Geenie”. Geenie holds five star ratings in most traits and was bred in Kildysart, Clare by Michael Finn. She is a daughter of Sympa with back breeding to Jeu. A final bid of €2,100 secured her for William Judge’s Lisnagonoge herd.

The Cootehall herd of Michael O’Hara, Boyle, Roscommon was the successful bidder for “Clonagh Helena” for €2,100. This daughter of Ronick Iceman was bred by Garreth Behan.

The next Limousin Society sale is the Premier Bull sale on Saturday May 11th, 2013, when 91 excellent quality bulls go under the hammer. Then on Saturday May 25th, 2013 the popular Roscommon sale will take place.


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