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The Irish Limousin Cattle Society held its Premier Heifer Show and Sale at Roscrea Mart on Saturday the 26th April, 2014. A catalogue entry of 44 heifers saw an average price of €2,510, with a clearance rate of 41%.

The pre-sale show was judged by Duncan Hazard of the Mereside Pedigree Limousin based in Saltby Heath Farm, Skillington, Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK. Duncan is no stranger to the Irish Limousin Cattle Society having judged the Herds Competition in 2012.

Duncan awarded the Champion rosette to the yearling heifer “Baileys Iceprincess”. This eye-catching heifer is a daughter of Baileys Darwin and out of the Nenuphar dam Roundhill Vjoyeuse 820 Et. She came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass Weight and Carcass conformation. She was bred by Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath. Iceprincess left the ring unsold having failed to meet her reserve howver she subsequently was purchased by an undisclosed customer for €5000 .

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Baileys Iceprincess

The Reserve Champion title went to “Esker-hill Holly Et” from the herd of Padraig Brady, Ballinalee, Co. Longford. Holly is a daughter of Wilodge Vantastic and Newtown Florence (an Amptertaine Abracadabra daughter). Holly has a Muscle score of 127 and a Skeletal score of 135. She went unsold.

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Esker-hill Holly ET

Denis Barrett officiated as Auctioneer for this sale.

Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary commenting on this sale: “The sale here today offered discerning purchasers the opportunity to acquire some top blood lines. Many of our established breeders started their own herds with heifers acquired here in Roscrea. The advantages of the Limousin suckler dam are well known, indeed the Limousin breed makes up the highest percentage of suckler cows in the country - 32% of all suckler cows.

In-calf heifers were in demand with purchasers anxious to secure them. While the clearance rate was disappointing breeders have invested heavily in producing the stock on offer and as such were only willing to part with their animals on attaining their merited reserves”.

Topping the sale at €3,500 was the second prize winner “Copperdoor Indigo” bred and exhibited by Michael Brady, Granard, Co. Longford. This stylish maiden heifer is a daughter of Sympa and out of the homebred Milbrook Tanko dam Copperdoor Frances. Indigo came to ring with five star ratings in most traits and with a Muscle score of 129 and a Skeletal score of 133. Indigo was one of two heifers purchased by The Bridgeview Limousin herd of George McCague, Newry, Co. Down.

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Cooperdoor Indigo

Following his success at the recent Athenry sale (where he sold the sale topper) Des Joyce’s sold his fourth prize winning heifer “Lisangeeragh Haper 7” for €3,100. This daughter of Ronick Hawk and with back-breeding to Navarin and Nino sold in-calf to Ampertaine Elgin. Haper 7 holds an excellent Replacement Index of €218, she returns to the county of her birth as she was purchased by John Clinton, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

The third prize winning Acajou daughter “Keltic Harabella” changed hands for €2,500. Harabella was bred in Enfield, Co. Meath by Teleri Thomas and was purchased by Gerry Casey, Newtown, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. This 24 month old heifer came to the ring with a Muscle score of 122 and a Skeletal score of 129. She sold in-calf to the society sire Bavardage.

At one bid less (€2,450) was “Green Hill Hilda”. This daughter of Procters Commander and out of the home-bred Malibu dam Green Hill Donna sold in-calf to Nexen. This heifer was bred by Mary McLoughlin, Ballina, Co. Mayo and was one of two heifers purchased by David Talbot, Danganreagh, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

“Wood Road Hyacinth Et” was the second heifer purchased by David Talbot. Hyacinth came to the ring with five star ratings in most Indexes including Terminal, Replacement, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. This 16 month old heifer has a sire stack that includes Wilodge Cerberus, Sympa and Festin. Hyacinth was bred by Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. This fourth prize winner changed hands for €2,400.

Des Joyce, Williamstown, Co. Galway saw his second lot of the day realize €2,350. “Lisangeeragh Hortensi” is a daughter of Wilodge Cerberus with back breeding to Omer-Mn and Gamin. Hortensi carries a Terminal Index of €141 and Replacement Index of €207. She was acquired by Pat Brennan, Brookfield House, Ballylinan, Co. Laois to join his Stans pedigree herd.

“Mount Scott Irene 2” fetched €2,200 for her breeder Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare. Irene 2 is a daughter of Micheal’s stock bull Aloor Felix (a Wilodge Vantastic son). This 13 month old heifer came to the ring with a Muscle score of 118 and Skeletal score of 115. Placed third in her class in the pre-sale show, she was purchased by Padraig Gormley, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim.

The fourth prize winning Haltcliffe Dancer daughter “Creggpark Irene” realized €2,150. Irene was bred by Robert McNevin, Tubber, Co. Galway. Her sire stack includes Scorboro Regius and Meridien. This February 2013 born heifer holds five star ratings in Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. She was purchased by John Jennings, Williamstown, Castlerea.

 €2,100 was top-call for first prize winner “Millburn Habana” from Cyril Cullinane, Ennis, Co. Clare. Habana is a daughter of Towthorpe Dubai and the Milbrook Tanko dam - Milburn Carena, she was bred by Richard O'Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway.

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Millburn Habana

The second purchase of the day by George McCague, Newry, Co. Down was the Baileys Darwin daughter “Baileys Hiphop”. Hiphop was awarded second prize in the pre-sale show. She came to the ring with a Muscle score of 121 and a Skeletal score of 118. Hiphop was bred by Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath.

The next Irish Limousin Cattle Society sales are:

Roscrea Premier Bull sale on Saturday the 10th May, 2014. The catalogue for this sale is now available. There are 73 bulls on offer.

Roscommon Sale on Saturday 24th May, 2014.

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



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