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Limousin leads the way 81 bulls sell at an average €4162, top price of €10400. 12 animals exported including 3 to The Netherlands.

The first of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society sales for 2013 was held on bank holiday Monday March 18th. Judge for the pre-sale show was Mr. Dougie McBeath, of the Springsett herd based in Stirling, Scotland. One of the largest entries ever for a Limousin bull sale was met with a massive increase in demand. As esteemed auctioneer George Chandler opened the sale the main ring was full with over 100 more interested buyers outside the ring. The decision, in advance, to use Denis Barrett as a second auctioneer acting as a tic tac proved  to be a blessing in disguise.

Breed secretary Paul Sykes commented “Limousin cattle are commanding top prices in commercial sales and the factories, a fact which more and more farmers are acknowledging along with easy calving and good maternal traits. Limousin is now the number one beef breed. While supply is growing, demand continues to grow at a faster rate. Considering the position farmers have had to endure over the last year regarding both harsh weather and rising costs it’s very reassuring today to see the way they have invested in the breed.

Today saw another milestone for the breed with first time visitor to Roscrea Teus Dekker of Cowporation Alblasserdam in The Netherlands purchasing three bulls for his new high profile herd that is being assembled through Andrew Ewing livestock services based in Dumfries and which has already seen several significant  purchases in the UK. In total we saw 12 animals exported from today’s sale.


Teus Dekker and Rinus Boer, Cowporation, The Netherlands, Paul Sykes ILCS with three bulls exported to The Netherlands.


Kevin Bohan, Dan O Mahony and Paul Sykes of ILCS with Teus Dekker and Rinus Boer of Cowporation along with their purchases

The new Terminal and Maternal indexes provide more focused information to facilitate and support farmers to select the bull with the traits they desire. The bulls sold were from 40 different sires. Limousin, the all-round breed was very evident.

The trend of more and more dairy farmers purchasing Limousin bulls continues. Based on their feedback the main reasons for changing to Limousin include:

a) Docility issues are well and truly a historical trait for Limousin bulls,

b) The newer indexes allow people to choose bulls with the traits they are looking for and for the dairy farmer these include easy calving and shorter gestation bulls.

c) The phenomenal demand for Limousin heifers out of Friesian cows continues to grow.

Prices ranged from €1,800 to €10,400  demonstrating no matter how big or small your budget there is a quality Limousin bull available.

€10,400 was top call for the day, this went to renowned county Leitrim breeder Stanley Richardson for Newtown Gresham ET. Gresham is a Wilodge Cerberus son from a homebred dam Newtown Trixie. His back pedigree includes Dauphin and Castleboy Monti. Placed 1st in class in the pre-sale show, he was purchased by Michael O’Brien of Lurraga, Doolin, Co. Clare to run with his suckler herd.


Newtown Gresham ET sold  €10,400

Junior Champion Ardglasson Highlander, bred by Fiona Gilsenan, Kells, Co. Meath realized €8,000. This January 2012 born Fieldson Alfy son sold with 5 star ratings in both Maternal and Terminal Indexes. No stranger to the showring, Highlander was a first prizewinner at the National Show in Tullamore in 2012, he had also picked up red rosettes at three other summer shows. This young bull was acquired by Dougie McBeath and Sarah Jane Jessop for their Springsett herd in Stirling, Scotland.


Ardglasson Highlander Junior Champion sold €8,000


Junior Champion Ardglasson Highlander with owner Fiona Gilsenan, handler Aidan Houlihan and judge and purchaser Dougie McBeath

Junior Reserve Champion went to Michael Hester from Caslterea for his lovely Nenuphar son Meelickaduff Hurricane lot 155. Hurrican out of a Ferry cow with Dauphin in the pedigree had a lot of admirers, however failed to make his reserve.


Mellickaduff Hurricane, reserve junior champion

Alan Kelly of Moate, Co. Westmeath received €7,200 for Killcastle Galileo ET from M. & M.A. Ridley of the Haltcliffe Herd based in Cumbria, UK. Galileo, a son of Sympa and the notable Milbrook Kathryn was placed 4th in his class. His sire stack includes Broadmeadows Cannon and Talent.


Killcastle Galileo ET sold  €7,200

Greenhill Harry (Et), an On-dit son, bred in Lifford, Co. Donegal by John Greene sold for €7,000. Harry’s dam Natte is an Impatient daughter with back-breeding to Ange. George Power of Bray, Co. Wicklow was his purchaser.


Greenhill Harry ET

Well known County Wexford breeder Trevor Masterson received €6,600 from Patrick Fennessy, Ballyduff, Co. Waterford for Galbally Geoff. This September 2011 bull is an Ulys Mn son. His dam, the homebred Galbally Dior 1 is a Cloughhead Lord daughter.


Galbally Geoff

Third prize winner Newtown Godfather Et sold for €6,500. Godfather was bred by Stanley Richardson of Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. He is a Wilodge Cerberus son out of the homebred Newtown Trixie.

Also selling at €6,500 was Rhyne Ginger from the herd of Mark Hagan, Killoe, Co. Longford. Ginger is a Sympa son with back-pedigree to Festin and Heros. He was  procured by  Teus Dekker of Cowporation Alblasserdam in The Netherland.


Rhyne Ginger

First prize winner Millburn Gringo from Richard and Eithne O’Beirn, Tuam, Co. Galway sold for €6200 to well known suckler producer Enda McGee of Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Gringo is a Sympa son from a homebred Nenuphar dam Millburn Dusky.


Millburn Gringo


Millburn Gringo with Richard O’Beirne and purchaser James McGee

John Connell of Oldcastle, Co. Meath received €6,200 for Baileys Gucci. This Queenshead Altea son was bred by Thomas Bailey and was 3rd in his class in the pre-sale show. Gucci was purchased by Hywel Davies, Llanrwst, North Wales.


Baileys Gucci

Lot # 38 Richard and Eithne O’Beirn of The Millburn herd received €6,000 for Millburn Goliath. This Fieldson Alfy son out of the Mas Du Clo dam Millburn Vera was 4th in his class and sold to Victor Barrett of Athlacca, Co. Limerick.


Millburn Goliath


Millburn Goliath with Richard O’Beirne and purchasers Paul and Victor Barrett

Lot # 99, Greenhill Gonzales Et from the herd of John Greene sold for €5,800. Gonzales was very successfully shown during the summer of 2012 and was judged best male in the Donegal Herds competition. He is a son of Ampertaine Commander and the French dam Tombola. Gonzales sold to Ian Nimmo of the Maraiscote Herd, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Lanarkshire.


Greenhill Gonzales E

Lot # 89, €5,400 was the final bid for Shannon Goldie, a Wilodge Cerberus son. Goldie was bred in Listowel, Co. Kerry by Sarah McElligott. Placed 2nd in his class he was purchased by James Savage of Ballywalter, Co. Down.


Shannon Goldie

Lot # 119, Also selling for €5,400 was the Wilodge Tonka son Ballinahinch Gulliver. Bred by Seamus Cullen of Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, his pedigree stack includes Tartuffe and Ardnacrusha Phillip. Gulliver was purchased by Peter Deacon of Clonroche, Co. Wexford.


Ballinahinch Gulliver

Lot # 63, Senior Champion Keltic Gobetween, bred in Enfield, Co. Meath by Teleri Thomas, sold for €5,300. Gobetween is a Netherhall Epic son, out of a Homebyres Visitor dam, Cwmpedran Cassandra. Donal Callery of Kells, Co. Meath is his new owner.


Keltic Gobetween Senior Champion sold €5,300

Lot # 122, The December 2011 born Carrowreagh Galeno sold for €5,200. This Wilodge Tonka son was bred in county Roscommon by Patrick Bruen. Galeno was 2nd in his class and was purchased by William Murphy of Rathcoole, Cork.


Carrowreagh Galeno

Lot # 44, Jimmy McHugh, Dundalk, Co. Louth received €5,100 for Killmactransa Gordon the Reserve Senior Champion. This Nenuphar son is out of the Haltcliffe Hercules dam Killmactransa Tara. Gordon was the second bull to be purchased by Teus Dekker.


Killmactrasna Gordon Reserve Senior Champion sold €5,100.


Teus Dekker Cowporation with Res Senior Champion Killmactrasna Gordon

Lot # 33, Four bulls realized €5,000, the first at this price was third prize winner Ballyquirke George from the herd of Oliver Byrne, Gowran, Kilkenny. George is a Sympa son with back breeding to Samy and Nenuphar, his purchaser was Kilkenny based Mark Williams, Gowtran.


Ballyquirke George

Lot # 36, Keltic Goldfinger, a Wilodge Cerberus son, bred by Teleri Thomas was the second bull to sell €5,000. Goldfinger’s dam Cwmpedran Autumngold is a Moero daughter. Gerry Nerney of Curraghroe, Roscommon was his eventual purchaser.

Lot # 104, The first prize winning Procters Cavalier son Crillaune Gilder, was the third bull to sell to Teus Dekker. Gilder was bred by Patrick Kenny, Castlebar, Co. Mayo from the Grahams Samson daughter Clooney Quinn Arlene. He was also secured for €5,000.


Crillaune Gilder

Lot # 157, James Smyth of the Allstar Limousin Herd based in Enniscorthy, Wexford purchased Elite Happy ET. Happy (the fourth bull to reach a bid of €5,000) is an Ampertaine Commander son, he was bred by Edward Tynan, Mouthrath, Laois.


Elite Happy ET

Lot # 128, Killcastle Golden Boy, a Wilodge Tonka son from the herd of Alan Kelly sold for €4,900. Golden Boy is a grandson of Genereux, he was placed 1st in his class, he heads to County Longford based Peter McDermot, Kenagh.


Killcastle Golden Boy

Lot # 83, The Ampertaine Commander son Newtown Gman sold for €4,800 to Brendan Winters, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Bred by Stanley Richardson, Gman was 1st in his class in the pre-sale show.


Newtown Gman

Lot # 116, Monaghan based Martin McConnon received €4,800 for Maythorn Governer. This Wilodge Tonka son has back breeding to Interim and Eleazar. He was placed 1st in his class and sold to Charles Coldhurst, Blarney Castle, Cork.


Maythorn Governor

Lot # 23, Carrickrouge Gismo, an Ultime Ri son from the herd of Daryl Allison, Redcastle, Donegal sold for €4,700. Ron Cruikshank of Lanarkshire, Scotland was the purchaser of this 3rd prizewinner.


Carrickrouge Gismo

Lot # 40, €4,700 was also achieved for Castleoye Gizmo. This Sympa son is out of a Nimbus-Mn daughter, he was bred in Sligo by Caroline Henry and finds a new home on the farm of Joseph Prendergast, Gorey, Wexford.


Castleoye Gismo

Lot # 34, Galbally Ger, a Galbally Danastic son with back breeding to Wilodge Vantastic sold for €4,600. Ger was bred by Trevor Masterson, he was placed 2nd in his class and was purchased Graham Kavanagh, Kilbride, Carlow.


Galbally Ger

Lot # 49, Frances Greaney, Brittas, Dublin purchased Shannon Guiness from Sarah McElligott for €4,500. This 2nd prize winning Ampertaine Commander son has back breeding to Wilodge Vantastic and Fidele.


Shannon Guiness

Lot # 50, Galbally Gethin, a Rockstar son bred by Trevor Masterson also sold at €4,500. Gethin’s sire stack includes Fieldson Alfy and Borovale Kane, he was purchased by Joe Broderick, Clonmel, Tipperary.


Galbally Gethin

Lot # 82, Wood Road Gordon, a Wood Road Empire ET son from the herd of Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Limerick sold for €4,300. Gordon was placed third in Tullamore and also won a Genetic award. His new owner is Aidan Maloney, Castletown, Westmeath.

Lot # 30, The first prize winning Attirant son, Elite Gigi ET, also realized €4,200. Bred by Edward Tynan in county Laois he was purchased by Michael Shanley, Dromod, Leitrim.


Elite Gigi ET

Lot # 56, Three bulls sold at €4,100. The first at this price was Clonagh Goliath ET from Portlaoise based Garreth Behan. Goliath is a Wilodge Vantastic son with Heros and Bilbao in his back pedigree. He was placed 2nd in his class and was purchased by J. & N. Shanks, Lanark, Scotland.


Clonagh Goliath ET

Lot # 72, Also selling at €4,100 was the Bolide son Melwood Garfield. Gordan Carter of Stradbally, Laois, purchased this 2nd prize winner from Michael Hickey, Thurles, Tipperary.

Lot # 158, The third bull to realize €4,100 was Roundhill Herdplus ET. Bred in Limerick by Tim Corridan, this Acajou son is out of multiple prize winner Roundhill Egiroflee 1164 ET. Egiroflee 1164 was Junior Female Champion in Tullamore in 2010.


Roundhill Herdplus ET

Lot # 25, Tim Corridan’s Roundhill Genomic ET was one of seven bulls to sell at €4,000. Genomic is an Acajou son out of a homebred dam Roundhill Vache ET. He was purchased by Timmy Taylor, Knocklong, Limerick.

Lot # 53, The Tistou son Ballyquirke General Et also sold at €4,000. General is out of the homebred Ocean daughter Ballyquirke Daisy. Bred by Oliver Byrne he sold to Pat Rice, Tuam, Galway.


Ballyquirke General ET

Lot # 57, Michael Oliver of Swinford, Mayo sold Tullinacurra Gusto for €4,000. This Vison son was 4th in his class, he was purchased by Gervise McGinn, Newry, Down.


Tullinacurra Gusto

Lot # 66, Another Ampertaine Commander son Castleview Galileo (bred by Sean O’Sullivan), also sold at €4,000. Galileo was placed 3rd in the pre-sale show. His dam Castleview Charmer is a Ramses daughter.  Suckler farmer Cathal Crean of Gorey in Wexford was his purchaser.

Lot # 77, Joseph Burke from Tuam in Galway paid €4,000 for Gerrygullinane Guinness 2. This Procters Cavalier son was bred by Gerry Walsh of Ballina, Mayo.


Gerrygullinane Guiness 2

Lot # 102, €4,000 was the final bid for the Attirant son Roundhill Golden. Bred by Tim Corridan his purchaser was Kenneth Graham of Mountrath, Laois.


Roundhill Golden

Lot # 161, The final bull to attain €4,000 was Ballinascraw Hercules from the herd of John and Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Longford. Hercules is Wilodge Cerberus son with Ronick Hawk and Ulysse in his back pedigree. Colm Grimes of Carrickmacross, Monaghan was his purchaser.


Other notable prices:

Lot # 43, John Greene, Greenhill Gold €3900

Lot # 90, Sean Lyons, Ruan Goa €3900

Lot # 160, Tim Corridan, Roundhill Hamlet ET €3900

Lot # 125, Peter Kelly, Castleboy Gaillimh €3800

Lot # 20, Noel Kenny, Tomriland Garson ET €3700

Lot # 81, Richard and Eithne O’Beirn, Kilcara Geni €3700

Lot # 29, David Abbott, Ballyhugh Gavin €3600

Lot # 93, Eustace Burke, Clontead Graphite €3600

Lot # 140, Seamus Cullen, Ballinahinch Harry €3600

Lot # 7, Teleri Thomas, Keltic Grandslam, €3500


Keltic Grandslam

Lot # 27, Michael Hickey, Melwood Gasper €3500

Lot # 46, Oliver Kilgallon, Redbawn Golf Side €3500

Lot # 85, David Abbott, Woodview Gerard €3400

Lot # 139, Martin McConnon, Maythorn Hawk €3400

Lot # 22, Martin Doherty, Liss Gilroy €3300

Lot # 91, Daryl Allison, Tullynavin Gulf €3300

Lot # 28, Trevor Masterson, Galbally Grit €3200

Lot # 21, Michael Brady, Copperdoor Gino €3100

Lot # 47, James O’Connor, Coisceim Grayson €3100

Lot # 75, Des Joyce, Lisangeeragh Goodfellow €3100

Lot # 17, Seamus Byrne, Carrig-A-Duff Gordon €3000

Lot # 32, Patrick Bruen, Carrowreagh Gale €3000

Lot # 48, Tim Corridan, Roundhill Garry €3000

Lot # 79, Gerry Walsh, Gerrygullinane Gonzo €3000

Lot # 88, John McInerney, Drummin Georgie ET €3000

Lot # 95, Patrick Joseph McDonnell, Baltray Gobernor €3000

Lot # 101, John Scanlan, Doonan Gold Gigger €3000

Lot # 107, Raymond Bird, Rathnestin Gerronimo €3000

Lot # 110, Donal McKeon, Milan Geiger €3000.

The next Irish Limousin cattle society bull sale is in Athenry, Co. Galway on Thursday April 18th, 2013.


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