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Spring Premier sales reached their conclusion on Saturday 10th May, 2014 at Roscrea Mart. The sale met with a mixed trade resulting in a 60% clearance with an average price of almost €2,800. This was a similar clearance rate to last year’s Premier sale at the same venue. One third of the bulls sold made in excess of €3,000.

Commenting after the sale breed Secretary of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society Paul Sykes said: “Once again buyers were selective in the genetics they wish to acquire, however, they were willing to pay for the right bull for them. Both dairy and suckler farmers were represented on the list of purchasers today.

Testament to the reputation Irish Limousin cattle have built steadily over the past number of years five of the lots sold to the UK (as is a feature of all our Premier sales we help to facilitate transport to Northern Ireland and the UK). We are now seeing the offspring of Limousin Cattle purchased here at previous sales being very well received in both the show and sales rings here in Ireland and indeed in the UK.

The range of prices at all our sales demonstrate that the Limousin breed is indeed the breed for all pockets and all markets. Here at the ILCS we would like to wish all purchasers the very best of luck with their purchases”.

Judge for this sale was Mr. Kevin Bates stockman of the noted Haltcliffe herd of Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe, Hesket New Market, Wigton, Cumbria, UK. Auctioneer was George Candler.

Topping the sale at €5,000 was “Crillaune Iago” a Lowerffrydd Empire son. Iago was bred by Patrick Kenny, Cunnagher Ross, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Born in February 2013 to a Grahams Samson dam and sired by the Objact son Lowerfrydd Empire this young bull was place 2nd in his class in the pre-sale show. This stylish bull came to the ring with a Terminal Index of €137 and a Replacement Index of €124. He carries a muscle score of 121 and a skeletal score of 111. Iago was purchased by Andrew Ewing on behalf of a client.

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Crillaune Iago

Kevin awarded the Senior Champion title to “Killonan Handsome Et” bred by Noel Cunneen, Scart, Ballysimon, Co. Limerick. Handsome is by Haltcliffe Dancer and out of the highly regarded multi rosette Grahams Samson dam Baileys Aubergine. A son of Aubergines – Baileys Eldorado sold as Senior Champion in Roscrea in October 2010 for €17,000 to R. J. Graham in the UK. Elderado went on to produce Grahams Humphrey - the sale topper at this February’s sale in Carlisle selling for 37,000. Handsome himself won his class in the South West Limousin Club Calf Championship last September. He has a muscle score of 142 and a Skeletal score of 131. Dan Reddan of Castletown, Co. Laois purchased Handsome for €4,250 to run with his suckler herd.

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Killonan Handsome Et

The eye-catching 15 month old “Cnoc Rua Is-He” sold for €4,000. Is-he came to the ring with five star ratings in almost all traits including Terminal, Replacement, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. His sire Wood Road Fantastic Et (the Cnoc Rua stock bull) is a previous acquisition from a Roscrea Premier sale, while his dam is the Roundhill Saturn Et daughter Carwin Equidor. His sire is a son of Sympa and the prolific Ov Nadia B (one of Ireland’s most famous cows). Is-he was bred in county Cavan by Ciaran Smith, Redhills, and was purchased by John Murtagh, Co. Westmeath.

After much deliberation the plaudits for Junior Champion went to “Carwin Isac” the last bull to be offered for sale from the recently dispersed herd of Ray Carolan, Elm Bank Drive, Co. Cavan. Isac is a 12-month old son of Haltcliffe Dancer and Carwin Elco (a Roundhill Saturn daughter). He holds a Terminal Index value of €135 and a Replacement Index value of €147. Multi-purchaser on the day Owain Llyr of the Wern Herd, Ruthin, North Wales purchased Isac for €4,000.

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Carwin Isac

Tom Bailey of Coolcommon, Batterstown, Co. Meath bred both the Junior and Senior Reserve Champions. The purchaser of the Junior champion (Owain Llyr) also purchased the Junior Reserve Champion “Baileys Irishmist”. Irishmist is by Baileys Darwin and out of Baileys Emily. He holds five star ratings in Terminal Index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. A top bid of €3,200 secured this March 2013 bull.

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Baileys Irishmist

Local breeder Joseph Fitzpatrick, Templemore, Co. Tipperary received €3,100 for “College Hill Hercules Et” from Michael McNally, Clonmahon House, Summerhill, Co. Meath. Hercules is by Sympa and out of the prize winning Wilodge Vantastic daughter Newtown Fruity. Hercules was placed 3rd in his class in the pre-sale show.

The first of four Ampertaine Commander sons to sell was “Mount Scott Ibis” from the herd of Michael Sexton, Aheybridge, Mullagh, Ennis, Co. Clare. Ibis is out of Mount Scott Eve with back-breeding that includes Ronick Hawk and Gamin. He was placed 3rd in his class and was acquired by David Weir, Ballina, Co. Mayo for €3,050.

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Mount Scott Ibis

Three bulls sold at €3,000. First at this price was the September born Ultime Ri son “Roundhill Half Pint”. Half pint came to the ring with a Terminal Index value of €144 and a Replacement Index value of €163. Half pint was bred by Timothy Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick. His dam is the Otan daughter Roundhill Bnescoteb. He joins the predominantly Limousin commercial herd of Dan O'Sullivan, Gleesk, Kells, Co. Kerry.

Also at €3,000 was “Carrowreagh Hermes” a first prize winning Fieldson Alfy son. Hermes is out of the homebred dam Carrowreagh Venture, a Mas Du Clo daughter. He holds a muscle score of 126 and a skeletal score of 124. Bred in county Roscommon by Patrick Bruen, Elphin, he was acquired by Bryan Rogers, Nicholastown, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

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Carrowreagh Hermes

The final bull to sell at €3,000 was “Coolready Ironman Et” from the herd of Colm Wiley, Coolready, Bodyke, Co. Clare. Ironman has a sire stack that includes Wilodge Cerberus, Tistou and Nectar. He was placed fourth in his class in the pre-sale show. Ironman was purchased by Patrick Dolan, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon.

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Coolready Ironman ET

Another Wilodge Cerberus son - “Moloskey Hunter Et” changed hands for one bid less €2,900. Hunter was bred by Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare. Born in November 2012, Hunter is out of an Ideal 23 dam Lissenair Renae. He holds five star ratings in most traits. Placed third in his class he was acquired by Ted O’Sullivan, Bartlemy, Fermoy, Co. Cork to run with his suckler herd.

County Longford based suckler farmer John Kelly, Moydow, procured “Derrygullinane Impecabull” for €2,900. This 13 month old Ampertaine Commander son has five star ratings in almost every trait. His back breeding includes Otan and Farceur. Impecabull was bred by John Joseph Walsh, Derrygullinane, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

€2,800 was top call for “Roundhill Heart Breaker Et” from the herd of Timothy Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick. Heart Breaker Et is by Vivaldi and out of the prolific Lino daughter Roundhill Vache. Placed second in his class, Heart Breaker has a Muscle score of 120 and a Skeletal score of 129. Mark Commins, Thurles, Co. Tipperary purchased Heart Breaker for his suckler herd.

“Elegante Iceman” by Elegante Golden Eye also changed hands for €2,800. Placed first in his class, Iceman has back breeding to Sympa and Fieldson Alfy. Iceman was bred by Michael Kinane, Ballyglass, Co. Tipperary. He carries a Muscle score of 142 and a Skeletal score of 109. He was acquired by Karl Stephens, Umrygar, Co. Wicklow.

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Elegante Iceman

Fourteen month old “Derrygullinane Icarus” from the herd of John Joseph Walsh, Derrygullinane, Ballina, Co. Mayo also attained a top bid of €2,800. Icarus is by Sympa and out of the Cloughhead Lord daughter Derrygullinane Fairy. County Laois based suckler farmer John O’Sullivan is his new owner.

Alan Borton, Hawkfield, Co. Kildare sold “Brookfield Ivor” for €2,750. Ivor is by Wilodge Tonka and out of a home-bred Cloughhead Lord daughter Brookfield Courtney. He was purchased by John Costello, Crumlin, Co. Galway.

The second prize winning Fieldson Alfy son “Thomastown Ivan 2” was the third bull purchased by Owain Llyr. Born to the Mas Du Clo daughter Thomastown Delilah in January 2013, Ivan was bred by John Downey, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. His securing bid was €2,700.

Also at €2,700 was “Meelickaduff Igloo” from the herd of Michael Hester, Meelickaduff, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Igloo has a sire stack that includes Sympa, Ferry and Dauphin. He was purchased by Michael Keane, Co. Galway.

Aiden MacHale, Ballina, Co. Mayo sold “Garracloon Ikester” for €2,650. Ikester is a Cloughhead Lord son. He has a muscle score of 126 and a skeletal score of 128. He was purchased by Rory Begley, Co. Louth.

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Garracloon Ikester

Tom Baileys Senior Reserve champion “Baileys Inca” realized €2,600. Inca is a son of Queenshead Altea and the 2006 All Ireland Champion Kilmore Vichy. Inca was purchased by Pat Cheasty, Ballindysert, Co. Waterford.

 Other notable prices:

Lot 6 Ballyline Hugh a son of Gleannari Everest, €2,500.

Lot 26 Killmactransa I-206 a son of Ampertaine Commander, €2,500.

Lot 35 Castleview Ian 3 a son of Attirant, €2,500.

Lot 52 Milan Istambull a son of Wilodge Tonka, €2,500

The next ILCS sale will be held in Roscommon Mart on Saturday 24th May, 2014. There are 90 bulls and 8 heifers catalogued. For catalogues please contact the Society office at 025-85036 or visit



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