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The Irish Limousin Cattle Society (ILCS) held their second Premier Spring sale at Roscrea Mart on Monday 11th May, 2015. What a tremendous sale with a 94% clearance in the bulls and 86% in the heifers. This is one of the highest clearance rates in many years – further indication of the growing demand for Limousin being driven by farmers changing from other breeds. Averages were up substantially on the corresponding sale from last year at this venue, heifers were up €1247 to €3397  while bulls commanded on average €904 more to average €3704.

Mr. Harry Parker of the noted Stourhead Herd based in Wiltshire, UK, was tasked with the judging duties. Harry is renowned judge and has been commissioned by the ILCS to Judge on a number of occasions – he carries out this task with his trademark good humour and easy going nature. Speaking after the show and sale, Harry commented “I was presented with superb livestock here in Roscrea in all Classes. The animals at the top-end were really exceptional. From my visits to Ireland, it is easy to see the great efforts that are put into breeding these remarkable livestock. I would like to thank the ILCS for inviting me here to Roscrea and I would like to wish the breeders and purchasers all continued good luck with their Limousin cattle.”

Breed secretary of the ILCS –   Mr. Paul Sykes remarked at the conclusion of the sale: “This was a very good sale today – the clearance rate and the averages were both excellent. I was pleased to note the number of cattle that broke the €4,000 mark. Our breeders continue in their efforts to produce the Limousin cattle required for the market. Purchasers at this sale commented that the easy-calving trait of Limousin bulls is of upmost importance to them – this is feature of the breed that we endeavour to maintain. Once again bulls were acquired by both Suckler and Dairy farmers. The price young calves from the dairy cow are commanding in the mart along with easy calving is the reason for the Dairy farmers to purchase Limousin. Here at the ILCS we would like to wish all purchasers the very best with their new Limousin stock.”

Due to the busy nature of the combined show and sale, heifers were judged on Sunday evening, while the bulls were judged before the sale on Monday. Both ILCS auctioneers were on duty with George Candler selling the bulls and Denis Barrett taking charge of the heifer sale.

Topping the sale across both genders was the astounding Champion Heifer, an Ampertaine Commander daughter “Liss Iris”. This remarkable heifer sold for the princely sum of €9,300. Iris was bred by Martin Doherty, Carndonagh, Lifford, Co. Donegal from the home bred Panda daughter Liss Fiona Et. She was sold in calf to Kaprico Eravelle. Iris has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Docility, Carcass Weight and Carcass Conformation. Following sustained bidding this exceptional heifer was secured by the Stourhead herd of the pre-sale judge Harry and Jane Parker.


Liss Iris

Selling at €5,800 was first prize winner “Newtown Inspire” this quality Wilodge Cerberus daughter from the herd of Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. Inspire has a fantastic back pedigree which includes Ronick Hawk, Cloughhead Lord and Stanley’s renowned Castleview Rub. Carrying five star ratings in most traits, she also has a Muscle score of 131 and skeletal score of 140. Inspire was acquired by James Wycherley, Bandon, Co. Cork to add to his Barryroe Pedigree Herd.


Newtown Inspire

A pair of bulls sold at the top price of €5,500. First at this sum was “Mount Scott Jimmy”, from the Mullagh, Co. Clare based herd of Michael Sexton. Jimmy is a son of the admirable Mount Scott stock bull Aloor Felix His back breeding includes Sympa, Milou-Mn and Aran. Jimmy boasts a super muscle score of 143 and a skeletal score of 137. David Jones, Brecon Powys, Wales was the successful purchaser of this smashing 15 month old bull.


Mount Scott Jimmy

Also selling at €5,500 was “Cappaduff Jommander” an Ampertaine Commander son from the herd of father and daughter team Joe and Jennifer Moran, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Jommander was awarded third prize in his class but is no stranger to rosettes having claimed the “Junior North West Male of the year” title in 2014. This classy young bull has Sympa and Epson in his lineage. He came to ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Brendan MaGinn, Castlewellan, Co. Down purchased Jommander.


Cappaduff Jommander

Notable Bulls:

“Ardlea Jonah” from the herd of Daniel Tynan, Beechhill Farm, Mouthrath, Co. Laois sold at €5,000. Jonah is by the Ardlea stock bull Emerson and out of Ardlea Bess, a Tatar B daughter. He has a Terminal Index value of €154 and Replacement Index value of €168. Eamon Gibbins, Co. Kilkenny purchased this second prize winner.

The Junior Reserve Champion “Mount Scott Josh 2” changed hands for €4,900. Josh 2 was bred by Michael Sexton. His sire stack includes Wilodge Cerberus, Sympa and Pelletstown Newman. Claiming a Muscle score of 138 and a skeletal score of 120, he heads to Newtownards, Co. Down to the herd of Alexander Ross.


Mount Scott Josh 2

Senior Champion at this sale was “Moneygold Ian Et” bred by James Melody, Bunratty, Co. Clare. Ian is a son of Dolcorsllwyn Fabio, the world record priced Limousin bull, he sold 120,000gns in 2012 and is a stock sire to the famous Whinfellpark herd. Ian’s dam is Moneygold Vernique Et, an Imperial daughter. The Slevegullion herd of Thomas O’Brien, Lisnea, Newry purchased Ian for €4,800.

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Moneygold Ian ET

The “Reserve Senior Champion” rosette went to “Wood Road Joe Et”, a young bull that was very successful on last year’s show circuit, where he won numerous rosettes including second place in the “National All Ireland Limousin Bull Born in 2014” at the National show. Joe was bred by Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick, his pedigree includes Wilodge Vantastic, Claque, Apache and Imposant. Harry and Jane Parker purchased Joe for their Stourhead herd.

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Wood Road Joe

€4,600 was the securing bid for the Junior Champion - “Lislara John Joe”. Bred by Patricia Galvin, Clonlara, Co. Clare, John Joe is a son of Elite Forever Brill Et and the homebred Malibu daughter Lislara Bunty. Wayne Hopkins, a suckler farmer from Rathvilley, Co. Carlow purchased John Joe.


Lislara John Joe

The third bull on offer from Michael Sexton “Mount Scott Jamie” sold for €4,550. Jamie is a son of Aloor Felix and Mount Scott Arlene. He carries five star ratings in most traits, along with a muscle score of 126 and a skeletal score of 133. Placed third in his class he was purchased by Martin McGann, Balharbour, Co. Clare.

“Galbally Janus” commanded €4,400 for his breeder Trevor Masterson, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Janus has a super pedigree with Wilodge Vantastic, Sympa, and Broadmeadows Cannon in his lineage. His sire is the homebred stock sire Galbally Danastic. Placed first in his class, he was purchased by Maurice and Malcolm Robinson , Richhill, Co. Armagh.


Galbally Janus

Michael Mulhearn, Ballina, Co. Mayo offered “Nephin Jack” for sale. Jack is out of Nephin Dorian, a Ramses daughter and by Emerson. He was placed fourth in his class (he enjoyed a successful show season in 2014, including third place in the “National All Ireland Limousin Bull Born in 2014” at the National show). Local farmer John Benn, Ballgurteen, Roscrea acquired this much admired bull.

“Ardglasson Invincible (Et)” - a full brother of Ardglasson Highlander, winner of the Scottish Limousin Grand Prix and also Male Championship before winning the Overall Supreme Championship in the UK in 2013, was presented for sale by Fiona Gilsenan, Kells, Co. Meath. Invincible was placed second in his class, he is a son of Fieldson Alfy and the Pelletstown Newman daughter Ardglasson Daisy. Tom Doyle, Co. Westmeath paid €4,050 for Invincible.


Ardglasson Invincible ET

Changing hands at €4,000 to an undisclosed purchaser was the Cloughhead Ernie son “Drombanny Jacob”. . Jacob is out of Drombanny Glitter, a Wilodge Vantastic dam. He has a substantial muscle score of 145, putting him in the top 1% of the breed. He was bred by Pat Sheahan, Drombanna, Co. Limerick.

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Drombanny Jacob

Also destined for the UK is “Lislara James” from the herd of Patricia Galvin, Lisduff, Clonlara, Co. Clare. Following steady bidding James was sold to William Smith, Old Greentowers Farm, Cartland, Lanark, Scotland to run with his Brocklinn herd. James is by Elite Forever Brill Et and out of Lislara Barbie. His securing bid was for €4,000.


Lislara James

The successful show bull “Clonguish Jake Et” sold for €3,900. Jake is by Virginia Andy (Et) and out of Ardlea Ghost. He was placed second in his class here in Roscrea. Jake was bred by Joseph McGarry, Caldra, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford. He was acquired by Thomas Joyce, Oughterard, Co. Galway.


Clonguish Jake ET

The youngest bull on offer “Buckfield Jack” fetched €3,800 for his breeder John Moore, Westport, Co. Mayo. Just gone one year old, this Sympa son has a pedigree that includes Mas Du Clo, Genereux and the influential Pelletstown Estelle. Michael O’Sullivan, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry purchased this second prize winner.


Bukfield jack

“Elegante Jerry Springer” a Wilodge Cerberus son sold at €3,600. Placed fourth in his class and carrying a muscle score of 138, he was purchased by Mona McDonnell, Skerries, Co. Kildare.

The greatly admired Ozeus son “Brooklands Jethro” sold to Eric Lally, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway for €3,500. Jethro was bred by Clive Jennings, Enniskeane, Co. Cork, he was placed third in his class.


Brooklands Jethro

“Gaggin Jewel” a son of Castleview Gringo Et sold for €3,400. Jewel has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index and Carcass Weight. He was bred by Patrick Hegarty, Bandon, Co. Cork. His purchaser was not disclosed.

Dairy farmer Joe Fogarty, Pike of Rushall, Co. Laois purchased “Newtown Jackson” from Stanley Richardson. Jackson’s back pedigree includes Fieldson Alfy, Sympa, Cloughhead Lord, Ideal 23 and Castleview Rub. €3,300 was his purchase price.

The second Galbally Danastic son offered for sale by Trevor Masterson sold for €3,100. “Galbally Janastic” was placed second in the pre-sale show. He carries five star ratings in almost all traits. Brian Murphy, Dromara, Co. Down is Janastic’s new owner.

Tim Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick presented an Elite Forever Brill Et son for sale, “Roundhill Justified” took the blue rosette in his class. Justified’s dam Roundhill Cbelladone 1066 was a very successful show heifer. P.J. Downes, Moate, Co. Westmeath paid €3,100 for this 14 month old bull.

“Cordillo Joe” a Queenshead Altea son bred in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick by William Geary sold for €3,050. Joe has a Terminal Index value of €139 and a Replacement Index value of €193. His purchaser was not disclosed.

Two bulls sold for €3,000, first at this price was “Currane Jacko” a Lowerffrydd Empire son bred by Patrick McKeown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Jacko was purchased by James Ryan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
 Frank Kenny, Headford, Co. Galway paid €3,000 for “Ballyline Jerky” a Gleannari Everest son. Jerky was placed third in his class. He was bred by Bertie Mannion, Curraghboy, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

Other Notable Bull prices

  • Wood Road Joe ET €4,700
  • Nephin Jack €4,100
    Currane Icon by Fieldson Alfy - €2,900 Cross Jade by Acajou - €2,900
    Coppertop Jules by Wilodge Cerberus - €2,900
    Coppertop Jumbo by Wilodge Cerberus - €2,900
    Clooncara Limousins Jager Bomb by Castleview Gringo Et - €2,700
    Cross Juke Box by Grahams Apache - €2,700
    Carrickfinn Jagger by Wilodge Fastrac - €2,400
    Moneygold Isaac Et by Dolcorsllwyn Fabio - €2,300


The Kennedy brothers, Gearoid and Padraic offered three heifers from their Coolrain herd for sale. Selling at €4,500 was “Coolrain Ipod Dgtastic” a classy daughter of herd stock bull Drummin Goliath. Ipod was placed third in her class. Her dam is a daughter of the Ronick Hawk son Moloskey C Hawk. She heads to county Cork to the herd of Daniel O’Donovan, Rosscarbery.


Coolrain Ipod Dgtastic

Eamon Orohoe, Keenagh, Co. Longford was top bidder for “Grangeford Iris” at €4,400. Claiming second place in the show, Iris is a stylish daughter of Ampertaine Commander. The renowned Ov Nadia B is in her lineage. Iris was bred by Gary Morrissey, Grangeford, Bennekerry, Co. Carlow.


Grangeford Iris

Brian Frawley, Croagh, Co. Limerick purchased two heifers. Brian’s first acquisition was “Newtown Icy Spicy”, a powerful and stylish maiden heifer from Stanley Richardson. Icy Spicy is a daughter of Ampertaine Commander and Newtown Dyna, a Grahams Unbeatable daughter. Placed second in her class, her selling price was €4,300.


Newtown Icy Spicy

Michael Molloy, Dunleer, Co. Louth sold two sweet Plumtree Fantastic daughters, both of these were purchased by Carlisle based Steven Wilson. The youngest heifer in the sale was first prize winner “Mullary Jubilee”, she sold at €4,000. Jubilee’s dam Mullary Emerald is by Rocky.


Mullary Jubilee

Rathnestin Indigo, bred by Raymond Bird, Dundalk, Co. Louth, sold to returning Roscrea customer George McCague. Indigo will join George’s Bridgeview Limousin Herd based in Newry, Co. Down. Indigo has a pedigree that includes Ardlea Dan, Espoir and Hawthorne Larry. Placed third in her class she sold at €3,800.


Rathnestin Indigo

Five heifers sold at €3,100. First at this price was “Rathnestin Irene” a fourth prize winning Neuf daughter. Bred by Raymond Bird, she is out of Rathnestin Beverly going back to Nenuphar. She was snapped up by dual purchaser Kathleen O’Brien, Newry, Co. Down.

Kathleen O’Brien also purchased “Lisangeeragh Issie” from Des Joyce, Williamstown, Co. Galway. Issie is by Netherhall Epic and out of Lisangeeragh Erin, a Mas Du Clo daughter. She sold incalf to Urville.

Steven Wilson’s second purchase was “Mullary Isabella” a second prize winning Plumtree Fantastic daughter. Her lineage includes Nenuphar and Tarvis. She was bred by Michael Molloy, Dunleer, Co. Louth.

“Coolrain Iah D Tastic” by Drummin Goliath was the second heifer on offer from the Kennedy Bothers. Iah D Tastic is from very similar bloodlines to their previous lot, by Drummin Goliath and out of a Moloskey C Hawk dam, Moloskey Fia McHawk. She was the second purchase for Brian Frawley, Croagh, Co. Limerick.

A daughter of the Edelweiss son, Gamin also sold at €3,100 – “Millburn Irrestible” is from the herd of Richard O’Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway. Irrestible’s grand-dam is the renowned donor dam 0133 Olympe. She sold to John Ruane from county Mayo.

“Lisangeeragh Icecool 2” was presented for sale by her breeder Des Joyce, Williamstown, Co. Galway. Icecool is a daughter of Haltcliffe Dollar. She was snapped up at €3,000 by Carmel Myles, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Harry awarded the Reserve Champion Heifer title to the stylish September 2013 born "Doonbeg Imy Et" from the herd of Declan Griffin, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. Imy is a daughter of Wilodge Fastrac, her dam Carrowllough Una has Mas Du Clo and Gamin in her pedigree. Imy has a muscle score of 126 and a skeletal score of 118. She left the ring unsold.


Doonbeg Imy ET


Other Notable Heifer prices:
Newtown Ice Pop by Ampertaine Commander - €2,600
Coolrain Iban Dgtastic by Drummin Goliath - €2,550
Meenross Idol by Ampertaine Abracadabra - €2,500
Creggpark Jicecream by Ampertaine Commander - €2,500
Doonbeg Ingrid by Haltcliffe Dancer - €2,400
Boyanagh Isabella by Haltcliffe Dancer - €2,400
Boyanagh Iva by Haltcliffe Dancer - €2,400
Lisangeeragh Icewater by Haltcliffe Dollar - €2,000
Clonagh Jo by Wilodge Tonka - €2,000

Upcoming events:
Our final spring sale will be held in Roscommon mart on Saturday 23rd of May. 56 Bulls and 14 Heifers are catalogued.




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