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The final spring sale of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society took place on Monday 23rd May at Roscrea mart.  This Premier sale saw a continuation of the trend that has been evident this spring at the Limousin sales with a 90% clearance  in the males at an average of €3204 and an 87% clearance in the females at an average of €3114.

Breed Secretary Paul Sykes commenting on the sale “another good sale with the majority of the animals finding new homes.  It is very encouraging to see our overseas customers returning each year to purchase animals and delighted with previous purchases but it is equally satisfying to see such a strong home trade with customers willing to dig deep for quality lots.  More and more farmers are acknowledging the fact that Limousin are a versatile breed.  We had a broad cross section of customers here today from dairy farmers looking for an easy calving sire to suckler farmers who were looking for a bull to provide them with progeny that will make the grade when finished. Customers are also conscious that even though Limousin calves can be small at birth they can achieve comparable growth rates to any breed.”

Topping the days trading at €6,000 was the very first bull into the ring Baileys Edison from Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath.  Having stood second in his class in the pre sale show Edison is by Tom’s high profile herd sire Queenshead Altea who has seen his progeny topping three sales including Baileys Elderado who sold at the October Premier sale for €17,000.  Altea himself is by the top UK sire Greensons Gigolo and the Ronick Iceman daughter Ryedale Parfait.  Edison’s dam is Woodhouse Beatty a daughter of another high profile sire Sympa and breeding combining the Woodhouse, Greenwell and Ronick Herds. 

Edison with a 5 star in weanling export and calving difficulty  saw a number of bidders but eventually it was down to two determined bidders with eventually the hammer going down at €6,000 to Frank Harrington, Kilkelly, Co Mayo.  Commenting afterwards Farm Manager Brian Coleman stated “that apart from his excellent conformation and pedigree the fact that he is easy calving is important to our farm system.  We keep all our cattle right through to finishing and if we can produce calves like this sire we will be very happy”.

Baileys Edison

Baileys Edison

In at €4,600 was Roundhill Falcon from Timothy Corridan, Fedamore, Co Limerick, having been placed Senior Male Champion by the judge Mr Norman Cruickshank, Alanark Scotland.  Roundhill Falcon ET combined an interesting pedigree, his sire the Ulex son Ibis and his dam the very successful Melodie, mother of the French sire Ramses.  He came to the ring with a 5 star suckler beef value of €125 and 5 star ratings in weanling export, beef carcass and daughter fertility.  Falcon created  much interest and  after a flurry of bids eventually was purchased by Mr Des Doyle, Castledermot, Co.Kildare. 

Roundhill Falcon

Roundhill Falcon

In at €4,400 was the Reserve champion Greenhill Fionn ET from John Greene, Culdaff, Co. Donegal by the sire Acajou (S665) and the dam Natte who is a daughter of Impatient.  Fionn came to the ring with a 5 star suckler beef value of  €144 and 5 star ratings in weanling export, beef carcass and docility.  Purchasing Fionn was Roy Mitten, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan who intends to run Limousin was both his pedigree and commercial herds.  Roy finishes all his progeny either as bulls under 15 months or heifers under 18 months of age.

Greenhill Fionn ET

Greenhill Fionn ET

Next up at €4,200 was Monagh Freddie from Nigel Peavoy, Mountrath, Co Laois, sired by the UK bred Goldies Terence who is by Ideal 23 and Emue and the Litron daughter Monagh Sal who also has pedigree back to Curraghree Jasper.  Freddie had a 5 star rating at €150 for suckler beef value along with top ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter milk and docility.  After much interest Freddie heads to Michael Fennessy, Ballyduff, Co Waterford.

Also selling at €4,200 was Ballinclare Flamingo from William Colclough Byrne, Kilbride, Co Wicklow.  This was Mr Byrne’s first time exhibiting at a sale and what a day when he took both the Junior Male and Reserve Junior Male Championships.  Flamingo is by another well proven sire Fieldson Alfy who goes back to Tunnelby Monkeytricks and Broadmeadows Cannon and his dam is Baltracey Valentine ET a Mas Du Clo daughter.  Boasting a 5 star suckler beef value of €114 along with top ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter milk, gestation length and docility Flamingo was snapped up by regular purchasers D&R Cornthwaite, Lockerbie, Scotland.

Ballinclare Flamingo

Ballinclare Framingo

Regular exhibitor at Roscrea Bertie Mannion, Curraghboy, Co Roscommon saw his Sympa son Ballyline Ferdia selling for €4,100 to Sean Murphy, Athenry, Co Galway.  From a homebred dam Ballyline Caitlin who herself combines two successful sires Imperial and Dauphin, Ferdia sold with a 5 star rating in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter milk and docility.

Ballyline Ferdia

Ballyline Ferdia

Another Sympa son changed hands at €4,000, Killough Felix from local breeder Alfie Percy.  Felix is by a Ferry Daughter Killough Violet 3 and boasted a 5 star suckler beef value of €123 along with top ratings in weanling export and beef carcass.  Felix was purchased by Gearoid Nolan, Tuam, Co Galway.

Killough Felix

Killough Felix

Co Wicklow Breeder Noel Kenny, Ashford received €3,850 from Eoin Ryan, Killarney, Co. Kerry for Tomriland Freezer again by Sympa and the Meridien sired dam Brookfield Colleen, he came to the ring with a suckler beef value of €114 and also had 5star ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter fertility and docility.

Iin the ring and selling at €3,800 was Ballinclare Frankie the Junior male Champion from Colclough Byrne.  This much admired son of Sympa and by a Ferry dam Ballinclare Rose who herself goes back to Barnhill Hamish sold with a 5 star suckler beef value of €111 and 5 star for weanling export and beef carcass.  Purchasing Ballinclare Frankie was Michael Dempsey, Mountmellick to run with his 25 suckler cows.  Mr Dempsey has been using AI up to now and this was his first time to purchase a stock bull.

Ballinclare Frankie

Ballinclare Frankie

Selling at €3,700 was the Mas Du Clo son Copperdoor Frazier from Michael Brady Granard Co Longford.  By the dam Newbeech Unison a Highlander daughter Frazier sold with a 5 star suckler beef value of  €97 and  5 star ratings for weanling export beef carcass and docility to John Holohan Durrow Co Laois.

Tim Corridan, Fedamore was back in the ring receiving €3,600 for his 1st prize winning Roundhill Earwig, by Acajou (S665) and the dam Roundhill Ajoyeuse 922 ET who herself is a daughter of the sire Otan.  Earwig sold with a 5 star suckler beef value of  €123 along with top ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter milk and docility.  Earwig heads to Seamus Greally, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Roundhill Earwig

Roundhill Earwig

Bertie Mannion , Curraghboy, Co Roscommon was also back in receiving €3,400 for another of his Sympa sired entries Ballyline Fintan.  Fintan who is by Ballyline Vicky, a dam combining Mas du Clo and Oakley Politician, came to the ring with a 5 star suckler beef value of  €101 and 5 star ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter fertility, calving difficulty and docility.  Purchasing Fintan was Donal O’Brien, Tullamore.

Enfield breeder Macartan Murphy saw his Neuf sired son Keltic Fox selling for €3,100 to Eamon Kavanagh, Ballycumber, Co Offaly.  By a Ronick Hawk dam Cwmpedran Arabella, Keltic Fox boasted a 5 star suckler beef value of  €110 along with top ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter milk and calving difficulty

Also selling at €3,100 was Brookfield Finn from Alan Borton, Hawkfield, Co Kildare. Finn again sired by Sympa and the dam Brookfield Courtney who herself has a pedigree including Cloughhead Lord and Villy, came to the ring with a suckler beef value of  €100 and 5 star ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter fertility and docility.  Purchaser this time was Larry Prendiville, Killucan Co Westmeath. 

Three bulls sold at €3,000 the first for Raymond Bird, Dundalk Co Louth, Rathnestin Fireblade a Grahams Unbeatable son by Rathnestin Annie a dam going back to Highlander, Villy and Espoir,  with a suckler beef value of  €110 and 5 star ratings in weanling export, beef carcass and docility.  Fireblade heads to Edward Brett, Bansha Co Tipperary.

Farmleigh Fruitcake from Thomas Swaine also changed hands at €3,000, by Sympa and the Shire Milton daughter Oakfield Angie.  Fruitcake who had a suckler beef value of  €138 and top ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter fertility, gestation length and docility sold to the judge Mr Norman Cruickshank, Lanark, Scotland.  Mr Cruickshank .  Commenting afterwards Mr Cruickshank stated “that he has always been happy with the cattle he has purchased in Ireland, they have done a good thrive with him and bred well.”

The final bull at €3,000 was Brookfield Frosty from Alan Borton , Hawkfield, Co Kildare.  Frosty by another influential sire Ampertaine Abracadabra, a Sympa son and a Nenuphar dam Brookfield Vanessa with a suckler beef value of  €101 and 5 star ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, calving difficulty and docility. Frosty joins the pedigree herd of Dan O’Mahony, Ballygarvan, Co Cork.

In the Female section well known breeder Mr Stanley Richardson saw his Champion Female Newtown Florence selling for the top price of €6,500.  This yearling heifer came to the ring with an impeccable pedigree which included her sire Ampertaine Abracadabra the Sympa son and her dam Newtown Chassie by Ramses and Castleview Rub, who herself is a daughter of Ideal 23 .  Castleview Rub had produced five Society sale champions.  Florence  had a 5 star suckler beef value of  €93 along with top ratings in weanling export, daughter fertility and docility. This stylish young heifer had many admirers and indeed many bidders but after a flurry of bids she was purchased by Padraig Brady, Ballinalee, Co Longford.

Newtown Florence

Newtown Florence

Raymond Bird saw his Reserve Female Champion Rathnestin Fantastic selling at €3,000 to David Linnane, Carron, Co Clare for his pedigree Carron Herd.  By another high profile sire Grahams Samson and Baltray Uganda who has back breeding to Geant, Fantastic has a 5 star rating in Daughter Fertility and maternal calving difficulty.

Rathnestin Fantastic

Rathnestin Fantastic

John & Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Co Longford also received €3,000 for their entry Ballinascraw Fergie.  This Fieldson Alfy daughter by a homebred dam Ballinascraw Beauty who herself has an interesting pedigree including Pelletstown Pompernel ET, Ferry, Pelletstown Estelle and Dauphin.  Fergie who has a 5 star suckler beef value of  €118  along with top ratings in weanling export, daughter milk, gestation length and docility sold to Michael O’Donovan, Ballymoe, Co Roscommon.

Stanley Richardson was back in the ring again receiving €2,850 for Newtown Frieda a Limo Tanat daughter by Newtown April who goes back to Ronick Hawk, Broadmeadows Cannon and Louxor.  With a 5 star rating in daughter milk and  gestation length she sold to Brendan Grattan, Geashill Co Offaly.

Martin Doherty Carndonagh Co Donegal received €2400 for Liss Emma ET , by the French sire Panda who has a pedigree including Ecu and Ferry and the dam Natte. Emma had a 5 star SBV €104 and 5 star ratings in weanling export, beef carcass, daughter milk, maternal calving difficulty, gestation and docility. Emma was purchased by Michael Fennessy Ballyduff Co Waterford .

The next Irish Limousin Society Sale will be the Autumn  Premier sale in Roscrea mart on Monday 31st October 2011. 

 

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