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The second Irish Limousin Premier Bull Show and Sale for 2013 took place on Saturday 11th May at Roscrea Mart. The sale finished with a clearance rate of 64% and an average price of €3069. Prices on the day ranged from €1,800 to €5,500. Auctioneer for the sale was George Candler.

Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary commenting on the sale “both the clearance rate and average price were down on last year’s sale at the same venue but with the very unseasonal weather conditions (that has seen this inclement weather now lasting for almost 12 months) this result was not unforeseen. Many of our breeders are having success in selling their livestock at home – Limousin is proving time and time again for many market placed sources that it is the one breed that delivers – there is a Limousin bull to do a job in every type of farming enterprise and this year has seen a marked increase in the number of dairy farmers acquiring Limousin bulls. At the ringside today and indeed at the other society sales this year were a number of farmers that are switching to Limousin . Easy calving and easy finishing are two of the traits purchasers are looking for, and reports from around the country are showing that Limousin is doing the job in providing these attributes.”

Judge for the pre-sale show was Mr. Meirion Thomas of the Nebo herd based in Bryn Farm, Conwy, Gwynedd, North Wales.

Topping the sale was 1st prize winner “Castleview Handel Et” from well established Castleisland based breeder Sean O’Sullivan. Handel is a son of Wilodge Vantastic with back-breeding to Ferry and Na Claudus. Castleview Regina Et the dam of this young bull is a daughter of one of the most successful breeding cows in Ireland F040 G7. No stranger to the show-ring, Handel was a prizewinner at the National Show in Tullamore, also at Charleville Show and in the South West Club calf finals in 2012. His full brother Castleview Gringo (GWO) is standing at NCBC. Born in January 2012, he holds an array of five star ratings including Terminal, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Norbert Fitzsimons, Rasudden, Ballyjamesduff, Cavan was his purchaser for €5,500.

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Castleview Handel ET

Michael Sexton of the Mount Scott herd based at Aheybridge, Mullagh, Clare received €5,100 for “Mount Scott Harold”. Harold is a Sympa son with a pedigree stack that includes Ronick Hawk and Gamin. He holds a Maternal Index of €203 and a Terminal Index of €144. Larry Flood of Kiltaghan House, Rathangan, Kildare acquired Harold.

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Mount Scott Harold

Meirion Thomas awarded the Senior Champion title to “Carrefour Gigolo”. Gigolo is from the herd of John Kenny, Dunkerrin, Birr, Offaly. Born in December 2011, this son of Elite Popsi ET is out of the homebred Highlander daughter Carrefour Vanity, he’s maternal Grandsire is Highlander. Hugh Brady of Laral House, Stradove, Cavan purchased Gigolo for €5,000.

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Carrefour Gigalo with breeders David and John Kenny

The plaudits for Junior Champion went to “Newtown Hugo”, a stylish Neuf son from the herd of Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Leitrim. Hugo is a grandson of the hugely successful Castleview Rub. Reserve Junior Champion was awarded to his stable-mate “Newtown Hector Et”. Hector is a Broadmeadows Cannon son. Both these young bulls left the ring unsold having failing to meet their reserves.

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Newtown Hugo

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Newtown Hector

Michael Sexton received €4,500 as a final bid for “Mount Scott Harry 2”. This 16 month old Sympa son is from the home bred dam Mount Scott Arlene, a Cloughhead Lord daughter. Harry was placed second in his class in the pre-sale show and had been successfully shown in 2012. He was purchased by Enda Curley, Carnaglough, Creggs, Roscommon.

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Mount Scott Harry 2

The 2nd prize winner “Brookland Gameboy” from the herd of John Hickey, Kilcommon, Thurles, Tipperary realized €4,300. Gameboy is an Ampertaine Commander son, with a pedigree stack that includes Ferry and Highlander. Robin Talbot, Ballacolla, Portlaoise was his eventual purchaser.

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Brookland Gameboy

Mr. W. Shennan acquired the 3rd prize winning “Cloncorrick Hardy”, for €3900 Hardy was bred in Carrigallen, Leitrim by Frank McGovern. This Procters Cavalier son heads to North Thacave Farm, Tuanbeaay, Ayrshire, Scotland.

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Cloncorrick Hardy

“Moneygold Henry Et”, from the herd of James Melody, Bunratty, Clare sold for €3,800. Henry is a son of Ronick Hawk with back breeding to Imperial and Bilbao. He holds five star ratings in almost all traits and heads to Tipperary based Liam Tierney, Chamberlandstown, Cahir. Henry was placed 3rd in the pre-sale show.

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Moneygold Henry ET

The Reserve Senior Champion award also went to the Carrefour herd – “Carrefour Goliath” an October 2011 born Fieldson Alfy son. Goliaths pedigree includes Ocean and Ideal 23. He has five star ratings in Docility and Carcass conformation. Patrick O’Connell of Bansha, Tipperary was the successful bidder with a top bid of €3,600.

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Carrefour Goliath

Liam Lonergan, Cahir, Tipperary secured 3rd prize winner “Creggpark Gary” for €3,400. Gary is an October 2011 son of Ronick Hawk, with back breeding to Mas Du Clo and Meridien. He was bred in Tubber, Galway by Robert McNevin Jnr.

Roscommon based breeder Bertie Mannion received €3,350 for “Ballyline Hughie”. By Sympa and out of the homebred Ballyline Carol – an Imperial daughter, Hughie heads to Ardrahan, Galway to the herd of Jarlath Geoghegan.

First prize winner “Greenhill Hercules” from the Lifford, Donegal based herd of John Greene sold for €3,200. Hercules is a son of Procters Cavalier and out of Tombola, a Pirate daughter. Eoin Ryan, Dirreen, Killarney, Kerry was his purchaser.

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Greenhill Hercules

Four bulls sold for €3,100. First at this price was the Ampertaine Commander son “Ardlea Hand”. This February 2012 born bull is from the French dam Urane B, a Ramses daughter, he was bred in Laois by Daniel Tynan, Beechhill Farm, Mountrath. Seamus Cogan, Horbartstown, Moone, Kildare purchased him for his Cornmill herd.

Also selling at this price was 3rd prize winner “Ard-Choill Harry”, from the Newmarket On Fergus based herd of Kevin McInerney. This Sympa son is from the homebred Domino daughter Ard-Choill Royale. Harry was one of two bulls acquired by Brendan Maginn, Castlewellan, Down.

The Wilodge Cerberus son “Brookfield Harvey” was also purchased at €3,100. Harvey’s pedigree includes Ronick Iceman and Espoir, he was bred by Alan Borton, Hawkfield, Kildare. Gerry Whyte, Birr, Offaly is his new owner.

“Baileys Harry” from the herd of Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Meath was the final bull at €3,100. Harry was placed 4th in the show-ring and is a son of Queenshead Altea, and the Sympa dam Woodhouse Amie. Harry was acquired by John O’Callaghan, Mitchelstown, Cork.

Michael Kenny, Febane, Offaly received €3,050 for his Sympa sired “Coppertop Hercules”. Hercules is out of Anfield Beauty, a Navarin daughter, placed 2nd in his class, he was purchased by Tim Rafter, Tullamore, Offaly.

Three lots changed hands for €3,000. “Ballygarvan Stud Harry (Et)” from Dan O’Mahoney, Ballygarvan, Cork was first to attain this sum. Harry is a son of Ampertaine Commander from the homebred Omer-Mn dam Ballygarvan Stud Betty. Frank Kelly, Tubber, Clare purchased the 4th prize winner.

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Ballygarvan Stud Harry ET with breeders Niamh and Dan O’Mahony

“Drummin Hunky Dory” a son of Procters Commander, was the second bull at €3,000. Bred by John McInerney, Newmarket On Fergus, Clare, Hunky Dory’s sire stack includes Mas Du Clo and Moustic. He was placed 2nd in the show ring and heads to Nenagh, Tipperary to the farm of Robert Mooney.

Philip Hobson, Rathangan, Wicklow, purchased the Rocky son “Bellingham Harry” for €3,000. Harry is a 2nd prize winning son of Rocky, his dam Bellingham Daisy 1 is by Ronick Hawk. He was bred by Frances McKernan, Dundalk, Louth.

Other leading prices on the day were:

€2,850 for “Ballyline Hubert 2”, a Gleannari Everest son.
€2,800 for “Ballinahinch Hagred”, a Ronick Hawk son.
€2,800 for “Drummin Harry”, a Bial son.
€2,700 for “Maythorn Howard”, a Meridien son.
€2,700 for “Milan Hoffman”, a Haltcliffe Dancer son.
€2,600 for “Groe Henry”, a Wilodge Tonka son.
€2,500 for “Drummin Gent”, a Mas Du Clo son.
€2,500 for “Ballyline Humphrey”, a Sympa son.
€2,500 for “Milbrook Hansen”, a Neuf son.

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

The next and final spring sale for the Limousin Society sale is the Roscommon sale which will be held on Saturday 25th May, 2013 for which there is a catalogue entry of 100 bulls.


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