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Irish Limousin Cattle Society sees strong demand and good clearance rates continue with May Roscrea bull sale

The spring sales of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society continued on Saturday 12th May at Roscrea mart. This Premier sale of 68 bulls saw a continuation of the trend that has been evident this spring at the Limousin sales with an 85% clearance rate. Prices ranged from a top of €8100 to €2500 and an average of €3770.

There was a real multi-cultural feel at the sale with interested parties from France, Wales, England and Scotland to supplement the very strong home interest that has been present all year at Limousin sales. Limousin being the all round breed was evident by the many differing types of farming enterprises represented by the list of purchasers (beef, suckler, finishers, dairy).

Breed Secretary Paul Sykes commenting on the sale said “while we may have not seen such a high average as the March Premier sale we still witnessed a strong demand with customers willing to dig deep for quality lots. The most pleasing aspect of our sales season to date is the high clearance rates recorded at all our sales. There is no doubt that there is a strong interest in the breed with many farmers wishing to invest in the breed. Easy calving being one of the prominent traits required, we must continue to strive to provide our customers with their market requirements. The industry recognises the fact that easy calving, milk and fertility are critical to maximising profit and we as a breed are equally conscious”.

Topping the Premier Sale was Woodview Gregory from the herd of long time breeder David Abbott of Killeshandra, Co. Cavan who had earlier in the day been awarded the Senior Champion by the judge Mr. Ken Jones from the Garnedd herd, North Wales. After a flurry of bids this Fieldson Alfy son was sold for €8100 to well known County Tipperary pedigree and suckler farmer Jim Parkinson, to join his Marlhill herd. This January 2011 young bull was from a homebred dam Woodview Peggy, a Barnhill Harry daughter. Gregory sold with five stars in most traits and a SBV of €129.

Woodview Gregory

Woodview Gregory

Newtown George from the herd of Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim was crowned Junior Champion and sold for €6200. George had a pedigree stack which included his sire Ampertaine Commander, his dam Newtown Dixie and Mas Du Clo and Espoir in his back-breeding. George was born in April 2011 and had a 5 star SBV of €119. George heads to John Dermody, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny.

Newtown George

Newtown George

County Cavan based breeder Raymond Carolan had a day to remember when all three of his young bulls exceeded €5000, top call on the day for the Carwin herd was €5800 for Carwin Gulliver. By Ray’s influential herd sire the Ideal 23 son Roundhill Saturn and a Grange Balerno daughter Carwin Ruth, Gulliver who came to the ring with a 5 star SBV of €125 was purchased by County Carlow based John Simmons, Tullow.

Carwin Gulliver

Carwin Gulliver

Two bulls sold at €5700. The first of these was Elegante Golden Eye from the herd of Michael Kinane of Ballyglass, Co. Tipperary. Golden Eye is a Sympa son with a back pedigree that includes Ocean and Greensons Gigolo. Golden Eye was earlier placed first in his class and then went on to be awarded Reserve Junior Champion. Selling with a 5 star SBV of €124 Golden Eye sold to County Meath producer Sean Fitzpatrick, Kilmessan.

Elegante Goldeneye

Elegante Golden Eye

The second bull to reach €5700 was the youngest bull on offer at the sale. From the herd of Raymond Carolan - Carwin Gutso a Wilodge Vantastic son out of a Roundhill Saturn dam Carwin Vrac. Gusto was placed second in his class in the pre-sale show. Selling with a 5 star SBV of €112, Gusto met sustained bidding before eventually being snapped up by Ken Jones & family for their Garnedd pedigree herd based in North Wales.

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Carwin Gutso

James Melody, Bunratty, Co. Clare saw his entry Moneygold Fletcher sell for €5200. This Queenshead Altea son out of an Imperial dam, Moneygold Vernique Et sold with a SBV of €177. Fletcher had been successfully shown and was Champion Limousin at Clare County show and had also been placed second in his class at the National Limousin Show in Tullamore 2011. Boasting a 5 star SBV of €175 with top ratings in many traits. Fletcher heads to Michael Ryan, Craughwell, Co. Galway.

Moneygold Fletcher

Moneygold Fletcher

Carwin Gubay another of Raymond Carolans young bulls sold for €5000. Another son of Roundhill Saturn and the Mas Du Clo daughter Carwin V Eronica, Gubay sold with Calf Quality of €258 and an overall 5 star SBV of €153. With top ratings in most traits including Calving and Gestation, Gubay joins County Kildare based farmer Billy Cooper, Rathangan.

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Carwin Gubay

Brendan Clancy of Mullagh, Co. Clare saw his third prize winning entry Moloskey Ger sold for €4600. Ger is out of Moloskey Ursel Et (a Gamin daughter) and his sire is Wilodge Vantastic. Selling with a 4 star SBV of €88 Ger was purchased by an undisclosed bidder.

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Moloskey Ger ET

First prize winner in his class Ardlea Golan sold for €4500. From the herd of Daniel Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois, Golan is a Vison son out of Elite Bopeep (Et) a Tatar B daughter. Golan came to the ring with a 5 star SBV of €118 and had top ratings in Daughter milk. Golan joins the herd of Joe Lacey, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

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Ardlea Golan

Tom O’Shea saw his Tistou sired Templequain Goliath selling for €4750 to Thomas Hodgins, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. By the Tatar B dam Ardlea Christable, Goliath sold with a 5 star SBV of €190 which placed in the top 1% of the breed.

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Templequaine Goliath

Sean O’Sullivan of the Castleview herd in Castleisland, Co. Kerry received €4300 for Castleview Graham Et an Ampertaine Commander son. Graham’s dam, Castleview Vicky (Et) is a Geant daughter and is a full sister to Castleview Virulent (CVV). Having been placed third in his class and selling with a 5 star SBV of €119 with top ratings in many traits including Daughter milk and Daughter fertility, Graham heads to John Sugrue, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry.

Ballinahinch Gulf a son of Ballynerrin Remy Et and out of a Rubis daughter – Ballinahinch Abbey sold for €4100. Gulf had been placed second in his class and sold with five star ratings in most traits including SBV of €137, Weanling Export and Beef Carcass. Gulf was bred by Seamus Cullen from Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow and joins the herd of Denis White, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

County Mayo breeder Anthony Donnelly of Claremorris received €4000 for Donnelly George. This Milbrook Tanko son is out of Donnelly Daisy a Ronick Hawk daughter. George had been shown very successfully in 2011 and was a first prize winner in the North West Calf Championship. George came to the sales ring with a 5 star SBV of €98 and heads to Martin Cooke, Murroe, Co. Limerick.

Achieving the same price of €4000 was Ballaghboy Grady a Wilodge Vantastic son from the County Clare based herd of Dan O’Connor, Doora, Ennis. Grady’s dam Griston Tequila is a Mas Du Clo daughter. Selling with a 5 star SBV of €127, Grady was purchased by Gordan Carter, Co. Laois.

Three bulls realized €3700. The first of these was from the herd of Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath for Keltic Gladiator. This January born Univers 566 son was placed first in his class. His dam Cwmpedran Briony is a Bapton Javelin daughter with back-breeding to Cloughhead Lord. Selling with a 3 star SBV of €73, Gladiator joins the herd of Joe Lacey, Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Keltic Gladiator

Keltic Gladiator

Next to sell at €3700 was Millburn Gladiator from the herd of Richard and Eithne O’Beirn, Tuam, Co. Galway. This second prize winning Fieldson Alfy son is out of Millburn Bobby Dazzler (Et) a Mas Du Clo daughter. Gladiator has five stars in most traits and has a SBV of €150. Gladiator joins the herd of pedigree and commercial producer Pat Feehily, Ballydangan, Athlone, Co. Roscomon.

Alan Borton of Hawkfield, Co. Kildare sold the third bull to achieve €3700. Brookfield Gino a March 2011 Sympa son, out of Brookfield Bethany a Ronick Hawk daughter, he had a five star SBV of €109. Gino heads to Henry Farrell, Clane, Co. Kildare.

Third prize winner Currane Gambler from the herd of Patrick McKeown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo sold for €3600. Gambler is a Cloughhead Umpire son. His dam Currane Carol is a Ramses daughter. Selling with a 5 star SBV of €133, Gambler was purchased by Mark O‘Rourke, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

Keltic Google a Vivaldi son with a sire stack that includes Nenuphar and Broadmeadows Cannon also sold for €3600. Google, from the herd of Teleri Thomas, Enfield was placed third in his class in the earlier show. Google who had a 4 star SBV of €81, joins County Tipperary based John Kenneally, Templemore.

John Killeen of Springfield, Clonlara, Co. Clare saw his February 2011 bull Roundfield Gladiator sold at €3500. Gladiator, who is a Rocky son, was placed third in his class. Bred by the Nenuphar daughter Clonlara Volcano, Gladiator sold with a 2 star SBV of €54 and heads to Joe Stones, Moate, Co. Westmeath.

Shannon Fivestar from the Listowel, Co. Kerry based herd of Sarah McElligott sold for €3400. Fivestar is a son of the easy calving sire Ampertaine Commander and a Nenuphar dam Shannon Violet. Fivestar who had a 5 star SBV of €92 was purchased by William Clegg, Mountrath, Co. Laois.

The Picador son Ardlea Greg bred by Daniel Tynan, Mouthrath, sold for €3400. Greg’s dam Bremore Blossom is a Bremore Volvo daughter. Selling with a 5 star SBV of €95, Greg joins the herd of John Lacey, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

County Kilkenny based breeder Thomas Daly, Castlecomer saw his January 2011 born Fairymount Grover realize €3300. Grover, a son of Urville and out of the homebred dam Fairymount Tammy who is by Louxor. Grover sold with a 5 star SBV of €99 and was purchased by Patrick Lewis, The Heath, Co. Laois.

At the same sum of €3300 was Fairhill Gbanne R, a Rocky son from Anthony Moloney, Feakle, Co. Clare. Gbanne R is out of Ayle Top a Malibu daughter, he has a five star SBV of €140 and was purchased by an undisclosed customer.

Reserve Senior Champion Roundhill Fortune Et sold for €3200. Fortune was bred by Timothy Corridan of Fedamore, Co. Limerick and is a son of Mas Du Clo and the Lino daughter Roundhill Vache Et. Selling with a 3 star SBV of €73. Fortune was purchased by another undisclosed customer.

Roundhill Fortune

Roundhill Fortune

Ballybawn Gabriel from the herd of Michael Pat Murphy of Ballydehob, Co. Cork sold for €3200. Gabriel is a Sympa son, his dam is Ballynerrin Anneka, a Samson daughter. Gabriel sold with a 5 star SBV of €93 to Joseph Carroll, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

Daniel Tynan’s Ardlea Glen out of the Pompier dam Uruguay secured a price of €3100. Glen is by Picador and has five stars in most traits including a SBV of €124. Glen heads to Peter Towey, Monasteredan, Co. Sligo.

A bid of €3100 was also attained for Rathnestin Gino. This Omer-Mn son has back-breeding to Highlander and Espoir. Gino is from the Dundalk, Co. Louth herd of Raymond Bird and came to the ring with a 4 star SBV of €78. Gino was purchased by local farmer Stuart Davis, Roscrea.

At the same price of €3100 was Wood Road Garry Et from the herd of Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. Placed second in his class, Garry is a Cloughhead Umpire son. Selling with a star SBV of €47 Gary was snapped up by multiple purchaser on the day Sean Fitzpatrick, Kilmessan, Co. Meath.

The Fieldson Alfy son Elegante Greatness from the herd of Michael Kinane, Ballyglass, Co. Tipperary was the fourth bull on the day to reach €3100. Greatness is out of Fethard Una a Drumhaldry Pinto daughter and sold with top ratings in most traits including a 5 star SBV of €150. Greatness was purchased by an undisclosed customer.

At one bid less (€3050) was Mount Scott Gregory from Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare. This March 2011 born bull is a son of Mount Scott Dessie Et and out of Hill Top Dun Drum. Gregory who came to the ring with a 5 star SBV of €158 was purchased by Conor Kennedy, Fedamore, Co. Limerick.

Other leading prices on the day:

  • €3000 William Colclo Byrne - Ballinclare George Et to Anthony Kelly, Curraghaboy, Co. Roscommon.
  • €3000 John O’Reilly - Gleannari Gerry to John Glynn, Kinvara, Co. Galway.
  • €3000 Thomas Swaine - Farmleigh Gecko to Richard O’Gorman, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.
  • €3000 Michael Sexton - Mount Scott Gary to John McCarthy, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary.
  • €3000 John O’Reilly - Gleannari Glad to Timothy Dooley, Coolrain, Co. Laois.
  • €3000 Thomas Finnerty - Bovinion Goliath Et to Michael Ryan, Rossmore, Co. Tipperary.
  • €3000 Brendan Hanley - Keeltown Gerard to Brendan Lynch, Moynalty, Co. Meath.

The next and final spring Irish Limousin Society Sale is Roscommon on Saturday May 26th 2012.

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