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The Irish Limousin Cattle Society held their second show and sale for 2016 at Tullamore mart on Saturday the 19th March.

Tullamore Sale saw a strong clearance rate of 85% with a top price of €4,600 and an average price of €3,168 for bulls. This was a marked improvement on the 2015 sale at this venue where the clearance rate was 67% and the average price was €2,525. Only one heifer was catalogued, she sold for €1,850.

Breed secretary Paul Sykes stated, “I am very pleased with the clearance rate here in Tullamore, as this is only our third sale here at this venue. A clearance rate of 85% indicates the growing demand for Limousin bulls. Our breeders focus is on producing the required bulls to meet the demands for both todays and future markets.

Many of the buyers present at the sale had different reason for choosing Limousin and are very happy to stay with the breed given its ability to produce bulls that can combine our most notable abilities - easy calving, quality calves/weanlings, carcass weight, maternal traits to breed replacements, terminal traits - there are Limousin bulls to suit all requirements. All bulls at this year’s society sales are sold under the Fertility Insurance Scheme.

Purchasers at today’s sale were from all over Ireland. I would like to thank the management and staff here in Tullamore, I would also like to thank Pat Feehily, George Candler and John Connell. Finally, I wish the purchasers of cattle here today the very best of luck with their acquisitions.”

Auctioneer was Mr. George Candler. Officiating as judge for this sale was Mr. Pat Feehily from Athlone. Pat is a pedigree Limousin breeder, his herd is the Ash Grove herd, which consists of 20 pedigree Limousin cows. Commenting after the sale Pat noted: “I was presented with excellent quality bulls in all classes. It is very evident that Limousin breeders are continuing to meet the requirements of today’s market, judging by the demand and the excellent clearance rate.”

A September 2014 Roundhill Saturn Et (RHN) son topped the sale at €4,600. Born in the Kingdom County “Shannon Jethro” was bred by Sarah McElligott, Listowel. Jethro has Fieldson Alfy and Orage in his back-pedigree. He boasts a muscle score of 120 and a skeletal score of 113 along with five star ratings in Terminal Index (€144) and Replacement Index (€121). Judge Pat Feehily awarded him the 1st prize rosette in his class. Jethro had caught the eye of a number of interested parties before the sale and was purchased by Tommy O’Keeffe, Clara, Co. Offaly after a period of sustained bidding.

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Shannon Jethro

“Galbally J-1048”, a son of the society sire, Bavardage (AGB) commanded the second highest price (€4,450) here in Tullamore. This 16 month old bull is from the highly regarded Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford based herd of Trevor Masterson. J-1048 is out of a Wilodge Tonka daughter, Galbally Fabia. He has five star ratings in most traits including Terminal Index (€176), Replacement Index (€130), Carcass weight, and Carcass conformation. The Newford herd Athenry purchased J-1048.

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Galbally J 1048

John Searson, Sheehills, Roscrea presented the very stylish “Sheehills Jumbo Et” for sale. Jumbo was awarded the Champion rosette here in Tullamore. Jumbo is a full brother of Sheehills Jet Et, the Reserve Senior Champion at February’s Premier sale. Born in September 2014, Jumbo is a son of Ampertaine Elgin (S1495) and Sheehills Dawn 1 Et, a Ronick Hawk daughter. He came to the ring with a four star Terminal Index of €117 and a four star Replacement index of €88. Selling at €4100 Jumbo was acquired by an undisclosed  purchaser for €4,100.

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Sheehills Jumbo ET

Selling at €3,900 was 3rd prize winner “Roundhill Jman”, a son of Hinz PP (S1424) and Roundhill Briviere 978 (Et), a Nelson daughter. Jman was bred in Fedamore, Co. Limerick by International Congress 2016 Host Breeders - Tim and Doreen Corridan. He came to the ring with a muscle score of 113 and a skeletal score of 115, along with five star ratings in most traits including Terminal Index (€123) and Replacement Index (€116). Francis Dempsey, Monasterevan, Co. Kildare purchased Jamn.

Brendan Crawley, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon received €3,600 from Michael Collins, Listowel, Co. Kerry for “Tullyridge Jacob”. Born in March 2014, Jacob is a son of Gortermone Gordon – herd sire to the Tullyridge herd, his dam is the homebred Clonboyne Travino daughter, Tullyridge Collette. Jacob has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Docility, Carcass Weight and Carcass Conformation. He was placed 4th in his class in the pre-sale show.

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Tullyridge Jacob

The second bull offered for sale by Tim and Doreen Corridan changed hands for €3,400. “Roundhill Java” is by Bonux (S1407), his dam Roundhill Fleny 1263 is a Goldies Terence daughter. Java has five star ratings in all traits along with a muscle score of 116 and a skeletal score of 118. Raymond Kinnear, Virginia, Co. Cavan acquired Java.

Reserve Champion at this sale was “Tanderagee Jaffa” from the herd of Malachy Hennessy, Enfield, Co. Meath. Jaffa is a multi-starred son of Castleview Gringo Et (GWO) and Tanderagee Francis. He has a Terminal Index value of €122 and a Replacement Index value of €111. Changing hands at €3,200 he was purchased by David Cole, Belturbit, Co. Cavan.

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Tullyridge Jaffa

Patrick De Courcy, Slane, Co. Meath paid €3,200 for 3rd prize winner “Farmleigh Junior Et”. Junior was bred by Thomas Swaine, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Born in September 2014, Junior has Ampertaine Commander (APM), Wilodge Vantastic and Mas Du Clo in his lineage. His muscle score of 139 is in the top 1%, he also boasts five star ratings in most traits.

The powerful Vison (VZN) son “Lavalla Joe” sold for a final bid of €3,100. Joe was bred by Kevin Crowley, Ballynacally, Ennis, Co. Clare. He has a four star Terminal Index of €112 and a five star Replacement Index of €99, along with five star ratings in Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter Milk. John O’Connor, Listowel, Co. Kerry purchased this 4th prize winner for his dairy herd.

Also breaching the €3,000 mark was “Farmleigh Jenson” from Thomas Swaine. Jenson is a son of Newtown Hugo and Farmleigh Giddy. Newtown Hugo, a Neuf son, is herd sire to the Farmleigh herd, he was acquired after the Roscrea Premier May Sale in 2013 where he was Junior Champion. Jenson was placed 2nd in his class and was purchased by Billy Atkinson, Ardattin, Co. Carlow.

Noel Kenny, Ashford, Co. Wicklow sold 2nd prize winner “Tomriland Jeepers” for €2,900. Jeepers is a son of Wilodge Cerberus (WGE) and the Sympa daughter Tomriland Hatti. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass Weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter Milk. Jeepers has a muscle score of 135 (top 2%) and skeletal 137 (top 1%). He was acquired by Kildare based John Heffernan.

Sarah McElligott’s second bull on offer “Shannon JJ” was purchased by Barry Mahon, Strabally, Co. Laois. JJ was placed 3rd in his class and was secured for €2,700. He has Dinmore Goldcrest (S1571), Cloughhead Lord and Moero in his pedigree. He has a Terminal Index of €119 and Replacement Index of €86.

“Tanderagee Jerome” a son of Dalebrook Gonzales and Tanderagee Galaxy sold for €2,650. Jerome has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€138), Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was acquired by Francis Farragher, Tuam, Co. Galway.

The youngest bull on offer 14 month old “Sportsfield Keano” was purchased by James Devine, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath for €2,550. Placed 4th in his class in the pre-sale show, he enjoyed success in the summer shows of 2015. Keano was bred by Seamus Byrne, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. He is by Emerson (S1052) and out of the Acajou daughter Ballinclare Heather. Keano has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€152), Carcass weight, and Carcass conformation.

Malachy Hennessy offered two Elite Flag Et (EFZ) bulls for sale, “Tanderagee Jason” and “Tanderagee Jake”, both of whom were placed 4th in their respective classes. Jason is out of Castlepierce Alva, an Epson daughter. He was acquired by Robert Peoples, Lifford, Co. Donegal for €2,500. Jake is out of the Navarin daughter Tanderagee Babs. He was acquired by Brendan McEntee, Dundalk, Co. Louth for €2,000.

Also selling for €2,000 was Malachy Hennessy’s “Tanderagee Jacob”. Jacob is a son of Navarin (NVI) and Tanderagee Caroline. He was purchased by Brian Troy, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.

The solitary female on offer was “Mullaghboy Irene” from the yard of Matthew Fee, Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim. Irene is a daughter of Ardlea Dan (ADX) and the Milbrook Tanko daughter Mullaghboy Gila. Boasting a four star Replacement Index value of €73, she sold incalf to Castleview Gazelle. She was purchased by Trevor Byron, Monsterevin, Co. Kildare for €1,850. Irene was awarded the Champion Female rosette.

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Mullaghboy Irene

The next sale for the Irish Limousin Cattle Society is in Athenry Mart on Thursday the 14th April.

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