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Tullamore, Co. Offaly played host to the second society show and sale for 2014 on Saturday March 22nd. This was the first ever Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale at this venue. The current gruelling weather and difficult trading conditions resulted in a disappointing clearance rate, however, purchasers were willing to pay for chosen genetics.

Judge at the sale was Mr. Michael Pat Murphy of the Ballybawn Herd, based in Ballydehob, Co. Cork.

As with all society sales conducted by the ILCS there are strict regulations for inclusion: The dam of the animal offered for sale must have tested negative for Johnes and the animal itself must have tested negative for BVD virus.

Speaking after the sale Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary said: “This was the society’s first sale at this mart, and while the clearance rate was disappointing buyers were selective and were willing to purchase suitable lots. This year so far has been tough on the farming sector, the adverse weather has seen ground conditions remain unfavourable and with fodder supplies running low many potential purchasers have decided to wait for more favourable conditions before investing in new livestock. Our breeders, as can been seen by the quality on display here, are ever conscious of the changing market requirements and as such the bulls here today were suitable to complement all sorts of farming types – the Limousin breed is synonymous with being the breed that suits all markets. Limousin cattle are continuing to make excellent returns at the marts – in the past few days commercial Limousin returns at marts nationwide included:

  • At Headford Mart in Co. Galway: 290kg LMX M sold for €940; 450kg LMX M sold for €1,130.
  • In Balla Mart, Co. Mayo: 545kg LMX Heifer sold for €1,645; 840KG LMX M sold for €1,795.
  • In Castlerea, Co. Roscommon: LMX Heifer calf sold for €410; LMX weanling heifer 275kgs sold for €955.
  • At Ennis mart: LMX Bullock 645kgs €1,515; 3 LMX Bullocks 605kgs €1,505; LMX Heifer 525kgs €1,310; LMX Heifer 490kgs €1,250.
  • Kilmallock mart: LMX Weanling Heifer 325kgs €870; 4 week old LMX Bull Calf €400.”

Judged Overall Male Champion in the pre-sale show was “Shannon Harrison” a Netherhall Epic son. Harrison is out of a homebred dam Shannon Tequilla with back breeding to F199 Romeo and Newton. He came to the ring with Terminal Index value of €147 and a Replacement Index value of €137. Harrison was bred by Sarah and MJ McElligott of Listowel, Co. Kerry, he left the ring unsold having failed to meet his reserve.

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Shannon Harrison

The Reserve Male Champion plaudits went to “Gerrygullinane Hunter” a Procters Cavalier son. This December 2012 born young bull was bred by Gerry Walsh, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Hunter came to the ring with a Muscle score of 121 and a Skeletal score of 122. He went unsold.

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Gerryguillinane Hunter

In the female section the Champion crown went to the Sympa daughter “Bohomore Hailey”. Bred in Castlebar, Co. Mayo by Bridie Lavelle, Hailey came to the ring with an array of five star ratings including Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Hailey was purchased by George Mulligan, Tullamore for €2,350. Her sire stack includes Otan and Geant.

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Bohomore Hailey

The Reserve Female Champion was the April 2012 “Gorvagh Hanna 2” from the herd of Vincent Flynn, Breandrum, Gorvagh, Co. Leitrim. Hanna 2 is a daughter of Haltcliffe Dancer out of the homebred Bova Pontium daughter Gorvagh Delia. She left the ring unsold.

Two bulls changed hands for €2,750. First at this price was the Dollar son “Roundhill Hans”. His sire stack includes Lino and Geant. He carries a Terminal Index value of €101 and a Replacement Index value of €108. Hans was bred in Fedamore, Co. Limerick by Tim Corridan. Denis Gowing, Ballinakill, Co. Laois purchased Hans to run with his suckler herd.

Also selling at €2,750 was the third prize winning Roundhill Saturn Et son “Farmleigh Harry 1”. Bred in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford by Thomas Swaine, Harry is out of the home bred Milbrook Tanko daughter Farmleigh Frozen. He heads to the suckler herd of James Harris, Athy, Co. Kildare.

The second prize winning “Thomastown Howard” sold for €2,650. Howard is an On-Dit son. He was bred by John Downey, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Howard boasts five star ratings in Terminal and Replacement Index. He heads to Co. Tipperary suckler farmer Ger Cooper.

Three bulls sold at €2,500. First at this sum was “Mullaghmor H 341” from the herd of John Shannon, Corofin, Co. Clare. H 341 is a son of John’s stock bull Carrickrouge Ethor and out of Mullaghmor Bill, a Milbrook Rover daughter. He was placed fourth in his class in the pre-sale show and was snapped up by Dennis Beirne to run with his suckler herd in Scramogue, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

The Bavardage son “Thomastown Halvert” also realised €2,500. This September 2012 bull has back breeding to Ionesco and Hortensia. He was the second lot offered for sale by John Downey. Suckler producer John Craven, Ballina, Co. Mayo purchased this Third prize winner.

Miriam Doyle, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim sold “Gortermone Harry” for €2,500. Harry is by Roundhill Saturn Et. He claimed fourth in his class and sold with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass conformation and Docility. Harry heads to the suckler herd of Olga Hardy, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

The Plumtree Deus son “Keltic Henry” realised €2,300. Henry was bred by Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath from the Greenwell Major daughter Cwmpedran Tigerroyal. Henry came to the ring with a Terminal Index of €129 and a Replacement Index of €190. Saran Daly, Shannon Harbour, Co. Offaly acquired this Fourth prize winner to run with her suckler herd.

Selling at €2,000 was “Farmleigh Houdini Et” from the herd of Thomas Swaine, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Houdini is a son of On-Dit with back-breeding to Mas Du Clo. This young bull holds five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass Weight, Carcass Conformation and Daughter Milk. Houdini heads to Newry, Co. Down, to suckler producer Hugh Murray.



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