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Good clearance rate at Tullamore

The Irish Limousin cattle society held their second sale of 2015 in Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Saturday March 21st. The clearance rate of 67% was much higher than the corresponding sale of 2014. The average price for this sale was €2,525. Officiating as auctioneer was Mr. George Candler.

The judge for the pre-sale show was John Connell of the Carrickmore herd based in Oldcastle, Co. Meath. John has presided as judge over many shows the length and breadth of the country. 

Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary commented after the sale: “the sale here today was only our second outing at this venue. I am pleased with the clearance rate – given the very fine spring weather and the feast of rugby that is clashing with proceedings here today. Our breeders, as can be seen by the quality on offer at all of our sales are invested a lot of money in quality genetics,  on offer here today are cattle from a wide range of carefully chosen sires.

Purchasers here in Tullamore are from both suckling and dairying. Many are first time investors in Limousin, having decided to change from other breeds. Speaking to buyers after the sale many said their decision to change to Limousin was very much influenced by the choice of bulls on offer - whether for easy calving, quality calves/weanlings, carcass weight, or looking for a bull with excellent maternal traits to breed replacements - there are Limousin bulls to suit all requirements. I would like to wish all purchasers of Limousin genetics the very best with their acquisitions.”

Limerick based breeders Tim and Doreen Corridan had a very successful trip to Tullamore, they sold their four bulls for an average of €3,025.

Topping the sale at €3,500 was “Roundhill Irial” one of three Vivaldi sons presented at the sale by Tim Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick. Irial was placed second in his class in the pre-sale show. He is the first calf of the home-bred dam Roundhill Gjoyeuse 1289 – a Vermeil daughter. He came to the ring with a Muscle score of 124 and with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index and Carcass conformation. Irial was purchased by William Graham, Ballickmoyler, Co. Carlow.

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Roundhill Irial

The second Roundhill bred Vivaldi son “Roundhill Jacques” sold at €3,200. Jacques took the first prize rosette in his class. Just 14 months old, this stylish young bull boasts a Muscle score of 121 and a Skeletal score of 119. His dam Roundhill Fgiroflee 1272 Et is a daughter of the highly regarded Roundhill Vache Et and Acajou. Jacques was purchased by Pat Buckley, Rosemount, Moate, Co. Westmeath.

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Roudhill Jacques

Awarded the Reserve Champion title was “Roundhill Imreoir” the third of the Roundhill bred Vivaldi sons. Imreoir has a back pedigree that includes Nelson and Nino. He came to the ring with a Terminal Index of €141 and a Replacement Index of €177. He holds a Muscle score of 114 and a Skeletal score of 117. Imreoir was acquired by Navan, Co. Meath based Glen Curtis for €3,000.

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Roundhill Imreoir

Also heading to the Royal County is “Galbally Irvine” bred in Co. Wexford by Trevor Masterson. Irvine has five star ratings in almost all traits including Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. His sire stack includes Galbally Danastic, Wilodge Tonka and Neuf. Placed second in his class in the show, he was snapped up by Peter Brien, Summerhill for €2,700.

Derek Daly invested €2,700 in “Keltic Ildivo” for his New Quay herd based in Newquay, Burren, Co. Clare. Ildivo is an Ampertaine Foreman son bred by Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath. He holds five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was placed second in his class.

The Newtown herd of Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim brought forward two Ampertaine Commander sons for sale. The eye-catching sixteen month old “Newtown Invader” was crowned show Champion here in Tullamore. Invader’s muscle score is 133, while he has a skeletal score of 136. His linage includes Wilodge Vantastic and Nimbus-Mn. Michael Daly, Ballycumber, Co. Offaly acquired Invader for €2,700.

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Newtown Invader

Stanley’s second bull “Newtown Intruder” sold for €2,650. Intruder possesses a Terminal Index of €151 along with a Replacement Index of €141. His home-bred dam Newtown Demi Et has Samy and Mas Du Clo in her sire stack. David Macbeth, Lifford, Co. Donegal purchased this fourth prize winner.

The Castleview Virulent (Et) son “Rosshill India” was purchased by Joseph Hennessy, Ballinahown, Co. Westmeath. India was bred by Declan McGoldrick, Kildysart, Co. Clare. He has a Terminal Index of €123 and a Replacement Index of €170. He also has five star rating in Daughter Milk. He sold at €2,500.

Liam McNamara, Portarlington purchased “Farmleigh Ivan” for €2,500 from Thomas Swaine, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Ivan has a sire stack that includes Achile, Ramses and Tatar B. He carries a muscle score of 134. 

“Sliabh Bloom Innovator” bred by Danny Weston, Portlaoise, Co. Laois sold for €2,450. Innovator is a third prize winning Fieldson Alfy son. He holds five star ratings in Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation.  He was procured by Peter McHugh, Tuam, Co. Galway.

Tim Corridan’s “Roundhill Id (P)” is a son of Tigris, a French bred homozygous polled sire, and Roundhill Fdisette 1260. Id himself is heterozygous polled meaning 50% of his offspring will be born without horns. He was placed fourth in his class in the pre-sale show. Richard Brady from county Cavan paid €2,400 for Id.

“Hudson Islandic Et” the oldest bull on offer at this sale commanded €2,300 for his breeder Alan FitzGerald, Moate, Co. Westmeath. Islandic is by Panda and out of Bremore Rita Et, an Ibis daughter. He was purchased by Pat Fehily, Ballydangan, Athlone.

Padraig Foy paid €2,200 for “Dalagh Izaan Et” for his herd based in Edenderry, Co. Offaly. Izaan is a Fieldson Alfy son, out of the multi prizing winning Sympa dam Drummin Flower Rose. Izaan was placed first in his class. He was bred by Niall Daly, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

“Cillcon Ionatin Et” by Grahams Samson and out of the Eleazar daughter Darragh Noelle sold for €2,100.  Bred in county Clare by John Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Ionatin was acquired by Marty Davis, Derrane, Co. Roscommon.

Tom Flynn, Tuam, Co. Galway paid €2,000 to Matthew Fee, Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim for “Mullaghboy Iggy”. Born in May 2013, Iggy has a sire stack that includes Ampertaine Brigadeer, Gamin and Navarin.

Heifers

In the small entry of heifers Champion was awarded to “Silver Dale Iona” an Ardlea Dan daughter from the herd of Oliver Connolly, Birr, Co. Offaly. She failed to meet her reserve.

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Silver Dale Iona

The Reserve Champion heifer “Duibhgiolla Izzie” was bred by Nigel Cox, Carrick On Shannon, Co. Roscommon. Izzie is a daughter of Milbrook Dartangan Et. She left the ring unsold having failed to meet her reserve.

“Sportsfield Isabel” was purchased by Sean Vahey, Castlebar, Co. Mayo from her breeder Seamus Byrne, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. Isabel is a daughter of Vison and Ballinclare Geraldine. She has a Terminal Index of €139 and a Replacement Index of €163. She was placed third in her class, €1,800 was her purchase price.

Upcoming events

Our next sale will be held on Thursday 16th April 2015 at Athenry Mart, Co. Galway – on offer is a catalogue79 bulls.

Next Wednesday the 25th March sees a commercial heifer sale at Castleisland mart, Co. Kerry.

 

 

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