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Wednesday 20th November 2013 saw the last Limousin Society Bull Sale for 2013. The sale was held at Tullow Mart in Co. Carlow. The judge for the pre-sale show was John Connell of the Carrickmore herd based in Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Officiating as auctioneer was George Candler. The sale saw a clearance rate of 52%, with an average price of €2461.

Commenting on the sale Breed Secretary Paul Sykes said: “The bulls on offer her today met with a mixed trade with buyers being selective. The price ranged of €1800 to €3250, while the clearance rate was slightly down on previous sales purchasers were willing to spend on suitable lots“.

Top price of €3,250 went to the Reserve Champion  “Baileys Hakka”. Hakka is a Queenshead Altea son out of a homebred Mynach Trey cow Baileys Anabel. He came to the ring with 5 star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass Weight and Carcass Conformation. Hakka was bred by Thomas Bailey of Batterstown, Co. Meathand heads to William Lambert, Rickerdstown, Kilmore, Co. Wexford.

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Baileys Hakka

A bid o €3,200 secured the Champion “Galbally Herbie” . Herbie was bred in Wexford by Trevor Masterson, Enniscorthy and heads across the country to Co. Mayo suckler farmer Liam Smith, Bonniconlon. Herbie is a son of Galbally Danastic with back-breeding to Wilodge Vantastic, Domino and Hampton Vallant. His dam Vanessa was purchased from the renowned Ballymoney herd.

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Galbally Herbie

Richard O’Beirne, Tuam, Galway, took home €3,000 for the first prize winner “Millburn Honour”. Out of the home-bred Mas Du Clo dam Millburn Bobby Dazzler, Honour is by Ampertaine Commander. He came to the ring with five star ratings in most traits and was purchased by multiple buyer on the day Thomas Driver, Tourboy, Kiltegan, Co. Wiklow.

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Millburn Honour

Two bulls changed hands for €2,800. First at this price was “Barracks Hanoah” from the yard of Gerard Fenlon, Borris, Co. Carlow. Hanoah is a Fieldson Alfy son out of Cloonagh Carol 2 – a Milbrook Tanko daughter. Hanoah heads to George Hobson, Graigue, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow.

Also at €2,800 was the third prize winner “Tomriland Hollywood”. This Sympa son is out of Tomriland Edel Et, with back-breeding to Ideal 23 and Nenuphar. Hollywood came to the ring with a Muscle score of 128 and a Skeletal score of 125 and was the second purchase for Thomas Driver, Tourboy, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow.. He was bred by Noel Kenny of Ashford, Wicklow.

The Castleview Virulent (Et) son “Greeve Harper” was tapped down for €2,500. Harper was bred by Noel Smyth of Mountnugent, Cavan and heads to Co. Dublin to join the herd of Joseph Kelly, Lisheen House,  Brittas. His pedigree includes Rocky and Barnhill Leander ET.

John O’Reilly, Rathmoyle, Kilkenny sold “Gleannari Hardi” for €2,400. Hardi is a son of the homebred Gleannari Dimaggio (Et), with a sire stack that includes Objat, Domino, Neuf and Nestor. He was placed Second in his class in the pre-sale show and was purchased by Tadgh Lynch, Nohoval, Belgooly, Co. Cork..

Williamstown, Galway based John Jennings sold his Third prize winner “Forest-View Hennesy” for €2,400 to John Bolger, Fairylawn, Bennekerry, Co. Carlow.. Hennesy is a Milbrook Dartangan Et son. He came to the ring with a five star rating in Carcass conformation.

“Cillcon Harry” the youngest bull on offer changed hands for €2,300. Harry came to the ring with five star ratings in many traits. A Netherhall Epic son he is out of Cillcon E Hawk (Et), with  back-breeding to Ronick Hawk and Grahams Samson. This first prize winner was bred in Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare by John Moloney and was purchased by Robert L’Estrange, Killucan, Co Westmeath..

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Cillcon Harry

James Coffey, Mountmellick, Laois received 2,200 for Derryguile Hobson from James Sinnot, Coolroe, Ardattin, . Hobson is a Towthorpe Dubai son. His dam Cremorgan Clare is a Pelletstown Pompernel Et daughter.

The sale in Tullow concluded the Society Bull sales for 2013. The next sale will be the Premier bull sale on 10th March, 2014.

The Irish Limousin Cattle Society would like to wish all purchasers of Limousin cattle every good fortune.

Champion Female of the show was “Whitefield Hippie” from the herd of Basil Arnold, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Hippie is an October 2012 daughter of Tango. She is out of the home-bred Pacha 19 daughter Whitefield Clover. Hippie went unsold.

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Whitefield Hippie

The Whitefield herd also bred the Reserve Champion Female – “Whitefield Hailey”. Hailey is also a Tango daughter. She came to the ring with five star ratings in Replacement Index and in Daughter Milk.  Hailey left the ring unsold having failed to met her reserve.

The last Society Premier Heifer Sale for 2013 will take place next Saturday, November 23rd , in Roscrea Mart. On offer are 73 lots. This sale offers an opportunity to both existing and new breeders to purchase new genetics.

Limousin females are renowned as excellent mothers – they possess very important characteristics – namely: fertility, calving ability, milk and longevity. The Limousin cow is Ireland’s number 1 suckler cow – commanding a very impressive 32% of the national suckler herd.

The females on offer are from no fewer than forty different sires:  Acajou, Ampertaine Commander, Ampertaine Domino, Ardlea Dan, Attirant, Carmorn Copilot, Carmorn Dauphin, Casimir, Casmir, Cesar, Cloughhead Ernie, Elite Abel ET, Elite Erasmus ET, Emerson, Fieldson Alfy, Grahams Apache, Haltcliffe Dancer, Haltcliffe Doctor, Ionesco, Keeltown Figalo, Lowerffrydd Empire, Mas Du Clo, Milbrook Dartangan ET, Milbrook Tanko, Mullaghboy Eto, Netherhall Epic, On-Dit, Picador, Procters Cavalier, Queenshead Altea, Queenshead Espana, Rhyne Elite, Roundhill Saturn ET, Sauvignon, Soprano-Mn, Sympa, Vison, Wilodge Cerberus, Wilodge Tonka and Wilodge Vantastic.

Some lots on offer are already incalf. 

At the end of the sale an auction of embryos and semen will take place. The embryos are Grade A. On offer is a considerable amount of semen, with all proceeds going to the Irish Premature Babies charity.  The semen is from arguably some of the most influential sires in Limousin genetics. The semen on offer is from the following bulls: Ideal 19, Imperial, Grahams Samson, Nenuphar, Farfelu, Cloughhead Umpire, Jockey, Neuf, Ferry, Lino, Dauphin, Ronick Hawk, Gedeon, Espoir, Grahams Unbeatable, Malibu and Mas du Clo. These sires are well proven, many of them are no longer available – don’t miss this opportunity to acquire great genetics and at the same time help a very deserving charity.

Showing begins in Roscrea at 9.30am, Auctioneer Denis Barrett will commence the sale at 12.30pm. For more information contact the Society Office at 025-85036.


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