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The final Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale for 2015 was held in Tullow mart, Co. Carlow on Wednesday the 18th of November. Auctioneer for this sale was Mr. George Candler. Officiating as Judge was Sarah McElligott of the Shannon Herd based in Asdee, Co. Kerry. Sarah is a highly regarded cattle judge and Limousin breeder. She has judged at many sales and shows all over Ireland, while her Limousin cattle have regularly topped sales and show rings. At the conclusion of the show Sarah commented “The champion here today was a very stylish bull – an ideal show calf producer. The reserve champion was very eye-catching. Overall there was similar depth to all classes.”

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Speaking after the sale Breed Secretary Paul Sykes said: “We had a very good clearance rate here today with 85% of bulls sold, a huge increase on last year’s clearance rate of 58%. The clearance rate in the heifer class was 57%. As expected buyers are discerning in the genetics they require and fortunately our breeders are supplying cattle with bloodlines and traits to suit all requirements. As this is our final sale for 2015 – I would like to take this opportunity to take all purchasers for their investment in the breed and wish them well with their Limousin cattle. I would also like to express my gratitude to Marts and shows the length and breadth of the country. Thanks also to our two auctioneers – George and Denis, our two inspectors Martin and Pat, and to the Judges, who perform their tasks admirably. I must acknowledge the tremendous work done by the ILCS office staff – Marie, Colette, Kathryn and Shane. Our photographer Alife Shaw who captures the unique essence at Limousin events. The assistance rendered at all Limousin events by Stewards is invaluable to the breed.

Our next sale is the Spring Premier sale which will be held on Saturday the 27th of February at our usual venue of Roscrea Mart.

Preparations are well underway for our eagerly awaited opportunity to host the International Limousin Congress in August 2016. This promises to be a wonderful chance for our society to showcase our Limousin cattle and country to breeders from many countries, both near and far.”

Topping the sale at €4,600 was the On-Dit son “Corcamore Jedi” from the herd of Brendan Curtin, Clarina, Co. Limerick. Jedi came to the ring with five star ratings in most traits including Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. He boasted the highest catalogued Terminal Index of €150 and the highest Replacement Index of €157.  His homebred dam Corcamore Fay is a daughter of Goldies Terence. After a flurry of bids Jedi was purchased by Ted O’Shea, Kenmare, Co. Kerry to run with his suckler herd.

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Corcamore Jedi

Patrick Foster from Loughrea, Co. Galway sold his June ’14 born bull “Cloughoola Jojo” for €3,800. Jojo is a son of Ampertaine Foreman and the Ruan Roberto dam Lislanamanstown Tutti.  Jojo carries five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index and Carcass weight, along with a muscle score of 123 and a skeletal score of 117. Patrick Quinn of Brittas, Co. Dublin acquired this second prize winner to run with his herd.

Top call for “Castleoye Joe” was €3,650. Joe is a September ’14 born son of Grahams Apache and Castleoye Hippy. He has a five star Terminal Index value of €135 and a four star Replacement Index value of €97. He was bred in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo by Caroline Henry, he was purchased by Kennedy Farms Ltd., Ferrybank, Co. Waterford.

At one bid less (€3,600) was “Tomriland Jack” from the herd of Noel Kenny, Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Jack has Sympa, Tricot-Mn and Mas Du Clo in his pedigree. Placed third in his class in the pre-sale show, Jack was acquired by Kathleen Dolan, Leamlara, Co. Cork. He holds five star ratings in most traits, along with a Muscle score of 119 and a skeletal score of 123.

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Tomriland Jack

“Templequain Jasper” also sold for €3,600. Jasper was bred by Thomas O'Shea, Rathdowney, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. His sire is the French bred society bull Armoric, while his dam Vicky has Hammel Luc and Éclair in her back pedigree. Vincent Parke, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow was the successful bidder for this third prize winner.

Brendan Clancy saw his long journey from Mullagh, Co. Clare rewarded when he received €3,350 for “Moloskey Joseph”. This 14 month old bull is a son of Castleview Gringo Et and out of the Omer-Mn daughter Moloskey Diane. Joseph has a muscle score of 124 along with a skeletal score of 123. He was purchased by Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow based Thomas Driver.

The Abot Mn son “Tomriland Jasper Et” changed hands at €3,100. Born in April ’14, Jasper has Neuf and Jupiter in his lineage. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk. He was the second bull offered for sale by Noel Kenny. He was acquired by James Kavanagh, Bunclody, Co. Wexford to run with his suckler herd.

The youngest bull at this sale “Hurricane Jim Beam Et” also realised €3,100. Jim Beam was bred by Darragh O'Meara, Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare from the homebred Ideal 23 dam Hurricane Gypsie Et and Bonux. He came to the ring with an array of five star ratings, including a Terminal Index value of €136 and a Replacement Index value of €91. Jim Beam was placed second in his class, this class also contained the Reserve Champion. County Wexford farmer Owen Roche, Enniscorthy purchased Jim Beam.

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Hurricane Jim Bean

Five bulls found new homes at €3,000. First at this price was second prize winner “Barracks Jasper” a January ‘14 son of Haltcliffe Dancer. Bred locally in Borris, Co. Carlow by Gerard Fenlon, Jasper was purchased by Kevin Fenton, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick to run with his suckler herd. Jasper’s dam is Cloonagh Carol 2, a Milbrook Tanko daughter.

Also at €3,000 was “Supreme Jonah” from the herd of Samuel Kingston, Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Jonah is a son of Wilodge Cerberus and the homebred Mas Du Clo dam Supreme Filly. He boasts five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass Weight and Carcass conformation. Geraldine Shine, Cappagh, Co. Waterford purchased this second prize winner for her suckler herd.

Waterford based Alf O’Shea purchased “Keltic Jackjones” from Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath. Jackjones is by Wilodge Fastrac and out of Keltic Daphne – a Homebyres Visitor daughter. He came to the ring with a five star Terminal Index of €139, along with a muscle score of 120 and a skeletal score of 123.

The Wilodge Goldcard son “Boyanagh Jamie” was purchased by Ronan Dalton, Shannon Harbour, Birr, Co. Offaly. Jamie was bred in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon by the Tarpey family. His back pedigree includes Mas Du Clo and Pelletstown Cadet. Jamie was a fourth prize winner.

John and Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford, sold “Ballinascraw Jupiter” for €3,000. Jupiter is a 14-month old son of Roundhill Saturn Et. He came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was purchased by Eamonn Parke, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow.

A total of three bulls sold at €2,800. First at this price was “Threefriars Jeg Mullinaght”. This March ‘14 born bull is a son of Virginia Andy (Et) and New Quay Freda. He was awarded the fourth prize rosette in his class in the pre-sale show. He was bred in Mullinavat, Co. Waterford by Niall Mulhearn. He was secured by Ita and Andrew Kinsella, Johnstown, Co. Carlow.

Tommy Claffey, Ballinagore, Co. Westmeath presented a Sauvignon son “Ballykilroe Jim-Bob” for sale. Jim-Bob was born in May ’14 to Broomfield Fruits, a Louxor daughter. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was procured by Denis Kinsella, Ferns, Co. Wexford for €2,800.

First prize winner “Tanderagee Jasper” was the final bull to reach the €2,800 mark. Fifteen month old Jasper was bred in Enfield, Co. Meath by Malachy Hennessy. He came to the ring with an array of five star ratings, including a Terminal Index value of €126 and a Replacement Index value of €105. His sire stack includes Milbrook Tanko, F115 Romario and Litron. He was secured by Noel O’Connor, Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

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Tanderagee Jasper

Samuel Kingston’s second bull on offer “Supreme Justin” commanded a closing bid of €2,500. Justin is by Wilodge Cerberus and out of the homebred Mas Du Clo daughter Supreme Eilleen. He has five star ratings in most traits, along with a Muscle score of 124 and a skeletal score of 123. He was purchased by Leslie Meredith, Athy, Co. Kildare.

Also reaching the €2,500 mark was “Tanderagee John”, the second bull on offer from the herd of Malachy Hennessy. John is a son of Ozeus and Tanderagee Una - a Castle Provider daughter. He has a five star Replacement Index of €116, along with five star ratings in Docility, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation, Daughter milk and Daughter calving interval. Richard Walsh, Inistiogue, Co. Kilkenny acquired this fourth prize winner.

Suckler farmer Neville Farrar, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow purchased “Doonogan Jack” for €2,450. Jack was bred in Mullagh, Co. Clare by Stephen O’Grady. Jack is by Ardlea Dan and out of the Ronick Hawk daughter Doonogan Berta (Et). He has a four star Terminal Index of €112 and a five star Replacement Index of €91.

The third bull on offer from Malachy Hennessy “Tanderagee Jimmy” realised €2,400. Jimmy boasts five star ratings in most traits. He is a son of Archibeau, with back breeding to Clonark Ethan and Epson. Jimmy was award the third prize rosette in the show, he was acquired by Frank Curran, Myshall, Co. Carlow.

The Elite Forever Brill Et son “Moloskey Jesper” was the final bull to sell at €2,400. Jesper was bred by Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare. He has a muscle score of 128 and a skeletal score of 112. Joseph Sinnott, The Ballagh, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford purchased this third prize winner.

Sarah McElligott awarded the Champion title to the very stylish April ’14 born Haltcliffe dancer son “Corlea Jaffa”. Jaffa was bred in Kenagh, Co. Longford by Thomas Connor. His back pedigree includes Nenuphar and Luron. He left the ring unsold having failed to meet his reserve.

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Corlea Jaffa

Reserve Champion here in Tullow was “Moloskey Jude Et”. Jude is son of Wilodge Cerberus and the Gamin daughter Moloskey Ursel Et. He came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass Weight and Carcass conformation. He also left the ring unsold.

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Moloskey Jude

HEIFERS

In the small entry of heifers, the Champion Female rosette was awarded to “Ardglasson Joy”, an 18 month old daughter of Achile. This heifer has Nenuphar and Ferry in her lineage. Joy was bred by Fiona Gilsenan, Kells, Co. Meath. She went unsold.

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Ardglasson Joy

The Reserve Female Champion also went to the Ardglasson herd of Fiona Gilsenan, March ‘14 born “Ardglasson Jessie”€. Jessie is a daughter of Queenshead Altea and the Neuf daughter Ardglasson Gift. She left the ring unsold.

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Ardglasson Jessie

The cow and calf combination “Drumbaron Fifi” with her two month old son “Drumbaron Kabul” were secured by James Gibbons, Trim, Co. Meath for €2,700. Fifi is a daughter of Lino and Milbrook Carla, a Milbrook Tanko daughter. Her calf is a son of Sympa. The Drumbaron herd of Teague Breslin is based in Ardara, Co. Donegal.

The powerful in-calf Ardlea Dan daughter “Drumbaron Ivy” also from the herd of Teague Breslin sold for €2,450. Ivy came to the ring with a Terminal Index value of €122 and five star ratings in Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. She was also secured by James Gibbons.

The youngest heifer on offer sold for €1,550. “Drumbaron Jasmine” is a daughter of Ardlea Dan. She has five star ratings in Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Her new owner is John Malone, Borris, Co. Carlow.

The fourth prize winning heifer “Drumbaron Izzie” realised €1,500. Izzie has a sire stack that includes Queenshead Altea, Lino and Milbrook Tanko. She has a muscle score of 110 along with a skeletal score of 105. She was also purchased by James Gibbons.

NEXT SALE

Our next society sale is the Premier Spring sale which will be held on 27th February 2016 at Roscrea Mart.

Anyone looking for Limousin genetics can contact the Society Office at 025-85036, where we would be delighted help you source your desired bloodlines.

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