The final Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale of 2011 was held at Tullow mart on Wednesday 23rd November. The rather small entry of bulls met a very strong trade with an average price of €3309 and a clearance rate of 89%.
Commenting on the sale Breed Secretary Paul Sykes said “ we have seen a continuation of the trend this autumn where demand is exceeding supply with a number of customers failing to purchase a bull again today. The strong commercial trade along with a renewed interest in both suckling and also within the breed has all contributed to this trade, at last pedigree breeders are being paid a realistic price for their animals. More and more customers are coming over to the breed and acknowledging the fact of the improvements with particular emphasis on docility and weight gain. Limousin cattle are commanding a premium in all sectors of the industry and farmers are investing in the breed.”
Topping the days trading at €5100 was Ard-Choill Freddy from Mr Kevin McInerney, Newmarket on Fergus Co Clare. Having earlier been placed 1st in his class in the pre sale show this son of the popular sire Fieldsons Alfy and by a French dam F091 Oreille had plenty of admirers and met a flurry of bids. With a SBV of €139 and top star ratings in 6 traits Freddy heads to suckler farmer Mr Thomas Driver, Rathdangan, Co Wicklow.
Ard Choill Freddy
Mr James Coffey saw his 3rd prize bull Derryguile Frankie selling for €5000 to Co Galway farmer Mr Laurence Fallon, Ballinasloe.With a five star SBV of €120 and top traits in Weanling, Beef & Daughter Fertility this son of the high profile Sympa is by a homebred dam Derryguile A065 herself by Lino and back breeding to Elezear.
Selling at €4800 was Templequain Flint from Mr Brendan O Shea, Portlaoise Co Laois. This Acajou son who is by Templequain Veronica ET who herself is by Dalida and Imperial had a fivestar SBV of €124 and top traits in Weanling, Beef, Daughter milk & Docility. Flint was quickly snapped up by Co Kildare suckler farmer Mr John Rushe, Derrinturn.
Following on from his recent success at the Premier sales Mr Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore Co Leitrim once again saw his entry Newtown Festin being awarded the Overall Championship by the judge on the day Mr John O Grady from the Bloomfield Limousin herd based in Midleton Co Cork. By the Mas Du Clo sired Castleview Umar and a dam Castleview Temptation who herself has a pedigree including Festin & Ferry Newtown Festin sold with a two star SBV of €54 and heads to Mr WJ Hogan, Thurles Co Tipperary at €4300.
Mr Thomas Bailey Batterstown Co Meath saw his Reserve Overall Champion Baileys Felix sell for €4200 to Co Wexford suckler farmer Mr Thomas Crean, Gorey. By the Baileys stock sire Queenshead Altea who has seen his progeny consistently commanding high prices and who himself is by the very successful UK sire Greensons Gigolo and by Baileys Annabelle a dam with breeding including Pelletstown Pompernell, Ferry , Pelletstown Estelle & Nectar, Felix had a four star SBV of €77 with top ratings in Weanling & Calving Difficulty.
Mr Tom Feehan saw his long journey from Westport in Co Mayo well rewarded when his Grahams Apache sired entry Cross Fergus sold for €4000 to a Co Kilkenny farmer based at Johnstown. From a French dam by another influential sire Jersey Fergus had top star ratings in both Daughter Fertility & Daughter Milk.
First time exhibitor Mr Brendan Boyce Newmarket On Fergus saw his Sympa sired entry Stonehall Fabulous changing hands at €3600 to Mr Noel Banville, Folksmills Co . Fabulous who is by a Orly sired dam Lake Tracy with breeding which includes Lumbylaw Bacardi & Gorvagh Everest, sold with a five star SBV of €93 and top ratings in Beef, Daughter Fertility & Docility.
Selling at €3500 was Corlea Fred from Mr Thomas Connor Kenagh Co Longford, by Sauvignon and a Nenuphar homebred dam Corlea Collette.With a five star SBV of €104 and top ratings in Weanling Export & Beef Carcass he heads to Co Wexford based farmer Mr Thomas O Toole, Gorey.
Co Longford breeder Mr Brendan Hanley Edgeworthstown saw his Wilodge Vantastic sired Keeltown Foxy selling for €3150 to Mr Patrick Madden Roscrea Co Tipperary. By a Navarin sired dam Sheemore Unjust Foxy sold with a five star SBV of €115 along with having five stars in Weanling Export, Beef Carcass & Docility.
Mr Murt Byrne Gorey Co Wexford sold his entry Askamore Fergus for €3100 to Ms Elsie Kehoe, Enniscorthy Co Wexford. By the Imperial sired herd sire Threefriars V5 and a Gamin sired dam Askamore Vivienne Fergus sold with a three star SBV of €60 and a five star rating for Docility.
Two animals shared the selling price of €3000, the first Templequain Fiddlesticks from Mr Brendan O Shea, Portlaoise Co Laois. By the French Sersia sire Neuf and by homebred dam Templequain Vicky ET who is a daughter of the high profile dam Hallea Fiddlesticks who had a five star SBV of €118 and top star ratings in Weanling Export, Beef Carcass, Daughter Fertility & Daughter Milk joins Co Wicklow suckler farmer Mr Peadar Kavanagh, Kilbride.
The second bull to sell at €3000 was Maythorn Future 1 from Mr Martin McConnan, Carrickmacross Co Monaghan. This son of the French sire On Dit and by a homebred dam with breeding which includes Lino & Gamin sold with a five star SBV of €120 and top ratings in Weanling Export, Beef Carcass, Daughter Milk & Docilty. Future was purchased by Co Kildare based suckler farmer Mr Francis Stynes, Monasterevan.
The next Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale will be the Premier Bull sale at Roscrea mart on Monday 19th March 2012.