“Baileys Irishcoffee” is the cream at final bull sale
Tullow mart in county Carlow played host to the final society run bull sale for 2014. Auctioneer was George Candler. Proceeds in Tullow commenced with a show which was judged by Des Joyce of the Lisangeeragh Herd based in Williamstown, Co. Galway. Des is no stranger to the show ring and has had much success at sales in the past.
Speaking at the conclusion of the sale Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary remarked “The sale here today offered purchasers the opportunity to acquire top quality Limousin genetics, the bulls on offer were of a very high standard and with a number of sires represented. The clearance rate of 58% was an improvement of six percent on last year with the average price also improved upon and ten more bulls sold compared to last year. Buyers were very selective and were willing to pay for suitable genetics. Our breeders are constantly striving to provide the market with its desired traits. Any potential purchaser looking for a particular bloodline should not hesitate in contacting the society office where we would be delighted to help them find the bloodlines they desire. Our next sale – the final Premier Heifer sale is on Saturday 22nd of November at Roscrea Mart, where 73 top quality heifers will go under the hammer. I would like to thank all purchasers here today for their investment in the breed, and indeed the purchasers of all Limousin cattle, I wish them every success with their acquisitions. The breed is recognised as being capable of pleasing all markets – this is reflected at marts and factories the length and breadth of the country.”
Achieving the top price for the second year in succession at this venue was county Meath based breeder Tom Bailey, Batterstown. Tom’s March 2013 born bull “Baileys Irishcoffee” was awarded the plaudits for Reserve Champion in the pre-sale show. Irishcoffees’ pedigree is steeped in the Baileys herd – his father is the homebred stock bull Baileys Darwin, while his dam Baileys Eternal is a daughter of Queenshead Altea, another prolific and very successful stock bull. Baileys Darwin is also the sire of Baileys Iceprincess – the Junior Limousin Female Champion at the National Show in Tullamore this August, his granddam is the dam of Baileys Hanley, Male of the Year 2013. Irishcoffee came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass Weight and Carcass Conformation. After sustained bidding he was purchased by Victor Dunne for €3,700.
One bid less secured second prize winner “Ardlea Ivar”. Bred by Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois, Ivar is a son of Cesar and the donor dam Usabel-Ben (also the dam of ERE - Elite Erasmus Et standing in Dovea). Ivar was born in July 2013. He came to the ring with an array of five star ratings and carrying a muscle score of 143 and a skeletal score of 119. Trevor Corrigan was the eventual successful bidder for Ivar.
Des Joyce awarded the Champion title to “Murroe Inver” - presented for sale by Tommy Claffey,Ballykilroe, Ballinagore, Co. Westmeath. Inver was bred by Anthony O'Malley, Knocknagurteeny, Murroe, Co. Limerick. He came to the ring with a Maternal Index of €124 and a Terminal Index value of €130. Inver’s sire is Mistic Fabio, a Sympa son while his dam Broomfield Fruits is a Louxor daughter. Cecil Powers’ bid of €3,400 secured Inver.
Knocked down at the same price was first prize winner “Newtown Ironman Et” from the herd of Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. Ironman is a Wilodge Fastrac son out of the prolific Newtown Rebecca. Ironman boasts five star ratings in many traits. He was purchased by Patrick Cullen.
From the same yard came the €3,250 “Newtown Indicator”. Born in July 2013, Indicator is a son of Fieldson Alfy and the homebred dam Newtown Evonne (a Ronick Hawk daughter). He carries five star ratings in most traits and boasts a muscle score of 131. Stephen Redmond Jr. was his eventual owner.
Also breaking the €3,000 mark was the second prize winner “Tomriland Iggy”. Bred by Noel Kenny,Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Iggy is a son of Tehix and the Sympa daughter - Tomriland Felinda Et. Iggy was purchased by James Kavanagh.
The Galbally Danastic son “Galbally I'll Do” sold to Joseph Prendergast for €2,900. Bred in Wexford by Trevor Masterson, I’ll Do has back-breeding to Lennon Breezer (Et) and Wilodge Vantastic. He boasts five star ratings in Maternal, Terminal, Docility, Carcass Weight and Carcass Conformation.
Third prize winner “Currycramp Intermediate” was purchased by Angela Pender. Intermediate is a son of Ampertaine Commander and the Highlander dam Currycramp Faye. He was bred by Thomas Mulligan, Dromod, Co. Leitrim. He boasts a five star Maternal Index €214 with a five star Terminal Index of €148. €2,800 was his purchase price.
First prize winner “Tomriland Igor Et” realised €2,550. Igor is a Mas Du Clo son out of the French bred Hammel Luc daughter Tessy. He was the second bull sold by Noel Kenny, Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Diarmuid O’Connor was his purchaser.
Stephen O’Grady saw his long journey from Mullagh, Co. Clare reap rewarded when he received €2,500 for “Doonogan Issac”. Born in February 2013, Issac is a Sympa son, his dam Doonogan Beatrice is by Lino. He carries a muscle score of 135 with a skeletal score of 122. Liam Kelly is his new owner.
Skerries, Co. Dublin based Bobby Jones presented an Emerson son “Bremore Itchie”. Awarded third prize in the pre-sale show, Itchie went on to sell for €2,500. Carrying five star ratings in most traits. His back predigree includes Tistou and Ferry. He was acquired by Arthur Hennessy.
Also reaching the €2,500 mark was “Woodview Ilander” an April 2013 born son of Towthorpe Dubai. Ilander is out of Woodview Faith a homebred Lino daughter. He was bred by David Abbott, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan and heads to the herd of Richard Walsh.
The third bull offered for sale by Stanley Richardson’s Newtown herd also realised €2,500. Awarded fourth prize in the show “Newtown Isaac” is a son of Carmorn Copilotand Newtown Alma. He was purchased by Mel Farrell.
First place prize-winner “Portauns Invincible 2nd” a Milbrook Dartangan Et son was sold to Roger McCarthy for €2,500. Invincible 2nd was a prize winner in the South West Club calf Championships. Just thirteen months old Invincible 2nd has Requin and Lino in his lineage. He was bred in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick by Laurence Lynch.
The sixth bull to fetch €2,500 was “Sheemore Ideal” from the herd of Paddy Farrell, Ballinwing, Co. Leitrim. Ideal had been placed second in his class in the show. His sire stack includes Fieldson Alfy, Hortensia and Faignant. He was purchased by Galway based Kathleen Smyth.
In the small entry of females Champion was awarded to “Currycramp Helena” a two and half year old incalf Highlander daughter. Helena was presented for sale by Thomas Mulligan, Dromod. Co. Leitrim. Her stable mate “Currycramp Helen” was tapped forward as Reserve Champion Female. Helen is a daughter of Milbrook Dartangan and was presented for sale incalf to Ardlea Dan. Both heifers left the ring unsold having failed to meet their reserves.
The next official Irish Limousin Cattle Society bull sale is the Premier at Roscrea mart on Saturday 28th February 2015