The strong demand for Limousin continued at the 2nd Tully Performance Test Centre sale on Saturday 5th May. The top priced bull of all breeds at €14,800 went to Pelletstown Adolf from Roger McCarrick, Drumree, Co. Meath. The bidding was fast & furious with the final bid coming from Jim Parkinson, New Inn, Co. Tipperary for his Marlhill Pedigree Herd. Adolf was born on the 2nd March 2005 and is by herd stock sire Pelletstown Newman who has produced bulls to €15,600 to date. The dam Pelletstown Pixie is by the well-known Hatcliffe Hercules and out of Pelletstown Hazel, a Pelletstown Buccaneer daughter. This combination Pelletstown Newman x Pelletstown Pixie produced the second highest price at the corresponding sale last year.
Pelletstown Adolf (Pelletstown Newman x Hatcliffe Hercules) with Peter McCarrick, Alyssa Parkinson & Jim Parkinson
The second highest price in the Limousin section of €7,400 went to Baileys Aidan from Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath. This first prizewinner in the Limousin section boasted an ADG of 2.28 kg. He was born on the 6th March 2005 and is out Genereux and dam Woodview Tinkerbell, a Hortensia daughter purchased at a Limousin society sale for €2,200. The final bidder for this very beefy bull was commercial suckler farmer William Champ, Portarlington, Co. Laois to join his 300-cow suckler herd.
Baileys Aidan (Genereux x Hortensia) with Pat Greaney (Baileys Herd) & William Champ
The third highest price of €3,600 was shared between two bulls Carwin Axel & Elite Adair. Carwin Axel from Raymond Carolan, Cavan, Co. Cavan was the second prizewinner in the competition had an impressive weight gain of 2.01 kg/day. A son of the herd sire Roundhill Saturn, an Ideal 23 son he is out of a homebred cow Carwin Ruth, a Grange Balerno daughter. This bull born on the 29th March 2005 was bought by Scottish breeder Archie MacGregor.
The other bull on the same price Elite Adair from Bernadette Tynan, Ballyroan, Co.Laois was a Valentine’s Day calf born on the 14th February 2005. A son of the popular sire Mas du Clo and out the French imported dam Natacha, a Cesar daughter he boasted impressive BLUP figures to put him in the 5% of the breed.
The overall trade for bulls was steady resulting in a 71% clearance rate to average €3,018 (up €358 on the corresponding sale last year).