The top five bulls sold, averaged €5000 per head.
Of the 36 bulls offered for sale, 22 were sold with a strong average price of €3340 achieved.
On Bank Holiday Monday 25th October, breeders from across Ireland made their way to Roscrea Mart, to the first autumn sale of the season, where 3 females and 36 bulls went under the hammer. With Covid-19 restrictions beginning to ease there was a sense of rejuvenation ring side as both exhibitors and purchasers could once again enjoy each other’s company. Interest in Limousin genetics was buoyant with enthusiastic bidders at the mart, online and over the phone.
A top price of €6,500 was reached at yesterday’s sale. Of the 36 bulls offered for sale, 22 were sold with a strong average price of €3340 achieved. The top five bulls sold, averaged €5000 per head. Demand for easy calving and short gestational sires was evident.
CEO & Breed Secretary of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society, Ronan Murphy commented “Average prices remained strong at our first Autumn sale with easy calving to the forefront with purchasers. There was strong demand for high quality bulls with the top 5 sold averaging €5000 per head. On farm sales of Limousin remain strong with only 68% of catalogued bulls being presented for sale. We would like to wish all buyers every success with their new purchases, and we look forward to our Autumn Premier Show and Sale in Elphin on Saturday 13th November”.
Headlining the sale at €6,500 was Annaghmore Rupert, from breeder Sean Garrett, Ballycastle, Co Mayo. Placing 3rd in a strong class. This March-2020 bull is a Tomschoice Lexicon son, who has an impressive pedigree featuring Wilodge Cerberus and Sympa. Rupert is out of the homebred cow Annaghmore Jewel and boosts a star-studded set of figures for both replacement and terminal indexes with the added bonus of a short gestational value.
Saler Topper Lot 4 Annaghmore Rupert – €6,500
Judging took place on Monday morning, with judging duties undertaken by William Smith from the widely regarded Millbrook Limousin Herd. His top picks of the day were two Derrygullinane Kingbull sons.
Champion Lot 35 Templequain Rubble
Champion Male, was Lot 35 Templequain Rubble from Thomas O’Shea, Rathdowney, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Reserve Champion Male, Lot 25 Coolrain R Kingbull from Gearoid & Padraic Kennedy, Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Following on from the show, we witnessed many of the days prize winners also make an impact in the sales ring.
Lot 34 Keeltown Rahoney selling for €5,100. Brendan Hanley, Keelogues, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford. Placing 2nd to the Champion Rahoney is another Tomschoice Lexicon son and out of Rahoney Flossy who originated from the UK. The May 2020-born bull has also tremendous figures, another double five-star for replacement and terminal indexes with a short gestational value of -.14days
Lot 34 Keeltown Rahoney – €5,100
Hot on his heels selling for €5,000 was the day’s Male Champion Lot 35 Templequain Rubble, from Thomas O’Shea, Rathdowney, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Sired by Derrygullinane Kingbull and out of a homebred dam Templequain Lavender. Rubble is a full brother to Templequain Perry sold at Elphin back in March for €7,050. A stylish bull with favourable figures, he had a positive impact on his perspective buyers.
Next up was Lot 7 Keeltown Rory achieving €4,200 another bull from Brendan Hanley, Keelogues, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford. March 2020-born he too is another Tomschoice Lexicon son and out of a homebred Umpire dam. Rory boasts a superb set of figures and a short gestational value of -0.29
Lot 15 Townleyhall Rudolf – €4,200
Similarly, Lot 15 Townleyhall Rudolf from Derek Russell, Drogheda Co Louth. Sold for €4200. This April 2020 bull placed 1st in his class and is once again sired by Tomschoice Lexicon. Out of a homebred dam Townleyhall Kirsty by Mallary Interpid. Again, it was his short gestational value and high replacement index that proved a real winner with buyers.
At €3,700 was Lot 32 Keltic Rocky, property of Ms Teleri Thomas, Clonguiffen, Longwood, Co Meath. This May 2020 born bull is yet another son of Tomschoice Lexicon and out of a home bred cow Keltic Lili.
Lot 52 Templequain Rebel – €3,400
Stable mate to the days Champion and making €3,400 was Lot 52 Templequain Rebel again from Thomas O’Shea. A September born bull this time sired by Ampertaine Gigolo and out of a Goldies Terence homebred dam. Rebel was first in a strong class of young bulls.
Going under the hammer was for €3,300 was Lot 31 Rhyne Ratler from Mark Hagan, Killoe, Co Longford. A May 2020 born bull was sired by Ampertaine Commander and by home bred heifer Rhyne Madonna out of Kapric Eravelle. With a strong replacement euro value and a short gestational figure he was a favourite amongst buyers. Rather was placed forth in his class.
The next three bulls all achieved €3,200. Lot 6 Gaggin Riverdage ET from PJ Hegarty, Bandon, Co Cork. A March, Baverdage son he is a half brother to Gaggin Power LM7404 in Eurogene.
Lot 14 Parkhill Rocky from Joe Maher, Kikieran, Ballyfoyle, Co Kilkenny was another Derrygullinane Kingbull son. Rocky was placed forth in his class earlier that day.
Finally, Lot 50 Woodroad Ralph from Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co Limerick. Ralph is a home bread bull out of Wood Road Harvey ET. Also placing forth in his class.
Other selling prices
|Lot||Bull Name||Price||Exhibitor||Sire||Show placing|
|16||Coolrain Ranger||€2,900||Gearoid & Padraic Kennedy||Elderberry Galahad||Second|
|51||Knockcoolkeare Rambo||€2,700||Michael Roache||Fuschia|
|43|| Coisceim Rocky||€2,500||James O Connor||Apertaine Gigolo||Third|
|49|| Drumline R1125||€2,500||James Hannon||Tomschoice Lexicon|
|53|| Melwood Rocky||€2,500||Michael Hicky||Casleview Gringo ET|
|19|| Clydagh Renoir||€2,400||Frank Philbin||Ampertaine Foreman|
|24|| Castleview Ronan ET||€2,300||Sean O’Sulliva||Hirohito|
|46|| Coisceim Romeo||€2,300||James O’Connor||Coisceim Lex||Third|
|58|| Portauns Ramona||€2,300||Laurence Lynch||Elderberry Galahad||Third|
|56|| Mullary Ripple||€2,300||Michael Molloy||Moondharrig Knell|
|27|| Coolrain Ricky||€2,200||Gearoid & Padraic Kennedy||Tomschoice Iceberg|
|45|| Coisceim Roman||€2,200||James O’Connor|| Coisceim Lex|
Many thanks to the team at Roscrea mart for hosting the Irish Limousin Cattle Sale and for pulling out all the stops as always.
To Marie, Colette and Claire in the office for processing the entries and putting together the catalogue. To our Stewards and event organisers who ensured the show and sale ran smoothly.
Thank you Alfie & Elaine Shaw at Agrimages for capturing the moment. To view further images from the days action or to purchase copies view Agrimages website
Thank you to our experienced and highly respected auctioneer George Chandler.
And finally thank you to all, bidders and purchasers, we wish you luck with your new stock and for those who when home empty handed, we hope to see you at our Premier Show & Sale in Elphin on the 13th November.
Show on Friday 12th at 6pm followed by Sale on Saturday 13th at 12pm – Catalogue available by clicking here.