By Doreen Corridan

Pictured above: Katie, with Lot 12 – Roundhill IUnanime 1440

On Saturday, September 10th, Roundhill and Castleview Limousin herds held their 9th Genetic Advantage Sale with the entire horned section and select polled females on offer from Roundhill.

It was a memorable day for Roundhill Limousins and their Unanime Family, who once again was to the forefront following on from a very successful Tullamore Show. On Saturday, five progeny grossed in excess of €45,100 from the Unanime family.

Lot 12 the 2013 born Roundhill I Unanime 1440 considered the Queen at Roundhill who drew a lot of attention prior to the sale was knocked down at €12,000 and is heading to the herd of Neil & Stuart Barclay Aberdeenshire.

Also heading to Aberdeenshire is Lot 25 Roundhill NMelodie 1837 from the Melodie family and sired by a son of Unanime she was knocked down at €9,400. Topping the sale was Lot 40 Roundhill S Unanime 2123 a February 2021 born Ampertaine Foreman daughter of Lot 12 sold for €13,000 following swift bidding to Ross Fitzgerald, Co Mayo.

Two further Lots bred at Ballybrown from Roundhill LUnanime 1656, Lot 42 a Gamin daughter was sold with her February 2022 born Magnum daughter for €6,000 to Pat Vaughan of Thurles and a Plumtree Fantastic January 2021 born Lot 23 sold for €4,700 to Malachy Byrne.

Polled heifers were in demand in Roscrea, with many breeders exploring the option of introducing polled genetics into their herds. The first homozygous polled heifers to be sold in Ireland are heading to Enniscorthy to the herd of Thomas Swaine, these two cracking October 2020 born heifers were sired by Miro PP from Hinz PP grand dams Lot 7 and Lot 15 both sold for €5,100 each.

Two October 2020 born polled Miro PP daughters are heading to Westmeath to the herd of Liam Lynn, Lot 24 from an Idalgo dam sold for €4,300 and Lot 19 from a Bavardage dam sold for €4,000. Lot 36 a Karlos PP sired daughter sold for €4,100 to Gerry Devitt from Mallow.

A 2017 daughter of Commander Lot 20 from Roundhill HGiroflee 1366 back incalf to Lexicon sold for €4,800. A 2018 Bavardage daughter Roundhill NLeny 1898 Lot 16 back incalf to Lennox sold for €4,400. A 2018 Cameos daughter Roundhill NBelladone 1841 Lot 33 back incalf to Lennox sold for €4,300. Lot 3 a February 2021 born Eravelle heifer Roundhill Sleny 2126 sold for €4,000.

Roundhill GRomance 1338 a 5 star 2011 born cow in calf to Cameos with her 10th pregnancy with a calving interval of 357 days after 9 calves was snapped up by the Castleview Herd.

Leading the way for the Castleview herd of Sean O Sullivan was Lot 2 a Commander daughter Castleview Patrice 2 from the same family as CVV was sold for €4,700 to Michael O Neill from Kilteely.

Lot 35 a daughter of Hawk from a Vermont cow is also heading to Kilteely having being knocked down at €3,900. Lot 5 Castleview Paulette a Cameos daughter is heading to the herd of Anthony Brennan in Co. Monaghan. Castleview Sadie Lot 26 a May 21 Eravelle daughter from a Commander dam is heading to Joe Fitzpatricks herd in Templemore.

The trade was brisk with 55 lots on offer and a 95% clearance with an overall average of €3,750.

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