Pictured above: Senior Male Champion, Creenagh Rocko, owned by Gareth McGuinness. He sold for €9,000

All roads led to Roscrea Mart on Saturday, November 5th, for the Irish Limousin Cattle Society’s autumn premier show and sale. The show – which kicked off at 9:30am – consisted of a Junior and Senior Male Championship, and a Female Championship.

The task of judging the show was left in the very capable hands of Chris Neale of Nealford Limousins in the UK, while George Candler got the sale underway promptly after the show which included some 65 bulls and 22 heifers.

Autumn Premier Show judge, Chris Neale

Continuing on the success of the society’s 2022 spring sales campaigns, there was a noticeable interest the strong, quality beef bulls that were presented for sale on the day, leading to an average price of €4,135 for the males.

Additionally, there was demand too for the females, which led to an average price paid of €3,490 and an overall clearance rate of 70% – including the bulls and heifers.

It was standing room only for larger parts of both the show and the sale at the Tipperary-based venue. In terms buyer locations, a large geographical spread achieved with bulls being exported to Northern Ireland and many more finding homes in the west, midlands and south of the country.

The Champions

Starting with the prize winners, it was Gareth McGuinness’ Creenagh Rocko, a November-2020 born bull that took home the Senior Male Championship top spot. This bull, which was bred by Joe Logan, is sired by Mereside Godolphin out of the dam, Creenagh Jill. He carries 4-stars on the Replacement Index and 5-stars on the Terminal Index.

Rocko, who was crowned National Senior Male Champion in Tullamore this year, later went on to be purchased for €9,000 – the joint top price on the day – with his new owners based in Co. Antrim.

Senior Male Champion, Creenagh Rocko, sold for €9,000

The Reserve Senior Champion was awarded to lot number 7, Killcastle Saturno ET – a February-2021 born, Ronick Hawk son. Saturno was bred by Westmeath-based breeders, A & P Kelly. Out of the dam Killcastle Marilyn Monique ET, he carries 4-stars on both the Replacement and Terminal Index.

A first prize winning senior bull at the recent 50th Anniversary Extravaganza in Carrick-on-Shannon, Saturno headed for his new home in Co. Kerry; the well-conformed bull also went under the hammer for €9,000.

Reserve Senior Champion, Killcastle Saturno ET, sold for €9,000

Turning to the Junior Male Championship, Darragh O’Meara secured the champion award with his bull Hurricane Scat Man ET. The September-2021 born bull is sired by Ampertaine Foreman and carries 4-stars on the Replacement Index and 5-stars on the Terminal Index.

Bred from Hurricane Lady Hawk ET – an Ampertaine Elgin daughter – he won numerous Champion and Interbreed Champion awards on the the circuit this summer, while also taking home the Reserve Senior Champion in Tullamore last August.

George Candler’s hammer fell at €6,400 in the sale ring later in the day.

Junior Male Champion, Hurricane Scat Man ET, sold for €6,400

Co. Meath-based breeder, Eddie Daly, secured the Reserve Junior Champion with his bull, Clonmahon Spartacus ET. Born in July 2021 with plenty of shape and power, he carries 4-stars on the Replacement Index and 5-stars on the Terminal Index.

Sired by Ampertaine Foreman out of the dam – Bremore Goldielocks, he sold for €4,000 and will now call Co. Clare home.

Reserve Junior Champion, Clonmahon Spartacus ET, sold for €4,000

Moving to the Female Classes, the champion was awarded to Thomas O’Shea for his heifer, Templequain Sheeba. A September-2021 born, Ampertaine Foreman daughter, she carries 4-stars on the Replacement Index.

Bred from the dam Templequain Penny, Sheeba later sold for €6,900.

Female Champion, Templequain Sheeba, sold for €6,900

The Reserve Champion was awarded to another Ampertaine Foreman daughter – lot number 78, Clonguish Rosalie. Bred by Joeseph McGarry, Rosalie was born in November 2020 and also carries 4-stars on the Replacement Index.

Her dam, Castleview Jewel, is a Wilodge Tonka-bred cow; she was sold for €5,800 during the sale.

Reserve Female Champion, Clonguish Rosalie, sold for €5,800

Strong demand for quality

As mentioned above, there was a huge demand for quality beef bulls and this was evident in the prices achieved on the day. The second highest price was achieved by David Cogan and his bull, Clooncara Limousins Showman.

Showman, a Ampertaine Majestic son, was awarded first in his class earlier in the day and went on to sell for €7,100. Out of the dam Thomastown Harriet – a Wilodge Tonka daughter – he carries 5-stars on the Replacement Index and 5-stars on the Terminal Index.

Clooncara Limousins Showman sold for €7,100

Next up was Kevin Graham and his bull, Liverpool Sonny. A son of Ampertaine Magnum out of the dam Liverpool Mango, Sonny sold for €6,000. This stylish bull carries 5-stars on both the Replacement and Terminal Indexes and has a calving difficulty figure of 1.8% on beef cows.

Liverpool Sonny

Liverpool Sonny went under the hammer for €6,000

On the day, there were many bulls falling into the €5,000 to €6,000 price bracket. First to do so was Mayo breeder, Sean Garrett, and his bull Ammaghmore Sparkler. This March-2021 born bull went under the hammer for €5,700.

Sparkler – who a second prize winner on Saturday – is a Ampertaine Nugent son out of the dam, Ammaghmore Hazel – an Ampertain Commander daughter. He carries 4-stars on the Replacement Index and 5-stars on the Terminal Index.

Ammaghmore Sparkler sold for €5,700

Next up to hit the high notes was Teleri Thomas and her April-2021 born bull, Ewdenvale Ivor son – Keltic Snoopy. With 5-stars across the board, Snoopy went under the hammer for €5,900.

Jimmy McHugh from Dundalk, Co. Louth, secured €5,500 for his July-2021 born bull, Killmactransa Sidney – a third prize winner on the day. He is fully french bred – sired by Objat out of the dam, Mirka.

Lot 49, Cloghbane Sauron, was sold for €5,000. This bull, bred by Eamon Boland, was born in May 2021 and carries 5-stars on the Replacement Index and 5-stars on the Terminal Index. He is sired by Ampertaine Nugent and out of the dam Cloghbane Nova – a Tomschoice Ironstone daughter.

Co. Offaly man, Tom Harney achieved €5,000 for his bull, Finboy Sultan ET. This bull is sired by Tomschoice Lexicon out of a Wilodge Cerberus-sired dam – Finboy Icepop. He was born in July 2021 and has 5-stars across the board.

In addition, €4,500 was hit on two occasions. First by Alan Borton and his bull, Brookfield Socks. Socks was born in September 2021 and is a son of Ampertaine Nugent and the dam, Liscarn Harmony.

Brookfield Socks sold for €4,500

Brookfield Socks sold for €4,500

Second to make €4,500 was lot 75 – Donnelly Santa Cruz. Owned by Anthony Donnelly, Santa Cruz was born in September 2021 and carries 4-stars on the Replacement Index and 5-stars on the Terminal Index. He is sired by Mereside Godolphin out of a Wilodge Vantastic-sired dam – Donnelly Jasmin ET.

Co. Offaly man, John Kenny secured €4,400 for his bull, Carrefour Samson – an April-2021 born son of Derrygullinane Kingbull. Samson has 5-stars on both the Replacement and Terminal Index.

Carrefour Samson made €4,400

 

Other bull prices from the sale
PriceExhibitorAnimalSireDam
€4,300Thomas ConnorCorlea SodaGrenacheCorlea Icare
€4,200James O’GradyMeenross Surprise ETLodge HamletCastleview Felicity
€4,200Bernard GarrettThe Grove Farm SammyKapriceo EravelleThe Grove Farm Primrose
€4,000Malachy ByrneCoraghy Spencer RedDamonaCoraghy Madge ET
€4,000Teleri ThomasKeltic SupertedGreensons Howlett PPKeltic Nepeta
€4,000A & P KellyKillcastle SalvadorGaminKillcastle Nikita
€4,000William SmithMilbrook Soverign ETMilbrook Nobel ETMilbrook Enya
€3,600Sean GarrettAmmaghmore SydneyLodge HamletAmmaghmore Jewel
€3,500Pat SheehanDrombanny StarbuckEwekDrombanny Molly
€3,400Derek RussellTownlwyhall SupermanKaprico EravelleTownleyhall Jasmin
€3,300Joe LoganCreenagh SantiagoAmpertaine MajesticCreenagh Kilan
€3,300Bernard GarrettThe Grove Farm SolskjaerArdlea Napoleon ETThe Grove Farm Lulu
€3,300James O’GradyMeenross Surprise ETAmpertaine CommanderMeenross June ET
€3,250James O’GradyMeenross RicardoAmpertaine InfernoMeenross Macarena ET
€3,200Bernard GarrettThe Grove Farm StoutAmpertaine GigoloThe Grove Farm Nula
€3,000A & P KellyKillcastle SonicAmpertaine MajesticKillcastle Kylie Monique ET
€3,000Mary TarpeyBoyanagh SandroAmpertaine NugentBoyanagh Franchesca
€2,800Anthony MoloneyFairhill ScullyAmpertaine CommanderFairhill Intrigue
€2,800Tim CorridanRoundhill Silver 2139Castleview LawerencerRoundhill N Melodie 1837
€2,700Eddie LynchErnvevalley Snapshot ETMereside LorenzoClaragh Ione
€2,700Thomas O’SheaTemplequain SammyGorrycam NotoriousTemplequain Natalie
€2,600Joeseph ButlerRavanny Super NovaMoonharrig KnellRavanny Nina
€2,600Derek RussellTownleyhall ShotgunTomschoice LexiconTownleyhall Lesly
€2,500Michael MolloyMulary SuzukiTomschoice LexiconMullary Nerissa
€2,500James O;GradyMeenross StarburstPlumtree FantasticMeenross June ET
€2,400Michael MolloyMullary SheaGoldies JackpotBishopland Missy
€2,400Thomas O’LearyCoolfern SorelChaumeilCoolfern Natasha

 

Looking at some of the heifer prices achieved on the day, Michael Molloy secured €4,100 and €3,800 for his heifers Mullary Sky and Mullary Snowdrop. Sky is a daughter of Kaprico Eravelle, while Snowdrop is sired by Tomschoice Lexicon.

Additionally, Co. Clare-based breeder, James O’Grady, secured €3,600 for his Wilodge Cerberus-bred heifer – Meenross Rafello, while regular exhibitor John Hickey secured €3,300 for his two heifers – Brookland Scarlett and Brookland Sally.

Other heifer prices from the sale
PriceExhibitorAnimalSireDam
€4,100Michael MolloyMullary SkyKaprico EravelleMullary Nelly
€3,800Michael MolloyMullary SnowdropTomschoice LexiconAshleigh Delilah ET
€3,600James O’GradyMeenross RafelloWilodge CerberusMeenross Mojo
€3,300John HickeyBrookland ScarlettGerrygullinane GlenBrookland Maggie
€3,300John HickeyBrookland SallyAmpertaine MajesticDrummin Millie ET
€3,000Joeseph ButlerRavanny SuzieLodge HamletErnevalley Lauryn ET
€3,000John LynchPortauns SamonaEwdenvale IvorPortauns Mystical Lady
€3,000Michael HesterMeelickaduff Sporty SpiceAmpertaine CommanderMelickaduff Porshe
€2,900John LynchPortauns Sassy LadyEwdenvale IvorPortauns Kilmallock
€2,800Ciaran BogueStragheglin SofieMereside GodolphinStragheglin Katie
€2,800Michael GunnOvaun SkittlesCameosOvaun Isabella
€2,500Ciaran BogueStragheglin SandraMereside GodolphinStragheglin Margaret
€2,500Darragh O’MearaHurricane SenioritaPlumtree FantasticHurricane Heidi ET
€2,500John LynchPortauns SeravelleTonschoice IcebergPortauns Pauline

Speaking after the sale, Pat Mulvehill, CEO of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society, said: “This was another very positive sale for Irish Limousin. We seen a strong demand from Irish farmers for quality Limousin genetics.

“Commercial Limousin cattle prices have been performing extremely well this autumn in mart sale rings, thus driving the demand we witnessed at this sale.

“Similarly to the society’s spring sales campaign, the strong average prices and clearance rates testify the confidence in the marketplace for quality Limousin beef genetics,” he said.

The society would like congratulate all breeders and thank all under bidders and wish all successful purchasers the very best of luck with their new bulls and heifers.  The society would also like to thank Roscrea Mart and the Limousin council stewards for their help in making the autumn premier a success.

The next society sale will take place in Athenry Mart on Saturday, December 10th.

Sale Highlights

  • 70%: Clearance Rate
  • €4,135: Ave. Bull Price
  • €3,490: Ave. Heifer Price
  • €9,000 (x2): Top-priced Bull
  • 1 Bull €7,000-8,000
  • 2 Bulls €6,000 -7,000
  • 5 Bulls €5,000-6,000
  • 11 Bulls €4,000-5,000
  • 10 Bulls €3,000-4,000
  • 12 Bulls €2,000-3,000
  • €6,900: Top-priced Heifer
  • 1 Heifer €6,000-7,000
  • 1 Heifer €5,000-6,000
  • 1 Heifer €4,000-5,000
  • 7 Heifers €3,000-4,000
  •  7 Heifers €2,000-3,000

Show results

Senior Male Classes
Class 1: (Lots 1-11)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stGareth McGuinnessCreenagh RockoMereside GodolphinCreenagh Jill
2ndA & P KellyKillcastle Saturno ETRonick HawkKillcastle Marilyn Monique ET
3rdJames O’GradyMeenross Surprise ETLodge HamletCastleview Felicity
4thJames O’GradyMeenross RicardoAmpertaine InfernoMeenross Macarena ET

 

 

Senior Male Classes
Class 2: (Lots 12-23)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stDavid CoganClooncara Limousins ShowmanAmpertaine MajesticThomastown Harriet
2ndSean GarrettAmmaghmore SparklerAmpertaine NugentAmmaghmore Hazel
3rdAnthony MoloneyFairhill ScullyAmpertaine CommanderFairhill Intrigue
4thThomas O’HarteCoraghy Spencer RedDamonaCoraghy Madge ET

 

Senior Male Classes
Class 3: (Lots 24-34)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stKevin GrahamLiverpool SonnyAmpertaine MagnumLiverpool  Margo
2ndAlan BortonBrookfield SocksAmpertaine NugentLiscarn Harmony
3rdTeleri ThomasKeltic SnoopyEwdenvale IvorKeltic Nore
4thThomas O’SheaTemplequain SammyGorrycam NotoriousTemplequain Natalie

 

Senior  Male Classes
Class 4: (Lots 35-45)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stJohn KennyCarrefour SamsonDerrygullinane KingbullCarrefour Madonna
2ndThomas ConnorCorlea SodaGrenacheCorlea Icare
3rdJohn & Stephen
Lynch
Ballinascraw SuperstarGorrycam NotoriousBallinascraw Kylie 2
4thMichael McKeownCurrane SmokeyMereside GodolphinCurrane June

 

Senior Male Championship
ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
ChampionGareth McGuinnessCreenagh RockoMereside GodolphinCreenagh Jill
Reserve ChampionA & P KellyKillcastle Saturno ETRonick HawkKillcastle Marilyn Monique ET

 

 

Junior Male Classes
Class 5: (Lots 46-56)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stEamon BolandCloghbane SauronAmpertaine NugentCloghbane Nova
2ndA & P KellyKillcastle SalvadorGaminKillcastle Nikita
3rdEddie LynchErnevalley Snapshot ETMereside LorenzoClaragh Ione
4thBernard GarrettThe Grove Farm
Solskjaer
Ardlea Napoleon ETThe Grove Farm
Lulu

 

Junior Male Classes
Class 6: (Lots 57-67)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stEddie DalyClonmahon Spartacus ETAmpertaine ForemanBremore Goldielocks
2ndTom HarneyFinboy Sultan ETTomschoice LexiconFinboy Icepop
3rdJimmy McHughKillmactransa SidneyObjatMirka
4thBernard GarrettThe Grove Farm
Stout
Ampertaine GigoloThe Grove Farm
Nula

 

Junior Male Classes
Class 7: (Lots 68-77)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stDarragh O’MearaHurricane Scat Man ETAmpertaine ForemanHurricane Lady
Hawk ET
2ndJohn ConnellCarrickmore Saint Ledge ETSympaBaileys Iceprincess
3rdWilliam SmithMilbrook Soverign ETMilbrook Nobel ETMilbrook Enya
4thAnthony DonnellyDonnelly Santa CruzMereside GodolphinDonnelly Jasmin ET

 

Junior Male Championship
ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
ChampionDarragh O’MearaHurricane Scat Man ETAmpertaine ForemanHurricane Lady Hawk ET
Reserve ChampionEddie DalyClonmahon Spartacus ETAmpertaine ForemanBremore Goldielocks

 

 

Female Classes
Class 8: (Lots 78-90)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stJoseph McGarryClonguish RosalieAmpertaine ForemanCastleview Jewel
2ndJames O’GradyMeenross RafelloWilodge CerberusMeenross Mojo
3rdDerek RussellTownleyhall SaraCladdagh McCabeTownleyhall Invisible
4thCiaran BogueStragheglin SandraMereside GodolphinStragheglin Margaret

 

Female Classes
Class 9: (Lots 91-103)ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
1stThomas O’SheaTemplequain SheebaAmpertaine ForemanTemplequain Penny
2ndJohn HickeyBrookland ScarlettGerrygullinane GlenBrookland Maggie
3rdJohn HickeyBrookland SallyAmpertaine MajesticDrummin Millie ET
4thDarragh O’MearaHurricane
Seniorita
Plumtree
Fantastic
Hurricane Heidi ET
 

 

Female Championship
ExhibitorAnimalSireDam
ChampionThomas O’SheaTemplequain SheebaAmpertaine ForemanTemplequain Penny
Reserve ChampionJoseph McGarryClonguish RosalieAmpertaine ForemanCastleview Jewel

 

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