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Athenry Mart was the venue for the second pedigree sale of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society’s spring campaign. This was a bumper catalogue of 118 bulls with 88 in total offered for sale on the day. Overall the trade for bulls was steady but with a distinct demand for the quality bulls with shape. Average price on the day of €2,290 with up to 35 realising over €2,000.

Topping the days sale at €5,300 was Mac’s Choice Chris owned by Thomas Burke from Claregalway who was showing in public for the second time. Chris was sired by the ever-popular Rocky and out of a Nino dam. This bull was admired by many and in addition, boosted Muscle index in the top 1% of the breed and 5 Stars for Suckler Beef Value, Weanling Export, Beef Carcass. The successful purchaser was John Craven, Ballina Co. Mayo to run with his 60 cow Limousin cross suckler herd.

Macs Choice Chris

Mac’s Choice Chris

Champion of the pre-sale judging was Gortermone Bobby, presented by Stanley & Mark Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. Bobby was bred by fellow Leitrim breeder Miriam Doyle and caught the eye of judge Philip Crowe from Co. Cavan. The Cavan connection continued for this son of Pacha 19 as he was purchased by Joseph Gillespie, Cootehill, Co. Cavan for the second highest price of €4,050

Gortermone Bobby

Gortermone Bobby

Next best price was €3,450 for Glebe Park Barney, from the herd of John Fahy, Cummer Co. Galway. Barney, a December 2006 son of the popular Mas du Clo, had exceptional indexes with Muscle of 141 and 5 stars for several Eurostar indexes. Barney is now destined for the suckler herd of Martin Linnane, Ballinasloe, CO. Galway.

Glebe Park Barney

Glebe Park Barney

Close behind on the €3,400 mark was Pelletstown Blueboy, from the herd of Roger McCarrick, Drumree, Co. Meath. Blueboy was a homebred son of Pelletstown Newmand and out a Joyau cow and was purchased by John Burke, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.

Pelletstown Blueboy

Pelletstown Blueboy

Other leading prices on the day:

  • €3,250 to Stanley & Mark Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim for a son of Pacha 19
  • €3,100 to John Kenny, Dunkerrin, Co. Offaly for a son of Elite Popsi
  • €3,100 to Tony Darcy, Mullagh, Co. Clare for a son of Pacha 19
  • €3,000 to Liam Joseph Carey, Kilrush, Co. Clare for a son of Nenuphar

The small female section of six heifers saw only one animal sold for €2000, a Ferry daughter from the herd of Michael Hickey, Kilcommon, Co. Tipperary.

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