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Athenry sale reaches high clearance and averages

The strong trade that has been a feature so far in the 2011 Irish Limousin Cattle sales was once again evident in the Society’s official sale in Athenry on Thursday 28th April. With a packed sales ring and customers willing to pay a good price for quality lots the brisk bidding resulted in a clearance of 90% and an average price of € 3194. Breed Society secretary Paul Sykes commenting on the sale, “ farmers are recognising the versatility of the breed, the importance of a live calf per cow per year, easy calving which results in cows been able to go back in calf quickly.

Maternal abilities which has made the breed the number 1 suckler dam and has resulted in a strong trade throughout the country for commercial females, only last Friday 70 Limousin suckler cows were dispersed in Ennis mart with an average price of €2000 and a top of €2820 with a packed ring side present and where the previous week a cull Limousin cow 848 kgs sold for €1500.Then to see the trade at the Tully performance station sale on Easter Monday with the top three prices all being recorded by Limousin €15000, €7000,  €6100, where the 24 Limousin bulls recorded an average daily  weight gain of 2.03kgs and the breed recording the best feed efficiency and muscle depth.

With the cost of feed inputs feed efficiency is vital and when one looks at the QPS grid system considering the breed has always been known as the carcass breed more and more farmers are realising that Limousin are the breed to make the grade.

Customers are also recognising the demand from both the export and home trade for Limousin cattle along with the general improvement of docility in the breed which owes great credit to the breeders for their breed improvement programmes.”

Topping the days trade at € 7000 was Ardnacrusha Famous Et from long time breeder and show man Donal Maloney Ardnacrusha Co Clare. Bred by the ever influential UK sire Sympa and Raquette a dam who herself had been crowned the 2004 Paris show champion. Having won his class in the pre sale show and with a string of prizes last year, including 1st at the All Ireland calf finals in the Kilkenny Beef Expo coupled with the fact that he had a five star SBV €120 with a five star rating in Weanling export, Beef carcass, Daughter fertility, Daughter milk and docility there was no doubt that interest would be strong when Famous entered the sales ring.

Bidding was strong with a flurry of bids from many customers but after a long battle the hammer finally came down at € 7000 and a strong round of applause for both the seller and buyer.Famous heads to Diarmuid Mc Mahon, Boston, Tubber, Co Clare who commenting afterwards “ we were determined that Famous would be coming home with us we followed him last year at the shows, he has style, a depth of back breeding and will be ideal for our new herd, we have purchased 40 quality Limousin heifers which he willing be running with Famous and our intention is to purchase another 60 similar heifers.

Ardnacrusha Famous

Ardnacrusha Famous

Ardnacrusha Famous rear

Ardnacrusha Famous

In at €5200 was Mac’s Choice Elvis from local breeder Thomas Burke Cregmore, Clare Galway. Having been placed Champion of the show by Mr Frank Buckley, Fermoy Co Cork Elvis is by the very well known and influential AI sire Milbrook Tanko who himself combines Mas Du Clo and Broadmeadows Cannon along with Milbrook Monique,  his dam Ardlea Pffifer is back to Ulysse and Hortensia.Even though Elvis had only a SBV € 70 it was quite clear that there was plenty of interest in this quality and powerful bull, once again bidding was very brisk and quickly Elvis was snapped up by John & Michael Delaney Donaghmore, Portlaoise.

Mac's Choice Elvis

Mac’s Choice Elvis

Another 1st prize winning bull Moloskey Eskmo ET from Brendan Clancy Mullagh Ennis Co Clare traded at €4700. This Ampertaine Abracadbra son who himself is by Sympa and Ampertaine Penny and from a home bred dam Moloskey A392 who goes back to Mas Du Clo and Geannt had a SBV €78 and with a five star rating for docility. Once again interest was strong and after some prolonged bidding Eskmo was purchased by mart employee Eddie Madden. Speaking afterwards Eddie said “ I have purchased a Limousin bull at a previous Athenry sale who has done a great job I required another bull for heifers so I wanted something with easy calving, it’s very important nowadays if you have job you need  unassisted calvings and even if you are full time farming help is scarce. I see the trade here in the mart every week for Limousin cattle from suck calves right up to adult cattle they command a premium price. I like the quality of the animal I purchased along with the great temperament he displayed.”

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Moloskey Eskmo ET

In at €3900 was Drumeel E 508 from long time and well known breeder John Abbott , Ballinalee, Co Longford  bred by Sympa and a homebred dam Drumeel Una going back to Djerk and Duc and having a SBV € 124 with five star ratings in Weanling Export, Beef carcass, Daughter fertility and Gestation. This well balanced and powerful bull met a flurry of bids and heads home to Maurice O Sullivan, Valentia Island, Co Kerry.

Drumell E508

Drumeel E508 selling to a packed audience at Athenry mart

Trading at € 3800 was Springvalley Enda 1 from Martin Killeen, Mullagh, Co Clare. By the ever consistent Mas Du Clo and a the home bred dam Springvalley April who combines Genial and Highlander bloodlines Enda with a  SBV €51  displayed great style and was a very correct bull thus again met a strong trade in the ring eventually being purchased by  Anthony Leonard, Ballina, Co Mayo.

Cross Eamon from Tom Feehan, Kilmeena Westport, Co Mayo  was sold at €3700. By the Uk sired Grahams Apache jointly owned by Tom and Michael Philips and who himself is by Waindale Prime and the famous dam Lisette and from Cross Bridget who combines Ronick Hawk and Espoir breeding.Another powerful bull with a five star rating for both Daughter milk and Easy calving Eamon heads to the pedigree herd of Hugh Brady, Stradone , Co Cavan. Commenting afterwards Hugh said “We were looking for a bull displaying good quality and also combining easy calving with plenty of milk Cross Eamon ticked all the boxes.” 

Cross Eamon

Cross Eamon

Roundhill Fabregas from John Killeen, Clonlara, Co Clare saw his entry selling at 3650. By the very successful Uk sire Ronick Hawk who continues to excel and from Roundfield Chamazon Et who includes Nestor and the Beachampton Stuart sired Castleview Grainne. Fabregas had a five star rating for milk and heads to Michael Mannion, Mountbellew, Co Galway.

Two bulls traded at € 3500, Clew Bay Ed from Padraig Golden Carrowholly, Westport Co Mayo by Milbrook Tanko and by Clew Bay Ciara herself by the Jouer son Rubis and Derrycrib Jasmin.Ed who had been awarded Reserve Over All Champion in the pre sale show displayed great power and had many admirers heads to Mr Sean Treacy , Ballycrissane, Ballinasloe.

Clew Bay Ed

Clew Bay Ed

Also in at €3500 was Moloskey Frazer from Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co Clare. Another quality son of Mas Du Clo and the Dauphin sired Garryduff Rosie going back to Volcan .Frazer heads to Mr Gabriel Glynn, Gort, Co Galway.

Sean Garrett Ballycastle Co Mayo saw his Goldies Terence son Ammaghmore Earl selling at € 3450 to Mr Oliver Costello, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. Earl whose grand sire is Ideal 23 and his dam combining Farfelu and Litron breeding displayed a balance of muscle and skeletal along with good €uro Star indexes.

Brid Cronin, Powerscourt, Mallow Co Cork saw her 1st prize winning bull Powerstown Enda selling at € 3350 to Mr Pat Earls, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Once again by Mas Du Clo and by a Malibu dam Powerstown Abby going back to Litron Enda had a SBV € 98 with five star ratings in Weanling Export, Beef Carcass and Docility.

Powerstown Enda

Powerstown Enda

Martin Huban Kinvara Co Galway saw his Mas Du Clo son Nogra Eoin selling at €3300 to Mr James Martin Monivea Co Galway . Eoin  by the Litron sired dam Trellic Una had a five star rating in both Weanling export and Docility.

Also changing hands at €3300 was Brooklands Flash from John Hickey Kilcommon Co Tipperary. Flash by Mas Du Clo and Andfield Rebecca, a dam by Highlander and Redmills Elderado displayed five stars in Weanling export, Daughter fertility and Docility. Purchaser of Flash was Mr Enda Tannian, Gort, Co Galway.

Brid Cronin Powerstown, Mallow, Co Cork  was back in again receiving €3150 for her Castleview Virulent son Powerstown Fred.With breeding back to Geannt and Gentille on the sires side and by the dam Powerstown April an Omar daughter with bloodlines back to Litron , Fred with a SBV €104 and five star ratings in Weanling export, Daughter fertility and Docility heads to Co Tipperary farmer Mr John Foley Nenagh.

Francis Brady, Crossdoney Co Cavan saw his Valleymount Fred changing hands at €3100 to Mr Martin Meehan Carron Co Clare. Fred who is by the Ronick Hawk sire Honeylodge Bolero and Valleymount  Vanity going back to Milbrook Lancelot and Hortensia sold with a SBV €113 and five star ratings in Weanling export, Beef carcass.

Valleymount Fred

Valleymount Fred

Also selling at € 3100 was Patsy Creighton with his Mas Du Clo sired Aloor Ecicle by Aloor Pepsi with back breeding which includes Dauphin and Golfeur. Boasting a SBV € 91   and with a five star rating in Weanling export and Beef carcass Ecicle heads to Gerry Gannon Miltown Tuam Co Galway

Mr Pat McGuinness saw his Milbrook Tanko son Cloverhill El Paso selling at € 3000 to Mr Tom Hanley, Athenry, Co Galway.El Paso who was bred by Tom Walsh Manualla, Castlebar Co Mayo is by Curraghree Attracta Et a dam back to Grahams Samson and Pelletstown Katie.

In a very small entry of females the Champion went to Groe Elsey bred by Pt J Kenny Moylough Ballinasloe Co Galway. Elsey is by Rocky and by Loran Rose, a daughter of F035 by Giroflee and Cullohill Joan back to Lumbylaw Bacardi.With five star ratings in SBV, Weanling export, Beef carcass and Daughter milk Elsey failed to meet her reserve.

Groe Elsey

Groe Elsey

The reserve female Champion went to Patrick Gill, Kilskeagh, Athenry Co Galway with Kilskeagh Elaine, by the high profile sire Sauvignon and Kilskeagh Bernie a dam with Highlander and Elezear breeding. Elaine with a SBV € 124 and five star ratings in weanling export,Beef carcass, Daughter fertility,Daughter milk, Maternal calving and Docility sold at € 2450 to pedigree breeder Michael Kenny. Ferbane Co Offaly 

Other leading prices

  • € 2950 Martin Killeen  Springvalley Floyd to Michael Whiriskey Craughwell Co Galway
  • € 2900 Michael McInerney  Brickhill Europa to Michael O Sullivan Roscahill, Co Galway
  • € 2850 Martin Huban Nogra Edward to John Cole Belturbet Co Cavan
  • € 2850 Mark Clune  Droninaou Enda to Seamus Delaney, Nenagh, Co Tipperary
  • € 2850 Micheal Hester Meelickaduff Et to Dan Reid, Castletowngeo Co Westmeath
  • € 2800 Aidan Baker Carrigdown Eno to Sean Devary, Clara Co Offaly
  • € 2700 John Fahy Glebe Park Evan to Patrick Fahy, Cummer Tuam
  • € 2700 Peter Kelly Castleboy Eanna to John Nestor Tuam Co Galway 

The next Irish Limousin Society sale is in Roscommon on Saturday 14th May with the final spring sale in Roscrea on 23rd May.

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Ammaghmore Eamon 1st prizewinner

Ballybrane Eddie

Ballybrane Eddie 1st prizewinner

Ballybrane Eddie

Busy line up at Athenry mart

Ballybrane Eddie

Shirley Busteed (Irish Farmers Journal), Paul Sykes (ILCS), Andrew Mc Carthy (Breeder)

Ballybrane Eddie

Dr. Frank Buckley (judge) with his champion and reserve champion at Athenry Mart


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