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The well established Carwin Limousin herd was sold on 14th September 2013. The herd which was established in 1985 by Ray and Una Carolan was based in Ardlow, Virginia, Cavan. Carwin Limousin were very influential in cattle breeding circles – the name Carwin is synonymous with quality.

A huge crowd from all over Ireland had gathered since early afternoon in anticipation of a great sale. The Auctioneer for the sale was George Candler.

Topping the prices at €8,400 was “Carwin Dupont”, an April 2008 born Roundhill Saturn daughter. Dupont sold with her Queenshead Altea daughter “Carwin Inmate” at foot, and was scanned incalf to Wilodge Cerberus. Dupont is a daughter of the aforementioned Luttrellstown Kate. She sold to Joe Fitzpatrick, Templemore for his College Hill herd.

John and David Kenny of the Carrefour herd, Dunkerrin, Offaly were the successful bidders for “Carwin Example” at €8,200. Example is a Roundhill Saturn daughter out of Carwin V Eronica (a Mas Du Clo daughter with back breeding to Grange Balerno and Kate). She sold incalf to Wilodge Cerberus.

Selling at €8,100 was the in-calf Ampertaine Bravo daughter “Goldies Fairylight”. Fairylight was bred in Scotland by The Goldie Family. Her new owner is Gerard Huban of the Nogra herd based in Kinvara, Galway. Fairylight sold incalf to Wilodge Cerberus.

The Milou-Mn daughter “Carwin Fortune” changed hands for €8,000. This young cow sold with her Roundhill Saturn son at foot – Carwin Icaros. Fortune is out of Carwin Pender (a Grange Balerno daughter). She sold to an overseas client.

After a flurry of bids “Carwin Vrac” was snapped up by Martin Doherty of the Liss herd based in Donegal for €7,100. Born in 2004, Vrac is a daughter of Roundhill Saturn and Carwin Icos, with back breeding to Grange Balerno. She sold with her four month old Cerberus daughter at foot – Carwin Imperial. Vrac has bred very successfully in the herd - one of her sons Carwin Gusto sold at the May 2012 Premier sale for €5,700 to Ken Jones of the Garnedd pedigree herd in Wales.

Carwin Everest, another Roundhill Saturn daughter sold for €7,000. Born in 2009, Everest sold with Carwin Immortal at foot. Immortal is a Bolide daughter and was born in April 2013. Everest is out of Carwin Ruth and is a grand-daughter to Grange Balerno and Kate. She is destined for a Uk herd.

Also selling at €7,000 was Carwin Daisy, an Espoir daughter. Daisy is out of Carwin Beauty (a Shire Milton/Carwin Magpie daughter). She sold with her February born Roundhill Saturn son “Carwin Ibis” at foot and was scanned in-calf to Saturn. Daisy was purchased by Tony Feehan, Ballyconnell.

The powerful maiden heifer “Carwin G271” sold for €6,500. G271 is a daughter of Cloughhead Umpire and Carwin Chick. G271 was purchased by Ian Davidson for his Ballyrickard herd based at Larne Co. Antrim.

Her dam “Carwin Chick” sold for €6,200 to J. Lynch, Mullagh, Co. Cavan. Chick is a Roundhill Saturn daughter out of the Grange Balerno daughter Carwin Pender. Chick sold scanned incalf to Ampertaine Commander.

€5,900 was top call for “Carwin Helen 2” a 15-month old Haltcliffe Dancer daughter. She is out of Carwin Vrac (who had sold earlier for €7,100). Brendan Curtin, Clarina, Limerick purchased Helen for his Corcamore herd.

The Ardlea herd of Dan Tynan paid €5,600 for “Carwin Hillery” a Coppertop Frankie daughter. Hillery’s back-pedigree includes Sympa, Anfield Beauty, Cornamundy Amanda and Roundhill Saturn. This stylish maiden heifer was born in April 2012.

“Carwin Honda” a nine month old Ronick Hawk daughter sold for €5,300. Honda is a daughter of Carwin Felicity (a Roundhill Saturn daughter). Honda was purchased by Hugh Lynch, Ballyjamesduff.

Pat Sheehan of The Drombanny herd based in Limerick purchased “Carwin Hazel” for €5,000. Hazel was born in December 2012 and is a shapely daughter of Bolide and Carwin Example.

Other prices included:

€4,800 for Carwin Hopefull.

€4,300 for Carwin Fleet with Carwin Ideal 2 (a Saturn daughter) at foot.

€4,200 for Carwin Excuse with Carwin Intel (a Saturn son) at foot.

€4,050 for Babou with Carwin Intuition (a Saturn daughter) at foot.

€4,000 for Carwin Ditrix with Carwin Icos 2 (a Saturn daughter) at foot.

€4,000 for Carwin Hammer – A Roundhill Saturn son.

The Irish Limousin Cattle society would like to wish Ray, Una and all the Carolan family every good wish for the future. Ray will no doubt be enjoying improving on his golfing handicap and supporting his beloved Cavan football team!

History of the Carwin Herd

Foundation females for the herd were purchased from the Ballysorrell herd of Seamus Cody, Ballydonnell herd of Jack Murphy, the Ronick herd of David Dick and from France. Ray greatly valued the advice he received from Seamus Cody and following this advice led him to purchase both of the stock bulls used by the herd Grange Balerno and Roundhill Saturn.

Ray purchased the highly regarded and very successful herd sire “Grange Balerno” from George Smiths Herd in England as a 14-month old. He proved to be a fantastic investment and produced many prize winners at shows and sales throughout the country. He was crowned Limousin National Champion at the Ploughing Championship in 1994. Balerno has sired in excess of 1160 progeny.

Carwin Limousins purchased the Ideal 23 son “Roundhill Saturn” from the herd of Tim Corridan, Fedamore, Limerick, having seen him as a 9-month old calf at the National Ploughing Championships. Saturn ticked all the boxes in what Ray was looking for in a stock bull to complement the daughters of Grange Balerno. Saturn went on to be an outstanding breeding bull for the Carwin Herd, in 2011 he achieved the Number 1 Bull spot in the ICBF Active Bull list. Semen from Roundhill Saturn is available from NCBC and Progressive Genetics. Saturn was born in December 2001 and sold as a fit and active eleven year old to join the Dangan pedigree herd of Michael Mahony, Kilkenny for €6,000.

Throughout the years the herd had many very successful breeding females, one of the most notable of these was “Luttrellstown Kate”. Kate was purchased as a yearling heifer from the Luttrellstown herd for 3,400 in 1996. She was a daughter of Milbrook Handsome and Luttrellstown Flossie, with back breeding to Talent and Abee. Her dam Flossie and Grand dam Abee were both RDS champions. Kate’s offspring were very successful for the herd, her daughter Carwin Ruth by Grange Balerno was an outstanding breeder, many of her sons were top performers in Tully Performance Test station, including Carwin Figgero. Figgero was purchased as stock sire to the Pelletstown herd of Dr. Roger McCarrick’s for €7,000. Many of the stock on offer at the sale had back-breeding to Kate.

The Carwin Herd produced several famous bulls many of which were sold privately. Carwin Humbug sold to Sligo AI station out of Tully Performance Test station. Carwin Flow sold as stock sire to Dick Collin’s Meelon herd. Carwin Indigo sold as stock sire to the Bremore herd of Larry & Bobby Jones. Carwin Jobber sold as stock sire to Ray McGahey Pedigree herd for 5,100 in 1996 – the first limousin bull to sell for an excess of 5,000 at a Limousin Society Sale. Carwin Figgero sold as stock sire to Dr Roger McCarrick’s Pelletstown herd. The Grange Balerno son Virginia Andy was Highland show champion. Another famous bull, Carwin Viscount by Saturn, sold privately as a stock sire to Ballyhaise Agricultural College. He was selected as an exceptional bull and featured in the 2011 Beef Herd Plus Journal due to the outstanding progeny he produced. Many of the Carwin bulls were top performers in Tully Test Station. Carwin bred bulls were also purchased by breeders in England, Scotland and Wales. Last year 3 young bulls, two by Roundhill Saturn, the other out of Roundhill Saturn dam aged twelve to thirteen months sold at Roscrea Premier Sale for an average of €5,500.

Ray served on the council of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society from 1985–2002. He was president of the society from 1991–1994 during this time he was also president of the International Limousin Congress from 1992–1994.

Ray was awarded the Hall of Fame award for his contribution to the development of the Limousin breed in Ireland and is a former winner of the Suckler Farmer of the year. The farm has been used for many open days by Teagasc to demonstrate good cattle breeding and husbandry.

The Irish Limousin Cattle society would like to wish Ray, Una and all the Carolan family every good wish for the future. Ray will no doubt be enjoying improving on his golfing handicap!

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