Laois breeder leads the way at inaugural Granard Limousin sale
A mart in county Longford – Granard Farmers mart – hosted the final spring show and sale on behalf of the Irish Limousin Cattle Society on Friday the 2nd June 2017. This sale comprised of both bulls and heifers. Eighteen bulls went through the ring with 15 or 83% finding new homes, there were three heifers on offer, two of these were sold. Bulls averaged €2,553, while heifers averaged €2,675. Eamon Gaffney, an auctioneer from the North East area, took control of the auctioneer’s podium. This was Eamon’s first time officiated at one of our sales. Tasked with performing the judging duties was William Smith of the renowned Milbrook pedigree Limousin herd.
Breed Secretary Paul Sykes commented after the sale: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the management and staff of Granard Farmers Mart, the Auctioneer, our judge William and steward Donal Moloney. This sale was added to our usual list of sales at the request of the North East Limousin Club, I am delighted with its success. I wish all purchasers here today, and indeed at all our sales, the very best of fortune with their Limousin livestock. Our next sale will be our Premier Sale in Roscrea mart on Monday the 30th October.”
The first bull into the ring and the oldest on offer “Coolrain Kodak” topped the prices at €3,600. Kodak was bred by Gearoid and Padraic Kennedy, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. He is a son of Coolrain Edie Mchawk and the Coolrain stock bull Drummin Goliath. Born in August 2015, Kodak came to the ring with five star ratings in most traits, including Terminal Index (€152), Replacement Index (€107), Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter Milk. Kodak claimed second price in his class in the pre-sale show. Rowdon Estate, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford acquired Kodak for €3,600.
Local Limousin breeder Thomas Connor, Kenagh accepted a closing bid of €3,500 for his striking young bull “Corlea Lance”. First prize winner Lance is a son of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) and Corlea Gal, an Ampertaine Abracadabra daughter. Lance boasts five star ratings in Terminal Index (€164), Replacement Index (€151), Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Lance will stay in county Longford as he was purchased by Padraic McCormack, Ballymahon.
“Montclare Luke” was awarded the Reserve Champion title by William Smith. This stylish bull was bred by Michael Montgomery, Quilty, Co. Clare. Luke is a 15-month old son of Kaprico Eravelle (S2106) and the Sympa daughter Lisangeeragh Intuitive. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€164), Replacement Index (€148), Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Julia Badrick acquired Luke for €3,400 to run with her suckler herd in Correally, Co. Westmeath.
Selling at €3,200 was “Drummin Leo” - a third prize winning son of Wilodge Vantastic (VTI) and the highly regarded Drummin Cliona. Leo was bred by John McInerney, Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare. Born in January 2016, Leo came to the ring with five star ratings in many traits. His muscle score of 139 is in the top 1% of the Limousin breed. Michael Brady, Abbeylara, Co. Longford purchased Leo.
From the same breeder was the eye-catching first prize winner “Drummin Klaus”, a Brutus Hashtag (LM4051) son. This December 2015 born bull is a grand-son of the renowned Drummin Peach. He came to the ring with a five star Terminal Index value of €146. Frank Bradley, Moate, Co. Westmeath purchased Klaus for €2,800.
The Wilodge Cerberus (WGE) son “Hill Top Leo Et” found a new home for €2,500. Leo was bred by Thomas Murphy, Mullagh, Co. Clare. His dam is the Sympa daughter Hill Top Freda Et. Fifteen month old Leo has a Terminal Index value of €204 and a Replacement Index of €91. Longford suckler farmer Frank Quinn, Drumlish purchased Leo.
“Skealon Lurken” a Mereside Favori (FZF) son was presented for sale by Patrick O’Reilly, Kiltynaskellan, Co. Cavan. Lurken has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€129), Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Rhoda Hall, Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford acquired Lurken for €2,500.
Moyne, Co. Longford based P.H. Creegan purchased fourth prize winner “Red Glera Liam” from Francis McGourty, Ballinaglera, Co. Leitrim for €2,400. Liam has Wilodge Goldcard (LM4050), Nesquick and Barnhill Harry in his sire stack. He came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal index (€144), Replacement index (€99), Carcass weight and Carcass conformation.
“Ammaghmore Lorenzo” a yearling son of Ampertaine Elgin (S1495) sold for €2,400. This young bull was bred by Sean Garrett, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Lorenzo’s homebred dam is the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Ammaghmore Glenda. County Cavan based suckler farmer Austin Armstrong, Arva purchased this second prize winner.
Six of the bulls on offer attained a selling price of €2,000. First at this price was “Mullaghboy Kevin” an Emerson son. Kevin has a five star Terminal index value of €156, coupled with a muscle score of 134 and a skeletal score of 122. He was presented for sale by Matthew Fee, Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim. Placed fourth in his class in the pre-sale show, Kevin was purchased by Joseph Brady, Granard, Co. Longford.
The Netherhall Epic (NHL) son “Derravaragh Kodaline” also sold for €2,000. Kodaline was bred by Michael Needham, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index (€126), Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was acquired by Michael Connaughton, Littletown, Athlone.
Eddie Lynch, Loughduff, Co. Cavan accepted €2,000 for his fourth prize winning bull “Ernevalley Lee Roy Et”. Born in January 2016, Lee Roy has Ampertaine Elgin (S1495), Haltcliffe Doctor and Ampertaine Bravo in his pedigree. Lawrence Lynch purchased Lee Roy to run with his herd based in Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim.
Patrick O’Reilly, Kiltynaskellan, Co. Cavan took home €2,000 for his 14 month old bull “Skealon Lasa”. Lasa is a son of Netherhall Epic (NHL) and the Elite Erasmus Et daughter Cloonboney Ileen. Mel Kiernan, Kilcogy Lower, Co Cavan acquired Lasa.
“Keeltown Lenny”, a Huntershall Gladiator (S1564) son was presented for sale by Brendan Hanley, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. Lenny has a Terminal index value of €117 along with five star ratings in Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was purchased by William Walmsley, Oldcastle, Co. Meath for €2,000.
The final bull to reach 2,000 was Thomas Connor’s “Corlea Lenny” a third prize winner. Lenny has Haltcliffe Dancer, Ronick Iceman and Wilodge Cerberus in his sire stack. He was purchased by Mullingar based Damien Farrell.
Champion bull at this sale was the Sympa (SYP) son “Meelickaduff Lamborghini” from Michael Hester, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Lamborghini left the ring unsold.
Three heifers were presented for sale here in Granard, two of which were sold. The Champion rosette was awarded to “Keeltown Lucy” an exceptional Brutus Hashtag (LM4051) daughter. Lucy was bred by well-known Longford breeder Brendan Hanley, Edgeworthstown. She has five star ratings in many traits, including Replacement index (€113), Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Much admired in the ring, she was eventually purchased for €3,250 by pedigree breeder Michael Needham, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath to join his Derravaragh herd.
The Reserve Champion heifer title went to “Newtown Lucky 2” from Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. Lucky has Loosebeare Fantastic, Newton Bonser 1 and Espoir in her sire stack. Selling at €2100 she was acquired by suckler farmer Dermot Crosby, Navan, Co. Meath.
Thomas Murphy, Mullagh, Co. Clare offered Embryos from his donor cow Hill Top Francis ET (Sympa X Aran). Stephen Crampton, Birr, Co. Offaly purchased an Embryo sired by Wilodge Vantastic (VTI) for €900. Alan and Paul Kelly of the Killcastle pedigree herd acquired two embryos, one sired by Wilodge Cerberus and one sired by Attirant (S930) both of which cost €800.