The Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale in Roscommon mart on Saturday 14th May saw the strong demand that prevailed this spring for Limousin continuing. A large crowd saw males trading from €1700 to €4000 with an 86% clearance in the males at an average of €2670.84 up €805.32 on the previous year’s sale at the same venue. Commenting afterwards Breed Society secretary Paul Sykes said “Once again a strong trade with customers willing to dig deep for quality lots. Speaking to customers after the sale they were acknowledging the fact that they wanted to invest in the breed due to it’s versatility, easy calving being one very important trait. The improvement in docility has also been remarked upon and the market options for Limousin cattle.”
Top price of the day of €4000 went to James Towey Ballaghadereen for Bockagh Hill Elroy, by the influential Sympa son Ampertaine Abracadabra and the dam Annefield Bungee who herself has back breeding to Geannt and Castleviev Karl. Elroy who had been in the prizes in the pre sale show and had a SBV €91 five star rating along with five stars in Weanling export, Beef carcass, Calving Difficulty and Docility was purchased by John Gavin Dalystown Co Westmeath to replace his current Limousin stock bull which has provided him with many years of excellent service. John likes Limousin for” easy calving, hardy calves at birth which require very little help and the fact that he has quality stock that are very saleable.”
Bockagh Hill Elroy
Selling at €3500 was Querrin Elvis shown by Brendan Clancy Mullagh Co Clare and bred by John Clancy Kilkee Co Clare. Having been placed overall Champion earlier in the day by the judge Mr Michael Pat Murphy of Ballydehob Co Cork this son of the French Sersia sire Mas Du Clo and by Querrin Susie a dam with a pedigree including Dauphin and Villy was quickly snapped up by mulitiple purchaser Robert Kells of Tatettra Dundalk Co Louth for their 400 suckler cow herd.
Also selling at €3500 was the Reserve Over all Champion Gerrygullinane Fiachra bred by Gerry Walsh Ballina Co Mayo . Another stylish Ampertaine Abracadbra son by Links Lodge Sive, a Gamin daughter. Fiachra with 5 star ratings in Calving difficulty and Docility heads to Michael Gannon Athenry Co Galway.
Thomas Johnston Carrigallen Co Leitrim received €3400 for his 1st prize winning Drumbrick Edward.By the high profile Fieldson Alfy and Tierney Tricia a Litron daughter Edward had a five star SBV € 109 and five star ratings in Beef carcass, Daughter milk, Gestation length and Docility and was purchased by a Co Clare suckler farmer who sells his heifers at between 14 & 16 months as prime beef to a Co Kerry abbatoir, the bull calves are castrated and sold in Ennis mart as 20 month old store bullocks. This farmer stated that Limousin have produced exactly what these two markets require and pay him a premium price.
Brendan Clancy Mullagh Co Clare was back in again receiving €3300 for Moloskey Frank ET a Mas Du Clo son by Moloskey A399 a Pelletstown Newman daughter with blood lines back to Gamin. With a five star rating in both Weanling export and Beef carcass Frank heads to Northern Ireland to David McElroy, Newry Co Down.
Two bulls changed hands at €3250, the first Cootehall Fergal from Michael O Hara, Boyle Co Roscommon. By Rutabaga a sire with breeding which includes Dauphin and Vainquer and by the dam Kilucan Barbra who has breeding back to the Cookstown and Ballysorrell herds. Fergal was the second purchase on the day by Robert Kells for Tatettra Dundalk.
The second bull to sell at €3250 was Sheemore Frederick from Paddy Farrell, Carrick On Shannon Co Leitrim. Bred by a homebred sire Sheemore Don himself by Milbrook Tanko and the dam SheemoreDonna by Pacha 19. Frederick who had a five star SBV €111 and five star ratings in Weanling export, Beef carcass and Docilty heads to Co Longford farmer John Flood
First time exhibitor Kathleen McGloughlin received €3100 for Sweetford Frontman. By the Mas Du Clo son Ballyfin Viceroy and a Moero dam Glens Alice, Frontman with a five star rating for Weanling export was purchased by Ronan O Reilly Gowna Co Cavan.
Patrick & Gearoid Kennedy Coolrain Portlaois saw their Moloskey C Hawk son Coolrain Earl Mchawk selling at €3000 to Christy Faul Kilcolgan Co Galway.Mchawk with breeding combining Ronick Hawk, Mas Du Clo also on the sires side and by Woodview Nannie a dam going back to Haricot and Creevy Unwin sold with a five star rating SBV €104 and top ratings in Weanling export, Beef carcass, Daughter milk and Docility.
Coolrain Earl Mchawk
In the Female section there was a 100 % clearance with an average price of €2458 and up €508 on the previous years’s sale.
Topping the females at €3350 was Mount Scott Eagle 1 from Michael Sexton Mullagh Co Clare. Having been placed Champion Female earlier in the day Eagle who is by Michaels herd sire Moloskey Ugo who himself is by Espoir and by the dam Ballykinncurra Unique with breeding back to Mas Du Clo and Pelletstown Florence, a Castle Ural daughter.Scanned in calf to Cloughhead Umpire Eagle heads to Thomas Dillon Athlone.
Mount Scott Eagle 1
Michael Sexton was back in receiving €2500 for Mount Scott Eireen , a heifer by Mount Scott Barney and with a strong pedigree incuding Moloskey Ugo, Espoir, Grange Balerno, Talent and Oakley Politician .Eireen who sold scanned in calf to Neuf was purchased by Denis Crehan Mountbellew Co Galway
Also selling at €2500 was the Reserve Heifer Champion Moloskey Elzie from Brendan Clancy Mullagh Co Clare. By Mas Du Clo and a home bred dam Moloskey Ute herself by Gamin and back to Uplands Damien. Ute heads to Co Leitrim to James Pye Tullaghan.
Patrick Bruen saw his Mas Du Clo sired entry Carrowreagh Enya selling at €2500 to Michael Philips Jnr Gurteen Co Sligo to join his pedigree herd. Enya is by the Highlander dam Bova Unand also included Villy and Heros Bis breeding.
The final Irish Limousin Cattle Society Spring sale takes place next Monday 23rd May at Roscrea mart at 1pm, showing of the females Sunday evening 22nd May at 8pm with the male showing commencing at 9am Monday 23rd May. Enquiries to Irish Limousin Cattle Society 025 85036 or www.irishlimousin.com.