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The Irish Limousin Society 2010 Sales kicked off in Roscrea on Monday 1st March with a bumper entry of 137 males and 44 females.  Interest was once again high amongst UK breeders with a total of 21 lots sold for export, 15 males and 6 females. The sale of males resulted in an average of €3,108 ranging from €1,800 to €10,000, while females averaged €3,313 ranging from €1,850 to €6,500.  The judge for the day was Mr. Mark Philips of the Newmarque and Mardoneen herds, Cumbria, UK.

Breed secretary, Mr. Paul Sykes said “Although buyers were choosy, they were still willing to pay the price for top quality bulls. It is reassuring to see the ever increasing number of overseas buyers coming to our sales with a total of 21 lots exported to breeders in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales". As usual the Northern Ireland and UK breeders were able to avail of free transport arrangements along the route to Larne and as far as Andrew Ewing’s lairage in Dumfries.

Topping the trade at €10,000 was the Senior Male Champion, “Bremore Djerk” from Bobby Jones, Skerries, Co. Dublin. This September 2008 bull is by Nenuphar out of a homebred Ferry daughter, Bremore Rudy ET. He boasted a 5 star rating for SBV, Weanling Export, Beef Carcass and Calf Quality and also a muscle score of 129. He went across the water to Messrs K I, E & H I Jones, Conwy, Wales for their Garnedd Herd.

 

Bremore Djerk

Bremore Djerk

 

Next best call of €9,800 went to the Reserve Senior Champion, “Killcastle Dael ET” from Alan Kelly, Moate, Co. Westmeath. This June 2008 bull is by Mas Du Clo out of Milbrook Monique ET. Dael was a result of embryos purchased from William Smith of the Milbrook herd. He was a full brother to top AI sire, Milbrook Tanko (TKO) who sired three champions at the last three Premier Sales. He boasted five star values for SBV, Weanling Export, Beef Carcass, Calf Quality and a muscle score of 127. He goes to R P Hutchinson, Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK, for his Beaconshire herd.

 

Kilcastle Dael

Killcastle Dael ET

 

Following on from this was a young December 2008 bull, “Liss Dauphin” from Martin Doherty, Lifford, Co. Donegal sold for €7,000 to an undisclosed UK breeder. A second prizewinner in class nine, this bull is by Wilodge Vantastic out of a French dam, Valencia.

 

Liss Dauphin

Liss Dauphin

 

The Junior Male Champion, “Rathnestin Dynamite” from Raymond Bird, Dundalk, Co. Louth sold for €6,100 to S. Allen, Drumclamph, Co. Tyrone. He was born in November 2008, by Millbrook Tanko out of a Mozart daughter, Bishopland Alice and had a 5 star SBV of €99 and muscle score 129.

 

Rathnestin Dynamite

Rathnestin Dynamite

 

Sold for €4,800 was second prizewinning bull, “Elite Drury ET” from Bernadette Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois. This October 2008 born bull is by Sauvignon out of an Ideal 23 dam, Rucie B and boasted a five star SBV of €138 with a muscle score of 138 to match. He sold to Gerard Hackett, Clogher, Co. Tyrone.

His stable mate, “Ardlea Dan” from Daniel Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois was the next highest price at €4,500 to the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC) in Enfield, Co. Meath. This September 2008 born bull is a second prizewinner to the senior champion and out of the easy calving sire, Vivaldi. His dam, Bremore Verynice is a daughter of Rucie B with Nenuphar and Ideal 23 breeding behind her. He sold with 5 star ratings for SBV, Weanling Export, Beef Carcass and Calf Quality along with a muscle score of 132.

Roselish Goulding of NCBC said, “This bull has a super combination of bloodlines with Vivaldi X Nenuphar X Ideal 23. He will be an ideal bull to produce top quality weanlings in the future.”

Other notable prices in the male section included:

  • €4,000 to Bernadette Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois for “Elite Dawson ET” by Sauvignon.
  • €3,600 to Michael Dale, Gort, Co. Galway for “Kiltartan Daniel” by Mas Du Clo.
  • €3,500 to Michael Sexton, Ennis, Co. Clare for “Mount Scott Dubai” by Gamin.
  • €3,500 to Jimmy Mc Hugh, Dundalk, Co. Louth for “Killmactrasna Deco” by Jockey.
  • €3,500 to John & Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford for “Ballinascraw Dynamite” by Ronick Hawk.

 

Kiltartan Daniel

Kiltartan Daniel

 

Leading the female trade at €6,500 was the Female Champion, “Baileys Countess” from Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath. No stranger to the show ring, this young cow had already claimed the top spot in her class at Balmoral Show 2009 as a senior heifer. She is by Ronick Hawk and out of the double All Ireland winning cow, Marlhill Tess by Elite Popsi ET. She sold with her January 2010 born bull calf at foot by Queenshead Altea. She was purchased by the sale judge, Mark Philips for his Newmarque and Mardoneen herds, Cumbria, UK.

 

Baileys Countess

Baileys Countess

 

Following on from this at €5,400 was the Reserve Champion Female, “Greenhill Donna ET” from John Greene, Lifford, Co. Donegal. This October 2008 born heifer was by Wilodge Vantastic and out of a homebred dam, Grenhill Ursula ET by Meridien. Her grandam, Nana bred the well known show bulls Greenhill Trojan and Greenhill Viper. She also heads across the water to P Gentry, Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK for his newly established Gentrys herd.

 

Greenhill Donna

Grenhill Donna ET

 

Next best call went to the third prizewinning heifer, “Greenhill Connie” also from John Greene selling for €4,700 to Joe Rafferty, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. This December 2007 Nenuphar daughter was sold served to Veteran. Her dam, Greenhill Uliza ET is by Meridien and goes back to the Nana line that produced show bulls, Greenhill Trojan and Greenhill Viper.

At a similar €4,700 price was the second prizewinning heifer, “Knockcroghery Debbie” from Joseph Miley, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon. This October 2008 heifer is by Sauvignon out of a Nenuphar dam, Newtown Abigail. She sold to Philip Dunne, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan.

Other notable prices in the female section included:

  • €4,000 to Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath for “Baileys Elsie” by Queenshead Altea.
  • €3,600 to John Greene, Lifford, Co. Donegal for “Greenhill Diaz ET” by Wilodge Vantastic.
  • €3,500 to Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath for “Baileys Divine” by Quennshead Altea.
  • €3,100 to Raymond Carolan, Cavan, Co. Cavan for “Carwin Darlin” by Roundhill Saturn ET”.

 

Greenhill Diaz

Grenhill Diaz

 

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