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The Limousin Spring Sales kicked off to a flying start on Monday 2nd March 2009 with a steady trade for bulls with 119 catalogued on the day. High prices surpassed that of both of last years Premier Sales. Export demand was once again evident with 14 lots being sold to UK buyers with transport organised and paid for by the Irish Limousin Cattle Society seen as a major attraction to customers.

The sale of bulls resulted in an average of €3956 at a 71% clearance, up €515 on the previous year. Breed promotions manager, Mr. Paul Sykes said, “steady demand with buyers willing to pay a premium for bulls displaying excellent conformation coupled with good breeding and having a high star rating (in particular weaning and beef carcass).Customers have acknowledged the fact that Limousin can deliver easy calving and still produce the ideal product both for a weanling or beef producer.”

The constant improvement in docility played a major part in the sale with 83% of bulls sold having a high docility stamp on the catalogue. Only cattle with a docility score above the breed average were accepted for entry in to the sale. This process will also be repeated for the next Premier Sale in Roscrea on May 9th 2009.

The top price of €15,000 went to “Moloskey Claus” from Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Ennis, Co. Clare for his November 2007 born bull. This son of Mas Du Clo was an embryo calf out of a homebred Geant cow, Moloskey Nical. With a top muscle score of 146 and five stars for both Suckler Beef Value and Calf Quality this first prize winning bull was sold to Mr. Norman Cruinshank for his well know Normande Herd near Lanark in Scotland.

Moloskey Claus with sisters Claire, Elaine and Sharon Clancy

Moloskey Claus with sisters Claire, Elaine and Sharon Clancy

The next highest price of €9,700 went to the Senior Champion, “Wood Road Cyril” from Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. This September 2007 bull was an embryo out of three times All Ireland Producing dam, Ov Nadia B by Sympa. He was purchased by Garrett Mc Cullagh, Smithboro, Co. Monaghan.

Wood Road Cyril with breeder Noel Fennessy

Wood Road Cyril with breeder Noel Fennessy

Wood Road Cyril with breeder Noel Fennessy

The Wood Road Herd continued their success with a full brother to the Senior Champion, “Wood Road Conor” selling for the third highest price of €8,000. A third prize winner in his class he was purchased by Mr. Eamonn O’Sullivan, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Wood Road Conor with breeder Noel Fennessy

Wood Road Conor with breeder Noel Fennessy

Junior Champion, “Newtown Dell”, a Mas Du Clo bull from Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim was sold for €7,500 to Mr. John Mc Sorley, Beragh, Omagh, Northern Ireland. This February 2008 bull had previously caught the eye of the judge, Mr. Gary Swindlehurst, Farm Manager at Proctors Farm, Lancashire after winning the last of the Junior Bull Classes and subsequently getting the nod for the Junior Championship.

Newtown Dell with breeder Mark Richardson

Newtown Dell with breeder Mark Richardson

First prize winner, “Wood Road Conal” from Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick was purchased by Mr. Martin Hevican, Williamstown, Co. Galway for €6,700. This November 2007 born bull was by Sympa out of an embryo daughter of Festin.

Wood Road Conal with breeder Noel Fennessy

Wood Road Conal with breeder Noel Fennessy

Another first prize winner “Jodel Clayton” from Jimmy O’Donnell, Stradone, Co. Cavan was purchased by Ron Cruinshank, Lanarkshire, Scotland for €6,000. This exceptional son of Rocky was born in October 2007 and out of a Highlander cow Carwin Urika with five star ratings for Suckler Beef Value, Weanling Export, Beef Carcass, Milk & Fertility and Calf Quality.

Jodel Clayton with handler Ray Carolan

Jodel Clayton with handler Ray Carolan

Reserve Senior Champion, “Castleview Carlos” an August 2007 bull from Sean O’Sullivan, Castleisland, Co. Kerry was sold for €5,900 to commercial farmers, D & R Cornthwaite, Lockerbie, Scotland. This bull was by Ronick Hawk out of homebred cow Castleview Philipa by Geant.

Castleview Carlos with breeder Sean O'Sullivan

Castleview Carlos with breeder Sean O'Sullivan


The last of the first prize winning bulls to the fore came from Oliver Davis, Ballinalee, Co. Longford for “Castlebrock D4D” purchased by Peter Walker, Stonehaven, Scotland for €5,400. This January 2008 born bull was Reserve Junior Champion and by Limo Tanat out of a Festin cow.

Castlebrock D4D with breeder Oliver Davis

Castlebrock D4D with breeder Oliver Davis

Other notable prices included:·

  • €4,800 to Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim for a son of Cloughead Lord ·
  • €4,400 to Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare for a son of Limo Tanat ·
  • €4,100 to Anthony Glynn, Gort, Co. Galway for a son of Rocky ·
  • €3,800 to Alfred Percy, Templemore, Co. Tipperary for a son of Sympa ·
  • €3,800 to John Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford for a son of Sympa

A small show of heifers with 32 catalogued yielded an average €2,539 with 61% clearance and 5 heifers being exported.

Leading the female trade at €3,500 was “Woodview Beverly” from David Abbott, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. This November 2006 heifer was by Ocean out of a Grange Balerno dam and was in calf to Milbrook Tanko. She was purchased by RK Davidson, Baffshire, Scotland

Reserve Female Champion “Bunratty Bianca” from James J Melody, Ennis, Co. Clare achieved the second highest price of €3,400 was also purchased by RK Davidson, Baffshire, Scotland. This September 2006 heifer was by Bremore Tonto and out of a homebred cow Bunratty Nina by Hortensia and in calf to Lino

Bunratty Bianca

Bunratty Bianca

Next highest priced heifer was a 3rd prizewinner “Wood Road Cathy” from Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick and was purchased for €3,100 by Mr. George Mc Cague, Newry, Northern Ireland. This September 2007 heifer was a maternal half sister to Senior Champion Bull and was by Mas Du Clo.

Female Champion, “Moloskey Collett” from Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare failed to sell at €4,000. This embryo heifer was by Pelletstown Newman out of Moloskey Nical and was a maternal half sister to the top priced bull “Moloskey Claus”

First prize winner “Doonbeg Dolly” sold for ?2550

First prize winner “Doonbeg Dolly” sold for €2550

Other notable prices included:·

  • €2,900 to Richard & Eithne O’Beirn, Tuam, Co. Galway for a daughter of Nenuphar ·
  • €2,700 to David Abbott, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan for a daughter of Pacha 19 ·
  • €2,700 to Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick for a daughter of Navarin ·
  • €2,550 to Claire Griffin, Doonbeg, Co. Clare for a daughter of Scorboro Regius ·
  • €2,500 to Sean O’Sullivan, Castleisland, Co. Kerry for a daughter of Ramses
     

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