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The Limousin spring sales got off to a flying start on Mon 3rd. March 2008 with a very steady trade for the massive yard of bulls on offer (155 catalogued). The high prices of the past two years Premier sales were not seen but an excellent overall trade was evident for both bulls and heifers.

The big talking point after the sale in Roscrea Livestock Mart on Monday 3rd March was the twenty one pedigree Limousin cattle sold for export. The transport organised and paid for by the Irish Limousin Cattle Society was seen as a major advantage for incoming buyers knowing their new animal would be delivered home safely.

The sale for males resulted in an average price of €3,441 for the big entry of bulls (down €700 on corresponding sale last year) to result in a 65% clearance rate. Breed Secretary Dr. Ger Ryan commenting on the sale ‘An excellent overall days trading with numerous bulls in the €3,000 - €5,000 bracket. Exceptional demand for heifers shows the level of interest in the breed. The excellent export demand is very heartening for the Limousin breed in Ireland’.

Top price for a bull of €8,000 went to Crocan Bruce from Henry Barrett, Belmullet, Co. Mayo with his November 2006 born bull. A son of Nenuphar out of a home bred dam Crocan Tulip, a Dauphin daughter. A first prize-winner and awarded Senior Male Champion by the show judge Mr. Stephen Illingworth of the Glenrock herd in Scotland. Only six months earlier Crocan Bruce was awarded Overall Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion at the National Limousin Show 2007. The show record and pedigree was also matched by his genetic indices putting him in the top 1% of the breed for BLUP muscle figures and a five star bull for suckler beef value and beef carcass. This overall package convinced Peter McKay, Newtownards, Co. Down to buy him for his commercial suckler herd.

Crocan Bruce

Crocan Bruce (Nenuphar x Dauphin)

The next highest price of €6,800 went to well known Roscommon breeder Bertie Mannion with Ballyline Bosco. A late October son of Rocky, the NCBC based bull is producing top priced commercial and pedigree Limousin cattle he is out of a home bred cow Ballyline Ulanda a Mas du Clo daughter going back to Dauphin. Top genetic indices for BLUP and five star Eurostar indices were again order of the day. This pedigree packed with muscle lead to Carlow dairy and suckler farmer William Smith, Old Leighlin to purchase this magnificent animal.

Ballyline Bosco

Ballyline Bosco (Rocky x Mas du Clo)

Hitting the €6,100 mark was Marshall Abbott, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan with Woodview Basil. A November 2006 born son of Millbrook Tanko and out of Krugin Shirley, a Pelletstown Kasper daughter. A five star bull in all except one of the Eurostar traits this first prize-winner certainly caught the attention of the audience before selling to Kevin O’ Brien, Doolin, Co. Clare to join his commercial suckler herd.

Woodview Basil

Woodview Basil (Millbrook Tanko x Pelletstown Kasper)

The €6,000 price tag was shared between three bulls in the names of Carrefour Bertie, Mount Scott Big Boy and Drummin Bandit.

Carrefour Bertie came from local breeder John Kenny, Dunkerrin, Birr, Co. Offaly and was a second prize-winner in the presale show. Bertie was an August 2006 born son and first sale from his new stock bull Elite Popsi, a Ferry son and out of Elite Riva, an Espoir daughter bought at one of the Ardlea-Elite annual production sales. High indices for both BLUP (top 1% for muscle) and five star Eurostar indices were evident. This overall package convinced pedigree breeders Noel & Theresa O’ Brien, Killaloe, Co. Tipperary to buy him for their Ryninch pedigree herd.

Carrefour Bertie

Carrefour Bertie (Elite Popsi x Espoir)

Mount Scott Big Boy was the second hitting the €6,000 mark for breeder Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare. A late October 2006 son of previous herd stock sire Gamin he is out of homebred dam Mount Scott Roisin, an Espoir daughter. He now heads to the commercial herd of Aidan Moloney, Castletowngeoghan, Co. Westmeath for crossing on his Limousin cross cows.

Mount Scott Big Boy

Mount Scott Big Boy (Gamin x Espoir)

The final bull at this price was Drummin Bandit from John McInerney, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare. A December 2006 born son of Navarin he is out of a homebred cow Drummin Peach, a Moustic daughter who has produced numerous high priced cattle to date. An impeccable show career at local shows firstly culminating in a first prize at the National Limousin Show 2007 with a red rosette also at the pre sale show. He now heads to the pedigree herd of Peter Walker in Scotland.

Drummin Bandit

Drummin Bandit (Navarin x Moustic)

Other interesting facts from the sale:

  • Nenuphar sired the Senior Male and Junior Male Champions.
  • The Ardlea-Elite pen of bulls generated enormous interest selling six of their bulls to average €4,220.

Other leading male prices:

  • €5,600 to William Smith, Oldcastle for a son of Millbrook Tanko
  • €5,500 to Bernadette Tynan, Mountrath for a son of Picador
  • €5,400 to Connell Bros., Oldcastle for a son of Nenuphar
  • €5,100 to William Smith, Oldcastle for a son of Nenuphar
  • €5,000 to Richard O’ Beirne, Tuam for a son of Mas du Clo
  • €5,000 to Bernadette Tynan for a son of Nenuphar
  • €5,000 to John Greene, Culdaff for a son of Nelson €5,000 to Tim & Doreen Corridan, Fedamore for a son of Ramses
  • €5,000 to Dan Tynan, Mountrath for a son of Pelletstown Valour
  • €5,000 to Thomas Bailey, Batterstown for a son of Pacha 19

Females:

The demand for pedigree females was phenomenal with a massive crowd waiting until the very last animal left the sales ring as darkness began to fall upon Roscrea Livestock Mart. New breeders entering the breed and existing breeders wishing to expand drove the demand for heifers at Roscrea. The sale resulted in an average price of €2,991 (down €9 on corresponding sale last year) but with an exceptional rate of 82%.

Top price on the day and in the female section of €9,000 went to the very nice Castleboy Ber from Peter Kelly, Kilchreest, Co. Galway. A November 2006 born heifer she was a first prize-winner and Female Champion in the presale show selected by judge Stephen Illingworth. Homebred breeding was in this heifer’s pedigree being a daughter of Peter’s stockbull Castleboy Ulex, a Mas du Clo son and out of homebred cow Castleboy Tamara, a Faignant daughter. Excellent five star Eurostar traits for suckler beef value, calving traits, weanling export and beef carcass were in her indices. The frantic bidding for this heifer saw the hammer fall quickly to pedigree breeder Thomas Greaney, Ballintubber, Tuam, Co. Galway to join his Ballintubber Herd.

Castleboy Ber

Castleboy Ber ( Castleboy Ulex x Faignant)

Hot on her heels was the €6,000 Reserve Female Champion Millburn Bethany from Richard O’ Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway. An early October 2006 heifer she boasts a fine ancestry being a daughter of Mas du Clo and out of French imported cow Olympe who has bred bulls to €14,000. A first prize-winner on the day and a prize-winner in the group classes in the National Limousin Show 2007. Exceptional BLUP index of 148 of muscle and 130 for docility put her firmly in the top 1% of the breed. She now heads to the pedigree herd of P.J. McCann, Freffans, Trim, Co. Meath to join their Freffans pedigree herd.

Millburn Bethany

Millburn Bethany (Mas du Clo x Olympe)

Hitting the €4,500 mark was Moloskey B-455 from Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare. A late August 2006 born heifer she is a son of Rocky and out of a homebred cow Moloskey Tina, a Gamin daughter. A second prize-winner with five star Eurostar indices she now heads to the pedigree herd of Alistair Graham, Tandragee, Co. Armagh.

Other leading female prices:

  • €4,400 to James Wycherley, Lislevane for a daughter of Ronick Hawk
  • €3,300 to Mary King, Templemore for a daughter of Highlander
  • €3,000 to Colin Hogg, Clonlara for a daughter of Nestor
  • €2,900 to Colin Hogg, Clonlara for a daughter of Soda 

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