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The second Premier Sale for the Irish Limousin Cattle Society was held in Roscrea Mart on Saturday 9th May 2009. A packed ringside of Limousin enthusiasts saw a catalogue of 74 bulls sell at a 70% and an average of €3,318.42 up €518.42 on the previous years corresponding sale. Speaking after his first Premier Sale, newly appointed Limousin Society CEO and Secretary, Richard Collins said “the sale was very successful.   The top and average prices achieved were extremely encouraging, and the consistent prices paid for both bulls and heifers reflected the very high quality of animals on show. Roscrea Premier Sale demonstrated that, even in difficult economic times, top quality Limousins will always find a buyer and will always deliver strong value”

The pre-sale show was judged by Mr. Steven Priestly from the Brontemoor herd in Yorkshire, England. His Senior Male Champion came from the herd of Tom Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath for a February 2008 born Curraghree Vantheman son, “Baileys Doodle”.

Junior Male Champion went to Tony & Bridget O’Grady, Julianstown, Co. Meath for their March 2008 born bull “Ashleigh Darcy ET” by Millbrook Tanko.

The constant improvement in docility once again played a major role in the sale with 79% 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.

Overseas interest was once again evident with 10 lots in total going for export to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Leading the sales trade at €7,800 was a top Tully Performance Tested bull, “Mount Scott Donal” from Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Ennis, Co. Clare. This March 2008 born bull was by Ronick Hawk out of a homebred Gamin cow Mount Scott Valentine. He was purchased by Mr. Keith Stewart, for his pedigree “Greenhaugh Herd” in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Whilst on test in Tully this bull performed to an average daily gain of 2.6 kg/day with a dry matter intake figure of 12.9 kg/day and a feed conversion efficiency of 4.9. His euro star figures boasted an SBV of €238 with five star values for SBV, Weanling Export, Beef Carcass and Calf Quality.

Top price bull “Mount Scott Donal” sold for ?7,800 pictured with breeder Michael Sexton

Top price bull “Mount Scott Donal” sold for €7,800 pictured with breeder Michael Sexton

Following on from this was another Tully Performance tested bull, “Doonbeg Dodger” from Claire Griffin, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. A 3rd prize winner in the pre sale show he was sold for the second highest price of the day for €5,100 to Mary Doyle, Dunleer, Co. Louth. This January 2008 bull was by Ronick Iceman out of a Gamin cow, Mount Scott Very Good.  This bull also performed to an average daily gain of 2.2 kg/day in Tully with a dry matter intake of 12.6 kg/day and a feed efficiency figure of 5.7. 

Doonbeg Dodger” sold for ?5,100

Doonbeg Dodger

The third highest price of the day of €4,600 went to 2nd prizewinning bull “Doonbeg Dimi” from Claire Griffin, Doonbeg, Co. Clare. This Tully performance tested bull was born in January 2008 and yielded an average daily gain of 1.8 kg/day whilst on test. He was by Ronick Iceman and out of a homebred Gamin cow, Doonbeg Rita.  He was purchased by Robert Reidy, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Doonbeg Dimi pictured with handler Cathal O’Meara

Doonbeg Dimi pictured with handler Cathal O’Meara

First prize winner, “Baileys Dustin” was sold to Mr. Eamon Duignan, Navan, Co. Meath for €4,500. This January 2008 son of Curraghree Vandeman was out a homebred Lino cow, Baileys Ashley from the herd of tom Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath.  He boasted five star values for both Calving Traits and Calving Difficulty.

Senior Male Champion “Baileys Dustin” sold for ?4,500

Senior Male Champion “Baileys Dustin” sold for €4,500

Next best call was for Raymond Carolans 4th prizewinning bull, “Carwin Duboy” sold for €4,300 to Keith Stewart for his pedigree “Greenhaugh Herd” in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This April 2008 bull was by “Roundhill Saturn ET” out of a homebred Grange Balerno cow, Carwin Ruth. He sold with a SBV of €231 and 5 star values for SBV, Weanling Export, Beef Carcass, Milk & Fertility and Calf Quality.

“Carwin Duboy” sold for ?4,300 pictured with breeder Raymond Carolan and buyer Keith Stewart, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

“Carwin Duboy” sold for €4,300 pictured with breeder Raymond Carolan and buyer Keith Stewart, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Three prizewinning bulls sold to the €4000 mark. First to the post was first prize winner, “Derryguile Captain” from James Coffey, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. This December 2007 bull boasted a muscle score of 137 and SBV €235 with 4 and 5 star for all key traits. He was by Sympa out a homebred Otan cow, Derryguile Annabel. He was purchased by Sean Mc Crystal, Maghera, Co. Derry.

“Derryguile Captain” sold for ?4,000 pictured with breeders James and Jim Coffey

“Derryguile Captain” sold for €4,000 pictured with breeders James and Jim Coffey

Next to reach the €4000 mark was fourth prize winner “Galbally Daf” from Trevor Masterson, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. This bull born in January 2008 was the first Sable son to be offered at a Premier Sale in Ireland and was out of a homebred cow Galbally Tessie by Penane Prince. He was purchased by Michael O’Grady, Bodyke, Co. Clare.

“Galbally Daf” sold for ?4,000 pictured with breeder Trevor Masterson

“Galbally Daf” sold for €4,000 pictured with breeder Trevor Masterson

The final bull selling at €4,000 was March 2008 born, “Ballyline David” from Bertie Mannion, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. This Rocky son had a muscle score of 131 and five star SBV and was out of a homebred Dauphin cow, Ballyline Sandra. He was purchased by Robin Talbot, Ballacolla, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

“Ballyline David” sold for ?4,000

“Ballyline David” sold for €4,000

Other notable prices in the males section included:

  • €3,900 to Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare for “Moloskey Danger” by Ronick Hawk
  • €3,800 to Fiona Gilsenan, Kells, Co.Meath for “Ardglasson Derek” by Mas Du Clo.
  • €3,600 to Michael Sexton, Ennis, Co. Clare for “Mount Scott Conor” by Cloughhead Lord.
  • €3,600 to Raymond Carolan, Cavan, Co. Cavan for “Carwin Dumboy” by Shire Milton”
  • €3,400 to John Mc Inerney, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare for “Drummin Conor ET” by Scorboro Regius.
  • €3,400 to Tony Grady, Julianstown, Co. Meath for Junior Male Champion “Ashleigh Darcy” by Millbrook Tanko.

A steady female trade saw a great demand for in calf and senior heifers. Heifers sold from €4,100 to €1,800 with an average of €2673.50 up €383.50 from the corresponding sale in 2008 with a 60% clearance.

Topping the female trade at €4,100 was Female Champion, “Melwood Bernie” from Michael Hickey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This December 2006 born heifer was by Meridien and out of a homebred dam, Melwood Una by Ferry. She was sold in calf to Goldies Terence and purchased by Mr. Sean Mc Crystal, Maghera, Co. Derry.

Next best call of €3,700 went to Bernadette Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois for her third prizewinning heifer “Elite Bamby ET” by Nectar out of French dam Sirene. This October 2006 born heifers was purchased by Mr. George Clarke, Borris in Ossory, Co. Laois. Following on from this for Bernadette Tynan was “Elite Bearl ET” selling at €3,600 to Mr. Sean Mc Geehan, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone. This 4th prizewinning heifer born in November 2006 was an ET daughter of Nenuphar and a French cow Joie.

Another top call for the Elite Herd of Bernadette Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois went to December 2006 born heifer and 2nd prize to the Champion, “Elite Bossy ET” selling at €3,500. She was by Nenuphar out of a homebred cow, Elite Uget ET. This heifer was also purchased by Mr. Sean Mc Geehan, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone.

Other notable prices in the female section included:

  • €3,100 to Bernadette Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois for “Elite Breazey ET” by Picador.
  • €3,000 to Leo Mc Enroe, Virginia, co. Cavan for 1st prize winner “Springhall Limousins Caroline” by Rocky.
  • €3,000 to Peter Kelly, Kilchreest, Co. Galway for their Reserve Female Champion, “Castleboy Dervla” by Sauvignon.
  • €2,700 to Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick for in calf heifer “Wood Road Breda ET” by Ramses.

The next Irish Limousin society sale will take place in Roscommon on Saturday 16th May.

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