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The demand for top quality Limousin bulls continued when the first autumn sale got off to a flying start in Roscrea last Monday.  The days trading resulted in an average price of €3,361 (up €105 on corresponding sale last year).  Limousin Breed Secretary Dr. Ger Ryan commented ‘The demand was for the top quality bulls only that possessed shape and style.  The interest in the breed is at an all time high with commercial farmers seeing the market relevant traits the breed has to offer’.

Newtown Bunty 1

Male Champion Newtown Bunty 1 entering a packed sales ring at Roscrea Mart

A much anticipated bull Newtown Bunty 1 topped the day’s bull prices at €10,000.  The owners were the Richardson father & son team of Stanley & Mark Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim were again in the money when their May 2006 born bull entered the sales ring.  A first prize winner and Male Champion on the day this superbly bred bull generated loads of interest.  This powerful muscular bull is a son of Mas du Clo from the great cow in their herd Castleview Rub, an Ideal 23 daughter who has bred numerous champions (male & female) to a top price of €12,500.  In addition to the rosettes and top class pedigree, the bull has exceptional BLUP figures and Eurostar figures putting him in the top 1% of the breed.  This package convinced the Moroney family from Corofin, Co. Clare to purchase him for their Ballykinnacurra Pedigree herd.

The second highest price of €6,600 came late in the sale for Ard-Choill Bravo from Kevin McInerney, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare.  A little over a year of age a red rosetted bull in the final bull class of the day he was another bull with exceptional genetics being a Mas du Clo son from a home bred cow Ard-Choill Seville, an Ideal 23 daughter.  An exceptional index in the form of BLUP’s and Eurostar figures puts him again in the top 1% of the breed.  Bravo now heads to the Glenrock Pedigree herd of Stephen Illingwoth, Lockerbie, Scotland.

The youngest bull in the sale Elite Bozo hit the third highest price at €5,600 for Bernadette Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois. A year and a day of age he was a second prize-winner in his class to the second highest priced bull.  This is the first bull to be sold at public auction from their new stock sire Picador, a Jersey son.  The dam is a French bred cow Usabel-Ben, a Neptune daughter.  The final bidder was pedigree breeder Gordon Carter, Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Člite Bozo

Elite Bozo (Picador x Neptune)

The next highest price at €5,200 was shared between two bulls Newtown Bruce and Wood Road Ben.  Newtown Bruce a July 2007 born bull was a first prize-winner in the presale show and only two weeks previously a second prize-winner at the National Limousin show.  He is a son of Ramses II and is the natural calf also out of the affore mentioned Castleview Rub with an ET calf from the same dam his half brother Newtown Bunty 1 topping the sale.  He now heads to local suckler farmer Joe Ryan, Templemore, Co. Tipperary to join his 60 cow suckler herd of Limousin & Simmental cross cows.  Wood Road Ben was another of the young bulls into the sales ring to create a stir.  A mid September 2006 born bull he was another of the impeccably bred cattle on offer.  A fourth prize-winning son of Mas du Clo his dam is the French born cow Nadia B, a Horion daughter who has produced All Ireland Champion Calves, Tully Performance Test Centre Toppers and a full brother to €6,100 at corresponding sale last year.  The same dam produced the top priced female at €10,000 later in the day (see below).  The purchaser was pedigree breeder Dan O’ Leary, Doolin, Co. Clare.

Newtown Bruce 1

Newtown Bruce 1 (Ramses x Ideal 23)

Other leading male prices included:   

  • €4,800 to Jimmy McHugh, Dundalk for a son of Ferry
  • €4,650 to Jimmy McHugh, Dundalk for a son of Mas du Clo
  • €4,500 to Brendan Clancy, Mullagh for a son of Moloskey Showman
  • €4,300 to Patricia & Hubert Galvin, Clonlara for a son of Pacha 08
  • €4,000 to Kenneth Plunkett, Bawnboy for a son of Mas du Clo

Females:

The demand for top class Limousin female genetics continued at Roscrea with the top heifers meeting excellent demand.  The overall trade was disappointing with a poor clearance rate seen.  The sale resulted in an average price of €4,936 (up €2,020 on corresponding sale last year) at a very disappointing clearance rate of 33%.

Topping the sale at €10,000 was the much admired young heifer Wood Road Barbara from Noel  Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick who was having his best days trading ever.  A mid September 2006 heifer she is a Mas du Clo daughter out of his best cow Nadia B, a Horion daughter. The dam Nadia B was purchased privately from Donal Moloney a few years ago and has proved to be an excellent purchase for Noel providing him with All Ireland Champions and some excellent prices in the sales ring.   Wood Road Barbara accumulated numerous accolades and rosettes throughout the summer show being South West Club Calf Winner, first prize-winner & Reserve Junior female champion.  In the pre sale show she was a first prize-winner & reserve female champion.  The final bidder was Michael McNally, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone to join his Corchoney Herd.

Wood road Barbara

Wood Road Barbara (Mas du Clo x Horion)

The second highest price of €9,750 went to Ms. Fiona Gilsenan, Kells, Co. Meath who achieved her top price to date with another Mas du Clo daughter out of a home bred cow Ardglasson Vine, a Golfeur daughter.  A third prize-winner in the show this October 2004 born heifer sold heavy incalf to Lino. The heifer was purchased by Mark Philips on behalf of Breconside Farming Partners, Dumfriesshire in Scotland.

Ardglasson Vine

Ardglasson Vine (Mas du Clo x Golfeur) with Mark Philips who purchased on behalf of Breconside Farming Partners

Hitting the €4,500 mark for Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare was his December 2005 born heifer Mount Scott Amy.

A second prize-winner in the pre sale show this stylish muscular heifer is a daughter of Ronick Hawk and out of a homebred cow Mount Scott Rachel, a Gamin daughter.  She now heads to the herd of Phillip Crowe, Lisenanagh, Co. Cavan

Mount Scott Amy

Mount Scott Amy (Ronick Hawk x Gamin)

Other leading female prices:

  • €4,200 to Matt Goulding, Ballyduff, Co. Kerry for a daughter of Otan
  • €3,800 to John McInerney, Newmarket on Fergus for a daughter of Malibu
  • €3,800 to Kevin McInerney, Newmarket on Fergus for a daughter of Otan
  • €3,000 to John Hickey, Kilcommon for a daughter of Grahams Samson
  • €3,000 to Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell for a daughter of Ric Rac with Malibu heifer calf at foot

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