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A feast of fine cattle were on display as part of the Limousin weekend which incorporated the 19th National Limousin Championships at Beef Expo on Sunday 12th October 2008 and the Roscrea Premier Show & Sale on Mon 13th. Described by breed secretary, Noel Gowen, as one of the best occasions in the history of the breed in Ireland. The large crowds, led to an electric atmosphere at both events in what was a unique occasion for Irish Limousin. In total 21 animals were purchased by Northern Ireland and mainland UK buyers, and with transport laid on free of charge, the animal movement was very efficient. Pre-selection of the cattle before the sale ensured that top quality animals were on offer on the day.

Many cattle graced the show ring at both events but it was Ballinahinch Alexandria who stole the stage at Roscrea. Bred and exhibited by Shay Cullen, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, this September 2005 born cow secured first place as Junior Best Limousin Cow at the Beef Expo, judged by Limousin breeder and well known judge – Jim Goldie, Dumfries, Scotland. At Roscrea the next day she again was well admired by another judge – Richard Bartle, Herefordshire, England who tapped her out as the Female Champion of the pre-sale show. In the sale ring, this daughter of stock bull, Ardnacrusha Philip and nursing a calf at foot, duly caught the eye of Northern Ireland breeder Alistair Graham who bought her for top price of the day €12,400. This was the first major success for Shay who runs his Limousin herd on a part-time basis.

Ballinahinch Alexandria

Ballinahinch Alexandria

With one of the largest audiences ever seen at a Roscrea sale, the large attendance of foreign Limousin enthusiasts was a notable feature of the event. Another international visitor paid the next best price of the day for Eilte Alero. Second to the Female Champion, this December 2005 in-calf heifer has all the qualities to make a great cow. Owned by Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois this daughter of Grahams Samson held 5-stars for Suckler Beef Value and was knocked down to Paul Brown, Loughgilly, Co. Antrim for €11,600.

Elite Alero

Elite Alero

Next in-line was the red rosetted Milburn Bewitched a Mas du Clo daughter out of Olympe, one of the top cows in the Milburn herd owned by Richard O’Beirne, Tuam Co. Galway. Bought for €7,000, this September 2006 heifer now makes the long way to her new home in Devon, England to the herd of David Wheeler. With transport of all exported animals already arranged by the Irish Limousin Cattle Society her trip was made stress free and easy.

Another heifer from the Tynan herd was Ardlea Ashlin. Sired by Tartar B and in-calf to the popular Ronick Hawk this stylish heifer left the ring unsold but was duly snapped up afterwards by another Northern Ireland breeder, George McCague, Newry, Co. Down for €6,500.

Leading the way in the bulls section at €8,200 was Moloskey C Hawk a very well bred son of Ronick Hawk and out of a Mas du Clo cow. From the herd of Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare this September 2007 bull boasted top Eurostar & BLUP indexes and had amassed some 14 red rosettes in his showing career to date. This time it was a native breeder, Gearoid Kennedy, Portlaoise, Co. Laois who made the final bid for the bull to run with his Coolrain pedigree herd.

Moloskey C Hawk

Moloskey C Hawk

Following close behind at €8,000 was David Cornthwaite from Dumfries, Scotland for Galbally C458 a son of Neuf out of a Moero cow. Described by his breeder, Trevor Masterson as the best bull ever bred in the Galbally herd, this March 2007 bull had superbly muscling and style and with strong maternal ability on his dam side.

Galbally C458

Galbally C458

It was a very good weekend for Clare breeder, John McInerney, as on the previous day he took the coveted prize of the Limousin show scene – Overall Limousin Champion with his cow – Drummin Veronica a Mas du Clo cow out of Drummin Peach by Moustic. It was not surprising that her full brother, Drummin Candy Man attracted so much attention at Roscrea. Selected as the Junior Male Champion of the pre-sale show, where he was noticed by William Cowyx, of Hudscales Limousin in England who went on to lay the final bid of €7,200 later in the day.

Drummin Candy Man

Drummin Candy Man

The next bull into the ring was the Reserve Junior Male Champion, Milbrook Croker who was also the Male Champion at Beef Expo on the previous day, from the herd of William Smith, Oldcastle, Co. Meath. A successful show career during the summer, this son of Cloughhead Lord also had impressive Eurostar & BLUP indexes. Purchased for €6,700 this bull made the short journey to Lattin, Co. Tipperary to the herd of his new owner – Eamon Burns.

Millbrook Croker

Milbrook Croker

Overall:

  • Female prices ranged from  €1,800 to €12,400 with an average of €4,200 and a 64% clearance
  • Male prices ranged from  €2,000 to €8,200 with an average of €3,800 and a 67% clearance

Other top prices

Females

  • €6,000 to Dan Tynan for a daughter of Tartar B purchased by Brendan O’Shea
  • €5,500 to Tom Bailey for a daughter of Curraghree Vantheman purchased by Mark Phillips, England.
  • €5,300 to John Greene for a daughter of Shire Milton purchased by G.R. Jones, Wales.
  • €5,000 to Donal Moloney for a daughter of Ideal 23 purchased by James O’Grady

Males

  • €6,200 to Trevor Masterson for a son of Milbrook Tanko (Galbally Christy) purchased by Liam Williams.
  • €6,000 to Stanley Richardson for a son of Cloughhead Lord purchased by Jeremiah Hennessy
  • €5,100 to Michael Molloy for a son of Cloughhead Lord purchased by Paul Morris, Wales.
  • €5,000 to Stanley Richardson for a son of Ramses (Newtown Clive) purchased by Michal Loughran, Co. Down
  • €5,000 to Michael McInerney for a son of Mas du Clo purchased by Con Hurley

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