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The October Bank Holiday weekend saw throngs of Irish Limousin enthusiasts travel from far and wide to Roscrea for the Autumn Premier Show & Sale. A packed ringside saw a catalogue of 91 bulls sell at a 72% clearance and an average of €3,425.92 with prices ranging from €1,800 to €9,500.

Speaking after the sale, Breed Development Officer, Mr. Paul Sykes said, “tremendous trade for bulls with many high priced animals actually being snapped up by commercial breeders anxious to improve quality without compromising easy calving or conformation. It was very encouraging to see that many bulls found Irish homes a reflection of the position Limousin still holds in the Irish market place.
Females may have met a steadier trade, however customers were still prepared to invest in good quality with several destined for well renowned herds in both Northern Ireland and the UK. ”

The pre-sale show was judged by Mrs. Mary Cormack, Canteberry, England who has been associated previously with both the Ryedale and Newstart herds.

Senior Male Champion was the April 2008 born “Bradden Bridge Denman” from Gareth Mc Guinness, Bettystown, Co. Meath.

Junior Male Champion went to the September 2008 bull from John Mcinerney, Newmarket-On-Fergus, Co. Clare, “Drummin Del Boy”

The constant improvement in docility has once again played a major role in the sale with 80% 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 15 lots in total going for export to Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. As always free transport was arranged by the Irish Limousin Cattle Society will all cattle exported on the evening of the sale.

Leading the day’s trade was the hotly tipped “Woodroad Donald” from Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. This September 2008 born bull boasted a muscle score of 146 along with 5 star values for Suckler Beef Value (€195), Weanling Export, beef Carcass and Calf Quality. Donald was an ET son out of the herd’s top cows, Nadia B by Sympa and was a full brother to Woodroad Cyril, Senior Champion at Premier Sale March 2009. Although only placed 2nd in his class on the day, this bull already boasted a rather impressive show career including wins at Tullamore, National Limousin Show and Reserve in the All Ireland Derby in Clogher Valley. He was sold to quality commercial producer Mr. Peter Alexander, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie, Scotland.  Mr. Alexander also played a vital role this year in judging part of the Irish Limousin Herds Competition during the summer.

Top price bull, Wood Road Donald

Top price bull "Woodroad Donald" with handler Sean Ryan, Cappamore and breeder Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick

Following on from this was a Welsh born bull, “Cwmpedran Domino” from Mac Murphy and Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath. This May 2008 born bull was a first prizewinner in Class 4 and was by Homebyres Visitor out of a homebred dam, Cwmpedran Nest. He was purchased by Mr. Jas Mc Gee, Athlone, Co. Westmeath for his suckler herd for €7,800.

Cwmpedran Domnio

Second highest price bull sold for €7,800 “Cwmpedran Domino” with breeder Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath and buyer Mr. Jas Mc Gee, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Next best call on the day was €7,300 for another Sympa bull, “Coolrain Dragon” from Padraig and Gearoid Kennedy, Coolrain, Portlaoise. This May 2008 born bull stood 4th in his class and sold with a muscle score of 131 and 5 star figures for Suckler Beef Value (€152), Weanling Export, Calf Carcass, Milk & Fertility and Calf Quality. His dam Anemone was imported from France and was by Pacha 08. This bull now goes to join the suckler herd of Mr. Ben Kelly, Bealnamulla, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Coolrain Dragon

€7,300  “Coolrain Dragon” with Padraig and Gearoid Kennedy, Coolrain, Portlaoise and buyer Mr. Ben Kelly, Bealnamulla, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Class 3 in the male section saw both first and second prizewinners selling at €6,000.

The first of these went to the Senior Champion, “Bradden Bridge Denman” an April 2008 born Milbrook Tanko son out a Grahams Samson daughter, Curraghree Attracta. As well as taking the honours in Roscrea, Denman was also Male Champion at the National Livestock Show, Tullamore this year and Overall Male Champion at the National Limousin Show, Athy in September. He sells to the commercial herd of Mr. Peter Alexander, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie, Scotland.

Bradden Bridge Denman with owner Garrett Mc Guinness

Bradden Bridge Denman with owner Garrett Mc Guinness

The second bull at the €6,000 mark was “Ballykinncurra Dinky” from John Moroney, Corofin, Co. Clare. This second prizewinning bull was the first pedigree calf by Geant son, Castleview Virulent ET to be offered at a society sale. His dam, Ballykinncurra Tilly is a homebred Litron daughter and the best milker in the herd. This bull boasted a muscle score of 135 and 5 star values for Suckler Beef Value (€161), Weanling Export, Beef Carcass and Calf Quality. He was one of 4 lots sold to Norman Cruinkshank, Lanark, Scotland.

Ballykinncurra Dinky

Ballykinncurra Dinky

Selling at €5,500 was a third prizewinning bull, “Drummin Danny” from John Mcinerney, Newmarket-On-Fergus, Co. Clare. This September 2008 born ET son of Drummin Peach by Mas Du Clo was a full brother to National Overall Limousin Champion 2008, Drummin Veronica. He boasted a muscle score of 139 along with 5 star values for Suckler Beef Value (€145), Weanling Export, Beef Carcass and Calf Quality. He sold to Mr. Stephen Illingsworth, Lockerbie, Scotland for his Glenrock herd.

Following close behind at €5,400 was “Tomriland Diego” from Noel Kenny, Ashford, Co. Wicklow. This August 2008 born bull was an ET son of Objat out of a Retaire cow. This bull has the highest docility for any Limousin bull in the country (152) and boasted 5 star traits for Suckler Beef Value (€143), Weanling Export, Beef Carcass and Calf Quality. He now joins the Maybe herd of D & R Cornthwaite, Lockerbie, Scotland.

Other notable prices in the males section included:

  • €5,200 to Mr. Derek Russell, Drogheda, Co. Louth for “Towneyhall Dale” by Ashleigh Unique
  • €5,000 to Mr. Bertie Mannion, Athlone, Co. Roscommon for “Ballyline Danny” by Wilodge Vantastic
  • 4,600 to Mr. John Mcinerney, Newmarket-On-Fergus, Co. Clare for “Drummin Del Boy ET” by Mas Du Clo.
  • 4,600 to Mr. William Smith, Oldcastle, Co. Meath for “Milbrook Duffy” by Siam
  • €4,100 to Mr. Noel  Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick for “Wood Road D1050” by Pacha 08
  • €4,000 to John O’Sullivan, Castleisland, Co. Kerry for “Castleview Duke” by Sable

A steady female trade saw a greater demand for in calf and senior heifers. Heifers sold from €1,800 to €3,500 with an average of €2350.00.

Topping the female trade were two heifers at €3,500 from the Collistown and Mount Scott herds.

The first female sold in the ring under auctioneer George Candler was an October 2007 heifer “Collistown Cindy” by Sympa out a homebred Ferry dam, Collistown Vega. This heifer came from Vincent Foye, Kilcloon, Co. Meath and sold in calf to Milbrook Tanko. She was sold to Mr. PJ Boyce, Newmarket-On-Fergus, co. Clare.

The other highest price heifer came from Mr. Michael Sexton, Ennis, Co. Clare for his November 2007 born, “Mount Scott Cutey” by Scorboro Regius and out of a Dauphin cow. This five star heifer sold in calf to Mount Scott Donal, top price bull at the Premier Sale May 2009. She now joins the herd of Tim Hogan in Co. Kerry

First prizewinner and Reserve Female Champion, “Baltray Diaina” sold for €3,400 to Mr. P Dawes, Hereford, England. This January 2008 born heifer was by Pelletstown Ulex out of a homebred Hartside Jacko dam, Baltray Petula.

Baltray Diaina

Baltray Diaina

This was shortly followed by another January 2008 heifer, “Brickhill Du Clos ET” selling for €3,200. She was from Michael Mcinerney, Cratloe, Co. Clare and by Mas Du Clo out a homebred dam Brickhill Rose by Moustic. This one also head across the water to the Glenrock herd of Mr. Stephen Illingsworth, Lockerbie, Scotland.

Other notable prices in the female section included:

  • €2,900 to Mr. Dan Tynan, Moutrath, Co. Laois for “Ardlea Belinda” by Pelletstown Valour ET.
  • €2,800 to Mr. Michael Gunn, Elphin, Co. Roscommon for “Ovaun Dervilla” by Ronick Hawk.
  • €2,600 to Michael Hickey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary for “Melwood Chloe” by Lino
  • €2,600 to Mr. Stephen O’Grady, Mullagh, Co. Clare for “Doonogan Diane” by Mas Du Clo

The next Irish Limousin society sale will take place in Ballyjamesduff Mart on Saturday 21st November

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