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Society Pedigree Limousin sales came to a conclusion for 2013 at Roscrea Mart last Saturday, 23rd November. Auctioneer at this sale was Denis Barrett.

There was a clearance rate of 68%, with an average of €3,209. Speaking after the sale Paul Sykes, Breed Secretary said “This sale was pleasing, it met with a steady demand. The number of heifers sold matched last year’s sale and prices. The benefits of Limousin Genetics are well known – the heifers on offer here today were from highly regarded sires. Looking at the quality of the lots on offer here, purchasers both new to the breed and established had plenty of choice in genetics and type. Throughout all our sales for 2013 there have been a number of new breeders investing in top quality foundation heifers for their herds.”

Judge for this sale was Mr. Harry Parker of the Wiltshire based Stourhead herd. Harry remarked “it was a privilege to be asked to come here today to judge at this sale. There was great depth to all the classes. The standard at the top end was exceptional. The champions were right at the top in terms of Limousin characteristics – they were all very eye-catching. Looking at the display of heifers on offer here today shows what the breed can achieve.”

Thomas Murphy of the Hill Top herd from Mullagh, Co. Clare had a very rewarding day in Roscrea, his two young Wilodge Cerberus heifers claimed both the Junior and Reserve Junior titles. Topping the sale at €8,600 was the Reserve Junior Champion - “Hill Top Heidi Et”. This September 2012 heifer is out of Hill Top Francis. Her sire stack includes Sympa and Milou-Mn. Heidi came to the ring with five star ratings in most traits including a Terminal Index value of €169 and a Replacement Index of €230. Heidi sold to an undisclosed customer.

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Hill Top Heidi ET

 Her stable-mate “Hill Top Harmony Et”, the Junior Champion, sold for a top call of €7,500. Harmony and Heidi are full embryo sisters. Commenting on these two heifers, Harry Parker said “two very eye catching heifers – they are like peas in a pod”. Harmony also has five star ratings in most traits. Her purchaser was also undisclosed.

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Hill Top Harmony ET

 Senior Champion “Greenhill Holly Et” realised €7,100. Holly was bred by John Greene, Lifford, Co. Donegal. A daughter of Haltcliffe Dancer, her dam Greenhill Unique is a Meridien daughter, with back breeding to Limier. Holly came to the ring with an array of five star ratings. Her purchaser was undisclosed.

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Greenhill Holly ET

The Wilodge Vantastic daughter “Logrea Henrietta Et” was sold for €7,100. Henrietta is a full sister of the 2011 National Male Champion Newtown Freeman. Her dam Newtown Trixie is a Dauphin daughter. Placed third in her class in the pre-sale show – this was a very keenly contested class which produced both the Junior and Reserve Junior champions. Henrietta was bred in the West of Ireland, in Co. Mayo by Michael Rattigan, Claremorris. Her purchaser was Joe Collins from Co. Roscommon.

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Logrea Henrietta ET

 “Drummin Highlander” a Carmorn Copilot daughter sold for €5,200. This young heifer was bred by John McInerney, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare. Highlander is out of Drummin Ella - a Mas Du Clo daughter. Placed 2nd in her class, she came to the ring with a Terminal Index value of €125. Highlander heads to Patricia Kiernan, Killeaney, Co. Meath.

 The Bridgeview herd of George McCague, Newry, Co. Down purchased the second prize winner “Brackan Harpick” for €4,800. Harpick is a Haltcliffe Dancer daughter with back-breeding that includes Rocky and Talent. She came to the ring with five star ratings in Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Harpick was bred by Joseph Gormley, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim.

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Brackan Harpick

 The Senior Reserve Champion – “Milan Genette” was purchased by Denis Collins, Callan, Co. Kilkenny. Genette is by Wilodge Tonka and out of the home-bred Ronick Hawk dam Milan Bonnie. Genette realised €4,600 for her breeder Donal McKeon, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.

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Milan Genette

 €4,600 was top call for “Greenhill Hope Et” from the herd of John Greene. Hope is a full sister of the Senior Champion Greenhill Holly Et. She was placed first in her class and was the second purchase by George McCague of the Bridgeview herd.

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Greenhill Hope ET

 The second prize winning Wilodge Cerberus daughter “Keltic Godiva” realised €4,300. Bred in Co. Meath by Teleri Thomas – Godiva came to the ring with five star ratings in many traits including Daughter Milk. She has been scanned in calf to Ampertaine Commander and purchased by Denis Collins of Calla, Co. Kilkenny.

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Keltic Godiva

 Teleri Thomas received €4,000 for her next entry - “Keltic Gypsyqueen”, another Wilodge Cerberus daughter. Gypsyqueen is out of Cwmpedran Copperqueen with back-breeding to Killerton Travis. She was also scanned in calf to Ampertaine Commander. Walter Wall, Ballymacarby, Co. Waterford was her purchaser.

 ”Milbrook Hithclass” from the herd of William Smith, Oldcastle, Co. Meath sold for €3,600. Hithclass is an On-Dit daughter out of Milbrook Bianca. She came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Docility, Carcass weight and Daughter Milk. Thomas Curran of Oldcastle, Co. Meath was her purchaser.

 Also from the herd of William Smith came the Milbrook Dartangan daughter “Milbrook Honey”. Honey was acquired by Michael Brady, Co. Westmeath for €3,300. Placed second in her class, she is out of Milbrook Ustinya – an Espoir daughter.

 “Ardlea Hana” by Ampertaine Commander realized €3,200. Hana was bred in Co. Laois by Daniel Tynan. Her sire stack includes Nenuphar and Cesar. Hana was purchased by Sean Reid, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny.

 Three heifers changed hands for €2,900. First at this price was “Ard-Choill Gaga” from the herd of Kevin McInerney, Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare. Gaga is a Sympa daughter out of Ard-Choill Dreamer. Mark Orohoe, Ballincurry, Co. Longford purchased this third prize winner.

 Ciaran Smith of the Cnoc Rua herd based in Redhills, Co. Cavan purchased first prize winning “Greenhill Grace” for €2,900 from John Greene, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Grace is a daughter of Queenshead Altea and the French dam Acadienne. She sold in-calf to Nenuphar.

 The final heifer at €2,900 was “Newtown Hot Tot”. Bred by Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. Hot tot is an Ampertaine Commander daughter with back-breeding that includes Lino and Ideal 23. She heads to Noel Murphy, Newry, Co. Down.

 Pat Creighton from Croghan, Co. Roscommon purchased the Vison daughter “Bremore Godess” for €2,800. Godess was sold in calf to Ancedote. Bred by Bobby Jones, Skerries, Co. Dublin.

 “Milbrook Hatty” - a Sympa daughter from the herd of William Smith realised €2,800. Hatty has Domino and Mas Du Clo in her sire stack. She was one of two heifers purchased by Michael Gannon, Craughwell, Co. Galway.

 First prize winner “Brookland Harriet” was purchased by Niall Martin, Dromore, Co. Down for €2,800. Harriet is by Sympa with back-breeding to Sauvignon and Licide. She was bred by John Hickey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Brookland Harriet

 John Mairs, Craigavon, Lurgan acquired three heifers. His first purchase was “Wood Road Hazel Et”, an in-calf daughter of Wilodge Vantastic for €2,600. Hazel was bred in Co. Limerick by Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell. Hazel was placed fourth in her class in the pre-sale show.

 The Ampertaine Commander daughter ”Stragheglin Hale” also changed hands for €2,600. Hale was bred by Ciaran Bogue, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Her back-breeding includes Ferry and Filsdaida. She was one of two purchases made by William Geary, Feenagh, Co. Limerick.

 “Brickhill Honey” from the herd of Michael McInerney sold for €2,600. Honey is a Fieldson Alfy daughter from the home bred Mas Du Clo dam Brickhill Diamond. Padraig Brady, Ballinalee, Co. Longford purchased Honey for his Esker-hill herd.

 €2,500 was top call for “Elite Genesis Et” from the herd of Daniel Tynan. Genesis is a daughter of Emerson. This second prize winner was purchased by Ann Gittons, Borris, Co. Carlow.

 Third prize winner “Newtown Honour” from the herd of Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim sold for €2,500. Honour is a daughter of Carmorn Dauphin and Newtown Dixie. James Holohan, Mohill, Co. Leitrim was her purchaser for his Sallyfield herd.

 Four heifers changed hands at €2,400. First at this price was “Keltic Galwayqueen”. This heifer is by Attirant and out of the Greenhill Major daughter Cwmpedran Tigerroyal. Daniel Murphy, Leamlara, Co. Cork secured this fourth prize winner.

 Douglas Murray, Ballintrae, Co. Carlow purchased “Milbrook Heidi” from William Smith for €2,400. Heidi is an Ampertaine Commander daughter with back breeding to Neuf and Broadmeadows Cannon.

 Seamus Cullen also received €2,400 for “Ballinahinch Heather 2”. Heather is a Queenshead Espana daughter. She was the second purchase for Michael Gannon.

 “Loophead Helena” a Haltcliffe Dancer daughter was the final heifer to realize €2,400. Presented for sale by Kenneth Power, Mountbellew, Co. Galway, Helena was placed fourth in the pre-sale show. She was the second acquisition for John Mairs, Lurgan.

After the heifer sale an auction of embryos and semen took place. On offer was a considerable amount of Limousin semen, with all proceeds going to the Irish Premature Babies Charity. This semen met with great interest and realised a large sum for this very deserving Charity. The total amount raised was €4,800.

The results of the auction were as follows:

  • Ideal 19 – 3 straws purchased by Brendan Hanley for €60.
  • Ideal 19 – 3 straws purchased by Brendan Hanley for €60.
  • Ideal 19 – 2 straws purchased by Brendan Hanley for €60.
  • Ideal 19 – 2 straws purchased by Brendan Hanley for €60.
  • Imperial – 2 straws purchased by Paul Slevin for €150.
  • Grahams Samson – 4 straws purchased by Kieran Mulcahy for €65.
  • Grahams Samson – 3 straws purchased by Mark Orohoe for €60.
  • Grahams Samson – 3 straws purchased by Melvin Masterson for €60.
  • Nenuphar – 3 straws purchased by Hugh Murray for €410.
  • Nenuphar – 3 straws purchased by Allen Fitzgerald for €430.
  • Nenuphar – 3 straws purchased by Allen Fitzgerald for €430.
  • Farfelu – 3 straws purchased by Kieran Mulcahy for €40.
  • Farfelu – 3 straws purchased by Kieran Mulcahy for €40.
  • Farfelu – 3 straws purchased by Paul Slevin for €20.
  • Farfelu – 2 straws purchased by Thomas Beirne for €10.
  • Cloughhead Umpire – 2 straws purchased by Paul Sykes for €50.
  • Jockey – 2 straws purchased by Jimmy McHugh for €20.
  • Neuf – 2 straws purchased by Michael Brosnan for €140.
  • Ferry – 4 straws purchased by John O’Brien €130.
  • Lino – 2 straws purchased by Kieran Mulcahy for €80.
  • Dauphin – 1 straw purchased by Noel Fennessy for €400.
  • Ronick Hawk – 4 straws for €625 purchased by Michael Brosnan.
  • Gedeon – 2 straws for €10 purchased by Michael Gunn.
  • Espoir – 2 straws for €225 purchased by Michael Gunn.
  • Grahams Unbeatable – 3 straws for €75 purchased by Kieran Mulcahy.
  • Malibu – 2 straws for €150 purchased by Michael Foley.
  • Mas du Clo – 2 straws for €50 purchased by Kieran Mulcahy.
  • Cloughhead Lord – 2 straws for €300 purchased by Michael Gunn.
  • Highlander – 3 straws for €230 purchased by Allen Fitzgerald.
  • Highlander – 3 straws for €200 purchased by Michael Gunn.
  • Rocky – 2 straws for €80 purchased by Kieran Mulcahy.
  • Rocky – 2 straws for €80 purchased by Kieran Mulcahy.

Michael Gunn received €950 for  3 embryos of Ovaun Barbara.

John McInerney received €2000 for 2 embryos of Drummin Cliona.

These sires are well proven, many of them are no longer available.

Best of luck to all purchasers of Limousin Genetics throughout the year – looking forward to seeing offspring of these cattle at future sales. Thank you for choosing to purchase Limousin.

The next Society sale will be the Premier Bull sale at Roscrea Mart on 10th March, 2014.

 

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