Junior Champion Killcastle Lenn leads the way at Premier Show and Sale
The Irish Limousin Cattle Society held the May Premier show and sale on Monday the 15th May, 2017 at Roscrea Mart. This sale comprised of males and females and meet with an average price of €3,871 for the bulls and €3,232 for the females. Clearance rates remained strong, with buyers from Southern and Northern Ireland and the UK. Many thanks to purchasers, exhibitors, stewards Ann Hester, Frank Buckley and John Connell. We also thank our auctioneers George Candler and Denis Barrett, both of whom took time at the podium at what was a very lively sale. Thank you to the inspectors and to Richard Priestly for judging the classes.
A presentation on behalf of the society was made to Roscrea mart manager Matt Malone on his retirement after many years of devoted service to the mart. Matt and his team in Roscrea have always made every effort to ensure the smooth running of our Premier show and sales. We wish him well in his retirement and extend our gratitude to Matt and all at Roscrea.
Judge for the show was Mr. Richard Priestley of the renowned Brontemoor herd based in Cracrop Farm, Brampton, Cumbria. Richard is the third member of the Priestley family to judge at one of our Premier Shows. In 2011 he had the honour of representing the British Limousin Cattle Society at the Canadian Western Agribition Show. The Brontemoor herd consists of 90 pedigree and 20 commercial Limousin cows, it has enjoyed much success, most recently at the BLCS sale in Carlisle where a homebred bull Brontemoor Laidlaw sold for 11,000gns. Speaking after the show Richard commented: “there was a good show of quality Limousin cattle here in Roscrea. The bulls have plenty of shape and muscle while there are many powerful females.”
Topping the sale was the exceptional Junior Champion “Killcastle Lenn” from the herd of Alan and Paul Kelly, Maymount Farm, Moate, Co. Westmeath. Lenn is a son of Haltcliffe Dancer (HCF) and the Wilodge Tonka dam Killcastle Gem. This 14 month old bull came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Commanding a selling price of €12,600, Lenn was much admired in the show-ring and was purchased by show judge Richard Priestley. Richard described Lenn as an outstanding young bull and is looking forward to seeing how he performs with pedigree cows in the Brontemoor herd.
The Reserve Senior Champion “Clonbonny Legend” was snapped up by Peter McKay Newtownards, Co. Down for €6,900. Legend is an eye-catching son of Ampertaine Commander (APM) and the Fieldson Alfy dam Castleview Harriet. He was bred in Athlone, Co. Westmeath by Tony Hartnett. Legend is no stranger to success, in 2016 he was awarded All Ireland Junior Champion and Overall All Ireland Male Champion at Tullamore Show, a remarkable achievement given his young age at the time of the show (eight months). He carries five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation.
The plaudits for Senior Champion went to “Drummin Kodaline Et” from the herd of John McInerney, Newmarket On Fergus, Co. Clare. Kodaline is a son of Wilodge Vantastic (VTI) and the renowned Drummin Cliona (Et). This outstanding bull is a full brother to Drummin J-Lo, the heifer that recorded the top price at the International Limousin Congress in 2016 where she sold for €16,200. Much admired in the show ring, the Champion left the ring unsold.
“Elite Leo Et” a Powerhouse Italic (LM2090) son was crowned Reserve Junior Champion. Leo a very stylish February 2016 born bull was bred by Ed Tynan, Beechill Farm, Mountrath, Co. Laois. His dam, the exceptional donor cow Elite Hostess Et, has Wilodge Vantastic and Vison in her back pedigree. Hostess enjoyed a very successful show career as a heifer, culminating in Reserve Supreme Champion at Tullamore Show in 2014. Leo went unsold.
Tommy O’Harte of Harte Peat, Clones, Co. Monaghan acquired “The Grove Farm Lord” to add to his recently established pedigree Coraghy herd. Lord is a March 2016 born son of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421). His dam The Grove Farm Hollie has Bolide and Grahams Unbeatable in her sire stack. Bred by Bernard Garrett, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Lord was placed first in his class in the pre-sale show. With five star ratings in most traits, he changed hands for €6,000.
First prize winner “Elegante Leinster” sold after a flurry of bids for €5,600. Leinster is a very stylish 13 month old bred in Ballyglass, Co. Tipperary by Michael Kinane. Leinster’s sire stack includes Wilodge Cerberus (WGE), Fieldson Alfy and Curraghree Vantheman. With five star ratings in numerous traits, he was acquired by multi-purchaser Owain LLyr.
Mount Collins, Co. Limerick based Edward and Shane Sheehan accepted a closing bid of €5,100 for “Caherlevoy Kaiser”. Born in August 2015 Kaiser is a son of Ampertaine Elgin (S1495) and Carrefour Heather, a Sympa daughter. With an array of five star ratings including a Terminal index of €140 and a Replacement index of €128, Kaiser was purchased by Thomas Kerin, Bellharbour, Co. Clare.
First prize winner “Corlea Kracker”, a Huntershall Gladitor (S1564) son, sold for €5,000 to James McNally, Hawthorn Lodge, Co. Longford. Kracker has five star ratings in Terminal index, Carcass Weight and Carcass conformation. His dam Corlea Honey has Towthorpe Dubai and Meridien in her lineage. Kracker was bred by Thomas Connor, Kenagh, Co. Longford.
Also selling at €5,000 was the Powerhouse Italic (LM2090) son “Ballinascraw Lukaku” from the herd of John & Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford. Lukaku was born in April 2016 to the Wilodge Tonka daughter Ballinascraw Fantasy. Tom Reilly, Keady, Co. Armagh acquired Lukaku.
“Ardlea Larry” the first Goldies Informer son to be offered for sale commanded a price of €4,800. Larry was bred by Dan Tynan, Beechhill Farm, Mountrath, Co. Laois. His dam Tahiti B has Ramses and Jordy in her back pedigree. Larry has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Pat McAvoy, Cookestown, Co. Tyrone acquired first prize winning Larry.
Brendan Malone, Delvin, Co. Westmeath paid €4,600 for third prize winner “Galbally Londis 1156”. This 13 month old bull was bred in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford by Trevor Masterson. With five star ratings in most traits, this young bull is a son of Keltic Hercules and the Wilodge Tonka dam Galbally Highlight.
The Chaumeil (S1427) son “Elegante Leader” sold for €4,550. Leader was bred by Michael Kinane, Ballyglass, Co. Tipperary . His dam is the homebred Elite Popsi Et daughter Elegante Iris. An overseas customer acquired third prize winning Leader.
Alan and Paul Kelly received €4,500 for their January 2016 born bull “Killcastle Lincoln Et”. Lincoln is an embryo son of the out-standing donor dam Milbrook Kathryn and Sympa (SYP). This multi-starred third prize winner was purchased by Thomas White, Rathdowney, Co. Laois.
€4,500 secured “Copperdoor Limo”, a Wilodge Cerberus son (WGE) for Conor and Enda Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary. Limo boasts a five star Terminal index of €194 and a five star replacement index of €138. Just over a year old, Limo was bred by Michael Brady, Granard, Co. Longford.
“Marlhill Kevin” was presented at this sale by his breeder James Parkinson, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. Kevin is a son Woodview Greogory and Marlhill Enya. Woodview Gregory was purchased by James at the Premier sale in May 2012 and has since been successfully used as a stock sire to the Marlhill herd. With five star ratings in almost all traits, Kevin was snapped up by Jeremiah Hyland, Newinn, Co. Tipperary for €4,200.
Tommy Claffey, Ballinagore, Co. Westmeath took home €4,100 for “Ballykilroe Lemon”. Born in February 2016 Lemon has Ampertaine Foreman (S1421), Louxor and Curraghree Mister Oliver in his sire stack. Eamon Kavanagh, Ballycumber, Co. Offaly purchased multi-starred Lemon.
“Millburn Likely Lad” sold for €4,000. Likely Lad has Ampertaine Commander, Sympa and Mas Du Clo in his sire stack. He was bred by Richard O'Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway. Likely lad has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Docility, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and daughter calving interval. He returns to Galway to Marcus Canney, Belclare.
Also breeching the €4,000 was “Carrickfinn Lomu” bred by Mary Doogan, Glasson, Co. Westmeath. Lomu has Castleview Gazelle (ZAG), Queenshead Altea and Millburn Billybob in his back pedigree. Pat Stritch, Ballina, Co. Tipperary purchased multi-starred Lomu.
Four sons of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) sold for €3,900. First at this price was fourth prize winner “Mount Scott Kenneth”. Kenneth is out of the Samy daughter Mount Scott Famous. Born in October 2015, he was bred by Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare. Kenneth was purchased by dual purchaser Tom McNicholas, Swinford, Co. Mayo.
“Fairhill K 688” from the herd of Anthony Moloney, Feakle, Co. Clare sold at the same price and is by the same sire. Second prize winning K 688 has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was acquired by Tom Jones, Killucan, Co. Westmeath.
Michael McInerney, Cratloe, Co. Clare also sold his Ampertaine Foreman bull “Brickhill Leo” for €3,900. Leo has five star ratings in all traits. His dam Brickhill Hayden has Sympa and Mas Du Clo in her sire stack. Michael Martin, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford purchased Leo.
The final bull to sell at €3,900 was third prize winner “Quilty Limousins Leonardo” from the herd of Martin Mcgannon, Ennis, Co. Clare. Leonardo has Jockey and Moreo in his sire stack. He was purchased by John Paul McCaffrey, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
Second prize winner “Corlea K-Club” commanded a selling price of €3,800. K-Club has Haltcliffe Dancer, Wilodge Cerberus, Nenuphar and Luron in his pedigree. Bred by Thomas Connor, Kenagh, Co. Longford, K-Club was purchased by an overseas based customer.
Multi-starred “Galbally Larry 1140” sold for €3,700. Larry is a son of Keltic Hercules and the On-Dit daughter Galbally Girl. He was purchased by John Power, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford.
“Copperdoor Liam” sold for €3,600. Liam has Wilodge Cerberus, Mas Du Clo and Epson in his pedigree. Multi-starred Liam was bred by Michael Brady, Granard, Co. Longford.
The Aultside Hulk (LM2133) son “Elite Kyte (Et)” was sold for €3,500. Kyte was bred by Dan Tynan, Beechhill Farm, Mountrath, Co. Laois. This fourth prize winner is a maternal brother to Elite Ice Cream who is an AI bull standing in NCBC. Kyte was purchased by Sean O’Meara, Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary.
Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny farmer Thomas O’Dwyer paid €3,500 for “Bohogue Kygo”. This 17 month old bull was bred by Padraig Earley, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Kygo is a son of Wilodge Cerberus.
The Aloor Felix son “Mount Scott Liam 2” also reached €3,500 for his breeder Michael Sexton, Mullagh, Co. Clare. Liam has a Terminal index of €163 and a Replacement index of €83. He was purchased by James McMahon, Swanns Cross, Co. Monaghan.
“Finboy Lionheart Et” a second prize winner sold for €3,500. Multi-starred Lionheart was bred by Tom Harney, Moneygall, Co. Offaly. His pedigree includes Wilodge Cerberus, Nenuphar and Ideal 23. Eamonn Cleary, Shinrone, Co. Offaly purchased Lionheart.
March 2016 born “Esker-Hill Lewis Et” was bred by Padraig Brady, Ballinalee, Co. Longford. Lewis won best bull calf born in 2016 in the North East Herds competition. He is a son of Ampertaine Elgin (S1495) and Newtown Harriet Et (a former Roscrea Champion). Lewis was purchased for €3,500 by Liam Murray from Roscrea.
The final bull to sell at €3,500 was second prize winner “Galbally Legoland 1159” from Trevor Masterson. Legoland is by Keltic Hercules and out of the Galbally Danastic daughter Galbally Honest. With five star ratings in most of his traits, Legoland was purchased by Joseph Moore, Enniskeane, Co. Cork.
€3,400 Lyragh Koby a son of Red Valley Gerry.
€3,400 Aloor Lord a son of On-Dit.
€3,400 Drummin Lionel Et a son of Ampertaine Elgin.
€3,400 Galbally Lorenzo 1158 a son of Kaprico Eravelle.
€3,300 Killdenis Kennedy a son of Bavardage.
€3,300 Meenross Legend Et a son of Wilodge Cerberus.
€3,300 Wood Road Luke Et a son of Loosebeare Fantastic.
€3,300 The Grove Farm Lolly a son of Wilodge Cerberus.
€3,200 Finboy Legend Et a son of Wilodge Cerberus.
€3,100 Galbally Limo Man 1145 a son of Kaprico Eravelle.
€3,000 Creenagh Karl a son of Brutus Hashtag.
€3,000 Galbally Leo 1139 a son of Keltic Handsome.
€3,000 Fairhill Liam a son of Roundhill Saturn Et.
€3,000 Corcamore Lennox a son of Roundhill Saturn Et.
€3,000 Castleview Lad a son of Wilodge Tonka.
€2,900 Bremore K Dude a son of Hortensia.
€2,900 Ardlea Liroy a son of Huntershall Gladiator.
€2,900 Lisbrin Lad a son of Elderberry Galahad.
€2,800 Castleview Laurence 4 a son of Dinmore Goldcrest.
€2,800 Ballyline Larry a son of Gleannari Everest.
€2,800 Ard-Choill Lima a son of Wilodge Cerberus.
€2,800 Black Hill Luke a son of Rocky.
€2,700 Finboy Lionel Et a son of Wilodge Cerberus.
€2,700 Ballyline Lockie a son of Gleannari Everest.
€2,500 Elegante Lotus a son of Brooklands F0959.
Topping the female prices at €4,600 was the Reserve Female Champion “Liss Karen Et” from Martin Doherty, Carndonagh, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Karen is a September 2015 born daughter of Wilodge Fastrac (LM4052) and the Roundhill Saturn daughter Carwin Vrac. With five star ratings in many traits, Karen was purchased by a UK based customer.
Third prize winner “Brookland Lady” was purchased by Carlisle based Steven Wilson to add to his Impulsive pedigree herd. Lady, a January 2016 born heifer was bred by John Hickey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This multi-starred heifer is a daughter of Haltcliffe Gunner (S1608) and Brookland Fairlady. The hammer fell at €4,500 for this much admired heifer.
“Wood Road Jasmine Et” was acquired by James Hannon, Bunratty, Co. Clare for €4,000. Jasmine sold in calf to Goldies Terence. She is a daughter of Sympa and the imported French donor cow Claque. Jasmine has five star ratings in Replacement Index, Terminal index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. She was bred by Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick.
Commanding the same price, €4,000, was “Grangeford Jagger Et” for her breeder Gary Morrissey, Bennekerry, Co. Carlow. Jagger is an embryo daughter of Plumtree Fantastic (S1278) and Dinmore Gemstone. She was placed second in her class in the pre-sale show. Jagger sold scanned in calf to Ampertaine Foreman. She was acquired by William Shennan, North Threave Farm, Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Brian Frawley, Croagh, Co. Limerick purchased the Female Champion “Rathnestin Kimberly” to add to his Ballylin herd for €4,000. Kimberly is a daughter of Castleview Gringo Et (GWO) and Rathnestin Favourate. She was sold in calf to Keltic Handsome. Kimberly was bred by Raymond Bird, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Selling at €3,600 was second prize winner “Newtown Kissable”. This October 2015 born heifer is a daughter of Huntershall Gladiator (S1564) and Newtown Dyna. She sold in calf to Ampertaine Commander. She was bred by Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim. She now heads to Brendan Malone, Delvin, Co. Westmeath.
€2,550 for Ballybrown Josie a daughter of Castleview Gringo Et.
€2,400 for Newtown Libby P a daughter of Mateo P.
€2,100 for Greenhill Joanna Et a daughter of Dinmore Goldcrest.
€2,000 for Wood Road Janet a daughter of Huntershall Gladiator.
€1,800 for Meenross Kardashian a daughter of Cloughhead Ernie.
The next society show and sale is on Saturday the 20th May at Roscommon mart, where 86 bulls and 6 females will be offered for sale.