The Autumn Premier Irish Limousin Bull Show and Sale was held in Roscrea mart on Monday 29th October, 2012. This sale saw a 73% Clearance rate with twelve of the lots on offer sold to purchasers from the UK. Prices on the day ranged from €10,200 to €1,800, with an average of €3,870, which exceeded the average at the last Premier bull sale in May (€3,770) and that of last years’ October sale (€3,819).
Judge for the day was Mr. Mark Quick from the Loosebeare Herd based at Crediton, Devon. Mr. Quick commented “The top end of each class saw a high standard with well balanced animals displaying the true qualities of the Limousin breed ”.
In the run up to this sale many breeders wondered would the trend of excellent demand for Limousin bulls continue. Given the extremely bad weather coupled with the continuation of the recession the concern was warranted. Fortunately our customers, the farmers, voted with their feet to alleviate these concerns.
When auctioneer George Chandler started the sale at 1.00pm sharp there was not even standing room in the main sales ring.
The purchasers at this sale were from various types of farming enterprises with the trend of farmers changing to Limousin from other breeds again evident. While the growth in dairy farmers using Limousin continues, a number of farmers commented that they are changing to Limousin due to the huge demand for Limousin cross heifers by suckler farmers.
Breed Secretary Paul Sykes commenting on the sale said, “Considering the added costs farmers have endured due to the terrible weather it is very reassuring to see the confidence in the breed. This sale includes many winners from the summer show circuit, indeed such was the quality on offer we saw 22 animals selling at or in excess of €4000 The Limousin breed can offer good milk, tidy udders, good calving ability, fertility, a quality calf, feed efficiency, longevity and a high cull value.
Our breeders are focused on using the very best genetics to produce the quality bulls that our customers, whatever their farming enterprise, are looking for.
Here at the Irish Limousin Cattle Society we put a very high emphasis on animal health.Indeed the breed has initiated it’s own health programme in the form of Limo Leader. All cattle offered for sale at Limousin society sales have their Health status verified, the bulls are tested free from BVD while their dams are Johnes tested.”
Junior Reserve Champion - Carrefour General, a Wilodge Cerberus son from the herd of John Kenny, Dunkerrin, Co. Offaly fetched the top price of €10,200. This September 2011 born bull is no stranger to the show ring and was National Junior bull and Overall Reserve Male Champion at Tullamore in 2012. General is out of a homebred dam - Carrefour Daphne, an Elite Popsi daughter. (General was reserve champion at Ossory show. First in South East Limousin Club calf finals. Second in the All Ireland Derby held in Elphin in September). He sold with five star ratings in Maternal, Terminal, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation.After prolonged bidding General was knocked down to K. Stewart & Sons for their Aberdeenshire based Greenhaugh herd.
Reserve Junior Champion Carrefour General sold for €10,200 with owners John & David Kenny, Dunkerrin, Birr, Co. Offaly
The Junior Champion Roundhill Gailleo Et, from the herd of Timothy Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick was tapped down at €9,600 to Patrick Greed,Exeter, Devon for his Killerton herd . Gailleo is an Attirant son from a Nenuphar dam Roundhill Disette 1108 Et. He was a first prize winner at Tipperary, Ennis and Clonmel shows and was Champion at Limerick show. He was also first in the South West Club calf championship. Gailleo sold with five star ratings for Maternal, Terminal, Docility, Carcass Weight and Carcass conformation.
Junior Champion Roundhill Gailleo Et sold for €9,600 with Marie Louise Ryan & Doreen Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick
Wood Road Glen bred by Noel Fennessy from Castleconnell, Co. Limerick realised €7,800. Born in June 2011, Glen is a son of Wood Road Donald and Wood Road Victoria with back-breeding that includes Sympa, Ideal 23 and Ov Nadia B. Placed first in his class in the pre-sale show, Glen boasted five star ratings in Maternal, Terminal, Calving Difficulty and Carcass Weight. Glen was purchased by repeat customer Joe Waddock Carlow for his suckler herd.
Wood Road Glen sold for €7,800 with owner Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick.
Selling for €7,000 was Newtown Grant Et, from the herd of Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore Co. Leitrim. Grant is an Ampertaine Abracadabra son with back-breeding that includes Cloughhead Lord, Ideal 23 and Geant. He sold with five stars in most traits including Maternal and Terminal, his granddam is Castleview Rub who has bred eight Roscrea Champions. Grant was very successfully shown during the summer picking up four champion titles and first prize in Tullamore. He added to his tally today when he was placed first in his class.Grant was snapped up by WL Hollow from St Ives, Cornwall to join his Chytodden herd.
Newtown Grant Et sold for €7,000 with owners Mark, Sandra & Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim.
One of the youngest bulls on offer Lougheed Gamba, a Haltcliffe Dancer son sold for €6,800 to Edward Tynan, Mountrath for his commercial and pedigree herds.. Bred by Neil Tully of Dromore West, Co. Sligo, Gamba has a pedigree stack that includes Sympa, Clooney Quinn Timmy, Milbrook Handsome and Louxor. Placed first in his class, he was also reserve overall champion at Ballina and Bonniconlon Shows and was third at the National Limousin Show in August.
Lougheed Gamba sold for €6,800 from Neil Tully, Dromore West, Co. Sligo.
Keeltown Gem Et, from the herd of Brendan Hanley, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford sold for €6,000. Gem is a full brother of Milbrook Tanko, with a pedigree that includes Mas Du Clo, Milbrook Monique and Broadmeadows Cannon. He was placed second in his class and heads to Thomas Hogan, Newtown Nenagh.
The Wilodge Cerberus son Moloskey Gary sold for €5,300. Gary has five stars in most traits including Maternal, Terminal and Docility. Bred by Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare from the homebred dam Moloskey Ducer, a Mas Du Clo daughter Gary was purchased by Larry Prenderville, Killucan, Westmeath.
Seamus Cullen of Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow received €5,000 for Ballinahinch Giant . This May 2011 born son of Ballynerrin Remy, is out of Spring Bridge Beuafield. Placed second in his class, he boasted five stars in most indexes and heads to Bill Connolly, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.
First prize winner Gerrygullinane Governor from the herd of Gerry Walsh, Ballina, Co. Mayo sold for €4,900 to James Innes, Aberdeenshire. Governor is a son of Wilodge Vantastic, out of Kilmore Alana (an Otan daughter).
Two lots sold for €4,700. The first at this price was Wood Road Gareth, a son of Wood Road Eiffel. Bred by Noel Fennessy of Castleconnell, Co. Limerick, Gareth’s back-breeding includes Sympa, Apache and Ov Nadia B. He has five star ratings in Maternal and Carcass Weight and heads to Aron Adare, Ardara, Co. Donegal.
The second lot to reach €4,700 was Drombanny Gob Stopper, a Neuf son bred by Pat Sheahan, Drombanna, Co. Limerick. Gob Stoppers dam is Baileys Bon Bon, a Ramses daughter. He has five star ratings in Maternal and Docility and was purchased by Michael O’Brien, Doolin, Co. Clare.
Margaret Henson from Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath sold Cappahugh Gerry for €4,500. Gerry is an On-Dit son with back-breeding that includes Mas Du Clo and Harmonica. Born in March 2011, he boasts five star ratings in most traits and was placed second in his class.Gerry heads to Co. Longford suckler producer Ms Susan Allen, Ballymahon.
Selling at €4,300 was Carrowreagh Goliath, a Wilodge Vantastic son. Bred by Patrick Bruen, Elphin, Co. Roscommon, from the home-bred dam Carrowreagh Birdie (a Cloughhead Lord daughter). Goliath was a third prize winner.
Senior Champion, Roundhill Grimaldi Et sold for €4,200. Grimaldi is a Mas Du Clo son bred by Timothy Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick from a home-bred dam Roundhill Vache. Grimaldi’s full sister, Roundhill E Giroflee 1164, was Junior Champion in Tullamore in 2010.WL Hollow was back in again to purchase Grimaldi for his Chytodden herd.
The Ronick Hawk son Maythorn Golden realized €4,100. Golden was bred by Martin McConnon of Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Placed first in his class, his pedigree includes Gamin and Ulysse. Golden joins the herd of Aidan Lawless, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
Five bulls sold for €4,000. Begsrieve General, a Haltcliffe Underwriter son was the first to reach this price. Bred in Navan, Co. Meath by Dermot Rowe. General is out of a homebred dam Begsrieve Villy - a Moero daughter. General heads to James Kavanagh, Bunclody, Co.Wexford.
Next up at this price was Comeragh Gregory, a Rocky son, from the herd of John Lawlor, Clonmel, Co. Waterford. Gregory’s dam Tarbert Veronica has back breeding that includes Ortolan and Barnhill Jeremiah. He was placed second in his class in the pre-sale show and was purchased by Matthew Murphy, Boulavogue, Co. Wexford.
Dunleer, Co. Louth based breeder Michael Molloy also received €4,000 for Mullary Giovanni. This Ulm son is out of the multi-prize winning dam Mullary Chantelle. He was placed second in his class and was purchased by Brendan O’Loughlin, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
Sean O’Sullivan of Castleisland, Co. Kerry sold his Ampertaine Commander sired Castleview Grant for €4,000 to Kevin O’Brien, Doolin, Co. Clare . This young bull has multiple five star ratings and a deep sire stack that includes Fieldson Alfy, Ideal 23 and Geant. Grant was placed third in his class.
Moloskey Gezer Et, bred by Brendan Clancy, Mullagh, Co. Clare was the fifth bull to reach €4,000. From the multi-prize winning homebred dam Moloskey A392, Gezer’s pedigree includes Ronick Hawk, Mas Du Clo and Geant. Gezer heads to Co. Clare farmer Rosaleen Monahan, Tubber.
Other leading prices:
€3,800 to John Lawlor, Clonmel, Co. Waterford for Comeragh Girvan by Neuf.
€3,800 to David and Mary Keane, Strand, Co. Limerick for Glenmeadows George by Sympa.
€3,800 to Patrick Kenny, Castlebar, Co. Mayo for Crillaune Gareth by Wilodge Cerberus.
€3,700 to John Connell, Oldcastle, Co. Meath for Lougheed Gent by Ulm.
€3,700 to Daniel Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois for Ardlea Grape by Elite Abel.
€3,700 to Anthony Glynn, Gort, Co. Galway for Glencarrigh Guaire by Carwin Duke.
€3,600 to Bobby Jones, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Bremore Goldie by Netherhall Epic.
€3,600 to Sean Ryan, Cappamore, Co. Limerick for Sliabh Felim Godfrey by Ulm.
€3,600 to John Kenny, Birr, Co. Offaly for Carrefour Gulliver by Elite Popsi.
€3,500 to Matthew Fee, Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim for Mullaghboy Gavin by Marchermore Augustus.
€3,500 to Martin Cleary, Shinrone, Co. Offaly for Clonfad Gary by Pelletstown Newman.
€3,500 to John Hickey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary for Brookland Gooch, by Milbrook Dartangan.
€3,400 to Gearoid and Padraic Kennedy, Portlaoise, Co. Laois for Coolrain George Mchawk by Moloskey C Hawk.
€3,400 to Martin Cleary, Shinrone, Co. Offaly for Clonfad Geronimo by Ionesco.
€3,400 to John and Stephen Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford for Ballinsacraw Galaxy by Ampertaine Commander.
The next Irish Limousin Bull Sale is in Tullow, Co. Carlow on Wednesday, 21st November, 2012, where 77 Bulls will be on offer.
The Premier Heifer Sale will be held in Roscrea on Saturday, 24th November, 2012, a large entry of 88 deep pedigree heifers both incalf and maiden will be on sale.
Here at Irish Limousin we would like to wish all investors in the breed the very best of luck with their purchases.
The society office can be contacted at 025-85036 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.