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The third and final Limousin Premier sale of 2010 at Roscrea mart saw a packed ringside with a tremendous trade on the day. This sale was always going to attract some high prices due to the fact that some of the entries had a very successful show  season.

Top price on the day of € 17,000 went to Baileys Elderado bred by the highly priced  Queenshead Altea  and out of the successful Baileys Aubergine, combining Grahams Samson and Greensons Gigolo in the back pedigree. Elderado had been bred in the herd of Tom Bailey Batterstown Co Meath and purchased by Gerard Davis Ballinalee. Having being placed Senior male champion in the pre sale show by Mr Eric Norman, Little Orton, Carlisle Cumbria Elderado heads to the very famous Grahams herd of Mr Robert Graham , Bridge of Allan , Stirling, Scotland.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Baileys Elderado

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Baileys Elderado with Oliver Davis and judge Eric Norman

Next highest price on the day of € 10600 went to Drummin Eagle from John McInerney Newmarket on Fergus Co Clare. Sired by the very influential Sympa and out of the dam Drummin Cliona who is a full sister to Drummin Veronica the National Limousin Champion at the Beef Expo in 2008. Indeed Eagle himself came to the ring with an impeccable show record of 15 red rosettes, Junior male champion at the 2010 Limousin National Show, reserve Male champion at the recent Beef Expo and Junior Male Champion in the pre sale show.Boasting a Suckler Beef Value of €177 Eagle met a flurry of bidding before being snapped up by the judge for his well known Norman herd.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Drummin Eagle

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Drummin Eagle with John Mc Inerney and judge Eric Norman

The senior reserve champion Killcastle Eric from the herd of Alan Kelly Moate, Co Westmeath, a Mas Du Clo son out of Pelletstown Nickelle had also some very successfully show achievements including Reserve All Ireland Derby Male Champion. This bull combined extreme muscle with style and correctness.Having failed to meet his reserve Eric left the ring unsold.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Kilcastle Eric

At € 5400 came the Reserve Junior Champion Newtown Eugene from Stanley Richardson Newtowngore Co Leitrim. Mr Richardson who has been a constant producer of high priced cattle from his Newtown herd once again presented quality and an impeccable pedigree combining Ronick Hawk,Ferry, Castleview Rub, Ideal 23 and Broadmeadows Cannon . Newtown Eugene heads for the herd of Eugene Byrne.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Newtown Eugene

Following that was a   € 4800 bid for Ardlea Enfeld from the herd of Dan Tynan Mountrath. Once again tremendous back breeding of Fieldsons Alfy and the Ideal 23 daughter  Elite T 184 ET. Enfeld came to the ring with a Suckler Beef Value of € 172. Enfeld heads home to the suckler herd of William Champ Portarlington.

Shortly behind at € 4700 was Keeltown Ewing from Brendan Hanley Edgewardstown By the Sympa son Ampertaine Abracadbra and a daughter of the popular Ronick Hawk. Keeltown Ewing also displayed 5 stars in many traits and heads to the herd of Padraic Glynn.

Back in again at € 4600 was the multiple purchaser William Champ for Derrygullinane Eric from John Joe Walsh Knockmore Co Mayo. This Tarot son out of the Ideal 23 dam Meenogahane Rice displayed size and power with another high star rating.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Derryguillinane Eric

Next highest bid of € 4300 was for another Fieldson Alfy son Castleview Easy and by the Ideal 23 dam Castleview Rosaleen . From the well known Castleview herd of John J O Sullivan Castleisland Co Kerry, Castleview Easy had also been a prize winner at summer shows. With a Suckler Beef Value of € 139 Castleview Easy heads to the herd of Liam Mooney.

Making € 4200 was the Goldies Terence son Killonan Ed from Noel Cunneen Ballysimon Co Limerick. On the dams side was Ramses and the renowned OV Nadia B .Displaying high star ratings for most of the traits Ed joins the herd of John Culbert

Selling at  € 4000 was Galbally Everest from the herd of Trevor Masterson Enniscorthy Co Wexford. Everest by the Mas Du Clo son Lemmon Breezer and the Ideal 23 dam Galbally Sophie had a Suckler Beef Value of € 166 heads to the herd of Harold Gill

Another bid of € 4000 saw Wood Road Eric ET bred by Noel Fennessy Ballyconnell Co Limerickand  destined for Ms Anne Gittons. By Sympa and the Festin dam Ardnacrusha Violet Eric hac also been successfully shown during the summer.

More male prices

  • Bohomore Ealke € 3900 Bridie Lavelle to Anthony Hyde
  • Birchpark Enrico € 3700 Owen Flannery to James Hannon
  • Elegante Eager  € 3700 Michael Kinnane to Donal Consodine
  • Elite Emmet   € 3600 Edward Tynan to Pat Casey
  • Millbrook Ellan € 3500 William Smith to John Burke
  • Ballyline Edwardo € 3500 to Patsy Furlong

More quality bulls traded at very good value on the day between € 2000 and € 3000.

In the female section  the quality entries met a very strong trade with both established and new breeders eager to purchase.

Leading the way was the much admired Mullary Eminent from the herd of Michael Molloy Dunleer Co Louth. This super young Rocky daughter and out of the Nenuphar dam Bremore Veneer bred by Bobby and Larry Jones had been placed Reserve Junior Champion at the National show in Tullamore .Placed Reserve Female Champion in the pre sale show bidding reached € 5500 in the ring and even though she left unsold she subsequently was purchased by Thomas Illingworth Lockerbie Scotland for € 5900.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Mullary Eminent

In at a bid of  € 5800 was Wood Road Elisa ET from Noel Fennessy of Ballyconnell Co Limerick. Once again from Sympa and by Ardnacrusha Violet this quality female saw a several customers battling until finally the gavel fell to Gareth McCullagh for his Monaghan based pedigree herd.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Wood Road Elisa ET

A bid of € 5100 saw Newtown Evelyn changing homes. Stanley Richardson as always had this quality Samy sired female from a Dauphin dam looking impressive and once again after some frantic bidding Evelyn heads across to the UK to new breeders CF White as a foundation female.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Newtown Evelyn

Two females shared the same bid of € 4600, the first for Cushcallow Denise a very impressive daughter of the maternal sire On Dit. This powerful female from Peter Keane Banagher Co Offaly is by a Louxor dam and in calf to Nimbus. Once again bidding was brisk and eventually Denise was purchased by Cumbrian breeders  George and Pat Long to join their Millbrow herd .

The second female at € 4600 was Ovaun Esmeralda from Michael Gunn Elphin Co Roscommon. By the high profile sire Wilodge Vantastic and from the Highlander dam Bishopland Utah Esmeralda with a Suckler Beef Value of € 147 was quickly snapped up by William Judge.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Ovaun Esmeralda

Another Wilodge Vantastic daughter Derrygullinane Dakota changed hands at € 4100.Bred by John Joe Walsh Knockmore Co Mayo from a dam by the maternal sire Otan and in calf to Cloughhead Umpire this powerful heifer heads to the herd of Tim Hogan.

Michael Gunn was back in the ring again with another stylish Wilodge Vantastic female and from a Grahams Unbeatable dam Ovaun Barbara. At a bid of € 3700 Barbara heads home to the Lahardane based pedigree herd of Richard Hegarty.

Tomriland Dior  who had earlier in the day claimed the Female Champion from Noel Kenny Ashford Co Wicklow by the French sire Neuf and the Ocean dam Pelletstown Ann went at a bid of € 2900m to James Mc Conologue for his new Donegal based herd.

Tullynavin Diago senior male champion at the ILCS premier sale Roscrea May 2010

Tomriland Dior

Noel Kenny was back in again at € 2800 for Tomriland Eithne . By Wilodge Tonka and the Nestor sired dam Ballynerrin Veenie ET she heads home to James Smyth.

A bid of € 2600 saw Ballykinncurra Emma a Newtown Bunty daughter from John & Sean Moroney Corofin Co Clare heading across to Scotland for the herd of Walter Wight

Breed Society Secretary Paul Sykes commenting on the sale said “ a very encouraging sale for the breed, despite only an average spring trade we had a large amount of enquiries prior to this sale and these have come to fruition today. Many customers have acknowledged the fact that to survive in farming today you need a breed that is easy managed , easy calving which reduces costs and most importantly is suited to many different markets. We all know how important the export trade is to suckler producers and quality Limousin weanlings are fetching a premium price at the moment but we also have to recognise that we a have a strong home trade from beef finishers who require an animal that can convert feed efficiently and make the grade. The other fact that is becoming quite evident is the scarcity of quality replacement females for the suckler herd and more farmers are purchasing Limousin sires to be able to fulfil both their own requirements and also with the view to maximising profit by selling females to this market. With the improvement in docility and been able to certify all animals in the sale BVD virus free and their dams free of Johnes more customers are willing to invest in the breed . The fact that there were quality animals on display and free transport to the UK helped to see several animals exported to Scotland England and Wales. With a clearance of 80% in the males at an average of € 3402 and a clearance of 55% in the females at an average of € 3277 and in particular with such a good home demand  it’s been a great day for Irish Limousin breeders”.     

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