Inclement weather doesn’t affect trade at Tullamore sale
The second society sale for the year was held in Tullamore mart on Saturday 18th March 2017. On hand to take command of auctioneering duties was George Candler. Stewarding was carried out by Kevin Bohan and Ann Hester.
Breed secretary Paul Sykes commented “This is our fourth sale here in Tullamore, in 2014 due to the growing demand for Limousin in the mid-lands, we approached Tullamore mart to host one of our spring sales. With farmer and breeder confidence the sales have proven to be a success. This year’s sale met with a 68% clearance and an average selling price of €3,008. An increase in the average price by 20% on last year’s sale while maintaining the clearance percent is a very positive message of farmer confidence in the breed. Amongst the purchasers were dairy farmers which continues the trend of recent years where the fluctuations in milk prices is leading to many dairy farmers seeing the higher value of a Limousin sired calf.
With the Inclement weather conditions and winter feeding supplies dwindling it is pleasing to see buyers turn out in force and with a price range of €2,000 to €4,300 there was a bull on offer to suit many budgets. I would like to thank purchasers here today, also the Management and staff in Tullamore mart, our judge Tom, our stewards and George Candler.
Our next sale will be held in Athenry on Thursday the 13th of April.”
Judge Tom Finnerty of the Bovinion Limousin herd in Mountbellew, Co. Galway commented after the show: “It was an honour to be asked to judge here in Tullamore. I had four strong classes of bulls presented in the show ring with great depth in all classes. The quality of cattle at the top-end was exceptional.”
Catching the eye of the show judge as his Champion was “Stragheglin Kieran” from the Cavan based herd of Ciaran Bogue, Belturbet. This August 2015 born bull has an array of five star ratings including a Terminal index of €146 and a Replacement index of €88. By Haltcliffe Dancer (HCF) and out of the homebred Scorboro Regius dam Stragheglin Deidra. Kieran commanded the top price in the sales ring of €4,300. He was purchased by George Flynn of Oldcastle, Co. Meath.
Following on from her success at the March premier sale in Roscrea, well known South West breeder Sarah McElligott received the joint second highest price of €4,100 for her third prize winner “Shannon Kelly 2”. This son of the Irish Limousin Society’s new French bull Dieunordic (S2102) came to the ring oozing in star ratings, including a Terminal index of €150 and a Replacement index of €109. Kelly was purchased by Michael Colleran to run with his herd based in Ballydangan, Athlone.
Also selling at €4,100 was Alan Borton’s “Brookfield Kobe” a second prize winner. Kobe is a December 2015 born son of Wilodge Drummer (S1652), and the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Liscarn Heaven. He has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Replacement Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Gerard Carolan, Athboy, Co. Meath was Kobe’s eventually purchaser.
The multi-starred Reserve Champion “Millburn Kauto Star” was the final bull to break the €4,000 mark. Kauto Star has Ampertaine Foreman (S1421), Imperial and Geant in his sire stack. He was bred by Richard O'Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway. Local farmer Derek Hall, Rahan, Tullamore acquired Kauto Star.
The Corridan family from Fedamore, Co. Limerick presented five bulls from their highly regarded Roundhill herd at this sale. Top call for the family in Tullamore was €3,250 for “Roundhill Kickstart Et (P)”. Kickstart is an embryo son of polled sire Hinz P P (S1424) and Roundhill I Unamine 1440, an Elite Forever Brill Et daughter. He boasts five star ratings in almost all traits. He was snapped up by Mullingar based Robert Lestrange.
The only Bavardage (AGB) son offered at this sale commanded a price of €3,150. “Coolroe Killian” was bred by Eamonn Fitzgerald, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, his dam is the Pelletstown Excel daughter - Ruan Isma. Killian has an array of five star ratings. He was acquired by John Jones, Rathmore, Co. Longford.
Michael McTigue, Castlebar, Co. Mayo took home €3,100 for his August 2015 born “Heather Field King”. This son of Ampertaine Commander (APM) and the Procters Cavalier daughter Crillaune Imelda has five star ratings across all traits. Arthur Bryan purchased King for this Portarlington, Co. Laois based herd.
The much admired first prize winning Elderberry Galahad (EBY) son “Farmleigh Kirby” sold for €3,000. Kirby has a Terminal index of €145 and Replacement index of €151. Bred in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford by Thomas Swaine he was acquired by Vincent Carr, Hollyford, Co. Tipperary for his dairy farm.
The Ronick Hawk (RKH) son “Roundhill Korridan” sold for €3,000. Korridan also has Acajou and Lino in his lineage. He has a Terminal index of €101 and a Replacement index of €106. Bred by Tim Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick, this 16 month old bull was purchased by Jerry Casey, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Second prize winner “Mullaghboy Karl” sold for €2,900. Karl was bred by Matthew Fee, Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim. He is a son of Emslies Galileo (S2135) and the homebred Gamin daughter Mullaghboy Dot. Sean O’Dowd, Beltubet, Co. Cavan acquired Karl.
Local suckler farmer James Choiseul, Killeigh, purchased “Corcamore Kal” for €2,750. Kal is a son of Milbrook Tanko and the Litron daughter Corcamore Tess. He has five star ratings in Docility and Carcass Weight. First prize winning Kal was bred in Limerick by Brendan Curtin, Clarina.
€2,600 was top call for Patsy Creighton’s eye-catching second prize winner “Aloor Karate”. This July 2015 born bull is by On-Dit and out of the Ronick Iceman daughter Aloor Fea. Karate was purchased by Kevin Conneely, Inverin, Co. Galway.
Roundhill Korma Et (P) by Hinz P P, out of Roundhill Egiroflee 1164 Et, bred by Timothy Corridan, Co. Limerick, €2,500.
Roundhill Kashmir Et (P) by Hinz P P, out of Roundhill Disette 1108 Et, bred by Timothy Corridan, Co. Limerick, €2,500.
Roundhill Kingsize by Hinz P P, out of Roundhill Disette 1108 Et, bred by Timothy Corridan, Co. Limerick, €2,500.
Shannon Kool, fourth prize winner, by Dieunordic out of Shannon Empress bred by Sarah McElligott, Co. Kerry, €2,500.
Galbally Kojak 1108, 2nd prize winner, by Ardlea Dan out of Galbally Faye 2 bred by Trevor Masterson, Co. Wexford, €2,500.
Coolroe Larry by Castleview Gazelle out of Coolroe Brida Ii, bred by Eamonn Fitzgerald, Co. Tipperary, €2,400.
Ballinascraw Karl, fourth prize winner, by Ballinascraw Idol out of Ballinascraw Victoria, bred by John & Stephen Lynch, Co. Longford, €2,000, sold to a dairy farmer.
Best of luck to all purchasers of Limousin Livestock. The next society sale is on at Athenry Mart on Thursday the 13th of April.