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The top priced Limousin bull at the Tully performance test station sale held last Saturday 4th March was 'Castleview Virulent’.

Virulent was bought by the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC) to enter their progeny-testing programme.

Castleview Virulent bred by Sean O’ Sullivan, Castleisland, Co. Kerry was a December 2004 born bull. He is impeccably bred sired by the no longer available Geant and out of Gentille, the mother of French A.I. sire ‘Moero’, the dam line also has three generations of RRE, the highest qualifications for cows in France. Castleview Virulent will enter A.I. shortly with semen available within a few months.

The overall trade for Limousin bulls was very steady with a 71% clearance rate to average €3,413 achieved, which was well down (€1,740) on the corresponding sale average last year. The range in price varied from €2,100 to €6,200. ‘The overall demand was from commercial farmers looking for good muscular type bulls’, according to Michael Barron, Manager Tully Test Centre.

Castleview Virulent

Castleview Virulent (Geant x Concert) with the delighted O'Sullivans and Michael Bailey of N.C.B.C.

The second highest price of €6,000 was shared by two bulls ‘Elite Alo’ and  ‘Ballinascraw Va Va Voom.

Elite Alo property of Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois was the first prizewinner in the FBD prize section. This January 2005 born had again much sought after genetics being a son of Ideal 23 and out of the French imported cow Lorraine, a Gamin daughter. He gained an amazing 2.27 kg/day over the period of the performance test. The purchaser of this bull was Donal Callery, farm manager for the Cookstown Pedigree Herd of Ms. Oonagh McLoughlin, Kells, Co. Meath.

Elite Alo

Elite Alo (Ideal 23 x Gamin) with Mac Murphy & Kevin Bohan of the Ardlea herd and Donal Callery purchaser for the Cookstown Pedigree Herd

The second bull hitting the €6,000 mark was Ballinascraw Va Va Voom from John Lynch, Ballinalee, Co. Longford who was the second prizewinner in the FBD prizewinner section. Va Va Voom had a super show record being All-Ireland Calf Champion, First prizewinner at the National Limousin show & National Male of the Year 2006. This November 2004 born son of Ferry out of a homebred cow Ballinascraw Precious, a Ronick Hawk daughter was purchased by Joe Raferty, Co. Fermanagh.

Ballinascraw Va Va Voom

Ballinascraw Va Va Voom (Ferry x Ronick Hawk) with Stephan & John Lynch

The fourth highest price of €5,100 went to Kilcara Valiant from Joe & Patricia Waldron, Tuam, Co. Galway. This November 2004 bull was also in the prizes winning a third prize in the FBD prizes. A son of Navarin out of Birchall Valiant, a Moustic daughter. The purchaser of Valiant were U.K. based breeder Alan Fotheringham, Perthshire to join his Westhall Pedigree Herd.

Kilcara Valiant

Kilcara Valiant (Navarin x Moustic) with Joe Waldron and purchasers Hazel and Alan Fotheringham of Westhall Pedigree Herd in the U.K.

The fifth highest price of €4,400 went to Kylefarm Venture from Thomas Fives, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. This powerful November born son of Pelletstown Pompernel was out of Carwin Trudy, a Geant daughter. His BLUP indices for muscle put him in the top 1% of the breed. The purchaser was John Smith, Virginia, Co. Cavan to run with his commercial suckler herd.

Kylefarm Venture

Kylefarm Venture (Pelletstown Newman x Geant) with Tom Fives and John Smith, Virginia, purchaser.

Other leading prices included:

  • €3,700 to Roger McCarrick, Drumree for a son of Grahams Samson
  • €3,600 to Colin Hogg, Clonlara for a son of Pelletstown Newman
  • €3,500 to William O’ Connor, Kiskeam for a son of Ferry
  • €3,500 to Connell Bros., Oldcastle for a son of Mas du Clo
  • €3,400 to Sean Ryan, Cappamore for a son of Imperial
  • €3,200 to Seamus Neary, Kilkenny for a son of Moero
  • €3,000 to Frank Buckley, Kildinan for a son of Nenuphar 

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