The judge at this sale was Jonathan Watson of the Tweeddale herd based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. This was Jonathan first time to judge in Ireland and he relished the opportunity to visit an Irish show and sale. The Tweeddale herd comprises 80 pedigree Limousin cows, a small amount of Embryo work is also done. Jonathan commented that the bulls presented to him in Roscrea at the top end were of excellent quality while his Champions and Reserve Champions were very impressive. Overall the bulls at this show/sale were well muscled and in good condition to go with cows immediately.
“This sale was a good start to our sale season – we had a clearance rate of 83% with an average price of €3,730 and a top price of €9,500. At this sale in 2015 the clearance rate was 75% while the average was €3,660. An increase in the price and clearance rate is pleasing, given the terrible weather conditions Ireland has and is experiencing all winter.
The number of bulls at this sale which are destined for the UK (23) is a huge indication of how competitive our livestock are in the international market. Irish genetics are much sought after and the number of return customers highlights the success Limousin cattle from Ireland have had.
We have introduced a new pre-requisite entry requirement for all our sales – Bull Fertility Examination. This is in conjunction with FBD Insurance Ltd.
The purchasers here today were from all spectrums of the cattle industry – Dairy farmers were looking for easy calving bulls and also short gestation bulls, Suckler farmers were seeking bulls that would produce high quality weanlings and replacement heifers, our breeders are producing bulls to satisfy any requirement.
I would like to thank our judge Jonathan Watson, our two auctioneers George Candler and Denis Barrett and our stewards for their efforts here in Roscrea. I wish all purchasers the very best with their new bulls.
Our three pedigree host farms for the hugely anticipated International Limousin Congress – Drummin, Ardlea/Elite and Roundhill — had some outstanding young bulls on offer at this sale (testament to the quality that will be on display when congress delegates visit in late August), all three herds featured strongly in the show line-up and also in the sales ring.”