Sale season 2018 got off to a flying trade on Monday 12th March after a delayed start due to storm Emma and the copious amounts of snow that arrived in her wake. The sale was due to take place on the 5th of March, however, with freezing temperatures and impassible roads a weeks deferral was necessary.
We would like to convey our gratitude to our breeders and customers for your understanding and patience as in the interest of safety it was imperative to reschedule the sale and hold it a week later.
The first sale of the year was met with a 75% clearance and a price range from €2,200 to €13,800, with an average selling price of €3,720. The society was honoured to secure the services of Mr. David Thomlinson of the Beeches herd based at Scaleby, Carlisle, Cumbria, UK as judge for this bull sale. Mr. Thomlinson is currently the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Honorary President, he is over half way through a two-year term of office. Judging took place on Sunday evening, the sale got underway at noon on Monday.
George Candler was back at the rostrum for what proved to be a lively sale. Stewards at this sale were Donal Moloney, Ann Hester and David Swaine.
Lot 80. Junior Champion and sale topper at €13,800 was Millburn Luquacious Et from Richard O’Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway. Luquacious is a November 2016 born son of Wilodge Vantastic and Richard’s outstanding donor cow Millburn Bobby Dazzler (Et). Luquacious carries a skeletal score of 138 and a muscle score of 137 – these scores are in the top 1% and 2% within the Limousin breed. Extremely stylish and oozing style – Luquacious grabbed the attention of R & K Davidson and now heads to Corsairtly Farm, Keith, Banffshire, UK as stock sire to the Corsairtly herd.
Lot 30. Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath presented three outstanding bulls from her noted Keltic herd. Keltic Londolozi, a September 2016 born son of Keltic Handsome and the first calving Wilodge Cerberus daughter Keltic Jubilation sold for €8,300. Londolozi, a classy young bull, came to the ring with five star ratings in almost all traits. With many interested parties Laga Farms Ltd, Evie, Orkney were Londolozi’s eventual purchasers.
Lot 41. Richard O’Beirne’s Millburn herd continued with their successes with the Wilodge Joskins son Millburn Letterman taking the Reserve Senior Champion title and later realising €5,100. Letterman’s dam is Kilcara Ciara a Mas Du Clo daughter. Born in September 2016, Letterman has five star ratings in Terminal Index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. County Kildare based Anthony Quinn acquired Letterman.
Lot 46. Senior Champion Ardlea Lordship Et commanded a price of €5,000 for his breeder Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Lordship is an embryo son of Craigatoke Jack (LM2355, a stock sire in the Ardlea herd, leaving tremendous calves) and Elite Jessica Et, an Ampertaine Foreman daughter. Lordship was acquired by Tom O’Reilly, Keady, Co. Armagh to run with his Fairgreen herd.
Lot 92. Kevin and Kieran Treanor two young breeders from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan presented the Reserve Junior Champion Clontown Loni. Born in December 2016, this remarkable young bull has Wilodge Cerberus, Ampertaine Elgin and Rocky in his sire stack. Loni enjoyed a tremendous show season in 2017 – picking up many championships and culminating in First prize at the National All Ireland Limousin Bull Born on/between 1/11/16 and 31/12/16 class at the National show. Loni was snapped up for €5,000 by Walter Wight for his renowned Monkeypuzzle herd based in St Boswells, Melrose, Scottish Borders.
Lot 36. Also heading to the UK is Cavelands Lord from the herd of Paul Sykes, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Lord has Hamac, Ronick Hawk and Mas Du Clo in his lineage. Hamac (LM4095) has an outcross pedigree. Lord has five star ratings in Terminal index, Replacement index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. After a flurry of bids the gavel fell at €4,800 to K. Stewart & Sons, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, they acquired Lord for their Greenhaugh herd.
Lot 10. Second prize winner Townleyhall Lion King sold for €4,350. Bred in Drogheda, Co. Louth by Derek Russell, Lion King is a son of Derek’s herd sire Mullary Intrepid (LM4093) and the Fieldson Alfy daughter Townleyhall Important. John McSorley & Sons, Omagh, Co. Tyrone purchased Lion King for their Clougherney herd.
Lot 2. The oldest bull offered for sale was Aloor Lunt from the herd of Patsy Creighton, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Lunt is a son of Fieldson Alfy (S511) and the home bred Rocky daughter Aloor Ebony. Lunt was one of two bulls purchased by Mike and Helen Kissane, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry. The purchase price for first prize winning Lunt was €4,200.
Lot 21. An Ampertaine Gigolo son Toher Leo sold for €4,100. Leo was bred by Martin Costigan, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Leo has five star ratings in Terminal index, Replacement index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Martin Kenny, Cloverhill, Co. Roscommon purchased Leo.
Lot 87. Rounding off a great days trading for Richard O’Beirne was his third prize winner Millburn Landmark Et. Landmark sold for €4,000 to Brendan Delaney, Mountrath, Co. Laois. This 13 month old bull has five star ratings in most traits, he is a son of Wilodge Cerberus (WGE) and the Imperial daughter Vern Blossom.
Lot 94. At the same selling price (€4,000) was the Wilodge Joskins son Finboy Lynx Et from Tom Harney, Moneygall, Co. Offaly. First prize winning Lynx has five star ratings in Terminal index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was acquired by multi-purchaser Owain Llyr from North Wales.
Lot 6. Patrick Rowan, Monsterevin, Co. Kildare purchased Rathnestin Lenny for €3,900. Lenny has Sympa, Highlander and Espoir in his sire stack. Lenny has five star ratings in Terminal index, Replacement index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Lenny was bred by Raymond Bird, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Lot 9. Gaggin Liberty Et from the herd of Patrick Hegarty, Bandon, Co. Cork also sold for €3,900. Liberty has Wilodge Enrico, Roundhill Nero and Poulnasherry Crusader in his back pedigree. With five star ratings in most traits Liberty was acquired by a county Wexford based farmer.
Lot 63. Third prize winner Castleview Logan commanded a selling price of €3,900. Born in October 2016 Logan has Ampertaine Commander (APM), On-Dit and Fieldson Alfy in his sire stack. Bred in Castleisland, Co. Kerry by Sean O’Sullivan, multi-starred Logan was purchased by Andrew Malone, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Lot 8. Stanley Richardson, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim accepted €3,800 for fourth prize winning Newtown Legacy. Legacy is a son of Ampertaine Elgin and Newtown Idol, a Ronick Hawk daughter. With five star ratings in most traits, Legacy was purchased by John Daly, Cloghan, Co. Offaly.
Lot 54. The Kaprico Eravelle son Ballyline Lauraun sold for €3,800. Lauraun, a first prize winner, was bred by Bertie Mannion, Curraghboy, Co. Roscommon. Gerard Byrne, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary acquired this multi-starred bull.
Lot 39. John and David Kenny presented seventeen month old third prize winner Carrefour Luke at this sale. Luke has Wilodge Joskins, Mas Du Clo and Dauphin in his sire stack. Luke was purchased by Gerard Davis, Ballinalee, Co. Longford for €3,700.
Lot 42. Glenford Little Rua a Wilodge Goldcard son realised €3,700 for his breeder Kelly Stephenson, Donard, Co. Wicklow. Little Rua has five star ratings in Terminal index, Carcass conformation and Carcass weight. He was purchased by P.J. Tully, Carrickaboy, Co. Cavan.
Lot 16 and Lot 90. David Armitage, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare purchased two bulls for €3,600. First at this price was Tom Harney’s Finboy Leonardo a first prize winner. Leonardo is a son of Wilodge Cerberus and the Nenuphar dam Carrefour Cathy. David’s second acquisition was Brooklands Lightning, a Gamin son, bred by Clive Jennings, Enniskeane, Co. Cork. Lightning has five star ratings in many traits, including a Terminal index of €138 and a Replacement index of €106.
Lot 88. Pearse McNamee, Lifford, Co. Donegal accepted €3,600 for his 15 month old bull Kiltoal Luke Et. Luke has Amptertaine Gigolo, Carmorn Greencastle and Norman Ely in his pedigree. Pat Doyle acquired Luke for his Gorey, Co. Wexford based herd.
Lot 12. Four bulls sold at €3,500. First at this price was Coolrain Larry from Gearoid and Padraic Kennedy, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Larry is a son of the Coolrain herd sire Drummin Goliath and Coolrain Hannah Et. Larry was purchased by Liam Barrett, Ardagh, Co. Limerick.
Lot 53. Michael and Andrew McInerney took home €3,500 for Brickhill Leigh a third prize winner. Leigh is a son of Keltic Handsome and Brickhill Jade Et. John Lawlor, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny purchased multi-starred Leigh.
Lot 103. Donal McKeon, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo sold Milan Magnus, a second prize winner to Owain Llyr. Magnus is a son of Derriaghy Enfield and the Ampertaine Foreman dam Milan Jamie-Lee.
Lot 104. Third prize winner Milan Michelangelo Et from the same yard also sold to Owain Llyr. Michelangelo has Haltcliffe Dancer, Ronick Hawk and Espoir in his pedigree.
Lot 5 Townleyhall Leroy by Mullary Intrepid €3,400
Lot 29 Wood Road Luke Et by Wilodge Cerberus €3,400
Lot 38 Brooklands Lorenzo by Bavardage €3,300
Lot 61 Cloverhill Landmark by Shire Milton €3,300
Lot 17 Marlhill Lee by Marlhill Joxer €3,200
Lot 18 Fortowen Lincoln Et by Aultside Hulk €3,200
Lot 14 Fortowen Lennon Et by Aultside Hulk €3,000
Lot 25 Cross Laird 2 by Marchermore Augustus €3,000
Lot 33 Keltic Leinstergold by Cameos €3,000
Lot 52 Newtown Lumberjack by Ampertaine Gigolo €3,000
Lot 37 Keltic Loyalprince by Keltic Handsome €2,900
Lot 48 Cloverhill Legacy by Ampertaine Commander €2,900
Lot 70 Moohane Leyton by Ampertaine Gigolo €2,900
Lot 91 Cloverhill Levi by Mullary Intrepid €2,900
Lot 56 Brookland Lovely Bull by Ampertaine Foreman €2,800
Lot 76 Iniseoghain Leo (Et) by Ampertaine Foreman €2,800
Lot 4 Mullaghboy Legend by Keltic Isaac €2,700
Lot 55 Coolfern Logan by Archibeau €2,600
Lot 81 Iniseoghain Lee Et by Ampertaine Foreman €2,500
Lot 75 Glenford Looksthepart Et by Mas Du Clo €2,400
Lot 102 Marlhill Marty by Woodview Gregory €2,300
Lot 19 Ard-Choill Leon by Haltcliffe Gunner €2,250
Lot 13 Roundhill Lifestyle Et by Elite Forever Brill Et €2,200
Lot 72 Sunnyside Lorenzo Et by Ronick Hawk €2,200
The next society sale will be held on Friday evening the 16th March at Gort Mart. Nineteen bulls are offered for sale at 7pm.