Tuam mart hosted the final society Show & Sale on Friday evening the 30th November, tasked with judging the show were the brother and sister duo – Daniel and Rachel Moloney of the renowned Ardnacrusha herd. Daniel and Rachel have shown Limousin cattle for years and are very well known and regarded in the show ring. Both are active members of the Limousin YMA. This year the Ardnacrusha herd won both the coveted RDS Champion of Champions with the homebred heifer Ardnacrusha Kylie Et and the Male of the Year (for the second year running) with Ardnacrusha Lord of the Rings. Daniel and Rachel’s commercial Limousin Heifer “Everest” beat off stiff competition to win the Commercial Breeding heifer of the year in Cappamore last August.
Lot 26. Topping the sale was the Champion bull Royal County Mel at €5000. Mel is a July 2017 born son of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) and Drummin Jules Et (a Wilodge Vantastic daughter). Mel was bred by Thomas & Shane O’Loughlin, Dunboyne, Co. Meath. He came to the ring with five-star ratings in Terminal index Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Mel was purchased by Vincent McDonagh, Roscahill, Co. Galway.
Lot 45. Laurence & John Lynch, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick sold his second prize winner Portauns Magic for €3600. Magic is a son of Bavardage (AGB) and the Ulm daughter Portauns Helen. Magic came to the ring with a Replacement index of €141 and a Terminal index of €160. Fourteen-month-old Magic was acquired by Peter Keane, Kinvara Co. Galway.
Lot 21. The Reserve Champion Templequain Marvel was purchased by local farmer Norman Connolly, Lavally for €3300. Born in June 2017, Marvel has Trueman Jagger (LM4066), Goldies Terence and Milbrook Tanko in his sire stack. He was bred by Thomas & Brendan O’Shea, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Marvel has five-star ratings in Terminal index, Replacement index, Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter milk.
Lot 38. Anthony Ryan, Craughwell, Co. Galway purchased Wood Road Mitch Et for €3300. Second prize winner Mitch was bred by Noel Fennessy, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. He boasts five-star ratings in Terminal index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Mitch is a son of Gerrygullinane Glen (LM4044) and Noel’s French donor cow.
Lot 40. Westport, Co. Mayo breeder Padraic Golden accepted €3200 for his first prize winner Clew Bay Maty. Fourteen-month-old Maty is a son of Ampertaine Foreman (S1421) and the homebred Goldies Terence daughter Clew Bay Fiona. With five-star ratings in Terminal index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation, Maty was acquired by Patsy Fortune for his herd based in Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Lot 30. The multi-starred Lodge Hamlet (LM4058) son Gallaway Miller sold for €3100. Miller was bred by Michael Kiernan, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. Miller’s dam Drumeel Tabitha has Villy and Geant in her sire stack. Miller was purchased by James Gleeson from Roscommon.
Lot 11. Eyrecourt Mountaineer, a 19-month old son of Queenshead Altea (S593) sold for €3000. Mountaineer’s dam Eyrecourt Jennifer has Ampertaine Foreman and Ferry in her back pedigree. Ruth Hatten of Kilmeeney, Co. Carlow purchased third prize winning Mountaineer from Patrick Bruen, Elphin, Co. Roscommon.
Lot 44. The first prize winning Loosebeare Fantastic (S1497) son Carrowclogher Monster V sold for €2,950. Monster V was bred in Castlebar, Co. Mayo by Sean & Jack Vahey. Born in September 2017, Monster enjoyed a very successful summer on the show circuit. Monster has five-star ratings in Terminal index, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. He was acquired by local farmer Martin Keane, Tuam.
Lot 14. A Westmeath based farmer purchased Ammaghmore Masterpiece for €2900. May 2017 born Masterpiece has Gerrygullinane Glen (LM4044), Sympa and Milbrook Tanko in his sire stack. Masterpiece was bred by Sean Garrett, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo.
Lot 6. Matthew Fee, Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim accepted €2,700 for his Ampertaine Commander (APM) bull Mullaghboy Major. Major’s dam Mullaghboy Dana is a daughter of Fieldson Alfy. Multi-starred Major was purchased by Kieran Helebert, Gort, Co. Galway.
Lot 17. Noel Fennessy’s Wood Road Moss also changed hands at €2700. Moss has Ampertaine Commander (APM), Wilodge Vantastic and Festin in his lineage. Moss has five-star ratings in most traits. He was acquired by a Loughrea, Co. Galway based farmer.
Lot 41a. Marie O’Malley Shrule, Co. Galway paid €2600 for Shanna Maximus Et. Maximus is a son of Sympa (SYP) and the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Shanna Galaxy Et. He was bred by Seamus Keady, Spiddal, Co. Galway.
Lot 16. Clooncara Limousins Malone from the herd of David Cogan, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo sold for €2500. Malone has Norman Inventor (LM4151), Milbrook Tanko and Lino in his sire stack. This 3rd prize winner was purchased by a local farmer.
Other bull prices
Lisnageeragh Mick by Ampertaine Foreman €2400.
Coisceim Markie by Fieldson Alfy €2400.
Rathnestin Morgan by Haltcliffe Dancer €2200.
Shanna Mozart Et by Sympa €2150.
Glore Magic Et by Fieldson Alfy €2100.
Glore Marshall Et by On-Dit €2000.
Beechmount Major by On-Dit €2000.
Clydagh Miley by Sarkley Herald €1800.
Champion heifer was awarded to Lisnageeragh Mary presented by her breeder Des Joyce, Williamstown, Co. Galway. Mary has Ampertaine Foreman (S1421), Rocky and Mas du Clo in her pedigree. She left the ring unsold having failed to meet her reserve.
Green Hill Michelle a daughter of Kilskeagh Hill 16 took the Reserve Champion heifer prize, Michelle was bred by Mary McLoughlin, Ballina, Co. Mayo. She too left the ring unsold.
The Irish Limousin Cattle Society would like to thank most sincerely all purchasers at our sales – we wish you well with your new livestock. We would also like to thank and congratulate Daniel and Rachel – today’s judges. Thanks to our steward Donal and the management and staff of Tuam mart.
Thanks to George, our auctioneer and to the breeders and exhibitors. Our next sale is on Friday evening the 1st March 2019 in Gort mart.