Our final spring sale of 2021 took place in Roscommon mart under strict Covid-19 regulations on Saturday May 22nd. Potential customers were able to view the lots with a reserved viewing time beforehand. Given easing of restrictions since Monday bidders were finally present ringside, numbers were limited to ensure optimum safety with many using the Livestock Live online platform to bid.
Bulls averaged €2,955 which is an increase of €282 from the average of €2,673 from the same venue in 2019. The clearance rate for bulls presented was 62%.
Following the sale Irish Limousin CEO Ronan Murphy commented:
“On behalf of the ILCS, we would like to wish all purchasers the very best with their new acquisitions from our sale here in Roscommon. As has been the trend this year, home sales for Limousin bulls continue to be very strong resulting in reduced numbers presented at sales compared to those catalogued, while average sale prices continue to be up on 2019 reflecting the strong demand for the Limousin breed.
Special thanks to Maura and all the team at Roscommon mart, our stewards (Michael, Philip and Ann), our auctioneer George and the Council and staff at the ILCS for coordinating the sale this afternoon. I would also like to acknowledge the additional efforts made by all purchasers and vendors who have adapted to the Covid-19 restrictions and protocols throughout the Spring sales season. Despite these challenges, support for the Irish Limousin continues to be extremely strong and we look forward to our next Society sale in October”.
Topping the sale was an outstanding On-Dit son KILLYCRONEY PANACEA from Eugene McElroy, Dundalk, Co. Louth. An eye-catcher in the viewing pens, Septemeber-2019 born Panacea came to the sales ring with multiple five star ratings, including Replacement index of €123 and Terminal index of €159. Panacea’s home bred dam Killycroney Lass 2 has Huntershall Gladiator and Ronick Hawk in her sire stack. After a flurry of bids Panacea was acquired by Conor Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary for €4,400.
The 17 month old Bavardage son BUCKFIELD PUDGE found a new home on the farm of Olivier Daly, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway for €3,800. Pudge’s dam is Annadale Icandy, a daughter of Haltcliffe Dancer. Pudge has five star ratings in many traits including Replacement of €119 and Terminal of €159. Pudge was presented by John Moore, Westport, Co. Mayo.
Heading to Michael Ryan in Kilkenny for €3,600 is 14 month old FLASKAGH RUNO. This young bull is a son on Ampertaine Missouri and Flaskagh Jean, an Ampertaine Commander daughter. Runo boasts five star ratings in Replacement index, Terminal index, Docility, Carcass weight and Carcass conformation. Runo was bred by Michael Shally, Tuam, Co. Galway.
Continuing with successes at society sales this spring was the Keltic herd of Teleri Thomas, this time with KELTIC POLO a son of OKH – Keltic Handsome and Keltic Ilinos (a Tomschoice Ironstone daughter). Eighteen month old multi-starred Polo was purchased by Oliver Donnelly, Newtowncashel, Co. Longford for €3,400.
BOYANAGH ROCKY, a fifteen month old son of EBY – Elderberry Galahad was also sold for €3,400. Rocky was bred by the Tarpey family, from Elphin, his dam Boyanagh Kerrie is a daughter of Castleview Gringo. Rock was the pick of Jeremiah Meehan, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
At the same price was BEAGHMORE ROY -454, the youngest bull on offer. Roy has Lodge Hamlet, Sympa and Joueur in his lineage. Born in April-2020, Roy has an array of five star ratings. He was bred by Michael Reilly, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. He was acquired by Oliver Carroll to run with his herd based in Stradone, Co. Cavan.
Ballycastle, County Mayo breeder, Sean Garrett accepted €3,150 for his Ampertaine Elgin bull AMMAGHMORE PEDRO. Born in August 2019, Pedro’s dam Ammaghmore Ivy has Wilodge Cerberus and Omer-Mn in her sire stack. Pedro was purchased by David Drumm, Athboy, Co. Meath.
The Kennedy brothers, Gearoid and Padraic from Portlaoise, Co. Laois presented July 2019 born COOLRAIN PA 298 at the sale. Pa is a son of stock sire Drummin Goliath and grandson of previous stock sire Moloskey C Hawk (both of whom were acquired at society sales). Pa has a five star Replacement index of €130 and a four star Terminal index of €130. Pa sold for €3,100 and now heads to Ardmore, Co. Derry to the herd of Eddie Kearney.
Well known Sligo breeder Donal McKeon accepted €3,000 for MILAN RICARDO, a thirteen month old bull. Ricardo is a son of ZGM – Gamin and Milan Lilymay (a Wilodge Tonka daughter). Ricardo has five star ratings in many traits including Replacement, Carcass conformation and Daughter calving interval. He returns to his birth county to Annaghcarty based Pat Corcoran.
Three bulls found new homes at €2,900, first at this price was OLDTOWN PABLO, a Usse son presented by William Hogan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Pablo has Wilodge Drummer and Broomfield Regentcey in his back pedigree. Pablo was purchased by Bernard Donlon, Ahascragh, Co. Galway.
WOODVIEW ROMAN, a February 2020 born son of ZAG – Castleview Gazelle also fetched €2,900. Roman was bred by David Abbott, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. His dam Woodview Meave 2nd is a daughter of Lodge Hamlet. Larry Corcoran from Granard, Co. Longford purchased Roman.
A Derrygullinane Kingbull son CREENAGH ROMANCE also realised €2,900 for his breeder Patrick Logan, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. Romance has a five star Replacement index of €117 and a four star Terminal index of €130. His home bred dam Creenagh Issy has Procters Cavalier and Hortensia in her back pedigree. Romance was purchased by Bernard Coyle, Curraghboy, Athlone.
Michael McKeown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo presented two bulls in Roscommon mart both of whom sold for €2,800. First up was CURRANE PADDINGTON, a November 2019 born son of Cloughhead Umpire, he also has Ampertaine Foreman and Malibu in his lineage. Paddington was acquired by Galway based David McGann.
Michael’s second bull CURRANE RAMBO was purchased by FDH Farms from Gorey, Co. Wexford. Rambo’s pedigree includes Sarkley Herald, Fieldson Alfy and Festin.
Martin Hansberry, Menlough, Co. Galway sold his Ewdenvale Ivor bull SKEHANA RED BULL for €2,700. Red Bull has five star ratings in almost all traits including Replacement index of €130 and Terminal index of €144. Red Bull was purchased by Mallow, Co. Cork based Michael O’Flynn.
FLASKAGH ROCCO a 13-month old son of Ampertaine Missouri and Ampertaine Melody (a Loosebeare Fantastic daughter) realised €2,700. Rocco was bred by Michael Shally, Tuam. Multi-starred Rocco was purchased by David Keaveney, Dunmore, Co. Galway.
Gerry Flanagan, Garrison, Co. Fermanagh purchased COOLFERN RENNE from Thomas O’Leary, Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Renne has Ewdenvale Ivor, Elderberry Galahad and Navarin in his sire stack. The hammer fell at €2,600 for Renne.
Castlerea based Martin Leech purchased the Ronick Hawk son HUDSON PASCAL for €2,500. Pascal’s dam Wood Road Jude 2 Et is a daughter of Ideal 23. Pascal was bred by Alan Fitzgerald, Moate, Co. Westmeath.
Other bull prices
|€2,400||CLYDAGH RYDER||Cloughhead Umpire||Clydagh Lady Red|
|€2,350||FORTVIEW POWER||Lodge Hamlet||Fortview Lily|
|€2,300||BELLVILLE RANGER||Ewdenvale Ivor||Bellville Lola 2|
|€1,900||KILLYCRONEY PAL 2||Goldies Jackpot||Killycroney Imp|
Four heifers were offered at the sale with two selling for an average of €2,175.
Both heifers were from the Brookfield herd of Alan Borton, which is based in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Selling for €2,500 was BROOKFIELD PIPPA 2, a two year old in calf daughter of Grangeford Jojo Et. Pippa’s dam has Ronick Iceman and Espoir in her sire stack. Pippa sold in calf to EBY – Elderberry Galahad to Francis Kavanagh, Corndulla, Co. Galway.
Also heading to Francis Kavanagh is Pippa’s stablemate Brookfield Roxie. This heifer is a 15-month old and has Lodge Hamlet, Ampertaine Gigolo and Cloughhead Ernie in her lineage. Roxie’s selling price was €1,850.
Our next sale will be the Premier sale on Monday 25th October.