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North West Limousin Breeders excel in Roscrea

Breeders from the North West Limousin club area had a very successful day in Roscrea at the Premier sale held on March 6th.

North West Limousin Club Bulls won four of the 12 classes including Junior champion and also achieved three of the top prices in the sales ring. The showing segment was held the evening before the Sale and the judge was Mr. Hefin Jones of the noted Garnedd herd in Wales. The sale met with a clearance rate of 76% and a price range from €10,800 to €1,900, averaging €3,750.

Claiming the Junior Champion rosette was “Cappaduff Lorenzo” a Loosebeare Fantastic son from Joe and Jennifer Moran, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Lorenzo is no stranger to rosettes having been very successful on the show scene in 2016. Amongst his successes were North West Calf Champion 2016 and Overall Reserve Junior Male Champion at the International Limousin Congress.

Lorenzo caught the eye of the judge – Hefin Jones and was duly purchased for the Garnedd herd for €6,000. Lorenzo’s price was the fourth highest on the day.

“Bos Luke” an Ampertaine Commander son bred by Joe Collins, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Roscommon sold for €6,200 the third highest price on the day. Joe had a great day for his first visit to Roscrea selling bull with his second bull Bos Koe selling for €5,500. Koe is an On-dit son out of a Cerberus cow.

Richard O’Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway parted with “Millburn Knowledge” for €5,100. Knowledge is a son of Fieldson Alfy and the Mas Du Clo daughter Millburn Vera and placed second in his class.

Peter Holland, Clones, Co. Monaghan purchased 18 month old Knowledge.

Jimmy Ryan, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick purchased third prize winner “Liverpool Kian” from Michael Graham, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Kian has Kaprico Eravelle, Cloughhead Ernie and Shire Milton in his lineage. €4,600 was his purchase price.

The Wilodge Cerberus son “Millburn Knightsbridge” sold for €4,200. Knightsbridge was bred by Richard O’Beirne, Tuam, Co. Galway. His dam is the Sympa daughter Millburn Felicity.

Knightsbridge was purchased by Desmond Fulton, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.

The Kaprico Eravelle son “Liverpool Kenny 2” sold for €4,100. Kenny was bred by Michael Graham, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. He has five star ratings in most traits.

John Power, Carrick on Suir Co. Waterford acquired third prize winning Kenny.

Bertie Mannion, Curraghboy, Co. Roscommon sold “Ballyline Kalvin” for €4,000. Kalvin has Gleannari Everest, Mas Du Clo and Oakley Politician in his sire stack. A UK based customer purchased this first prize winner.

The Neuf son “Meelickaduff Kopiliot” sold for €4,000 to James Clifford, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry. Kopiliot was bred by Michael Hester, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon.

Placed fourth in his class he had been shown in 2016, amongst his successes was first prize at the North West Club Calf Finals in Glenamaddy at the International Limousin Congress event.

Other prices achieved by North West Limousin Club Members:

Ovaun King Henry by Abot Mn €3,500.
Milan Kurtis by Ampertaine Foreman €3,500.
Millburn Keg by Ampertaine Commander €3,200
Phillips Killer Et by Ampertaine Foreman €3,200.
Carrowreagh Knight by Haltcliffe Dancer €3,000.
Boyanagh Kayne by Wilodge Fastrac (First prize winner) €2,800.
Eyrecourt Kian by Sauvignon €2,800.
Boyanagh Keith by Wilodge Fastrac €2,800.
Carrowreagh Kanye by Wilodge Cerberus €2,700.
Clooncara Limousins Kilipso by Ampertaine Hollywood (Fourth prize winner) €2,700.
Currane Kit by Rubis (Fourth prize winner) €2,600.
Liverpool Klassic Et by Haltcliffe Dancer €2,600.

Note: All photos courtesy of the Irish Limousin Council.

Keen interest from near and far at Athenry Limousin Sale

A packed ringside witnessed the Irish Limousin Cattle Society annual Athenry sale on Thursday April 14th.

This sale met with an 86% clearance rate and a price range from a top of €7,000 to €1,700. The average selling price was €3,291, up significantly from last year’s average of €2,720.

Judging at this sale was Michael Gunn of the Ovaun Limousin herd base in Elphin, Co. Roscommon. Michael commented “Each class presented to me today contained quality bulls. Those at the top end were tremendous examples of the type of bull being sought for today’s market. I would like to wish both the breeders and purchasers here today every success with their Limousin cattle.”

George Candler performed the auctioneering duties.

Speaking after the sale Breed Secretary Paul Sykes said: “I was pleased with the sale here today, it is good to see Limousin bulls meeting with continued steady demand. Buyers had a good range of bulls to choose from and were selective in the type of animal they were purchasing, especially with regard to the requirements of the BDGP scheme. The bulls on offer here were prime examples of what the Limousin breed can produce. Due to good demand this year bulls are continuing to sell very well at home.
This year the society has introduced mandatory veterinary checks of all bulls presented at Society sales. This check is to fulfil the necessary criteria of the FBD Fertility Insurance scheme with the premium paid by the seller, this new requirement gives extra confidence to both the seller and buyer of Limousin bulls.
Anyone disappointed at not getting the bloodlines they require for their herd can contact the office at 025-85036 where we will do our utmost to facilitate locating their desired animal.
I would like to wish the purchasers the very best of luck with their acquisitions. Thanks to all here in Athenry mart for their help with this sale, thanks also to George, Michael and to Clive Jennings and Tom Finnerty for their invaluable assistance”
he concluded.

Topping this sale at €7,000 was the outstanding Reserve Senior Champion ‘Keltic Jigolo’ from the highly regarded herd of Teleri Thomas, Enfield, Co. Meath. Jigolo was born in September 2014 and is a son of Wilodge Fastrac (S1284) and the Greenwell Major daughter – Cwmpedran Tigerroyal. He came to the ring with five star ratings in Terminal Index (€128), Replacement Index (€106), Carcass weight, Carcass conformation and Daughter calving interval. Jigolo garnered much interest from the large crowd of prospective purchasers and following a spell of persistent bidding was eventually secured by Dan McCarthy, Bantry, Co. Cork.

Roscrea Premier Sale February 27th

The North West Limousin Club was well represented at the first Irish Limousin Cattle Society sale of 2016, which took place on Saturday the 27th February at Roscrea Mart.

This sale saw the introduction of mandatory veterinary checks of all bulls presented at Society sales. This check is to fulfil the necessary criteria of the FBD Fertility Insurance scheme with the premium paid by the seller, this new requirement gives extra confidence to both the seller and buyer of Limousin Bulls.

The following North West Limousin Club Members got some of the top prices on offer:

“Currane JR” from Michael McKeown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo realised €4,800. JR is by Cloughhead Umpire and has Casimir and Mas Du Clo in his pedigree. He was placed fourth in his class. JR has a Muscle score of 129 and a Skeletal score of 116. He returned to Connacht to Moycullen, Co. Galway based Laurence O’Toole.

Currane Jr
Pictured courtesy of Irish Limousin


Thirteen month old “Gortskehy Karlos Et” commanded a price of €4,400 for his breeder Gerard Lynskey, Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Karlos is by Wilodge Cerberus and out of Hill Top Francis Et, a Sympa daughter. He was placed second in his class. Karlos has tremendous linear scores – Muscle of 149 and Skeletal of 142, along with a Terminal Index of €175 and a Replacement Index of €138. Carlos was purchased by Martin Lynch, Corrandulla, Co. Galway.

Gortskehy Karlos Et.
Pictured courtesy of Irish Limousin Society


Donal McKeown, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo sold a full brother of Milan Jefferson (North West Limousin Calf Champion 2015) for €4,000. “Milan Jackson Et” is by Ampertaine Foreman and out of Milan Amelie. He has a Terminal Index of €134 and a Replacement Index of €107 along with a Muscle score of 119 and a Skeletal score of 118. Jackson was acquired by John Power, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford.

Pictured courtesy of Irish Limousin Society