Read a report from the Irish Limousin bull sale held at Tullamore Mart on Saturday, March 2021.
Limousin bull prices were up €370/head on the corresponding sale held in 2019 at Tullamore Mart on Saturday, March 20th, 2021.
The Irish Limousin Cattle Society held its Tullamore sale under strict Covid-19 guidelines after the lapse of a year.
The sale resulted in a 71% clearance of the bulls on offer and 100% clearance of females. Bulls ranged from €4,900 to €2,200, selling to an average price of €3,035.
In a statement following the sale, a spokesperson for Irish Limousin Cattle Society, said: “We would like to thank the management and staff of Tullamore Mart and our stewards, William and Michael.”
“George Candler was back on the podium for the sale, which was conducted on LSL online platform. Many thanks to George and Ronan for his assistance.”
“Best wishes to all purchasers – the Irish Limousin Cattle Society will host its next sale at Athenry on Thursday, April 15th.” the spokesperson concluded.
Firstly, leading the charge at €4,900 was OLDTOWN PADDY (main image), an outstanding Ampertaine Commander son. August-2019-born Paddy was bred in Thurles, County Tipperary by William and Brendan Hogan. Paddy’s dam, the homebred Oldtown Lillie, is a daughter of Elderberry Galahad.
With five-star ratings in replacement index, terminal index, docility, carcass weight, carcass conformation and daughter milk, Paddy ticked all the boxes for Roscommon-based Liam Ford.
Furthermore, well-known Kerry breeder, Sarah McElligott, presented three bulls at the sale. Firstly, topping the consignment from Sarah’s herd was the Hamac son, SHANNON PIRATE. This July-2019-born bull carries five-star ratings in almost all indexes, including replacement at €139 and terminal at €140.
Pirate’s dam is the Lino daughter, Shannon Alice. After a flurry of bids, the hammer fell at €3,900 to Offaly’s James Murphy.
Pat Sheahan, Drombanna, Co. Limerick sold his stylish September-2019-born bull, DROMBANNY PUNCH, for €3,050.
Punch is the first calf of the homebred Queenshead Altea daughter, Drombanny Maple. He carries two copies of the F94L gene and five-star ratings in replacement index, terminal index, carcass weight and carcass conformation. Eighteen-month-old Punch was the pick of Edward Conway from Co. Kilkenny.
The Engy son, SHANNON PORTER, was the second bull on offer from Sarah McElligott. Porter boasts an array of five-star ratings and is predicted to be easy calving.
His dam, Shannon Kisandra, has On-Dit and Ronick Hawk in her back pedigree. Fergus Geraghty, Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, was the successful bidder for Porter at €3,050.
€3,000 and under
Keith Vickery of the well-known Carbery herd, Rosscarbery, County Cork, offered two young bulls at the sale – CARBERY PRINCE and CARBERY PANTHER.
Both bulls are sons of Doudou. John Gavin, Borrisokane, County Tipperary purchased Prince for €3,000. Born in October 2019, Prince’s dam Carbery Elena is herself a daughter of Sympa. Elena has competed very successfully on the show circuit.
Prince has five-star ratings in replacement index, terminal index, docility, carcass weight and carcass conformation.
His multi-starred stablemate, Panther, sold for €2,600. Panther has Kaprico Eravelle and Elite Forever Brill in his back pedigree.
Stephen Reilley, Creevy, County Roscommon snapped up SHANNON POMPIER for €2,900. Pompier has Gstaad, Armoric and Wilodge Cerberus in his sire stack. Sarah McElligott bred the powerful 20-month-old bull with high five-star ratings.
OTHER LIMOUSIN BULL PRICES:
|FARMLEIGH PLUTO||€2,550||Gerrygullinane Glen|
|CORCAMORE PILGRIM||€2,200||Lodge Hamlet|
|FARMLEIGH PHILEAS FOGG||€2,200||Galbally John|
Matthew Fee from Corrawallen, Co. Leitrim presented the only females on offer at the sale, MULLAGHBOY PRIMROSE and MULLAGHBOY PENNY.
Firstly, Mullaghboy Primrose commanded a price of €2,150. Born in June 2019, Primrose has Keltic Handsome, Roundhill Saturn, Milbrook Tanko and Navarin in her sire stack.
Besides, Mullaghboy Penny is a daughter of Lodge Hamlet and the Sympa homebred-dam, Mullaghboy Jessica; she sold for €1,800. Francis Kavanagh, Corrandulla, County Galway acquired both heifers.