The Irish Limousin Cattle Society premier sale takes place on Bank Holiday Monday next (May 3rd, 2021) at Roscrea Mart.
60 bulls and 18 heifers are catalogued for the online-only sale, which the society will host in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines at 2.00 pm.
You can view the catalogue online here. Prospective buyers will be able to view the bulls at Roscrea Mart on Monday morning by prior appointment only.
To book your viewing spot, contact Roscrea Mart at (0505) 21687. Also, you must register in advance of the sale with Martbids.ie.
33 different sires
The bulls at Roscrea are from 33 different sires, so you have a great opportunity to source terminal, replacement, easy calving, or short gestation bulls, whatever suits your cows.
Plumtree Fantastic is the most popular sire with 7 bulls, Ampertaine Gigolo, Ballinrahin Kent Et and Elderberry Galahad are next with 4 sons each, Grangeford Jojo and Kaprico Eravelle with 3, Cameos, Derrygullinane Kingbull, Ewdenvale Ivor, Galbally Klogan 1062, Lodge Hamlet, Wilodge Cerberus and Wilodge Formulaone with 2.
There is one son of each of the following on offer:
- Ampertaine Elgin
- Ampertaine Foreman
- Dromanig Ian
- Foxhillfarm Lordofthering
- Goldies Jackpot
- Keltic Handsome
- Liscarn Lester
- Loosebeare Fantastic
- Lowflan Lee
- Mereside Godolphin
- Mereside Lorenzo
- Moondharrig Knell
- Mullary Intrepid
- Powerhouse Italic
- Queenshead Altea
- Tomschoice Ironstone
- Tomschoice Lexicon
- Wilodge Goldcard
49 bulls catalogued have a 5-star terminal index, 18 of those bulls also have a 5-star maternal index.
Besides, 56 of the bulls catalogued have a 5* index for carcass weight. All bulls have a 5-star rating for carcass confirmation
22 of the bulls catalogued have a 5-star maternal index, of these 18 bulls also have a five-star terminal index.
Limousin is the number 1 suckler dam; 35% (or over a third) of all suckler cows in Ireland are Limousin. The next highest breed is over 15%, behind Limousin
18 of the bulls catalogued have a 5-star docility index. The focus on breeding docile Limousin cattle over the last 30 years has changed the reputation of the breed for all to see.
One of the main reasons Limousin is the number 1 breed in Ireland is calving ease. With such a high percentage of farmers having off-farm jobs, the calving ease figure is one of the first questions farmers ask when purchasing a bull.
There are many bulls with extremely predicted easy calving catalogued.
- 8 of the bulls have a predicted calving ease of less than 5%. This is extremely low and would be perfect for suckler or dairy.
- A further 6 bulls have a predicted calving ease figure of less than 3%, so again very suitable for suckler or dairy.
- A further 9 bulls (23 in total) have a predicted calving ease figure of less than 3.7%, which is below the breed average.
With the huge growth in Limousin bulls being used in the dairy herd driven by the phenomenal prices Limousin suck calves are making and the better kill-out of dairy-cross-Limousin compared to other breeds, easy calving and, in particular, the reducing gestation length are contributing to this trend.
13 of the bulls catalogued have a predicted gestation PTA score of less than 3 days, a further 19 bulls have a predicted gestation PTA score of < the breed average. These gestation lengths are comparable with the traditional breeds.
Limousin is far and away the continental breed of choice for the dairy farmer.
All bulls at the Limousin sale at Roscrea Mart are:
- From herds that participate in CHeCS accredited Jones herd testing;
- Fertility tested from high health status herds;
- Export tested => available for immediate export to NI. Free transport will be provided to central locations in NI
Number 1 cross
This is the Limousin Society’s newest statistic and clearly shows that Limousin is the Number 1 cross on all the main breeds while 56% of calves born to Limousin mothers were Limousin sired.
There are 18 females catalogued by 12 different sires. Some of these sires have bred some of the best females in the country.
The most popular sire is Lodge Hamlet with 3 daughters on offer, Ampertaine Foreman, Ampertaine Gigolo, Grangeford Jojo Et, Plumtree Fantastic, and Sympa are next with two.
The following are the sires of 1 heifer: Bavardage, Elderberry Galahad, Ewdenvale Ivor, Goldies Jackpot, Mereside Godolphin and Ronick Hawk.
3 of the females have a 5-star maternal index, 8 have a 4-star maternal index.
5 of the females have a gestation index that is less than the breed average. Furthermore, 4 of the heifers are 5-star for daughters milk.
Alternatively, you can view videos of bulls and heifers on offer on its Facebook page here.